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Make Your Own Melt & Pour Soap Base
(aka: Make Transparent Soap from Scratch)

~with Jen Grimes~

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transparent soap class   transparent soap samples

**Check out our 2-Day Soap Making Boot Camp PART II
which includes THIS CLASS and 3 OTHERS -- all in 2 DAYS!

 ** PREREQUISITE: Cold Process 101 OR Equivalent Experience Required **

Upcoming Classes
Registration Options
August 3, 2014
10 am - 1 pm (3 hours)
$85 (plus $6 materials fee)
before signing up, please visit the Policies & Info Page

Learn How to Make Your Own Melt & Pour Base, from Scratch!

Did you know that you can make your own transparent & meltable soaps from scratch? Would you prefer to make your own soap rather than purchase from a store or supplier? Handmade Soaps from scratch, both Cold Process and Hot Process, are naturally opaque (i.e., not see-through), but with a few added ingredients, you can put a unique twist on your handmade soap that will set it apart from the rest.

This experimental class covers a discussion and demonstration on how transparent soap is made. It is important to understand that by sticking with mostly "natural" or "naturally-sourced" ingredients, it's impossible to achieve a very clear, hard bar of soap. Natural-ingredient transparent soaps are always going to be more amber in color, slightly milky (as opposed to crystal clear), and a bit softer than their detergent-based, synthetic counterparts. This class will focus on creating a custom transparent, remeltable soap that is as “natural” as possible, but which employs some manmade solvents to achieve transparency. This class will include a discussion about the use of both natural and manmade ingredients in transparent soap and the trade-offs involved.

This 3-hour class will cover:

  • Introduction to melt & pour and transparent soap history
  • The role of solvents and solvent options in transparent soap
  • In-class demonstration of a custom batch of remeltable, transparent soap

Each student will take home 1 bar of soap made in the class (in a to-go container) and handouts which include instructions, resources, and the recipe made in class.

Prerequisite Details: This intermediate-level soapmaking class is designed for students who have either taken our Cold Process 101 Class, the 2-day Soap Boot Camp, or who have experience making soap from scratch on their own. If you have never made soap from scratch before (cold process or hot process), you must first take our Cold Process 101 Soap Class which demonstrates soapmaking using a 4-pound batch and teaches all the basics (including lye safety) needed for all beginning soap makers.


Sirona Springs Soapmaker Software Loft Soap

Jen Grimes started her descent down the make-your-own cosmetic rabbit hole after stumbling over books with vintage cosmetic recipes in her local library. After picking up and putting down books on how to make soap (all those bizarre ingredients and safety measures!), she took the plunge, promptly became addicted, and was certified as a soapmaker through the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG). Today, Jen is a proud member of and volunteer for HSMG & owns and operates Loft Soap. She has a passion for hot-processed soap, loves funny-looking soap and can often be found communing with other soapmakers at The Nova Studio.

Refer to the table above for price, date, time and registration options. Contact us at 510-234-5700 with any questions. Please read the Class Policies & Info Page before signing up.

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