How to Make Hand Milled Soap (With A Charcoal & Anise Soap Recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron)

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Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Keep reading to learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. 

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

New Natural Soap Making Book

Is soap making a new hobby you’ve been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making.

As we discover in Amanda Gail’s new book, there are many different ways to make soap. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques. These natural soap making methods include:

  • Hand Milled Soap Making
  • Melt and Pour Soap Making
  • Liquid Soap Making
  • Hot Process Soap Making
  • Cold Process Soap Making

In addition to comprehensive, easy to follow soap making tutorials, Amanda’s book also contains numerous natural soap recipes. Each of these recipes enable you to explore all of the soap making methods mentioned, then further build on that knowledge. In addition, you’ll also gain insight on essential soap making equipment and ingredients you need to get started. The book also contains insider soap design tricks and soap making techniques that will further guarantee your success.

Regardless of your preferred soap making method, you’ll find that soap making quickly becomes an addictive hobby. Therefore it won’t be long until you’re not only supplying natural soaps for your family, but for friends and coworkers too! You’ll also begin to build the foundation for achieving not just your soap making goals, but for starting a business to sell your natural soaps.

What Is Hand Milled Soap?

Two of the easiest ways for beginners to get started in soap making are through melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. While most of you are likely familiar with making melt and pour soap using a glycerin soap base, you may be less familiar with how to make hand milled soap.

If you’re looking for an easy (and affordable) way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then I highly recommend you learn how to make hand milled soap. You’ll find, that if you’re already a fan of handmade soaps, making hand milled soap is a great way to use up leftover soap slivers. It also allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

Hand milled soaps are created by rebatching unscented (or leftover) soaps on the stovetop or in an oven. This is done to add scent and color, conditioning skin care ingredients or to salvage a botched cold process soap batch. Typically one makes hand milled soap by grating an existing soap bar, then mixing it will milk or water. Once the soap melts, other ingredients can be added to customize the fragrance, color or other properties of the soap.

Hand milling soap is an easy way to learn how to make custom natural soaps. The process is easier than making soap completely from scratch in which you combine lye and soap making fats. It’s also a safer process for anyone who has pets or small children in the home.

Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. If you're looking for an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then learn how to make hand milled soap. Making hand milled soap allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

How to Make Hand Milled Soap

I hope that you’re as excited as I was the first time I learned how to make hand milled soap. Amanda was gracious enough to share her charcoal & anise hand milled soap recipe from her new book, which you can find below.

Anise & Charcoal Natural Soap Recipe

This stark black hand milled soap is naturally scented with anise, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Formulated with an easy to use hand milled soap base, this homemade soap recipe also contains activated charcoal. The addition of charcoal makes this hand milled soap perfect for acne prone skin, as charcoal works to draw out impurities, oils and toxins from skin.

Following is Amanda’s recipe for charcoal & anise soap (from her book) along with her instructions on how to make hand milled soap. This recipe yields four hand milled soap bars, each weighing approximately 113 grams. It can be made from start to completion in about an hour. You can use pre-bought soap shreds for this recipe. Alternately, you can also grate your own soap from bars of unscented cold or hot process soap.

Equipment Needed:

Digital scale
Glass container
1 (16-ounce) heatproof glass measuring cup
Silicone spatulas
Measuring spoons
Oval silicone mold (with at least 4 cavities)

Ingredients:

450 grams unscented and uncolored soap shreds
1/2 tablespoon charcoal powder
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
4 grams lavender essential oil
4 grams anise essential oil
2 grams peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Start by prepping the essential oils for this soap. Do this by weighing out each of the three essential oils called for in the recipe. Then blend together in glass container and set aside.

Now wet the soap shreds.

Heat the moistened soap shreds until they become translucent and resemble mashed potatoes.

Once melted, remove the soap from heat.

Working quickly add the prepared essential oil fragrance blend. Then mix in the essential oils and the charcoal powder until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Now divide the rose petals among each mold cavity.

Quickly spoon the the soap into each mold cavity, covering the rose petals. Then use a spatula to smooth the soap down.

Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold.

Allow the finished hand milled soap bars to cure for two weeks prior to use.

To use, massage onto wet facial skin. Allow the soap to sit on your face, as you would a mask, for about one minute. Then rinse off and pat dry.

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

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New Beauty and Skin Care Books

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Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more.

New Beauty and Skin Care Books

Right now you can pre-order, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, by Marie Rayma – creator of Humblebee & Me blog! Marie, of Calgary, Canada, shares a wonderful collection of beauty and skin care recipes for cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and lip balms weekly on her blog – of which I’m a long time fan – here. Her goal, with both her blog and her new book, is to allow us to ditch store bought beauty and skin care products and swap them for quality, homemade natural beauty alternatives. Marie posts new recipes to her blog, Humblebee & Me, twice a week and is super excited about the upcoming release of her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care.

Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more. Detailed information on each ingredient used can be in Make It Up so you understand the strengths and benefits of each ingredient used. In addition, products can be tailored for you individual skin care needs—from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited to any complexion.

With easy-to-follow instructions, Make It Up includes recipes for more than 40 essential beauty and skin care recipes that will replace just about everything you put on your face and body with handmade, high-performance, healthy alternatives. Learn more about this book or pre-order it now here.

Handmade Beauty explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms & more!

Another beauty and skin care book you may be interested in is Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for your Face, Body and Hair by authors Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton. This beauty book is a guide filled with skin care and hair care recipes you can make at home with a few basic materials and kitchen equipment.

Handmade Beauty begins by exploring the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments.

In addition you’ll also find step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout Handmade Beauty to ensure that all of the hair and skin care recipes are easy to follow. There are also ideas on how to package and present your completed handmade beauty products. Learn more about Handmade Beauty or buy it now here.

Other books by popular bloggers that you may like include 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants (by the author of A Nerdy Farm Wife blog) and The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients (by the author of The Natural Beauty Workshop blog.)

Fifteen new and fantastic books to read to nurture your creative side this summer. From recipes to writing to crafts, you’re sure to discover something wonderful inside each one!

For more great books to keep your creative side happy this summer, check out my collection of must read books for summer on my Tumblr blog here.

For a huge collection of natural beauty and skin care recipes be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.

Books to Buy: Herbs for Natural Beauty

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Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Recipes include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more.

Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Beauty recipes that can be found in Herbs for Natural Beauty include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more. You can purchase the kindle version of this book from Amazon or buy the paperback version from Amazon here

Other books by within this series by Rosemary Gladstar include Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System. A Storey BASICS® Title, Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care. A Storey BASICS® Title, and Herbs for Long-Lasting Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Lifelong Vitality. A Storey BASICS® Title. Or purchase Rosemary Gladstar’s best selling kindle ebook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use! Don’t own a kindle? Download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App! It works on most devices including tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.

Milk Soapmaking and Other 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 next to nothing. 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 soapmaking and related ebooks available 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, andHomemade Body Butter: 25 Natural, Preservative-Free Recipes for Homemade Body Butter by Kelly Meral.

Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can quickly and easily download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App 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.

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 and Instagram.

How to Make Soap with the Book, Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

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Soapmaking Book on How to Make Homemade Cold Process Soaps - Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

When I first started making soap in 2001 the internet was still very young. Etsy didn’t exist yet and I wasn’t really aware of other soapmakers or crafters online. Eventually I discovered the Craftster.org – an online community for crafts and DIY where other craft novices and craft pros would share their finished projects and tutorials. That group eventually led me to Etsy when it first made its appearance in 2005 and I signed up while it was still in beta. Listings were free then; it was also a very different ecommerce site from what it is today. So essentially I learned how to make soap on my own through trial and error and what I considered the bible of soapmaking at the time, The Soapmaker’s Companion, by Susan Miller Cavitch which was first published in 1997.

Nowadays there are scores of books on how to make homemade soap as well as blogs and forums full of tutorials, recipes, techniques and other handy advice as well as communities like Etsy. There is also the book, Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps, by Anne-Marie Faiola which was published in August of this year. Faiola, endearingly referenced as the “Soap Queen” ventured into soapmaking very similarly to the same way I did through book research and trial and error. As a result, unlike The Soapmaker’s Companion, Soap Crafting presents its content in a simple, straight forward manner that leaves no room for confusion. Easier for a beginner to grasp than The Soapmaker’s Companion, Faiola’s book not only breaks down the basics of soapmaking in a way that is simple and easy to understand, it is also presented with beautiful photography to guide you through the process so there’s no confusion – something that is lacking in The Soapmaker’s Companion which consists only of limited hand drawings and no actual photography. That said, The Soapmaker’s Companion is still an invaluable resource for those who are in pursuit of the all the information there is to have on making cold process soaps.

While this book is perfect for beginners wanting to make their very first batch of soap, this book is also suitable for those who enjoy making homemade soaps for more than simply function but aesthetic beauty as well. Faiola covers not only the basics, colors, molds, and food ingredients you can include as part your soap recipes, but she also delves into embedding soaps, funnel pours and gorgeous swirling techniques. In addition to the instructional content of this amazing soapmaking book, there are also thirty-one homemade soap recipes to get you started.

Currently you buy both kindle and spiral bound versions of Soap Crafting from Amazon. Or you can opt for the hardcover version of this book which is available from Mountain Rose Herbs.