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Soap: Making It, Enjoying It

How to make beautiful gift soaps at home with instructions for coloring, scenting, molding, and carving. Selection of the Better Homes & Gardens Family Book Service. 140,000 copies in print.

Paperback: 120 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 2 edition (January 4, 1975)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0911104577

ISBN-13: 978-0911104578

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces

Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #94,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #63 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Chemical #77 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Candlemaking #81 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Soap Making

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this particular book.When I started making soap around 1990, this was the only book I could find. I had only been searching for about 30 years for instructions on how to make soap at home, haahaa.Ann Bramson, whoever she is and where ever she is, gave me a start to the most successful business I've ever owned. As a result, it has completely changed my life.But, about this book.... It is very simple, very basic, and has a lot of information in it that will lead you in completely the wrong direction. Not because it isn't correct information exactly, it all is true for her book and her method of soap making. We soap makers have learned much since we all put our heads together on the internet. By swapping thoughts and failures we've greatly improved how to make soap at home.Probably 90% of soap authors just copy the information in this book. So instead of buying theirs, buy this one. It is much less expensive and you will receive the exact same information.I still love this book. It explains how to make some soap at home and isn't that what you're looking for? With this very inexpensive, no thrills, no daring to be different book, you will make your first batch of soap successfully!I like her recipes and those are the only recipes I made for years. They do make excellent soap!The issues I have with this book are that we do not need to match temperatures on your fats and lye solutions. You really should not use fat temperatures of 98 degrees; this is far too low. Certainly, you CAN add herbs and fruits and all sorts of things to your soap recipe. The reason she says that you cannot is because of the low temperatures she's using in her book.

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