New Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Shannon Buck

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DIY natural beauty book - 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Just released is the new natural beauty recipe book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beautyby Shannon Buck!

This new 4 1/2 star rated natural beauty book will teach you all that you need to know to make your own organic natural beauty products. Learn how to create homemade lotions and potions at home using natural and holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. You’ll also be instructed on the properties of conditioning carrier oils and naturally moisturizing butters as well as aromatic floral extracts. Many of these natural beauty recipes are perfect for your overall health and include curative herbal extracts and therapeutic essential oils. This natural beauty book contains clear step by step photographs and instructions as well as expert tips and easy to follow natural beauty recipes.

You can buy 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty now in paperback here. Or save by purchasing the kindle version of this natural beauty book here. (Don’t own a kindle? Download the free kindle app. Or purchase the all new kindle paperwhite.)

If you like 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck, then also be sure to check out the collection of similar books by author, Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, a #1 best seller with a 5 star review, is among one of her many prized favorites. You may also enjoy Fifi M. Maacaron’s book, Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More, in addition to Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman’s book, The Home Apothecary: Cold Spring Apothecary’s Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home.

To discover even more natural beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr as well as FacebookTwitter, G+ and Instagram for more great beauty book recommendations and natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.


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Milk Soapmaking and Other Free Soapmaking eBooks and Homemade Soap Recipes

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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.

To keep up with all of my new homemade soap recipes and projects and never miss a post be sure to follow Soap Deli News blog on Blog Lovin’ and on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.


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DIY Quick Tips and Must Have Soapmaking Equipment

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Turn a Pyrex Measuring Cup into a Double Boiler!

There are often times when making your own homemade bath and beauty products that you come across some rather heat sensitive ingredients that you just don’t want to use a microwave for. Sure a microwave is quick and easy but sometimes it can go a little overboard. Not to mention burnt waxes don’t smell pretty. If you’re just getting started and not ready to invest in a double boiler, no worries.

My friend and fellow blogger, Cari Dunn of Everything Pretty, told me that she uses a canning ring to convert a glass Pyrex measuring cup into a double boiler in a pinch. Simply place the canning ring your pot and set the measuring cup on top, then add your water around the measuring cup and turn on the heat! Or try a Universal Double Boiler for less that will fit your existing 2 quart and 4 quart sauce pans!

Speaking of Pyrex measuring cups, these have become a staple piece in my stash of soapmaking equipment. I own two each of the one cup and two cup measuring cups and one of the four cup or quart measuring cups. Following are some of my other favorite soapmaking tools and equipment I use on a regular basis.

Must Have Soapmaking Tools and Equipment

A good scale is an absolute must. I’ve been using a Baker’s Math Kitchen Scale for years. It measure in ounces, grams, kilograms, pounds and pounds with ounces. It’s heavier duty than standard kitchen scales and postal scales, doesn’t need re-calibrating and comes with a 30-year warranty. You’ll need it weigh out ingredients for soap recipes as well as many bath and body recipes.

A hand blender or stick blender is another must have accessory. It takes the hardest physcial part of soapmaking – the mixing – out of the equation and helps you not only achieve trace faster, but also ensures a evenly mixed batch of soap. In twelve years I’ve only gone through two stick blenders. My latest, and also the cheapest, has lasted longer than the first so it doesn’t need to be brand specific.

Loaf molds. While I regularly use my trusty wooden loaf soap molds my dad made for me – these are the size I use for the cold process soap recipes I post here on my blog – silicone molds have become commonplace and can help make crafting cold process soaps simpler. As there’s no need to line these molds it helps to save on time and waste. The Crafter’s Choice™ Regular Silicone Loaf Soap Mold is a great silicone loaf mold and most all of the soap recipes I create for Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine will fit perfectly inside this mold.

Bakers & Chefs 12″ x 3000ft. Foodservice Film continues to be a staple for my finished products. It’s not only inexpensive for the quantity but it sticks much better than regular plastic wrap making it a both a smart and simple choice for wrapping melt and pour glycerin soaps and giving them a more professional look. It also works great on cold process soaps. You’ll find that the 12″ size is perfect for most standard size bars of soap.

Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes are great for when you’re making smaller sized recipes for things like lip balm and salves where you need to measure out fragrance, oils and flavors in smaller quantities. These can be purchased in bulk and are relatively inexpensive so there’s no reason not to use a fresh pipette for each ingredient. The measurement marks make it easy to measure out your liquid ingredients in both millimeters and portions thereof.

Small graduated glass beakers or plastic beakers are great for pouring things by hand when you need a steadier hand. I love the 50ml beakers for pouring my lip balms into tubes. Trying to use a syringe can cause the lip balm to cool too quickly while a plastic transfer pipette can melt if you try to add the liquid lip balm to the tubes too hot. With the beakers both of those issues are solved and I find even without a lip balm filling tray, my not so steady hand can fill a lip balm tube on a kitchen counter without having to secure it in any way.

