Rooibos Tea and Pink Kaolin Shampoo Bar Recipe ~ New eBook + Excerpt

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2015

Discover how to craft rebatch/hand-milled soap base into a unique and versatile shampoo bar for most hair types. Also includes a recipe for Rooibos tea and apple cider vinegar hair rinse.

Rooibos Tea and Pink Kaolin Shampoo Bar RecipeThis ebook began as a blog post…but it kept on getting longer and longer and longer! As I’m giving a recipe for a soap base that is somewhat different from melt and pour glycerin soap base, I feel as though more background information is needed.

I’m also seeing a plethora of nonfiction ebooks flooding online bookstores that, in some cases, are written by those with little to no knowledge of their topic. Therefore, for those of you who haven’t read any of my books or articles, I have actually made and sold shampoo bars, as well as soap and other bath and body products. I made my first bar of soap way back in 1998. I still maintain my Everything Shea Aromatic Creations website but no longer sell from it. If you look at it,  you’ll see some of my articles about fine hair care, virgin coconut oil, moringa seed oil, etc. I believe in keeping people informed about natural soap and bath and body products.

For many years, I’ve successfully used shampoo bars. I formulate my own unique blends using hair-loving additives like jojoba oil, moringa seed oil, shea butter, goat’s milk, green tea, and Indian herbs such as amla, shikakai, and aritha. I’m not a cosmetologist. I don’t have a PhD in chemistry. I didn’t attend soapcrafting school. Everything I’ve learned has been done the old-fashioned way: by reading and by doing. I’ve invested loads of time and effort into learning all I can about crafting soap, whether it is glycerin melt and pour, or rebatching. When I first began working with rebatch soap, sometimes referred to as hand-milled soap, I wasn’t aware of the difference. I found out after waiting and waiting and waiting for it to melt in a one setting, one-quart crock-pot. Talk about slow! But that was how I began learning.

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Shopping for Soap Making or Bath & Body Products eBooks

Copyright 2014-2016

by Lisa Maliga

tapiocashampoobarKINCrafting books are always in demand, especially around the holiday season. In 2011, I published my first melt and pour soap crafting ebook. Since then, I’ve noticed a proliferation of other ebooks on all types of soap crafting methods, along with how to make other bath and body products. Many of them are written by authors who write about a variety of nonfiction topics.

Last month I was contacted by an author of a soap making book in search of a review. I was interested in seeing what types of soap it covered so I agreed to look at it. When I received the PDF copy, I noticed it had photos, always a plus, but the material seemed to be regurgitated. After reading it, I learned nothing new. Contacting the author to inquire about her soap making experience, I didn’t receive a response.

And that’s the problem with many of the newer titles; the author is just repeating facts they’ve either read online or in other books. Some of them aren’t avoidable, like the history of soap making, but others are. There have even been cases of ebooks that were “written” by authors who found content/recipes on websites, copied and pasted them into a file, and slapped their name on the content.

What I’d encourage you to do when buying nonfiction titles is to take a minute or two and see if the author is an expert in the field they are writing about. When it comes to soap, lip balm, lotions, perfume etc., see if they discuss how they make and/or sell the product[s]. If they don’t sell what they are writing about, then check to see how long they’ve been making the products.

MOREJOYmedOther tips on finding worthwhile ebooks:

~ How long is the book? Amazon posts an approximate page count, as do other online bookstores. Using the sample feature can give you a clue as to how long the book is, especially if it contains a table of contents. In fact, most nonfiction books should contain one.

~ What is the book’s price? Free. Well, why not take a chance if you have the room [and the time!] but for books priced at $0.99 and above, I’d recommend that you read the sample to see if it’s going to be of interest to you. Another gripe readers may have with a soap crafting book is that it might be about a different type of soap making technique than what they’re seeking. By checking out the sample you avoid downloading the “wrong” type of ebook.

~ Does the book include recipes? Does it only contain recipes? Are the recipes indicated by grams/ounces? Both? If it only contains recipes, does it give information that might be necessary such as safety tips, where to buy supplies, basic facts about soap and/or other body products? For those who make soap from scratch, recipes with accurate measurements are imperative as lye, oils, water and other additives must be carefully calculated.

