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Discover the art of soap-making with a wide range of interactive and hands-on classes. Learn how to create your own unique soaps using natural ingredients, essential oils, and creative techniques, and unleash your creativity while gaining a new skillset.

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Organic Cold Process Soap Making for Fun & Gift Making

Back Porch Soap Company @ 711 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

Treat yourself to this class and learn the art of soap making in this fun class in the Upper West Side of New York City. 

(164) All levels 18 and older

Natural Scented Candle Making (Bryant Park)

Atelier Artisane @ 25 W 39th Street , New York, NY

Learn the art of crafting healthy, fragrant candles for your home in this hands-on course. Discover the benefits of natural ingredients and gain the skills to create your own unique scented candles. Join us at Atelier Artisane and elevate your candle game.

(129) All levels 18 and older

Custom Scent & Candle Making Experience

Atelier Artisane @ 25 W 39th Street , New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of fragrance blending in NYC. Join our workshop to discover the secrets behind creating your unique fragrance oils for candle-making and reed diffusers. Develop your skills with expert guidance and leave with two personalized fragrance blends to bring home.

(129) All levels 18 and older

DIY Perfume Bar Experience

Bios Apothecary @ 61 West St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of bespoke fragrance creation at Bios Apothecary's workshop in Brooklyn, New York. Immerse yourself in a library of over 130 natural aromatics and create your own signature scent using therapeutic-grade essential oils and rare extracts from around the world. Perfect for a unique date or a fun activity with friends.

(35) Beginner 13 and older

Candle Making Pop Up! Experience

Back Porch Soap Company @ 711 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

Create two of your own personalized candles in stunning upscale glass jars with lids. Join expert candle maker, Marla Bosworth, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a relaxing candle making experience. Perfect for gift-giving or for yourself, these non-toxic candles are made with eco-friendly materials and come in a variety of colors and bestselling fragrances. Don't miss out on this candle-making workshop!

(164) All levels 12 and older

Soap Making Classes Coming Up in Los Angeles

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Soap Making

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Unleash your creativity and turn your bath into a soothing sanctuary with the art of handmade glycerin soaps. Discover the secrets of creating beautiful soaps using colors, fragrances, and organic ingredients in this immersive course. Let your imagination run wild and elevate your self-care routine.

(784) All levels 18 and older

Soap Making--Cold Process Method

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

Learn the art of creating beautiful handmade soaps from scratch using the cold process method. This hands-on class at El Camino College is suitable for beginners and experienced soap makers alike. Discover the secrets of soap making and unleash your creativity in the comfort of your own kitchen.

(176) All levels 18 and older

Soap Making

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

Discover the secrets to creating your own luxurious, aromatic soaps at a fraction of the retail price. This hands-on class at El Camino College will teach you how to make unique cleansing gels, bubble bath soaps, and more. Unleash your creativity and indulge in the sensual pleasure of homemade soaps.

(176) All levels 18 and older

Fizzy Bath Bombs

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

Indulge in a delightful and imaginative experience, by exploring scents, colors, and textures in this hands-on class at El Camino College. Create your own fizzy bath time treats while unlocking your creativity and relaxation. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!

(176) All levels 18 and older

How to Make Your Own Bath Products

Mt. San Antonio College @ 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA

Discover the secrets to creating your own unique and chemical-free bath products in this hands-on class at Mt. San Antonio College. From shampoo to bubble bath, you'll learn the A to Z of product making and even get tips on starting your own business. Don't miss out on this fun and informative opportunity!

(81) All levels 18 and older

Soap Making Classes Coming Up in Chicago

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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of saponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional saponification Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base...

(24) Beginner 18 and older
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Goat Milk Soap Making

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of creating unique skincare products in this hands-on workshop. Experiment with scents, colors, and textures to craft personalized soaps using responsibly sourced ingredients. Take home your creations and a bonus soap from Gretta's farm store.

