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Soapmaking 101

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

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 this class 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, below.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 4 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $79. Materials fee: $19.

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Online Soapmaking 101

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Online Soapmaking 101 is an online interactive video and audio feed of the live Soapmaking 101 class at the Soapmaking Studio via Google+ Hangouts. View the Description of Soapmaking 101, above. Online attendance includes access to an online workbook only during the time of the class via an email hyperlink to Google Drive. The class workbook Soapmaking 101: Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking by Kerri Mixon is available for purchase from our Amazon Bookstore or from our Books in stock. Because the online workbook and video/audio feed are both served via Google products, they work best with the Google Chrome internet browser.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 4 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 4 students. Minimum enrollment: Not applicable.
Class fee: $98.

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Soapmaking 105

Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking

Soapmaking 105 is an intermediate-level soapmaking class to teach students to make bars of soap using the hot process soapmaking method. The hot process soapmaking method is beneficial in achieving truer scents and using less scent material. Particular emphasis is placed on the safety of hot process soapmaking. Each student receives a bar of hot process soap made during the class.

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $39. Materials fee: $9.

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Soapmaking 210

Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking

Soapmaking 210 is an intense soapmaking class for intermediate and advanced soapmakers; the information presented in this class relates to both cold and hot process soapmaking. The main objective of this class is to teach students the information necessary to make a truly great bar of soap. Students learn the desirable soapmaking characteristics of different fatty acids and the fatty acid profiles of various natural oils. This class covers the chemistry of the saponification process, an explanation of how natural soap differs from commercial "soap," the different extraction methods used to produce oils, the likelihood of each oil to cause an allergic reaction, and a description of which factors affect the speed of trace and which factors affect the speed of saponification. Each student receives five small bars of soap: One of olive oil, one of coconut oil, one of palm oil, one of sunflower oil, and one of castor oil, so the student will be able to understand and appreciate the qualities of each type of oil when used in soap.

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).
Classroom hours: 3 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $59. Materials fee: $16.

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Soapmaking 214

Intermediate Transparent Bar Soapmaking

Soapmaking 214 is an intermediate-level hot process soapmaking class designed to teach students to safely make transparent bar soap at home. The specific focus of this class is making hard transparent bar soaps that are clear and are made with the cold and hot process soapmaking methods. Students also learn to artfully add swirls, stripes, and embeds of transparent soap to opaque cold process soap, to give another dimension to traditional cold process soap bars. Each student receives a small bar of handmade transparent soap to take home. Soapmaking 214 is not a "Melt & Pour" soapmaking class. Previous completion of Soapmaking 105 (Description of Soapmaking 105 Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking) is recommended but not required.

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).
Classroom hours: 4 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $69. Materials fee: $10.

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Soapmaking 215

Intermediate Liquid Soapmaking

Soapmaking 215 is an intermediate-level liquid soapmaking class designed to teach students to safely make liquid soap at home. This class covers the various difficulties faced by home soapmakers who strive to make a truly clear liquid soap. Specific class topics include safety, formulating soap recipes with potassium hydroxide, and the different choices of soapmaking oils, fragrance materials, and colorants. Each student receives a 2-ounce bottle of handmade liquid soap. Previous completion of Soapmaking 105 (Description of Soapmaking 105 Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking) is recommended but not required.

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $39. Materials fee: $10.

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Soapmaking 220

Coloring and Scenting Soap Soap with Decorative Peaks Artistic Swirled Soap Brightly Colored Swirled Soap

Coloring and Scenting Soap

Soapmaking 220 is an intermediate to advanced soapmaking class that covers the different types of colorants and scent materials for use in making soap, their manufacture and extraction methods, their effectiveness, and the strengths at which they should be used in cold process soap, hot process soap, and melt and pour soap. Students are taught how to color and scent soap safely and effectively, how to determine if too much colorant has been used in a bar of soap, and the possible dangers of over coloring soap. Lab includes swirling two colors into cold process soap, the "column pour" technique, and extracting essential oils from plants by using a steam distillation unit.

