Soap-making Class

Recently I had the opportunity to teach another class on soap-making to a new group of ladies in Virginia. Since it had been a number of years ago when I last gave a class, there was fun planning involved to distill what I've learned over the last 7 years of running a business into an afternoon beginner's lesson.

soap-making class

One of the ladies taking part in the class graciously hosted us all in her home, with plenty of room to spread out and get messy.

soap-making class

Everyone pitched in with each step in the process, from measuring lye and oils, to stirring the mixture and pouring raw soap batter.

soap-making class

We completed two batches of goat's milk soap, one fragranced with a Lavender-Citrus essential oil blend, and the other customized by each participant with the scent and additives of their choice.

soap-making class

Working with lye and mixing up the ingredients required safety precautions such as gloves and goggles, but thankfully, we didn't have too many mishaps!

soap-making class

goat's milk soap

Finishing our recipes and getting the soap divided among the molds took teamwork and quick thinking.

soap-making class

Below is one of the students' freshly-made soap logs, speckled with oats and swirled with lemony litsea cubeba essential oil.