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What Classes Would Interest You?

As we are gearing up for our annual Soap Weekend Intensive (a weekend filled with soap and toiletry making classes in Bellingham, Washington – and we just had a cancellation so last I heard, we had one last opening), we are thinking about what we want to teach next year. This year, we are teaching CP soap with milk, emulsified scrubs, 80’s inspired melt & pour soap, swirling cold process soap, and lotionmaking. Above are some examples of the CP soap the soapy team will be teaching in classes.

We would love to hear from you about techniques and products you’ve always wanted to try or a technique that you know and love. We are looking for a brainstorm of ideas for SWI 2013 and would love to have you be a part of the conversation! Just leave us a comment below on what you’d like to see us teach and what you’re interested in. No idea is too zany or basic. We want to design the best SWI 2013 we can. Talk to us! We’re listening.

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  1. Charmaine says

    I purchased some soap texture mats…and I really don’t know how to use them… Can anyone tell me or post a video on it… It would be much appreciated.

  2. heidi says

    2012 SWI was great! I conquer with all the suggestions put forward by all, and would like to add a couple more. Facial soap MP and CP, also how to photograph soap or bath products for a portfolio or even website.

  3. Angel says

    Please please please come to the Washington, DC area for a weekend and do a class. We are feeling lonely and unloved over here. Give the east coast some love too. :o)

  4. says

    I’m a CP/HP soap maker in Spokane and if I went, for the best value to me, I’d want to learn all new things but not anything MP. The recent Alabama soap conference agenda had a lot of things that would interest me:

    More on hot process
    Shampoo Bars/formulation info
    formulation for facial bars/shaving bars
    Bath soaks

    10:30 How to Make Silicone Molds – Amanda Griffin
    1:00 Find Your Soap Personality with Creative Packaging! – Michelle Rhoades

    2:30 Dead Sea Lavender & Emu™ Facial Bar – Tammy Doering
    3:15 From Kitchen to Store Shelf – Creative Ways to Market Your Business –
    Elizabeth Hill

    9:05 Formulating Creams & Lotions – Marla Bosworth, Keynote Speaker
    1:00 Mono-Fat Soaps – Deborah Bruijn

  5. Candy says

    What about a format where you could sign up for just one day- focus on soaps one day and lotions etc the second day. More folks could perhaps afford 1 day.

  6. Kathleen Amos says

    I would love to know how to make “Bubble Bars”. It would be great to be able to buy a kit with instructions.

  7. says

    I love all of the ideas so far! And along with that I’d like to have a class on making bath bombs. I can’t seem to ever get two batches the same consistency or hardness. My bombs, although still nice in the tub, never get rock hard and have to be wrapped so they won’t crumble apart. I’d like to know how to create a consistent product.

  8. Stacci says

    I’d like to see a ‘what CAN go wrong in soaping and how to try and either make the end result better or rectify the situation’ workshop if I wasn’t in a different country. lol

  9. Candy says

    CP textures on loaf like when curls & pieces are used to decorate or how to work with liquids like coffee, milk, beer, juice. Or cilicine mold making. Or how to package, where to get labels, printing, different wrapping and where to buy. Or that swirl with the cardboard down the center. Or m&p embeds in cp soap. Or how to make your own wooden soap mold. I’ll stop now!

  10. says

    I would love to see more swirl techniques. I do swirl…but it doesn’t look as nice as some I see! Harder to do than it looks! Asheville workshop..I would try to make that one!

  11. says

    Any form of advanced CP swirling would be great. I would love to see more premium videos teaching advanced techniques.

  12. says

    Being in NY, I’ll probably never make it to your classes–but I’d love a weekend to learn about using herbal and clay colorants in CP with hands-on practice.

  13. Mariah says

    You know what would be great…a virtual SIW (for those of us who live on the East coast and can’t quite convince their husband to travel to WA all in the name of soap!). But seriously, maybe you could check out what Papertrey Ink is doing with their weekend Stamp-A-Thon…maybe something like that…or even what Amay at Greatcakes Soapworks has been doing with her weekly challenges…I know I would really appreciate it…maybe something at a premium level, where there is a charge to participate but you get access to special videos, or even but some kind of kit to participate.
    Just a thought!

  14. Kathy says

    I want to go so badly, and I’m soo close by, but I just got into soaping so I feel like I need some more experience under my belt before something this intense. Maybe next year!

    I have been amazed by landscape soaps..I would love to learn how to do that!

  15. Jennifer says

    CP gradients and rubber stamping (after dipping in micas or other powder colorants). Okay. I’m done now. Promise. 😀

  16. Jennifer says

    Oh! And embeds are fun. (Embedding CP soap in CP soap) There are endless possibilities with embedding in soap :) It’s a bit more work cause you have to do one pour then another pour, but the results are so worth it! Jennifer

  17. Jennifer says

    Piping soap :) I admit I’m slightly obsessed with piping. But there are so many different cool things you can create with piping from cakes to cupcakes to even cool loaf designs…so many different possibilities!

    I have fun with it and I think it’s something others might enjoy too.

    Jennifer :)