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Closed Tuesdays and at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 9, for the Soapmakers' Luncheon.


Coloring and Scenting Soap

April 8 at the Soapmaking Studio

Coloring and Scenting Soap Soap with Decorative Peaks Artistic Swirled Soap Brightly Colored Swirled Soap Essential Oil Still

Learn How to Distill Essential Oils and Advanced Soap Coloring Techniques

In Soapmaking 220, come learn which colorants and scents are safe for use in soap and learn how to add them to cold process soap. An essential oil distilling unit will be running during the class so students can see how essential oils and hydrosols are distilled from plants. Learn how to calculate maximum allowable fragrance content and review FDA findings for soap and cosmetic colorants. This class also features demonstrations of two popular advanced soap swirling techniques. Register for Soapmaking 220.


Soap Makers' Luncheon

April 9 at Marie Callender's Restaurant

Soapmakers Luncheon, 2nd Sunday of April and October in San Diego, California

This soapmaker gathering 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 Soap Makers' Luncheon is open to the public and attendance is free, just pay for anything you order from the menu. The venue is Marie Callender's restaurant in San Diego at 2:00 pm. Attend our San Diego soap meeting to make new friends, business contacts, and share soap and soapmaking tips. Map & Directions. View the Soap Makers' Luncheon Agenda.

Marie Callender's Restaurant
6950 Alvarado Road
San Diego, CA 92120


Serum Making Class

April 23 at the Soapmaking Studio

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 Skin Deep database as a reference to determine the general safety 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, serum base, gel eyeshadow, and mascara made in class. Register for Serum Making Class.


Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

May 14 at the Soapmaking Studio

Cold Process Soap Batter in the Soap Pot

Learn How to Make Cold Process Soap with No Cure Time

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.


2 Classes in 1 Day! Soapmakers' Gardening Class and Lip Balm Making

May 21 at the Soapmaking Studio

Cultivating, Drying, and Adding Herbs to Soap

Soapmaking Garden Cultivating, Drying, and Adding Herbs to Soap

The fist of two classes for this Sunday, Soap Garden 224 covers how to select appropriate plants for your area, including growing in containers versus in the ground. Learn which plants do best in soap and how to prepare them. This class includes a mini field trip through the Soapmaking Studio's aromatic plant garden. Students will also prepare dried bay leaves and dried oregano, then take them home to use for cooking and in soap. Register for Soap Garden 224.

Lip Balm Making Class - Lip Balms and Intensive Oil Treatments

In the afternoon, Lip Balm Making Class focuses on simple lip balm making procedures for consistent and effective lip products, including lip tubes and balms in pot style jars. Techniques include how to create a twist tube of lip balm without problematic "sinkholes." Lecture information includes vegan alternatives to bees wax, natural ingredients to make a shiny lip gloss, and oil phase vitamins and nutrients for lips and skin. Material relates to other tube products, such as solid lotion sticks for softening stretch marks, elbows, and heels and solid menthol rub sticks. Register for Lip Balm Making Class.


Lotion Making Class

May 28 at the Soapmaking Studio

Handmade Lotion from Lotion Making Class

Learn to make luxurious lotions with chemist Omar Jimenez. In this Lotion Making Class, learn the difference between making lotions and making creams, learn to make hair conditioner and fabric softener for use when laundering clothes, learn how to assign and decode batch code numbers, learn how to test for microbial growth contaminants, and learn how to test lotions for shelf stability. Then, make one lotion with a gentle preservative to prevent microbial growth and extend the product life and make one lotion without preservatives. Take home both lotions to enjoy and experience the difference between the two. Register for Lotion Making Class.


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Soapmaking 101 Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking has been a huge success and fills weeks in advance; the next class will be Sunday, May 14, 2017! The next Soapmaking 210 Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, August 13, 2017. 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 shipping.
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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