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 utilise 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 colourants 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.
Jan Berry is the soapmaker and herbalist behind The Nerdy Farm Wife. She's also the author of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. Jan lives on a small farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and two teenagers, where she enjoys gardening, crafting pretty herbal concoctions, caring for a menagerie of farm animals and, of course, soapmaking.