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Copyright:  Nov 21, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781465800350

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"The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting" is written by someone who learned how to work with crafting glycerin melt & pour soap the hard way -- with only a single page of instructions to follow! If you've always wanted to make your own soap, here's an opportunity to learn just how easy it really is!

 Here's what you will learn:

·         WHY you should make your own soap

·         How to make handcrafted soap in less than 1 hour!

·         Secrets of melt & pour soap crafting

·         Step-by-step instructions

·         Fragrance & essential oils information

·         List of reputable soap suppliers

·         Creative labeling & packaging ideas and photos

·         Easy-to-make craft projects for kids of all ages

·         Bestselling soap recipes

·         Color photos of almost every recipe!

·         NO experience necessary!

All this and more can be delivered to you NOW via Kindle, Nook or on your computer.  

From Chapter 6 ~ Fragrance and Essential Oils

Fragrance Oils:

My first experience with fragrance oils was an unhappy introduction. Upon ordering my first melt and pour soap crafting kit, I was also given five different fragrance oils in clear plastic containers. Deciding to try the orange blossom fragrance, the stench from the small bottle was a forewarning. Turned out, the resulting aroma from my first batch reeked of some kind of chemical concoction that didn’t resemble the cheapest of cheap imitation of the white flowers. I promptly threw away the masquerading fragrance oils and was so turned off by them that for years I used nothing but essential oils.

Since I adored the aroma of vanilla and was unable to locate a nearby source for the absolute, I decided to try a vanilla fragrance. To my delight, it came in a small amber glass bottle and it smelled almost as good as the vanilla absolute from Madagascar that I had come to remember. Even though it was a synthetic, it contained real vanilla as it discolored as well as the real McCoy did, and the aroma was acceptable to my fussy sense of smell.

If cost is a factor, then the jasmine sambac from India at $120 per ounce might be too pricey, especially since you can find reasonable jasmine imitations for about $4 per ounce!

At first judging a fragrance oil can be a bit tricky. The smell that escapes from the bottle is oftentimes a lot different than when added to soap. It’s important to first sniff the underside of the lid, rather than the contents. Like wine, fragrance needs a bit of time to breathe. You don’t know how long that fragrance has been trapped inside the bottle – it could be for a period of a few months, or maybe just a couple of days. Sometimes a fragrance will smell weak, just like the green tea did which I ordered from a couple of different companies. Both of them had a wan, pallid aroma, and only when I added it to my soap did it come out and actually smell just like some green tea I’d bought in Chinatown.

Professional Reviews

By Rebecca [Soap Deli News Blog] December 6, 2011
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 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, it's one book you're sure to want to add to your collection for future reference and research into this exciting craft.

What I like best about this book 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 instructions on not only the best way to make your soaps, but what equipment to use for the greatest product results. This helpful how to soapmaking book 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.

I was extra excited that Lisa shares her soap secrets in this book. There are a few tips in this book that I learned the hard way on my own which resulted in a 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 Lisa 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 40 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're just getting started in melt and pour soapmaking or 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- a hundred and thirty-four pages chock full of information you'll reference time and again and even includes a list of melt and pour soap suppliers. Buy it 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 recipes under you belt!

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Information about colors, scents, additives
Glycerin soap, originally, was made using real soap, alcohol and sugar and a long cooking process. Some people still make it that way. Melt and pour glycerin soap is made using surfactant chemicals that behave like soap does in cleaning and foaming, along with alcohol and sugar. It has a high amount of glycerin in it, which is hydroscopic which means it attracts moisture, which makes it a non-drying option for people who have issues with soap drying their skin too much.

So, science and explanation out of the way, the e-book is very detailed about the process of melt and pour soap. The author cares a lot about the topic and wants to share that with you.

If you've seen the kits, it's some blocks of clear soap, sometimes some coloring and stuff to include in the soap, fragrance oil and short instructions which say to microwave the soap. Not very satisfying for crafty minds that want to create. This is a lot better.

The first half of the book is about the process of melt and pour soap. She explains what you can mix in, with lists of the attributes to different oils and herbs. She also includes some information about additives you might not think of, like tapioca pearls for a gently massaging soap. She explains how to use colorants, liquid, mica, mineral and natural. She also explains why using a double boiler or a crock pot is a better option than microwaving your soap.

A chapter of tips that she's learned to tell you things that won't work and things that work well, then you get to the recipes.

The recipes include a lot of techniques in themselves. How to do layered soaps, cake soaps, soap embeds and my favorite section, shampoo bars!

She finishes up with a lot of information about labeling and selling your finished soap products.

One of the best things in my opinion about melt and pour soap crafting is that it's a very friendly craft. You don't need to be a kitchen chemist. It's a craft that's ideal for parents to do with children as gifts or as the start of a home based business. Because of the nature of melt and pour soap, anything that doesn't work out is still usable in your home.

My daughter was interested in this book because she's looking at ways to make extra money this summer and she loves crafting. I love the ideas in the book, but I prefer hand-milling soap and a lot of her tips and ideas can be used in hand-milled soap as well. I plan to try some shampoo bars both ways, using melt and pour and hand-milling.

A lot of great information in this book if you've ever had an interest in melt and pour soapmaking. If you go to the author's blog (linked above), she has some free projects, recipes and articles there to read.

Book review by Shala Kerrigan [Amazon Top 100 Reviewer]

Fun with Melt and Pour Soap
About six months ago, I made the decision to stop making melt and pour soaps. Why? Because the bases are so expensive (IMO), and I wanted to focus my efforts on making my soaps from scratch. This is NOT a knock on melt and pour soapmakers. They do some of the most original, incredible work I've seen in soapmaking.

Now with all that being said, I was contacted a few weeks ago with an opportunity to preview a new e-book on melt and pour soapmaking, and of course I jumped on it! After all, it was melt and pour that got me hooked on this drug called soapmaking in the first place. Melt and pour soaps, by the way, (I keep forgetting that I have readers who are not in the "business") are pre-made, glycerin soap bases that are cut and melted then colored and/or scented then poured into a mold of some type. You can also add goodies like herbs and glitter to jazz it up. The book is called The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga, and here's what's in it!

~ WHY you should make your own soap
~ How to make handcrafted soap in less than 1 hour!
~ Secrets of melt & pour soap crafting
~ Complete step-by-step instructions
~ Fragrance & essential oils information
~ List of reputable soap suppliers
~ Creative labeling & packaging ideas and photos
~ Easy-to-make craft projects for kids of all ages
~ Bestselling soap recipes
~ Color photos of the recipes!
~ NO experience necessary!

In honor of this book, I decided to post some pics of some of the soaps I made in the past using melt and pour soaps. I actually have Creme Brulee back in the shop cuz I love them so much! Thanks Lisa for re-inspiring me...
What I like about this book is it's just not a book full of projects. Lisa gives you some background on what melt and pour soapmaking is along with tips and tricks as well as facts and safety tips. This book is perfetto for newbs and presents some fun, indoor activity for the kiddos. Throw a soap party and invite your best buds over for a little pinot and soapmaking. I've actually scheduled mine for the first weekend in January. Thanks again Lisa!

Reviewed by Patrice of The Soap Seduction

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