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It's fun to make your own natural soaps at home!
Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her formulas for making high-quality vegetable-based soaps that are good for your skin -- and free of synthetic additives.
The Natural Soap Book gives you:
* Clear directions and illustrations to guide you step-by-step through the entire process -- from buying supplies to cutting and trimming the final bars.
* Recipes for old favorites like oatmeal/honey and avocado soaps to Susan's unique recipes for goat milk, borage, and even a tropical shampoo bar.
* Creative wrapping and gift packaging ideas.
* Formulas for exotic specialty scents like Holiday Spice, Sweet Earth, and Southern Summers.
* Profiles and tips from professional soapmakers.
Making your own soap is fun, easy, and rewarding. In this introductory guide, Susan Miller Cavitch shows you how to craft your own all-natural, wonderfully smelling soaps. Illustrated directions take you through the whole process, from buying supplies to cutting the final bars. With easy-to-follow recipes that range from classics like oatmeal and honey soap to more adventurous combinations using goat milk and borage, you'll be inspired to make uniquely personal soaps that are gentle on your skin and a pleasure for your nose.
An inspiring exploration of the goodness of chemical- and additive-free soap. 102,000 copies in print.
An inspiring exploration of the goodness of chemical- and additive-free soap. The definitive resource for making vegetable-based soaps from scratch, with 162,000 copies in print.
The definitive resource for making vegetable-based soaps from scratch, from buying supplies to cutting the final bars.
About the Author
Author Susan Miller Cavitch is the founder and president of Soap Essentials, Inc., a Memphis-based retail mail-order company producing homemade herbal products. She is the author of The Natural Soap Book and The Soapmaker's Companion. Susan lives in Eads, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Part One: Understanding the Basics
Chapter 1: The Kinds of Soap
Part Two: The Ingredients
Chapter 2: Characteristics of Oils, Fats, and their Soaps
Chapter 3: Lye and Water
Chapter 4: Scents
Chapter 5: Colorants
Chapter 6: Nutrients
Chapter 7: Preservatives
Part Three: Making Soaps
Chapter 8: Getting Started: Equipment and Supplies
Chapter 9: Recipes
Chapter 10: Diagnosing Signs of Trouble
Chapter 11: Cutting and Trimming
Part Four: Beyond the Basics
Chapter 12: Creative Ideas for Wrapping Soap
Chapter 13: The Chemistry of Soapmaking
Appendix A. Suppliers
Appendix B. Soapmaking Businesses
Glossary: The Language of Soap
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