A+ Soapmaking Studio

7301 Mount Vernon St
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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

Email:

Website: http://www.SoapmakingStudio.com

Soapmaking supplies, soapmaking classes, cosmetics classes, business classes, and private consultations in San Diego, California.

Online Classes - Scheduled

Sunday, October 6, 2019

ONLINE Water Substitution in Soapmaking

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. Attend in person or online.

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In-Person Classes

Sunday, July 21, 2019

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 determine costs, set prices for handmade products, and determine profit. Discussion includes suggestions for staying motivated, creative, and competitive within the handmade products industry.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Soap Labeling and Marketing

1:00-4:00 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 5 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 or online.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Soap from Ashes

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

Learn to make old-fashioned soap made without lye. Soap from Ashes is a complete lecture with detailed instructions and photographs for making soap from plant ashes. This presentation includes information on how to extract the naturally-caustic solution from any type of plant ashes (combusted hardwood, softwood, grasses, or leaves) and how to concentrate the solution for maximum effectiveness. Learn how to collect and filter rain water, how to render and prepare animal fats for soapmaking, how to test the soap for harshness, how to adjust the soap for gentleness, and how to cook the soap over a wood fire—all without using electricity, for a true pioneer experience.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

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

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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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Coloring and Scenting Soap

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

Soapmaking 220 is an intermediate to advanced soapmaking class that covers the different types of colorants and scent materials for use in making soap, their manufacture and extraction methods, their effectiveness, and the strengths at which they should be used in cold process soap, hot process soap, and melt and pour soap. Students are taught how to color and scent soap safely and effectively, how to determine if too much colorant has been used in a bar of soap, and the possible dangers of over-coloring soap. Lab includes swirling two colors into cold process soap and extracting essential oils from plants by using a steam distillation unit. Students are also taught to easily extract essential oils and hydrosols from plants through an alternative method using a large stock pot. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Lotion Making Science

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 four (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 four (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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