The author, Maxine Clarke grew up in Jamaica and as a child was taught to make soaps by her grandmother. ‘Make Your Own Natural Soaps’ is intended for beginners, includes both hot and cold process soap making, with careful step-by-step instructions. There are extensive bar, liquid and cream soap recipes, full details of the equipment needed to make a start and a re-batching chapter just in case anything goes wrong! And for anyone interested in turning their new skills to profit there is information on the legislation and regulations you need to comply with to be able to sell soap. 166 pages, £11.95. Buy from our partner, the Centre for Alternative Technology.