SWI Recap Day 2 – MP, Lotions, Scrubs and Cupcakes

Day 2 of SWI brought all of our wonderful guest instructors together! We invited Debbie Chialtas of Soapylove to teach us some fun melt and pour projects, Erin Pikor of Naiad Soap Arts taught her awesome array of scrubs, and Jill Heuser gave us the low-down on lotions. Get ready for lots of photos! First, we started of with a little bit of this guy.

SO in love.

A perfect pick-me-up first thing in the morning, Debbie’s projects incorporated Bramble Berry’s neon pigments for a super cool, 1980’s vibe. She used the SoapyLove Checkered Heart Mold with two variations, a psychedelic splatter soap and a neon checkered soap! Then, the SoapyLove I Heart Soap Mold done in super bright neons put a fun twist on a classic sentiment.


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SWI Recap: Day 1 CP-Stravaganza!

Another year of Soap Weekend Intensive is in the books. The super fun, crazy, intense, and soapy extravaganza started off on Friday with Cold Process and Melt and Pour 101 at Otion, and the house was packed with eager students from all over the world ready to kick off the weekend!

Saturday started off with a visit from a very special guest – my little man, Jamisen!

After that ray of sunshine, we dove right into our first round of Cold Process demos: three different milk soaps! I taught two techniques with Goat Milk and one technique with Rice Milk, straight from my new book, Making Milk Soap from Scratch.

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We Have a Question For You

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.

SWI 2012 Prep Time

Eeek! Soap Weekend Intensive is 2 weeks away (no, that is not the sound of my hyperventilating that you hear. Cool as a cucumber. Cool as a cucumber.) We’ve been running around like busy little bees pulling products and prepping for the jam packed weekend of soapmaking. It’s really hard to believe that after a year of planning (really, we signed these teachers up last June), it’s here. Breaking News! There was a cancellation this morning meaning we have one spot left! If you’re interested, hurry over to the Bramble Berry website to sign up. Do you need proof that it’s going to be the best weekend ever? See SWI blog posts from the past: SWI 2008, SWI 2009, SWI 2010 and SWI 2011.

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SWI is Full and Jamisen is Mobile

We made the most of our Memorial Day. While hiking to Clayton Beach, Chris and I told Jamisen all about Memorial Day (and if the link I gave you yesterday didn’t have you tearing up enough, this is an even better narrative about the emotional costs of war). Jamisen listened quietly and seemed to appreciate the gravity of the message. After all the talking, he was delighted to be let down to crawl around the beach. It was his first experience wit the sand and he went for it – crawling all over and generally showing a fiercely independent streak.


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SWI Early Birds – Save $50!

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for  Soap Weekend Intensive to get the early bird special. After tomorrow, the price will go up $50 so save some money and sign up today! Hint: We usually sell out so get your tickets while there are still spots available (ahem…we are almost fully booked already). Sign up HERE!

Remember the wildly popular sugar cube recipe? It was created by Erin Pikor, one of your Soap Weekend Intensive teachers! You’ll get to meet her in person and learn how to make different variations of her recipe. SWI is such a great opportunity to get hands on training with the best soapers and teachers in the industry like Debbie Chialtas of Soapylove, Erin Pikor of Naid Soap Arts, Kat Hackney of Otion and of course (throat clearing, eyes downcast modestly), I’ll be there too!

Purchase your ticket here while spots are still available.

Do you want to see the fun you would be missing out on? See SWI blog posts from the past SWI 2008, SWI 2009, SWI 2010 and SWI 2011