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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book but BEWARE!, 24 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Handmade Soap Book (The Handmade Series) (Paperback)
Overall this is an excellent book BUT be very careful! Base oil quantities are measured in ounces or grams and these are fine. Essential oils and other additives, however, are specified in table spoons and in grams... The gram measurements are WRONG! It appears that whomever translated the spoonfulls into grams had been on the sherry! I have just made a batch of soap which called for four tablespoonfuls of Callendula petals or 45grams! 45grams of Calendula petals are about four cups! The same is true of the essential oils. The recipe calls for one teaspoon or 5 grams... 5 grams is about three teaspoonfuls!

Buy the book by all means, its a good book; but when measuring out ingredients use grams or ounces for the base oils but then teaspoons or tablespoons for the additives.

Also... Page 13, under the "ten commandments", step 5 reads "As you add the water to the sodium hydroxide" DO NOT DO THIS it would be bad, very bad! Always add the sodium Hydroxide to the water.

So I have three wrecked batches of soap because I followed the gram measures. I'm wiser now... and so are you.

Derek
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2010, 17:57:41 BST
I just received my new copy of this book, and there was not this error on pg 13, which means they must have changed it. I'm not sure about the tsp/gr issue, but I'll stick with the tsps to be sure. Thanks for making me aware of this,

Nick

Posted on 24 Aug 2010, 10:11:13 BST
As this book was the first one I used to start making soap, I, though quite happy with my soap consistancies, was never the less dissapointed by the lack of fragrance I achieved. Maybe this was due to the tsp/grms thing. thank you for pointing this out as the soap making materials and oils etc are v expensive to buy and mistakes are costly. Can any of you reccomend an absolute beginners guide which is better?
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