How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars – Book Review and Giveaway

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How to Make Homemade Shampoo Bars - Melt and Pour Shampoo Bars DIY and Hand-Milled Shampoo Bar Recipes
Trying out new homemade bath and beauty recipes is always fun. So when Lisa Maliga, author of The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting, asked if I’d like to review her newest book, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, I was happy to oblige.
This book is a fun introduction to making homemade shampoo bars for those recently getting into melt and pour soapmaking. It provides overall comprehensive information you’ll need to get started and serves as a great springing board for later creating your own custom shampoo bar recipes for your family and their specific hair care needs.
How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars begins by explaining the many benefits of making your own natural shampoo bars. Not only do you not have to worry about spilling shampoo bars, they also use less packaging, are perfect for travel and camping, easy to use, and they can be completely customized with your favorite scents or hair care needs. Additionally, homemade shampoo bars are economical and eco-friendly, dog safe and they can also be used on your face and body cutting out the need for additional products. What’s more, as many commercial soaps contain tallow – referred to as sodium tallowate in the ingredient list – which is render cow or pig fat, this book will allow you to create your own animal friendly products if you choose to live a vegan lifestyle.
DIY California Goats Milk and Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

There are also some wonderful informational sections on how to store your soap bases prior to and in between usage, the differences between fragrance oils and essential oils, fragrance blending tips, and what kinds of molds to use – including my new favorite soap molds, silicone molds, which allow for ease of soap removal and the creation of fun shapes. (They can also be used to make your own handmade solid sugar scrub cubes, homemade solid lotion bars, and bath bombs making them a great choice if you are wanting to make more of your own diy bath and body products.) Further, there’s a guide to natural additives like aloe, avocado oil, jojoba oil – even beer – that can be included in your handmade shampoo bars as well as a list of herbs and essential oils that are recommended for each hair type from dry to normal to oily as well as those suffering from hair loss or dandruff.

The handmade shampoo recipes within this book Homemade Natural Sensuous Silk Shampoo Bar Recipe - Made with Moringa Seed Oil and Hydrolized Silkare divided into two sections – melt and pour shampoo bar recipes and hand-milled (or rebatched) shampoo bar recipes. Both of these methods are perfect for those who want to make their own quality bath products at home, but aren’t ready to delve into cold process soapmaking which involves the use of sodium hydroxide, commonly referred to as lye. Some of the homemade melt and pour shampoo bar recipes include Rosemary & Lavender, Mono de Tahiti, Peppermint Mocha, Chamomile Comfort, Lentil Bliss and Sensuous Silk (pictured right) which contains Moringa Seed Oil and silk.
How to Handmilled Soap Shampoo Bars - DIY Homemade Shampoo Bar RecipesThe handmilled shampoo bar recipes – which are made from grating and rebatching an existing bar of soap and adding skin and hair care ingredients – include  recipes like Pink Clay & Shea, Strong & Silky, Brewed Coffee, Bouncy Brew – made with brown ale, Chocolate Chili – made with cayenne pepper and chocolate, Roobis Tea & Coconut, Matcha Green Tea, and Yucca & Nettle Leaf. Each recipe includes a photograph of the finished product as well as photographs of the steps involved.

In addition to the twenty-one shampoo bar recipes included in this book, there are also hair rinse and hair mask recipes, as well as information on creating and using hair oil, tips for using your shampoo bars and packaging ideas. There’s also an excellent suppliers list of places to buy ingredients for your shampoo bar projects as well as a list of soapmaking mold suppliers. Of course one of my favorite suppliers for organic ingredients, Mountain Rose Herbs, is included within these extensive lists.

You can purchase Lisa’s newest book, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, at Amazon.

Or you can enter for a chance to win the kindle ebook, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, through March 24th, 2013 by entering via Rafflecopter below.

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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas - Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas for the Whole Family
With the holidays quickly approaching now is the time to start thinking ahead for the gift giving season. If you’re planning on making homemade Christmas gifts this year, getting started early means less stress later on and more time to create something really special for friends and loved ones. To help get your creative juices flowing, I wanted to share a few diy Christmas gift idea books that are currently available as instant ebook downloads! All of these ebooks are available for download to your Kindle or free Kindle App. (The kindle app is available for any device you own from your phone to your pc or macbook and doesn’t cost a cent!)

Homemade Christmas Gifts and More – Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas For The Whole Family contains a variety of handmade gift ideas including food gifts (and the recipes to make them), simple spa gifts, and gifts for the home such as diy picture frames, candles, crocheted gifts as well as Christmas ornaments, gift baskets, and homemade gift certificates.

Holiday Recipes: 150 Easy Recipes and Gifts From Your Kitchen is also free today and includes recipes for making breads, cakes, pies, candy, and cheese balls for gift giving. There are also recipes for making dishes to serve at holiday gatherings including appetizer, salads, drinks and dips! There’s even a no bake pumpkin pie recipe! You’ll also find photos of the resulting recipes along with ideas for packaging them as gifts and free printables for packaging your creations.

I also like the book, The Staycation Jar: 200 Family Fun Ideas For Creative Meals, Main Events, Silliness, Love Projects. As it’s starting to get really cold outside that means more time is being spent indoors which can result in either way too much tv, squabbling among kids, or going a wee bit stir crazy. This ebook contains some great ideas for entertaining the family inside while it’s cold outside as well as some fun and interactive creative meal ideas that get the whole family involved.

