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

Our physical store location is open and classes have resumed. Check the Soapmaking Studio hours. View the schedule of classes.

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Additional Closures:
Sunday, August 8, 2021—closed
Monday, September 6, 2021—closed (Labor Day)

Coronavirus Policies

We Care About Customers' and Students' Health

We care about the health and safety of our customers and students. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with severe underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending a Soapmaking Studio class you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please familiarize yourself with our Temporary Modifications to Classes. Our store remains open and compliant with San Diego County Health Orders.

Beginning June 15, 2021, there will be no physical/social distancing restrictions nor capacity limitations, according to the California Department of Public Health Blueprint for Industry and Business. For fully vaccinated individuals, face masks are not mandatory in most public areas, while unvaccinated individuals are required to wear face masks, according to the California Department of Public Health Guidance for Face Coverings.

Our store offers free pre-paid carry out service for those who wish to remain in their vehicles. Simply choose "store pickup" during online checkout or call during business hours to place and pay for your order. If you have any questions, please telephone the Soapmaking Studio: (619) 668-1435.


Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, August 7, 2021, 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.


Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class

Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

An Informative, New, 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.


Serum Making Class

Sunday, August 22, 2021, 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.


2 Classes in 1 Day: Advanced Soapmaking & Rebatching!

Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking

Learn to Use Advanced Soapmaking Chemistry to Make Your Best Bar of Soap!

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

In the morning class, 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.

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 the new 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.


Intermediate Liquid Soapmaking

Sunday, September 5, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Luxurious Liquid Soap is Perfectly Suited for a Foamy Pump Dispenser!

Intermediate Liquid Soapmaking Bottles of Handmade 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.


Soap from Ashes

Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn to Make Old-Fashioned Soap without Lye!

Ashes for making soap from scratch without lye.

Soap from Ashes is complete lecture with detailed instructions and photographs for making soap from plant ashes. This presentation includes information on how to extract the naturally-caustic solution from any type of plant ashes (combusted hardwood, softwood, grasses, or leaves) and how to concentrate the solution for maximum effectiveness. Learn how to collect and filter rain water, how to render and prepare animal fats for soapmaking, how to test the soap for harshness, how to adjust the soap for gentleness, and how to cook the soap over a wood fire—all without using electricity, for a true pioneer experience. Attend in person or online. Register for Soap from Ashes.


Melt and Pour Photo Soap

Sunday, September 19, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

This is a New "Melt and Pour" Class with No Prerequisite!

Melt and pour natural soap with special photo paper embed.

Soapmaking 100 is a beginning-level melt and pour soapmaking class to teach students to make bars of soap embellished with personal photos. Detergent free melt and pour soap base allows crafters to make a truly natural soap with endless sales possibilities, when topped with a personal photograph. Learn to create stunning, personalized gift soaps with images of wedding parties, newborn babies, or company logos. Students must email a photograph in JPG or GIF format that is at least 4 inches square or 300 pixels square to info@soapmakingstudio.com no later than 4:00 pm the evening before the class. A student who fails to submit a personal photograph by the deadline may receive a generic printed image to embed in soap during the class. Each student receives a bar of soap made during the class with the student's personal, submitted photo. Attend in person or online. Register for Soapmaking 100.


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Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 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.

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


Lotion Making Science

Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

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

New Class! 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.


Water Substitution in Soapmaking

Sunday, October 3, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Oktoberfest Edition with Canned Pumpkin, Beer, and Goat Milk to Replace the Water in Soap Cupcakes!

Fall Soap Cupcakes with Goat Milk Frosting

In this special Oktoberfest version of Soapmaking 225, learn to make the wildly popular soap cupcakes! In the class, we will use canned pumpkin for the cake portion and goat milk for the frosted tops of the cupcakes. This class also includes a beer soap made from Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat ale. 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: pumpkin soap for the bottom cake portion and goat milk soap for the top frosting portion of the soap cupcakes. Plus a separate beer soap loaf. Attend in person or online.


Soapmakers' Luncheon

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 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


2 Classes in 1 Day: Hot Process Soapmaking & Shrink Wrapping!

October 17, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking

Make Hot Process Soap that's Ready to Sell Right Away!

Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking

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.

Shrink Wrapping Soap

Professionally Shrink Wrap Products to Sell at Fall Craft Fairs!

Shring Wrapping Cold Process Soap

After the lunch break, learn to shrink wrap soap effectively and affordably in Soap Business 335 Shrink Wrapping Soap. There is a specific plastic film for cold process soap, a different film for melt and pour soap, and a different shrink film that is biodegradable. Different film formats are more cost effective than others. Come learn how to use all of them. Students should bring a minimum of 4 bars of soap, products, or items to shrink wrap in class. Attend in person. Register for Soap Business 335.


Bath Bomb Class

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 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

Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Avoid Problems and Fines by Complying with Soap Labeling Laws and Regulations!

Soap Drying on a Rack in a Soap Business

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 the appropriate labeling laws for each type of product. 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.


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 11, 2021! The next Soapmaking 210 Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, August 29, 2021. 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.

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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