Video eClass: Learn to Make Cold Process Soap

$49.00

with Ruth Esteves

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This recorded video comes with detailed & thorough Class Handouts

This eClass is a video recording of a live web class. Included in this resource is a 1 hour 15 minute Video eClass (which includes 9 embedded video clips within the presentation). You also receive access to Lori’s Cold Process Soap 101 Class Handouts via PDF, which contain our #1 Nova-Tested Soap Recipe, step-by-step instructions, and a blank recipe worksheet to use on all your future batches, plus many other resources, links and info. As a bonus, you’ll also get audio of the Q&A session that took place with our live participants. You can view & listen to both of these from the comfort of your own home, any time & as often as you’d like.  You’ll find the table of contents and timetables in the tab below.

Have you ever wondered what was involved with making all-natural soap, from scratch in your own kitchen? Do you, a close friend, or a family member have skin issues that are easily irritated by store-bought soaps & detergents? Many commercial soaps contain cheap petroleum-based ingredients & synthetic detergents that can be harsh on sensitive skin. By learning how to make soap in your own kitchen, you can tailor it to suit any skin type as well as insure that only the most beneficial ingredients go into your finished bars.

The cold process method of soapmaking is probably the #1 choice among soapmakers. It’s called “Cold” Process because it relies almost exclusively on the heat generated by saponification (the chemical reaction of fatty acids & alkali to produce soap). Although it may seem complicated at first, making your own soap from scratch using all-natural ingredients (the way some of our grandparents did) can be both fun and rewarding ~ not to mention addicting!

You need two things in order to make an awesome bar of soap: 1) A great recipe, and 2) a trusted method taught to you by someone knowledgeable who you can guide you through the steps in a clear & concise way. Using a combination of full color slides & pictures, along with several pre-recorded video demonstrations, Ruth covers the following:

  • Basic chemistry of soap making
  • Necessary ingredients, supplies and equipment
  • Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide
  • Explanation and importance of “superfatting”
  • Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures
  • Options for coloring soap including natural ingredients
  • Using pure essential oils to scent your soap naturally
  • Preparing your molds and molding options
  • Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap
  • Decorating and packaging to impress

PLEASE NOTE: This is an introductory-level Cold Process Soapmaking 101 video class. It does not cover advanced techniques like swirling or layering (those will be covered in future eClasses). Since making soap from scratch involves working with lye (aka sodium hydroxide) we recommend that all soap makers attempting this technique be 18 years or older, or be very closely supervised by a knowledgeable adult. Also, cold process soap needs about a month to cure before using (for comparison, hot process soap can be used within a few days, and melt & pour soap can usually be used within a few hours).

A Video eClass is the audio & video recording of one of our Live eClasses. In an eClass, the teacher uses a detailed slideshow presentation, which includes full color images, text, and various video clips to show the more detailed processes. The teacher narrates as she/he moves through the course. You may watch & listen from your computer, phone, or tablet, anywhere you have a good internet connection.

The main difference between the video and the live version is that the live version is an “in real time” class, where the teacher and students are all in front of their computers at the exact same time & day. Once we’ve taught a Live eClass, a recorded version of it (aka Video eClass) will be available for sale. Once purchased, it is available for instant access as often & as many times as you like (the recording is also made available to the Live eClass participants). Live eClass students get to participate in a real-time Q&A, and the Video eClass students will get a copy of the recording of the Q&A as well as and any/all supporting documents that the Live eClass students received.

In order to access this information, you must create an account & choose a password (you can’t “checkout as a guest”). After ordering, click the “MY ACCOUNT or LOGIN” button (dark grey button at the top of every page), to access your “My Account” page. There, under the Recorded Webinars & Related Documents Green Title Bar, you’ll find a link to the “My Courses Page.” If you have purchased multiple eClasses, all of them will be found on your My Courses Page. There is no expiration date to your Video eClasses or related documents.

When you click on the green title of an eClass, you’ll be taken to a new page where you’ll asked to be entered a password to view the video(s). Underneath the videos, you’ll find the password(s), Related Documents & Links, a Table of Contents & Timetable that tells you exactly what’s covered & in the main video of the eClass, a Q&A Table of Contents & Timetable, and finally Additional Resources & Useful Information.

All with all our classes & teaching materials, you have permission to use our recipes and make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute our information, directions, instructions, or recipes in our eClasses since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us before purchasing. Thank you for your interest!

