Soapmaking Studio

Attend online classes or in person classes at the A+ Soapmaking Studio in Lemon Grove, San Diego County, California. Learn how to make soap, sell soap, and how to make cosmetics and sell cosmetics. A private vocational school, crafting and business school, where the public may purchase soapmaking supplies locally or online.

Our Soapmaking Supply Store is Open and Classes are in Session!

Our physical store location is open and classes are in session. Check the Soapmaking Studio hours. View the schedule of classes.

Closed:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, holidays, and dates below.
Additional Closures:
Sunday, June 9, 2024—closed
Monday, June 10, 2024—close at 2:00 pm
Sunday, June 16, 2024—closed (Father's Day)
Wednesday, June 19, 2024—closed (Juneteenth)
Thursday, July 4, 2024—closed (Independence Day)
Friday, July 5, 2024—closed (Independence Day Observed)

Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking

Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn to Use Advanced Soapmaking Chemistry

Soapmaking 210, Soap Fatty Acid Chemistry Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking Pouring Cold Process Soap into Wooden Molds

The goal of Soapmaking 210 is for students to learn how to formulate a truly great bar of cold or hot process soap through their choice of soapmaking base oils. In this information-packed advanced soapmaking class, 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. Attend in person or online.


Bath Bomb Class

Sunday, June 30, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn the Chemistry and Techniques to Make No Fail Bath Bombs without Oil!

Bath Bombs and Bath Fizzy Tablet Bath Bomb Class

Learn how to create active treats for the tub. Students learn the secrets of making exceptional bath bombs, bath fizzy tablets, and bath salts. While most easy recipes include the simple process of creating bath fizzies using fats as a sealer to prevent reaction to air, this Bath Bomb Class includes the advanced techniques necessary to create bath fizzies without oils, so they won't leave a dangerously greasy bathtub the way oils do. In order to formulate and make no fail bath bombs, this new course includes an explanation of the chemistry of the fizzing reaction occurring between the starting reactants and the chemistry of the products yielded from the reaction and how they benefit bath water and skin. The class includes a brief exposé on clean water-soluble colorants versus water-dispersible colorants that may leave an undesirably gritty coating inside the bathtub. Also, learn to make greywater-safe bath bombs without oil or sodium-based salts, which can kill plants when introduced into greywater systems. Students take home bath treats made in class. Attend in person or online. Register for Bath Bomb Class.


Soap Labeling and Marketing

Saturday, July 6, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn Soap Labeling Laws and Tricks to Effective Labeling!

Soap legally labeled and ready for sale.

Learn the grizzly details of the new 2015 soap labeling laws and learn how to label your soaps to meet the labeling requirements of the five government agencies that regulate soap labels. Soap Business 330 is an intermediate business class that covers the federal and local regulations for labeling soap. Students learn to distinguish soap from cosmetics or drugs and their appropriate labeling laws. The class lecture includes the 2018 updates to Proposition 65 and the resulting new soap labeling requirements. This class also presents several inexpensive and effective marketing tips to promote the sale of handmade soap. Students are encouraged to bring a sample soap label for discussion and critique during the class. Attend in person or online. Register for Soap Business 330.


2 Classes in 1 Day! Forming a Legal Business & Branding Class!

Sunday, July 7, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap

Start a Business to Sell Soap and Cosmetics!

Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap

Come learn the proper steps to starting your own business in Soap Business 320, Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap. This business class focuses on the necessary licenses and permits required to sell soap and handmade cosmetic items, as well as product liability insurance available to soapmakers. It also covers how to choose an effective business name and how a company's name directly affects search engine rankings. Attend in person or online. Register for Soap Business 320.

Product and Company Branding

Improve Your Branding to Increase Sales!

