What you'll do
Making soap is an experience that feels like you're in a cooking show/chemistry lab. First, we gear up with safety equipment, such as gloves, goggles, and long sleeve shirts. The reason we need to wear protection is because soap contains an ingredient called lye, and it is caustic for a few days before the oils deactivate it. Even once the lye is deactivated it takes about 2-3 weeks for the soap to cure, if you use it before this curing period the soap can make your skin dry. No one likes skin drying soap! After we have our safety gear on its time to melt the oils and mix water with lye. These three ingredients are what soap is made out of, talk about a short ingredient list! We need to wait for the water and lye solution to cool to about the same temperature as the oils. As we wait we can plan what we want the soap to look like. After that, we mix the lye water and oils and the real fun begins! We add the fragrances, colors, and finally pour in the mold. Guests will be able to take home a pre-made soap bar of their choosing, or I can ship the soap they made the next day for the extra cost of shipping and handling. I also include an info sheet of soaps history and impact.
Since childhood, my mom owned a soap making book filled with beautiful and practical soap recipes. Finally, about 5 years ago she bought all the supplies needed to give soap making a go. After our first batch, we became obsessed! We made soaps regularly and sold bars every now and then if people were interested. But most of them stayed with family and friends as gifts. Now I make soap away from home to feel more at home, and to spread my love for creativity and self care.
Coffee and tea is available
Gloves, goggles, all soap making equipment, and a bar of pre-made soap is included.
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Where you'll be
During this experience guest will be in my cozy home, while we make soap in my kitchen. I encourage guest to enjoy the outdoor deck near our kitchen, and make themselves at home in our living room.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Guest should be comfortable handling a dangerous chemical while wearing protective gear.
We have a friendly dog named Eli, who loves company but barks when he hears someone at the door. We also have a kitty who roams around. We can have them stay with friends if you have allergies.
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