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, September 26, 2021

ONLINE Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Celebrate National Soapmaking Day by learning to make cold process soap! 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, September 26, 2021

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

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

Celebrate National Soapmaking Day by making cold process soap! 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 or online.

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Lotion Making Science Class

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

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.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Water Substitution in Soapmaking

1:00-3:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Oktoberfest Edition: We will make soap cupcakes with canned pumpkin, beer, and milk! Learn the dangers and secret techniques of substituting other fluids for the water portion of cold and hot process soapmaking. Students learn how to safely replace water with beer, yogurt, fresh milk, fresh juices, puréed fruits or vegetables, herbal infusions, and hydrosols. Students receive beer soap and soap cupcakes made with goat milk and puréed pumpkin. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

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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Shrink Wrapping Soap

2:30-4:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Soap Business 335 is a soap wrapping class, in which students learn how to apply shrink wrap film to soap quickly and effectively so little or no film is wasted. This class covers the benefits of wrapping soap, which include protecting the soap from damage and preserving a sanitary bar of soap. Students learn which types of shrink film are biodegradable, which films allow scent to come through, which films are best for different types of soap (cold/hot process versus "melt and pour"), and which films are best for packaging bottles of liquid soap, lotion, or other cosmetics. Students are encouraged to bring a minimum of 4 bars of their own soap to shrink wrap in the class.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

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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Saturday, November 13, 2021

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, November 14, 2021

Soap Labeling and Marketing

12:00-3:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Learn the grizzly details of the new 2015 soap labeling laws and learn how to label your soaps to meet the labeling requirements of the 6 government agencies that regulate soap labels. Soap Business 330 is an intermediate business class that covers the federal and local regulations for labeling soap. Students learn to distinguish soap from cosmetics or drugs and their appropriate labeling laws. The class lecture includes the 2018 updates to Proposition 65 and the resulting new soap labeling requirements. This class also presents several inexpensive and effective marketing tips to promote the sale of handmade soap. Students are encouraged to bring a sample soap label for discussion and critique during the class. Attend in person.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Packaging and Shipping Soap Worldwide

1:00-3:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove 91945, San Diego, CA

Soap Business 340 presents students with information necessary to successfully ship soap domestically and internationally. Students learn how to package soap to prevent dents and damage, how to use biodegradable shipping materials, how to meet United States Customs requirements for shipping commodities internationally, the fastest shipping methods, and how to get discounted shipping rates, including discounts on US postage. Also, learn to ensure successful deliveries by verifying recipient addresses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. Students are invited to bring recipient address information and finished labeled bars of soap that are ready to be shipped, in order to correctly pack and secure the soap for shipping during the class. During the class, if time permits, students may purchase a shipping label and schedule a carrier pickup.

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Lip Balms and Intensive Oil Treatments

1:00-3:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Lip Balm Making Class focuses on simple lip balm making procedures for consistent and effective lip products, including lip tubes and balms in pot style jars. Techniques include how to create a twist tube of lip balm without problematic "sinkholes." Lecture information includes vegan alternatives to bees wax, natural ingredients to make a shiny lip gloss, and oil phase vitamins and nutrients for lips and skin. Material relates to other tube products, such as solid lotion sticks for softening stretch marks, elbows, and heels and solid menthol rub sticks. Students take home lip balm and intensive oil treatment sticks made in class. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, January 9, 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, January 16, 2022

Forming a Legal Business Entity to Sell Soap and Cosmetics

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

This class focuses on the applications, fees, licenses, and permits required to form a legal business entity. Students also learn how to calculate costs, set prices for handmade products, and determine profit. Discussion includes suggestions for staying motivated, creative, and competitive within the handmade products industry. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, January 30, 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.

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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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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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