Members of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry like to get together to talk shop,
network and learn new soap and cosmetic making techniques. Soapmaking groups
around the country and the world often have "gatherings" of various kinds. Those that have been
submitted to the HSCG are listed below. NOTE: This list does not include classes held by HSCG Teachers, which can be found on
our Find Classes page.
If you know of an event that is not on the list, please submit the event so we can add it to this events list.
This luncheon is open to all soapmakers and makers of personal care products, whether professional or novice, whether cold/hot process method or "melt and pour." The Soap Makers' Luncheon is open to the public and attendance is free, just pay for anything you order from the menu. Our friendly soap meetup group is casual and provides a means of networking with local soapy artisans. Attend this creative handmade soaps and DIY bodycare meetup group luncheon at any level: Professional soapmaker, hobbyist soaper, or beginning crafter. The soap lunch venue is Marie Callender's restaurant on Alvarado Road in San Diego from 2:00-4:00 pm.
Marie Callender's Restaurant
6950 Alvarado Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
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The last Sunday in September is National Soapmaking Day! Unleash your inner chemist on National Soapmaking Day!
National Soapmaking Day gives people an opportunity to come together and experience the joy of soapmaking. Anytime people gather enthusiastically to work on a project together, it is magical! National Soapmaking Day encourages the production of handmade soap, which is biodegradable and free of detergents, so it is a green activity that is good for the planet. Additionally, National Soapmaking Day may encourage people to learn a new craft, create a commodity by hand, and possibly sell it to become self-sufficient or increase income.
History of National Soapmaking Day:
First celebated at the Soapmaking Studio in 2017, National Soapmaking Day was registered by Kerri Mixon, the Master Soapmaker at Pallas Athene Soap, who is a 16th generation soapmaker and soapmaking instructor. Her favorite time of year to make soap is just after the Autumnal Equinox, at the first signs of cooler weather approaching. An enthusiastic quote from an interview with Kerri Mixon follows.
"Over the last 12 years, I've taught more than 5,000 people across the US to make soap. Anyone can make soap. When someone learns to make soap, they usually keep making soap—it is an enduring hobby. It would be a fantastic event for people to all make soap or learn to make soap on the same day each year. Thousands of people around the world make soap. Hundreds of specialty distributors are dedicated to selling specialty soapmaking supplies. We all deserve the opportunity and personal enrichment that comes from participating in National Soapmaking Day."
How to Celebrate National Soapmaking Day:
Spend the Sunday creating your own handmade soap to celebrate National Soapmaking Day. One way to make soap is from scratch by using sodium hydroxide and melted fats or oils. Another simpler method is to purchase a pre-made "melt and pour" soap base. Whether you're making soap to share for Christmas, to sell at an autumn craft fair, or to use on Global Handwashing Day (on October 15th), this is the perfect day to learn a new hobby and honor the early pioneers who regularly made their own soap.
Activities for Newbies Celebrating National Soapmaking Day:
1. Learn how soap was made historically.
2. Learn how modern soap is made.
3. Make melt and pour soap.
4. Make re-batched soap from existing bars.
5. Make cold process soap.
6. Teach a soapmaking class.
7. Have a soapmaking party.
8. Use hashtag #NationalSoapmakingDay in social media.
Challenges for More Experienced Soapmakers on National Soapmaking Day:
1. Push yourself to create a first-ever soap by using new colors or advanced decorative techniques.
2. Volunteer to host a soapmaking demonstration for a group of your fiends.
3. Invite a soapmaking friend to a fun soap-off challenge to see who can make a better soap or more soap.
4. Make a batch of soap to donate to a non-profit organization in need of soap, such as a women's shelter.
5. Use hashtag #NationalSoapmakingDay in social media.
The Soapmaking Studio always celebrates National Soapmaking Day by offering a beginning level soapmaking class. This year, on Sunday, September, 27, 2020, the Soapmaking Studio will host the Soapmaking 101, Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking, class to help others experience the joy of making soap.
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