~ Is a supplier/resource section included? I think it’s helpful to provide resources so that people can easily locate any of the ingredients that the author writes about. When I first began crafting melt and pour soap, I didn’t have any ebooks to read with lots of pictures and step by step instructions. Now all of us do, as there are many to choose from!


By Lisa Maliga

Copyright 2014-2016

fun foodie soap crafting lisa maliga ebookChapter 1 ~ Be a Fun Foodie Soap Crafter!

Initially, this book was going to be all about soap crafting for the frugal. The problem is– I’m not a frugal person when it comes to soap crafting. For me, it’s worth it to spend a certain amount of money to get the right ingredient or mold or whatever’s needed to make soap. Sure, if it’s on sale, that’s a bonus. I’ve even stocked up on ingredients that are on sale that I ended up giving away because I had no use for them.

Then I thought about supermarket soaping and essentially that’s what this book is all about – using ingredients that you can find in your local supermarket. I’m a fan of watching cooking and baking shows. So, I’ve learned a lot about the process a chef goes through to make an exquisite dinner or a show stopping dessert. Yes, I’ve watched Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Food Network Star, Cake Boss, and Save My Bakery—along with several other foodie type shows on various channels. I’ve seen people cook in fancy restaurant kitchens, in small food trucks, and over campfires and grills.  And that’s when it hit me, write a book that’s dedicated to those who love food AND soap! 

In Fun Foodie Soap Crafting, you’ll learn what food can be added to soap, and how to make soap that looks like food. There’s a special section on pretty packaging and labeling so you can present your soapy gifts, and much more. As with my other soap crafting books, all the recipes have been tested. I’ve even used a new melt and pour soap base so that I can offer feedback on it for those of you who want to try it. 

There are so many different varieties of soap we can make, so many endless combinations, so much room to harness our creativity. As always, I encourage this as it benefits your creative side and those who use your soapy products. Fun foodie soap crafting is a great way to spend time with an interested child and give them the opportunity to learn a new skill. It’s nice for people of all ages to make and later package as gifts for just about any occasion. You might want to make lots more soap after trying this wonderful hobby. I say, go for it!

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seaweed melt and pour soap recipe by lisa maliga

Seaweed Soap Recipe

By Lisa Maliga

copyright 2012-2017

seaweed melt and pour soap recipe by lisa maligaSeaweed Soap is fun and easy to make. This recipe was created due to loving anything oceanic! Dried seaweed contains lots of minerals so it’s good for you. It can be found at any Asian market. Nourishing extra virgin olive oil is suitable for all skin types. Lavender and lemon essential oils add a touch of zest and make this soap smell clean and fresh!


32 ounces clear soap base

Dash of green mica

6-8 pieces dried seaweed

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1.5 teaspoons lemon essential oil

1 teaspoon lavender essential oil


3 part Ziploc divided rectangle mold


Place broken up pieces of seaweed into mold. Slice the soap base into small cubes. Just before the soap is fully melted add the colorant, olive oil and essential oils. Stir well. Slowly pour into the molds. Spritz away bubbles with rubbing alcohol, or avoid this step for a more realistic looking soap. Allow soap to harden in fridge, freezer, or remain at room temperature. Remove from molds. Make sure soap is at room temperature before cutting and wrapping. You may want to cut the largest chunk of finished soap into 2 to 4 slices. A wavy edge soap cutter is recommended. Wrap in cling wrap and label.

From the eBook 12 Easy Melt and Pour Recipes

You can also watch the video:


Apple Barrel Soap Recipe

apple barrel glycerin soap By Lisa Maliga

Copyright 2013-2016

This is a fun and easy soap to make. Apples are good every day of the year, you know about that apple a day remedy! The resulting soap can have several variations in color and fragrance.

Apple Barrel Soap


8 ounces clear melt and pour soap base

pinch of burgundy mica

smaller pinch of gold mica [optional]

1/2 teaspoon apple fragrance oil


2 four-ounce round molds


Slice up soap base into small cubes and melt. Just before the soap is fully melted, add mica and fragrance. Mix well and pour into molds. Spritz away any bubbles with rubbing alcohol. Allow soap to harden in fridge, freezer, or remain at room temperature. Remove from molds. Make sure soap is at room temperature before wrapping. Wrap in cling wrap and label.

prepper's guide to soap crafting and soap storage lisa maligaFrom the 0.99 eBook The Prepper’s Guide to Soap Crafting and Soap Storage.


