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300 Years of Natural Soap & Cosmetic Recipes

By Marie Gale

Does the history of soap and cosmetics intrigue you? Do you look for inspiration from the past? If you answered yes, then this book is for you!

Find recipes in many categories from the 1800s or 1900s as well as modern recipes. There are even a few "Strange & Bizarre" recipes that have been included to show how odd recipes have been.

We think you will love this book as your fingers walk through time! Taylor has found this book to really twirl her geek beanie. We are sure it will twirl yours, too!


Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail

48 pages. Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 to 8. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are — whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard.

Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects. Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid’s backpack.


Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

By Sandra Boynton

112 pages. An entertaining read for the chocolate addict in your life, this handbook is filled with good information, facts and advice.

Discover which of the five classic chocolate personality profiles most represents you. Enjoy the most essential of the chocolate cooking techniques and laugh over how to ask for chocolate in eleven languages!


Fermented Vegetables

So, I'll bet you are surprised to find a pickling book in a soap making catalog! Well, we have a very diverse crew here and one of the things that attracts us to making our own soap is that we like to make things period. We find the thrill in the make and consume, not the shopping for mass marketed, mass manufactured items. We like different!

This book on fermenting your own pickles is awesome. Taylor, our pickle fanatic, even has a blog about this book. This book weighs in at 2.25 lbs so you know it is going to have lots of information!


Fiery Ferments

By Kirsten K. Shockey & Christopher Shockey.

We've loved the Fermented Vegetables book and so when Fiery Ferments came out, we had to snap up this book as well!

This book on fermenting your own hot sauces, kimchi, and spicy chutney is incredible. Taylor has made her own hot sauce using this book and we've even seen the socks knocked off some of the spice lovers around!


Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters

By Marie Gale

There are many paths that may have brought you to this point where you are an fabulous maker of soaps or cosmetics. No matter how you got here, how do you guarantee your products are the same every time?

Marie Gale walks you through everything you should know about Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Create operating procedures for your products, keep fabulous records and even simplify your production.

Make your life easier and allow your business to flourish!


Handmade Houseplants

By Corrie Beth Hogg

300 pages. Do you ever feel that you don't have a green thumb? Travel too much or have random office hours? Brighten your space with realistic looking plants that you can make using paper!

This book is full of great photographs, templates and instructions for 30 types of house plants. Spend an afternoon making Sweet Potato Vines, Philodendrons, Cordylines, and more! We loved this book for helping jump start our creative thoughts for solutions in our daily lives.


Healing Herbal Teas

By Sarah Farr

272 pages. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own herbal teas? We love this informative book that inspires creativity, well-being, and health.

A fascinating read, we think this book offers tasty recipes that help heal the body while soothing the mind and soul. Pick up a copy for yourself and maybe an extra one to loan to friends! You won't want to be missing this book from your library.


Liquid Soapmaking

By Jackie Thompson

Want to delve into the world of liquid soaps, but not sure where to start? This book will help you make beautiful liquid soap no matter if you are a beginner or have several batches of liquid soap under your belt!

We've found this book to be filled with clear and helpful explanations, color photos, and tables and charts illustrating how to: a) Successfully create sparkling clear soaps quickly and easily every time. b) Formulate liquid soap so you never have to dissolve a stubborn soap paste again. c) Make the most luxuriously thick shower gels ever. d) Color, fragrance and thicken your liquid soap. e) Add nutritive value with herbal extracts and infusions. f) Extend the shelf life and stability of your soap. g) Formulate your own recipes.

An excellent resource and great for troubleshooting mid-batch!


Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions

By Donna Maria

156 pages of Donna Maria's aromatic concoctions. If you want some answers to your lotion questions this may be the best place to start.

Learn about emulsions, and how to work with thickeners and additives for the best creams you can make.


Making Cream Soaps Booklet

by Catherine Failor

This booklet explains how to make cream soaps. The trick is they use a combination of lyes, sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Allow Catherine to walk you through the process and make these fun items!

Think shaving soap, think grease monkey soap, think paste soaps, think wonderful in a jar or tube!


Making Liquid Soaps

By Catherine Failor

134 pages. Have you wanted to learn how to make liquid soaps and gels? This book is the best gift you can give yourself. We have had a great amount of fun playing with liquid soaps and they are overwhelmingly accepted by the general public.


Making Transparent Soaps

By Catherine Failor

This book covers how to make your own transparent soaps. These beauties are often called glycerin soaps. We found this book easy to understand, and the soaps fun to make. The author gives simple, step-by-step instructions using either animal fats or vegetable oils. There are specialized formulations, all created and tested by the author. Don't let anyone tell you transparent soaps can't be made at home. They can!


Mason Jar Science

By Jonathan Adolph

136 pages. The best part about being a soapmaker and a parent is encouraging our children's young minds to explore the world around them.

This fun book is packed with 40 fun experiments for scientists 8 years and older. All you need is a few household items, a mason jar, and curiosity! Experience adventures while making slime, tornadoes, lava lamps, and more. Have fun and learn with the kids after your adventurous soap making sessions!


Medicinal Herbs

By Rosemary Gladstar

Medicinal Herbs is a great book and has been a valuable resource for many who study herbs. Learning about plants, their uses and their cautions, is an enjoyable addition to making our own soaps. Maybe you will stumble upon a few herbs that kick your soaps and salves over into exceptional products which heal as well as clean.

