Synopses & Reviews
Catherine Bardey, fashion editor and stylist, shows you the secrets of making soaps that add a personal touch to your everyday bathing experience and provide great presents for any occasion. Her special blends of all-natural ingredients produce handmade soaps with character and utility--ground almonds help exfoliation, lavender oil soothes and heals irritated skin, coffee rids hands of strong cooking smells and olive oil conditions hair.
From alluring to calming, each special scent in this distinctive collection of simple recipes will surround you with a pleasing aura all your own. Catherine's detailed fragrance profiles will show you how to pick the perfect scent to fit your mood and personality whether you're making your own or buying brand-name perfumes and colognes. She also gives recipes for her favorites including:
Cleansing Soaps and Shampoos include:
Soothing Honey Vanilla
Relaxing Coconut Rosewood
Exfoliating Honey Almond Soap
All-purpose Coffee Oatmeal Soap
Indulging Chocolate Milk Soap
Moisturizing Olive Oil
Enticing Perfumes, Colognes and Splashes include:
Elegant Rose Water
Calming Lavender Water
Comforting Clary Sage Cologne
Spicy Pear Nectar Perfume
Zesty Lemon Lime Cologne
And this is just the beginning; explore these examples and use them as a base for your own soap and fragrance creations. You don't need fancy or expensive equipment or complicated procedures to surround yourself with sensational suds and stylish scents.
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.
Instructions for creating a variety of fragrances, shampoos, splashes, and soaps at home are included. A special section details the techniques of the world's most famous fragrance producers and traces perfume history. 100 color illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 180) and index.
About the Author
Catherine Bardey has been a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She has written for Glamour, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart's Living and other magazines. Her previous books include Secrets of the Spas, Making Soaps and Scents, Making Candles and Potpourri and Lingerie, all available from Black Dog and Leventhal. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
PART I: Making Soaps
A LITTLE HISTORY
SOAP MAKING, IN A NUTSHELL
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
BASIC and TECHNIQUES
THE JELL-O METHOD
DECORATING and PACKAGING
PART II: Making Scents
A FRAGRANT HISTORY
HOW TO READ A FRAGRANCE
TOOLS OF THE TRADE