This hands-on class is for: - beginner soap makers who want to focus on learning how to make liquid products & - advanced soap makers who have learned how to make bar soap and now want to learn how to make liquid soap In the class, you'll learn how to make the most versatile type of soap, liquid soap, and how to use it to make face (or body) wash. The liquid soap is a soap base, similar to castile soap, and it can be added to various recipes to make a variety of products, not only face wash, but also dish soap, laundry detergent & more. It is just one of the ingredients used to make face wash; other skin-nourishing ingredients are added so that your face wash is best for your particular skin type, including honey, natural/carriers oils like avocado oil or jojoba oil, butters, aloe vera & coconut milk. 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 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 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 your liquid soap, which includes a cooking phase, and what to do at home afterwards; liquid soap can be used after 24 hours - Making your face wash, customized by you for your particular skin-care needs 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 about 30 fl oz. of liquid soap, customized with your choice of essential oils, and 4 fl oz of face wash, also customized with the ingredients of your choice Go home with 6 liquid-soap recipes and thorough, step-by-step instructional handout, including ingredients, lye info & history, extra recipes and lists of materials/equipment & online suppliers. Everything is provided in the class, as well as some snacks & tea. 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! Important Notes: - You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class. - Due to the busyness of the Holidays, the minimum for a class to take place is 2 people. If you are the only one to sign up, your class may be moved to another date and Lindsay will be in contact with you about rescheduling. If you prefer a private class for just you, then the minimum is 1 person and please contact Lindsay for the cost and to set up your class. - This class lasts about 3.5 hours. Possible Add-ons: - Lip balm (+$20) - Bath bombs (+$25) - Body/face scrub (+$25) Each product adds about 30-45 minutes and can be customized with the ingredients of your choice, based on your fragrance preference &/or skin-care needs. Other Available Classes: - Bar soap making (Cold & hot process) - Beeswax candle making - Lotion making 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, knowledge foundation that you can build upon.
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