A+ Soapmaking Studio

7301 Mount Vernon St
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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

Email:

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, June 27, 2021

Mask Making Class

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

Learn how to formulate effective spa-quality facial treatment masks. In this Mask Making Class, learn the importance of natural chemical exfoliators. Understand how alpha and beta hydroxy acids naturally exfoliate skin without scratching and learn why exfoliation is essential for minimizing wrinkles and pigmentation. The lecture includes a complete review of the function of healthy skin and what to expect from masks containing clays or fruit acids. Also learn how to preserve, package, and label mask products for resale. During the lab portion of the class, students make 3 different masks containing clay and spirulina, puréed pumpkin and natural fruit acids, and collagen peptides with niacinamide to take home. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, July 11, 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 or online.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Intermediate Gel Soapmaking

1:00-4:00 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, July 25, 2021

Aromatherapy Natural Perfume

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

In Aromatherapy Natural Perfume Class, learn the basics of aromatherapy and natural perfumery. Unveil the secrets of blending essential oils by using scent categories and fragrance notes. Design custom fragrances from essential oils aromatherapeutically created to inspire specific emotions and memory triggers. Learn the different techniques for blending perfumes in a bases of natural grain alcohol, in a base of jojoba oil, and in a base of cyclomethicone. Create your own natural perfumes in the class and take them home. Attend in person.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class

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

Shampoo soap bars and synthetic detergent shampoos have different effects on hair. In Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars Class, learn which ingredients are commonly added to cold process soap to make shampoo bars. Understand the chemical and physical effects of natural and synthetic shampoos, how the effects vary by ethnic hair structure, and the added benefits of using a conditioner. This presentation focuses on hard scientific facts, not subjective perspectives or opinions. After the scientific comparison lecture, watch as both a shampoo bar recipe and a conditioner bar recipe are formulated and made. Students take home handouts with the recipes, a shampoo bar, and a conditioner bar. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

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, August 29, 2021

Advanced Cold/Hot Processing

10:30 a-2:00 p - 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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Soap Salvage through Rebatching

3:00-5:00 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

In the afternoon, learn to create beautiful, new bars of soap by rebatching old scraps and failed batches. Safely learn to neutralize lye-heavy soap or introduce additional lye to oily soap. View a soap rebatching demonstration and learn to improve soap through rebatching and the addition of fresh organic juices, vitamins, and antioxidants. Each student receives a bar of hot process soap rebatched during the class. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Liquid Soapmaking

1:00-4:30 pm - Soapmaking Studio, 7301 Mount Vernon St, Lemon Grove, 91945, San Diego, CA

Soapmaking 215 is an intermediate-level liquid soapmaking class designed to teach students to safely make liquid soap at home. This class covers the various difficulties faced by home soapmakers who strive to make a truly clear liquid soap. Specific class topics include safety, formulating soap recipes with potassium hydroxide, the importance of preservative systems, and the different choices of soapmaking oils, fragrance materials, and colorants. Liquid soap is made in the class. Each student receives a 2-ounce bottle of handmade liquid soap. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Soap from Ashes

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

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. Attend in person or online.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Melt and Pour Photo Soap

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

This pre-National Soapmaking Day Soapmaking 100 is a melt and pour soapmaking class to teach students to make bars of soap embellished with personal photos. Detergent-free melt and pour soap base allows crafters to make a truly natural soap with endless sales possibilities, when adorned with a personal photograph. Learn to create stunning, personalized gift soaps with images of wedding parties, newborn babies, or company logos. Students must email a photograph in JPG or GIF format that is at least 4 inches square or 300 pixels square to info@soapmakingstudio.com no later than 4:00 pm the evening before the class. A student who fails to submit a personal photograph by the deadline may receive a generic printed image to embed in soap during the class. Students take home bars of soap made during the class with the student's personal, submitted photo. Attend in person or online.

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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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