General Class Information:
Very small class sizes! Choose to take a private class just for you or a small group or book a slot in a 3-person class on the online calendar (contact Lindsay if there are more than 3 in your party). 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 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 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.
Advanced Cold Process Soap Making Class: Working With Milk, Beer, Aloe, Coffee & Color (3 hours)
This hands-on class is for those who want to go on to the next step in cold-process soap making: working with water substitutes (e.g. milk, aloe vera, coffee, beer) & adding color to your soap. It is recommended that you have some knowledge of soap making before taking this class as it is more advanced than basic cold-process soap making.
We'll cover the following:
- A brief review of the science behind soap making, saponification, & important soap terms like super-fatting & curing; lye safety (read more above: "Safety First!"); & the online soap calculator (for customizing recipes)
- 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 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 to make sure you understand saponification, how to use the online soap calculator, and how colorants and water substitutes can affect the final product.
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, customized with your choice of colorant, goat's milk, coconut milk, beer, coffee &/or aloe vera, and 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. They will be discussed in class.
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!
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.
Class Cost & Discounts:
Private Class: $150; 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)
3-Person Class on the Online Calendar: $80/person (up to 3 people per class)
- For those who want to book a slot in a class on the online calendar and pay online
- Lip balm (+$20; adds about 30 minutes)
- Lotion (+$40; adds about 1.5 hours)
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. They will be discussed in class.