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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Prepper's Guide to Soap Crafting and Soap Storage ~ Plus Excerpt

By Lisa Maliga
Copyright 2013
Be the cleanest prepper around! Create your own lye-free soap or find the best type of soap to store in the coming years. Informative book shows the best ways to craft your own soap. You’ll receive original recipes and valuable storage tips to get the most out of your soap. Learn about natural melt and pour, hand-milled, African black soap and liquid soaps. Includes recommended reading and several supplier resources. The Prepper’s Guide to Soap Crafting and Soap Storage is written and photographed by the author of How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars and The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting.
CHAPTER 3 
STORING YOUR SOAP BASE
Here are ways to get the most out of your soap base. First, some general use tips.
Your soap should be kept in a draining type of soap dish. Leaving any type of soap in a puddle of water in the shower, bathtub or next to the sink will drastically shorten its shelf life. The humidity will cause it to soften much faster. If you have a very small/humid enclosed type of bathroom, consider storing your soap in a separate room.
Melt and Pour Soap Base
Here are some things you should know about melt and pour soap base, sometimes known as glycerin melt and pour soap base. It contains approximately 20% plant-derived glycerin, which makes it softer than other types of soap. This also means that it’s a moisture magnet. It should always be wrapped and stored in a cool, dry location. You can wrap in the original packaging, usually plastic wrap/shrink wrap, or a clamshell container. Additionally, it can be stored in a heavy-duty opaque plastic storage container. When I was crafting this type of soap I bought it in 40-pound blocks, which I cut into large chunks and kept in an airtight opaque plastic container. This was kept in the back of a closet so it was away from any harsh lighting conditions.
The Prepper's Guide to Soap Crafting and Soap Storage can be found at these online bookstores:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Soapmaker's Guide to Online Marketing ~ New eBook

Do you have an online store where you sell soap?
Is your soapmaking business suffering from lackluster sales?
Do you make and sell soap at a farmer’s market/other crafts venue and want to create an online presence?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, here’s a new ebook that might interest you.
Soapmakers and crafters, learn how to grow your online presence! The Soapmaker’s Guide to Online Marketing is packed with detailed information on designing, building, and promoting your website. Learn how to write a press release. Get loads of free promotional ideas. Learn easy search engine optimization techniques. Attract customers by blogging, making videos, and showing off enticing photos of your soaps and/or other bath and body products. Find out numerous free ways of getting customers to visit your website and buy your products. “The Soapmaker’s Guide to Online Marketing” is written by the author of “The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting” and “How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars.
You’ll learn:
  1. ~ Successful SEO tips
  2. ~ Choosing a crafts community or your own website
  3. ~ Promote your website for free online and offline
  4. ~ Helpful photo tips
  5. ~ Video ideas
  6. ~ Learn to write an effective press release
  7. ~ How to get product reviews
  8. ~ Pin on Pinterest
  9. ~ Set up your work/crafting area
  10. ~ Wholesaling and labeling guidelines
  11. ~ Avoid online fraud
  12. ~ Create your product line
  13. ~ Basic soap recipes
  14. ~ Lots of resources

This $2.99 eBook is available in a variety of formats at Amazon KindleB&N NOOKSmashwords, and Kobo.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Matcha Green Tea Melt & Pour Soap Recipe - NEW eBook!


Learn  how easy it is to make this luxurious melt and pour soap starring Matcha Green Tea. This type of soap is wonderful for all skin types and would make a great addition to any bath & body gift basket!!

This is a 0.99 eBook that's available at Smashwords and Kobo in several different formats.

Here's the Amazon link: Matcha Green Tea Melt & Pour Soap Recipe



Happy Soaping! :)

Friday, March 29, 2013

How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars: The Budget Edition

My newest book, HOW TO MAKE HANDMADE SHAMPOO BARS: THE BUDGET EDITION, may be of interest to those who make or want to learn how to make shampoo bars using both the melt and pour and rebatch/hand-milled methods.

And it’s also in print so you can hold it in your hands, turn pages, plunk it down on your counter-top...you know, like a real paperback!

It’s like the eBook version only the pictures are in black and white.

This innovative paperback includes 25+ recipes for shampoo bars, hair rinses, and hair masques. It contains 44 black and white photos, step-by-step instructions, and a chapter on natural additives. You get fragrance and essential oils information, and the creative labeling and packaging ideas chapter includes several photos. There is lots of information for both melt and pour and rebatch/hand-milled soap bases and how to craft fine bases into wonderful shampoo bars for all hair types. “How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars: The Budget Edition” is written and photographed by the author of The Joy of Melt and Pour SoapCrafting.”

Brief Reviews:

“Homemade shampoo bars are economical and eco-friendly, dog safe and they can also be used on your face and body.” Rebecca D. Dillon, Soap Deli News soapdelicatessen.com

“The book goes step-by-step with everything a beginning shampoo bar crafter needs to know. There are material lists, guidelines, and helpful hints. And did I mention the oodles of recipes?” Melanie East, Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts blog


Happy Soaping…and Let Your Hair Shine! :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars" Review at Rebecca's Soap Deli News


By Rebecca Dillon

Try 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.

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.

Read the rest of the review and enter the giveaway [runs until 3/24/13] at the ever-popular Rebecca's Soap Deli News


Thursday, March 7, 2013

How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars ~ NEW eBook


By Lisa Maliga
Winter Eggnog Shampoo Bars

Here are a few fun facts about shampoo bars!
Shampoo Bars are:
  • Economical and earth-friendly
  • Filled with wholesome, natural ingredients
  • Formulated for any hair type
  • Travel-friendly
  • Formulated for Hard/Soft/Well Water
  • Rich & Abundant Lather
  • Contain no colorants and are free of preservatives
  • Unisex
  • Require minimal packaging
  • Can be made in various shapes/sizes

Now you can learn how easy it is to make natural handmade shampoo bars. This innovative eBook includes 25+ recipes for shampoo bars, hair rinses, and hair masques. Contains more than 50 color photos, step-by-step instructions, and a chapter on natural additives. You get fragrance and essential oils information, and the creative labeling and packaging ideas chapter includes several photos. There is lots of information for both melt and pour and rebatch/hand-milled soap bases and how to craft fine bases into wonderful shampoo bars for all hair types. How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars is written and photographed by the author of THE JOY OF MELT AND POUR SOAP CRAFTING. 

Available at Amazon B&N Nook and Kobo


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pinterest Has So Many Talented Soapmakers!


By Lisa Maliga

Do you like to use soap? I hope so if you’re a soapmaker! I have loads of fun on Pinterest and have created a special board for those of you who make soap, want to make soap, or just enjoy looking at colorful and creative pictures of soap. The pictures will lead you to see that there are so many varieties available online!

If you’re searching for soap recipes, soap packaging, places to buy soap, blogs that discuss all elements of making soap, whether from scratch or from a base, you’ll enjoy scrolling around my Talented Soapmakers board. All I can say is that there are numerous ideas if that’s what you’re seeking. With over 1650 pins, I update this board often, and I also change the board cover every day. Here's the link: