Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Beauty For Ashes Press (October 24, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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I'm an advanced soap-maker, and my husband gave me this book as a gift. While it does contain lots of basic, helpful information, I was expecting more in the way of color tutorials. The authors explained how to make various swirls, etc, but if I didn't already know how to do them, I would have been confused. Pictures would have been VERY helpful.
The book contains the same information better presented in videos on YouTube. The only picture is the cover and while yet another description of essential oils and base oils may be required reading in any soap book, I thought it read more like a weekend writing assignment than a well thought out technical manual or presentation of amazing products. There are many other well-written books out there than this one.
Advanced Soap Making is a very comprehensive book that can help beginning soapmakers go beyond the basics. From discussing the properties of oils to coloring soap, using additives to troubleshooting... this book will help further ground you in this wonderful craft. A great addition to any soapmaker's library!
I think you'll be pleased with the book. I have been furiously studying all things soap now since I went to a class this past October. I've read several books and I have to say the organization of information in this book is the best I've found yet. With this I have come up with a few of my own recipes with a clear understanding of why I'm doing it. I am a very new soaper, and I can see referring to it over and over as I move on in the soaping world.
This definitely is a fairly comprehensive book on soap making, outlining what to use and how to use it. There was some overlapping information with the "Essential Soap Making", but I can appreciate that for those who may just purchase this book. If you are interested in knowing more about the art of soap making, this book would be a great addition to your library!
I was looking forward to the release of this book, and it did NOT disappoint! Packed full of great information, I’m ready and excited to tackle more advanced soaping techniques. I loved the section on all the different oils and butters to use in soap recipes and I’m excited to now naturally color my soap with herbs and create my own signature essential oil blends. Thanks for writing this much-needed book and encouraging me to step up my soap-making game!
This is the next book to buy after you have gone past the beginner stage of soap making. Lots of information, including chapters on incorporating natural colorants and herbs in your soaps, comprehensive information on oils and fats, and how to make soap using room temperature cold process and thermal heat transfer. I returned "Essential soapmaking" by the same authors, but absolutely love this book despite the lack of photos. If you are into making hot process soaps, this is not the book for you. If you are into making swirls and making pretty looking soaps, you are better off buying "Soap crafting" by Anne Marie Faiola.
This book is fine for anyone that has some beginning soapmaking under their belt. I would have named this book Intermediate Soap Making, as most of the info seems to be just a little beyond the beginner. Many subjects are talked about throughout the book, from goat's milk to liquid substitutions to additives. It does not go into any one subject matter with great detail. However, I would not discourage a soapmaker from getting this book, as much of the information would lead to a good reference to keep handy on your shelf. I think it is OK for most soapmakers as a reference.
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