Welcome Soapmakers and Cosmetics Crafters!
Scrub Making Class
March 29 at the Soapmaking Studio
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.
Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
March 31 at the Soapmaking Studio
Tuesday's 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.
Soap Makers' Luncheon
April 12 at Marie Callender's Restaurant
This 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. Map & Directions. View the Soap Makers' Luncheon Agenda.
Marie Callender's Restaurant
Serum Making Class
April 25 at the Soapmaking Studio
On Saturday, 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. Class includes recipes for facial serums, aloe vera gel, hand sanitizer, gel eye shadow, gel eyeliner, and mascara made with the same basic serum base. Students take home two facial serums, hand sanitizer, and mascara made in class. Register for Serum Making Class.
Lotion Making Class
April 26 at the Soapmaking Studio
On Sunday, 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. Class includes related recipes for both hair conditioner and fabric softener. 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.
April 29 - June 3 at Cuyamaca College
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.
This class meets six Wednesday evenings during the spring 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.
2 Classes in 1 Day! Forming a Legal Entity to Sell Soap and Soap Labeling and Marketing
June 7 at the Soapmaking Studio
Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap
Two classes in one day! Come learn the proper steps to starting your own business in Soap Business 320, Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap. The morning business class focuses on the necessary licenses and permits, as well as product liability insurance available to soapmakers. It also covers how to choose an effective business name and how a company's name directly effects search engine rankings. Register for Soap Business 320 class.
Soap Labeling and Marketing
Later the same day, learn the grizzly details of the new soap labeling laws in Soap Business 330 Soap Labeling and Marketing. Learn how to label your soaps to meet the labeling requirements of the five government agencies that regulate soap labels. Also learn quick and affordable marketing strategies. Register for Soap Business 330 class.
Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class
June 14 at the Soapmaking Studio
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.
Field Trip to Lavender Farm
June 28 at Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Either meet at the Soapmaking Studio in Lemon Grove at 9:00 am and carpool to the venue in Valley Center or meet the group at the lavender farm at 10:00 am. Among other free indulgences, there will be essential oil distillation demonstrations and guided walking tours of the lavender farm at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Join us in enjoying all things lavender! Map and Directions.
Keys Creek Lavender Farm
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Soapmaking 101 Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking
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Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, August 9. Soap Garden 224 Cultivating, Drying, and Adding Herbs to Soap and
Soapmaking 220 Coloring and Scenting Soap are both available and open for registration.
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