This hands-on class is for those who want to learn how to make soap using the hot-process method (bar soap) from start to finish. It is not the most popular type of soap making due to the look of the soap, which is described below.*** The benefit of this method is that you can use your soap after 24 hours. 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 - the materials and ingredients needed and where to get them - how to formulate a soap recipe based on your needs (e.g. dry skin, sensitive skin), using a very handy online soap calculator - making your soap, choosing other soap additives like honey, exfoliants & essential oils, 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 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 essential oils and silicone mold, 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) You'll also go home with 6 soap recipes and a thorough, step-by-step instructional handout, including ingredients, lye info, materials/equipment & suppliers. 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. Safely First! Since lye, NaOH, is used in the Beginner's Hot 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 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! This class takes about 3 hours & is available for up to 2 people. Beeswax lip balm making can be added for $15/person & bath bomb making can be added for $20/person. Contact Lindsay if interested and if you have any questions. I hope to meet you soon! 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 for the hands-on part, 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, knowledge foundation that you can build upon.
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