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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Selah Press (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615481116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615481111
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kayla is a Certified, ARC Registered Aromatherapist and the co-Founder and Chief Formulator for Essential Wholesale and its lab division Essential Labs. Wife and mother of three, she runs her company along with her husband Dennis. In 1998, Kayla started creating products in her kitchen using essential oils. They turned the profit from their first batch of products into more supplies, have repeated the process over and over again to remain a debt free company. In 2000 they started an all natural aromatherapy based Home Party Plan. In 2002, they changed their business plan and became the distribution and manufacturing company, Essential Wholesale. This was followed by the addition of Essential Labs in 2005. The initial $50 investment from their home kitchen, combined with blood, sweat and prayers, has now become a multi-million dollar organically certified and FDA compliant company. Kayla is the go-to industry specialist for formulating and supplying information on aromatherapy, natural, organic and pure cosmetics and personal care items. She formulates thousands of products including: mineral make up, skin care, body care and products for bath, spa, hair, baby, pets, aroma and much more. Through her lab division, Essential Labs, Kayla formulates private label personal care products for all size businesses worldwide. Kayla can be found on YouTube in the Essential Wholesale series Kitchen Chemistry with Kayla where she teaches a variety of Do It Yourself (DIY) recipes. Kayla’s articles can be found in dozens of publications including: Dermascope Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthetique, Global Cosmetic Industry (GCI) Magazine, New York Metro Parent, Saponifier, National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and Essential Wholesale’s educational arm the Essential U blog. Kayla has been featured and has given expert advice for hundreds of magazines including Real Simple, Self Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Home Business Magazine, Women Entrepreneur, Elle, Private Label Buyer, Redbook, InStyle Magazine, Woman’s World and more. She wrote a chapter in the book Millionaire Mom, The Art of Raising a Business and a Family at the Same Time by Joyce Bone. Kayla has been a guest on Millionaire Moms Radio, Organic Beauty Radio, Indie Radio, Good Day Oregon and more. Kayla is the driving force behind the Essential U blog, an educational center for aromatherapy, cosmetics, industry standards and business ownership.

More About the Author

Kayla Fioravanti is a wife, mother and author. Kayla's easy-breezy explanations and instructions make her how-to books easy to digest and follow. In her book How to Publish: The Author-preneur's Guide to Self-Publishing, Kayla simplifies the self-publishing process and takes the bite out of technology phobias. Three of her books How to Make Melt & Pour Soap Base from Scratch, The Art, Science & Business of Aromatherapy, and DIY Kitchen Chemistry translate complex scientific information, formulas and procedures into everyday English. Kayla's poetry book, When I was Young I Flew the Sun Like a Kite gives proof that the mind of a scientist can live concurrently with the heart of a poet in one body.

Kayla is happily married to her serial entrepreneur husband Dennis. They are the blessed parents of Keegan, Selah and Caiden. Kayla and her family live in Franklin, Tennessee. Kayla's next book will be a joint project with her daughters Selah and Caiden, entitled Gogo Naughty Paws.

Kayla's blogs can be found on KaylaFioravanti.com, Selah-Press.com and GogoNaughtyPaws.com. Kayla writes for CCM Forever Magazine and has a long history of contributing articles to multiple magazines, including Dermascope, Les Nouvelles Esthetique, Global Cosmetic Industry (GCI) Magazine, New York Metro Parent, Saponifier, and National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists. Kayla has been featured and has given expert advice for hundreds of magazines including Real Simple, Self Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Home Business Magazine, Women Entrepreneur, Elle, Private Label Buyer, Redbook, InStyle Magazine, Woman's World and more. She also wrote a chapter in the book Millionaire Mom, The Art of Raising a Business and a Family at the Same Time by Joyce Bone.

