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Making Milk Soaps Workshop

Making Milk Soaps Workshop
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One Day Workshop: Making Milk Soaps

We also offer this class privately, customized to your needs. Let us help you accelerate your progress! Take a look at our VIP Full and Half Day One-on-One consultation opportunities. in person or virtual.

This one day Making Milk Soaps Workshop is geared to the soap maker who has had some experience making cold process soap on a regular basis but who has little or no experience incorporating milk into the the mix.

This new component adds a variety of new or enhanced characteristics to any soap produced. However, the use of milk requires special handling which must be learned by doing.

This workshop addresses the major requirements to get the relatively new or seasoned soap maker off and running in the production of milk enhanced soaps, while providing a quick review of cold-process soap making and related safety procedures.

We teach the Cold Process of soap making which is the old-fashioned process that combines sodium hydroxide with fats and oils, and creates a soap that cleans with kindness due to the glycerine created and retained in the soap.

Please Note:

(1) We do not teach ‘melt and pour’ glycerine soapcrafting or hot process soap in this workshop and

(2) Do not sign up for this class unless you have previous experience with cold process soap making. We offer one day and three day introductions to soap making classes if you are just starting out, and would be happy to help you.

The workshop fee includes

• class lecture, demonstration & production time from 9:30am through 4:30pm

• lunch, beverages and snacks

• all supplies and materials needed for class (oils, butters, milks, lye, fragrances, safety goggles, gloves, ice, aprons, and soap mold to take your soap home) and

• Workshop Workbook including classroom lecture notes, helpful online resources, and recommended soap making suppliers.

A tour of Soap Shed production areas, soap molds, drying racks, cutting, packaging, retail customer shop, and shipping areas will be provided.

Workshop Topics and Schedule

This session will review the basics of cold process soap making while introducing the new challenges of incorporating milks. The facilitators will demonstrate how to safely make a batch of milk soap by covering:

• Review of Basic Soap Chemistry

• Review of Safety Precautions working with Lye (sodium hydroxide)

• Introduction to the qualities added to soap by the addition of milk

• What milks to use and why: powdered, evaporated, frozen, and fresh

• Procedures for handling milks and dealing with new twists their presence adds

• Demonstration of incorporating milks into the production process

• New twists to Measuring, Mixing and Monitoring Temperatures

• The addition of exotic oils, butters, and botanicals

• Essential Oils, Fragrances and Blending

• Soap Molds, Liners and other Necessary Equipment

• Drying, curing and storing your soap

Following a short lunch break, you will make your own batch of soap incorporating milk.

You will execute a 3-4 oil formula for class consistency of this batch. Which of several milk formulas you choose is up to you. Each student’s execution will provide learning opportunities for the other members of the class.

Trouble shooting and problem solving often provide unique surprises during this phase. Each student batch will be poured into molds for taking home.

A Soap Shed tour will introduce you to the processing phases, where we evaluate soap to determine its readiness for cutting, and demonstrate how to use a variety of soap molds, log splitters and different size bar cutters.

We’ll show you our current drying rack rooms (as well as different methods when our business was smaller) and explain our curing process.

The ‘classroom’ part of our one day workshop is over about 4:30 pm

We also offer this class privately, customized to your needs. Let us help you accelerate your progress! Email us for details at info at soapshed.com

Supplies and Materials

We will provide all Supplies and Materials you need for the workshops, including safety goggles, gloves, aprons and molds. Please wear old clothes so if you splatter olive oil or butters on them, you won’t be heartbroken. Long sleeves, full length pants and closed toed shoes protect your skin best so please wear them.

Each participant will receive a notebook with written material on each topic we cover, along with supplier information and recipes to get you started.

After receiving safety instructions and guidance about the protective gear you should always wear (safety goggles, etc), you must sign a Liability Waiver for us before being allowed around ‘lye’ and the production area.

And if you don't understand why a liability waiver is needed when visitors are allowed around sodium hydroxide or lye, well, that's one of the reasons you need this workshop before you make soap on your own!

Workshop Dates

Available dates are listed below for you to select from. If you select a workshop that states 'Waiting List Only' you will be added to the waiting list for the workshop scheduled for that date, and contacted if anyone drops out.

Workshop Timeframes

All Day: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at The Soap Shed, Spruce Pine, North Carolina

About The Facilitators

Tim Tyndall started making cold process soap in 1998, and is a science professor by education and training, having been a science teacher and college administrator for 30 years in chemistry, biology, botany and health sciences. 'Dr.T' has been teaching handmade soapmaking weekend classes and week long classes at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC for over ten years.

Karen Wylie created The Soap Shed to sell soap wholesale, consignment, at craft shows, retail shop, and from the soapshed.com website. She also coordinates production, quality control and packaging.

In response to requests for soapmaking demonstrations, The Soap Shed opened its doors to the public in 2000. During the Blue Ridge mountain tourist season (May-October), visitors can see soap made and select from 150 varieties in their retail shop.

Prior to creating The Soap Shed, Tim & Karen were business educators and consultants to clients in the furniture & textile industries. When these industries literally left the USA in the mid 1990s, Tim and Karen reinvented their lives and livelihood by creating The Soap Shed at midlife, at ages 52 & 40, respectively.

Their unusual backgrounds - combined with their first hand experience in creating and running a handmade soap business for 16 years - provide Tim and Karen with unique perspectives on making and selling handmade soap.

How To Register

Register for this Workshop by putting it in your shopping cart and checking out. You may also pay by check or money order in the amount of $165.00 and mailing it to The Soap Shed, 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

We prefer no more than six participants in each workshop, and need at least three participants for each workshop to be a ‘GO’. Please feel free to contact us at 877-404-SOAP with any questions you have. And please read our cancellation policy below before signing up.

Cancellation Policy

Our workshops are planned for small groups of 4-6 participants, and often require us to turn away additional participants when the workshops fill.

Should you need to cancel your attendance - for any reason - please let us know as soon as possible. If we can fill your space prior to 7 days before the workshop, you will receive a refund of your payment minus a $45 non-refundable deposit. If we cannot fill your space at that point, you will receive half of your original payment in the form of a refund check.

If you give us less than 7 days notice or just don’t show up for the workshop(s), no refund or credit will be given. You are welcome to send someone else in your place if you cannot attend yourself.

Where To Stay

A list of private and chain hotels and motels within 20 miles of The Soap Shed will be provided when you register. Asheville and Boone are great towns to stay in, but they are an hour's drive from Spruce Pine.

How to Get to Spruce Pine, North Carolina

We are located in Northwestern North Carolina, tucked up close to the Tennessee state line. We are one hour east of Asheville, one hour south of Boone, 2 hours north of Greenville-Spartanburg SC, and 2 hours northwest of Charlotte.

For anyone flying in, Charlotte-Douglas Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport are larger airports than Asheville, but the Asheville Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes drive from here. Because of the distance, we regret we are unable to offer airport transportation assistance. Car rental from Asheville is usually far less expensive than limousine.

Next class available: Spring 2015

 
Price: $145.00
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This soap is made from scratch, cut and packaged by hand.

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