What's in your soap?
Does store-bought soap make you itch or sneeze? Does it dry out your skin? Do you have a bottle of lotion sitting next to your sink? Do you want to reduce the amount of chemicals in your life? Do you want to save money while using natural products?
Learning to make your own soap can solve all of those challenges for you! I started making my own soap in 2003 because there was only one unscented soap that I could use from the health food store. Everything else made me itch and sneeze. At that point, I was also on a mission to remove as many toxins as possible from my home because I didn't want my children to grow up as sick as I had been as a child. However, being a stay-at-home mom, we were on a strict budget, so I couldn't buy all of the expensive products at the health food store. So, I learned to make my own all-natural products, including soap.
Although it might sound daunting and scary, you can learn to make soap, and I can help. I've been teaching soapmaking classes for more than a decade. Not only have I made a few mistakes, which I will share with you, but I've also heard about mistakes made by students, so I can share those with you too. (There's no reason you need to make the same mistakes -- especially like the woman who blew up her microwave!)
Here's what you'll learn ...
- You'll see the entire soapmaking process from begininng to end
- Learn to make your own free or inexpensive soap molds
- Discover the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils
- Learn how to avoid having your soap seize
- Save money when buying essential oils to naturally scent your soaps
- Learn how to create your own soap recipes, choosing oils specific for your goals
And if you want to sell your soap, you'll also learn ...
- How to slice your soap so that each bar is the same size -- without spending $300 on a soap slicer
- How to label your soap so that the FDA doesn't get mad at you
- How to package your soap based upon your sales goals
- And how to figure out who your customer is, so you can make soap they want to buy
The difference between this class and a book or a YouTube video is that all of the steps are laid out for you from start to finish. You won't have to waste time searching online to get each question answered. Once you start making soap -- or even before you've started to buy your supplies -- you can ask questions, which will be answered by someone experienced in not only soapmaking, but also teaching soapmaking, including via the Internet. Making a batch of soap is one of the requirements for my Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably class that I teach online through the University of Massachusetts, so I'm accustomed to troubleshooting soapmaking challenges via discussion boards.
Want more personal assistance? You can upgrade your class to include 30 minutes on Skype or Facetime. Although I'm confident everyone can learn to make soap through this class, you might want to discuss the realities of starting a soapmaking business, or you might want me to see how a batch of soap turned out. Although I can't be available for emergency calls when you're in the midst of making a batch of soap, I can help with a post-mortem of a batch gone bad. Or maybe you just want the security of knowing that you have someone to talk to (rather than posting in the discussion area) whenever some type of challenge or question comes up. By taking advantage of the upgrade, you save 50% off the regular price of a consultation.
In 2002, Deborah and her family moved to 32 aces on a creek in the middle of nowhere to grow their own food organically. With the help of goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, they produce 100% of their meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as a large percentage of their vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Deborah is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally, as well as her latest book, Goats Giving Birth. She also teaches sustainable agriculture courses online for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has been teaching Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably since 2013 and Pastured Poultry since 2015.