(126) Beginner 18 and older
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Soap Making Quick Starter @ Westmont

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 26 E Quincy St, Westmont, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

(24) All levels 18 and older
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Soap Making 101: Cold Process Goat Milk Soap

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Learn the history of soap making, how modern soap making is different, and how to create your own soap recipes.  Every step of cold-process soap making from start to finish will be demonstrated using goat milk which makes the most luxurious and moisturizing soap. Each participant will receive handouts, including a list of references for future use, and a slice of freshly made soap.

(2) All levels 16 and older
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Soap Making Classes Coming Up Online

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Candle Making From Home with Materials (On-Demand)

Atelier Artisane

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of making natural scented candles from home. Join Melanie in her Digital Candle-Making Course to master techniques, tips, and secrets for crafting beautiful, healthier candles. Dive into the world of candle-making with confidence, guided by an expert to help you create your own unique scents and designs.

(129) All levels 18 and older

Organic Soy Wax Candle Workshop

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Discover the art of making scented organic soy candles from the comfort of your own home. Join this engaging virtual experience and learn how to create a customized candle with a DIY craft kit delivered directly to you. With step-by-step guidance and plenty of tips, you'll have a beautiful natural wax candle to fill your space with a delightful fragrance.

(4) All levels 13 and older

Virtual Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop

Love & Make @ Virtual Classroom

In this live, virtual workshop, you will learn the basics of melt and pour soap making, general techniques, and even a little history. We'll go through the use and benefits of the ingredients and learn about different recipes that students can use at home or give as gifts. This workshop is suited for our DIY Soap-Making Kit, linked below. After registering for the class, please purchase the soap-making kit and other required materials. Class materials:...

(49) Beginner 9 and older
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Virtual Bath Bomb Making

Love & Make @ Virtual Classroom

In this live, virtual workshop, we will guide you in the sometimes-tricky process of making your very own bath bombs. This workshop is based on the Love & Make Bath Bomb DIY kit, available for order in our online shop. If you will use your own materials, please be sure to have your recipe and tools ready before the workshop begins. Important: This virtual session does not come with supplies. If participants plan to participate together via...

(49) All levels 9 and older
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Virtual Candle Making

Jade Scarlett

Get ready for a beginner-friendly, low-pressure, soy candle making class, where you'll have expert guided instruction to make beautiful, environmentally friendly soy candles, in the comfort of your home. Grab yourself a drink, your favorite snacks, and get ready to create something lovely that you can proudly say "I made it myself!". Materials needed to fully participate Soy Wax Flakes Thermometer Wicks Tin cans or mason jars Fragrance...

(686) All levels 14 and older
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Soap Making Classes Coming Up in Boston

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Masterclass: Creating Your Own Cold Process Soaps

Back Porch Soap Company @ 4 Home Depot Dr, Plymouth, MA

This course is Organic * Vegan * Cruelty-Free * Palm-Free This is a 3-hour, hands-on, immersive soapmaking workshop taught by master soapmaker, Marla Bosworth. In this class students will learn how to use plants and other organic, natural ingredients to make soap from scratch using the cold process method. Each student will design and create their own batch of soap to take home (which equates to eight bars when cut). What in nature inspires you?...

(164) All levels 18 and older
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$168
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Mastering the Art of Essential Oil Blending

Back Porch Soap Company @ 4 Home Depot Dr, Plymouth, MA

This is a masterclass on natural perfumery and essential oil blending. Students will learn how to custom blend essential oils and tincture plant essences to create natural perfumes and essences to be used in soaps, candles and personal care products. This course is an intensive blending experience and also a chance for students to experience a wide variety of essential oils. Come learn to blend intuitively, following your inner...

(164) All levels 18 and older
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$168
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Decorative Soap Making

Turkish Cultural Center Boston @ 1105 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Make your own soap at home and give the shape what you want…

(5) All levels 10 and older
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Soap Making Classes Coming Up in Houston

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Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

At the Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop at Love & Make, you'll learn the fundamentals, techniques, and design possibilities using quality ingredients and customizable options. Unleash your creativity and indulge in a hands-on experience that will leave you with personalized soaps infused with luxurious skincare elements.

