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:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022—closed (Cleaning & Maintenance)
Wednesday, February 2, 2022—closed (Cleaning & Maintenance)
Monday, February 21, 2022—closed (Presidents' Day)

Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap

Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Soapmaking Studio

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.


Web Design and Internet Commerce

Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the Soapmaking Studio

Sell Soap and Cosmetics on the Internet and Improve Search Engine Rankings to Increase Sales!

Soap Company Website

For an inspiring Sunday afternoon: Soap Business 350 is designed for both students who currently have confusing or low-performing websites and for students who do not have websites. In this understandable and thorough class, learn about domain names and hosting packages. Also, learn to create your own website for free, optimize keywords, rank high on search engines, and verify your site code is valid. Finally, setup PayPal payment buttons and start selling on the Internet. Minimize your expenses and maximize profit in Soap Business 350. Attend in person or online.


Bath Bomb Class

Sunday, February 6, 2022, 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.


Lotion Making Science

Sunday, February 13, 2022, at the Soapmaking Studio

Understand How to Make Perfect Lotions, Creams, and Other Emulsions!

Handmade Lotion from Lotion Making Class

In this beginning-through-advanced Lotion Making Science class, take a scientific, hands-on approach to learning different methods and techniques for making lotion. Students learn to make small, test batches of lotion and how to increase the recipe to make larger batches. Gain confidence by learning how a batch of lotion that has separated or gone wrong can always be salvaged. Understand the importance of emulsifiers and emulsification systems: what they are and how they work. Perform scientific test experiments to prove whether or not common lotion ingredients (such as lecithin, polysorbate, and stearic acid) act as emulsifiers. In this Lotion Making Science class, students compare four (4) different emulsifiers in performance challenges to determine which emulsifiers cause soaping (white streaks during application), which emulsifiers are better for the face (non-comedogenic), which emulsifiers are water miscible (and better for use in hair conditioner), and which emulsifiers are considered natural ingredients (and widely accepted by modern consumers). This class also briefly covers labeling requirements, preservatives, and professional lab testing. Students make lotion in class and receive four (4) different lotions to take home. Attend in person or online. Register for Lotion Making Science class.


Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, February 20, 2022, 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.


2 Classes in 1 Day! Hot Processing and Rebatching!

Sunday, February 27, 2022, at the Soapmaking Studio

Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking

Create Ready-to-Use Natural Soap in Minutes!

Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking

Not only is hot process soap ready to use as soon as it cools, hot process soapmaking is the basis for many different types of soapmaking techniques. If you plan to make honey soap, sugar scrub soap, transparent soap, melt and pour soap base from scratch, or liquid soap, you will benefit from this hot processing class.

Spend the morning getting nice and soapy making hot process soap in Soapmaking 105 Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking. Learn how to widen your product base by including hot process soap and learn the specific conditions under which hot process is the preferred method over cold process soapmaking. Attend in person or online. Register for Soapmaking 105.

Soap Salvage through Rebatching

Save Money and Resources: Rebatch Soap to Creating Beautiful Bars from Failed Batches!

Fresh Soap, Rebatched, Sliced, and Ready for Sale

Stay for the afternoon and in Soapmaking 125 class, learn to create beautiful, new bars of soap by rebatching old scraps and failed batches. Safely learn to neutralize lye-heavy soap or introduce additional lye to oily soap, in order to salvage failed batches and produce gorgeous soap. Many soapmakers don't know how rebatch soap to create fragrant, vibrant, new bars of soap from old, forgotten, faded bars lacking color or scent. View a soap rebatching demonstration and learn to improve soap through rebatching and the addition of fresh organic juices, vitamins, and antioxidants. Each student receives a bar of hot process soap rebatched during the Soapmaking 125 class. Attend in person or online.


Serum Making Class

Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn to Make Facial Serums, Aloe Vera Gel, Hand Sanitizer, Gel Eye Shadow, Gel Eyeliner, and Mascara!

Vitamin C Facial Serum, Gel Eyeshadow, and ProVitamin B5 Gel Mascara

Learn to make oil-free, concentrated facial serums containing vitamins and active ingredients. In Serum Making Class, learn about the different vitamins and active ingredients used to improve skin texture, minimize wrinkle lines, improve elasticity, treat acne, and even skin tone. Learn to use the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (for manufacturers) and Skin Deep (for consumers) databases as references to determine the general safety and acceptability of new ingredients. During the class, learn to make natural hand sanitizer gel and gel mascara with the same beneficial base ingredients. Students take home two facial serums, hand sanitizer, and mascara made in class. Attend in person or online. Register for Serum Making Class.


Soapmakers' Luncheon

Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Marie Callender's Restaurant

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, February 20, 2022! The next Soapmaking 210 Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, March 27, 2022. 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 now 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.