Milk Soapmaking and Other Free Soapmaking eBooks and Homemade Soap Recipes

How to Make Homemade Milk Soaps and Homemade Milk Soap Recipes

I was pretty stoked to find a rather great collection of soapmaking kindle ebooks available today for free. Two of these that I was especially excited to see include Anne L. Watson’s books Milk Soapmaking: The Smart and Simple Guide to Making Lovely Milk Soap from Scratch with Cow Milk, Goat Milk, Buttermilk, Cream, Coconut Milk, or Any Other Animal or Plant Milk and Smart Lotionmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Luxurious Lotions, or How to Make Lotion from Scratch That’s Better Than You Buy and Costs You Less. Both of these books have been around for some time and have been previously published in paperback!

Milk Soapmaking includes step by step directions on how to make homemade milk soaps from prep to clean up along with a collections of homemade milk soap recipes including Yogurt Parfait Homemade Milk Soap Recipe, Apricot Cream Homemade Milk Soap Recipe, Buttermilk Castile Soap Recipe, Deena’s Avocado Cream Homemade Milk Soap Recipe and more! Download Milk Soapmaking here.

How to Make Homemade Lotion and Homemade Lotion Recipes

Smart Lotionmaking delves into how to make lotions, how to test your lotions to make sure they are safe, and includes a collections of both milk and non-milk homemade lotion recipes as well as information on how to create your own homemade lotion recipes. Download Smart Lotionmaking here.

Soapmaking for Beginners - Beginner Homemade Soap Recipes and Tutorial

Other free soapmaking and related ebooks available for free today include Soap Making for Beginners: Proven Secrets to Making All Natural Homemade Soaps that Will Rejuvenate, Refresh and Revitalize Your Skin by Jessica Jacobs, Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes For Beginners: Essential Oil Recipes For Household Cleaning, Laundry & Toxic Free Living by Lindsey P, Organic Lotion: Recipes for Beginners: How to Create Homemade Organic Lotions For Beauty, Nourishment, and Skin Healing by Marlene Ray, Homemade Body Butter: 25 Natural, Preservative-Free Recipes for Homemade Body Butter by Kelly Meral, and Aromatherapy: The Big Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Beginners Book – A proven Guide for Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to Improve Your Health by A.A. Riddle.

Free ebooks come and go quickly. These were free when this post was created but if the offer has passed be sure to visit Amazon’s Kindle bestsellers in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home here to view all current free and paid kindle ebooks that are available. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can quickly and easily download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App here for your favorite device whether it’s your computer, tablet or smartphone!

For more homemade soap recipes as well as natural homemade bath and body recipes and beauty DIY’s, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. If you follow all of my Pinterest boards you’ll also discover lots of great DIY craft projects, homemade gift ideas, lifestyle tips and recipes. You can also read my own tutorial for making homemade cold process soaps here or  view my own full collection of homemade soap recipes at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

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Homemade DIY Gin Recipe and a Simple DIY Gin Kit

Homemade Gin Kit and DIY Gin Recipe

I’ve been trying lots of new DIY projects lately and one I’m super psyched about is this homemade DIY gin kit. It’s available for sale at Amazon (Amazon Prime eligible) as well as Darby Smart, where I’ve been purchasing a lot of my DIY craft kits lately.

I’ve been tempted for a while to buy the entire kit, but I instead opted for simply purchasing the homemade gin refill kit available from Darby Smart which is essentially a tin of the botanicals you need to infuse vodka to taste like gin. It’s $15 with free shipping and makes sense if you want to try this out before buying the botanicals in bulk for your own recipe blend. And since you have to buy the vodka anyway, you can simply re-use the same vodka bottle for the gin without having to fork out a lot of extra money for fancy vintage styled bottles. (Or if you want to get fancy, use a Bormioli Rocco Giara Bottle With Stopper.) Then simply use cheesecloth to drain the botanicals out of the final product.

