This 3-hour, 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. Advanced methods can be combined with this beginner's class into a 5-hour soap workshop. 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 - Why certain fats are better for soap making than others (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 - A brief history of soap making & what makes cold process soap different from modern-day, commercial soaps - 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 a very handy, online soap calculator - How to test the pH of your soap to make sure it is safe to use - The step-by-step process of 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 & 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*) Go home with 6 soap recipes and 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 (All handouts are emailed as PDFs after the class). * Important Note: Everything is provided in the class, as well as some snacks & tea. However, 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! Safely First! Since lye, NaOH, is used in the Beginner's Cold Process Soap Making 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 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! You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class. This class is for up to 3 students (contact Lindsay if there are more than 3 in your party) and lasts 3 hours. Possible Add-ons: - Lip balm (+$25; adds about 45 minutes) - Lotion (+$45; adds about 1.5 hrs) Other Available Classes: - Bar & liquid soap making (Advanced cold process, hot process and liquid soap) - Beeswax candle making - Lotion - Lip balm & bath bombs Discounts are available for students that would like to make 3 or more products in 1 class. Contact Lindsay for more information. What makes Lindsay's DIY (Do-It-Yourself) classes unique? Much more goes into making natural, personal-care products than you might think. It's a science! So it is very important that you understand why you are doing something, not just how to do something. Each class begins with discussing the science behind making the product, why certain ingredients are needed & formulating recipes, which is often the hardest part. Then it's time to get hands-on, making the product with me as your guide. My goals are for you to have fun learning something new & making your product, and that you leave the class with a solid, educational foundation that you can build upon. Detailed, thorough handouts are provided in each class and are emailed as PDFs after the class. I am always available by phone or email after a class to answer any questions & give guidance; all of my students can feel free to contact me whenever they need something.
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