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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:
Friday, December 24, 2021—closed (Christmas Eve)
Saturday, December 25, 2021—closed (Christmas Day)
Friday, December 31, 2021—closed (New Year's Eve)
Saturday, January 1, 2022—closed (New Year's Day)

Product Launch Roundtable

Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Gain Confidence and Ensure a Successful Product Launch!

Peer Review of Student Products

Soap Business 360 is a peer review class for students who have a new product ready to launch. Offering a new product for sale can be stressful; this class is designed to build student confidence and successful sales. During this semi-private session, students present finished products for review and discussion. The instructor and fellow students focus on the positive aspects of the products, suggest improvements to increase sales, assess the packaging to ensure it meets legal requirements, analyze the sale price to maximize both crafter profit and shopper value, and examine the online sales venue for an agreeable shopping experience. To participate in the roundtable, a student must bring a finished product, complete with packaging and labeling. If an online sales venue (such as a website, a social media store, or an eBay or Etsy store) is ready for review, then the website or online store may also be reviewed during the roundtable. Soap Business 360 is scheduled before or after other classes. Attend in person or online.


Packaging and Shipping Soap Worldwide

Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

Ship Handmade Soap Faster, Cheaper, and Safer!

Shipping Manager David Perez

Soap Business 340 presents students with information necessary to successfully ship soap domestically and internationally. Students learn how to package soap to prevent dents and damage, how to use biodegradable shipping materials, how to meet United States Customs requirements for shipping commodities internationally, the fastest shipping methods, and how to get discounted shipping rates, including discounts on US postage. Also, learn to ensure successful deliveries by verifying recipient addresses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. Students are invited to bring recipient address information and finished labeled bars of soap that are ready to be shipped, in order to correctly pack and secure the soap for shipping during the class. During the class, if time permits, students may purchase a shipping label and schedule a carrier pickup. Register for Soap Business 340. Attend in person.


Lip Balm Making Class

Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn to Make Lip Balms and Intensive Oil Treatments to Protect and Soothe Skin from Winter's Harshness!

Handmade Lip Balm and Intensive Oil Treatments

This pre-holiday Lip Balm Making Class focuses on simple lip balm making procedures for consistent and effective lip products, including lip tubes and balms in pot style jars. Techniques include how to create a twist tube of lip balm without problematic "sinkholes." Lecture information includes vegan alternatives to bees wax, natural ingredients to make a shiny lip gloss, and oil phase vitamins and nutrients for lips and skin. Material relates to other tube products, such as solid lotion sticks for softening stretch marks, elbows, and heels and solid menthol rub sticks. Attend in person or online. Register for Lip Balm Making Class.


Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, January 9, 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.


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, January 9, 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.

Soapmaking Studio
Kerri Mixon
Instructor,
Master Soapmaker,
Cosmetic Formulator,
& Registrant of National Soapmaking Day