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Beginner's Cold & Hot Process Soap Workshop (for up to 3 students)

This 4.5-hour, hands-on workshop is for beginners who want to learn the differences between the 2 methods of making bar soap: cold & hot process soap making an...

Beginner's Cold & Hot Process Soap Workshop (for up to 3 students)
Long Beach, CA, United States
4 h 30 m
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This 4.5-hour, hands-on workshop is for beginners who want to learn the differences between the 2 methods of making bar soap: cold & hot process soap making and combine both into 1 class. Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest & fastest soap-making method. Hot-process soap making is not the most popular type of soap making due to the look of the soap, which is described below, as well as the differences and benefits of each method. 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 these 2 types of bar soap different from modern-day, commercial soap - 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of cold process & 1 batch of hot process) 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 2 customized products! In class, you will: - Choose 2 recipes that are best for your skin type (e.g. more conditioning or bubbly) - Make 8 oz. of each cold-process & hot-process soap (1 lb. total) - Take home your soap in the silicone molds of your choice, which you can keep and reuse (2-4 bars per batch or 4-8 bars total, depending on the mold) + add other additives, 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. You must wear closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to this class. Safely First! Since lye, NaOH, is used in the Soap Making Workshop, 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 & Potassium Hydroxide are lye 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! This class is for up to 3 students (contact Lindsay if there are more than 3 in your party) and lasts 5 hours. 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 1-1.5 hours - Cold process: about 30-45 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. Possible Add-ons: - Lip balm (+$25; adds about 45 minutes) - Lotion (+$45; adds about 1.5 hrs) Other Available Classes: - Advanced cold process & liquid soap making - Beeswax candle making - Lotion 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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Hi, my name is Lindsay. I am the former owner of Blue Dot Organics based out of San Francisco. I taught a variety of large-group classes in the making of soap, candles, lotion, lip balm and various other body & household, natural products. I closed this business in the fall of 2014 and traveled abroad with my husband. We returned to Pacifica, California in the fall of 2015 and I began teaching again, but on a smaller scale until May of 2016. My husband was offered a job in Long Beach; so since July of 2016, I have been offering private classes, as well as small-group classes on my online calendar, for 1-4 people per class in downtown Long Beach. You can enjoy an informative, fun class tailored to you in a relaxed atmosphere. My Soap Making & Teaching Background: I have been making & learning about natural, personal-care products since 2012, when I took my first soap-making class with my sister-in-law in Quincy, Massachusetts. I like to joke that it spiraled out of control as we discovered that nearly everything in your home can be made at home using natural ingredients. So we took a few more classes, learning how to make lotion, candles & more! When my husband & I moved to SF, I wanted to start something new, and since I had been a teacher long before learning how to make natural products, I decided to mesh my 2 specialty areas and open Blue Dot Organics. I have taught in various capacities ever since I graduated with a Bachelor's in Education in 2006, but I prefer the small-group setting for a more personal experience and so you can get the most out of the class! I hope to meet you soon!
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