And because I know we all want to look and feel young for as long as possible, also be sure to grab Anti-Aging Herbs : Herbs To Help You Feel Better, Live Longer and Look Younger – Includes Recipes! (Healing Foods Series). It’s also free today and contains information on how herbs can lessen the effects of aging and which herbs offer what benefits along with some great recipes that incorporate these various herbs. Some of the recipes include Apple Ginger Oatmeal, Coconut Berry Smoothie, Walnut Protein Pancakes, Cinnamon Walnut Quinoa, Sugar Free Bilberry Jam, Black Cohosh Tea, Dandelion Walnut Salad, Ginseng Chicken Soup, Black Bean Meatless Burger, Chicken Tumeric Curry, Sauteed Asparagus with Ginger and Sesame Seeds, Squash Brownies and more!

Want to make your own cosmetics, bath and beauty products? These books aren’t free today, but they are very inexpensive to buy or you can borrow them for free with your Amazon Prime Membership for which there is a month free trial! Plus I think that handmade bath and body products make for great gifts and homemade stocking stuffers! Some of my favorites at just 99¢ each include:

Interested in a bath and body kit? Try Kiss Naturals’ DIY Bath Fizzie Making Kit,DIY Soap Making Kit and Creativity for Kids’ Make Your Own Cupcake Soaps – all of which qualify for free super saver shipping.

What kinds of homemade gifts do you enjoy giving and receiving?

How to Make DIY Homemade Salves and Lip Balms

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How to Make Homemade DIY Salves and Lip Balms
The eBook, Handcrafting Salves & Lip Balms From Your Kitchen by Alan Bullington, contains information on basic ingredients for making your own artisan salves and lip balms, properties on the different oils used in making these beauty and skin care products, how to use herbs and essential oils, recipes and more. This book contains several basic recipes including a Tea Tree Herbal Salve, Lotion Stick, Lip Balm and Light Salve Recipes.
This book is available for instant download to your kindle. Don’t own a kindle? Be sure to check out the awesome new Kindle Fire HD. Or download the Free Kindle App for your iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Window Phone 7, Blackberry, iPad Tablet, Android Tablet, and both Windows and Mac computers.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap – Lisa Maliga’s The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting

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Learn how to make melt and pour soap for the first time without the mistakes that waste both time and money!

Learn how to make melt and pour soap for the first time without the mistakes that waste both time and money with Lisa Maliga's book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting! This helpful book teaches you how to make melt and pour soaps successfully the first time without typical beginner mistakes.

Learning a new craft for the first time can be a daunting task sometimes filled with a lot of trial and error – especially if it’s a craft you are teaching yourself. Making handmade soap, especially, can be confusing and sometimes unsuccessful your first try if you don’t have the proper knowledge or someone knowledgeable in the field to lend a hand.

When I first started making soaps, I made melt and pour soaps. While chemically simpler than making cold process soaps, they can still provide a unique challenge as far as the ingredients you may wish to include in your soaps and the coloring, design and even the unmolding of your creations. Fortunately, if you’re giving melt and pour soapmaking a first time try there are many valuable resources available to you.

One of my favorite resources for learning how to make melt and pour soap is the book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga. Had this book existed the first time I melted cubes of soap, color and fragrance in my microwave, I definitely would have had more successful trials and less error. But now that it’s been written, this is one soapmaking book you’re must add to your collection for future reference and research into this exciting craft.

What I like best about this book on how to make make melt and pour soap is how comprehensive it is overall. It starts small with many of the basics some instructional guides tend to skip over or breeze through, and expands on the information as you progress. It includes soapmaking instructions on not only the best way to make your melt and pour soaps, but what equipment to use for the greatest product results.

This helpful book on how to make melt and pour soap covers everything from choosing your soap base and molds to adding fragrances, herbs, and color. There’s also information for labeling and packaging your soaps for those wanting to give their end product as gifts or those considering starting their own business.

Learn how to make melt and pour soap for the first time without the mistakes that waste both time and money with Lisa Maliga's book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting! This helpful book teaches you how to make melt and pour soaps successfully the first time without typical beginner mistakes.

I was extra excited that Lisa shares her soap secrets in this soapmaking book. There are a few tips that she offers that I learned the hard way on my own. This of course resulted in some rather disappointing soap. While still usable, it wasn’t pretty.

Had I known that lavender buds in melt and pour soaps will discolor the entire bar of soap brown before I made my first lavender scented melt and pour soap, I would have not ended up with some very ugly soap bars.

Luckily, Lisa shares her tips on what not to add to melt and pour soaps due to the unflattering results as well as what additives you can use and the results you can expect.

Additionally she also provides very thorough information on buying fragrance and essential oils, the differences between various methods used to obtain essential oils, and blending tips for creating your own unique scents.

There’s also an explanation of the benefits of the various oils, herbs and other additives you may choose to use in your melt and pour soap and a how to on colorants. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find over 85 melt and pour soap recipes you can try out for yourself – from a simple one color-one fragrance recipe to more advanced soap recipes with multiple colors, soap embeds and additional, creative ingredients.

Lisa’s book definitely makes melt and pour soapmaking a rewarding experience for the novice soapmaker. So if you want to learn how to make melt and pour soap or you just need a little extra help getting to where you need to be, definitely invest in the book The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga. This one hundred and thirty-four page melt and pour soapmaking book is filled with information you’ll reference time and again. It even includes a list of melt and pour soap suppliers.

Buy it now and you’ll be making Lisa’s Lentil Bliss Shampoo Bars and Vanilla Bean Speckles Soaps in no time. And not long after, you’re sure to have your own unique melt and pour soap recipes under you belt! Get it here.

You can also check out a collection of my own melt and pour soap recipes on Soap Deli News blog here.

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