A+ Soapmaking Studio

7301 Mount Vernon St
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Contact: Kerri Mixon
Phone: (619) 668-1435

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Website: https://www.SoapmakingStudio.com

Kerri Mixon is a professional cosmetic formulator, master soapmaker, and author in San Diego, California. She opened her first soap company, Pallas Athene Soap, in 1999 and joined the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild in 2003. Kerri teaches soap and cosmetic making classes throughout the United States and has regularly taught at the Soapmaking Studio in Lemon Grove since 2008. Honored and humbled by receiving a lifetime membership award from the Soap Guild in 2019, Kerri sought to give back to the soapmaking community. Early in 2020, Kerri Mixon officially registered the last Sunday in September, annually, as National Soapmaking Day. She is thankful for abundant creativity and health; her hobbies include gardening and fashion. A 16th-generation soapmaker now in her 50s, she revels at the opportunity to make impossible custom soap creations for clients and enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats and cockatoo.

Online Classes - Scheduled

Sunday, February 20, 2022

ONLINE Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Soapmaking 101 is a beginning soapmaking class to teach students to make soap by hand at home. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities without using a "lye calculator." The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Online students are mailed a bar of cold process soap made during the class. Attend in person or online.

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In-Person Classes

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Website Design and Internet Commerce

Noon-3:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Soap Business 350 is designed for both students who currently have confusing or low-performing websites and for students who do not have websites. In this understandable and thorough class, learn about domain names and hosting packages. Also, learn to create your own website for free, optimize keywords, rank high on search engines, and verify your website code is valid. Finally, setup PayPal payment buttons and start selling on the Internet. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Bath Bomb Class

Noon-4:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Learn how to create active treats for the tub. Students learn the secrets of making exceptional bath bombs, bath fizzy tablets, and bath salts. While most easy recipes include the simple process of creating bath fizzies using fats as a sealer to prevent reaction to air, this Bath Bomb Class includes the advanced techniques necessary to create bath fizzies without oils, so they won't leave a dangerously greasy bathtub the way oils do. In order to formulate and make no fail bath bombs, this new course includes an explanation of the chemistry of the bath bomb reaction occurring between the starting reactants and the chemistry of the products yielded from the reaction. Also, learn to make greywater-safe bath bombs without oil or sodium-based salts, which can kill plants when introduced into greywater systems. Students take home bath treats made in class. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Lotion Making Science Class

Noon-4:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Celebrate Valentine's Day by making lotion! In this beginning Lotion Making Science class, take a scientific hands-on approach to learning different methods and techniques for making lotion. Students learn to make small, test batches of lotion and how to increase the recipe to make larger batches. Gain confidence by learning how a batch of lotion that has separated or gone wrong can always be salvaged. Understand the importance of emulsifiers and emulsification systems: what they are and how they work. Perform scientific test experiments to prove whether or not common lotion ingredients (such as lecithin, polysorbate, and stearic acid) act as emulsifiers. In this Lotion Making Science class, students compare 4 different emulsifiers in performance challenges to determine which emulsifiers cause soaping (white streaks during application), which emulsifiers are better for the face (non-comedogenic), which emulsifiers are water miscible (and better for use in hair conditioner), and which emulsifiers are considered natural ingredients (and widely accepted by modern consumers). This class also briefly covers labeling requirements, preservatives, and professional lab testing. Students receive 4 different lotions to take home. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Noon-4:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Learn to make soap with no cure time! Soapmaking 101 is a beginning soapmaking class to teach students to make soap by hand at home. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities without using a "lye calculator." The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Students make cold process soap during the class session and take home a bar. Attend in person.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Hot Process Soapmaking Class

11:00am-1:30pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Spend the morning getting nice and soapy making hot process soap in Soapmaking 105 Intermediate Hot Process Soapmaking. Learn how to widen your product base by including hot process soap and learn the specific conditions under which hot process is the preferred method over cold process soapmaking. Students learn how to safely add honey (or other sugars) to soap without creating the dangerous carbon monoxide that is always produced when sodium hydroxide reacts with sugar. Students take home a bar of hot process soap made in class. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Serum Making Class

Noon-4:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Learn to make oil-free, concentrated facial serums containing vitamins and active ingredients. In Serum Making Class, learn about the different vitamins and active ingredients used to improve skin texture, minimize wrinkle lines, improve elasticity, treat acne, and even skin tone. Learn to use the Skin Deep online cosmetic database as a reference to determine public perception of the general safety of new ingredients. During the class, learn to make natural hand sanitizer gel and gel mascara with the same beneficial base ingredients. Students take home 2 products made in class. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Noon-4:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Learn to make soap with no cure time! Soapmaking 101 is a beginning soapmaking class to teach students to make soap by hand at home. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities without using a "lye calculator." The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Students make cold process soap during the class session and take home a bar. Attend in person.

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Product and Company Branding

Noon-2:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove 91945, San Diego, CA

Soap Business 325 is a branding business course for students who sell their handcrafted goods. Learn to add the finishing touches to complete your product image and elevate your overall company image. Help customers identify your products and your company by creating a unique and consistent persona across all media. Solid branding enhances consumer trust, increase sales, and improves customer loyalty. Whether you sell soap, cosmetics, candles, jewelry, pottery, or any other handmade item, Soap Business 325 class will help you improve your brand. Students are encouraged to bring product packaging and printed items (such as business cards or company paperwork) for discussion and critique during the class.

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Intermediate Gel Soapmaking

Noon-3:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Soapmaking 216 is an intermediate-level soapmaking class to teach students to make gel soap using the hot process soapmaking method. Gel soap is thicker than liquid soap and requires different ingredients to prevent a film or skin from forming on top of gel soap. Unlike liquid soap, which must be dispensed from a foam pump, gel soap is easily dispensed from any pump bottle. Gel soap may be used as shower gel, body wash, face soap, hand soap, or bubble bath. This class includes information on a simple FDA-approved ingredient for making antibacterial gel soap. Each student receives a bottle of gel soap made during the class. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Advanced Cold/Hot Processing

Noon-3:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

The goal of Soapmaking 210 (Advanced Cold/Hot Processing) is for students to learn how to formulate a truly great bar of cold or hot process soap through their choice of soapmaking base oils. In this information-packed class, learn which oils have similar fatty acid profiles and can be substituted for one another, what types of lather come from which soapmaking oils, how to correctly use antioxidants (such as ROE or vitamin E), how handmade soap differs from commercial soap chemically, and some basic soapmaking chemistry in the popular Soapmaking 210 class. Students receive educational bars of soap to take home. Attend in person or online.

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By Appointment

CERTIFIED SOAPMAKER TESTING for HSCG MEMBERS

- Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

The Soapmaking Studio is available as a certification exam proctor location for HSCG members who are able to come to San Diego, California. The Soapmaking Studio does NOT charge for this member service. Call the Soapmaking Studio to schedule an exam date and time: (619) 668-1435.
Regular business hours for certification exams:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am to 5 pm.
Saturdays: 9 am to 4 pm.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: CLOSED.

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Private Consultation with Kerri Mixon

- Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Schedule a private consultation session with 16th generation soapmaker Kerri Mixon. This well-known Master Soapmaker is available at your convenience. Receive advice and instruction in product formulation, product development and testing, quality control and shelf life, branding, labeling, marketing, and sales. Consultations in person, via phone, or online. Call for appointment: (619) 668-1435.

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