« Kato USA Model Train Products Amtrak Superliner Phase IVb Car Set A, 4-Piece 10 SMALL STEEL PUZZLES BRAIN TEASERS, KIDS PARTIES, GAMES,EACH IN BAG..FULL INSTRUCTIONS » 3 thoughts on “The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps” 92 of 94 people found the following review helpful A very thorough and useful book, January 30, 1999 By A Customer This review is from: The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps (Paperback) This is _the_ book to acquire if you are planning to make vegetable oil based soap. There’s a lot of information packed in this book. It presents all the elements of soapmaking very systematically, and explains the simple chemistry and logic behind the recipes and techniques. It specializes on the best ways to make vegetable oil soap — which can differ from animal fat based soap. I’m a beginner. I made my first batch last night and it is happily solidifying in the molds as I write. I would buy this book in addition to whatever other soapmaking books you feel inspired to buy, because it covers just about everything and is a really good reference. It includes a large appendix of suppliers and a reassuring table of what to do when things go wrong. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have a good description of what “tracing” looks like — tracing being the sign that your soap is ready to pour into the molds. But, none of the other books I read did either. It’s subtle, and I think it’s the sort of thing you learn to recognize after you’ve made a couple of batches. Note that each of the eight basic recipes makes 40 bars of soap, so be prepared to share with friends!! If the amount of info in this book seems a bit overwhelming, beginners might also want to consider picking up a copy of Ann Bramson’s book. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 181 of 194 people found the following review helpful Good, but…….., November 24, 1999 By A Customer Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps (Paperback) I am a beginner soap maker and found this book to be extremely informative. There is a great amount of information regarding the different types of oils and additives you can use. But, being a beginnger, I found the recipes waaay to intimidating and extremely large. I almost got turned off of soap making thinking that I would need a scale to measure lye to tenths of grams! (i.e. lye weight 567 7/10 gm) Also her recipes call for you to make batches of at least 40 bars each, an amount I was not interested in making. There is a lot of good information in this book, but I think that this book is for people extremely serious about soap making. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (10) Reply 96 of 101 people found the following review helpful Don’t Take This Book Too Too Seriously, January 11, 2002 By Bonnie Wilber (Ripon, Wi.) – This review is from: The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps (Paperback) I have been making soap for about 3 years and I have had a lot of botched batches of soap along the way. Most of my mistakes were by following the advice of “experts” who have written books about how to make soap. At the beginning I bought Susuan Miller Cavitch’s book on how to make Natural Soap and Herbal Soaps and I tried to follow her advice. I couldn’t figure out how to calculate the lye. You have to be a “rocket scientist” to figure it out if you try to do it her way. I followed her advice on putting wax paper in the bottom of my box and the wax paper turned to mush and I couldn’t get the soap out without mashing it all up. I started out by making huge batches of soap like she said and I found that when a batch of soap doesn’t turn out you have wasted huge amounts of time, effort and money. And what do you do with all that soap unless you are in the business of selling soap? And what beginner is? I think l-2 pound batches are much better. You can experiment and learn your craft and not have huge amounts of money lost if it fails. She has no recipes for small batches. Also I think 80 degrees is way too low for the fat temperature. I have found that ll0 degrees works out for me every time. Soap making is really easy, not nearly as scarey as she makes it look. I did like the sources at the end of the book and have found some really good suppliers from it. All in all, I think her book is interesting to read, but just don’t take it too seriously if you are a beginner. If you have been making soap for a while, then pick it up and read it. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.