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Do you have crafty tendencies? Or do you just want to present a friend, loved one, or co-worker with a dynamic looking gift basket? If so, read how you can Make Gift Baskets For Fun & Profit!

12 easy melt and pour soap recipes lisa maligaNEW! "12 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes" contains original recipes, 37 color photos, and several places to buy soap base, molds, fragrances and other necessary supplies. Learn how easy it is to craft your own melt and pour soap in less than one hour! See a step-by-step tutorial with pictures for Seaweed Soap. Find your supplies at more than 15 online locations. These are all original recipes created by the author in her own kitchen. Available only at Amazon.

"The book is meant to be a companion follow up to her previous work "The Joy of Melt and Pour Soapcrafting", but all the necessary instructions to make 12 different kinds of soap are included in this one as well. I like that this book is short, sweet, and to the point. It is very easy to read through with a short introduction including important things to keep in mind, easy to follow instructions, and quite a few photos." Janelle, Mother Necessity blog

"Do-it-yourselfers and crafters alike are going to love 12 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes by Lisa Maliga." Emily Lewis, Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd's Book Reviews.

Crafting melt and pour glycerin soap looks effortless and is the perfect gift to give any time of the year. Better yet, why not just start making and selling it? Learn some valuable tips from Melt & Pour Soapcrafting: What You Need to Know.

Monoi de Tahiti: Spa in a Bottle is in ebook format. Learn more about this fabulous and versatile oil from the Polynesian Islands.

Shea Butter Soap is something you need if you love to have a thick, rich moisturizing lather. Not only is this the perfect Melt & Pour soap recipe to use if you're new to soapcrafting, but it's the type of recipe that yields a soap that is good for most skin types. Read more about shea butter and see new color photos in NUTS ABOUT SHEA BUTTER.

joy of melt and pour soap craftingTHE JOY OF MELT AND POUR SOAP CRAFTING is written by someone who learned how to work with crafting glycerin melt & pour soap the hard way -- with only a single page of instructions to follow! From 2004-2009 the author ran an online business, Everything Shea Aromatic Creations, selling 85+ varieties of soap. If you've always wanted to make your own soap, here's an opportunity to learn just how easy it really is! Contains 40 recipes and more than 50 color photos! Ebook version on Smashwords and B&N Nook.

"One of the best things in my opinion about melt and pour soap crafting is that it's a very friendly craft. You don't need to be a kitchen chemist. It's a craft that's ideal for parents to do with children as gifts or as the start of a home based business." Shala Kerrigan, Don't Eat the Paste

"What I like about this book is it's just not a book full of projects. Lisa gives you some background on what melt and pour soapmaking is along with tips and tricks as well as facts and safety tips." Patrice, soapmaker, The Soap Seduction

"The recipes section of the book is awesome, there is a huge collection of recipes and a photo with every one of them. My favorite section is the shampoo bars, I am definitely making these and some of the other recipes for myself and gifts." Corrie, Craftastic Outnumbered 3 to 1 blog

"Lisa makes the craft of creating soap products seem so easy. She actually makes the reader feel as if they can really create a wonderful soap gift for themselves or for family members!" Melanie of Bear Rabbit Bear.

"Melt and pour soap making can be such a fun activity for adults as well as children. Lisa Maliga tells you all about how to do it successfully with her tried and true methods in her e-book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting." Regan, The Anti-June Cleaver blog

"What I like best about this book is how comprehensive it is overall. It starts small with many of the basics some instructional guides tend to skip over or breeze through, and expands on the information as you progress." ~ Rebecca's Soap Deli News

"You will also learn all about what is best for you to use in soaps, which colorant to use and which you should avoid. If you intend to make more than just one bar of soap there is great information on how to store, package and label your creations. But what I like most about this book is that it offers many clear and easy to follow recipes to create your own soaps." Ewa Kelly, Blueberry Craft and Hobby Time

Get two free recipes right from my book at this fantastic website, Cut Out + Keep!

Erica of Bass Giraffe has posted a review, and several photos of her crafting soap and the wonderful finished results!

Laura of Between the Lines wrote: "I read the book, and honestly, learned quite a lot - especially since I didn't really know much about this topic to begin with. Making your own soap is a lot easier than one might think! Lisa's book gives incredible step-by-step instructions on how to create your own soap, and goes into great detail about why you should create your own soap, information on fragrances and essential oils, reputable soap suppliers, and even crafts for kids of various ages."

Kat of Your Organic Child has kindly posted a review and a recipe for Baby Soap!

