October 15, 2003
Release # 04-010
Company Phone Number: (877) 762-2974


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: "Candle and Soap Making For Dummies" Book

Units: 5,400

Manufacturer: John Wiley & Sons Inc., of Hoboken, N.J.

Hazard: The instructions in the book for making lye combine sodium hydroxide and water in an incorrect order. This could cause the mixture to bubble over, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The paperback book is titled "Candle & Soap Making For Dummies." The book's cover is black and yellow and has a photograph of candlesticks and slices of soap.

Sold at: Bookstores and discount department stores nationwide from August 2003 through September 2003 for about $20.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should return these books to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Contact John Wiley & Sons toll-free at (877) 762-2974 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at

Media Contact: Susan Spilka at 201-748-6147.

Picture of Recalled Instruction Book