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soap making books by Joy James

How to make your own soap. Second Edition.

Want to learn how to make soap? Looking for soap making books? Look no further - Joy's book takes you step-by-step, with full instructions, through the process of making col-process soap. Now with many more sumptuous recipes. Contains over 30 full colour photographs of every single stage of the soap making process. Learn how to make soap in the comfort of your own home.

ISBN No. 9781907615108
Paperback, 160 x 160mm
76 pages, 42 full colour photos

An exceptionally easy-to-follow book, showing the basic steps to making soap at home using the ‘cold process’ method. The book includes 11 gorgeous recipes: vanilla and star anise, gardeners' soap, palm-free rose soap, avocado and kelp, white lavender, honey and beeswax, calendula and goat's milk, honey and wheatgerm, palm-free kitchen soap, black cardamom and argan oil and beer soap (shaving soap). All are well within the scope of a beginner soap maker.

Each step of the soap making process is not only explained fully, but there are also step-by-step photographs of every stage. There are also photos and descriptions of all the ingredients and utensils you'll need, including 8 base oils (palm oil, cocoa butter, castor oil, shea butter, rice bran oil and wheatgerm oil), 5 additives (lavender buds, honey, oatmeal, wheatgerm Flakes and rosehips), 2 essential oils (lavender and geranium) and a fragrance oil (rose). It then goes on to describe how to make soap in full detail. And hopefully you won't need it, but no book on soap making is complete without a comprehensive troubleshooting section. Joy also lists a number of very useful soap making forums online, where you can discuss all things soap with other soap makers. The book ends with a comprehensive list of suppliers for the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia.

For those of you who are concerned about the use of palm oil, which has become very controversial due to rainforests being cut down to make way for palm plantations, Joy shows you where you can get organic palm oil from sustainable plantations, and also includes two palm-oil-free soap recipe for anyone who'd rather not use it at all.

About the author

Joy first discovered how to make soap whilst working as a Marketing and Events Assistant for the Made in Lancashire Art & Craft Initiative. One of the members (thanks Sue!) made soap and it intrigued Joy no end. Sue gave her a bar of patchouli soap and Joy was in love. When Joy had to leave that job and move to Derbyshire with her husband due to a change in his job, she decided to have a go at making soap whilst looking for a new job. She was hooked from the word go and hasn’t stopped making it since. She now has a very clean family and set of friends... And a great little addition to the world of soap making books... Joy makes and sells soap professionally and sells her soap to the National Trust in the UK. She also loves to experiment - one of her favourite soaps at the moment uses lemongrass, lime and ginger.

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