Soap Making

Soap Making

Self-sufficiency

Book - 2009
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We often think about how the things we put into our body affect us, but how much time do we take to consider how the things we put onto our body? This timely book is packed full of helpful advice about how to make your own luxurious and beautiful soaps at home, using only the best natural ingredients.

Sarah Ade lists natural ingredients and their properties before describing how to combine them for a specific purpose. She also discusses the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle and holistic skin care, and why your body will thank you for them. This is an essential guide for anyone interested in what they put onto their body as well as what they put inside.

About the Self-Sufficiency Series : More and more Americans are becoming concerned about living a healthier land more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Whether it's moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city-living a little simpler and easier, the "Green" movement is changing the way we live our day-to-day lives. Skyhorse's new Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help--offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully-illustrated series made even more beautiful because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2009
ISBN: 9781602397903
1602397902
Branch Call Number: 668.12 A228s 2009
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm

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smlewisgood
Dec 01, 2016

I caution anyone following the guidance in this book. It has a very big safety error:
- The author gives instruction (multiple times) to add water to the Sodium Hydroxide. You should not do this! When you add water to Sodium Hydroxide a considerable amount of heat is released which can cause the mixture to splatter, shatter the container, etc., Considering that this is an extremely corrosive material specially to the eyes, the consequences can be serious. In a chemical lab, NaOH is handled with extreme care, goggles and gloves being mandatory. Even fairly dilute solutions of NaOH can cause loss of an eye even in short exposures BEWARE!

Instead, you should measure the water and slowly add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water. The order makes a difference. There will be a bit of steaming and foaming, but it will not explode in your face.

Also, the recipes use measurement (e.g. 1/2 cup) instead of weight (e.g. ounces) which makes for imprecise soap making.

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