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Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques For Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps

Make your own custom-tailored and perfectly formed cold-process soaps! Anne-Marie Faiola provides 31 easy-to-follow recipes for crafting a variety of bar soaps with great color, shape, and texture. Learn how to use milk jugs and yogurt containers for molds, and how coffee, avocado, and even beer can add unique dimensions to your creations. This encouraging introduction to the art of soapmaking makes it simple to master the techniques you need to safely and easily produce your own enticingly fragrant soaps.

Spiral-bound: 240 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (August 13, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 161212089X

ISBN-13: 978-1612120898

Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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Okay, I was incredibly psyched to get this book, and when I received it, you couldn't tear me away from it for hours. I read the entire thing, making notes all over it for actual application. The only other soap book I had read up to that point was Basic Soap Making, which is really helpful, but I was ready to up my game. The beautiful and stunning directives in this book really turned on my inner creativity, and I was ready to get to business. However, the actual application of the techniques are not as seamless as one would expect.I immediately tried two different recipes from this book. The first was the "pumpkin swirl" recipe. Then I tried the coffee soap recipe. Both of them had the exact same problem, and I will try my best to walk you through the issue.Firstly, I only used the EXACT ingredients listed by the author, who incidentally owns Brambleberry, which she guiltlessly plugs every chance she gets. The fragrance oils and specialty ingredients you can only get at Brambleberry. The delivery time is unbelievably long, so expect to wait at least a week before you can do any of the recipes you have saved up with those specialty ingredients. I waited a week and a half for one fragrance oil, which was supposedly in stock, but they didn't ship until 5 days after my order placed.I decided to start with the pumpkin recipe because it was one of the easier color techniques. It's a basic swirl made by pouring, and I've had enough soap success to figure I could do that one easily. However, I failed at this recipe SIX times. I followed it to the T, when I started looking online for help. Then I emailed Anne-Marie herself at Brambleberry. The problem was the same in every batch. As soon as I added the fragrance oil, the soap seized.

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