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Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way

Soap - so simple, yet so misunderstood. Have you ever pondered the ingredients contained in a typical bar of soap? Petroleum distillates, sulfates, and many other unpronounceable additives. Whatever happened to that good ol’ fashioned soap that Grandma made? Using the same ingredients Grandma used, animal fat and lye, learn how to make gentle, natural soaps, and explore the history and science of this cleanser. You'll leave with at least two varieties of handmade soap, information and resources, and plenty of experience to make soap at home.


New! Sat, Jan 21, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 12/10/16)

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$55.00 per student (Regular rate)
$45.00 per student (Early-bird rate)



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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. old clothing
  2. latex/rubber gloves
  3. chemical safety glasses (that seal completely around the eyes)
  4. dust mask
  5. two "shoe" boxes for carrying your soap home
  6. towel or small blanket to wrap around the "carrying" boxes for insulation. It is very important to insulate the boxes for 24 hours after making the soap.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Jeanne Wright

Jeanne believes that hands are a glimpse into a person's life story. Her grandparents' strong thick fingers supported their farming life. Inspired by those around her that create with their hands, Jeanne has kept hers busy, too. She has built her own timber frame house and sauna (with her trusty husband), stocks the root cellar with garden produce, renders bear fat for soapmaking, and wields a hammer to build toys with her daughter. From wood working to fiber arts, beekeeping to mosaics, her hands are beginning to show her life's work. Grandpa would be proud.

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Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way

Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way

Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way