Birthday Party Ideas for Kids!

PrintYesterday I was processing files from over 10 years worth of teaching various types of soap and cosmetics classes in my forums and private consulting. Materials spread out over three hard drives and 8 thumb drives! It has been something I’ve been planning to tackle for a few years. Consolidation and compilation of all my soap and cosmetics training materials!

The daunting part is tying not to confuse myself between open file folders across the couple of thumb drives a particular document might be re-saved with a different date! Thank goodness I had the foresight to actually date my files when I saved them on a new location!

Not everyone can manage to come spend a day or two with Kelly, sadly!  I would love to have you all here, laughing and cutting up as we make soap or cosmetics together. But I realize that with jobs, family, and expenses of being away from your own businesses, that often training workshops are not easy to get away and attend.

The Soapalooza 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp, and the Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp are doing phenomenally! These workshops have been SO MUCH FUN to give and participate in! I will be adding a weekend session for both each month, straddling the holiday’s that teachers and students are off from school also!

The Skype Classes are also fun! We have had a huge response to the Labeling De Mystified Conference Call / Skype format class. I will adding my Preservative Class next to the Skype format, as well as the PDF Training format.

For those that just can not attend our classes and workshops, I have started uploading workshops and training materials as PDF’s that students can purchase and download. All the PDF Training products will be located in the Soapalooza E-University store category.

The first PDF Training document for sale in the store is the Master Batch Soap Making Techniques. It includes the slides from the 2010 HSCG Conference presentation I did in Denver, Colorado, as well as 14 pages of step by step instructions on setting up your soap production to handle several thousand bars of soap manufacturing per week. The PDF includes how to master batch your lye solution, soap formula, how to adjust your lye solutions, and many more Master Batch Technique tips.

soapalooza_inviteI had an other brainstorm too! I have a really cool PDF Birthday Party Invitation from when Soapalooza hosted children’s Birthday Parties at our Hampton, VA retail store.

I learned that after 5 children of my own, it is more fun to teach mothers to orchestrate their own children’s Birthday Parties than me doing it in the studio or at their homes! So, I am making the Soapalooza Birthday Party Invitation Fillable PDF available FREE on the Soapalooza website! You can put it in the shopping cart and then you can download it for free. The really cool thing about this PDF is that you can EDIT it with your child’s name and party location, then print it. You can download the PDF, save it to your computer, and use it and share it!

NicholasBday1bOver the next few days I will be adding a few fun ideas for Birthday Party soap activities also! Your children and their friends will be fighting to get into the tub first!

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Testing a New Soapalooza QR Code

QRCodeThis is to see how one of our QR codes is working!  Scan and see where it takes you!

Soapalooza will be putting QR Codes on out going coupons, flyers, and other marketing materials. Some will have limited specials, connect you with hidden website pages for freebies, and some will got to our Facebook Fan Page, Soapalooza Forum, or even to the blog. We are planning to have some fun with these!

Soapalooza is using QR Codes Now

QRCodeSoapalooza is going to be using some QR codes for local advertising, and also for a few outgoing coupons that we include with this year’s soap gatherings. Don’t worry, we will put the regular coupon information on the back also!

I am so excited about this addition to our advertising methods though. I often drive around in Richmond, VA and I notice these scattered ALL over different local advertising brochures, restaurant advertising, theater information, even some of the schools are using them!

Once I noticed these QR codes I got really curious… what were they used for? So, I downloaded a QR reader to my Iphone and started scanning! That is when the fun started! Some codes are advertisements, some are slogans, some are feel good perky comments, and many are “like me on Facebook”, and some just point to their websites (bands, restaurants, local biz). One even said “2 Margarita’s for the price of 1 during Happy Hour!“.  I loved it though! It is like an Easter Egg Hunt

Soapalooza will be driving around in the Williamsburg, Richmond, and Petersburg area in the white XJS Jaguar with Soapalooza signage that has QR Codes! I will be wearing my pink sunhat, big black sunglasses, and my blonde hair flying in the wind! You will need to scan that code to see what the Soapalooza QR Code says!

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Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Congrats to Kristina Nanninga

BizInsuranceCongrats to Kristina Nanninga for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them.

Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

(This Rebate Program is sponsored solely by BloomWorks Holdings, LLC / Soapalooza. Please do not request your rebate from the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild or the Independent Business Network. )

The Big Lye (History of Sodium Hydroxide as We Know it Today)

Collage1In 2005 there was a discussion in my former Southern Soapers Yahoo forum about the origins of Lye.  The Lye we use today, in modern soap making, is a synthetic. I was utterly fascinated by the entire Sodium hydroxide history and evolution. Prior to the development of plastics and other non reactive, air tight containers, there was actually no safe way to store sodium hydroxide as it is so incredibly hygroscopic, and violently reactive. There seemed to me no way it could have been stored for use in handy gourds or pottery urns.

So I had to go do research to satisfy my curiosity about what did folks in the 8th century use to store their lye?  Well, they did not use or even have lye as we know it today!  Lye, as we know and use it (bead or flake form,readily available in 50 pound poly bags), is not something our great, great, great grandmothers used to make soap with. We have it so easy compared to our ancestors soapmaking alkali’s available.

Wikipeidia had some great information on sodium hydroxide and other elements of it’s production and history. From the early 1800’s up until the the 1860’s, the Leblanc Method was used to create sodium hydroxide. Then, the Solvay Method was devised in the 1860’s and outdated the LeBlanc process.

Prior to these two first manufacturing process, sodium hydroxide did not exist in the form we know it today. Calcium carbonate, also known as limestone, then readily available (and very easily stored), was used in a long tedious cooking (the ancient soap boiling method) to expedite the saponification process, with salt water washes of the soap curds used to separate the non water soluable elements out of the soap mass. Yeminte and Arabic records record bits of pieces of this long tedious process, and the Marius Fabre soap company in France still uses it to this day.

How Sodium Hydroxide is produced today:
Sodium hydroxide is produced (along with chlorine and hydrogen) via the chloralkali process. This involves the electrolysis of an aqueous solution of sodium chloride (or, more simply known as salt water). The sodium hydroxide builds up at the cathode, where water is reduced to hydrogen gas and hydroxide ion:

2Na+ + 2H2O + 2e- ? H2 + 2NaOH

To produce NaOH (sodium hydroxide) it is necessary to prevent reaction of the NaOH with the chlorine, this is typically done in one of three ways, of which the membrane cell process is, economically, the most viable.

Membrane cell process –  with a Nafion membrane to separate the cathode and anode reactions. It produces a higher quality of NaOH.

An older method for sodium hydroxide production was the LeBlanc process, which produced sodium carbonate, followed by roasting to create carbon dioxide and sodium oxide. This method is still occasionally used. The LeBlanc method helped to establish sodium hydroxide as an important commodity chemical.  The following article was one I published in 2006, edited slightly for this blog format.

So, one of the biggest lies in soap making, and probably one of the most fiercely debated, is that soap can not be made unless lye (sodium hydroxide) is used.

Sounds heretical to you if you are a cold process soap maker, right?  Here is some history on early soap making, and on the use of sodium hydroxide in manufacturing soap.

In the 1600’s the French king issued an edict that the popular regional soap, Marseilles soap, could only bear that name if it was produced in a very specific manner. Sodium carbonate was the alkali used for saponification then, and is still used in Marius Fabre French soaps today.

If a soaper wants to make soap without lye, it is possible, but not really as practical as using lye (sodium hydroxide). It can be done, but is a  much more complicated and laborious process. Saponification using other alkali’s requires many more steps and ingredients to create the chemical reaction & catalyst than our method of just mixing a strong solution of lye (sodium hydroxide) & water into melted or fluid oils. Salt water rinses, long cooking periods (as many as 10 days), etc.. are not really feasible for most of us, or even warranted anymore. The method of soap making that does not use sodium hydroxide is the ancient, dying art of true soap boiling. It was one of the true soap arts guarded by the medieval soap guilds. No clear European description of how soap was made has survived from the medieval period.

Lye is not a chemical that exists by itself. Prior to 1791 Sodium hydroxide did not exist in any recognizable form. Additionally, the storage capabilities for safe handling of sodium hydroxide on a large manufacturing scale surely did not readily exist as we have today. Plastics and stainless steel were not available for storage protection of the highly reactive sodium hydroxide. But we know there was true soap being manufactured.  So how was this done and what was being used as the alkali catalyst?

