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Cold Process Soap 201: "Make & Take"

~with Jen Grimes~

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** PREREQUISITE: Our Cold Process 101 Class OR Equivalent Experience Required **
This is an age 18+ class since making soap from scratch involves working with lye (aka sodium hydroxide).

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May 10, 2014

2:30 - 4:30 pm (2 hours)
$75 (plus $20 materials fee)

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November 1, 2014

2:30 - 4:30 pm (2 hours)
$75 (plus $20 materials fee)

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We hear it a lot right after one of our CP Soapmaking 101 classes: "I can't wait to go home and make my own soap!" Well, now you don't have to wait! Come to our afternoon session of Cold Process Soap "Make & Take" and you can customize your own batch of soap that you get to take home.

In this group soapmaking session, Nova Studio teacher Jen Grimes will make a big batch of plain soap & portion out a 2-pound batch to each student. Then YOU get to scent it and color it, pour it into your mold and take it home. Once it's hardened at home, you just slice it into about 9-10 bars and let them cure for 4-6 weeks until they're ready to use!

We will provide everything necessary to customize your own batch of soap:

  • A container and spoon to mix your soap
  • Your choice of essential oils for scenting (a 1 oz. bottle)
  • Your choice of colorants (cosmetic grade pigments or clays)
  • Additives, like dried herbs or exfoliants
  • A cylinder/tube soap mold for you to keep & reuse at home
  • The soap recipe and written instructions so that you can make this soap again by yourself
  • And all the help you need to make your first batch of soap a success!

What You Need to Bring: One bath sized old towel to insulate your soap on the way home. The mold is a tube-style cylinder, so you'll need a box or something to prop it upright on your way home. Please wear or bring a long-sleeved shirt and closed-toe shoes. 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.

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


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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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