This 3-hour, hands-on class is for: - beginner soap makers who want to focus on learning how to make liquid-soap products (e.g. laundry detergent, dish soap, face/body wash) & - advanced soap makers who have learned how to make bar soap and now want to learn how to make liquid-soap products In the class, you'll learn how to make the most versatile type of soap, liquid soap, and how to create recipes designed for use 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. In this class, you will make 2 batches of liquid soap using 2 recipes chosen by you for your needs (e.g. laundry detergent, dish soap, face/body wash). We'll cover the following: - The chemistry of soap making, the saponification reaction of various fats (oils/butters) & lye (KOH) + other important soap terms like super-fatting - 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 liquid 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. laundry detergent, dish soap, face/body wash), 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 liquid soap, which includes a cooking phase, and what to do at home afterwards; liquid soap can be used after 24 hours 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 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); for example, 1 batch can be made to clean laundry and the other batch as a face/body wash - Make 2 batches of liquid soap (about 30 fl oz. each or 60 fl oz total), customized with the additives of your choice (e.g. honey for more moisturizing, baking soda for more cleansing, your own fragrance from home*) Go home with 7 liquid-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. You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class. Safely First! Since lye, KOH, 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 Potassium Hydroxide is used. 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! This class is for up to 3 students (contact Lindsay if there are more than 3 in your party) and lasts 4 hours. Possible Add-ons: - Lip balm (+$25; adds about 45 minutes) - Lotion (+$45; adds about 1.5 hrs) Other Available Classes: - Bar soap making (Cold & hot process) - 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.
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