Sunday, December 22, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
- ~ Successful SEO tips
- ~ Choosing a crafts community or your own website
- ~ Promote your website for free online and offline
- ~ Helpful photo tips
- ~ Video ideas
- ~ Learn to write an effective press release
- ~ How to get product reviews
- ~ Pin on Pinterest
- ~ Set up your work/crafting area
- ~ Wholesaling and labeling guidelines
- ~ Avoid online fraud
- ~ Create your product line
- ~ Basic soap recipes
- ~ Lots of resources
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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
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.”
“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
“How to Make HandmadeShampoo Bars: The Budget Edition” is available online at Amazon.
Happy Soaping…and Let Your Hair Shine! :)
Sunday, March 10, 2013
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
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
- Formulated for Hard/Soft/Well Water
- Rich & Abundant Lather
- Contain no colorants and are free of preservatives
- 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.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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: