Cold Process Plant-Based Soap Making with Michelle Andrus
In Cold Process Plant-Based Soap Making, instructor Michelle Andrus will go through the steps of soap-making using the cold process method with plant-based oils. Cold process soap is made by combining various oils, sodium hydroxide, and water. When all these ingredients are added together at the right volume and temperature, a wonderful chemical reaction occurs—this special and magical reaction is what creates soap. Students will learn about the history of soap, safety precautions, and how to customize individual ingredients including oils, colorants, scents, and more. In addition, Michelle will cover the benefits of handmade soap, soap-making tools, and share a lot of fun soap facts.
Students will need to bring eye protection (regular eyeglasses are acceptable), two pairs of rubber gloves, and a towel to insulate the soap mold. Due to working with soap making materials, an apron or clothes you don’t mind getting water, oils, etc. on is recommended.
Date & Time
Sunday, May 31st from 9 am to 12 pm
In addition to the workshop registration fee, a material fee of $40.00 is payable to the instructor at the start of theworkshop. Each student will receive enough materials to make and take one pound of soap. Students will receive an instructional guide containing resources, tips, and Michelle’s go-to soap recipe, as well as a goodie bag.
About the Instructor
Over the years, Michelle Andrus became interested in soap making due to her daughter suffering from eczema. She fell in love with cold-processed soap because of its use in therapeutic applications—since no outside heat is applied to the oils during the curing time, the essential oils remain intact and in perfect condition. Michelle enjoys the joy that is soap making and the ability to customize it for friends and family. Michelle and her husband own a small hobby farm in east San Diego county, where they raise alpacas, grow cotton, and maintain an aquaponics system for a garden and a variety of other animals. In addition to soap making, Michelle is a spinner, knitter, and weaver who loves all things homegrown and handmade.