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About Amanda Gail Aaron
Amanda Gail Aaron has built her career around providing education in her craft, soapmaking. She has taught all over the United States in various classrooms and presents annually at conferences and seminars put on by the handcrafted soap industry’s top guilds and organizations.
In 2008, after learning the craft of soapmaking, Amanda started an educational blog at LovinSoap.com, which features step-by-step full color photographic tutorials, articles, troubleshooting advice and general information about soapmaking. She publishes eZines (online magazines) and eBooks on the topic of soapmaking and has written for industry publications such as Handmade Magazine, Saponifier and Soap Collaborative.
In 2009, she started teaching classes in Dallas and Austin, providing hands-on workshops where students could totally immerse themselves in the craft of soapmaking and confidently learn the craft. Students from all over the United States have attended her hands-on workshops and even a few students have travelled from out of the country to attend!
In 2013 after a heart-moving teaching trip to Haiti to teach a group of women who lived in a tent camp how to make soap, she decided that she would use her love of teaching to help as many women in the same situation as she could. She created a not-for-profit, with her partner Benjamin Aaron, whose aim was to teach women in developing nations the craft and the business of soapmaking - tackling two of poverty’s biggest issues - lack of access to hygiene and lack of economic opportunity for women. The Lovin’ Soap Project is a registered 501(c)(3) and is currently working in Haiti, Uganda, China, India and will continue to expand to other areas where women need opportunity.
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All-Natural Soap, All You Need to Know.
Match colors to scents, add essential oils, try a simple slab swirl or opt for a tiger stripe—the creative possibilities of homemade soaps are endless. Even if you’re starting from scratch. If you’re wondering where to find everything you need to know, open this book and get ready to fall in love with soap making.
The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making is the ultimate DIY reference to master the processes, techniques, and recipes to start creating picture-perfect handcrafted soaps. With step-by-step tutorials and 65 completely all-natural recipes, you’ll find lots of inspiration to create your very own recipes to sell, gift, or keep all for yourself.
Inside The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making you’ll find:
- Soap Making 101—Get prepped to make your very own soap with essential equipment and ingredients.
- Easy-to-Follow Tutorials—Learn insider design tricks and classic soap making techniques like cold-process, hot-process, melt-and-pour, and hand-milled.
- 65 Natural Recipes—Choose from fragrant and colorful recipes like Lavender Mint Soap, Coffee Scrub Soap, Citrus Zest Kitchen Soap, Shea Butter & Geranium Soap, and much more.
Discover the pleasures of soap making with this beginner-friendly guide to create your very own suds!
This book contains extensive troubleshooting advice for when soap goes wrong.
It moves beyond the basics and discusses advanced topics such as superfatting, water discounts, fatty acid profiles, gel phase and more. It focuses on the tips and tricks that make soapmaking more efficient, more advanced and infinitely more fun.
After finishing this book, you’ll confidently move beyond the soapmaking basics.
Soapmaking Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting includes tips and tricks from over 100 soapmakers!
Please note that this is not a basic soapmaking book. You should have some knowledge of the soapmaking process before you purchase.
The recipes are categorized into seven categories including Basic Bars, Designed Recipes, Salt Bars, Bar Soap for the Face, Exfoliating Bars, For the Fellas and Alternative Liquids.
Each recipe, except for those in the Basic Bars category, includes an essential oil blend and some contain additives for color or exfoliation. 20 more essential oil blends are listed at the end, giving you 64 blends total!
Though it does contain basic steps, it is not an advanced soapmaking book and doesn’t go into details on advanced soapmaking topics.
The recipes and essential oil blends in this book are provided to inspire creative formulation on your part. Sure you can use a recipe as-is, but don’t be afraid to experiment and change things up!