Beginner's Cold Process Soap Making Class

(2.5-3 hours)

If you’re new to soap making, it can seem a bit overwhelming even with all of the online resources available and sometimes they make it even more confusing!  So this hands-on class is designed to break down & explain every aspect of the cold-process method of making bar soap, so you go home feeling confident and comfortable to try out your new skill.  This is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method.  Advanced methods can be combined with this beginner's class into a Soap Workshop.  For more information, visit this page: Soap Workshops.

We'll cover the following: 

  • The chemistry of soap making, the saponification reaction of various fats (oils/butters) & lye (NaOH) + other important soap terms like super-fatting & curing

  • The pros & cons of the various fats (e.g. olive oil vs. avocado oil; shea butter vs. kokum butter)

  • Lye information & safety (read more below: "Safety First!") + why 2 types of lye are used in soap making

  • The materials & 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 the most detailed, online soap calculator (often the hardest part of soap making so we'll cover it thoroughly)

  • How to test the pH of your soap to make sure it is safe to use

  • Troubleshooting: the common mistakes of soap making and how to avoid/fix them

  • The step-by-step process of making your soap, choosing other soap additives like honey & exfoliants, and what to do at home afterwards

  • Suppliers for small quantities of & bulk ingredients and equipment/materials

Formulating a balanced recipe is the most important & hardest part of soap making, so my goal is for you to go home feeling very capable & comfortable with the intricacies of the soap calculator and the chemistry of soap making.    

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 (2-4 bars, depending on the mold)

  • Add other additives to your soap, if desired (e.g. honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation, your own fragrance from home*)

Important Notes:

  • Go home with not only the soap you’ve made, but also 4 soap recipes & 6 additional recipes to try at home + a thorough, step-by-step instructional handout, including the soap-making chemistry & history, ingredient info, lye safety, recipe-building instructions, a list of materials/equipment & online suppliers (emailed as PDFs after the class).

  • Everything is provided in the class, as well as some snacks & tea.  However, fragrances are no longer offered because continual exposure causes the teacher allergies, but feel free to bring your own fragrances to class to add to your soap.

  • You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class.

Class Cost:

  • 1 student: $100

  • 2 students: $75/person

  • Discounts are available for taking 2 or more classes/add-ons & for classes of 3-6 students.

  • Every class is a private class, scheduled for when you prefer. Contact Lindsay to book your class.

Class Add-ons (click on a product below for more information):

General Class Information:

  • Very small class sizes!  Classes are for up to 2 per class (contact Lindsay if there are more than 2 in your party).  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!  Lindsay offers very flexible scheduling; simply use the contact form to set up your class.

  • 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 (except fragrances), as well as snacks & tea.

  • 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 right away, I offer all of the ingredients for sale, 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/butters 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 the chemistry of soap making, its history & more! Check out my most recent reviews to see what previous students had to say about working with lye.