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with Susan Ryhanen

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In this intensive, hands-on workshop you will create your own batch of olive oil soap using the same recipe we use here at SAIPUA while learning the basic principles of the cold-processed method. 

Instruction and demonstration of soapmaking techniques will be followed by each student making their own batch of soap. You’ll blend your own fragrance using essential oils and decide upon your own natural botanical additives. In addition, there will be discussion of how to package and sell your own soap, if you’re interested in starting a business.



The idea behind the course is to empower students to make their own soap at home afterwards.

Each student will be given the following tools to use in class AND to take home:

- One of SAIPUA's handmade 3 lb. wooden soap molds

- A soap mixing bucket

- An electric 'stick blender' (critical for making soap without hand stirring for hours)

- Safety goggles (an important part of soapmaking)

- A complete list of suppliers where you can mail-order supplies like essential oils and various butters and natural additives

- Recipes for making additional soaps

- Access to Susan by email or phone with questions after the workshop



11:00am to 5:00pm
Capacity: 6 students

Classes take place at Worlds End Farm which is located in Esperance, NY 30 miles west of Albany. Transportation to and from the farm must be arranged by the student. Use of any/all of our onsite materials, lunch at the Coyote Cafe, snacks, and coffee are all included. The farm has excellent cell phone service for most networks but NO wifi.

Tickets are final sale and non-refundable. Price includes NY state sales tax.


Full Day Soapmaking

Soapmaking – July 20
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