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Intermediate Liquid Soapmaking
February 26 at the Soapmaking Studio
Learn How to Make Liquid Soap!
Soapmaking 215 is designed to teach students to safely make liquid soap at home. This class covers the various difficulties faced by home soapmakers who strive to make a truly clear liquid soap. Specific class topics include safety, formulating soap recipes with potassium hydroxide, and the different choices of soapmaking oils, fragrance materials, and colorants. This class also covers shampoo, bubble bath, and making sodium free liquid soap safe for greywater systems. Each student receives a 2-ounce bottle of handmade liquid soap. Attend in person or online. Register for Soapmaking 215.
Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
March 12 at the Soapmaking Studio
Celebrate Daylight Savings Time by Learning How to Make Cold Process Soap with No Cure Time
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.
This class is also available online: Description of Online Soapmaking 101.
Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking
March 19 at the Soapmaking Studio
Learn to Use Advanced Soapmaking Chemistry
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 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.
Water Substitution in Soapmaking
March 26 at the Soapmaking Studio
Springtime Edition with Goat Milk & Pinot Noir Wine to Replace the Water in Soap
In this special springtime version of Soapmaking 225, learn to make the wildly popular wine soap! In the class, we will use a young pinot noir wine with rich floral and raspberry notes. Students 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 two different batches of soap: Pinot noir wine soap for the bottom cake portion and goat milk soap for the top frosting portion of the soap cupcakes.
Intermediate Transparent Bar Soapmaking
April 2 at the Soapmaking Studio
Learn How to Make Handmade Clear Soap
Learn to make clear transparent bars of handmade soap from whole oils. Soapmaking 214 is not a "Melt & Pour" soapmaking class. Transparent soap has a superior rinsability when compared to opaque cold process soap and is more suitable for use as facial soap. Learn to make prized transparent bar soap, similar to Neutrogena-type facial soaps. Create beautiful clear soaps from whole natural oils using cold and hot process techniques. Register for Soapmaking 214.
Coloring and Scenting Soap
April 8 at the Soapmaking Studio
Learn How to Distill Essential Oils and Advanced Soap Coloring Techniques
Come learn which colorants and scents are safe for use in soap and learn how to add them to cold process soap. An essential oil distilling unit will be running during the class so students can see how essential oils and hydrosols are distilled from plants. Learn how to calculate maximum allowable fragrance content and review FDA findings for soap and cosmetic colorants. This class also features demonstrations of two popular advanced soap swirling techniques. Register for Soapmaking 220.
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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, March 12, 2017! The next Soapmaking 210
Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, March 19, 2017. Soap Garden 224 Cultivating, Drying, and Adding Herbs to Soap and
Soapmaking 220 Coloring and Scenting Soap are both available and open for registration.
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