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 for 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 class, 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 it 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! Check out my most recent reviews to see what previous students had to say about working with lye.
Beginner's Cold Process Soap Making Class (2.5 hours)
This hands-on class is for beginners who want to learn how to make soap using the cold-process method (bar soap) from start to finish. This is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method.
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 soap recipe based on your needs (e.g. dry skin, sensitive skin), using a very handy online soap calculator
- How to test the pH of your soap to make sure it is safe to use
- Making your soap, choosing other soap additives like honey & exfoliants, and 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.
Go home with a customized product! In class, you will:
- Choose a recipe that is best for your skin type (e.g. more conditioning or bubbly)
- Make 8 oz. of soap in the silicone mold of your choice, which you can keep and reuse (2-3 bars, depending on the mold)
- Add other additives to your soap, if desired (honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation, your own fragrance from home*)
- 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
* Important Note: Fragrances are no longer offered in classes because continual exposure causes the teacher allergies, but you are free to bring your own fragrances from home to class to add to your products.
Everything is provided in the class, as well as some snacks & tea.
Note that it takes at least 2 weeks for the 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!
The other method of making bar soap is the hot-process method, which is available to take as a soap workshop with cold-process soap making. The main differences between hot-process and cold-process soap making are:
- The amount of time it takes to make the soap
- Hot process: about 1.5 hours
- Cold process: about 30 minutes
- The appearance of the soap & working with additives
- Hot process: because the soap saponifies & cures during the cooking phase, it thickens and hardens before putting it in a mold; so it has a chunky, earthy-kind-of-appearance. This also makes it more difficult to add certain additives like color.
- Cold process: because the soap is put in the mold while it is still a semi-liquid, it has a smooth, creamy appearance once cured. This consistency makes it better for working with certain additives like color; so swirling colors is much easier.
- The curing time
- Hot process: ready to use after 24 hours (this is the main reason to make hot process soap).
- Cold process: has to cure for at least 2 weeks; then you can use it.
You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class.
Class Cost & Discounts:
Private Class: $125; 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: $75/person (2 people per class)
- For those who want to book a class on the online calendar and pay online
- Lip balm (+$20; adds about 30 minutes)
- Lotion (+$40; adds about 1 hr)
Fragrances are no longer offered in classes because continual exposure causes the teacher allergies, but you are free to bring your own fragrances from home to class to add to your products.