This class will introduce you to the basics of making cold process soap. Cold process soaps are created by blending oils (or fat) with a lye mixture. In turn, the soap saponifies over the next twenty-four hours, turning the lye-oil mixture into a solid bar of soap! The class will cover the following:
- Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making
- Necessary materials, supplies and equipment
- Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide (lye)
- Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures
- Coloring your soap (micas, herbs, spices & clays)
- Scenting your soap (fragrance oils vs. essential oils)
- Preparing your molds and molding options
- Insulating, cutting, curing, and storing your finished soap
Each student will make their own 1 lb batch of soap that they will get to take home with them (the mold will be theirs to keep as well so they can make future batches of soap). Students will also leave with very thorough handouts and enough information to make awesome vegetable-based natural soap from scratch on their own, as well as a full-sized bar of soap to enjoy. This class uses only vegetable-based ingredients.
NOTE: Making soap from scratch involves working with lye (aka sodium hydroxide). For safety reasons, please wear or bring a long-sleeved shirt. You’ll also need to bring an old towel or blanket to insulate your soap on the way home.