(49) Beginner 9 and older

DIY Candle or Reed Diffuser

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

Discover a world of over 75 customizable fragrances in an immersive weekday afternoon experience. Design a signature scent and create a unique eight-ounce candle or four-ounce reed diffuser with Love & Make. Perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your space.

(49) All levels 9 and older

Perfume Making Workshop

Love & Make @ 2516 Times Blvd, Houston, TX

Discover the art and science of perfume creation with our Perfume Making Workshop, where you'll gain an awareness of perfumery concepts, indulge in a variety of scents, and craft a unique fragrance tailored to your preferences. Join us for an aromatic adventure and follow your nose to create something distinctly yours!

(49) All levels 9 and older

Soap Making Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Introduction to Soap Making CP and HP Methods

Nyah @ 203 Ridgely Ave, Annapolis, MD

Soapmaking is an artisan craft that has been in existence for centuries. Learn about the beauty, art and chemistry of soapmaking using both the cold process and hot process methods. During class you can expect to: Discover the history of soapmaking Understand the safety practices required to manufacture soap Know what necessary equipment is needed to make soap Know what components make up soap Understand the industry terminology and lingo...

(8) All levels 16 and older
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Soap Making Classes Coming Up in Atlanta

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Candle Making: Fall Fragrances

The DIYher Workshop @ 680 Murphy Ave SW, Atlanta, GA

In this workshop, you'll learn how to melt, mix, weigh and blend wax & fragrance to make two beautiful 8oz candles. With a wide variety of fragrances from which to choose, you'll be relaxing in no time with these perfectly giftable items for yourself or a loved one. Note: Everyone should wear comfortable clothing that they can freely work in and possibly get dirty. Adults over the age of 21 are allowed to bring their own choice of alcoholic...

All levels 10 and older
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Soy Candle Making

Magnolia Pink Artisans Market @ 2248 Hway 42 N, McDonough, GA

Experience the art of creating beautifully scented candles at Magnolia Pink Artisans Market. Discover the secrets of soy candle making with a variety of fragrances and essential oils. Join us for a hands-on session where you can pour and scent your own unique candle creation.

All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Soap Making Classes

Soap Making Classes are rated 4.5 stars based on 2,273 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Candle Making Pop Up! Experience

    Reviewed by Samiha G. on 4/15/2024
    We loved our class! It was just the two of us and Marla made it a very special day.
  • Perfume Making Workshop

    Reviewed by Terry S. on 3/16/2024
    I liked the presentation of how perfumery works and I enjoyed picking the different fragrances then learning how all those flavors came together to create a wonderful smell. I liked bringing home a bottle of perfume that I helped create. I would recommend this course for anyone, it’s fun. ?
  • DIY Perfume Bar Experience

    Reviewed by Megan O. on 3/11/2024
    The woman running the class was so sweet, helpful and knowledgeable. The experience was so cool and relaxing. Highly recommend to anyone considering making their own perfume.
  • DIY Perfume Bar Experience

    Anonymous review on 3/10/2024
    This was one a very unique experience. A group of friends and I organized this to celebrate a birthday. It was super fun creating our own fragrance by exploring different scent combinations. I would definitely do this again!
  • Soap Making

    Reviewed by Jody G. on 2/27/2024
    Excellent instructor, fun and personable. I really learned a lot about melt and pour soap making.
  • Organic Cold Process Soap Making for Fun & Gift Making

    Anonymous review on 12/12/2023
    Great class! I highly recommend!
  • Custom Scent & Candle Making Experience

    Anonymous review on 12/11/2023
    The class turns out to be great, but the listing address needs to be updated.
  • Soap Making--Cold Process Method

    Reviewed by Kasei R. on 7/23/2023
    It was a great class and I would love to do it again! Great intimate setting and class members were very helpful . I thoroughly enjoyed the instructor.
  • Soap Making

    Reviewed by Musah A. on 7/18/2023
    The class meet my expectations. I will recommend it to anyone.
  • How to Make Your Own Bath Products

    Reviewed by Martha P. on 3/23/2023
    The teacher was very nice and helpful

Discover the Best Soap Making Classes Near You

People have been making soap for at least 2300 years since the Phoenicians began preparing it from goat’s tallow and wood ashes around 600 BCE. The ancient Greeks and Romans followed suit, using olive oil and other plant-based oils to create soap for personal hygiene as well as medicinal purposes. It wasn’t until the 1800s that soap making became industrialized and was made on a larger scale using tallow, palm oil, and other ingredients.

