Soap Making Workshops are for those who would like to combine 2 methods into 1 class.

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 my hands-on classes are designed to break down & explain every aspect of the soap-making process, so you go home feeling confident and comfortable to try out your new skill. 


1. Beginner's & Advanced Cold Process Soap Workshop

4.5 hours; $150/person (up to 2 students per class)

This hands-on workshop for making bar soap 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.  Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest, fastest & most versatile method of making bar soap because there are so many ingredient options & advanced techniques that can be used with cold process.    

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 basic soap recipe using water, based on your needs (e.g. dry skin, sensitive skin), using the most detailed, 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 to achieve swirled or layered soap (e.g. activated charcoal, clays, herbs, micas)

  • 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of basic cold process & 1 batch of advanced cold process) & 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.  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, beer, coffee &/or aloe vera

  • Take home your soap in the silicone molds of your choice, which you can keep and reuse (2-4 bars per batch or 4-8 bars total, depending on the mold) + add other additives, if desired (e.g. honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation, your own fragrance from home*)

2. Beginner's Cold Process & Liquid Soap Workshop

4.5 hours; $150/person (up to 2 students per class)

This hands-on workshop is for beginners who want to learn about cold-process soap making (bar soap) & liquid soap making and combine them into 1 class (these 2 classes are also offered separately).  Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method.  However, the most versatile type of soap is liquid soap because it can be used as a laundry detergent, dish soap or face/body wash.  The liquid soap is a soap base, similar to castile soap, which can be used as is for a variety of uses or other ingredients can be added to enhance the cleansing power, conditioning/moisturizing strength or to thicken the liquid soap.  

We'll cover the following: 

  • The chemistry of soap making, the saponification reaction of various fats (oils/butters) & lye (NaOH & KOH) + 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 bar & liquid soap recipes based on your needs (e.g. dry skin, sensitive skin or as a laundry detergent or dish soap), using the most detailed, online soap calculator

  • 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of cold process & 1 batch of liquid soap) 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 2 customized products!  In class, you will:

  • Choose 2 recipes that are best for your needs (e.g. laundry detergent, dish soap, face/body wash) or skin type (e.g. mild or gentle, more conditioning)

  • Make 8 oz. of cold-process, bar 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*)

  • Make about 32 fl oz. of liquid soap

3. Beginner's Cold & Hot Process Soap Workshop

4 hours; $135/person (up to 2 students per class)

This hands-on workshop is for beginners who want to learn the differences between the 2 methods of making bar soap: cold & hot process soap making and combine both into 1 class.  Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method.  Hot-process soap making is not the most popular type of soap making due to the look of the soap, which is described below as well as the differences and benefits of each method. 

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

  • 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of cold process & 1 batch of hot process) 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 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 each cold-process & hot-process soap (1 lb. total)

  • Take home your soap in the silicone molds of your choice, which you can keep and reuse (2-4 bars per batch or 4-8 bars total, depending on the mold) + add other additives, if desired (e.g. honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation, your own fragrance from home*)

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 1-1.5 hours (longer due to “cooking” the soap)

    • Cold process: about 30-45 minutes

  • The appearance of the soap & working with additives

    • Hot process: because the soap goes through a cooking phase, the consistency changes to a thick, gel-like paste, which can make it difficult to put into a mold;  the soap can then have a gel-like, chunky or earthy kind-of-appearance once cured. This also makes it more difficult to mix in certain additives like color.

    • Cold process: because the soap is put into the mold while it is still a semi-liquid (gravy or pudding-like), 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.


Important Notes:

  • Go home with not only the soap you’ve made, but also additional soap 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 these classes.

  • Discounts are available for 2 or more students and for making multiple products in the same class.

  • Contact Lindsay to set up your class and select your add-ons.


Class Cost & Discounts (Now take 20% off the prices below for the Holidays):

$135-150/person

Private class is $240-270.

Possible Add-ons:
Discounts are available for 2 or more add-ons.  

 Lip balm/lipstick - $35/person
 Face mask/cleansing grains - $35/person
 Face/body scrub - $35/person
 Facial serum - $35/person
 Face/body lotion or body butter - $50/person
 Beeswax candles - $55/person


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 & KOH, is used in these Soap Making Workshops, 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 & Potassium Hydroxide are 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/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!