Introduction to Hot Process Soapmaking


Learn how to make natural, hot process soap from scratch. This class will teach you the fundamentals of making natural soap at home, and how to safely work with sodium hydroxide (also known as lye.) Note: Due to the nature of working with lye, this class is age restricted to those 16 years old and older.

Topics Include:

• Overview of Hot Process Soap
• Benefits of HP soap
• Soapmaking terms
• Descriptions of various oils and their benefits
• Hot to work safely with lye & test pH levels
• Scenting and coloring
• Equipment and supplies needed
• Recipes for making Hot Process soap

This is a demonstration style class, where you will observe the instructor go through all the steps of creating a batch of hot process soap. Safety equipment will be provided (safety goggles & rubber gloves), but please wear long sleeved shirts, pants, and closed toe shoes—no shorts, sandals, flip-flops, etc.

You’ll leave the class with a tutorial with thorough information to make hot process soap on your own at home, and additional recipes to use.

This beginning class does not cover advanced coloring techniques like swirling or layering, but is available in our Advanced Soap Making class. See the Advanced Soap Making class listing for more details.

(The Handmade Academy is located in the back of the Delores Apartment building through the alley entrance. You can enter the alley either on the west side from Rainier Ave South, or the east from 39th Ave S. Access from the front of the building is closed off, so be sure to use the alley to get to the studio entrance.)

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No Refunds: All payments are non-refundable unless a class is canceled by the Handmade Academy. If you cannot attend a class you have signed up for, please select one of the options listed below.

Reschedule: If notified with at least seven days notice, you have the option to move your registration to a later class. There is $15 administration fee for this option due when scheduling is changed.

Half credit for future class: If notified less than seven days, but more than 48 before class you are eligible for a half credit of your class fee to use toward a future class. You cannot be refunded the half credit.

There are no refunds or credits for no-shows. If you sign up for a class, and fail to make it for any reason whatsoever, the class fee will not be refunded. Half credit will not be provided for future classes.

Class cancellations: If class registration is below five students for any class the teacher has the option to cancel the class with a minimum of five days before the class is scheduled. If a class is canceled you will be contacted at the phone number or email you provided when you registered for class. You will have a choice of receiving a refund, or receiving credit for a later class.

The Handmade Academy

The Handmade Academy provides classes on making all-natural soaps, lotions, body butters, lip balms and so much more. For hobbyist or entrepreneurs, our classes will give you the training you need in a fun, and positive environment.

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