Terri of Terri's Little Haven wrote: "The more recipes in this eBook I looked at the more excited I became. I absolutely love pictures and having them on each recipe is a wonderful addition. When I see the pictures it gives me an idea of how the soap will look and if I want to try it or something else. They also give me an idea of how the soap will look with the different molds. This is just an all around must have eBook for the crafter who wants to learn something new. What’s so great about this eBook is it has easy projects for kids of all ages."

Kime' of Adventures of One Domesticated Mama wrote: "I love crafting and trying new things. I have been wanting to learn to make my own soap and I have never knew their where so many different types of soaps you can make. Not only are their different types but their are different ways to make soap!"

Leila of The Go To Mommy wrote: "Lisa has been crafting soap years. She goes through the materials that you need; how to shape, mold, scent, and color soap; as well as recipes for different types of soaps. She goes through the different kinds of scents, oils, colors, herbs and what not that goes into crafting different soaps."

" Lisa's book is easy to use. Lots of detailed instructions. Lots of pictures.  A great list of places to look to for your supplies.  Lisa even has a chapter on helping you to sell your soaps!! WOW!!  I give Lisa's book an whole hearted A++++++++++!!!" Connie of Peanut Butter and Whine [Make sure you check out her soap pictures!]

Karen mead of Verging On wrote: "The book is really well written and very detailed. I love the heartwarming dedication to the author's mother and the forward that gives a history of soap making and why you should make your own. The book has many sections and a particularly interesting one for me was the one on herbs and other additives."

Riki of wrote: "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)."

Jessi of Coffee Matters wrote: "I enjoyed reading The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting and if I get a wild idea to try making my own soap again, this time I will have a lot more information at my fingertips!"

Carli of Grandma's Guide to Life wrote: " A lot of the things that you need to make melt and pour soap can be found in your house. This makes it an easy crafting project to get started on (at least for me -- I can't afford a lot of up front investment!). Plus you can do this in an hour or less!!!"

"My kids enjoy helping me make crafts and with The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting we were able to have so much fun and ended up making some great soap together." Jessica of Deal Finder Chick

"There is even an entire chapter that gives you a list of reputable suppliers that sell a variety of soap bases and other soap crafting supplies!  This book really does have everything you need to handcraft your own soap!" writes Tonya at Random Dealz

"There are tons of recipes to choose from! I decided to try and make Bars of Coffee 'n Cream Soap." Read more at Planet of the Apels.

"Because these recipes all use a melt and pour soap base, they are quick to make. Most of them can be completed in less than an hour. That is especially good news for the busy mom who has to fit her crafting in between cooking and caring for her kids." Read more at A Heart Full of Love

NEW! Learn how to make Seaweed Soap!

Here's a free recipe for ever-popular Shea Butter Soap!

Shea Butter Soap ~ Shea butter is a popular additive to soaps, lotions, creams, lip balms, shampoos, conditioners, and lotion bars. Why? The healing qualities of this African nut fat abound, helping those with dry skin, sunburn, minor skin irritations, and in just plain softening and conditioning the skin and hair. You can use either refined or unrefined shea butter in your soaps. You can also purchase a soap base with shea butter already included.

8 oz. opaque melt & pour soap base
1 teaspoon shea butter
1 teaspoon honey [optional]
1/2 teaspoon sweet orange essential oil

Two 4-oz. rectangle molds

1. Slice up the opaque soap base into cubes.
2. Melt the shea butter and the soap in a double boiler OR crock pot.
3. Pour into molds.
4. Refrigerate or freeze until soap is hardened.
5. Unmold and allow to return to room temperature.
6. Wrap in cling wrap.
7. Label.


Blueberry Craft and Hobby Time Lots of crafts ideas and tutorials.
Cut Out + Keep The online community for making and sharing step-by-step craft tutorials.
Candles and Candlemaking by Your online store for candles and more! Wide variety of candles, candle holders, candle accessories, and supplies for making candles!
Whip up Brings the best original and exciting crafts to the attention of many.
Whip Up Tutorials You can find original tutorials and patterns here. Free Crafts Network 
Crafters Catalogs The Virtual Craft Show, online since May 1998. Come browse our booths of quality crafts, craft bookstore, show listings, suppliers, and more. 
Everything Shea ... Creates is the place where you can learn to create your own bath & body products.
Gift Basket Reviews Diane Peterson, the Gift Basket Gal, enjoys making gift baskets and writing gift basket reviews.

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