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on 31 October 2013
As I started with soap making, after a lot of searching, I decided to get this book to start off. I feel very annoyed now at how this book taught me the wrong from the start, not a great way to get going. I quickly corrected it by reading other books and forums and realising that the technique used in this book is very lazy and nowhere near traditional.
The safety guidelines are good and the backgrounds as well. But when it comes to the recipes, I would not bother! 3 batches failed, and this after using the highest quality ingredients and following the recipe word by word. The images are completely misleading. Reading this book back now after months of experience I'm quite shocked that some of these recipes have actually passed safety assessment tests! Massive amounts of essential oils are NOT good for your skin, and you can certainly not call something 'natural' when it contains oxides and dyes for colouring, not to mention animal fat!
If I was to take anything form this book, it would be combinations for recipes, but start your recipe from scratch and run everything through a lye calculator, as the recipes in here are definitely not correct.
The are many other books out there at a fraction of the price, and 10 times better. Try "Make your own soap" by Joy James, fantastic little book with the proper foundations and flawless recipes.