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Making soaps & scents : perfumes, soaps, splashes & shampoos that you can make at home
Bardey, Catherine, 1963-
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1999.
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187 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TP991 .B27 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With this book, it is easy to create soothing suds and a wide variety of perfumes, colognes and splashes that moisturize, revitalize and aromatize skin and hair.

Following the simple step-by-step directions, readers can make all the body products of their dreams, from Buttermilk Oatmeal Soap and Tangerine Cocoa Bar to Lemon Lavender Shampoo. Each recipe also points out how readers can improvise and create their own special soaps and scents.

A special section details the techniques of the world's most famous fragrance producers and traces perfume history. The book includes a resource directory, safety hints and ways to make your soaps more earth-friendly.

Author Notes

Catherine Bardey was a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Part I Making Soaps
A Little Historyp. 10
Soap Making, in a Nutshellp. 12
Tools of the Tradep. 14
Ingredientsp. 18
Basics and Techniquesp. 28
Hand-Milled Soapp. 50
The Jell-O Methodp. 52
Decorating and Packagingp. 54
Soap Recipesp. 60
Custom Soapsp. 67
Shampoosp. 90
Rinsesp. 94
Trouble Shootingp. 98
Soap Factsp. 101
Part II Making Scents
A Fragrant Historyp. 104
Fragrance Familiesp. 108
How to Read a Fragrancep. 124
Perfume Recipesp. 132
Tools of the Tradep. 134
Custom Scentsp. 138
Essentialsp. 162