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The Handmade Soap Book (The Handmade Series) by Melinda Coss
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book was published some time ago now, and all credit to the author for bringing the joys of handmade soap to a wider audience, but this book is now rather outdated. Most of the recipes contain a lot of lard or beef dripping, which is no good for vegetarians, and includes tips such as using wax crayons to colour soap. I appreciate at the time the book was written, supplies would not have been so easy to come by which is probably why she uses these kind of ingredients - there just wasn't much better available to the home soapmaker. These days however, there are many soapmaking/cosmetic suppliers online where you can buy a wealth of lovely cosmetic-grade ingredients.

Melinda… Read more
Make your own soap (2nd Edition): A full-colour, s&hellip by Joy James
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A small book but a nice intro to making your own soap from scratch. Contains 11 different recipes with lovely photos of each soap, plus step-by-step photos of the home soapmaking process. It states in the start that it's intended for beginners, so it doesn't go into depth on things like fragrancing and colouring the soap, but I think that's a good thing as otherwise it would get too confusing for someone who's new to soapmaking.

I think this book has been expanded quite a bit since its first edition, which the earlier reviews are referring to. I'm not new to soapmaking so I just bought this out of curiosity, but I'd probably give this book to someone looking to start soaping. My… Read more
Make Your Own Perfume: How to Create Own Fragrance&hellip by Sally Hornsey
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book covers blending your own fragrances using cosmetic fragrance oils (and a few essential oils). I have to say I found it very basic. While of course I was not expecting one book to teach me how to be a perfumer, I was hoping for a bit more insight into how real perfumes are actually created, and learn a bit more about blending fragrances than I've gleaned so far from aromatherapy books. However I didn't find that in this book. I wasn't keen on just following ready-made recipes, I wanted to create my own scent blends which is what I bought the book for. Halfway through it does get to advice on creating your own blends, but I didn't find the method that successful myself, ending up… Read more