First some history on sodium hydroxide, also known as ‘lye’ and NaOH. 

Sodium hydroxide is produced in the chloralkali process, which is the electrolysis of an aqueous solution of sodium chloride (salt and water). It is a by-product from the production of chlorine. Sodium hydroxide is both hygroscopic (attracts and absorbs water from the environment) & highly reactive, producing often violent exothermic reactions. Until 1791 soap making alkali was commonly sodium carbonate and soda lime, then rinsed and washed and cooked with salt water baths. This laborious 10 day process had the effect of creating a strong alkali by product.

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye or caustic soda, is a caustic metallic base used in industry, mostly as a strong chemical base in the manufacture of paper, textiles, and detergents. Due to it’s high reactivity, it must be stored properly in air tight, non porous containers to prevent it from absorbing CO2 (carbon monoxide) and H2O (water).

Since the ready availability of sodium hydroxide, by the Leblanc process in 1791, it is the most financially feasible, and readily available alkali for soap making.

An early soap method was recorded in Yemen (Arabia) The Secrets of Master Alexis of Piedmont, written about 1547. Arabia was making hard soap in the soap boiling method as early as the 8th century, and a document translated reads:

Description of Soap Making

Take two thirds from alkali (al-qily} and one third of un-slaked lime (nura dhakar). Break the lime into small pieces the size of faufal or chestnut. Take a mirkan large vessel} of pottery and cut an outlet (manzil) at its bottom. And seal this outlet tightly with a rag. Take bricks and break them into small pieces, not quite small, and pack them inside the middle of the mirkan.

Place on the broken bricks a piece of khsaf. Throw on the khasafa the alkali and the un-slaked lime. And pour on them an amount of water equal to four or five times the submersion volume. The mirkan should be placed on a high position, and we place under the outlet another empty mirkan so that the liquid will flow into it. If there is no high place you will dig a cavity in the ground at a depth equal to that of the empty mirkan, and it is lowered down the cavity so that it is below the outlet.

Leave it for one day and one night then open the outlet on the second day so that the filtered water of alkali and lime will pour into it. When all the liquid is emptied, return again and pour it above the alkali and lime and leave it for one day and one night. Open the outlet the next morning and empty the whole clear liquid. When the whole liquid ceases flowing divide it into two halves. Put one half aside. Pour [onto the remaining half] an equal amount of sesame oil (shiraj) and beat (agitate) the mixture strongly and repetitively with a wooden beater for one hour until it hardens and thickens.

Leave it for the rest of the day and overnight if you are in a hurry, otherwise leave it for two or three days if you are not in a hurry because the longer it stays the better it ferments. Cool it down and put it in a copper cauldron and set under it a strong fire. Each time it thickens water it with the sharp water from the one half that was put aside as mentioned above.

You will continue kindling the fire and watering with the sharp water until it becomes grainy and ripens. Continue beating (mixing) it so that it will not burn. Put it down and pour it into a mirkan (a large vessel) and beat it and water it little by little, then pour it again into the cauldron and place it on fire, let it be a strong fire, and whenever it tends to become dry, water it with the sharp water little by little while you are stirring so that it will not burn.

Continue like this until the water is consumed and the soap is well cooked and its consistency becomes like that of the shoemakers glue, known as ashras. Make a milban (mould) from wood, similar to the milban of bricks, but larger. Spread a kham cloth {coarse cotton cloth) or a piece of khasf and place the milban (the mould) over it. Pour the soap into the milban. The purpose of the milban (the mould) is to prevent the soap from flowing until it thickens.