8 Reasons to Love Lavender

By Lisa Maliga

Copyright 2013-2017

lavender soap the joy of melt and pour soap crafting by lisa maliga
lavender melt and pour soap

Lavender plants love being in the sun and their roots need plenty of aeration. They grow in the city as well as in the country. Lavender is thought to have originated in India, but it thrives in the Mediterranean, France, Spain, Bulgaria, and Croatia. Successful crops of lavender come from many parts of the United States, Australia, Tasmania and South Africa.

The most common species of lavender is Lavandula angustifolia, which is referred to as English Lavender, or true lavender. Lavandula is the genus name which in Latin is ‘lavandus’ and that means to be washed. [Similarly, the Spanish word for laundry is lavandaria]. Angustifolia means narrow leaved.

This versatile flower has many species that adapt to particular environments with low or high humidity, warmer temperatures, etc. While most people think of lavender as a purple flower, did you know it also comes with white, pink, and even yellow petals?

This popular plant has many uses. It is available as an essential oil, freshly picked, dried, as a tea, boiled into an infusion or in tincture forms. For culinary use, lavender can be found in jam, honey, dessert toppings, and baked into meat dishes.

Here are eight ways to benefit from lovely lavender.

[1] Stress relief. Have a headache? Too much work to do and not enough time to do it? Simply apply one drop of lavender essential oil to each temple and gently massage it in. If you have sensitive skin mix the lavender into a small amount of olive oil before applying.

[2] Helps heal minor burns and cuts. You can apply lavender essential oil directly to the injured area or mix it into a small amount of olive oil and apply.

[3] Potpourri. You can make Lavender Potpourri with this easy recipe:

Mix 1 cup dried lavender flowers with 1 Tablespoon orris root in a bowl. Add 2-3 drops lavender essential oil. Mix well and put in a nice bowl so that you can smell the wonderful aroma whenever you walk into the room.

[4] Bathing. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your warm to hot bath water and relax.

[5] Sachet. In a small muslin bag, add a few tablespoon’s worth of dried lavender flowers. This can be added to your dresser drawers, or hung on a doorknob, or hung in your closet. It also is a fine substitute for mothballs!

[6] Shiny Hair. Add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to your hairbrush and brush the aroma of lavender into your hair.

[7] Room Freshener/Pillow Spray. Fill a spray mister bottle with distilled water and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. This can be used in any room of the house. You can also spray it on your pillow so you can have a good night’s sleep.

[8] Launder with Lavender. You can natural laundry liquid, powder detergent, and dryer sheets with added lavender essential oil.

Lavender helps you and your environment smell cleaner, fresher, and more floral.

Throughout history, this marvelous flower has shown us its usefulness in being more than just a decorative flower but one that can help soothe and relax us.

Make lavender soap! Check out The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting for some recipes!

The Crafty Writer

By Lisa Maliga
Copyright 2013-2016

giftbasketI was once asked how have crafts inspired your writing? Well, I can’t sew a straight line. I can’t knit without dropping stitches. And I’m sure my signature dish of French Toast would be laughed at by Gordon Ramsay.

But I get creative in the kitchen in a different way – by making soap! Even before Lush opened their first store in Southern California, I was a huge fan of their products. I’d ordered several of their soaps from Canada and eagerly awaited the package’s delivery. I was impressed with the appealing chunks of goodness as they cut the soft soap from a large cheese-like wheel. All were nasal bliss, and did the job of cleaning and softening quite well. I’d never used glycerin soap before and back in 1997 there wasn’t that much information about it online. A few companies sold it in bulk and after making my first batch of soap with some marigold [calendula] petals on top, I was hooked.