New Class! Soap Drying on a Rack in a Soap Business

The second class of the day, Soap Business 325 is a branding business course for students who sell their handcrafted goods. Learn to add the finishing touches to complete your product image and elevate your overall company image. Help customers identify your products and your company by creating a unique and consistent persona across all media. Solid branding enhances consumer trust, increase sales, and improves customer loyalty. Whether you sell soap, cosmetics, candles, jewelry, pottery, or any other handmade item, Soap Business 325 class will help you improve your brand. Students are encouraged to bring product packaging and printed items (such as business cards or company paperwork) for discussion and critique during the class. Attend in person or online.


Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, July 14, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn How to Make Cold Process Soap with No Cure Time!

Cold Process Soap Batter in the Soap Pot Pouring Cold Process Soap into Wooden Molds

Soapmaking 101 is a beginning-level soapmaking class designed to teach students to make soap by hand at home. The main focus of this class is the "cold process" soapmaking method; although the class does briefly describe "melt & pour" soap crafting. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities without using a "lye calculator." The objective of Soapmaking 101 is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Students make cold process soap during the class session and take home a bar. Attend in person or online.

This class is also available online: Description of Online Soapmaking 101.


Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class

Sunday, July 21, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

An Informative Hair Care Lecture and Making Demo!

Kerri Mixon teaches the class on making shampoo bars and conditioner bars for luxurious hair. DIY shampoo bar needs no plastic packaging.

Shampoo soap bars and synthetic detergent shampoos have different effects on hair. Learn which ingredients are commonly added to cold process soap to make shampoo bars. Understand the chemical and physical effects of natural and synthetic shampoos, how the effects vary by ethnic hair structure, and the added benefits of using a conditioner. This Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class focuses on hard scientific facts, not subjective perspectives or opinions. After the scientific comparison lecture, watch as both a shampoo bar recipe and a conditioner bar recipe are formulated and made. Students take home handouts with the recipe, a shampoo bar, and a conditioner bar. Attend in person or online. Register for Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class.


Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class

Sunday, August 18, 2024, at the Soapmaking Studio

Make Aromatherapeutic Perfume from Essential Oils and Take Them Home!

Aromatherapy Natural Perfume, Essential Oils

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 base of natural grain alcohol, in a base of jojoba oil, and in a base of cyclomethicone. Create your own natural essential oil perfumes in the class and take them home. Register for Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class.


Soapmakers' Luncheon

Sunday, October 13, 2024, at Marie Callender's Restaurant

Donate Soap Before the Soapmakers' Luncheon

To have your company advertised on Soap Donation Center's prestigious Donated Soap list, bring a tax-deductible donation of homemade soap at 1:30 pm, before the soap meetup luncheon. View details on how to Donate Soap to Soap Donation Center.

Flyer for Soap Makers' Luncheon PDF

Network with Southern California Soap and Cosmetic Crafters!

Soapmakers Luncheon, 2nd Sunday of April and October in San Diego, California

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 Soapmakers' Luncheon is open to the public and attendance is free, just pay for anything you order from the menu. Our friendly soap meetup group is casual and provides a means of networking with local soapy artisans. Attend this creative handmade soaps and DIY bodycare meetup group luncheon at any level: Professional soapmaker, hobbyist soaper, or beginning crafter. The soap lunch venue is Marie Callender's restaurant on Alvarado Road in San Diego at 2:00 pm. Map & Directions. View the Soapmakers' Luncheon Agenda.

Marie Callender's Restaurant
6950 Alvarado Rd
San Diego, CA 92120


Soapmaking Classes

Soapmaking Classes are Fun, Understandable, and Affordable!

Learn how to make soap at the Soapmaking Studio in San Diego County, California!

Soapmaking 101 Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking has been a huge success and fills weeks in advance; the next class will be Sunday, July 14, 2024! The next Soapmaking 210 Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be soon. 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 popular Soapmaking Supplies are available for Standard Shipping or free Store Pickup.
Please check back because classes are added and website sections are updated on a regular basis. Email info@soapmakingstudio.com with any questions.

Soap Swirling Techniques Soap Bars Drying on the Soap Rack

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Classes are held at a private home occupied by a pet cat. If you are allergic to cats, please contact info@soapmakingstudio.com prior to enrolling in a class.