Silicone Spatulas are another tool I always have handy for helping get all of my soap in the mold as well as for random bath and beauty recipes. I also have an extra sturdy metal spoon with a thick handle that won’t bend when scooping out solidified coconut or palm oils from tubs and a basic 1 cup measuring cup scooping out ingredients to be weighed like sodium hydroxide and palm kernel flakes.

I also own a trio of stainless steel pots so I always have the perfect size to fit my cold process soap recipes whether they be large or small. It also allows me to make three small batches at one time.

Interested in learning how to make your own homemade cold process soaps from scratch? Be sure to check out my soapmaking tutorial or follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for an ever growing collection of handmade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s.

Do you make homemade soaps? I’d love to hear what your favorite tools and equipment are! Share your favorites along with any tips and tricks you have that make the job easier!


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Great Stuff to Buy & DIY

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Lately I am just in love with my weekends. My New Year’s resolution was to do more social networking but to do it in real life. While that means a little less time getting my craft on, it also means a happier, more positive – and perhaps even a better connected – me. However, should the cold or the rain be keeping you in this weekend, here are a few of my newest favorite finds you can buy, DIY and, of course, eat. Plus a few random things that every girl should just know just in case – like how to stock a bar cart.

Crafty Fab Finds to Buy and DIY

Clockwise from top left: {BUY} Grasshopper Stapler via Anthropologie / {EAT} Tex Mex Rice and Black Bean Salad Wraps via Yummy Mummy Kitchen / {KNOW} How to Stock a Bar Cart via A Beautiful Mess / {BUY} Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards & Giveaway via Julie Ann Art

Best Weekend DIY Projects

Clockwise from top left: {DIY} Steel Pipe Chandelier via Something is Done / {DIY} Rose Body Scrub via Oh So Pretty / {EAT} Popcorn Macaron with Salted Caramel Filling via Eat, Show & Tell / {DIY} Photograph Poster Prints via Home Tree Atlas

Cool Stuff to DIY

Clockwise from top left: {BUY} Polaroid Socialmatic Camera via Poppytalk / {DIY} Whiskey & Woodsmoke Bear Balm via Transient Expression / {DRINK} PMS Herbal Relief Tea Recipe via DIY Natural / {DIY} Solitaire Hex Bolt Pendant via Instructables

For more of my favorite DIY and recipe finds, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest!


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DIY Soap Cutter – A Simple Guide for Cutting Your Soap into Bars

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How to Make a Soap Cutter - DIY Soap Cutting Guide for Homemade Soap

If you’re looking for a way to consistently cut your homemade soap loaves into bars so that they the same size every time, then you need a soap cutter! There’s no need to purchase expensive equipment to do this, especially if you’re just starting out. Instead, craft your own handmade diy soap cutter.

How to Make a Soap Cutter - DIY Soap Cutting Guide for Homemade Soap

The measurements for this soap cutter are made to pair up with my tutorial on how to make wooden loaf soap molds. It can be used for both melt and pour glycerin soap and homemade cold process soaps. To get started you’ll need either craft wood or plywood that is 3/4″ thick, some screws, wood glue, an electric screwdriver and a saw in order to make your cuts. If you aren’t able to cut your own wood, you may be able to find a friend, neighbor or parent to give you a hand. (My dad made mine for me.) I have also heard that if you purchase wood from Lowe’s that they will cut to your specifications.

How to Make a Handmade Soap Cutter DIY

The two sides of your soap cutter should be cut to measure 6 1/2″ long by 5″ high. The bottom piece to your soap cutter will need to measure 6 3/4″ long by 3 1/2″ wide. The front stop – which keeps your soap from sliding out to ensure bars are all cut the same size – should measure 5″ long by 2″ high.

Assemble your soap cutter so that the bottom fits in between the two sides. The sides should rest flat on the surface with the bottom in between. Apply wood glue to hold the sides together and clamp until dry. Then put several screw into the side for extra hold. Now glue the front stop to the front of the soap cutter and screw in. Finally, use a saw to cut guides down the two sides and slightly into the bottom piece of wood. These cuts determine the size of your bars. About 3/4″ in make standard size bars in width. Make the cuts further out – 1″ or more – for thicker bars. Make sure the cuts are wide enough that the tool of your choice you’ll be using for cutting will fit into these slits. I use a Chef’s knife to cut my soaps with this soap cutting guide.

Making homemade cold process soap for the first time? Be sure to check out my DIY Soapmaking Tutorial as well as my Beginner Cold Process Soap Recipe.


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