Leave it for one night and one day until it solidifies. Then cut it with a knife as is usual. If you want the soap to be perfumed add to it, on the last cooking on fire, choice perfumes and saffron and whatever scents you like then pour it as above mentioned, if God wills.  (source: http://www.gabarin.com

Info on Sodium Hydroxide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_hydroxide

Info on Sodium Carbonate
http://www.inorganics.basf.com/p02/CAPortal/en_GB/portal/Anorganische_Basen_/content/Produktgruppen/Anorganische_Basen_(Laugen)/Produktinformationen/Soda

A really cool science experiment using Sodium Carbonate
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen01/gen01966.htm

Ancient soap methods
http://www.answers.com/topic/soap

Marius Fabre soap caldroun/boiling method
http://www.beautyandstyle.net/store.php?counter=fabre

Solvay method of Sodium carbonate production
http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/Bicarb/SodiumBicarb.html

Chemical process of creating Sodium hydroxide
http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/Cl2&NaOH/Cl2&NaOH.html

More soap history
http://members.tripod.com/~marieainsley/instruction/soap.htm

/Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

© 2006 Kelly Bloom, BloomWorks Holdings, LLC & Soapalooza at http://www.soapalooza.com. Registered with US Library of Congress. If you would like to reprint this material, please contact us at kelly@soapalooza.com for permission. All we require is a link to our published post here on the blog, author credit, etc. We want our materials to be shared, just credit given where credit is due.

Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp, Day 3

SoapaloozaBootCampStoreItemThe Final Day of Soapalooza’s February Bath & Body Boot Camp.

We started the day with Emulsions. Students learned how to make a Basic Lotion, graduating then to using BTMS for both Lotions and Creams. Students learned about the emulsion phases, how the percentages of water, oil, and emulsifier can determine the viscosity and after feel on the skin. We discussed both Good Manufacturing Practices and Cosmetic Preservatives again also, making sure students understand how important a cosmetic preservative is to a water based emulsion. Another class we re visited here was the aspect of Cosmetic Labeling for non soap products also.

Day2BBBCFebAfter lunch we created a Basic Lip Balm, and taught students how to alter and vary it to make herbal infused salves, whipped body butters, solid body butters, and solid perfume. One of the most popular items was the Comfrey Infused Dab Stick, a blend of Comfrey and Lavender that is moisturizing and soothing to the skin. We used both essential oils and fragrance oils for formulating all of the products we made during the Bath & Body Boot Camp also.

2014-02-19 12.55.00To finish off the 3 day Bath & Body Boot Camp, we made fabulous Natural Clay & Herbal Masks last. Students went home with a large Hau of handmade Bath & Body soap and cosmetics, all professionally labeled with our Soapalooza Studio Labels (you can download the PDF here:moisture-lotion-FINAL )

We have a Special Tax Refund Coupon Offer also! You can use a $50 Coupon for any upcoming 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp, or a $25 Coupon for any upcoming 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp. Just in time for your Tax Refund too!

We had the best fun! I hope that you will join us in one of the upcoming Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 50OFFCLASS), or even one of our 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 25OFFSOAPCAMP).

Both Coupons are only valid until May 15, 2014… So HURRY and sign up!

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Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp, Day 2

BathBodyBootcampWe started Day 2 of Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp with Sugar & Salt Scrubs. Students learned the difference between anhydrous scrubs & products and those that are manufactured with water. We made the Truly Scrumptious Sugar Scrub (this sugar scrub hands down wins the Favorite Vote from just about everyone that has tried it!), a Foaming Sugar Scrub, a Whipped Body Frosting Sugar Scrub, and Ogre Ooze, a favorite scrub that I previously taught in the Southern Soapers Yahoo Classroom.

2014-02-18 13.02.14After the scrub class, we moved into the topic of Cosmetic Preservation. Students receive a pamphlet of the various cosmetic preservatives available to independent cosmetics formulators, with instructions on what they do, how to use them, and where to purchase them.

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After working with scrubs, we moved on to Bath Bombs, both our incredibly popular Bombs Away Fizzing Bath Bombs, as well as Foaming Bath Bombs. We created several types of Solid Bubbling Bath Bars, Bath Salts, and Bath Drizzles, to include a Rose Milk Bath.

Tomorrow will be Day 3, and the topics will be Emulsions & Creams, GMP for Indie Formulators, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling, Clay Masks, Lip Balms, Body Butters, and Salves.

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp, Day 1

BathBodyBootcampYesterday, we got the Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp off to a fast paced start… We started off with a Basic Soapmaking lesson, followed by a more Advanced Soapmaking process using goat milk. Our students learned to weigh, measure, and design their cold process soap formulations.

Afterward, we moved on to using natural botanicals in soapmaking, both in the hot lye solutions as well as directly added to lightly traced cold process soap mixtures.
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We additionally made a Black & Tan soap, including the foam!

