Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making

If you’ve been curious about how to make natural soap completely from scratch, but perhaps a little daunted by how to start, then this is the class for you! Not only is it a wonderful skill to have, but once you can make your own nourishing, moisturising soaps, you won’t need to go back to mass-produced “soap” again, with its artificial ingredients and drying detergents.

Much like cooking, soap making uses some ingredients and equipment you might already have in your kitchen. However, since the authentic process of soap making involves the use of lye or caustic soda, extra care must be taken.

During this class you will be shown how a batch of soap is made, using natural vegetable oils and pure plant essential oils. You will then participate in making soap under supervision.  Batches will be shared so that you will be able to take home 3 different types of soap. You will receive instructions on how to cut and cure the soap by yourself at home.

Some of the topics covered during the class include:

-          Safe handling of ingredients

-          Equipment needed

-          Moulding options

-          What oils are commonly used in soap making and their properties

-          Options for exfoliants and colourings

-          How to use a lye calculator in forming your own recipes

Upon completion of this class you should have the confidence to make more soap at home, experimenting with different ingredients, fragrances, exfoliants and colours. Soap making can be very addictive, with endless possibilities for creativity!

Other details

Class duration is approximately 3.5 hours, with time for refreshment breaks. 

Cost of the class includes all materials and use of equipment, class notes, and 3 types of soap to take home and cure.

Class sizes are very limited. Please email vanessa@vanessaleong.com.au if you are interested in a mid-week class as I will happily schedule more classes to meet demand.

No animal products are used in this class, making it suitable for vegans.

What to bring

-          a long sleeved shirt and wear closed shoes

-          a bag such as grocery enviro bag, and old towel to carry your soap home

-          Optional: Safety goggles and disposable gloves will be provided in class, but you may bring your own if you prefer.

See what people have said after attending our Cold Process Soap Making Class

"Thanks for the lesson today. I had a great time and learned a lot. I now have the confidence to make cold process soap at home on my own." - Amanda via Facebook

"Had a great time making soap with Vanessa Leong and the girls today. Can't wait to play around with the new soap. My house smells lovely." - Daniela via Facebook

"[We] just wanted to thank you for today's class, it was a lot of fun and a great learning experience, we're looking forward to giving it a real crack ourselves now at home!" - young couple who flew in from Melbourne for the day

"Your classes are always fun and delightful." - Corina via email

Bookings and payment

Select the class you would like to attend below and add to your cart. Our website accepts PayPal, credit card and bank deposit options.

Payment in full will confirm your place in class. We regret that we are unable to give refunds, however you are welcome to send someone else in your place or reschedule your class with at least 7 days’ notice. This allows us to offer the place to someone else, since our classes are often booked out in advance. Subject to availability, if you give less than 7 days’ notice, we may be able to put you on standby to attend a class that has a vacancy until the day before.

If you simply do not attend the class you booked for, you will forfeit the opportunity to reschedule, as we would have prepared your materials and held your place with the expectation that you would attend.




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