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Classes

Since its founding, the HSCG has been deeply committed to helping handcrafters improve their skills and expertise. In addition to our Resource Center, Annual Conference and Certification Program, we are pleased to share a rotating selection of online and in-person classes, taught by our members.

Whether mastering the basics or trying out a new technique, gain valuable knowledge, learning from experts across the country. You can feel confident knowing they have met the rigorous requirements of our HSCG Teacher Program, and achieved at least one level of HSCG Soapmaker Certification.

Please note: Because the classes and content are developed by individual HSCG teacher-members, the HSCG does not specifically endorse nor guarantee the contents or results for any of the classes listed. We recommend contacting the teacher directly with specific with questions or to make special arrangements. Payment for classes is made specifically to the teacher or company – not the HSCG.

Online Classes

Please note: The HSCG is pleased to share this list of online classes. Because the classes and content are developed by individual makers participating in the HSCG Teacher Program, the HSCG does not specifically endorse nor guarantee the contents or results for any of the classes listed.

We recommend contacting the teacher directly with specific with questions or to make special arrangements. Payment for classes is made specifically to the teacher or company – not HSCG.

Online Classes41 Results

Cold Process Soapmaking (Using an Oil Blend)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

  • Do you want to make your own soap, but in an easier, more efficient way?
  • Would you like to weigh oils ONCE, versus weighing out 5+ oils every time?
  • Looking to simplify your inventory & your purchasing of soapmaking oils?
  • Want to see an experienced soapmaker’s process, from start to finish?

In our newest on-demand soapmaking class you’ll see Lori’s entire soapmaking process (with 2 different demo batches on video).

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Making Lotions & Creams from Scratch

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

Have you wondered if you can successfully make lotions & creams from scratch? Making your own lotions & creams is easier than you think – especially when you start with clear instructions & tested recipes.Learn from a pro how to DIY it the right way & control the ingredients that go onto your skin. Once you try Lori’s tried & true recipes for a skin-softening Light Body Lotion (perfect for summer, all over the body) & a rich Shea Butter Cream (great for winter, dry skin, elbows, hands & feet), you’ll never buy anything else.This eClass includes 4 videos to watch as often as you like, and printable PDF Class Handouts with clearly written instructions, recipe details & more.Just Added! Bonus Recipe & Demo Video #4: Nourishing Murumuru Lotion

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Making All-Natural Perfumes (Roll-ons, Sprays, & Solids)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

Perfume making is my second favorite product to make (second only to Cold Process Soapmaking). The knowledge I’ve gained through making perfumes these past 2 decades has improved the complexity & longevity of the scent blends in my soap & other natural bath & body products like scrubs, body butters, & more.This eClass includes a 2.5 hour video (instant & unlimited access) as well as a printable, detailed Class Handout that has all my instructions, recipes/blends & more helpful info. I am thrilled to be sharing my knowledge & passion for this super fun topic with you!

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Make Money Teaching Classes

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

How awesome would it feel to get paid to share your passion with others? Do you make handmade products for your friends & family? If so, teaching classes can be a really fun way to finance your hobby & make extra money. For crafters, artists, & makers who already own a business, teaching classes can be a rewarding way to increase profits, generate interest in your brand, & help establish you as an expert in your field. Read more at the link below.

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Exfoliants in CP Soap

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

Curious about what can be safely added to your Cold Process (CP) Soap to create lovely exfoliating bar soaps?

Not sure what your options are, exactly which type of ingredient to buy, or precisely how much to use?

Want to know which additives contribute to gentle exfoliation, moderate exfoliation, or heavy-duty exfoliation?

Hope to confidently create different exfoliating soap bars that your friends or customers will love?

Many natural ingredients can be added to handmade soap to create an exfoliating bar. Seeds, nuts, shells, grains, dried foods & herbs can be added to soap to help slough off dead skin cells. They can be used whole, chopped, or powdered.

