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The Soap Book: Simple Herbal Recipes [Paperback]

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1995
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1883010144  
EAN  9781883010140  

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Fire Light, Forest Garden, Gentlemen Farmer, Lemon Verbena, Oat and Wheat Bran—this is but a sampling of the thirty wonderful recipes you'll find in this guide to making soap. History, chemistry, equipment, plants, and oils—everything you need to know to create your own all-natural, handcrafted, herbal, aromatherapy, and floral soaps.

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More About Sandy Maine

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sandy Maine's interest in soapmaking started early in life as she watched her grandmother make utilitarian soap in their home. In 1979, she founded SunFeather Natural Soap Company with a $15.00 investment. And today, she is still operating the business, employing 20 people who produce about 4,000 pounds of soap each week. Sandy is the author of "Creating an Herbal Bodycare Business" and "The Soap Book, " which received the 1997 Benjamin Franklin Award. She is a member of Business for Social Responsibility and a number of environmental and human rights organizations. Sandy tithes to more than 10 humanitarian and environmental causes from the sale of SunFeather soaps. She is known for her dedication to creating innovative soap products, such as soapdough and soap tassels.

Sandy Maine currently resides in Potsdam, in the state of New York. Sandy Maine was born in 1957.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
NOT a soapmaking info book  Jan 4, 2008
This was my first soap making book. That said, it turned me off to soap making for a good 7 years until my excess of goat milk motivated me to find a better resource for learning to make soap. Sandy Maine includes only 1 recipe in this book, which is difficult to get to work, with no discussion about lye calculators, stirring with a blender, proper superfatting, etc. The approach to mixing the lye and oils is antiquated- never do you need to mix at EXACTLY the same temperature as her book states. You might learn how to follow a recipe from this book, but if you really want to learn how to make and formulate your own soaps, research the web and communicate with others in the business.
Nice Little Book.  Oct 27, 2007
Not tons of info and the recipes are pretty basic but if your just starting with soap making its a nice lil book and doesnt take up a ton of room. I would pair this with the book by Anne Watson called "Smart Soapmaking" and a good aromatherapy book to help figure out scenting and what goes well and what each oils properties are.
Inspired Scared Novice--But Use Only 1/2 Essential Oils!!!  Dec 23, 2004
I bought this book several years ago--and just got around to making soap for Christmas presents this year. This book was inspiring since it was short, simple, straight-forward . . . recipe was same--just different blends of essential oils.

DON'T USE 4 OUNCES OF ESSENTIAL OILS per batch--WAY TOO MUCH: 1) pool of excess essential oils sits on top of soap, 2) soap never hardens up quite right (according to Cavitch's book), 3) Essential oils are EXPENSIVE, 4) Scent is TOO STRONG, 5) Some essential oils (like cinnamon) used in called-for amounts actually too concentrated for skin (read other reviews!)

This book is a great starter for novices if you do the following: 1) cut the recipes by 1/4 to learn on smaller batches since the ingredients can be costly--in case your batch does not turn out during your learning stage; 2) invest in a good digital scale that allows you to "zero out" after adding each successive ingredient to the same container (accurate to 1/4 ounce and much faster--many initial mistakes attributed to measuring errors); 3) buy coconut oil at Walmart (under $3 for 31.5 oz); 4) obtain reasonably priced essential oils via internet at A Garden Eastward (; 5) Buy one of Susan Cavitch's soapmaking books next to learn from your mistakes and/or take your soapmaking to the next level--by then, you'll be motivated to absorb more complex information that seemed overwhelming/initimidating at first--which will make so much more sense once you've made a couple of batches.
Nice photos, but not great soap  Dec 20, 2004
The photos are wonderful. The recipes are only varied according to the eo's that are used. The amounts of eo's would not apply for pure eo's. Soapmakers beware! Start with a small amount of eo, find out how it effects your skin and those using your soap, you can always adjust.
non tallow soap is too soft to make for everyday use. I use my soap for everything, including the laundry. I would not be able to do this with a vegetable soap. Tallow also cuts the cost, and last a lot longer.
Just one recipe. One. That's it.  Jul 2, 2004
This is a really beautiful book -- the photography is gorgeous and I like Sandy Maine's style of writing. She is very readable.


There is one recipe in this book, dressed up with different fragrance/essential oils and "fillers". I think this shows a total and complete lack of imagination, considering the WORLD full of God's beautiful, healing oils He put here for us to enjoy. But all it is is olive oil, coconut oil, Crisco...olive oil, coconut oil, Crisco...olive oil, coconu-- well, you get the picture.

I also think that adding 3 ounces of lavender to that baby soap is going to just about knock the baby across the room. That is an awful lot of scent for a baby soap.

I'm not sorry I bought the book. The pictures alone gave me some great ideas for packaging and displays. But buy another book if you want some REAL recipes. Save the money you would have spent on buying the enormous quantities of essential oils for these soaps and spend it on a gorgeous bottle of avocado oil. Let your imagination soar. Soapmaking is, in my opinion, an art form. It doesn't have to be as plodding and pedestrian as this book makes it seem.


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