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In this comprehensive guide, Susan Miller Cavitch covers
everything you need to know to make your own soaps. Learn the basic
techniques for crafting oil-, cream-, and vegetable-based soaps, and
then start experimenting with your own personalized scents and effects.
Cavitch provides tips for making more than 40 different specialty soaps,
showing you how to design colorful marbled bars and expertly blend
ingredients to create custom fragrances. You’ll soon be making
luxurious soaps at a fraction of the cost of boutique products.
/>Important Notice
Early printings of this book contain a
recipe variation in a sidebar note on page 36. As a result of further
testing, author Susan Miller Cavitch and Storey Publishing strongly
recommend that you do not try this variation. Adding honey when you are
combining the sodium hydroxide and water may result in a stronger
reaction with more intense heat. The mixture may bubble up quickly and
come out of the pot, posing a potential hazard.

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Reviews for The Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How (Natural Body Series - The Natural Way to Enhance Your Life):

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December 10, 2017

This book is fine but I must say I find the e-book model used extremely distasteful. Suffice to say, I'm getting a print edition and this will be the last time I purchase a digital edition. Piracy was rampant when music was sold this way. I'm sure digital books will end up being pirated the same wa...Full Review
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Jun 12, 2009

Yes you too can make soap. If you can cook and follow the directions its fairly easy. I didn't at first and had a couple of flops that were comical. I used olive oil and it came out very nice. Fun too!
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Sep 10, 2015

I originally gave this book for stars, due to its comprehensive nature and relatively easy instructions. However since then, I have read Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola, and would definitely recommend that book over this one. The advantages to Soap Crafting are the full-color pictures and wider range of possibilities presented for coloring and fragrances. Someone else mentioned Cavitch's "preachy tone" when it comes to using "all natural" ingredients, which I also found annoying, and which I originally gave this book for stars, due to its comprehensive nature and relatively easy instructions. However since then, I have read Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola, and would definitely recommend that book over this one. The advantages to Soap Crafting are the full-color pictures and wider range of possibilities presented for coloring and fragrances. Someone else mentioned Cavitch's "preachy tone" when it comes to using "all natural" ingredients, which I also found annoying, and which greatly limits the possibilities for creating soaps with bright colors and a wide range of fragrances. ...more
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Apr 17, 2011

For the advanced soapmaker. Includes more complex soap recipes and delves into real science. Extensive lists of natural additives and somewhat daunting narrative of legal and administrative aspects of running a soapmaking business. Excellent troubleshooting section.
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Mar 18, 2008

Very informative book on making soap and the qualities of the ingredients that go into it.
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Jul 01, 2010

Ok, who doesn't love handmade soap?? Well, I do! And I learned to make it from this book.
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Aug 24, 2009

This book taught me how to make soap - great soap from the very first batch!
I love this book and still use it every time I make a batch of soap!
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This book seems a little out of date according to some blogs I've read though it seems pretty comprehensive in its scope, which makes sense considering the title. I haven't been able to try any recipes yet, but I will update once I have experimented a little.Full Review
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Feb 19, 2013

Great book for how to make soap. very comprehensive and easy to understand.
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Jul 01, 2008

Fabulous recipies and help for novices and experienced soapmakers too!
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Nov 11, 2008

I just finished this book. My daughter gave it to me for my birthday. I learned the batch of soap I just made has too much lye. OOPS!
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Dec 01, 2012

Not a bad book, but for a first timer in lye-making, it was a bit overwhelming with information.
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Dec 09, 2010

I read this upon the suggestion of Elizabeth, as we are planning on getting together to make soap in the new year.
It was fascinating and I'm very much looking forward to my new endeavor.
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Mar 02, 2015

Not bad...I still prefer White's book and suggest that over this one, but this is not bad if you need a book to introduce you into ONLY vegetable cold process soap making it tells you what you need to know when first starting out.
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May 31, 2017

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in making their own soaps at home with as few chemicals as possible. As Cavitch is very interested in natural soap making, most of these recipes are alao good for those wishing to make historically based soaps. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. She does get into further chemical details for those who are interested. The book is somewhat dated with her explanation of the internet and selling/conecting via that medium, and it is written This is an excellent book for anyone interested in making their own soaps at home with as few chemicals as possible. As Cavitch is very interested in natural soap making, most of these recipes are alao good for those wishing to make historically based soaps. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. She does get into further chemical details for those who are interested. The book is somewhat dated with her explanation of the internet and selling/conecting via that medium, and it is written from an American perpective as her section on regulations only applies to US laws. These points to not detract from the main usefulness of the book. ...more
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Feb 12, 2013