After teaching soapmaking for 20 years & I’m happy to finally have a thorough, research-based class on exfoliants to share with you!

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ONLINE Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

This is a beginning soapmaking class designed 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 receive a bar of cold process soap made during the class session. Attend in person or online. 

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ONLINE Serum Making Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Learn to make oil-free, concentrated facial serums containing vitamins and active ingredients. Understand the different vitamins and active ingredients used to improve skin texture, minimize wrinkle lines, improve elasticity, treat acne, and even skin tone. Determine the general safety of new ingredients. During the class, learn to make aloe vera gel, hand sanitizer, gel eye shadow, gel eyeliner, and mascara with the same beneficial base ingredients. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Bath Bomb Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Learn how to make bath bombs, bath fizzy tablets, bath fizzy powder, and bath salts. This class includes the chemistry behind the effervescent fizzing reaction, a superior formulation for bath bombs, and the advanced technique used to create bath fizzies without oils, so they will not leave a dangerously greasy bathtub. Online students are mailed a workbook and 3 different types of bath treatments made during the live class. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Students learn to formulate a truly great bar of 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, and some advanced soapmaking chemistry in the popular Soapmaking 210 class. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Soap Salvage through Rebatching

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

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 online student receives a bar of hot process soap rebatched during the Soapmaking 125 class. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Hot Process Soapmaking Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Soapmaking 105 is an intermediate-level soapmaking class to teach students to make bars of soap using the hot process soapmaking method. Hot process soapmaking is beneficial in achieving truer scents and using less scent material. Hot process is also necessary for cream, liquid, and transparent soapmaking. Particular emphasis is placed on the safety of hot process soapmaking. Online students are mailed a workbook and a bar of hot process soap made during the class. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Scrub Making Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Learn how to formulate effective spa-quality scrubs. Understand the difference between salt scrubs and sugar scrubs and when one is preferred over the other for easily achieving safe and natural skin exfoliation. Learn how to add beneficial vitamins and learn why preservatives should be used in oil based products. For those opposed to oil based products, learn to create oil-free scrubs. Online students are mailed three types of scrubs made in class. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Lotion Making Science Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

In this beginning-through-advanced 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. Online students receive a workbook and 4 different lotions in the mail. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Liquid Soapmaking Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

This class covers the various difficulties faced by home soapmakers who strive for a truly clear liquid soap. Specific class topics include safety, formulating soap recipes with potassium hydroxide, and the different choices of soapmaking oils, fragrance materials, and colorants. This class also covers shampoo, bubble bath, and making sodium-free liquid soap safe for greywater systems. Each online student is mailed a sample bottle of liquid soap made in class. Attend in person or online.

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Learn to Make Cold Process Soap (from Scratch)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

Have you ever wondered what was involved with making all-natural soap, from scratch in your own kitchen? Do you, a close friend, or a family member have skin issues that are easily irritated by store-bought soaps & detergents? Many commercial soaps contain cheap petroleum-based ingredients & synthetic detergents that can be harsh on sensitive skin. By learning how to make soap in your own kitchen, you can tailor it to suit any skin type as well as insure that only the most beneficial ingredients go into your finished bars.

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Virtual Class: Natural Anti-aging Skincare Products

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Start learning today in this virtual pre-recorded class!

Learn to make your very own highly effective, plant-based, facial beauty products from scratch in this online class. In this class we are going to tackle fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, dullness, oiliness, uneven skin tone, pigmentation, loss of firmness, elasticity and more.

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Fizzy Bath Bombs & Shower Steamers (8 Demo Videos + Class Handouts)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

In my 18+ years of making & teaching Bath Fizzies, I've learned a lot. This eClass comes with 7 Demo Videos & Printable Class Handouts (my 55-page Fizzy eBook)... is the most extensive in my collection! It's super organized & easy to follow, with a hyperlinked Table of Contents to find topics quickly.My goal in offering this Fizzies eClass is to share as much info & insight as I can about making Fizzies, to help you become an expert & make more successful batches.

