This hands-on workshop is for beginners who want to learn about cold-process soap making & liquid soap making and combine them into 1 class. Cold-process soap making is the most popular, easiest, fastest & most versatile method of making bar soap. However, the most versatile type of soap is liquid soap because, as a soap base, it can be added to various recipes to make a variety of other products: body wash, dish soap & more (these recipes are provided in the class handouts). 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 cold process & 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 bar & liquid soap recipes 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 & customizing your soap (1 batch of cold process & 1 batch of liquid soap) 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 2 customized products! In class, you will: - Choose 2 recipes that are best for your skin type (e.g. more conditioning or bubbly) - Make & take home 8 oz. of cold-process, bar soap, in the silicone mold of your choice, 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) - Make & take home about 30 fl oz. of liquid soap 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 12 total soap recipes and thorough, step-by-step instructional handouts, including ingredients, lye info, recipes using liquid soap (e.g. face wash, dish soap) and lists of materials/equipment & online suppliers. Note that it takes at least 2 weeks for the cold-process soap to cure and be ready for use. It will be hard to wait, but well worth it! Then, you'll be ready to make your next batch of soap - it's addictive! Your liquid soap will be ready for use after 24 hours. Safely First! Since lye, NaOH & KOH, 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 used...And 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 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 4 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: - Advanced cold process & hot process soap making - 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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