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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications (November 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938497553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497554
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The definitive guide to lotionmaking." -- Donna Puizina, Ekoaromas, Lafayette, New Jersey
 
"Spells out everything and makes it easy to understand." -- Cheryl McCoy, Emerald City Soap, Haven, Kansas
 
"Anne makes it so much fun, and so easy." -- Mary Jean Hammann, Grandma Jean's Soaps and Lotions, New London, Ohio
 
"So logical and easy to understand that my first batch was a success AND a sell-out!" -- Susan Dinion, Holiday Farm & Handmade Goods, Berlin, Massachusetts
 
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CONTENTS
 
A Few First Thoughts
 
LIES AND LOTIONS 
(Myths About Lotion and Lotionmaking)
 
LOTION LINGO 
(Learning the Jargon)
 
WHAT IS LOTION, ANYWAY? 
(What It Is and What Goes Into It)
 
THE TWO WAYS TO SANITIZE LOTION 
(And How to Choose Between Them)
 
WHAT DO I PUT IT IN? 
(Choosing Your Bottles)
 
WHAT DO I USE TO MAKE IT?  
(Gathering the Equipment You Need)
 
Chart: Equipment Checklist
Recipe: Anne's Almond Lotion
 
STEP-BY-STEP LOTIONMAKING  
(From Prep to Cleanup and Beyond)
 
TESTING YOUR LOTION 
(Making Sure It's Safe)
 
MORE RECIPES! 
(Different Lotions You Can Try)
 
Recipe: Anne's Walnut Lotion
Recipe: Shea Lotion
Recipe: California Lotion
Recipe: Sunflower and Avocado Lotion
Recipe: Star of the Meadow Lotion
Recipe: Almond and Cocoa Butter Lotion
Recipe: Almond and Coconut Lotion
Recipe: Autumn Lotion
Recipe: Rice Bran and Shea Lotion
Recipe: Hemp and Almond Lotion
Recipe: Shea, Silk, and Chamomile Lotion
Recipe: Ingrid's Magic Potion Lotion
Recipe: Suz's Light Lotion
Recipe: Milly's Body Lotion
 
MILK LOTION RECIPES 
(Treating Your Skin to Milk)
 
Recipe: Linda's Goat Milk Lotion
Recipe: Deena's Goat Milk Lotion
Recipe: Almond Milk and Pistachio Lotion
Recipe: Goat Milk, Chamomile, and Jojoba Lotion
Recipe: Buttermilk, Hazelnut, and Honey Lotion
Recipe: Golden Lotion
 
DESIGNING YOUR OWN 
(How to Create Great Recipes)
 
Chart: Properties of Fats
 
TROUBLESHOOTING 
(Tricks, Tweaks, and Fixes)
 
MAKING IT A BUSINESS 
(How to Go Pro, Not Bust)
 
WHY? WHY? WHY? 
(Frequently Asked Questions)
 
Resources
 
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FROM THE INTRODUCTION
 
I have no idea why anyone would buy lotion. It's a mystery.
 
Maybe it's because of another mystery: the lotions themselves. With even halfway decent lotions so expensive, they must somehow be hard to make, right?
 
Not really. If we all knew how easy it was to make our own lotion, the stores could clear a lot of shelf space. Who would buy what they could make better, and at a tenth of the cost?
 
The thing is, few people believe that lotionmaking could be easy -- not before they've tried it, that is.
 
It seems like it would have to be hard. It's hard to even read the ingredients, when you look at consumer labels. By the time you've plowed through methylparaben, triethanolamine, butylene glycol, glycol stearate, glyceryl stearate, disodium EDTA, aluminum magnesium silicate, DMDM hydantoin, and tocopheryl acetate, you're just about ready to give up -- and if that doesn't do it, you'll definitely throw up your hands at 3-iodo-2-propynylbutylarbamate. You wouldn't know where to get that stuff, much less what to do with it once you did.
 
"Honey, I'm running to the store for DMDM hydantoin and 3-iodo-2-propynylbutylcarbamate. Anything you need while I'm out?"
 
