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How To Make Soap
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Location: Rock Hill SC
Started: 5/18/2012 9:17:16 PM
Ended: 5/18/2013 9:17:16 PM
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how to make soap

Dear Fellow Craftsperson:

Just imagine making your very own custom blend soap - what an amazing feeling! And so much fun too!

You pop a finished batch out of the mold and carefully section it.

Unless, of course, you have proper instruction.

You look closely over each piece - studying its uniqueness. Enjoying the enticing aroma and raw beauty of your creation until you’re certain each bar deserves your “Seal of Approval”.

And whether you are soaping for your family and friends or for profit, your reaction is the same…

A triumphant wave of personal satisfaction brings on a little happy dance and a grin from ear-to-ear. You have created something useful AND unique. A custom-made soap that is far better than anything found on a store shelf!

Congratulations! You are a Master Soap Maker!


Before You Know It

For many people, soap making is addictive. I got hooked a few years ago. There was a story on TV about possible health risks from the additives in store-bought soap. I began searching for healthy alternatives for my family – ones that didn’t cost an arm and leg for each bar!

A friend suggested I try making my own soap. Always eager to learn something new, I started looking into it. From reading book after book and spending hours on the Internet, I grew more excited every day. My mind was filled with ideas about special oil blends, unique scents, using attractive add-ins to create personalized soaps for people to enjoy…

After all that time and information, I still didn’t feel ready to make that first batch. A list of “do’s and don’ts” and countless pages of printed out instructions, but still so much seemed unclear.

And making each batch takes time and money, so “trial and error” was not the way I wanted to go.

Being a “big picture” person didn’t help either. It’s easier to understand the directions and follow each step correctly when I see where it fits in the overall process. And while it sure doesn’t have to be complicated, soaping does have several stages…


Science Meets Art

If you don’t already know, soap making is fascinating. There’s nothing else like it. Chemistry in action with squeaky clean results.

Take a few select items from nature and mix them up just right and you get to watch a chemical reaction that causes the ingredients to turn into designer-quality, great smelling, skin nourishing soap.

Once the batch is ready (called reaching “trace”), pour it into a mold, and let it cure.

And you’ve created art with a purpose – and it’s good for you too!

You can customize it and personalize it to your heart’s content. Stick with the basics or add more steps – it’s entirely up to you. Just imagine all the ways you can put your special touch on each and every batch.

And that’s what it’s all about…

Making exactly what you want. Whether you feel like creating an additive-free soap, soap with a particular color or scent, or you want to express your creativity (and make money doing something you love) by starting your very own line of custom bath products, it’s easy - once you know the basics…


The Long Road

So there I was, filled with ideas, ready to express my inner artist with lathering masterpieces, but I was stumbling over the fundamentals.

Saponification, trace, cure, gel phase, superfatting… You have to get these down before you can really let your creativity flow. I still had a full-time job, so my time was limited. And I wanted to be up and running yesterday.

I got through it though, learning a little bit more each day. So many questions came up when I compared what I read to what I was experiencing. Things didn’t look exactly as I imagined from reading the text described and having pictures was helpful, but nothing showed me everything from start to finish. Still I kept at it, determined to get the process down cold.

Any failed batch cost me time and money, but I kept telling myself I was learning something new. My self-confidence grew every time it turned out right. And slowly I started experimenting with new ingredients, more complex recipes, and interesting molds…

Without having someone there to walk me through the soap making process, many things took far longer than I had planned, but eventually I “got it”. Now I create incredible-smelling, creative, and unique soaps that people can’t seem to get enough of. It’s exciting to be “in demand”.


Sharing The Joy

Even in the beginning, when I was unsure of what I was doing, I enjoyed it all. Yes, I wanted to blow passed the newbie stage and get to creating my own recipes and making high-dollar designer soaps, but every step along the way was fun.

So much so, that I wanted to share it with everyone. Surprisingly, I found that even though my family and friends got excited about my soap, not everyone wanted to talk about making it. I still don’t understand that! ;)

There are lots of people on the Internet though who share my passion. And I wanted to connect with them. Next thing you know, I’ve got a website, a newsletter, and a bunch of people eager to hear what I have to say about soap making. Man, was I jazzed!

These fellow crafters started asking me questions about soap making. And I saw many of the same ones time and again. Things like…

It was easy to see that people had the same questions and doubts about soap making that I had when I was starting out.


The Light Bulb Went On

So, I kept answering the those questions and sharing my experiences over and over again. And I began to wonder what the heck was going on.

Until I realized that what most of us need is someone to hold your hand and guide you through the process. Sure, you can read instructions and look at a couple of random pics, but if you are an audio or visual learner (like me), nothing beats seeing and hearing someone walk through the steps one-by-one.

Makes perfect sense, so my next thought was, “I’m going to bring the joy of soap making to the masses.” And no way was I using some crumby homemade footage with garbled audio and bad lightening… No amateur flip cam recording is going to tarnish my good name!

If I am going to help people and spread the soap making word, it’s going to be a first-rate video with high-quality lighting and crystal clear sound.

So, I lined up a professional videographer with studio level equipment and started mapping out the shoot…

And, then I started outlining a script and figuring out how everything was going to flow. It became clear that it would be best for the viewer if two people walked them through the process – teaching and interacting along the way…

So, I began my search to find the perfect teacher.


A Soapmaking Celebrity

And, I mean the very best one I could find. It wasn’t enough for the video to look and sound great, it had to provide comprehensive information and easy-to-follow instruction from a professional-level soapmaker.

In fact, when I first started looking for someone to work with, I ruffled quite a few soapmakers’ feathers. Several of them were pretty miffed when they found out there was a screening process if they were interested in being in the video.

Hey, I can’t help that. Last thing I needed was an overgrown ego on the set. My focus is always on you and giving you everything you need to be a Soapmaking Whiz. A lot of people claim to be a so-called “expert” because they’ve bought some info on the Internet, rehashed it, and sold it online, so I needed to be certain I had the real deal.

Then I talked with Master Soapmaker Alec Whitehouse and I knew my quest had ended. Alec was not only happy to answer my questions, but his explanations are straightforward and easy to understand. Better still, he instantly saw my vision and jumped right on board.

And Alec has definitely earned the title of Master Soapmaker - He’s been making soap (and running a soapmaking business) for over 10 years and has only had one failed batch! Pretty darn impressive, huh!


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