The primary raw materials in soap are fat and alkali. These elements combine in a chemical reaction called saponification, which renders a soap that lifts soils from a surface like skin or fabric and leaves it suspended in water. At its most basic, soap making mixes water and lye, adds a melted fat, and allows it to harden and cure.

Making soap by hand has seen a resurgence, and the process has migrated out of the factory and back into the hands of makers and artisans. You don’t have to settle for a generic cleansing bar when you can craft one that is just for you.

Why You Should Learn Soap Making

Today, many hobbyists and boutique soap makers use centuries-old methods to craft soap in homes and workshops. Making soap from scratch allows you to choose a custom blend of fats and oils, scents, and organic ingredients.

Soap customized to suit your skin type and preferences can be gentler for your skin than store-bought alternatives. Some oils and additives used in soap make them even more beneficial for your skin or your mood. Lavender essential oil is known for its calming properties and can be used in soap to promote relaxation at bath time. Oatmeal can soothe itchy skin, and honey can moisturize and help heal acne.

If you want to bring sustainable living to your bathroom, making your own soap is an impactful step in that direction. You can use organic, ethically sourced ingredients and reduce packaging waste.

Soap making is simple once you understand the process, and many people enjoy it as a creative and fun hobby. It fits into your free time on your schedule, and you may even find yourself immersed in a new community of passionate soap makers. 

Soap making is also a thriving cottage industry, and your new skill could be the beginning of a business venture. It has a low barrier to entry, sells at a firm retail price, and is often a recession-proof industry. Makers sell unique soap bars in boutiques, craft and farmers markets, and online forums. There are over 300,000 businesses selling handmade soap in the United States, at an average price of six to eight dollars per bar. Etsy alone features over 140,000 listings for handmade soap.

5 Ways to Learn Soap Making

Learning soap making isn’t complicated, but having an experienced instructor makes the process easier. Try one of these methods to learn soap making:

  1. Take an in-person class with an expert instructor, where you can share your new soapmaking journey with other students. Your instructor will probably provide all the materials you need, and a classroom already set up for soapmaking.
  2. Enroll in a live online class that provides real-time feedback from an instructor, and the company of remote classmates. Some classes ship course materials directly to you, but often you’ll source your own materials from local and online suppliers.
  3. Follow along with a self-paced, on-demand class using online videos or tutorials. These are free and widely available, but you won’t have anyone to answer your questions in real-time or demonstrate steps that are unclear. 
  4. Pick up a book at a library or bookstore, and follow along with printed instructions. A book is a great resource no matter where you learn to make soap. With so many variables, there is always more to learn.
  5. Ask a local soapmaker to share their skills. Check local boutiques or craft and farmers markets to connect with an experienced soapmaker. You may even be able to apprentice in their workshop, for lots of hands-on practice.

In-Person Soap Making Classes

In-person soap making courses are offered in communities across the country. It’s nice to have someone to answer your questions as you learn or friends who share your soap making journey. In-person courses are a great way to get started and ramp up your skills quickly. 

Does nature inspire you? Share your passion through a beautifully designed botanical soap to inspire others. Whether it’s locally grown produce or honey from the farmer's market, wildcrafted elements from a nature hike, or water from a river or stream – you can incorporate the elements that inspire you into your soap.

