Sunday was busy, busy, busy.
Kim and I taught our first public soap making workshop!
It was over-subscribed, which was great news for us which tells us that there is a lot of interest in the course, so there is an overflow session which will be on Sunday 28th April so that no one misses out.
There might even be a few spaces still available so if you are interested and live locally, please contact the ladies at the Melton South Community House on 03 9747 8576 who will organise your booking.
Here is our set up. We had four lovely ladies willing to learn a new skill.
We had one demo station set up on the right, with chairs in front so the students could see the safety brief and how I made the first batch of soap. After they chose their colour and fragrance, I stepped them through the process, so that they felt comfortable when it came to their turn.
On the tables against the wall (where the power outlets were), we set up another two stations for the students. I helped them as they followed the process making sure that they understood all the steps and treated the caustic soda with the respect it deserves.
Once all the students had completed their soap, they got to take home one of my home made wooden soap moulds as part of the course fee.
Kim then showed everyone how to cut the bars after the block of soap has cured for 48 hours, so they understood the entire process.
You can read more about our soap making recipe and watch our video tutorial at this post titled "Secret of Good Soap".
We had great fun, and am looking forward to the next workshop in April.
Oh, by the way. I wrote and submitted another article for Grass Roots Magazine the other day. It is all about soap making and the process we use. Look out for it when it hits the newsagent shelves.
So, who else has recently taken up making their own soap. What fats or oils do you use?