from my extensive collection of antique and vintage soap and cosmetic books, dating back to the early 1700’s as well as research on more recent recipes.
I’ve always loved the historical approach to soap and cosmetics. After all, back in “olden times” all they had to work with were natural ingredients and essential oils. In fact, many of these recipes served as the foundation for the products I made and sold through my own soap and cosmetic business.
Of course, “natural” ingredients can include materials that are actually harmful, so I’ve selected only the recipes that include safe ingredients. We don’t want to make cosmetics with mercury, lead, or arsenic (or opium, laudenum, or cocaine!) all of which were common ingredients in past times. For general interest, there is a short section on recipes that you SHOULDN’T make–they contain some pretty interesting ingredients, including snails and slugs and a variety of poisonous, addictive, and/or illegal substances.
Also included in the book you’ll find:
- an historical overview of cosmetics and soap
- general explanations of how to make each of the different types of products
- measurement conversion charts
- directions for increasing or decreasing batch size
- a glossary of ingredients (including alternative replacements)
- list of suppliers
There are several options for purchasing the book. You can make your choice based on how fast you want it, if you want a signed copy, and the cost of the book and shipping. Price is usually $29.95, although there are sometimes discounts. Use the buttons below to order.
You can order a regular copy of the book from Amazon.com (or the Amazon in your country). The book qualifies for Prime shipping and you can usually get it pretty quickly.
You can optionally purchase a signed edition, directly from me. Price is the same as offered on Amazon, and includes shipping by USPS media mail. Delivery time is typically around 7-10 days.
I hope you enjoy the book. I’d love to get your feedback!
Wholesale copies of this book can be purchased from Cinnabar Press.