20.4.09

Soap Making Students Make Two Perfect Batches, Lots of Laughs and New Friends

It smelled fantastic at Back Porch Soap Company this weekend! Saturday's cold process soap making class turned out two beautiful batches of soap.

We covered the safety precautions of soap making, additives, essential and fragrance oils, how to determine why a batch failed, molds, cutting, curing, packaging and pricing your final product.


Some of the students were just curious to learn the soap making process firsthand. Others have decided to make soap as a hobby, and at least one student has started her own business. Two of the ladies in my class (Ann in the middle and Teri on the far right) are returning students - they both took the glycerin soap making class.

Three students (mother and daughters), Diane, Taryn and Arianne drove down from New Hampshire to take the class. Jennifer (whom I met on Facebook!) and her sister Melissa (who was celebrating her birthday) also joined us. Vanessa, Tasha and Teri all came from Boston, while Ann came from Braintree.

This weekend's class of nine students divided up into two teams to make two batches that they would all share at the end of the day.

Students took turns stirring this batch of lemongrass and oatmeal soap. Both teams matched their lye/water and oil temperatures perfectly and reached trace within five minutes! The other team made a delicious batch of Bulgarian lavender soap.


Here the students learned how to recognize "trace", and are stirring in lemongrass essential oil and ground oatmeal with an electric stick blender.
This is a completely hands-on class!

Interested in learning how to make cold process soap? Our next cold process soap making class is May 23, in our Duxbury, Massachusetts studio. We are just 35 minutes south of Boston, and only 50 minutes from Providence, RI.

Visiting from out of state? I will gladly assist you with travel plans, including accommodations and local areas of interest. With Plymouth Rock and Plimoth Plantation only 20 minutes away, this is a perfect family destination!

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Do you or your group want to learn how to make soap, bath and body products or how to launch your own bath and body business? I am currently booking into June 2009. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ideal for those looking for Maine Soap Making Classes, New Hampshire Soap Making Classes, Vermont Soap Making Classes, Rhode Island Soap Making Classes, Connecticut Soap Making Classes, New York Soap Making Classes, New York City Soap Making Classes

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