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).
Classroom hours: 3 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $56. Materials fee: $15.

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Soap Garden 224

Cultivating, Drying, and Adding Herbs to Soap

Soap Garden 224 is a gardening and ingredient preparation class. Students learn techniques for growing their own herbs and plants to use as soap ingredients; how to dry, crush, and grind the dried herbs; and how much of each dried plant to add to the soap for color and texture. Classroom lecture includes a list of toxic plants that should not be used in soapmaking. Subject matter includes green gardening practices to save water while sustaining a suitable wildlife habitat. The information presented also includes plants recommended by the California Department of Forestry for being fire resistant and native southern California plants used in soapmaking.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $32. Materials fee: $7.

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Soapmaking 225

Water Substitution in Soapmaking

Soapmaking 225 explains the dangers and secret techniques of substituting other fluids for the water portion of cold and hot process soapmaking. Students learn how to safely replace water with beer, yogurt, fresh milk, fresh juices, herbal infusions, and hydrosols.

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $39. Materials fee: $10.

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Soap Business 320

Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap

Soap Business 320 is a beginning business class for anyone interested in forming a new business. This class focuses on the applications, fees, licenses, and permits required to form a legal business entity. Students also learn how to determine costs, set prices for handmade products, and determine profit. Discussion includes suggestions for staying motivated, creative, and competitive within the handmade products industry.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 14 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $40. Materials fee: $7.

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Soap Business 330

Soap Labeling and Marketing

Soap Business 330 is an intermediate business class that covers the federal and local regulations for labeling soap. Students learn to distinguish soap from cosmetics or drugs and their appropriate labeling laws. This class also presents several inexpensive and effective marketing tips to promote the sale of handmade soap. Students are encouraged to bring a sample label for discussion and critique during the class.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 14 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $59. Materials fee: $9.

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Soap Business 335

Shrink Wrapping Soap

Soap Business 335 is a soap wrapping class, in which students learn how to apply shrink wrap film to soap quickly and effectively so little or no film is wasted. This class covers the benefits of wrapping soap, which include protecting the soap from damage and preserving a sanitary bar of soap. Students learn which types of shrink film allow the scent to come through, which films are best for different types of soap (cold/hot process versus melt & pour), and which films are best for packaging bottles of liquid soap, lotion, or other cosmetics. Students are invited to bring 4 bars of their own soap to be shrink wrapped in the class.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 1 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 14 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $18. Materials fee: $7.

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Soap Business 340

Packaging and Shipping Soap Worldwide

Soap Business 340 presents students with information necessary to successfully ship soap domestically and internationally. Students learn how to meet United States Customs requirements for shipping commodities internationally, the fastest shipping methods, and how to get discounted shipping rates, including discounts on US postage. Students are invited to bring finished, labeled bars of soap that are ready for shipping and recipient address information in order to package the soap and purchase a shipping label during the class.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 1 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 14 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $30. Materials fee: $7.

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Soap Business 350

Website Design and Internet Commerce

Soap Business 350 is designed for both students who currently have confusing or low-performing websites and for students who do not have websites. In this understandable and thorough class, learn about domain names and hosting packages. Also, learn to create your own website for free, optimize keywords, rank high on search engines, and verify your site code is valid. Finally, setup PayPal payment buttons and start selling on the Internet. Previous completion of Soap Business 320 (Description of Soap Business 320 Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap) is recommended but not required.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 3 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 14 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $65. Materials fee: $14.

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Soapmaking Workshop

Make 2 Lbs of Cold Process Soap

Make 2 pounds (about 8 bars) of your own cold process soap during this 2-day Soapmaking Workshop. On the first day of the workshop, make the soap, pour it into the mold, incubate the mold, and leave it to saponify. During the second day of the workshop, un-mold the soap, slice it into bars, and personalize your soaps with alphabet stamps, cosmetic glitter, or special cookie cutter shapes. Finally, take home all the soap you made during the workshop. Take pride in using your own soap or share it as handmade gift soap.

