From the author of 101 Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home comes an amazing collection of 50 recipes and step-by-step tutorials to create easy, quick and beautiful soaps the truly natural way. With more and more people turning to natural skincare products crafted by hand, Jan Berry delivers soap recipes that come together easily, use sustainable nature-derived ingredients and utilize simple decorations that take your soap to the next level without the headache. Sample recipes include Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends—such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt—while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.
Many soapers like to adapt recipes adding their own twist, but the chemistry involved can be a challenge. In addition to the recipes, Jan removes the mystery and shares her expertise, gathered from years of natural soapmaking, on valuable topics such as using plant colorants and herbs, substituting oils, resizing a recipe, making hot versus cold process soap and troubleshooting common issues. This book is perfect for beginners, but even more than that, Jan’s unique ingredient combinations and techniques make the book a practical and inspiring choice for the modern-day soapmaker.
About the Author
Jan Berry is the author of 101 Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. She is also the writer and photographer of the blog The Nerdy Farm Wife, which has more than 41k followers on Facebook. She writes regularly for HobbyFarms.com and Natural Herbal Living magazine. Her projects have been featured on Natural Living Mama, Empress of Dirt, Lovely Greens, BuzzFeed, Money Saving Mom, the Bulk Herb Store Blog and more. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
"If you enjoy the simple beauty of natural soaps, the recipes within these pages are literally made for you! They cover the full gamut from basic recipes for beginners to more complex creations perfect for experienced soapmakers."
--Kenna Cote, Modern Soapmaking
"This book is gorgeous and will coax the novice soap maker to dive into soapmaking with joy. The recipes are challenging enough to keep the experienced soapmaker interested, while learning creative techniques from the herbalists' repertoire. This book makes a valuable contribution to the soapmaking literature."
--Chris Dalziel, author of The Beeswax Workshop
"Even as a seasoned soapmaker I am excited by this book! Beautiful photos, appealing soap recipes and in-depth tutorials make this soapmaking book a gem for your permanent soaping library."
--Rebecca Dillon, Soap Deli News blog
"Jan Berry is such an inspiration to me and many others. She explains things and teaches so well. Her books are a must-have whether you are a beginner or an experienced soap maker. With her many years of experience with herbs and natural soap making, you'll definitely learn something new."
--Tina Moenck, Natural Suds N More
"This book is a very thorough resource for a brand-new soapmaker, with fun ideas for someone with more experience as well. I love that the recipes contain all natural ingredients with helpful tips for working with natural colorants and suggestions for oil substitutions."
--Amy Warden, Great Cakes Soapworks
"This book will be a great addition to any soapmaker's library. A terrific guide for beginners and a helpful reference for the experienced."
--Elin Criswell, author of Creative Soap Making and Bubbles to Bucks