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Published by Storey Publishing on January 26th 2016
Genres: craft, nonfiction
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The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life's little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it's easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen.
This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, coffee grounds, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients -- and then scent your soap with pure essential oils. Step-by-step photography guides you through every stage of cold-process soapmaking.
I’ve made soap a few times over the years, as a result of my “have to try every craft ever” scatter-brained mind, but am definitely not an expert by any means. This book is written for beginner soap makers, but I think it would be a handy guide for any soapmaker.
The book includes:
- Soapmaking Process and Equipment
- Step by Step Cold Process Soapmaking
- All about Oils and Using Herbs
- Scenting Your Soap
- Making your Own Recipes
The book talks about the science behind soap making – which the geek in me enjoyed – and talks about safety. Using lye can be dangerous and deadly, so the author spends some time talking about this.
There are tons of photographs throughout, making me want to start making soap right this instant.
Not only are there a ton of practical recipes included, but there are a ton of simply gorgeous ideas as well, perfect for gift gifting.
A must have for anyone serious about making soap.
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