When registering, select a soap option (gentle facial/baby soap, regular hand/body soap, or foamy shaving/shampoo soap) and choose a soap theme (color, scent, and texture).

Soapmaking Workshop is not a soapmaking class. In the Soapmaking Workshop, you will follow a recipe and combine pre-measured ingredients to make soap. To learn to make your own soap at home, take Soapmaking 101 (Description of Soapmaking 101 Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking).

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours First Day: 2 hours. Second Day: 1 hour.
Maximum enrollment: 8 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $49. Materials fee: $36.

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Modern Soapmaking

Cuyamaca College Preview Course Code 1000

This is a Preview course offered through the Continuing Education Department at Cuyamaca College. After learning soapmaking safety, learning to formulate soap recipes, and learning to calculate lye quantities, students will enjoy making soap from whole vegetable oils and herbs. There is a constant demand for quality handmade soap because almost everyone uses soap. Therefore, handmade soap is a well-received gift or may be sold for profit at craft fairs.

In 2014, this class meets six Wednesday evenings during the fall from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Designed to be a proficiency course, students work through the textbook the first night and then make two pounds of soap during each of the remaining five class sessions. Registration is through the Cuyamaca College Preview website for Course Code 1000.

Register for Modern Soapmaking. View the PDF of Student Supplies for Modern Soapmaking. Purchase the Value Deal of Supplies and Textbook for Modern Soapmaking.


Melt and Pour Class

Melt and Pour Soap with Debbie Chialtas

During Melt and Pour Class, students learn how to artfully craft melt and pour glycerin soap base into intricate works of detailed beauty with artist/author Debbie Chialtas. During the class, Debbie first demonstrates and then supervises students making their own melt and pour projects. With pre-made melt and pour soap, no lye or chemicals are required.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 4 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $56. Materials fee: $15.

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Lotion Making Class

Taught by Chemist Omar Jimenez

Learn to make luxurious lotions with chemist Omar Jimenez. In this Lotion Making Class, learn the difference between making lotions and making creams, 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.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 3 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $59. Materials fee: $15.

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Serum Making Class

Facial Serums, Hand Sanitizer, and 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, hand sanitizer, and mascara made in class.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 3 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $59. Materials fee: $25.

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Scrub Making Class

Salt Scrubs and Sugar Scrubs

Learn how to formulate effective spa-quality scrubs. In this Scrub Making Class, understand the difference between salt scrubs and sugar scrubs and when one is preferred over the other for easily achieving safe and natural skin exfoliation. Learn how to add beneficial vitamins and learn why preservatives should be used in oil based products. For those opposed to oil based products, learn how to create oil-free scrubs. Students take home three types of scrubs.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $54. Materials fee: $18.

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Bath Bomb Class

Bath Bombs, Bath Fizzies, and Bath Salts

Learn how to create active treats for the tub. Students learn the secrets of making exceptional bath bombs, bath fizzy tablets, and bath salts. While most easy recipes include the simple process of creating bath fizzies using saturated fats as a sealer to prevent reaction to air, this Bath Bomb Class includes the advanced technique necessary to create bath fizzies without oils, so they won't leave a dangerously greasy bathtub the way oils do. Students take home bath treats made in class.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 2 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $42. Materials fee: $18.

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Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class

Make Natural Perfumes

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 bases of natural grain alcohol, in a base of jojoba oil, and in a base of cyclomethicone. Create your own natural perfumes in the class and take them home.

Prerequisite: None.
Classroom hours: 3 hours, includes one 15-minute break.
Maximum enrollment: 12 students. Minimum enrollment: 2 students.
Class fee: $39. Materials fee: $40.

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