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NEW Making Solid Salt Scrubs eClass

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

With Summer approaching, we’re shedding long pants in favor or skirts & shorts. It’s time to give your legs (and the rest of your neglected skin) some TLC.

Exfoliating body scrubs are great for physical exfoliation, but many can be messy & too oily in the shower or bath. No one wants to be standing on an oil-slicked, wet surface & risk a shower injury!

Enter SOLID SALT SCRUBS… the smartest way to exfoliate at home or on the go (because they’re easy to pack for vacation or a trip to the gym).

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10 Steps to Launch Your First Class (On-Demand Teaching Workshop)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

  • Ever thought about teaching soap/bath/body product making, or any craft?
  • Have dreams of teaching a creative passion, but not sure where to begin?
  • Wish you had help figuring out the necessary steps to teaching your first class?
  • Want to feel confident you’re covering all your bases, before your next class?

Schedule your class with focus & purpose (without getting sidetracked).

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ONLINE Soap from Ashes Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

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. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Melt and Pour Photo Soap

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Soapmaking 100 is a beginning-level 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 topped with a personal photograph. Learn to create stunning, personalized gift soaps with images of wedding parties, newborn babies, or company logos by embeding photos in soap. 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 at least 24 hours before the start of 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. Each online student receives a bar of soap made during the class with the student's personal, submitted photo. Attend in person or online.

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ONLINE Gel Soapmaking Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

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 online student receives a bottle of gel soap. Attend in person or online.

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Virtual Class: How to Legally Formulate & Sell Hemp CBD Skincare

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

This online 5-hour course simplifies the confusing hemp CBD skincare market. Learn at your own pace in this one-of-a-kind class, offering students in-depth training including formulas, formulating guidelines and dosing, labeling requirements, marketing suggestions, connections to resources and recommended suppliers, legalities, market opportunities, pricing and much more. 

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Making All Natural Body Butters (7 Demo Videos + Class Handouts)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

In this eClass you’ll get my tested recipes, detailed instructions, & full demos for 3 types of body butters. You have permission use my recipes “as is” to make the exact same products I do (for personal use OR to sell). Of course, you’ll also learn how to customize them to suit your needs or just to be creative.

~ Perhaps you’ve tried making Body Butters using online recipes & they haven’t quite come out right?~ Don’t waste valuable time trying dozens of recipes just to find one that works, without fail.~ Don’t waste your hard earned money buying a bunch of ingredients you probably don’t need.~ I’m sharing all that I’ve learned about making Body Butters so you can be successful in making them too!

I’ve been making (and teaching) body butters for nearly 2 decades! If you value specific detailed information from a trusted source, I’m your girl. I’ll show you the methods & equipment I use and provide tested recipes that will shorten the time from your first batch to your favorite batch.

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NEW: JUST Shower Steamers

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

You asked & we created! A new eClass for “just” Shower Steamers!

Shower Steamers are sort of like a Fizzy Bath Bomb… but made for showers. They’re specially formulated “fizzies” intended to release their lovely scent into the STEAM as you’re taking a shower. We make them with essential oils & all-natural aromas so they have the benefit of true aromatherapy.

Shower Steamers are really about the aromatherapy benefit from their aroma!

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Virtual Class: Dual Lye Liquid Soap and Shower Gel Class

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

In this online class you will learn how to make rich, thick liquid soaps and shower gels from scratch, using the dual-lye method. Forget hours of cooking liquid soap paste! This is a quick method that makes a beautiful, versatile liquid soap that can be used for a number of uses, from kitchen and bath liquid soaps in pumps to thick shower gels!

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Virtual Class: Launch and Grow Your Successful Soap Business!

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Learn valuable insights that will get your business on a fast-track for growth and save you money. Watch as many times as you like, at your own pace!


