Sunday, October 23, 2011

Book Review | The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Soaps

Today I am doing a book review for you and the book I am reviewing is called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Soap" by Sally W. Trew and Zonella B. Gould. The soft-cover book is ISBN 978-1-61564-022-5 and the book retails for $14.95.

Synopsis: Lather up! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Soaps spells out everything new soap-makers need to know to create all kinds of natural soaps. In this helpful guide you get a rundown of the ingredients, safety equipment, molds, and other must-haves for creating your own soaps. Step-by-step instructions for creating cold and hot process soap, liquid soap, shower gel, laundry soaps, shampoos, and more! There is an explanation of SoapCalc and how it can help you formulate soap recipes. The book explains to you ways to color your soaps with liquid colorants, micas and other natural colorants. There are tips for taking your soaps to the next level with swirls, layers, embeds and other fun ideas. There are over 35 recipes for making natural soaps, plus tips on creating your own unique combinations.

My Review: This soft-cover soap making book contains 194 black and white pages. The book starts out with explaining to you the basics of natural soap-making and then goes into the oils, butters, fragrances and essential oils. In chapter 4 they explain to you what SoapCalc is which is very important to know so that your soaps come out properly. Then the books goes on about how to build a soap mold or how to use pre-purchased soap molds and then explains to you all of the important stuff you need to know about Cold Process Soaps. In chapter 7 they go into what hot process soaps are and how to make them. Chapter 8 has numerous cold and hot processed soap recipes which look really easy to use. The rest of the book covers goat milk soap, liquid soap and then goes into some creative ideas on how to make some fancy bars of soap! The back of the book has a nice Glossary and explains to you how you need to have your soaps labeled due to FDA regulations.

The book is a nice comprehensive book that is jammed pack with information that all beginner soap makers need to know. I think even an experienced soap maker would enjoy reading this book and having it in their collection. I found the book to be an easy read and had easy to understand directions throughout it. I am really excited to have this book and in a few weeks I am going to try my hand at some soap making!!!

I would like to thank the PR Company that I am working with for sending me the soap making book to review for all of you! It is a great book!

Disclaimer: Shelly Hill has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Passionate About Crafting Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this blog.

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