By Marie Browning
Create healthier, more beautiful, more fragrant soaps than anything you can find in a store, for a fraction of the cost, using simple equipment you probably already own. Just start with a basic bar of white soap or produce yours from scratch. Add therapeutic and aromatic accents. Once you've tried the 20 recipes for hand-milled soaps, go on to bath salts, bath oils, bubble baths, massage oils, facial scrubs, and bath tea bags. Full-color photos show you how beautiful your soaps can be, and captioned illustrations explain each step. Complete recipes cover a variety of enticing creations such as Peppermint Refreshment Soap, Mango Mint Shampoo Bar, Milk and Honey Soap, and Lavender Citrus Soap. Translucent Soap Jewels turn glycerine soap into giant emeralds, amethysts, garnets, and quartz. Bath salts with eucalyptus oil clear head colds. Grate colored transparent soap into an opaque white soap base to get Confetti Soap. Decorate the soaps with paints or decoupage, and wrap them in elegant paper. There's truly something for everybody! Published in hardcover as Beautiful Handmade Natural Soaps.