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Coloring Soap Naturally, for Cold Process Soapmakers (eBook & Video)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

Would you like to color your soap naturally, using all-natural ingredients, but don’t know where to start? Have you had disappointing results with some ingredients that turned out …well… not how you expected?

Our Coloring Soap Naturally eClass takes the guesswork out of coloring your cold process soap with natural ingredients. Soapmaking teacher Ruth Esteves has gone through the “trial-and-error” part for you.

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Liquid Soapmaking E-Class

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Date & Time: Anytime

Mossy Creek Soap

Learn how to make liquid soap, the easy way! This is a no-cook method for making handmade liquid soap from scratch. You will have unlimited access to the Videos, Documents, Charts, Graphs, Lists, and Recipes. 

  • Liquid Soapmaking Step by Step Instruction
  • Equipment Supply Lists
  • Safety procedures for working with Potassium Hydroxide
  • Soap Paste Dilutions
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Trusted Easy to Make Recipes
  • Our trusted supplier information
  • Videos
  • Downloadable PDF booklet


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Soapmaking 101 Online Tutorial

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Date & Time: Anytime

Mossy Creek Soap

Learn how to make Cold Processed soap with our fabulous Soap making 101 beginner e-class. Learn from an expert, ensure that you are making soap properly and safely.

  • Step by Step Basic Soap making Instruction
  • Equipment Supply Lists
  • Safety procedures working with caustic chemicals (LYE)
  • Our trusted supplier information
  • Terms & Definitions
  • Review of different methods
  • Review of Soap Making Molds
  • 6 In depth videos
  • Charts and Lists
  • Easy to follow beginner recipes

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Learn to Make Mineral Eye Shadow

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: Anytime

The Nova Studio

DID YOU KNOW…

  • With very little cost, equipment, or fuss, you can make your own mineral eye shadow at home!
  • Loose mineral eye shadow has fewer ingredients & is more gentle to skin!
  • Customized eye shadows in a rainbow of colors make wonderful gifts & it’s super fun to do with girlfriends too!
  • The cost of raw materials is a fraction of what you’d pay at a high-end cosmetic company – for the same or better quality!


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Virtual Class: Luxury Body Oils, Salt Soaks and Shower Steamers

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

The relaxation and restorative properties of a long soak or shower have long been embraced as a luxury indulgence. Treat yourself to beautiful bath-time products that will elevate a new bathing ritual! Transport yourself to a spa-at-home with products for aching muscles, herb-steep oils and aromatherapy scents to relax and take you away.

Students will learn how to formulate natural, bath luxuries in this fun, online workshop with Marla Bosworth. These products are in high demand year round.

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ONLINE Serum Making Class

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

Learn to make oil-free, concentrated facial serums containing vitamins and active ingredients. Understand the different vitamins and active ingredients used to improve skin texture, minimize wrinkle lines, improve elasticity, treat acne, and even skin tone. Determine the general safety of new ingredients. During the class, learn to make aloe vera gel, hand sanitizer, gel eye shadow, gel eyeliner, and mascara with the same beneficial base ingredients. Attend in person or online.

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Hands-on Basic Soapmaking Class Notes and Handouts

Company: Carol Isler

Contact: Carol Isler

Date & Time: Anytime

Carol Isler

Sometimes I rewrite my class instructions and have a few hard copies of the previous version left over. I often make them available to folks who can't make my classes or other experienced soapers who may be thinking about teaching classes themselves and need a springboard to get started. Click on the link provided to get a set of the class notes and recipes. 

Physical Class Description: In this basic level soap making class sponsored by Rustic Escentuals, Carol Isler will show you how to make soap from a traditional oil blend and a lye solution using the cold process method. Participants will learn how to work safely with soap making ingredients to create naturally luxurious handcrafted soap for your family and friends. You will make a 2-pound batch of soap to take home. After class, members share soaping experiences and stay in contact with the instructor in a private Facebook group.

