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Cold Process Herbal Soapmaking Workshop

Soapmaking is alchemy of the best kind! OK, so it's not turning lead into gold, but still, you can't take a shower with gold...

In this class, you'll learn soapmaking complete from start to finish: How to blend oils, lye and various other ingredients to make really wonderful, completely handmade soap. And yes, you did read lye. Sodium (or potassium) hydroxide is a necessary ingredient for making real soap, and while it is toxic and very dangerous in its raw form, once it has been converted to soap and allowed to cure, it is as toxic as--well, soap. Like I said, alchemy.

You'll go home with a sampling of different types of soaps, plus your very own soap that we'll make, start to finish, in class, to cut and cure and use in a few week's time. It's really fun, and it's empowering to learn a craft that in the past was a staple of every household. Don't pay premium prices for a "handmade" bar of soap in a store--spend not much more than that in materials, and make your own soap (which is also, by the way, one of the best gifts around!).

Please Note: For this class (and possibly for upcoming classes) I require pre-payment to RSVP. The preparation and supplies for this class make too many no-shows a real problem (and they have been a real problem anyway lately). If pre-payment is a problem for you, let me know and we can work out an arrangement.

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  • Connie S.

    Thanks for the answer Julie - see you Friday for Herbal 101 ;0)

    March 27, 2013

  • Connie S.

    I mean't to ask and forgot - other soap classes made a big deal about how pure the water was - any comment and the second thing we did not discuss was covering the mold for that first 24 hrs and keeping it warm to finish the process - yes/no?

    March 23, 2013

    • Julie J.

      Connie--yes, the purity of the water does affect the soap, thanks for bringing that up. I have a very good water filtration system in my home, but if you dont have that, distilled water works very well. In warm weather here in LB, keeping the soap warm is less of an issue, and I generally don't bother, but some people find the ash (white powder on top) is lessened when you do that. Me, I just wipe it off. :)

      1 · March 27, 2013

  • Janice A.

    Loads of information. As usual, fun, lots of enthusiasm, not a minute is dull.

    March 23, 2013

  • Amity R.

    I really enjoyed the class. I never knew how much went into making soap. Another amazing class taught by Julie! Thank you!

    March 23, 2013

  • Claudia

    Thank you, Julie. So much great information. The soaps smell devine.

    March 23, 2013

  • Susan Q

    Informative and Fun! Thank you Julie.

    March 23, 2013

  • LoriandRosalee F.

    so very awesome!

    March 22, 2013

  • Connie S.

    What a great class - thanks for a wonderful evening!

    March 22, 2013

  • Rebecca B.

    Love Julie!! Always awesome. Thank you!!

    March 22, 2013

  • Lynne

    I will be there with Bells on my Toes and pay you tonight! Thanks!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Lynne

    Hi, I tried to pay with 3 different credit/debit cards and paypal won't take any of them. I'm so excited about this class and can finally come to one of your classes, since it's on a Friday and not a Tuesday when I work. What should I do so I can RSVP the last spot???

    March 21, 2013

    • Claudia

      Hi Lynne. Just bring cash and pay me. I paid for 2 but my friend is not going

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family emergency, sorry

    March 21, 2013

  • Amity R.

    Looking forward to this class!

    March 21, 2013

  • Claudia

    Hi. Already RSVP'd and paid. My friend can't come. Let me know if anyone wants to go instead

    March 21, 2013

  • LoriandRosalee F.

    couldn't figure out how to RSVP w/out paying, so guess I'll just use plastic :-)

    March 7, 2013

  • Tyvonne Jurado- A.

    I wish I could go :( Will you be doing a soapmaking class at the green man anytime soon??

    March 7, 2013

  • Tehila

    I've never made soap... Never even imagined I could :) I'm looking forward to this class!

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Julie J.

      Tehila, you will LOVE it. Complete chemistry geekery, with really amazing reactions between everyday ingredients that end up making soap. And then we add some herbal fun and it just gets incredibly fun and fascinating.

      2 · March 7, 2013

  • Katherine G.

    What is the other main ingredient? Could I use olive oil in the class?

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Julie J.

      The oils I prefer to use are olive and coconut, though we'll add some others too. There are many oils used in soap making, but some are quite unsustainable, such as palm oils, and some are of concern to certain people, such as lard and hydrogenated fats ("Crisco" is quite popular in soap making. Ugh.).

      March 7, 2013

    • Julie J.

      I will supply all oils and supplies, by the way.

      March 7, 2013

  • Claudia

    I'm so excited to play with you.It's been a while

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Jayson R.

    I've been a soapmaker for years and completely agree that it's alchemy! Something magickal about showering with soap that you've lovingly handcrafted! I can only imagine that this class will be as superlative as all of Julie's classes. Don't miss it!

    3 · March 7, 2013

Your organizer's refund policy for Cold Process Herbal Soapmaking Workshop

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 1 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: No shows forfeit payment, though 50% of class fee may go toward a future class.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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