But, whatever manufacturers do to make bottles of lotion by the millions, handcraft lotionmaking is much simpler. It's a lot like making salad dressing. Of course, if you make lotion to sell, it will be regulated by law, just like food in a restaurant -- but making it for your own use is like cooking at home. You'll work clean, as you would for cooking, but you won't be held to commercial standards.
 
I'll show you how to make lotion for yourself in a way that's clean enough -- and how to check if that causes any problem. It isn't likely to. I've made lotion for myself for years, and never had any go bad.
 
In some cases, you should sanitize more thoroughly. So, this book will give two different methods for making lotion. Personal Technique is for simple lotion meant for your own use. This one is quicker and easier. Pro Technique is for lotion you mean to sell, or for lotion with perishable ingredients like milk, or for lotion with no preservative. This one isn't difficult either -- just more painstaking and precise.
 
But why the difference? After all, you wouldn't want something insanitary for your own use. Why wouldn't you follow the same procedure for any lotion?
 
The answer is that Pro Technique is designed to conform to common laws and regulations for commercial lotionmaking. These laws and regulations have to address almost anything that can happen. They have to prevent the sale of lotion made in filthy conditions by people who have no idea what they're doing. They have to apply the same way to everyone. And with all that, they're simply more than you need for most home use.
 
Still, the difference between the techniques isn't huge. And whichever you try, you'll soon be making lotion better than you're likely to find at any price.
 

From the Inside Flap

 
GOT A QUESTION? JUST ASK ME! -- A NOTE FROM ANNE
 
Let's face it. No author can think of every single question you might have while reading the book. No matter how clear and complete it is, there's always a chance you'll find something you don't quite get or that doesn't quite fit your situation. So, what do you do?
 
If the book is one of mine, you can go to my Web site and ask me direct. I'll be glad to help! (But you might want to look through the rest of the book first, since the answer might come up later -- maybe in the FAQ at the end.)
 
I also use my Web site to describe new things I'm wondering about and trying and exploring. So, please do take a look!
 
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SOAP AND LOTION BOOKS BY ANNE L. WATSON
 
SMART SOAPMAKING: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps for Family, Friends, and Yourself. Whether you've made melt-and-pour soap and want to move on -- or you've made traditional soap with slow, outmoded methods -- or you've never made a bar in your life -- you'll find "Smart Soapmaking" practical, helpful, and refreshing. Written by a former professional soapmaker, this book explodes the myths about soapmaking and shows you how to make luxurious soap with the least fuss and bother.
 
MILK SOAPMAKING: The Smart and Simple Guide to Making Lovely Milk Soap From Cow Milk, Goat Milk, Buttermilk, Cream, Coconut Milk, or Any Other Animal or Plant Milk. Anne continues her soapmaking revolution with the first practical, comprehensive book on making milk soap. Experience the rich, soothing, luxurious feel of milk soap you've made yourself. Your skin will thank you for it. 
 
SMART LOTIONMAKING: The Simple Guide to Making Luxurious Lotions, or How to Make Lotion That's Better Than You Buy and Costs You Less. After helping tens of thousands of beginners learn to make soap, Anne continues her handcraft cosmetics revolution with the first practical, comprehensive book on making lotion. Whether you want to make lotion for personal use or to sell, Anne allays any fears with methods that are proven safe and approved by experts, yet simple and easy enough to perform in your kitchen. 
 

Customer Reviews

Very easy to follow.
Garland
I highly recommend this book for beginners and experienced lotion makers alike.
T. Miller
I love Anne Watson soap making books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Michele Lee on April 24, 2012
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I have been making my own soaps and creams for years now but always like to see what's new. While the recipes in here are very good, there is nothing new if you are experienced at making creams and lotions. If you have never made lotion before, this would be THE book to get. My favorite one is out of print and I have not seen it sold anywhere.

This book is strictly for making body lotions. No creams or facial products. If you have ever gone to any lotion crafting websites then you will be familiar with all of the ingredients in here. If this is your first time making lotion, Anne describes everything that you will need and why.