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ONLINE Water Substitution in Soapmaking

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: David or Kerri

Date & Time: Anytime

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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Virtual Class: Making Lush-like Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Learn how to make your own solid shampoo and conditioner bars that are perfect for both hair and body. Led by expert soapmaker, Marla Bosworth, this hands-on experience will teach you the techniques needed to create these Lush-type bars that will last for up to 80 washes – the equivalent of nearly four bottles of liquid shampoo! Best of all, no packaging is required, making them environmentally friendly.

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Virtual Class: Face Serums, Gels and Masks

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: Anytime

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

In this class students will learn how to formulate for different skin types by incorporating microbiome-friendly ingredients including ceramides, peptides, vitamin C, natural AHAs and BHAs, carrier oils, hyaluronic acid and much more.


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Phone Consultations (& Video Chat Consults)

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: By Appointment

The Nova Studio

I love to help Makers get farther in their businesses. Whether it's troubleshooting, product formulating, or help with generating more revenue by teaching classes, I can help!

You'll be surprised at what we can accomplish in just a few hours. Just let me know what you need & I'll let you know if I'm a good fit for the job (if I'm not... I'll happily refer you to someone I know who can help you).

To get started, send an email to: email@thenovastudio.com or call me at 1-510-234-5700 (Eastern Time Zone, US).

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1:1 Monthly Coaching Program

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: By Appointment

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Ready to kick your business into success mode in four weeks with a motivating mentor by your side? Then this program is for you!

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HSCG Certification "Basic CP/HP or MP" Exam Study Session

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Date & Time: By Appointment

The Nova Studio

Do you have a goal of taking the HSCG Certification Exam for Basic CP/HP or MP, but are nervous you might not pass? Perhaps you’d like to study with a soap veteran who has been making CP, HP, & MP Soap (and teaching classes) for 20 years?! Would you like a guided study session with a fellow HSCG member (since 2005), to help make sure you have enough knowledge to be confident? If so, I’m here… at your service! Reach out for more info & to arrange a convenient date/time to meet me on Zoom. :-)

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1:1 Cosmetic Formulation Sessions

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Date & Time: By Appointment

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

If you are looking for product development and formulation we are the perfect fit! Formulator Marla Bosworth offers 25 years of experience formulating cosmetics, soaps and candles for indie beauty companies. 

In this offering we create the formula with you. You make the formula and we tweak it accordingly.

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In-Person Classes

Please note: The HSCG is pleased to share this list of in-person classes. Because the classes and content are developed by individual HSCG teacher-members, HSCG does not specifically endorse nor guarantee the contents or results for any of the classes listed.

We recommend contacting the teacher directly with specific with questions or to make special arrangements. Payment for classes is made specifically to the teacher or company – not HSCG.

Offline Classes

CERTIFIED SOAPMAKER TESTING for HSCG MEMBERS

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: Kerri Mixon

Address
San Diego, CA

Date & Time: By Appointment

A+ Soapmaking Studio

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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Business Consulting

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Address
perry, GA

Date & Time: By Appointment

Mossy Creek Soap

Michelle will help you navigate the muddy waters from conception to execution of your NEW BUSINESS! Michelle has 14 years of experience in the Bath Body Market. 

  • Photographing your products to sell online
  • Craft show displays, setups, and a SPECIAL "CRAFT SHOW CHECKLIST." 
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Wholesaling
  • Worksheets, Graphs, Charts...


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Private Lesson SoapDesign 201

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Address
Perry, GA

Date & Time: By Appointment

Mossy Creek Soap

Take your soap making to new heights by adding colors; find out what colors can be used in soapmaking, how much to use and how to swirl it in your soap 

  • Learn how to work with colors in your soap
  • Working with Micas, Pigments, Oxides
  • Find how to create a good color pallet
  • Specialized Swirling Techniques
  • Equipment Supply Lists
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Recipes



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Private Lesson Milk and Fruit Soapmaking Class

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Address
Perry, GA

Date & Time: By Appointment

Mossy Creek Soap

Making milk & fruit soaps are easy using our simple method. Learn how to work with milk products to create a moisture-rich bar of soap. This simple method will have you making creamy milk soaps in no time!