We highly recommend! The 7 x 9 inch book can easily fit into any hand bag or backpack for reading when a few minutes come around.


Natural Soap Book

By Susan Miller Cavitch

Susan Miller Cavitch takes the mystery out of soapmaking, sharing her advice and formulas for making high-quality soaps that are good for your skin - and free of synthetic additives. She offers readers in-depth information on selecting and using a wide variety of nourishing fats and oils and fragrant essentials oils to create old favorites like oatmeal/honey, vitamin, and avocado soaps. Susan also includes her own unique recipes for goat milk, borage, mixed nut, tropical shampoo bars, and others.


Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes

By Nancy M Booth

This book will help you to expand your body care products. The author takes you step by step through the perfume making process. She also helps you to identify your own personal preferences and also what would appeal to other personality types. She gives formulations for combining essential oils and fragrance oils to make blends that are sure to please a wide variety of individuals. A must for anyone wanting to understand the scenting process.


Say Cheese!

By Ricki Carroll and Sarah Carroll

136 pages. Best-selling author Ricki Carroll — known around the world as “the Cheese Queen” — and her daughter, Sarah Carroll, bring easy cheese making right into your kitchen with this fun guide for kids and families. Step-by-step photos take kids ages 8–12 through the cheese making process, then teach them how to make 12 classic favorites, including mozzarella, feta, ricotta, and cream cheese.

A hearty helping of kitchen chemistry and math along with bits of international cheese making history add to the education. A bonus log sheet lets young cheese makers keep notes just like the pros, while punch-out labels and colorful flags will embellish homemade cheeses and global cheese platters.


Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

By Marie Gale

Ever feel like the hardest part of making soaps and cosmetics just happens to be the labeling? Stop worrying!

Marie Gale simplifies the rules and regulations that seem overwhelming to any handcrafter. Learn how to label your products without the stress! Get advice that protects you from crossing the line between cosmetics and drugs.

This book is helpful in explaining everything you need to know in plain English. An ideal book for any business owner!


Soap: Making It, Enjoying It - Used Books

One of our favorite soap making books, we were heartbroken when it went out of print. After discovering several used copies of this book, we decided to bring our favorite book back to the catalog as an excellent resource. While each book has been used, we're only offering books that are still in good condition.

This book is considered the best place to start with your cold process soap making hobby. A good book with a good balance of art and science. We found this book to be required reading for our students.


Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide

By Stephanie L. Tourles

248 pages. Have you wanted to learn how to use essential oils effectively and safely? This book is the best gift you can give yourself or your best friend who wants to learn more about the best way to use essential oils.

An informative read, we think this book offers fantastic guidance for safe essential oil use. We've added this to our bookshelf and find that our blog team always pulls it our to reference the information inside!


The Aromatherapy Garden

By Kathi Keville

276 pages. A captivating book, The Aromatherapy Garden takes you through how to plant your own garden filled with scent. Kathi's knowledge and experience with aromatherapy and gardening helps you decide if you would prefer a formal, cottage, tea, or a border fragrance garden.

We've found ourselves happily immersed in this fascinating book and trying to plan our gardens. Filled with planting advice, fragrant plants and their details, herbal recipes and more, this book is a perfect gift for the gardener in your life!


The Culinary Herbal

By Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker

As soap makers and home cooks, we find ourselves wondering about different herbs and how we can use them.

This book covers growing and preserving your own herbs with the perspective of a cook. I can't wait to start a new herb garden just for my cooking and maybe a few herbs for my soaps!


The Essential Oil Book

This book by Colleen Dodt is to help new people to aromatherapy use essential oils. Use the plant essences as a part of a blend or solo. Essential oils can be used in a lot of areas, including soaps, lotions and diffusers.
160 pages.

The Home Barista

By Simone Egger and Ruby Ashby Orr

Andee loves to play barista here at the office and she makes an amazing cappuccino! When she found this book on our new products shelf, we had to laugh at her squeal of delight. She has already snagged a copy of this book for herself and has been pouring over all the cool facts and tidbits that this book offers.


The Illustrated Herbiary

By Maia Toll
Illustrated by Kate O'Hara

176 pages. This book is a perfect read for a quiet evening with a cup of tea. Take meandering adventure through 36 botanicals that will guide your life into balance with easy meditations.

Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plant’s power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance. Smaller versions of the illustrations are featured on 36 cards to help guide your thoughts and meditations.


The Soapmaker's Companion

By Susan Miller Cavitch

From the author of the best-selling The Natural Soap Book comes this illustrated guide to making over 40 specialty soaps - from exquisite stained-glass, marbled, and layered soaps to soothing masseuse bars, hardworking laundry soap, and practical liquid soaps.


The Ultimate Guide to Sugars & Sweeteners

By Alan Barclay, PhD, Philippa Sandall, & Claudia Shwide-Slavin, MS, RD, CDE. Foreword by Jennie Brand-Miller, PhD.

We love learning about many different topics here at MMS! This book is perfect for anyone who is always wanting to learn something new.

I've found this to be a great source of information about not only common sugars and sweeteners, but uncommon ones as well. I've been able to find nutritive contents for sugars, calories, and sweetness relative to sucrose. This book is teeming with the type of information that my great-grandma would have called "good information" and sent everyone she knew a copy!