Soapmaking 101

Soapmaking 101

Class Number | CED.1063.M01

Section | 63438

Class Details

Date & Time

Tuesday, December 15



$75/ per person


Mt. Pleasant Campus | CLAB 313

Class Description

Have you ever wanted to learn how to craft your own soap at home but didn't know where to start? Now is your chance! This class is a great introduction to the world of soapmaking.

In this hands-on workshop you will be given a brief history of soap, safety tips and practices, how to properly handle sodium hydroxide, how to use a lye calculator, the basic chemical process of soap, how to customizing soap, and what to do with your soap after it saponifies (chemically changes into soap).

Each student will create and take home two pounds of handmade soap.

Soap Making Kit: $70*

Soap Making Kit includes:
• Wooden soap mold
• Kitchen scale
• Stick blender
• Spatula
• 1 - 5 quart mixing container with lid
• 2 - 2.5 quart mixing cup
• 1 - 1 pint mixing cup
• Goggles
• Gloves
NOTE: This kit is not required but participants will need to bring all supplies listed to the class
Participants must wear safety goggles, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and close toed shoes during this class.

NOTE: Because we work with basic chemistry (combining fats/oils with lye), this class is for adults (16 years of age and older) and is not recommended for younger children.


Diana Shepard from Diana’s Soap Garden

Hi there! My name is Diana Shepard, I am a wife, a mom, a baker, and soapmaker. Shortly after beginning my career as a baker I learned how to make my own soap. I had cut processed foods and unnecessary chemicals out of my diet, next I needed to do the same for my skin and hair. I made it for myself and my family for 2 or 3 years before I started getting requests to sell it. My small business was born! It was a bit of a surprise that my favorite hobby was helping pay the bills, and allowing me to spend more time with my husband and children. I have extensive experience with all natural soapmaking, as well as using different techniques to create 'pictures' in loaves of soap, and have formulated a recipe for almost everything you might want to make to pamper yourself with the best ingredients possible without breaking the bank. My career as a baker trainer has shown me that I have a love of sharing my experiences and knowledge with anyone who wants to learn.


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