  • Safety procedures working with caustic chemicals (LYE)
  • Find out what equipment you need and the costs involved
  • Step by step directions
  • Safety Equipment List and Procedures
  • Soap making Oil Properties
  • Additives, Essential Oils, Fragrances
  • Recipe Formulation -Soap making supplier information


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Private Lesson Liquid Soapmaking Class

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Address
Perry, GA

Date & Time: By Appointment

Mossy Creek Soap

Learn an easy method for Liquid Soapmaking, make liquid soap from scratch in one hour without cooking your paste for hours, easy peasy!

Prerequisite: You will need to fully understand the basic soap-making method and have made LYE Soap prior to class. Learn how to make Liquid Soap using all-natural oils you can find in your own grocery store. True Liquid Soap is made from scratch with potassium hydroxide, and we will teach you how to make it safely.

Learn how you can make liquid soap from scratch

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Private Lesson Emulsified Whipped Scrubs Class

Company: Mossy Creek Soap

Contact: Michelle

Address
Perry, GA

Date & Time: By Appointment

Mossy Creek Soap

PRIVATE LESSON CLASS, Learn how to create your own whipped emulsified scrub-- "No more oily layers in your scrubs" This class is designed as a 3-hour class block and can be combined with other private lessons to create your own custom learning experience.

  • Learn about the different oil properties in scrubs
  • Essential oils in scrubs
  • Salt scrubs
  • Sugar scrubs
  • Fruit/seeds scrubs
  • Body Polishes
  • Spa quality scrubs
  • Preservatives in scrubs


You will go home with Your own scrub along with my personal recipes, class handout and access to the videos associated with it.

Return Policy On Classes: All classes are required to be paid in full to hold your spot, they are non-refundable but with at least a 7-day notice you can reschedule to a later date class. Your credit will be good for 1 year from the time it was paid to be used for classes only. If you cancel 6 days prior you will have a 1/2 credit available to use within 1 year from the date it was purchased. No Shows are NON-REFUNDABLE 

In order to protect our intellectual property photos or videos are not allowed during the class.

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Private Consultation with Kerri Mixon

Company: A+ Soapmaking Studio

Contact: Kerri Mixon

Address
San Diego, CA

Date & Time: By Appointment

A+ Soapmaking Studio

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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Cold Processed Soapmaking Individualized Intensive

Company: Ashgrove Soaps and Sundries, LLC

Contact: Lori Chandler

Address
Valencia, PA

Date & Time: By Appointment

Enjoy a day long adventure with a personalized soapmaking workshop.

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Private Soap Making Class

Company: Alegna Soap

Contact: Angela Carillo

Address
Bethapge, NY

Date & Time: By Appointment

Alegna Soap

Interested in learning how to make your own handcrafted soap, but a little shy about taking a class with others? Maybe you just want someone to teach you one-on-one. Take a private soap making class with me and I can give you my full attention. Is there is a certain technique you’d like to learn? Do you want to learn how to make a goat milk or a beer soap? Maybe your curious about incorporating color into your soaps. Take a private soap making class with me. I can tailor a class specificall

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Private Lessons in OHIO

Company: The Nova Studio

Contact: Lori Nova Endres

Address
Beavercreek, OH

Date & Time: By Appointment

The Nova Studio

Are you the type of person who appreciates hands-on learning, and learns best by doing, but wants a trusted guide by your side? I would love to be that person for you and share all that I know & love about making all types of soap and natural bath & body products. My minimum for in-person lessons is 3 hours, but we can do more time if you're coming from farther away & want to cover more products or techniques in a day. Let me know what your ideal private lesson is by writing to: email@thenovastudio.com  - or give me a call at 510-234-5700 and we can design it together! 

