The Soapmaking Studio homepage lists current southern California and San Diego soapmaking events open to the public. For a complete list of class dates, please view the schedule. Attend soapmaking, art, craft, and business classes and learn how to make soap at the Soapmaking Studio in San Diego County, CA. Attend classes through Skype starting in the end of May. We ship soapmaking supplies.
Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
May 26 at the Soapmaking Studio
This Sunday afternoon class will meet the prerequisite requirement to attend most of the other amazing soapmaking classes. Students learn the importance of saponification values, create a soap recipe from scratch, and make their own cold process soap during the class. Register for Soapmaking 101.
Water Substitution in Soapmaking
June 2 at the Soapmaking Studio
In Soapmaking 225 class, learn the tricks and special techniques to substituting the water portion of cold process soap with goat milk, heavy cream, yogurt, buttermilk, fresh juices, wine, spirits, and of course beer. During this Soapmaking 225 class, we will make a deliciously creamy goat milk and heavy cream soap.
Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class
June 9 at the Soapmaking Studio
In Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class, learn the basics of aromatherapy and natural perfumery. Unveil the secrets of blending essential oils by using scent categories and fragrance notes. Design custom fragrances from essential oils aromatherapeutically created to inspire specific emotions and memory triggers. Learn the different techniques for blending perfumes in a bases of natural grain alcohol, in a base of jojoba oil, and in a base of cyclomethicone. Create your own natural perfumes in the class and take them home.
June 19 - July 31 at Cuyamaca College
This is a Preview course offered through the Continuing Education Department at Cuyamaca College. After learning soapmaking safety, learning to formulate soap recipes, and learning to calculate lye quantities, students will enjoy making soap from whole vegetable oils and herbs. There is a constant demand for quality handmade soap because almost everyone uses soap. Therefore, handmade soap is a well-received gift or may be sold for profit at craft fairs.
This class meets six Wednesday evenings during the summer from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Designed to be a proficiency course, students work through the textbook the first night and then make two pounds of soap during each of the remaining five class sessions. Registration is through the Cuyamaca College Preview website for Course Code 1000.
Register for Modern Soapmaking. View the PDF of Student Supplies for Modern Soapmaking. Purchase the Value Deal of Supplies and Textbook for Modern Soapmaking.
Melt and Pour Class
June 23 at the Soapmaking Studio
Learn how to artfully craft melt and pour glycerin soap base into intricate works of detailed beauty with artist/author Debbie Chialtas. During the Melt and Pour Class, Debbie first demonstrates and then supervises students making their own melt and pour projects. With pre-made melt and pour soap, no lye or chemicals are required. Register for Melt and Pour Class.
Field Trip to Lavender Farm
June 30 to Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Either meet at the Soapmaking Studio in Lemon Grove at 9:00 am and carpool to the venue in Valley Center or meet the group at the lavender farm at 10:00 am. Among other free indulgences, there will be essential oil distillation demonstrations and guided walking tours of the lavender farm at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Map and Directions.
Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking and Lotion Making Class
July 7 at the Soapmaking Studio
Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking
Two classes in one day! In the morning, learn which oils have similar fatty acid profiles and can be substituted for one another, what types of lather come from which soapmaking oils, how to correctly use antioxidants (such as ROE or vitamin E), how handmade soap differs from commercial soap chemically, and some basic soapmaking chemistry in the popular Soapmaking 210 class.
Lotion Making Class
In the afternoon, learn to make luxurious lotions with chemist Omar Jimenez. In this Lotion Making Class, learn the difference between making lotions and making creams, learn how to test for microbial growth contaminants, and learn how to test lotions for shelf stability. Then, make one lotion with a gentle preservative to prevent microbial growth and extend the product life and make one lotion without preservatives. Take home both lotions to enjoy and experience the difference between the two. Register for Lotion Making Class.
Soap Makers' Luncheon
July 21 at Marie Callender's Restaurant
This luncheon is open to all soapmakers and makers of personal care products, whether professional or novice, whether cold/hot process method or melt-and-pour. The Soap Makers' Luncheon is open to the public and attendance is free, just pay for anything you order from the menu. The venue is Marie Callender's restaurant in San Diego at 2:00 pm. Map & Directions. View the Soap Makers' Luncheon Agenda.
Soapmaking ♥ Heart Attack Weekend
August 9 - 11 at the Soapmaking Studio
One spectacular weekend crammed so full of soapmaking classes and business classes, it may give you a heart attack! ♥ Soapmaking 101 (Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking), ♥ Soap Business 320 (Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap), ♥ Soapmaking 220 (Coloring and Scenting Soap), ♥ Soapmaking 210 (Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking), and ♥ Soapmaking 225 (Water Substitution in Soapmaking). View the schedule for more details.
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Soapmaking 101 Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
has been a huge success and fills weeks in advance; the next class will be Sunday, May 26! The next Soapmaking 210
Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, July 7. Soap Garden 224 Cultivating, Drying, and Adding Herbs to Soap and
Soapmaking 220 Coloring and Scenting Soap are both available and open for registration.
Our soapmaking classes and business classes will be available for remote attendance through Skype video conferencing at the end of May.
Our popular Soapmaking Supplies are now available for shipping.
Classes are held at a private home occupied by a pet cat. If you are allergic to cats, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to enrolling in a class.