Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself

Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself

Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself

SPECIAL NOTE! — ANNE WILL PERSONALLY ANSWER ANY QUESTION OF YOURS AFTER READING THIS BOOK. ASK ON HER WEB SITE, AND YOU’LL NORMALLY HEAR BACK WITHIN HOURS! Maybe you’ve made melt-and-pour soap and want to move on to something more challenging and rewarding. Maybe traditional soapmaking appeals to you, but you figure that working with lye is too difficult or dangerous. Or maybe you’re al read y doing it, but outmoded ideas and methods are complicating the process and slowing you down.  No mat

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • Theresa Y. Peoples says:
    193 of 196 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Very Best Soap Making Book, October 28, 2007
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    Theresa Y. Peoples (Upper Darby, PA) –
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    This review is from: Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself (Paperback)

    When I started to make CP soap I purchased several books and also drove all the way from Philadelphia to DC to take a class. Then I received a magazine that I subscribe to which featured an article by Anne L. Watson. In a nutshell it summerized her book and at the end of the article she listed a awsome recipe for soap.

    This article encouraged me to purchase the book. I have read a lot of soap making books. This book is the fist book that I was able to read from cover to cover more than once.

    I highly recommend this book, It is consice and to the point, it will get you through your first batch and several more. Ms. Watson’s techniques in my opinion are full proof. I have made several batches of soap and never had a failed batch yet.

    Not to mention, if you have a question you can always email the author and get a response back.

    I love love love this book. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  • Susanne Marhanka "Art Marhanka, Inc." says:
    104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book – even for professionals, April 17, 2007
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    This review is from: Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself (Paperback)

    I make soaps, professionally, since about 19 years and tried a lot so far. I am curious and love to experiment. I use this book now to teach my new employees a thing or two about soap an to take the fear.

    I particulary liked the part with “shortening the curing time” I did try it before, but it did not work out as wished. Thanks to this book I found my mistake, tried it and oh wonder: it works! Ok, for the size batches we make – about 800 lbs at a shot – the temperatues, etc, had to be changed, but the basics are still the same.

    So if your have a small business, larger business, do it as a hobby or are just getting started, the bottom line is: Buy this book, it is worth every single cent and does not contain the usual nonsense other authors write.

    Just keep one thing in mind when using the by Watson referred Soapmakers Guide from S. Miller-C.: those recipes are for KOH not NaOH! Kathy Miller’s website can give you the conversions (her site is in the references/ resources of A.L. Watson’s book)

    So good luck and lots of fun making soap!

    S. Marhanka – Body & Mind Natural Collection

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  • K. Bergeron "kristl" says:
    85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Smart Soapmaking, May 21, 2008
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    K. Bergeron “kristl” (Concord, NH ) –
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    I was inspired to make soap when my daughter shared some shea butter soap with me that she had bought at a farmer’s market and because I was concerned about the chemicals in the products we were using.

    I read a great deal about making cold process soap during the 2 years I was making melt and pour soap and gathering equipment. It seemed scary and complicated. Everyone said something different and there was lots about “rebatching” soap batches that didn’t turn out well.

    When I finally had all of my equipment and the only thing stopping me was clear directions and a bit of fear, I read reviews of soap making books on Amazon. This was the book that I was most impressed with from reading the reviews so I ordered it. I shall be eternally grateful that I did.

    I have made 2 batches of soap from Anne’s shea butter recipe, one of them a bug repellent soap, and they have both turned out perfect. Now I’ve created 2 of my own recipes using her information and instructions, to use up some extra oils I have, and feel completely confident that they will turn out well. Before reading her book I couldn’t imagine creating my own recipes at all, much less this soon.

    And like she says, you should never have to “rebatch” a batch of soap. I, too, have read the book several times and continue to reference the excellent information regarding creating your own recipes. I can’t say enough good about this book, for either an aspiring or an experienced soap maker. I no longer fear making soap, but find it a totally awesome experience now and feel fantastic every day as I use the soap I’ve made.

    If you’re the least bit interested in making soap I would strongly suggest that this be the first book you purchase for your soap making library.

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