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Vegan Soap Making Class with Anja

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Anja' Workshop

Whalley Range

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own soap? Wait no longer! We will spend a relaxed couple of hours together in a small group of two like-minded people, where I will teach you how to make your own plant-based, eco-friendly, cold process soap from scratch.

I attended an amazingly inspirational soap-making workshop last summer at the beautiful Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah (you may have heard of it, as it was founded by the actor Robert Redford, who still lives there). Such an inspirational place! They see creativity as an important part of well-being and thus have an art studio on site, where all visitors and holiday-makers can take numerous art classes and craft workshops (including soap-making).

I can tell you a bit more about the Sundance philosophy over tea and biscuits, but mainly we will be making some beautfiful, natural soap from scratch using various plant-based oils and fats. This is called 'cold process soap-making', as opposed to melt-and-pour soap-making, where the base is pre-made and you just melt it. You will learn, instead, how to do this process from scratch.

You can choose for yourself which direction you want to take your soap as far as your fragrence and choice of botanicals and colours goes. Would you like invigorating lemongrass and rosemary? Or do you prefer comforting cinnamon? Or are you a fan of calming lavendar? The choice is all yours. I will have an abundance of essentials oils and botanicals available for you to choose from.

You will be making a large 1kg block of your own handmade, plant-based soap, which you can then cut into which ever shape/size you would like and either use it up yourself throughout the year or give it away to friends and family.

I have had my soap recipe officially certified by a chemical lab by sending in a Cosmetic Product Safety Report, so you can rest assured that the soap we are making is safe to use. You will also test the pH level of your soap as part of the course, so you know your soap is nothing less than nurishing for your skin.

P.S. Two things to note:

1) We will be working with lye (or sodium hydroxide), which is caustic. During our workshop, I will be doing this part of the soap-making process on your behalf, just to be on the safe side. So, while every other part of the class is hands-on, you will only be observing me at this stage.

2) Once poured into the mould, the soap will need 24 hours to cure. This means you won't be able to cut your soap until the following day. We can either arrange for you to come back to the workshop on Sunday or, if you prefer, I can have the soap delivered to you by post or drop it off at your house (both for an small additional fee). If you're coming from further afield, we can also pour the soap into a plastic container that you can take home with you.

Fee includes all materials and ingredients. And of course your very own handmade 1kg block of soap.

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