That said, you will need a gram scale since they are more accurate and, while the ounces are also given in each recipe, using grams is actually easier. You'll also need to find some e-wax since all but one of the recipes use it. No substitutions are given. I like to use xanthan gum but it tends to make a sticky product. It also happens to be easier to find locally.

Other ingredients that you may need that recipes use are stearic acid, vitamin E, preservative, and conditioning emulsifier, which is also called BTMS. And then there are oils and butters, which should be easy to find. There are a couple of recipes that call for goat's milk and one that uses almond milk. Of course, you could substitute milk for the water in any of the recipes. I made a goat's milk lotion one time and it was incredibly thick. Be aware that adding milk will do that.

Getting lotion into bottles presents its own challenge, which Anne is up for. Follow her directions and you will be bottling lotion like a pro. I use wide-mouthed small jars but I don't sell my lotions and creams. Everybody in the house gets their own jar.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Cameltribe on November 20, 2011
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This is it! The Best Ever How To Lotion making book you will ever want and need! No more lumpy, heavy, oily "pretend" lotions from other books - these recipes all work and are REAL lotions. Once again, Anne has prepared clear, concise, easy to follow instructions that are truly step by step for anyone to understand. There are no hidden mysteries, no contradictions, nothing confusing. I have made a few lotions from this book already, following Anne's instructions, and all my friends are begging for more! Anne also includes very important and essential information on keeping everything clean and sanitized to prevent any likelihood of contamination, a factor that many other sources 'skip' and put in the too-hard basket. She also includes lots of very helpful tips and has a 'frequently asked questions' section at the back. And even best of all, you can actually contact the author if you have any other questions. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Louise on December 19, 2011
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Although I was one of the testers for this book, I had no intention of actually making lotion because I "knew" it was too difficult for me. Why make lotion when I could buy a base, add a litle fragrance and call it my own? Well, I flinched everytime a customer would ask if I had made the lotion that was being offered. Now I can say yes and accept the praises for the lotion I actually make. This book made me want to make lotion!!
As she has done with all of her How To books, Anne writes as if you are sitting across the kitchen table from her as she takes you through each aspect of lotion making. She has the innate ability to anticipate every question that might come up and the instructions and recipes are always very easy to follow. This is a must have book for all soap and lotion crafters.
To get to know Anne better, go to her home page at [...] and see what else she has to offer. Her fiction is memorable. She is the consummate story teller. An all around talented writer.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Miller on December 17, 2011
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In Anne Watson's casual, easy to read, easy to understand, friendly sit-down chat at the kitchen table style, she has made lotion making accessible to everyone, not just soap makers. Whether making lotions just for yourself or to sell, this book is a must have. In this tough economy where self-sufficiency is becoming more and more important, Anne teaches you to make quality lotions that work best for you (better than store-bought and without the unnecessary and unwanted chemicals) and save you money at the same time. I highly recommend this book for beginners and experienced lotion makers alike. All of Anne's how-to books (both for soap AND lotion) will pay for themselves over and over and are worth every penny and a whole lot more!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hope Cutbush on December 18, 2011
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Anne Watson has done it again. Her books are always simple and clear. She has a way of giving all the information that is needed to make a quality product, whether it is soap or lotion yet never making the instructions intimidating. After reading this book, I was easily able to walk into the kitchen and make a quality lotion that I had control of the ingredients.

I have tried several of the recipes in the book and they have all been fantastic. They worked and gave me a nice creamy lotion that when applied was absorbed into the skin in minutes and lasted all day. There is a section in the book on formulating your own recipes and I have done that also. Anne makes herself available by email to answer any questions that might come up along the way. Now where do you get that kind of help?

If you want to have control of the ingredients in the lotion you use and and make a yummy lotion, then this is the book for you.
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More About the Author

Anne L. Watson is the author of a variety of works, including literary novels, soapmaking and lotionmaking manuals, and a cookie cookbook. She is also retired from a long and honored career as a historic preservation architecture consultant. Anne, her husband and fellow author, Aaron Shepard, and their cat, Skeeter, live in Friday Harbor, Washington.
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