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April 2013 Class Note:  Due to death in the family  and a family illness, I will probably not be available for any soap classes before I leave for Illinois in May.  Please book classes after the second week in September. 

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Fran and her sister with their creation!

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Susan G. and her new soaps created during a soap class in September 2007!

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Alex and Angie after a successful batch!

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Father and son team, Mike and Don with their new skin loving batch!

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Jim and Erica creating a near perfect "Beach" scent!

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Wes is armed and ready with gifts for friends and family!

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Vivian and her new creation! Hubby is hiding from the camera!

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Guiseppe and his friend making SOAP!

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Lee and Barbara after a successful batch!

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Kellly from Michigan tries her hand at Hot Process soap!

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Teri, Andy and Darlene after class!

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Maria and her busband (from Venezuela!) took the class in January 2011

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Sandra and Sergio's Class in September, 2011

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Chris and Ashley in May 2011

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Jeff and Noelle show off their cut soap log in Dec. 2011

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What fun we had this day...I wish I could show you all the pictures they took!

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Rhoda and Malishas made a Patchouli and Spa Blend soap at class--and reminded me to get the pic!

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Darn, Joy and Sonia closed their eyes...but Jackie's are wide open. Nov. 2012

 

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Maureen and Cindy in class, March 2013

 

From one of my students:

Hey Jackie,

The soap is looking very good...smells good too!!!  A co-worker thinks so, my mother thinks so, and my sister in Palm City is eagerly waiting for her soap.  I was able to carve out 14 bars and made 21 balls of gardenia soap.  Thank you so much for teaching me about soap making.  I look forward to making more soap for family and friends. --Wes

I know there are a few frustrated soap chemists out there...come on, just raise your hands!!  For those of you just itching to start formulating a soap made by you...for you...I now offer half-day classes on the hot process method of soaping.  Hot process is just one way of making soap from scratch...it's the way we like to make soap around here. 
 
You will learn one-on-one how to safely use a crock pot to make "nearly" ready-to-use handmade soap using tried and tested methods I have used for almost 10 years.   You will go home with one log of soap (8-12 bars depending on how you cut it!) in a take-home mold; an equipment list; instructions on the basics, how to mix colors, use herbs and blend scents;  and recipes for the next batches you might try.  Most importantly you will have the knowledge and satisfaction that you did it and you can do it again!  You will have plenty of time to ask questions.
 
And, just to make this way too much fun, you can bring up to two guests for free!  Sorry, three is the limit as my kitchen is very small.  The three of you will each be provided with all course handouts to take home, so you will have a buddy system once you start making soap on your own. 
 
 
Course prerequisites are:
  • You must be 18 years old.  No pets or children are allowed in the class or as a guest.  Of course my children are both furry, so, please be aware that if you are allergic to animals, this may not be the class for you.  If you are afraid of dogs, don't worry--Bonnie Dog is VERY friendly and will generally get bored with all of us after a few minutes.  A kid's class for melt and pour soapmaking is in the works!
  • An ability and desire to stand in a hot kitchen for 3 hours.  
  • Making soap requires the handling of a known caustic and you must have the ability to calmly and safely handle the soap while you are measuring and preparing ingredients and cooking the soap.  If you can cook or bake, follow a recipe and you are not easily frightened...you probably have what it takes.  
  • You must be in good health with no respiratory ailments.  We will provide you with a soapmaking mask to filter out the "nasties".  As my home is also my soap storage facility, it is very highly fragranced, so you must also be able to tolerate strong smells.  And remember what I said about the pets...   
  • Prepayment in full for the course. 
  • Each person attending will bring their Driver's License--I will make a copy for my records.
  • You must sign a release of liability and a non-compete agreement to take the class...sorry just a precaution and the usual legal "crap".