Cold Process Soap Making Class at Back Porch Soap Company on the Upper West Side in NYC teaches you how to use plants and other organic, natural ingredients to make soap from scratch using the cold process method. In this class, you’ll receive hands-on instruction to create a batch of soap with selected botanicals, colorants, and your own essential oil blend. Your instructor will work side-by-side with you, and you'll meet other interesting and like-minded people. In this small, intimate class, you’ll learn how to work with lye safely, how to formulate a great soap recipe, and where to buy supplies.

Also from Back Porch Soap Company on the Upper West Side, Organic Liquid Soaps & Shower Gels Class covers how to make your own organic liquid soap and shower gels. You’ll make liquid soap from scratch using easily sourced ingredients that you can replicate at home. You’ll learn to incorporate specialty ingredients like herbs and botanicals, use colors, source ingredients, package your soaps and gels, and choose ingredients for healing soaps. Plus, you’ll go home with samples of the liquid soaps made in class.

Back Porch Soap Company offers fragrance blending, candle making, and soap making in the Upper West Side of New York City. They also host candle, soap, and perfume blending corporate and brand experiences and private events in Manhattan and throughout New York City.

In Soap Making--Cold Process Method at El Camino College - Torrance in Torrance, CA, you’ll learn how to use the cold process method to create soap completely from scratch. This A to Z cold process soap making class will have you creating beautiful handmade soaps right in your kitchen. Don't worry about your experience level – this class is suitable for students from beginner to advanced.

This course is also offered by Community Services at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, CA as Cold Process Soap Making. Community Services offers not-for-credit classes for anyone in the community - old or young, resident or not, training for a career or just looking to have a good time. 

At El Camino College in Torrance, CA, Soap Making shows you how to create luxurious bath products like bar soaps, cleansing gels, and bubble bath. Create soaps for the ultimate home spa experience or for gift-giving using various techniques and recipes. The class also teaches you how to create specialized products for people with sensitive skin.

Houston-area residents can enjoy Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop at Love & Make in the Rice/Museum District. In this fun-filled workshop, you’ll learn the basics of melt-and-pour soap making, general techniques, and even a little history. The class will cover the use and benefits of the ingredients and learn about different design techniques.

Participants will be able to choose which type of soap they want to make from glycerin soap base, fragrance, molds, and colors. Infuse your soap with your favorite, luxurious skincare ingredients like oils, clays, and botanicals. Love & Make offers students a chance to step outside the box and make something unique and memorable with their friends and colleagues.

Virtual Soap Making Classes 

In-person classes are a great way to learn new skills and meet people with the same interests, but soap making classes aren’t available in many areas. 

You’re in luck, though, because you can learn the ins and outs of soap making in virtual classes. When you take a virtual soap making class, you can choose from class options taught anywhere in the country (or maybe even the world) without leaving your home. Think of all the time you’ll save on commuting – that’s more time for soap making.

You may need to source your own supplies when you enroll in an online class. Expect your instructor to provide a detailed supply list that you can fulfill at a local store or from an online seller. Plan ahead, since you may need to wait for supplies to arrive at your doorstep. Take a look at some of the online soap making classes you can choose from at CourseHorse. 

Virtual Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop is a comprehensive course from Love & Make that covers the basics of melt and pour soap making, general techniques, and even a little history. You’ll learn the use and benefits of the ingredients and you’ll have several recipes to use at home or give as gifts. The easy five-item supply list calls for the instructor’s soap making kit, a funnel pitcher melting pot, stir sticks, soap molds of your choice, and an alcohol spray bottle.

Love & Make will help you master the sometimes-tricky process of making your very own bath bombs in Virtual Bath Bomb Making. This live, virtual workshop guides you in the sometimes-tricky process of making your very own bath bombs. The workshop is based on the Love & Make Bath Bomb DIY kit, available for order in their online shop.

Private Group Soap Making Classes

Do you want to schedule a soap making class as a team-building event for your business or organization? Maybe you need a fun activity for a bridal shower or birthday party. CourseHorse has live online soap making and crafts classes for private groups, straight to you at any location.

Learn the art of handmade melt-and-pour soap making in Virtual Soap Making Workshop. You’ll learn about materials, basic techniques, the benefits of making your own soap, and different recipes. You’ll also explore botanicals and other additives to make your soaps even more special and personalized. You’ll complete this class with our own soaps, made by hand.