Customer Reviews

One of the best "how to make soap" books I have purchased.
Sheila
The book, "How to Make Melt and Pour Soap Base from Scratch" is one the soapmaking industry has long been clamoring for.
Anne Faiola
I like this book and I think you will too if your into making soap.
californiarockcarver 2012

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Garrity on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a soap-maker who already figured out successful formulations for making melt and pour soap base from oils, lye and solvents. I thought I would read this to further my existing knowledge and I am disappointed. It's not real soap at all. Just the fact that it's called "Soap Base" would imply that there will be actual soap making going on and that is not the case here. My own formulations were a great alternative to those bases loaded with detergents in the stores or available from websites. I was extremely disappointed to find that these recipes are all detergent based bars using a lot of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and other detergent and almost or ZERO OILS. If you love using sulfates and parabens and other carcinogenic ingredients, then by all means, go ahead and purchase this. However, if you want to learn to make melt & pour from scratch using more natural methods, just go to youtube and search for "how to make melt and pour soap from scratch". I have also formulated suspension bases and clear bases which will eventually all be published for free and not using parabens and sulfates. As another reviewer mentioned, there are no images in this book. There is no suspension base listed. A few very similar clear base recipes are listed such as clear, white, high suds but I will not try any of them because I refuse to use SLS (makes my skin dry, cracked & rash) and do not want to manufacture something that will give me cancer. Not a healthy choice. Every recipe contains sodium laureth sulfate. I do not like this book at all. However, you might like it if you want to learn how to make Melt & Pour "Detergent Base" which would be the more appropriate name for this book.Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By VICKIE T on December 30, 2011
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I received this book yesterday & have already read it! I love it & I thank Kayla for educating us homebased soapmakers about taking our skills to the next level! This is not a book for the "Beginning Soapmaker" but a book for experienced Cold-Processed/Hot Processed Soapmakers who also create handcrafted soaps from Melt & Pour bases and would like to begin making the Melt & Pour soap base from scratch!!!! Please,readers don't critique a process you know nothing about as the first reviewer did and just show total ignorance about the fact that it DOES TAKE LYE TO MAKE SOAP!! I feel bad that this book received less than 4-5 stars! This is the 1st book I have ever had the opportunity to read thus learn about this much guarded-- secretive process! Thank you, Kayla--you have satisfied my desire to finally do this and I have already ordered my supplies needed to make my first batch!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett on August 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
Buyer beware. This book doesn’t contain any natural/organic recipes. If you don’t care what you put on your skin or your childrens…..go for it!

I don't care for the author's attitude about any potential toxicity of the ingredients used in the recipes. She down plays the importance of the MSDS. I work in a lab so I know what I'm talking about.

What is included in an MSDS document:

◾Identification
◾Hazard(s) identification
◾Composition/information on ingredients
◾First-aid measures
◾Fire-fighting measures
◾Accidental release measures
◾Handling and storage
◾Exposure controls/personal protection
◾Physical and chemical properties
◾Stability and reactivity
◾Toxicological information
◾Ecological information
◾Disposal considerations
◾Transport information
◾Regulatory information
◾Other information

Laureth Sulfate:
[...]
This report is old, but I avoid chemicals if there is any evidence of potential harm. Why wait until the bad news comes?

Bio-Terge 804:
[...]

Lauramide DEA:
[...]

Triethanolamine:
[...]

[...]

Cocoamidopropyl betaine, MPS:
[...]

I don’t just care about myself, I care about the environment and use environmentally-friendly products. ALL my personal care and household products are organic, vegan, and not tested on animals.

My allergist told me to stay away from Laureth Sulfate and its cousins, as well as anything with parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl or ethyl compounds).

Do your own research and be your own best health advocate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex Crow on November 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have long struggled with making my own M&P soap base. The process was always so daunting that I ended up purchasing premade base. However, Kayla takes her extensive knowledge of the science behind the process and weaves it with simple to understand, step by step instructions to take all the anxiety out of making amazing M&P soap bases! I followed her instructions and found myself making the best soap base I've made in almost 15 years of crafting. If you're a "from scratch" lover, this book is for you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne Faiola on October 1, 2012
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The book, "How to Make Melt and Pour Soap Base from Scratch" is one the soapmaking industry has long been clamoring for. Noted aromatherapist, Kayla Fioravanti, has done her research, spent countless hours in the lab formulating and is now sharing her information with the soapmaking world. And we are all the better for it. For anyone who has wondered, "Just how is melt and pour made?" to the experienced soapmaker who wants to control their own ingredients and supply chain, this book has something in it for everyone. In addition to Melt and Pour formulas, step by step instructions and a detailed ingredient discussion, this book also addresses important issues such as: "How do I turn this hobby into a business?" and "What sort of manufacturing practices should I be following when I make this soap?" If you're curious about how Melt and Pour soap is made or just want to learn a new craft, this book is for you.
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