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Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch

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Natural Soap Book
Author: Cavitch, Susan Miller
Publisher: Storey Books
Copyright: 1995
Number of Pages: 192
ISBN: 0882668889
Price: $14.95

It's fun to make your own natural soaps at home!

Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her advice and formulas for making high-quality soaps that are good for your skin - and free of synthetic additives. She offers readers in-depth information on selecting and using a wide variety of nourishing fats and oils and fragrant essential oils to create old favorites like oatmeal/honey, vitamin and avocado soaps. Susan also includes her own unique recipes for goat milk, borage, mixed nut, tropical shampoo bars, and others.

"Ms Cavitch walks her audience through the complete process of soap making, teaching readers everything from how to acquire materials and equipment to how to trim the final results." - Country Living

"The Natural Soap Book will be a welcome guide for anyone taking up the home craft." - Debra Warner, Orange County Register

Susan Miller Cavitch founded and operated a retail mail-order company producing homemade herbal products for five years. She lives in Eads, Tennessee where she and her husband homeschool their four children.

Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Part One : Understanding the Basics
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: The Kinds of Soap
  • Part Two: The Ingredients
    • Chapter 2: Characteristics of Oils, Fats and their Soaps
    • Chapter 3: Lye and Water
    • Chapter 4: Scents
    • Chapter 5: Colorants
    • Chapter 6: Nutrients
    • Chapter 7: Preservatives
  • Part Three : Making Soap
    • Chapter 8: Getting Started: Equipment and Supplies
    • Chapter 9: Recipes
    • Chapter 10: Diagnosing Signs of Trouble
    • Chapter 11: Cutting and Trimming
  • Part Four : Beyond the Basics
    • Chapter 12: Creative Ideas for Wrapping Soap
    • Chapter 13: The Chemistry of Soapmaking
    • Appendix A: Suppliers
    • Appendix B: Soapmaking Businesses
    • Glossary : The Language of Soap
    • Related Reading Material
    • Index

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Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: Jame'lee

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Location: St Louis


Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: peggy

Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2006

Location: owosso, MI

Comments: This book is my Bible to soapmaking


Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed By: Kelly

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Location: Lawton, MI

Comments: This was the second book I bought on soapmaking. I haven't found another book as good as this one since! The recipes come out perfectly every time, and it's chock full of information and references. I highly recommend this to anyone making soap.


Rating: 4 out of 5

Reviewed By: Lori

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Location: Springfield, VA

Comments: I thought this book had a lot of good information for beginning soapmakers. Some of it is fairly outdated and she does get pretty pedantic in spots. But, overall, a very good introduction to soap making!



Total Number of Ratings: 7
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