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Basic Soap Making

Company: Barb's Homemade soap and More

Contact: Barb DeLosSantos

Address
Adrian, MI

Date & Time: By Appointment

This is our New Year New Start Beginning Class, Learn all the Basics, Safety and Equipment needs to make your first batches of soap. Learn Basic Soap making skills, Make your first soap recipe from start to finish. Take home your own 2 pound 8 bar Batch , and a a easy to follow guide to make your soap at home. (or return for one of our advanced classes to help build your skills) Class Size 8 Cost $ 65.00 Per Person

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Booze & Bubbles Melt & Pour Workshop

Company: Soap Studio on Fifth

Contact: Cae Byng

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: By Appointment

Booze & Bubbles is a soap-making workshop, ideal for a fun night out alone or with friends. Participants are instructed in classic soap-making techniques to create cocktail-inspired soap bars. You bring your own refreshments we provide all the materials for a fun-filled creative evening. Take home the soaps you make along with the recipes for the inspiring cocktails.

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Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking

Company: Certified Lye

Contact: David Perez

Address
San Diego, CA

Date & Time: By Appointment

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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Candle Carving Instruction

Company: Candles and Supplies.com

Address
Quakertown, PA

Date & Time: By Appointment

A 30-minute private one-on-one training session on the art of cut & curl candles. 

You will be guided by an instructor during the entire process and receive tips, tricks, and techniques as you are carving. Each student will get to make their own Bows and Sashes style candle to take home with them. 

 Appointments for training sessions are available on Thursdays with time slots from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

You can call 800-819-6118 to schedule or add this item to your shopping cart and we'll contact you to set up an appointment at your convenience.

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1:1 In-Person Skincare, Soap and Candle Training

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: By Appointment

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Ready to launch and new product but need expert formulating guidance? Perhaps it is a customized soap, candle, skincare, essential oil blend or another beauty or wellness product? In this 3-hour private session, you will create your product with Marla Bosworth.

Our teaching sessions are all inclusive of materials/supplies/ingredients, private teaching space, and your dedicated coach, Marla Bosworth, who will customize the entire experience for you.

Full-day training is also available.

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Perfume Making Class

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: 04/23/2024 6 pm

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Customize your own perfume in this fun and engaging class that you will love! This perfume class offers a unique and interactive experience where you will learn about the art of creating and blending scents.

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Cold Process Soap Making Class

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: 04/25/2024 6 pm

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Treat yourself to this class and learn the art of cold process soap making in this fun class in the Upper West Side of New York City while enjoying great music. Led by expert soapmaker Marla Bosworth, this hands-on workshop will teach you the benefits of making and using luxurious cold process soap. You'll have fun with your classmates as you learn the step-by-step process and create your own personalized soap to take home.

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Liquid Soap & Shower Gel Class - May 6

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: 05/06/2024 6-8:30 pm

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Make your own luscious organic liquid soaps and shower gels using the hot process method and two kinds of lye! If you don't know what hot process is, or lye, no worries we have you covered. In this class, students will learn to make versatile recipes for sink, shower and bath. If you're making them for yourself, you'll save money by making your own liquid soaps and reduce the use of plastics. If you're making to sell, you're hitting a lucrative market as liquid soaps outsell bar soaps!

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Professional Candle Making Class New York City - May 7

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: 05/07/2024 6-8:30 pm

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Learn how to create professional candles in this 2.5-hour, hands-on workshop taught by an expert chandler with 25 years experience. Students will blend their own scents and colors. If you are interested in making candles to sell or as a craft for gifts or favors, this class is for you.

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Cold Process Professional Soap Making Class - May 13

Company: Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Contact: marla@backporchsoap.com

Address
New York, NY

Date & Time: 05/13/2024 6-8:30 pm

Back Porch Soap Company, LLC

Ready to make and sell cold process soap? Take a class with a 25-year soap making expert who built a soap empire with two retail stores, sold to Whole Foods and formulates professionally as a consultant to thousands of students!

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