Ever wanted to learn how to make soap from scratch but didn't know where to start? Now is your chance. This course will teach you everything a beginner should know including how to create your own recipes.
This is a comprehensive, course consisting of slideshow presentations, videos, downloadable PDFs, and quizzes to highlight important information in a professional format. You'll be able to learn everything you would in a traditional classroom and ask any questions along the way all from the comfort of your home. Over 4 hours of content.
Our classes are unique in the industry. Each course is designed in logical sequence in a well thought out curriculum. Classes are very comprehensive and cover small details that are often overlooked in other courses and books, but make life easier for soapmakers (things we wished we had learned as a new soapmaker). The class is built on a professional platform, where you can learn at your own pace on your own time, anywhere in the world. You just need internet access and a desire to learn.
Welcome to Bath Alchemy Lab. This welcome slideshow video explains what features the course has and how to navigate the course.
This is a short description of what you will be learning in the class.
Saponification is a chemical reaction in which lye and oils create soap. This slideshow video explains some of the history of soap as well as the chemistry behind it.
This lecture explains the different types of soapmaking processes that exist, and the pros and cons of each.
Soap should not be confused with detergents. All soap is made with lye and oils, whether made at home or commercially. If it doesn't contain lye, at any point, it is a detergent.
This is a general overview of some of the tools you need to make cold process soap. There may be additional equipment that you prefer to use beyond this list. You will see these tools in action in the Soapmaking Demonstration.
This video discusses different types of molds and the pros and cons to each.
This video slideshow explains more about the oils used in soapmaking.
Lye, or sodium hydroxide, is also known as caustic soda.
This video covers the safe handling of lye, a chief ingredient in soapmaking. Lye is perfectly safe for soapmaking provided you take necessary precautions. It should be respected but not feared.
Learn a little bit about scenting your soaps with essential oils and fragrances.
This slideshow video walks you step by step through the CP soapmaking process. It may sound a little confusing at first, but hang in there. Our next video is a demonstration of the process, which will clear up many of your questions.
The soap calculator saves the day! Using a soap calculator is very easy and will save you time.
This video demonstrates how to make soap from start to finish. It shows both making soap with individual oils as well as using the Beginner Soapmaking Kit that we sell. If you have any questions, please let me know.
The title speaks for itself. This slideshow tells you want you need to know about unmolding, cutting, curing, and testing your freshly made soap.
This is a brief overview of ways in which you can package your soaps.
This is a very brief overview of things to consider when you sell soap.
When a problem arises, there is bound to be a cause and sometimes even a fix. The troubleshooting guide will help you with common issues.
Erica Pence is a soapmaker, teacher, author, and blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab providing soap, bath & body, and candle making classes, and Herban Apothecary (formerly The Bonnie Bath Co.), her own line of bath and body products. She is author of the blog, Soap-Blog, where she provides information for those in the bath and body industry. Erica is a long-time columnist for The Saponifier magazine and a speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild 2014 Conference. She holds a BA in Education, and combines her love for teaching and researching with her passion for soapmaking. Erica is a native Floridian, who now resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and an old cat.