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CP Soap 101 Video eClass Table of Contents & Timetable:

1:08 – What is Cold Process Soap?
5:55 – Soapmaking Ingredients
– Soapmaking Equipment
8:30 – Essential Equipment – “Must Have”
15:17 – Helpful Equipment – “Nice to Have”
20:20 – Luxury Equipment – “Dedicated Soapmaker”
– The Step-by-Step
23:18 – STEP 1 – The Recipe
26:43 – What is Superfat?
30:45 – STEP 2 – Prepare Your Work Area
32:00 – STEP 3 – Prepare Your Mold
32:45 – How Big is My Mold?
33:41 – Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) Safety
36:19 – Sodium Hydroxide Sources
37:46 – STEP 4 – Making the Lye Solution
38:26 – Making the Lye Solution – 17 Second Video
39:29 – Oils, Fats, & Butters
43:54 – Protecting Oils with an Anti-oxidant
45:30 – STEP 5 – Weighing & Melting Oils
46:42 – Using Essential Oils
50:16 – Using Fragrance Oils
51:28 – STEP 6 – Preparing the Additives: Scent
52:30 – Pouring Essential Oils – 8 Second Video
53:17 – Coloring Soap
57:14 – STEP 6 – Preparing the Additives: Color
58:40 – Preparing the Additives: Others
59:14 – Using a Stick Blender
1:00:40 – Using a Stick Blender – 9 Second Video
1:01:09 – STEP 7 – Blending the Oils & Lye – 33 Second Video (Part 1)
1:01:52 – Blending the Oils & Lye – 43 Second Video (Part 2)
1:02:45 – What is “Trace?” – 55 Second Video
1:03:53 – STEP 8 – Adding Color & Scent – 15 Second Video
1:04:25 – Adding Additives – 7 Second Video
1:04:34 – STEP 9 – Pouring Soap Into Mold – 49 Second Video
1:05:52 – Cleaning Up
1:07:36 – STEP 10 – Unmolding, Cutting, & Curing the Soap
– Packaging, Resources, & More
1:10:15 – Wrapping & Packaging
1:13:02 – Resources
1:13:56 – Want More?

CP Soap 101 Q&A Table of Contents & Timetable:

:04 – Can you use parchment paper instead of freezer paper to line your soap mold?
:30 – Does the lye/liquid not get included in the net weight of your batch?
1:03 – Is there a substitute to ROE?
1:24 – How do you know if soap has gone rancid & how long does it last?
2:45 – How do we know how much colorant to use?
4:05 – Is checking pH levels of finished soap required?
5:46 – How do you figure out how much essential oil to use if you want to use more than one in a batch?
6:24 – What are the ethics of Palm Oil use?
7:43 – Do any of the healing properties of calendula petals remain if they’re used as an additive?
8:20 – The soap appears really dry after a few weeks. Is there something I can do to make it look more moist?
9:10 – Do I have to include the amount of oil, water, or glycerin I use to wet my colorants in the recipe?
9:56 – Does one still have to check if the oils will clog pores? I have a teenager with acne.
10:46 – My soap shrinks a lot during the 4-6 week curing time.
11:42 – My soap does not have much scent after curing. Are there some oils that are preferred over others?
12:57 – I found a recipe that calls for sodium lactate. How much do we need to use?

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A Video eClass is the audio & video recording of one of our Live eClasses. In an eClass, the teacher uses a detailed slideshow presentation, which includes full color images, text, and various video clips to show the more detailed processes. The teacher narrates as she/he moves through the course. You may watch & listen from your computer, phone, or tablet, anywhere you have a good internet connection.

The main difference between the video and the live version is that the live version is an “in real time” class, where the teacher and students are all in front of their computers at the exact same time & day. Once we’ve taught a Live eClass, a recorded version of it (aka Video eClass) will be available for sale. Once purchased, it is available for instant access as often & as many times as you like (the recording is also made available to the Live eClass participants). Live eClass students get to participate in a real-time Q&A, and the Video eClass students will get a copy of the recording of the Q&A as well as and any/all supporting documents that the Live eClass students received.

In order to access this information, you must create an account & choose a password (you can’t “checkout as a guest”). After ordering, click the “MY ACCOUNT or LOGIN” button (dark grey button at the top of every page), to access your “My Account” page. There, under the Recorded Webinars & Related Documents Green Title Bar, you’ll find a link to the “Videos & Q+As Page.” If you have purchased multiple eClasses, all of them will be found on your My Courses Page. There is no expiration date to your Video eClasses or related documents.

When you click on the green title of an eClass, you’ll be taken to a new page where you’ll asked to be entered a password to view the video(s). Underneath the videos, you’ll find the password(s), Related Documents & Links, a Table of Contents & Timetable that tells you exactly what’s covered & in the main video of the eClass, a Q&A Table of Contents & Timetable, and finally Additional Resources & Useful Information.

As with all our classes & teaching materials, you have permission to use our recipes and make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute our information, directions, instructions, or recipes from our eClasses since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us before purchasing. Thank you for your interest!

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Ruth headshot square versionRuth Esteves, Co-owner of The Nova Studio, started making handmade soap in 2006 as another in a long line of hobbies. Since then, she has gone from whipping up quick melt-and-pour soap gifts for her friends to designing and selling her own cold process soaps online through Sirona Springs. Trained as a laboratory research scientist, Ruth finds that soapmaking is the perfect blending of chemistry and art. Ruth is also a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild (HSCG) and holds the HSCG Advanced Soapmaker certification. Learn beginning & advanced soap making topics from Ruth.

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