There's a lot of information in this book. Some of it can be overwhelming if you don't already understand some basics. Also some of the information is kind of outdated. That said there are still some parts that I have marked for reference because they are good and helpful.
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Oct 28, 2008

Every recipe works and delivers what it promises. My only prbblem at this time is finding lye for soapmaking. Lots of great ideas and information about aromatherapy, emollients, and other healing things to do to your soap.
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Jul 19, 2015

This is a source of great information - there's lots of it, from technique to science. It was a bit dry and hard to follow at times. Recipes are for large batch. Must read it again to take notes for some of the chemistry breakdown.
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Oct 16, 2011

I've wanted to make soap for a long time and so many sources say that it's easy but I've never really believed it. After reading this book, I finally feel that I can pull it off. Once I find my thermometer, I'll make soap! I'm so excited to finally understand the process.
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Oct 31, 2016

I book I check out of the library repeatedly so I can make soap. I am thinking of purchasing a copy for my collection. Very helpful information and soap making recipes, as well as troubling shooting guide.
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Nov 30, 2010

This book seems a little out of date according to some blogs I've read though it seems pretty comprehensive in its scope, which makes sense considering the title. I haven't been able to try any recipes yet, but I will update once I have experimented a little.
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Mar 25, 2011

Ok. So, I'm going to make soap. This book was super informative. Along with watching tons of you tube videos and reading this book, I actually think I can do it. I appreciated that the book explained, very technically, WHY fat plus sodium hydroxide made soap. I can now add "saponification" to my vocabulary. I'll update when I actually MAKE the soap - it may change my rating. ;)
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May 09, 2013

I think this book was much more informative than Susan Miller Cavitch's first book "The Natural Soap Book". This book is pretty detailed and great for beginners and experienced soap makers alike. I'm pretty picky though and my search still continues for unique soap recipes. This book got me off on a good start; not to forget to mention I also had wonderful ladies from my church teach me hands on soap making, but now I need just a soap recipe book.
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Jan 29, 2013

Best book I've ever found on how to make soap, a break-down of the chemical process, and how to make your own recipes. Susan is the expert. She must have made 1000's of recipes to get these down right and all of her know--how in the "What Went Wrong" section. I not only learned to make soap from this book I now create my own recipes each time having fun with my own trial and error experiments. My best bars are, however, when I follow her recipes exact, or do only slight variations. I love Best book I've ever found on how to make soap, a break-down of the chemical process, and how to make your own recipes. Susan is the expert. She must have made 1000's of recipes to get these down right and all of her know--how in the "What Went Wrong" section. I not only learned to make soap from this book I now create my own recipes each time having fun with my own trial and error experiments. My best bars are, however, when I follow her recipes exact, or do only slight variations. I love handmade soaps and will never buy a manufactured bar again. ...more
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Jan 04, 2015

I read this right after reading Cavitch's first book. I wasn't too pleased with the first book and I'm happy to say this one is better,though not the best. The preachy tone, unsupported claims and messiness of the first was cleaned up. The recipes were also cut down from 40 bar batches to 12 bar batches which is more practical. However massive sections were the same, so much so it seems more of an updated edition instead of a separate book. The first book felt more like a book brief and this I read this right after reading Cavitch's first book. I wasn't too pleased with the first book and I'm happy to say this one is better,though not the best. The preachy tone, unsupported claims and messiness of the first was cleaned up. The recipes were also cut down from 40 bar batches to 12 bar batches which is more practical. However massive sections were the same, so much so it seems more of an updated edition instead of a separate book. The first book felt more like a book brief and this felt like the actual book. I don't understand why they continue to publish the first after this came out. It was written only a few years later and the first was already woefully outdated. However this one is ripe for a new edition too. There is a chapter explaining the internet and how to use web forums for research, which even in 97 seems a bit hokie. The scientific section makes me think she is not confident in the information she is giving and seems like a wasted opportunity as well. You read this book for the recipes and there are quite a few and something for everyone including a one bar test recipe. If you have to choose between Cavtich's two books, read this one. The recipes are worth it. Other then that you can skim it and read more updated books on the science, history and selling of soap. ...more

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