General Class Information:
Very small class sizes! Choose to take a private class just for you or a semi-private class on the online calendar for only 2 people per class. Small groups allow for a more personal, enjoyable experience, in which you can feel comfortable to ask all of your questions and then go home ready to try out your new skill!
Available every day of the week! Set up a private class any day of the week at a time that works best for you or book a slot in an available class on the online calendar.
100% hands-on! Make the products yourself; you won't watch, you'll do.
Customize your products! I supply the recipes & ingredients, and you choose which work best for you.
Bring nothing! Everything is provided in the class, as well as snacks & tea, with NO extra materials fee.
It's all in the details! Take home a thorough, detailed instructional handout with recipes, ingredients, materials list, suppliers & more.
Go home with a starter kit! If you'd like to continue your new hobby at home right away, I offer all of the ingredients at just a little over my cost, and I buy everything in bulk and can offer very cheap prices to help get you started. Sometimes it's tough to wait for your ingredients to arrive in the mail!
Safely First! Since lye, NaOH, is used in this workshop, you will be provided the best safety equipment for the class. A common question: is lye necessary for soap making? Yes! A base is needed with one hydroxide ion, so Sodium Hydroxide is used...And lye has many other uses as well! But, don't worry, there is no lye in the final product due to the chemical reaction that takes place between the carrier oils and the lye, which is converted into salt! My goal is for you to understand what lye is, how to handle lye & to respect lye, not fear it! Come to class to learn more about lye, including its history & many other uses!
Beginner's & Advanced Cold Process Soap Workshop (4 hours)
This hands-on class is for those who want to combine into 1 class the basics of cold process with the advanced techniques of working with water substitutes (e.g. milk, aloe vera, coffee, beer) & adding color to soap (these 2 classes are offered separately under the heading "DIY Classes"). Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method; it is also very versatile because there are a lot of ingredients options that you can work with, which is part of the advanced portion of the class.
We'll cover the following:
- The science behind soap making, saponification, & other important soap terms like super-fatting & curing
- Lye information & safety (read more above: "Safety First!")
- A brief history of soap making & what makes cold process different from modern-day, store-bought soaps
- The materials and ingredients needed and where to get them (I provide a suppliers' list as part of the class handout)
- How to formulate a basic soap recipe using water, based on your needs (e.g. dry skin, sensitive skin), using a very handy online soap calculator
- The benefits of using water substitutes (e.g. milk, aloe vera, coffee, beer), how they affect basic soap recipes & how to work with them
- The pros & cons of the various colorant options and how to work with them (e.g. activated charcoal, clays, herbs, micas)
- How to test the pH of your soap to make sure it is safe to use
- Making & customizing your soap (1 batch of basic cold process & 1 batch of advanced cold process) & what to do at home afterwards
Formulating a balanced recipe is the most important part of soap making, so my goal is for you to go home feeling very capable & comfortable with the intricacies of the soap calculator. Then, as mentioned above, we will discuss how working with certain additives affect your basic soap recipes.
Go home with 2 customized products! In class, you will:
- Choose 2 recipes that are best for your skin type (e.g. more conditioning or bubbly)
- Make 8 oz. of basic cold process soap + another 8 oz. of advanced cold process soap (1 lb. total), which is customized with your choice of colorant, goat's milk, coconut milk, beer, coffee &/or aloe vera
- Each batch can be further customized with your choice of essential oils & silicone mold, which you can keep and reuse (2-3 bars per batch or 4-6 bars total, depending on the mold) + other additives, if desired (honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation)
- Go home with 6 soap recipes and a thorough, step-by-step instructional handout, including ingredients, lye info and a list of materials/equipment & online suppliers
Note that it takes at least 2 weeks for cold-process soap to cure and be ready for use. It will be hard to wait, but well worth it! Then, you'll be ready to make your next batch of soap - it's addictive!
Everything is provided in the class, as well as some snacks & tea.
You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class.
Natural lotion (+$35), face/body wash (+$30), bath bombs/fizzies (+$25) & lip balm (+$20) can be added on to any class; each adds about 30-90 minutes, depending on the product. Each product can be customized with the ingredients of your choice, based on your fragrance preference &/or skin-care needs.
Class Cost & Discounts:
Private Class: $170; contact Lindsay to set up your class at a time that works for you
- For a class by yourself
- If there are 2 or more in your party (pay the semi-private price)
- If you want to make 3 or more products in 1 class (get a discount too)
Semi-private Class on the Online Calendar: $110/person (2 people per class)
- For those who want to book a class on the online calendar and pay online
Natural lotion add-on: $35/person (make 4 fl oz)
Face/body wash add-on: $30/person (make 4 fl oz)
Bath bomb/fizzy add-on: $25/person (make 6 bath bombs)
Lip balm add-on: $20/person (make 5 tubes)