Running your homemade gin through a Brita Everyday Water Filter Pitcher five times will remove any remaining sediment. (Be sure to start with a new filter and soak it in water for fifteen minutes before using.) This is optional of course depending on the end product you’re looking for. If you used cheap vodka I highly recommend not skipping this step.

Now use your homemade gin to make a classic French 75. (A French 75 is the same as the French 95 but it’s made with gin instead of bourbon. (Check out this popular recipe here.)

If you’re ready to make your own botanical blend – and get more bang for your buck – give this DIY gin recipe a go. Then feel free to punch it up with other botanicals of your choosing.

DIY Gin Recipe


3 Tablespoons juniper berries
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
5 cardamon pods, broken into pieces
6 whole allspice berries
1 bay leaf
1 Tablespoon dried grapefruit peel


Combine all ingredients in large glass jar with 3 cups of vodka and tightly close lid. Shake well then allow to steep for 36 hours. Strain through cheesecloth and then use a funnel to fill up your final bottle of choice.

Experiment with making your own homemade DIY gin recipes by adding or subbing some of the ingredients with a small amount of other herbs and botanicals such as but not limited to Star Anise, whole cloves, Thai basil, cherrywood, whole nutmeg, and cilantro leaf.

Also be sure to follow my new-ish Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest for homemade cocktail recipes for all occasions. Or follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ and never miss a post!

Lemon & Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

DIY Lemon and Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe with a Hint of Sheer Bronze Shimmer

Give your lip some love with this natural homemade lip balm recipe! It’s lightly scented with natural lemongrass and ginger essential oils and contains an optional bronze mica for just a hint of sheer shimmer.

DIY Lemon and Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe with a Hint of Sheer Bronze Shimmer

Lemon & Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


.45 oz. jojoba oil (natural or clear)
.45 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.3 oz. white cosmetic beeswax
.3 oz. carnauba wax
.3 oz. castor oil
.25 oz. refined 76° melt point coconut oil
.5 oz. refined/deodorized shea butter
.45 oz. sweet almond oil
1 Tablespoon bronze mica powder
18 drops lemongrass essential oil
12 drops ginger essential oil
10 drops non-GMO vitamin E oil

You’ll also need:

Lip balm tubes with lids
Small glass Pyrex measuring cup
Graduated plastic transfer pipettes
Digital scale
Fork or other utensil for stirring
Tablespoon measuring spoon
Small glass or plastic beaker


Begin by weighing out the beeswax and carnauba wax into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at 50% power in the microwave or in a double boiler – you can place the measuring cup in a pot of water on top of a canning ring in a pinch – until the waxes are melted about 2/3 of the way through.

Next measure out the cocoa butter and add to the waxes. Continue melting. Once these have melted completely, weigh out and add the coconut oil and shea butter and continue heating until these are melted.

Remove from heat source and weigh out the jojoba, castor and sweet almond oils and stir in the previously melted ingredients.

Using a new plastic transfer pipette for each essential oil, add the ginger and lemongrass essential oils and stir.

Now measure out the bronze mica powder and mix and whisk with a fork until fully incorporated. (For bold rather than sheer color increase the amount until you reach desired color. It will look darker in the tube than on your lips!) If the mixture has started to cool reheat slightly. If you prefer a completely natural homemade lip balm recipe, omit the bronze mica entirely or substitute with a natural colorant of your choice such as beet root powder.

Transfer half the melted lip balm into a small beaker and then pour into lip balm tubes. Repeat with the second half of the lip balm. (I use the small beakers as they are so much easier to control and the transfer pipettes will melt if your lip balm base is too hot or if it’s too cool the lip balm will harden in the tubes very quickly.)

Once the lip balms have cooled completely and hardened, cap then label as desired.

For more natural homemade lip balm recipes, visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest for natural homemade lip balm recipes as well as homemade soap recipes and other beauty DIY’s. Don’t want to miss a post? Follow Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’!

This recipe yields approximately 20-21 lip balms.