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* Soapmaking IntensiveSoapmaking Intensive

Time: 10:00 am

In this workshop with La Shonda Tyree, who turned her hobby and passion for making her own soaps and lotions into a highly successful business, we will learn how to make a range of exquisite self-care products. We will begin by discovering the history and chemistry of soapmaking, and the safety practices required to manufacture soap. We will then get hands-on instruction in soapmaking using sodium hydroxide with the cold process method. We will explore how to unleash our creativity by customizing our soaps with colors, fragrances and/or essential oils; learn how to create luxurious soaps using alternative liquids such as Goat’s Milk; and make fabulous swirl patterns and embedding designs utilizing a couple of different methods that will make your soaps rival mass market soaps. Other topics will include: resources for supplies and industry websites; proper product labeling and preservation; and tips on how to start a business.

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* Body Butters, Lip Balm & WhipsBody Butters, Lip Balm & Whips

Time: 10:00 am

Class Location: Ridgely Retreat, Annapolis, MD

* Lotion and CreamsLotion and Creams

Time: 1:00 pm

Learn how to make body butters, whips, lotions and creams. Class Location: Ridgely Retreat, Annapolis, MD

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* MD Hot Process Soap MakingMD Hot Process Soap Making

Time: 10:00 am

Class Location: Ridgely Retreat, Annapolis, MD

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I was in your class on Saturday and I LOVED it. SO inspired to make soap!

Maria L.

Can’t wait to take another one of your awesome classes. I so love the way you teach.

Julia M.

The Why of Curing Soap

The Why of Curing Soap

The one pressing question that new students want to know about soap making is if they really have to wait four to six weeks before they can use their soaps.  In their faces and voice I can tell that they don’t want to wait so long to use their soaps and I fully understand how they feel. So why does soap need to cure anyway? There are a few reasons why this step is necessary. Reason # 1: Evaporation of the excess water Water is necessary to make soap but the extra water in the soap is not needed. We all desire a hard bar of soap. Your soaps will not dissolve as easily once most of the water evaporates. Reason # 2: The soap get’s better with time Soap is like wine it get’s better with time. As it ages saponification has a chance to complete. Yes, a majority of saponification has happened within the first 24 hours but after you unmold and cut your soap there are some saponification left and this will happen during the cure time. This makes the soap milder and of course luxurious on the skin. Reason # 3: Richer Lather The lather factor of the soap will be better. Your soaps will lather instantly after you make your soap of course but you will find that soaps that you use six months after curing will lather quickly and last longer. So the purpose of curing is a necessary torture to age the soap so it can perform at it’s highest potential. We craft beautiful handmade soaps that we sell to the public. Use...
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