I’ve written a lot of different things over the years – poetry, short stories, promotional materials, product catalogs, website content, grant requests, press releases, legislative proposals, various articles, a white paper about sexual abuse by psychiatrists (that was interesting!), a stewardship plan for our family ranch and other things. Seems like no matter what type of job or activity I’m involved in, sooner or later I end up writing for or about it.

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I got a lot better at it after I learned a valid Study Technology. It helped me understand what makes it hard for some people to retain what they read and gave me tools to lessen those obstacles for my readers where possible. Writing is all about being able to communicate a point of view clearly and understandably.

Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow The Rules and Regs (2007)

cover-5-purpleI wrote the book to clarify and explain the basic regulations and make them easy to understand (and follow). The 2nd edition, published in early 2008, added more pages, pictures and diagrams, including a complete chapter on the labeling of soap.

After the original publication, it was reprinted and slightly updated in 2010. Then, in 2015, it was significantly revised and updated.  New chapters, more diagrams and additional background details were added.   It’s what I call “the purple edition” because the cover print was changed from blue to purple.

For more detailed information about the book, or to purchase, see Soap & Cosmetic Labeling.

300 Years of Natural Soap and Cosmetics Recipes (2011)

This book was a labor of love. Since I started making soap I’ve been collecting old books of recipes and information. This book is a compilation of recipes for all sorts of soap, cosmetics and fragrance blends, spanning 300 years.

It was pretty easy to find natural formulas from the 19th century (1800’s), although they did use some pretty dangerous, although natural, compounds in their cosmetics. By the middle of the 20th century, nearly all of the recipes contained some sort of synthetics … “better life through science” seems to definitely have been the theme. Then there was a shift back to natural products, starting in the 1980’s, continuing and growing to the present.

I used a number of the recipes in this book as jumping off points to work out my own formulations.

For more detailed information about the book, or to purchase, see 300 Years of Natural Recipes.

Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetics Handcrafters (2012)

Good Manufacturing Practices bookReleased at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild annual conference in Portland (2013), this book was written as an act of survival .. to document everything that was needed to get good manufacturing practices into place for myself and others.

Figuring out how to apply and GMP guidelines designed for large-scale manufacturing to a small, handcrafted operation was, well, interesting.  And not easy. Luckily, I am a very organizationally-minded person (there are those that would call it anal-rententive, but I wouldn’t go that far), so designing a workable system wasn’t too hard.  I think it will work for other handcrafters who want to take the next step in professionalism and get their good manufacturing practices established.

For more information, or to purchase, see Good Manufacturing Practices.