Best Books About Soap Making

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  1. Jan 30, 2019 #1

    faerytech

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    Please leave some recommendations, I'm getting back into soap making and I'd like to do it "right". The kind of book I'm looking for doesn't have too much... fluff (I'm not reading it to hear the writer's life story :'D). Has simple or progressively difficult recipes, and maybe covers a few other related crafts like candle making. Cold process soaps mainly. Thanks so much for your time and energy! :)
     
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    Don’t bother - read this forum instead or watch soaping101.com for recipes and videos.
     
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    Here is a book that I like: Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola
     
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    I have Soap Naturally by Patrizia Garzena and Marina Tadiello and love it, been on my bookcase since the day I started soaping :)
     
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    These are a couple of books that I really like.
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    I suggest borrowing books from your local library. That way, if you find one you feel you absolutely must have, you can buy it, but if one doesn't seem worth owning, you have a bit more money to spend on soap making supplies.

    The Anne-Marie Faiola book that I like the best is the same one mentioned before by lsg and I found it via my library. Also I really liked Susan Miller Cavitch's Soapmakers Companion, also at my library. For the scientific persepective, a very good reference book, but not so much of what you stated you are looking for is Dr. Kevin Dunn's Scientific Soapmaking. That one I purchased as soon as it was available and am very glad to have it on hand whenever I want to reference something along the scientific side of soapmaking.
     
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    I agree, this forum is invaluable. When I come across ‘information’ in a book, I double check it with the forum. Seriously, I’ve done that for years.

    “Long time lurker, very recent joinee”

    I’m recommending something that seems unrelated, but necessary, take a chem 101 class with a lab at a local community college or university.

    Skills, using equipment, measuring, all that will help you immensely. Audit the course if you want the knowledge without the pressure of getting a grade.
     
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    A friend of mine has this book and it is a good one. I think it is out of print and really expensive now.

    Lovin’ Soap Studio has a free ebook https://www.lovinsoap.com/ I haven’t read it, so can’t say what it’s like. She is also about to release a new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soapmaking. The kindle edition is available at Amazon now.
     
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