I immersed myself in learning how to make soap and found it easy to concentrate on what I was doing. I guess I could compare it with writing. The soap base is the story. The shape of the mold is compared to the characters and their motivation, the color equals dialogue, and the fragrance corresponds with the tone of the story. Wrapping and labeling is like the sense of location[s] found in a novel. Writing involves sitting in front of the computer and staring at the monitor. In the kitchen is where I decide what type of soap to make and I concentrate on that. The creativity involved can be spontaneous…for my La Brea Tar Pits soap I used a plastic cookie liner for a mold and the name came from the nearby tar pits. Tea tree essential oil removes tar from the skin as does lavender, and it enhances the aroma. Whole oats help clean and soften the skin, and cornmeal is an exfoliant, removing excess dirt. Each element has its place.

Taking the same creativity I use when designing soap and other bath & body products, writing about soapmaking is easy. I see it as sharing the joy of a fun and crafty hobby [tho’ it was a business for me for almost five years].  I hope to make everything easier for the reader so they don’t make the same mistakes I did. The recipes I’d created over the years were all handwritten. When I wrote The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting, I actually typed them out for the first time. To this day, every product I make always involves writing down all the ingredients so I know what fragrances I’ve blended, what oils and butters I’ve used, the amounts, etc. I also remembered what it was like when I made my first batch of soap using one page of instructions. I wanted more information as I had many questions. And just like my writing, I’ve learned it all by doing. By making hundreds of batches of soap, and by writing hundreds of thousands of words. 

happy birthday melt and pour soap recipes lisa maliga ebookIn the above photo, I was able to put my creative skills to use by packaging some of my products in a little gift box I found at a thrift store. Learn more about wrapping soap in Happy Birthday Melt and Pour Soap Recipes

About the Author:

Lisa Maliga is an American author of contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers and cozy mysteries. Her nonfiction titles consist of how to make bath and body products with an emphasis on melt and pour soap crafting. Her nickname is The Midnight Soaper as that’s her preferred soaping time. When researching her latest cozy mystery, she discovered the art of baking French macarons. She’s currently obsessed with baking the perfect batch of macarons. When not writing, Lisa reads an assortment of books, watches movies, and is a huge fan of The Walking Dead.

You’ll find more about her work at: [The Discerning Readers’ Newsletter]


The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting — Ebook at Amazon and B&N

THE JOY OF MELT AND POUR SOAP CRAFTING includes 40 recipes, more than 50 color photos, many reputable resources, soap secrets, professional-quality color photos, creative labeling tips, mistakes to avoid and MUCH more!

“The Joy of Melt & 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!

Here’s what you will learn:

  • WHY you should make your own soap
  • How to make handcrafted soap in less than 1 hour!
  • Secrets of melt & pour soap crafting
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Fragrance & essential oils information
  • List of reputable soap suppliers
  • Creative labeling & packaging ideas and photos
  • Easy-to-make craft projects for kids of all ages
  • Bestselling soap recipes
  • Color photos of recipes
  • NO experience necessary!

THE JOY OF MELT AND POUR SOAP CRAFTING can be found online at Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOKbooks.

Lisa’s Library of Writing


the joy of melt and pour soap crafting by lisa maliga

If you’re looking for something to teach you how to make your own soap I highly recommend, “The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting”. Just keep in mind, you’ll want to read the whole book before you start. Every tip is helpful.” Erica, Bass Giraffe blog. Read the entire review and see step-by-step photos of her making some awesome looking soap!

The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting – “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. It includes instructions on not only the best way to make your soaps, but what equipment to use for the greatest product results.” Rebecca, Soap Deli News Blog Read the entire review at her site!

“The end also has some websites listed where you can buy some oils, some soap bases, and it looks like a lot of good information to get someone started. These resources alone are worth the cost of the e-book as it will save a lot of time in getting started.” Riki, Crazy for a Deal

“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.” Book review by Terri of  Terri’s Little Haven

“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.” Leila B of The Go To Mommy

“If you are looking into getting into soap making this is a must read. It’s great book with tons of information. She even tells you about mistakes you don’t want to make!” Kime’ Braden, Adventures of the Domesticated Mama

“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. This book is perfetto for newbs and presents some fun, indoor activity for the kiddos. Throw a soap party and invite your best buds over for a little pinot and soapmaking.” Book review by Patrice, soapmaker at The Soap Seduction. You can read the full review there and see some of the awesome soaps she has made!