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

Important Note: No fragrance is added to any product starting in January 2018; the smell causes the teacher skin allergies, but they are very easy to add to any product and will be discussed in class.

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 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! 


1. Beginner's & Advanced Cold Process Soap Workshop (4 hours)

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 (these 2 classes are also offered separately).  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 science behind soap making, saponification, & other important soap terms like super-fatting & curing
  • Lye information & safety (read more below: "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
  • Take home your soap in the silicone molds of your choice, which you can keep and reuse (2-3 bars per batch or 4-6 bars total, depending on the mold) + add other additives, if desired (honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation)

Go home with 6 soap recipes and a thorough, step-by-step instructional handouts, which includes an ingredient list, lye info and lists 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.

 

2. Beginner's Cold Process & Liquid Soap Workshop (4 hours)

This hands-on class is for beginners who want to learn about cold-process soap making (bar soap) & liquid soap making and combine them into 1 class.  Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method.  However, the most versatile type of soap is liquid soap; as a soap base, it can be added to various recipes to make a variety of other products: body wash, dish soap & more (these recipes are provided in the class handouts).

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 & liquid soap 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 bar & liquid soap recipes 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of cold process & 1 batch of liquid soap) 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 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 cold-process, bar 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)
  • Make about 30 fl oz. of liquid soap

Go home with 12 total soap recipes and thorough, step-by-step instructional handouts, which includes an ingredient list, lye info, recipes using liquid soap (e.g. face wash, dish soap) and lists of materials/equipment & online suppliers.

Note that it takes at least 2 weeks for the 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!  Your liquid soap will be safe to use after 24 hours.  

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.

 

3. Beginner's Cold & Hot Process Soap Workshop (4 hours)

This hands-on class 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 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 these 2 types of bar soap different from modern-day, store-bought soap
  • 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of cold process & 1 batch of hot process) 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 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 (2-3 bars per batch or 4-6 bars total, depending on the mold) + add other additives, if desired (honey for extra conditioning, amaranth for exfoliation)

Go home with 6 soap recipes and a thorough, step-by-step instructional handouts, which includes an ingredient list, lye info and lists of materials/equipment & online suppliers.

Note that it takes at least 2 weeks for the 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!  Your hot-process soap will be ready for use after 24 hours.  

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.

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.

Class Cost & Discounts:

Private Class: $200; 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: $125/person (2 people per class)

- For those who want to book a class on the online calendar and pay online

Possible Add-ons:

  • Lip balm (+$20; adds about 30 minutes)
  • Lotion (+$40; adds about 1 hr) 

No fragrance is added to any product starting in January 2018, as mentioned above.

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