So, I've been making handcrafted soaps and lotions for over 14 years. I wanted to find a book to help guide a friend in the basics of both begnning soSo, I've been making handcrafted soaps and lotions for over 14 years. I wanted to find a book to help guide a friend in the basics of both begnning soaping and also lotion making. This book borders on dangerous! No mention of lye safety, no real measurements and a sketchy recipe with a pretty serious water discount .... I am absolutely appalled that this was even published!
She calls Melt and Pour a wax that you just simply melt! LOL, uh, yeah, there's a little more to it than that and here's a fact for you, it's not wax, it's glycerin! Ms. Lockhart also seems to think Hand Milled is simply melting scraps in a mold - um, wrong, AGAIN!
The biggest problem I have is calling Cold Process soap - "non-natural due to lye chemicals that may remain in the soap when you use it". SMH! If the author had any clue as to the science behind the process, she would realize that upon the mixing of oils, butters, with a Lye/water mixture, that saponification takes place and Viola! We have soap! Not lye, actual soap! It is as natural as natural can be! When done correctly, using a soap/lye calculator (another thing that the author never, ever mentions!!!), there is no excess lye.
Here's an incredibly scary and dangerous passage: "Make sure to mix the oils together separately once you have prepared the lye and water mixture on the stove to ensure it somes out the way it should and provides the all over clean feeling you're after." Huh? Please, for all that is holy, never ever prepare your lye and water mixture over the stove! And the rest of that paragraph? Yeah, I didn't really get it either and I've been making soap a long time.
She also recommends putting in essential oils at 10% of the recipe! No!!! First off, there are usage rates for every essential oil that range from 0.25% -1.0% at the very highest! As Ms. Lockhart states, "Add a good ratio of essential oils to boost the scent of the bar to makesure that enough rubs off when the person is bathing. Putting just 10% in the mix can provide an all over scent that anyone will love." SMH!!!
Ms. Lockhart also states to "Use different fruits, herbs, and natural items throughout the soap instead of scenting them. These items need to be used a bit more, with a larger amount to get the desired results, but they can smell just as good as oils and are better for you in the long run!" This is when I no longer gave her the benefit of the doubt! Any additive such as cucumber puree, my personal favorite - blueberries - will lose all scent during the saponification process! You can add a boat load of lavender flowers and it will look absolutely lovely! But if you want it to smell like lavender, then add lavender essential oil, added at trace - in the correct amount, of course!This goes with any additive - of course, non-scented soap smells amazing to me.
Here's a message to all new and advanced soap makers: always wear safety gear! Eye goggles, gloves, and long sleeves! Always run any and every soap recipe through a soap calculator, you can find them online. Never trust a recipe that is in a book, given to you or found online on a forum/blog. Soap making is serious business but so much fun and very fulfilling. I digress ...
So, I could go on and on, but I think I've proved that this is a highly dangerous book to any novice or *advanced* soapmaker. I think Ms. Lockhart should stick to giving massages in her cozy one bedroom apartment and leave the soapmaking advice to the professionals!
If you or a friend are interested in learning to make lotions/body butters, etc ... do not purchase anything from this author! There are many other books that will guide you in a dependable, safe, efficient, and correct manner!...more
So, I've been making handcrafted soaps and lotions for over 14 years. I wanted to find a book to help guide a friend in the basics of both begnning soSo, I've been making handcrafted soaps and lotions for over 14 years. I wanted to find a book to help guide a friend in the basics of both begnning soaping and also lotion making. This book borders on dangerous! No mention of sterilization, no distinct measurements, no weighing of ingredients, no preservation, no talk of the water/oil phases or mention of the HLB system .... I am absolutely horrified and appalled that this was even published! No FDA labeling, no mention of how to protect yourself and others with batch testing ... There are NO RECIPES in here! Which, really, I am actually grateful for!
The *author* states you'll be able to sell your lotions because lotion making is just that 'easy'! Don't worry about those pesky microbes and bacteria! Just tell everyone how amazing your lotion is! It's frightening, dangerous, and unethical! Yet another person trolling the internet thinking they'll make a quick buck on a 24 page e-book with no regard to others health or safety! SMH!
If you or a friend are interested in learning to make lotions/body butters, etc ... do not purchase anything from this author! There are many other books that will guide you in a dependable, safe, efficient, and correct manner! Sally Trews, Anne L Watson are a few good ones!...more
In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken is the third and final installment of The Darkest Minds series. This is one of my favorite serieTHE FAERYS VIEW
In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken is the third and final installment of The Darkest Minds series. This is one of my favorite series, a futuristic dystopian with a strong female lead and, of course, the most brilliant group of secondary characters a reader could ask for. This is a spoiler free review at the request of the author and because to do anything less would completely ruin this amazing final book for the reader.
Throughout the last few years I’ve become strongly invested in this series, for a number of reasons. The first being it’s distinctive story line. I love the idea of this amazing group of kids fighting the odds, each with their own distinctive psionic gifts, escaping the system, fighting the cruelty and oppressiveness that they’ve all endured and coming together as one unit to protect each other with one common goal: Stop President Gray. Of course, under that one common goal fall many others but let’s face it, he is the ultimate evil and what he’s done in the camps is hideous and deplorable.
Secondly, I love the characters in this series, seriously, they are remarkable! Ruby, the main character, is such a strong compelling girl, yes, she has her flaws, but after following her life throughout the series, how could she not be? Ruby hasn’t let those that hurt her, destroy her, instead, she’s let the pain and anger she’s endured move her forward, towards being a better person – a stronger person. Ruby is brave, loyal, smart but most of all, she can still love, despite all that has been done too her. She loves her friends to the point that she would put her own life on the line than to risk losing one more person that she loves. In the last book, Never Fade, Ruby lost someone who was so dear to her, someone she swore to protect and felt like she failed. Ruby hasn’t recovered from this and I saw how much this affected her actions in this book.
Without revealing any spoilers, I feel I can say that Ruby and Liam’s romance is strong but not without its challenges, a beloved character is found, Chubs and Vida are still arguing like cats and dogs and Cole remains a bit of an ass, albeit a somewhat loveable ass. Clancy Gray is still in the same position he was when last you saw him in Never Fade. There are intense, heart-racing moments that had me at the edge of my seat and there are some extraordinarily poignant moments that had me reaching for tissues. There are triumphs, there are losses, and there are head-banging moments but most of all, there is justice. I shed some very happy tears in this last book and I shed some very sad tears in this book. I will also say that I felt so very, very satisfied and gratified at the ending and honestly, that is what it’s all about for me at the end of a series.
I so highly recommend this series to all who love a good dystopian, fantastic characters, and a beautifully written story about love, friendship, and fighting for everything that’s truly important in life! ...more