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Our Soapmaking Supply Store is Open and Classes are in Session!

Our physical store location is open and classes have resumed. Check the Soapmaking Studio hours. View the schedule of classes.

Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, and holidays.

Additional Closures:
Friday, December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)
Friday, January 1, 2021 (New Year's Day)

Coronavirus Policies

We Care About Customers' and Students' Health

We care about the health and safety of our customers and students. In accordance with https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/, which forbids gatherings without safety modifications, the Soapmaking Studio classes have undergone temporarily modifications to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with severe underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending a Soapmaking Studio class you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please familiarize yourself with our Temporary Modifications to Classes. Our store remains open and compliant with San Diego County Health Orders, including the public posting of our Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol and Safe Reopening Plan.

Our store offers free pre-paid carry out service for those who wish to remain in their vehicles. Simply choose "store pickup" during online checkout or call during business hours to place and pay for your order. If you have any questions, please telephone the Soapmaking Studio: (619) 668-1435.


Scrub Making Class

Sunday, November 29, 2020, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn to Make Decadent, Spa-Quality, Handcrafted Salt and Sugar Scrubs!

Handmade Salt and Sugar Scrub

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. Attend in person or online. Register for Scrub Making Class.


Lip Balm Making Class

Saturday, December 15, 2020, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn to Make Lip Balms and Intensive Oil Treatments to Protect and Soothe Skin from Winter's Harshness!

Handmade Lip Balm and Intensive Oil Treatments

This pre-holiday 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. Attend in person or online. Register for Lip Balm Making Class.


Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Sunday, January 10, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn How to Make Cold Process Soap with No Cure Time!

Cold Process Soap Batter in the Soap Pot Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking Pouring Cold Process Soap into Wooden Molds

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.


Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

An Informative, New, Hair Care Lecture and Making Demo!

Kerri Mixon teaches the class on making shampoo bars and conditioner bars for luxurious hair. DIY shampoo bar needs no plastic packaging.

Shampoo soap bars and synthetic detergent shampoos have different effects on hair. Learn which ingredients are commonly added to cold process soap to make shampoo bars. Understand the chemical and physical effects of natural and synthetic shampoos, how the effects vary by ethnic hair structure, and the added benefits of using a conditioner. This Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class focuses on hard scientific facts, not subjective perspectives or opinions. After the scientific comparison lecture, watch as both a shampoo bar recipe and a conditioner bar recipe are formulated and made. Students take home handouts with the recipe, a shampoo bar, and a conditioner bar. Attend in person or online. Register for Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class.


Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap

Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Start a Business to Sell Soap and Cosmetics!

Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap

Come learn the proper steps to starting your own business in Soap Business 320, Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap. This business class focuses on the necessary licenses and permits required to sell soap and handmade cosmetic items, 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 affects search engine rankings. Attend in person or online. Register for Soap Business 320.


Packaging and Shipping Soap Worldwide

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

Ship Handmade Soap Faster, Cheaper, and Safer!

Shipping Manager David Perez

Soap Business 340 presents students with information necessary to successfully ship soap domestically and internationally. Students learn how to package soap to prevent dents and damage, how to use biodegradable shipping materials, 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. Also, learn to ensure successful deliveries by verifying recipient addresses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. Students are invited to bring recipient address information and finished labeled bars of soap that are ready to be shipped, in order to correctly pack and secure the soap for shipping during the class. During the class, if time permits, students may purchase a shipping label and schedule a carrier pickup. Register for Soap Business 340. Attend in person.


Web Design and Internet Commerce

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Soapmaking Studio

Sell Soap and Cosmetics on the Internet and Improve Search Engine Rankings to Increase Sales!

Soap Company Website

For an inspiring Sunday afternoon: 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. Minimize your expenses and maximize profit in Soap Business 350. Attend in person.


Bath Bomb Class

Sunday, February 7, 2021, at the Soapmaking Studio

Learn the Chemistry and Techniques to Make Bath Bombs without Oil!

Bath Bombs and Bath Fizzy Tablet

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. The class also includes an exposť on clean water-soluble colorants versus water-dispersible colorants that may leave a gritty coating inside the bathtub. Also, learn to make greywater-safe bath bombs without oil or sodium-based salts, which can kill plants when introduced into greywater systems. Students take home bath treats made in class. Attend in person or online. Register for Bath Bomb Class.


Soapmakers' Luncheon

Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Marie Callender's Restaurant

Network with Southern California Soap and Cosmetic Crafters!

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

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 Soapmakers' Luncheon is open to the public and attendance is free, just pay for anything you order from the menu. Our friendly soap meetup group is casual and provides a means of networking with local soapy artisans. Attend this creative handmade soaps and DIY bodycare meetup group luncheon at any level: Professional soapmaker, hobbyist soaper, or beginning crafter. The soap lunch venue is Marie Callender's restaurant on Alvarado Road in San Diego at 2:00 pm. Map & Directions. View the Soapmakers' Luncheon Agenda.

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


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Learn how to make soap at the Soapmaking Studio in San Diego County, California!

Soapmaking 101 Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking has been a huge success and fills weeks in advance; the next class will be Sunday, January 10, 2021! The next Soapmaking 210 Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking will be Sunday, March 28, 2021. 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 Standard Shipping or free Store Pickup.
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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