Preparing for the course is simple. CourseHorse will ship supplies directly to each course participant. You’ll receive shea butter soap base, fragrances, dyes, molds, a pouring pitcher, stirring sticks, a mixing bowl, and soap boxes.

For a $150 fee, you can customize your course by adding a game, using specific questions or a themed game, or adding a second event with all materials included. The minimum group size for this two-hour course is ten people.

When you book a private course with CourseHorse, the process is simple. If you don’t know your exact group size when you book, it’s not a problem. Book with your best guess and you can add or subtract people up until a week before the event. There are no booking fees, and you’ll receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your reservation. 

CourseHorse recommends using the Zoom platform for your class, but they can accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. Many courses can even come to your office or home space if you’d like.

What Will I Need to Learn Soap Making?

Before you start making soap you’ll need to gather a few supplies. Some of these items are available at your grocery store, while others are sold by specialty suppliers. Collect all of the supplies you need before you get started, so you are ready to learn. If you take a class, many of these supplies will be provided to you.

These are the basic ingredients and materials you need for soap making.

Oils or Fats

You can use a variety of oils or fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, or tallow. Each oil has its own properties and will affect the final outcome of your soap.

Butters and oils that are solid at room temperature will help harden your soap. Liquid oils soften your soap and make it dissolve more quickly, but they yield a soap that’s gentle on your skin. Aim for the right balance between solid and liquid fats. Solid oils and butters make up 40 to 60 percent of the total fat in your soap recipe.

Consider some of these readily available oils for soap making:

  • Coconut oil gives your soap excellent cleansing properties, it’s effective in hardening soap and it provides a lovely lather. Too much of it, though, will dry out your skin. Use coconut oil as 20 to 30 percent of the total fats in your soap.
  • Jojoba oil makes a soap that is very gentle on your skin but also very soft, so it shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of the total fat in your recipe.
  • Palm oil is widely used in soapmaking for its hardening properties and its creamy lather. 
  • Shea butter creates a very gentle soap that is hard and provides a creamy lather.
  • Avocado oil makes soap gentler.
  • Cocoa butter hardens your soap.
  • Castor oil combined with coconut oil yields a good lather. It also makes very mild soaps, but in too large quantities it will make your soap too soft. Use it as five to ten percent of the total fats in your soap recipe.
  • Hemp seed oil makes soap gentler, but it goes rancid easily so you’ll need to add an antioxidant. Its softening and comforting properties make it a good superfatting oil.

Lye (sodium hydroxide)

Lye is a caustic substance that is required for saponification – the chemical process that turns oils or fats into soap. Always take these precautions when working with lye:

  • Wear gloves and long sleeves to prevent skin contact.
  • Wear goggles or a face shield to prevent eye contact.
  • Wash your skin immediately if it comes in contact with lye.
  • Remove clothing immediately if they are contaminated with lye.
  • Have eyewash and a quick drench available.
  • Always add the lye to water (not water to lye).

Water

You will use water to dissolve the lye. Tap water is fine.

Essential oils or fragrance oils (optional)

Use essential or fragrance oils to add scent to your soap. Choose a fragrance to enhance your mood or provide a gentle all-day perfume, or make your soap fragrance-free.

Additives (optional)

You can add various ingredients – like herbs, clays, honey, or oatmeal – to your soap for texture, color, or other properties.

Equipment

You'll need some basic equipment, such as a digital scale, a mixing bowl, a stick blender, a silicone spatula, a thermometer, and a soap mold.

Is it Difficult to Learn Soap Making?

Soap making can be finicky and unpredictable, but it really only requires a few basic steps and it’s a satisfying skill to learn. Don’t let the chemistry lessons or the unfamiliar materials scare you off. An expert instructor will help you navigate this new process and master it easily.

Whether you want a natural alternative to store-bought soap or you just enjoy learning a new craft, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of lathering up with a soap you created yourself. 

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