Saturday, August 22, 2009

Soapmaking Made Simple

Next Saturday, August 29th, why don't you come make soap with me?  Look what YOU can do!

I'll be teaching my soapmaking course here on the farm.  This is the same course I teach for our local community college.  Class starts at 1:00 in the afternoon - zip me an email or give me a call for the details.

This course covers all aspects of soapmaking.  You can learn the tips, tricks and techniques that it took me years to acquire. We'll talk a little bit about the history of soapmaking and then we will jump right into it! Our goal is to make two batches of soap.  One a simple batch..perhaps Spanish Castille or Double Mint and then something a bit more difficult using herbs or perhaps layering our colors!

We will learn about the equipment you must have and what you should NEVER use!  We will go over the basic rules in soapmaking and how this process works.  Then we'll delve into the fun stuff!  Essential oils and how to blend them, using clays...which ones and why, coloring your soap naturally with things you have in your kitchen, how to try new ideas cost effectively, Sap values and why you need them...and what the short cuts are, soap molds and how to line them and where you can find them in your home, and lots more including a list of resources!

You will go home with my book "Soapmaking Made Simple" a complete step by step guide that is also filled with recipes so you can get busy right away, a bar of soap to get you through till your first batch is ready, and if Josiah has the time, you might even be able to buy a family sized soap mold from him!

Of course there will be some delicious herbal things to eat and drink and if the tomatoes keep coming I can pretty much guarantee some salsa and chips!

You will work hard while I direct because I want you to be able to go home and make soap for YOUR family. Soapmaking is hard to learn from a book - there are just some things you HAVE to what trace looks like!   We will be moving fast (except for that snacking part!) because we have a short amount of time to make two batches of soap but we will have a lot of fun and you will go home a "soaper"!

Hope to see you here!



  1. Cheri, I can't wait until I live closer. You do so many fun things. Wish I could come and take part!!!

  2. Oooh, I wish I was local, too!!

  3. I am definitely going to be there! Very excited! See you tomorrow~

    P.S. I will be sure to have my Crisco ready ;-D

  4. Wish I could have made it to your class! I will someday! Maybe even bring my girls with me as well! They LOVE reading the updates on your blog! We have enjoyed your soaps everyday! Sadly we will pass up this wonderful chance to make soap with you however we will continue to watch and try to plan a future event such as this...We will be praying for you and your event to come! God Bless!

  5. Oh I should have read your blog sooner. I would have worked it into my weekend. Lesson learned. I enjoy reading your blog. One of these days I'll get to take your soap making class.

  6. Wish I could be there. I would be late with the long drive from Missouri. Makes me wonder if there is a similar class locally. ( I have time...giggle)

  7. Oh, this sounds like soo much fun; I wish I could come!! maybe some year....
    how 'bout a video??

    many blessings ~ tracy

  8. Once again....looks wonderful! Those lucky locals!

  9. Hi Cheri! I plan to come (yea!!) and may be bringing a friend too :-) Is there a fee for this class?

  10. Oh I wish I could come. My plate is so full right now with my youngest expecting a baby soon, helping my other daughter homeschool and anything else I can do, freezing tomato sauce which I should really can instead, and lookin for a job for money needs. Maybe somedayyyyyyyyyy. Blessings.

  11. I would love to see you turn your class into a dvd for those of us who live too far from you. You could package it with the book, maybe a sample bar of soap, and offer the molds as well. I have totally enjoyed the soapmaking dvd made by the West ladies, but I could use yours too!

  12. i was prepared to call and attend and bam, an unexpected "blessing" in disguise! do you have your book of soapmaking available yet?miss u!


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