Basic Soap-Making Class


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  • 11/21/21- I am currently under construction in my home workshop. I'm hoping to get back to teaching soap classes in the new year! Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about soap class. 

    Learn basic soap making in my home workshop!
    Imagine formulating your own, natural soap, made from the skin-loving oils of your own choosing. 

    My workshop is located in Medford, New York. Take my soap class and learn how, without spending tons of time researching, followed by spending plenty of cash on trial and error.

    With nine years of experience, I've already done all that, and I'll be by your side, showing you how, step by step.

    This small, 4-student class is designed to provide plenty of personal attention. Together we'll unpack everything you need to know about the cold-process method of soapmaking, so you feel comfortable trying out your new skill at home.

    As an added bonus, soap students will enjoy 20% off anything in the soap shop on the day of class!

  • A shoe box (or similar) + two-three dish towels.
    You'll be going home with thick, but wet soap batter in the mold and the towels help stabilize the mold within the box, while keeping the batter warm.

    A lap top is helpful when we learn how to use the online lye calculator, but it's not necessary.

    I'll provide safety goggles and latex gloves in sizes medium and large. I also keep medium vinyl gloves on hand, but if you'd prefer to bring your own, feel free to do so. 
  • Hands on learning in a small, friendly environment. 

    I provide all soap-making tools and materials. You'll be taking home your own soap loaf (it makes 6 bars) and the 19 oz soap mold.  

    I'll teach you how to use a free online lye calculator, so you can formulate your own soap recipes at home.

    If desired, you'll choose a scent, and a color. Or, you can choose to keep your soap all natural and fragrance free.

    You'll also receive a folder filled with information on lye safety, soap-making history, properties of oils & fats, trouble-shooting tips, curing & storage information, basic supplies needed, buying sites and more.

    When you purchase a class, you'll receive an email with all the information you'll need. PLEASE make sure to check off the box that allows me to send you emails! After you receive your first email, you can always hit that reply button if you have questions for me. 
  • Your payment is your registration and is non-refundable.
    I am unable to hold spots without prepayment. In an effort to give the personal attention I think soap-making calls for, I prefer to keep the classes very small. 

    By purchasing a class, you are saying that you have read this entire page, including the refund policies below. I am located in Medford New York.
    The class will take place in my home soap studio, and shortly after your purchase, you'll receive an email with more details. 

    MINIMUM AGE: This basic soap making class uses caustic lye and is designed for adults, over the age of 16. If you feel your teen is mature enough to attend a class (with or without you) please discuss it with me before purchasing. 

    WHAT NOT TO BRING: Please don't show up with additional people. This includes spouses, friends, or small children. I have a small studio and we'll be working with lye. Unexpected guests pose a safety hazard. 

    REFUND POLICY: All payments are non-refundable.
    If you need to cancel or change your class date, kindly give 24-hour notice. 

    I understand that sometimes life happens, and will offer class credit as long as sufficient notice is given. No-Call/No-Shows will NOT be refunded, nor will class credit be given.

    A tremendous amount of time and effort goes into to bringing you the most informative class possible, so please be considerate.

    MY RIGHT TO CANCEL: In the case where enrollment is below the studio minimum of 2 students, the teacher has the right to cancel on the Thursday prior to the class. If a class is cancelled you will be contacted using the phone number and/or e-mail address that you provided upon purchase.

    You'll either choose another date for class, or keep the credit on file for the future. The credit never expires. I also maintain the right to cancel any person(s) due to abusive behavior. All this being said, I rarely need to cancel a class! It's usually a very enjoyable Saturday :)

    INCLEMENT WEATHER: If a class is cancelled due to snow, you will choose another date that works for you.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Awesome soap making class

I have always been fascinated with making homemade products. I love cooking and sewing and crafting. I was a little afraid of soap making since it can be dangerous because you are using lye which can be very toxic. But Valerie's class was so easy going and relaxed that all those fears were gone the minute she started talking to me. She is very informative and easy to talk to and also a great teacher and gave a personal touch to her class. I can't wait to share my beautiful soap with friends and family. I will definitely will recommend her class. Thanks again Valerie :-)

Soap making class

Had a wonderful experience learning how to make hand made soap. Valerie is an absolute wonderful teacher! She shares so much soap making information. She is welcoming and makes you feel at ease. She shares so much soap making information. You not only leave with the beautiful soap you created, but also a folder of soap making information.

Soap making

What a great class gives you a healthy respect for the craft, Valerie is a very knowledgeable and giving teacher enjoyed myself would do class again

The Best Class I’ve Ever Taken

I took this class in the spring and have to say, this was the most incredible class I’ve ever taken. Valerie was thorough and informative of not just what to do but why you have to do it that way. She is incredibly talented, kind and patient. Her workshop is clean and well organized. You will not be disappointed and will walk out with a life skill that most have never dreamed of. I try to make soaps once a week and my friends and family benefit from my soap making skills. Book the class today, you won’t regret it!