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 20 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 workroom 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.
- 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 shop is also my soap storage facility, it is very highly fragranced, so you must also be able
to tolerate strong smells.
- 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 $50)! 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
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 AND if I have not begun the class prep,
you will be given a 100% refund if the class is rebooked. You will only get a 50% refund if the class is not rebooked and
I have already started the prep. 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 unless you rebook! Each class has a minimum
materials cost and considerable time to prepare those materials just for you, so please be considerate. Rebooking is at my
Class Location:671 Purple Sage Dr, Roscoe, IL 61073. I am in a residential neighborhood
north of Rockford, IL. 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+ (with a group it can go nearly four) hours in your intensive workshop.
Half Day Soapmaking Workshop
(for up to three people)
(Please ignore the tax and the shipping charge the shopping cart will show. I enter the charge manually
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. But I am easy and can make it
work for you most of the time!
YOUR CREDIT CARD WON'T BE CHARGED UNTIL THE CLASS UNLESS YOU CANCEL OR NO-SHOW
Here's what I need for you to put in the comments area of the shopping
cart--write it down now so you remember!):
Dates you are available and if you want a morning or evening class, and if you need a different time!
Names of up to three people attending
Soap scent you are looking to make or anything special you might like to do (limited to the oils I have on hand of course).
I will call or email to verify the availability!
Reserve Soapmaking Classes Now