And, not to be out done, we made Shiraz Wine Soap with a burgundy flame mica swirl.

While the soap batches were processing (one batch in the refrigerator to be processed in a Low Temperature manner, and another in the oven for Cold Process Oven Process, we prepared our surfaces for the start of Bath & Body Cosmetics manufacturing.

We would be spending most of Day 2 & Day 3 making an onslaught of Bath & Body products.

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Students finished Day 1 with a class on Discounted Water Cold Process, and Master Batch Soapmaking.

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Congrats to Janel of The Candle Attic

BizInsuranceCongrats to Janel of The Candle Attic for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

BYOB Beer Soapmaking Class Dates!

SoapLabBack in the day… say about 10 years ago…(or as my son would claim when I rode dinosaurs to work), adventurous soapmakers like myself often wondered what to do with the bits of stale ale left lying about after a party (yeah, right….).

There was this hypothesis that beer in soap might be pretty cool (and I was curious if it might cause an explosion!). It was also inspired by the idea that perhaps it would be a great excuse to bust the cap on another bottle of beer or two!

In any case, many early beer soap makers took extreme caution and donned appropriate hazmat gear, hauled their bucket and lye out to the middle of the back yard, and had the local Fire Department on speed dial.

Unfortunately, our house did not have any stale ale laying about. So, I committed the ultimate in alcohol abuse… I busted the caps off two brand new bottles of Guinness Stout, surreptitiously snatched from the stash of my slumbering husband (now ex husband).

Being expedience was of the essence, I did not have time to let these bottles of amber waves of grain and hops to go stale… nor would that be likely with me guarding them, fighting off the urge for me to take just one sip… and then another, and then well, why not just enjoy them both?? So, into the 1 gallon Rubbermaid pitcher this dark brew went. And quickly, before I could change my mind, the caustic lye followed. The billowing and foaming… stirred down while the fumes wafted up half choking me. The stink hung like a funk, evidence that no, Kelly was not getting her drink on.

After this rolling and churning funk of foul odor subsided and settled down, I proceeded to simply make soap with it as I would a regular water & lye solution. I scented it with my Acorns & Black Oak fragrance oil, as I had correctly suspected that no beer odor would remain after cure. My first Beer soap was a rousing success. Men loved and hated the idea of there being Guinness Stout in each bar!

I will be teaching a Bring Your Own Bottle Beer Soapmaking Class at least once each month. With the uptick of the many Micro Breweries, it is fun to make soap using your local beers. You can bring your OWN special bottle of beer to make soap with (or drink afterward), but we do provide both the light ale and the dark ale for the two soaps you will learn to make in this class. Just think… learn a new craft, have great conversation, talk about beer, and go home with your own soap! Sign up here! babyJesusBeer
Current Class Dates are:
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 – 3 pm – 6 pm
Tues, Feb 25, 2014 – 1 pm – 4 pm
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 – 1 pm – 4 pm
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Learn how to make natural soap using beers as your soapmaking liquids. Sounds scary? Well, with a few safety precautions you can create a unique line of soaps using pale beers or dark (porter, stouts) beer from your local brewery (or personal beer stash). This class will teach you the chemistry of what happens when you use beer as your liquid, what to expect, how to create a safe formula, and how to make these types of soap. You will leave with a 1 lb batch of both pale beer and dark beer soaps to observe while curing. This is the perfect class to take if you leave near a brewery and would like to market natural soap to them, for them, or to capitalize on a new product line. This class is such a blast! You are welcome to Bring Your Own Beer if there is something special you would like to make your soap with. Soapalooza does supply a basic pale ale and dark ale to make soap with… and SIP (seriously, “sip”?? Chug more like it) … so, join us and have fun learning to make BEER SOAP, and after you are finished mixing … sip what is left in the bottles!

Objectives of this 3 hour class are to teach you:

  • Hazards and safety issues when working with sodium hydroxide & alcoholic beverages
  • proper equipment and supplies needed

 

  • What beer can do when using them as soap making liquids

 

  • What can go wrong, and what to do about it

 

  • the basic chemistry of cold process soapmaking when using beer.

Prerequisite: You must be 18 years old to enroll or participate in this class. Please wear or bring a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed toe shoes to class.