All-Natural Cold Process Soap Course: the basics
This beginners course is designed to give you all the tools you need to make your first successful batch of cold process soap!
Cold process soap making uses sodium hydroxide (lye), combined with water and oils to form soap. If you are new to making soap from scratch, or are intimidated about working with caustic lye, you’re in the right place.
This course is designed for DIY and zero waste folks who want a simple bar of soap for use within the home. This course is also foundational for folks that are interested in moving on to part 2 (see part II – intermediate soap skills below).
NOTE: this course does not include any soap making supplies. We will provide a full supply list and links to all supplies needed to make soap, but these items will have to be purchased separately before you can make your first batch of soap. Turn around time for ordering supplies online is usually around 2 weeks. See lesson 1.1 for full supply lists and estimated cost.
- Key soap vocabulary.
- A comprehensive supplies list for soap making success.
- The history of soap making.
- How to determine the proper measurements of your ingredients using online tools.
- Best oils and butters for desirable soap qualities.
- A step-by-step video guiding you to make your first soap batch. The provided recipe can be used for a lifetime of successful soap making.
- The soap curing process
- Troubleshooting guide for when things go wrong – practice makes perfect!
This course is a multi-media smörgåsbord of pre-recorded videos, slides, and text, that allow you to set your own pace.
Once you have a handle on the basics, join us for part 2 of this All Natural Cold Process Soap Course. Here we will explore the chemistry of soap making, how to determine saponification values using some simple math, take a closer look at raw ingredient profiles, add organic texture, scent, and color to your bars, and have longer conversation on all-natural preservatives.
- Lectures 13
- Quizzes 0
- Skill level Beginner
- Language English
- Students 79
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes
Definitions, supply list & soap through time
ALL-NATURAL SOAP INGREDIENTS
Meet the ingredients we'll be using in your soap recipe
RECIPE REVIEW & SUPERFATTING
Conversions, The Recipe, and other important soap know-how
LETS MAKE SOAP!
plus step by step written directions
CURING YOUR SOAP & TROUBLESHOOTING
The home stretch! Hello soap maker <3
Excellent Resources and Content
Colleen - thank you for putting together is wonderful course. I had a basic understanding of soap making. The content was cohesive and practical. I will be keeping an eye out for more courses you are offering!
Cold process soap class excellence
This class is a fabulous foundation for understanding the process of soap making. I felt so supported and the education is so clear and very well put together. I highly recommend Colleen as an educator. She is so thorough and witty and makes learning easy and fun. I felt so confident in my soap making abilities that I made 4 batches in one week! I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg and that the possibilities this class has opened up are endless.