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The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1106 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BAE5YK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Maliga has been writing ever since she learned how to put crayon to paper back in kindergarten. Since then, she has learned to type and uses a laptop, citing it as way more convenient. She still makes and uses her own soapy creations, and she sometimes bakes brownies, cupcakes, and cookies. You'll find more about her work at:

http://www.lisamaliga.com
http://lisamaliga.wordpress.com
http://pinterest.com/lisamaliga
http://eepurl.com/UZbE9 [The Discerning Readers' Newsletter]

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2011
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Glycerin soap, originally, was made using real soap, alcohol and sugar and a long cooking process. Some people still make it that way. Melt and pour glycerin soap is made using surfactant chemicals that behave like soap does in cleaning and foaming, along with alcohol and sugar. It has a high amount of glycerin in it, which is hydroscopic which means it attracts moisture, which makes it a non-drying option for people who have issues with soap drying their skin too much.

So, science and explanation out of the way, the e-book is very detailed about the process of soap crafting with melt and pour soap. The author cares a lot about the topic and wants to share that with you.

If you've seen the kits, it's some blocks of clear soap, sometimes some coloring and stuff to include in the soap, fragrance oil and short instructions which say to microwave the soap. Not very satisfying for crafty minds that want to create. This is a lot better.

The first half of the book is about the process of melt and pour soap. She explains what you can mix in, with lists of the attributes to different oils and herbs. She also includes some information about additives you might not think of, like tapioca pearls for a gently massaging soap. She explains how to use colorants, liquid, mica, mineral and natural. She also explains why using a double boiler or a crock pot is a better option than microwaving your soap.

A chapter of tips that she's learned to tell you things that won't work and things that work well, then you get to the recipes.

The recipes include a lot of techniques in themselves. How to do layered soaps,cake soaps,soap embed and my favorite section, shampoo bars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Boyd on January 12, 2013
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This is a great book for first time or experienced soap hobbyists. It helped me to make perfect soap the very first time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bassgiraffe on January 23, 2012
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I was very excited to learn how to make homemade soap. I've always thought they'd make a fun. personal gift for family and friends.
"The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting" says it's for beginners to the everyday crafter. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with the book, it used a lot of terms I had never heard of and talked like I knew something about soap making. But I decided to not give up on the book right away and I'm glad I didn't. By the end of the book I couldn't wait to head to the craft store and get everything I needed to make my own soap. I felt ready and knew I'd make some great soap. Maybe not perfect soap but at least better then I would have if I didn't have this book.
I went with a clear base, green Tea & Cucumber scent and added a few special "toys" to make them what I'd call "Cucumber Tea surprise". They didn't turn out perfect but I still love them and so did Lee and Moo. I did mess up the scent a bit and is stronger then I wanted, but you learn from trying, I know next time to put a bit less in.
If you're looking for something to teach you how to make your own soap I highly recommend, "The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting". Just keep in mind, you'll want to read the whole book before you start. Every tip is helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Hill on December 20, 2013
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When I began reading this book, I was completely unfamiliar with soap making in general. I had thought about doing it before, but there was little motivation or interest. I almost reluctantly accepted this review thinking I may not enjoy it. I figured I would be reading a technical book with little application.

All I can say is--wow, was I ever wrong! This is one of the most practical craft books I have ever had the pleasure to read. This author knows her topic, and she does not hold back on her secrets and methods. I do not think there is a topic in melt and pour soap making that she does not cover. In fact, I can say that I am interested in doing this with my daughter this summer as a result of reading this book.

I loved the fact that she covered absolutely everything possible (maybe she left some things out, but if she did, it wasn't much)that you could mix into the soap. She explained the benefits and pitfalls of each of these items. She pointed out mistakes to avoid. And her recipes and pictures were phenomenal. Adding wine to soap? I have never heard of that, and she was the one to have great success with this.

So if you have interest in melt and pour soap making (or even if you do not), be sure to check out this book. Anyone can make soaps, and she will tell you how to do it!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Riki of Crazy for a Deal on January 18, 2012
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I must admit I haven't ever thought much about soap crafting, but I was excited to read more about it. I'm sure my kids will love doing this with me in maybe a snow day coming soon. Well, if we have anymore this year! I guess I need to get to the store and buy the supplies for when the time comes.

Lisa Maliga, the author of the book, has been crafting soaps for years! She runs the website Everythingsheacreates.com. The site shows off some of her creations which are pretty neat.

A little about the e-book:

* It tells how to make hand crafted soap in less than 1 hour!
* It tells the secrets of melt and pour soap crafting
* Step-by-step instructions
* Easy projects for kids of all ages
* List of reputable soap suppliers
* Creative labeling & packaging deals with photos
* Color photos of each recipe
* And best of all this takes NO experience at all, which is exactly how much experience as I had.

I realize now that some of the best molds are the silicone molds. I bought some silicone molds this year to make homemade crayons with. I just have to clean up all of the crayon out of the mold before I start my soap making. Michael's craft store, Walmart, Amazon, and many other places carry the silicone molds so that's good news - the molds are easy to find!

I like that there's a chapter near the end about what mistakes not to make. These are great hints and really hopefully will keep anyone from making some annoying mistakes they may otherwise had honestly happened into (which would cost $ and time as many would make the soap unusable). I really love these hints and will be sure to re-read these before starting my first bar of soap.
The end also has some websites listed where you can buy some oils, some soap bases, and it looks like a lot of good information to get someone started. These resources alone are worth the cost of the e-book as it will save a lot of time in getting started.
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