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Self-sufficiency Soapmaking [Paperback]

Sarah Ade
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Book Description

25 April 2009 Self Sufficiency
Our skin is our largest organ. We often think about how the things we put into our body effect us, but how much time do we take to consider how the things we put onto our body effect us? This timely book is packed full of helpful advice about how to make your own luxurious and beautiful soaps at home, using only the best natural ingredients. Not only are the soaps good for you, they look great and are wonderfully indulgent too. Sarah Ade begins by listing the natural ingredients available and their properties before describing how to put ingredients together for a specific purpose. She also discusses the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle and holistic skin care, and why your body will thank you for it. The recipes range from the fun and frivolous to sensible and serious and the text is packed with homemade skin care ideas. This is an essential guide for anyone interested in what they put onto their body as well as what goes inside.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734273
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Ade is joint director of The BareNaked Soap Company a family-run holistic company who make soap and other skin care products using only the finest pure and natural ingredients.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make your own lovely soap! 12 Dec 2009
I already own a couple of soap-making books, and have had a few goes at making my own soap. I wish I'd had this little book from the start though, as it explains the chemistry and processes of soapmaking very simply but comprehensively.

There's lots of lovely recipes to try, with detailed but clear instructions, and the emphasis firmly on natural ingredients. As well as the traditional cold-process method, it also covers how to make translucent and liquid soaps. A few of the recipes use some very expensive essential oils, such as jasmine and neroli - personally I think these are far too costly to use in soap and would substitute them with something cheaper myself! However there are plenty of less extravagant recipes, and also recipes for shampoo bars, shaving soap and even a soap for washing dogs! I learnt some new things from this book and the recipes look a bit more interesting than some in my other books, for example it explains how to make herbal infusions to use in your soap, instead of always using plain water, and how to make milk soaps.

It's a slight pity that all of the soap recipes contain palm oil, which is a rather controversial ingredient (due to rainforests being cleared to grow palm plantations). The author does stress to only use ethically produced palm oil, still it would have been nice to have a few palm-free recipes included.

Overall though I thought this book really good value for money, and surprisingly informative - I must say I only bought it as I came across it at a very cheap price, and I wasn't expecting such a small book with no photos to be that useful or interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised!

If you're wanting to try making your own soaps, I think this book would be an excellent place to start.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific soap making guide :) 20 Jan 2010
I own 3 soap making books to date this is the best by far! This book has good sound SAFE advice on soap making, great info on ingreadients and the recipes use vegetable oils. The downside of this book is there are no pretty photo's, of soap just hand-drawn illustrations. Not a book for the coffee table, more for the kitchen and getting stuck into making really good soap, from tried and tested recipes, if you only buy one book on soap making this in my opinion is the one to buy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Focused Book 22 Jun 2010
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The book is very clear and easy to follow.

The suppliers are all British, and the weighing system is dual UK/American.

It's assumed that you would prefer not to use animal fats, and uses a combination of palm oil and coconut oils with no animal fat recipes included.

What is interesting is that the author recommends lower temperatures 95-104 f, whereas other authors recommend higher temperatures of 130 f.
The lower temperatures ensures the oils and additives retain their therapeutic qualities.

A worthwhile buy, despite having no photographs to inspire the novice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!! 9 Sep 2010
This book is THE BEST book I have ever read on how to make soap!!! It is informative yet simple. Other books I have read make soap making seem like rocket science but this book makes it so simple and easy to follow. I also like the suggestions on how to make your soap environmentally friendly by purchasing palm oil not grown in rainforests (they chop rainforests down just to grow it!!). I would really recommend this book to anyone wanting to make their own, chemically free, environmentally friendly soap! Also, there all sorts of different recipes and ways of changing the look of your soap, for example, marble effects. DONT LOOK ANYWHERE ELSE!!! BUY THIS BOOK!! =)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out! 24 Dec 2010
By rainbow
On the whole this is a super little book for someone like me who is still in the beginning stages of soap making. However do watch out for part 5 of the soap making recipe where Sarah says to add the water to the sodium hydroxide crystals. This is very dangerous ~ always add the crystals to the water. Therefore, what could have been a '10 out of 10' book went down in my estimation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab purchase 13 May 2010
I am so glad I made this the first book I bought about soap making. It was in-depth and helped me to take the first steps into soap making.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 22 Mar 2010
By Tessa
Lovely looking compact book - covers all the areas for a novice in clear concise sections. Great recipes enough to inspire me to give it a go !! may convert our family back to soap from showergel - you can make a soap for your own particle needs using lovely natural ingredients and i am sure the soaps will make super presents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant 4 April 2011
this book is a winner for me, not only does it talk about soap and have fantastic reciepes but it also goes into why natural soap is good and talks about holistic impacts on your body. once i statred reading this i found it hard to put down. only had it 2 days and i have nearly finished it. if your starting out or are an advanced soap maker this is a book to definatly invest in. cant sing its praises enough. all the reciepes are low cost, easily sourced and dont include animal fat, veg shortening or beeswax.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars home made soap
made a few batches of soap with the aid of this book
Published 9 minutes ago by gire
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
I just want to get more time to sit and read I wanted to start soap making but haven't had time, thought I would go on a course but with this book I don't think you really need to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by torstours
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent....
Lots of soaps for different uses, skin types, even a shampoo bar, saving loads of money on usual soaps, easy to make.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Naomi S Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Love this book! Great for beginners in soap making. Set out lovely, easy to read and good detail. Nice recipes that include a shampoo bar, gentle face bar, moisturising bar and dog... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shannon Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Have only used 2 of the recipes in this but both have turned out rly well friends have loved them as well as me.
Published 13 months ago by Kathryn Wiggins
4.0 out of 5 stars great advice for first time soap making
I was given this book as a gift and promptly ignored it for a year; However after panicking about christmas gifts and lack of cash I had a good look and was intrigued. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kitwah
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great for the beginner soap maker.
This was the first soap making book I got, and whilst it's a fairly sweet little book with some nice sounding recipes, I've had very little success with it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C J R
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
i have many book of soap making and this is not as good as others.
it's all about natural soapmaking. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by mizwaste
3.0 out of 5 stars Measurements
I may be wrong about this but I've noticed a discrepency in the weights/measures of essential oils. I would appreciate some help with this. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the money
great book for all who want to learn this fascinating art. Found it difficult to source some of the products, but went on 'soaposh' and found them all.
Published on 20 July 2011 by Mrs. D. Roach
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