Click here to view the documents

What do you get out of the class:

  • Personalized, individualized hands-on instruction!  We know that everyone learns things a little differently, so we will find what works for you and your friends!
  • We will first learn about the process, equipment and ingredients before working with the soap pots.
  • Handouts to take home that will give you all the information you learned, recipes to try later and resources to find the things you might need!
  • A 2.5 - 3 pound (approx. oil weight) log of soap that we will custom scent and color to take home.  You can share it with your fellow attendees, use it for gifts or just hoard it for your shower!
  • A 20% discount on ANY regular in-stock products you want to buy that day.
 
Payment and Policies:
If you have any questions, please email or call me before registering.  Sign-ups are first come, first served!  If booking a class within three days of class date, do not consider your class confirmed until you talk to me. 
 
Before signing up for a class, please read all the information on this page.  By signing up, you are stating that you have read and understand all information.

You can only use the credit card payment option when booking a class.  You may pay with cash or check the day of the class, but, I must have your credit card information in the case of a no-show on your part. 
 
If more than one person will be attending and only one of you will be paying, please note the guests names in the comments area.  If no guest names are noted I will assume you want a private class and only one workshop booklet will be available.  
 
If you all want to share the cost between up to three people, please have each student register separately so I will have all the payment info for each person.  I will manually process the charge to each credit card by splitting it evenly between all the attendees--if you want some other split, just let me know (for example if you want to pay $100 and each guest $25)!  In the comments area of the order form please note the names of every one who will be attending and be sure to give the person who will be the main contact. A cell phone number and an alternate email address could be very helpful! 
 
Refunds:  with a minimum 48 hour notice via email or speaking directly with me or my voice mail (which is date and time stamped), you will be given a 100% refund.   We do hope you will reschedule as the calender permits though!  If I have to cancel, you of course will be given a full refund!
 
Cancellations:   with less than 48 hours notice will be given a 50% refund.  This covers cancellations for any reason--you got the wrong date or time, your car broke down, you are sick, had to work late, etc.  NO EXCEPTIONS!   Each class has a minimum materials cost and considerable time to prepare those materials just for you, so please be considerate.
 
Waitlists:   Once a date is booked, I will put up a Waitlist Button for that date.  You will not be charged anthing for signing up for the waitlist (your emailed receipt will show a total with tax and shipping, but, ignore it!), but, if a space becomes available I will contact you as soon as I know it is available.
 
Class Location:  5508 Glasgow Av, Orlando, FL   32819.  I am in a residential neighborhood in Southwest Orlando.  Please research and print out directions (or call ahead of time!) before you are on your way.  If more than one person is attending, please bring only one vehicle.  Please park in the driveway. 
 
On Class Day:   What to wear the day of the workshop--long sleeved shirt and long pants that can get dirty or oil stained.  They may or may not come clean!  You will be provided all other things needed for the class...just show up!  If you have a pair of rubber gloves that fit just right, a grilling apron or a pair of safety glasses that stays put (or fits over your glasses)--you are welcome to bring them.  Don't worry though, we will have plenty for your group!  Plan to spend 3 hours in your intensive workshop.
 
Half Day Soapmaking Workshop
(for up to three people)
$150.00
 
(Please ignore the tax and the shipping charge the shopping cart will show.  I enter the charge manually
class day!)

December 2012
 
December 4th - 31st:
Just about anytime with at least three days notice!
 
January 2013
January 1st - 17th:
Just about anytime with at least three days notice!
 
Morning classes run from 9 a.m. until noon and evening classes from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.   Put your preferred date and time in the comments area of the shopping cart as well as the soap scent you are looking to make (limited to the oils I have on hand of course).  I will call or email to verify the availability!

Dates that are unavailable or currently booked:
Dec. 21st - Dec. 26th
 
 
 

Reserve 2011 Soapmaking Classes Now

2011 Soapmaking Classes Price: $150.00

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Handcrafted by Jackie Turbot
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5508 Glasgow Av.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-1494  

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302 Ralston Rd.
Machesney Park, IL   61115
(815) 708-7200
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