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 & take home about 30 fl oz. of liquid soap and 4 fl oz of face wash 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. 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. 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! You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class. This class is for 2 students (contact Lindsay for a 3-person class) and lasts about 3.5 hours. Everything is provided in the class, as well as some snacks & tea. 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. Other Available Classes: - Bar soap making (Cold & hot process) - Beeswax candle 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. 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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