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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.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, holidays, and dates below.
Additional Closures:
Wednesday, June 23, 2021—open at 1:00 pm (closed in the morning)
Sunday, July 4, 2021—closed (Independence Day)
Monday, July 5, 2021—closed (Independence Day Observed)

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, including the public posting of our Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol and Safe Reopening Plan.

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. However, "in indoor settings outside of one's home…face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status," per the California Department of Public Health Guidance for Face Coverings. We anticipate wearing a face mask will remain mandatory and participating in temperature scans and anonymous contact tracing will remain good practice through October 1, 2021.

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.

Mask Making Class

Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Come Have Fun Creating Clay Masks, Fruit Peels, and Other Facials!

Facial masks made in Mask Making Class.

Learn how to formulate effective spa-quality facial treatment masks. In this Mask Making Class, learn the importance of natural chemical exfoliators. Understand how alpha and beta hydroxy acids naturally exfoliate skin without scratching and learn why exfoliation is essential for minimizing wrinkles and pigmentation. The lecture includes a complete review of the function of healthy skin and what to expect from masks containing clays or fruit acids. Also learn how to preserve, package, and label mask products for resale. During the lab portion of the class, students make 3 different masks containing clay and spirulina, puréed pumpkin and natural fruit acids, and collagen peptides with niacinamide to take home. Attend in person or online. Register for Mask Making Class.

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, July 11, 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.

Intermediate Gel Soapmaking

Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

Make Thick Gel Soap for Antibacterial Hand Soap or Rich Shower Gel!

New Class!

Soapmaking 216 is an intermediate-level soapmaking class to teach students to make gel soap using the hot process soapmaking method. Gel soap is thicker than liquid soap and requires different ingredients to prevent a film or skin from forming on top of gel soap. Unlike liquid soap, which must be dispensed from a foam pump, gel soap is easily dispensed from any pump bottle. Gel soap may be used as shower gel, body wash, face soap, hand soap, or bubble bath. This class includes information on a simple FDA-approved ingredient for making antibacterial gel soap. Each student receives a bottle of gel soap made during the class. Attend in person or online. Register for Soapmaking 216.

Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 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.

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 by Creating Beautiful Bars of Soap 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.

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

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.

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