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Semi-Private CP Soapmaking Session
(Formerly known as: The Hands-On CP Soap Lab)

~with Jen Grimes~

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

Upcoming Classes
Registration Options
July 19, 2014

2:30 - 4:30 pm (2 hours), 7 people max
$115 (plus $30 materials fee)

before signing up, please visit the Policies & Info Page

No more excuses! You CAN make soap & we will guide you!

Perhaps you are a little apprehensive about working with sodium hydroxide. Or your kitchen is a bit too small or a bit too occupied for a safe and focused soapmaking session. Or maybe you just don't want to deal with ordering all the supplies - you just want to go somewhere, make soap, and take it ALL home with you! Then this hands-on experience was designed for you! If you have taken our CP 101 class and/or the 2-Day Soap Boot Camp but have yet to take the leap to making your first batch on your own, this soap lab will give you the confidence to do it yourself.

Under the careful supervision of Nova Studio teacher Jen Grimes, YOU get to make the soap. We will supply all the raw materials and ingredients that you will need - the few things you need to bring are listed below. These are things that you will be able to use for future soap making adventures on your own. You will be given instructions, a recipe sheet to follow, guidance and one-on-one help with questions, fears or doubts.

The best part is that you will go home with the 4-pound batch of soap that you made in class (yields about 18-20 bars of soap), all bundled up so you can finish the curing process at home. The materials fee (paid in cash on the day of class) covers everything described below. You will also have the opportunity to purchase soapmaking supplies from the teacher after the class (cash/check only).

NOTE: To allow for personal attention & supervision, there will be a maximum of 7 people for each session.


• A container to mix your soap in
• Base oils: blend of coconut, palm, safflower or sunflower, olive and castor oils
• Anti-oxidant (already added to the oil mixture)
• Distilled water
• Sodium hydroxide (aka lye)
• Materials for lining your molds (depending on the type of mold you bring)
• Plastic wrap for the top of the mold (optional: to avoid soda ash)
• Additives like poppy seeds, oatmeal, calendula, tapioca pearls, parsley, coconut, apricot kernel, etc.
• Tested essential oil blends (your choice from below):
Choice 1: Rosemary & Spearmint
Choice 2: Rosemary & Lemon
Choice 3: Lavender & Sweet Orange
Choice 4: Lavender & Lemon
Choice 5: Lemongrass & Sweet Orange
Choice 6: Lemon & Lemongrass
Choice 7: Spearmint & Lavender
Choice 8: Spearmint & Lemongrass


• Stick blender (aka Immersion Blender) for mixing. We recommend the "Proctor Silex" from CVS.
• Gloves & goggles (we sell our favorite gloves for $3 & goggles for $4)
• Non-aluminum mixing spoon (for mixing lye/raw soap - we sell our favorite spoon for $4)
• Spatula; high-heat silicone is best (we sell a spatula for $6)
• Soap mold large enough to hold 6 pounds of raw soap (a wood or plastic soap mold, or a shoe box will do)
• Cover for your soap mold (lid to shoe box, piece of thin wood, or stiff cardboard)
• 2 old bath towels or blankets for wrapping your soap to take home (in the mold)

Optional: If you prefer to use a scent combination other than what is provided, you are welcome to bring your own essential oils, colors and/or additives to further customize your soap. There will, however, be no discount off the materials fee if you choose to bring your own ingredients.

NOTE: This is an age 18+ class since making soap from scratch involves working with lye (aka sodium hydroxide). To take part in the hands-on portion of the class, please wear or bring a long-sleeved shirt. You'll also need rubber gloves and safety goggles. There will be several pairs of goggles and gloves to share, but if you prefer your own please bring them to class.


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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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