DIY Holiday Gift Making Weekend (Both Days)

Taught by Alice & Jen

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Melt & Pour Soap – Liquid Soap, Lotion & Cream Bases:
Saturday 12/5/15, 9am-5pm

Milk Baths, Bath Salts, Tub Teas, Facial Masks, Scrubs, Herbal Steams & More!
Sunday 12/6/16, 9am-5pm

Won’t you join us for the last official weekend at The Nova Studio?

We thought we would do something really fun for our final days of classes in our Point Richmond studio. Since it’s so close to the holidays, most people who make Soap, Bath, & Body products for a living are knee-deep in orders. During their busiest time of the year, they simply don’t have the time to take classes.

However… it’s the perfect time to take a class for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge or pick up a new hobby for fun or for gift giving (the very reason Lori first started making products way back in 2000… a passion that resulted in her opening The Nova Studio in 2003).

So, for our “last hurrah” at The Nova Studio, we recruited two of our favorite local teachers, Jen Grimes & Alice Duvernell and asked them to teach some of their favorite handmade products. We specifically chose products that make wonderful gifts, so not only can you come & learn how to make them, but also cross off a good portion of people on your gift list, all in one fell swoop. We hope you’ll join us!

Note: A materials fee of $80 will be collected at the beginning of class.

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Day 1: Saturday, 12/5/15
DIY Holiday Gift Making Weekend Part 1:
Melt & Pour Soap – Liquid Soap, Lotion & Cream Bases

Kick back, relax, and get your craft on! Whether you’re looking for creative handcrafted gifts that are delightfully fun to make or just need a stress-free escape from the holiday madness, bring your friends to The Nova Studio for a productive day of crafting with Jen. Yes, holiday gifting really can be quick and easy – and she’ll be here to show you how. No prior experience necessary.

We’ll start with the wonderful world of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting. Often marketed as glycerin soaps, these soaps are easy to personalize and make stunning gifts. Learn tips and tricks for working with melt and pour soaps while you make & package 12 custom colored, custom scented, guest-size soap bars, ready for gifting (or heck, keep some for yourself – we won’t tell anyone)!

After a mid-day break for lunch, you’ll explore the wonderful world of pre-made bases. Jen will use her famous all-natural Liquid Soap from scratch as the base for this class. Learn why foamer bottles are amazing for handcrafted soap & how to properly formulate using them. You’ll be customizing your own liquid soap concoctions with your choice of essential oils and skin-safe colors. “Make & Take” home six 8.5-oz bottles of your custom liquid soaps.

Last but not least, discover how easy & fun customizing and bottling your own Lotions & Creams can be. Jen will discuss the different options & considerations when choosing a base formula and give recommendations for her favorite suppliers. “Make & Take” home six 4-oz containers of custom lotion or cream creations, all labeled & ready to to give as gifts to those lucky enough to be on your holiday list.

That’s a total of 24 individual gifts you’ll take home. Need more gifts? No worries! We plan to have extra supplies available for purchase so that no one on your gift list goes wanting. Be forewarned, after this class, you may just find yourself wanting to dive deeper into the world of handcrafted bath and body products for fun or for profit.


Day 2: Sunday, 12/6/15
DIY Holiday Gift Making Weekend Part 2:
Milk Baths, Bath Salts, Tub Teas, Facial Masks, Scrubs, Herbal Steams & More!

To continue our fun-filled holiday gifting weekend, Alice (our herbal expert) will guide you through the process of making several luxurious bath products, like Soothing Milk Baths, Herbal Tub Teas, & Aromatherapy Bath Salts AND spa quality facial products like Cleansing Grains (aka Dry Scrubs), Facial Steams, & Herbal Clay Masks. These gifts are sure to please just about everyone on your gift list.

Why give commercially made synthetic products when it’s so fun & easy to make our own delicious natural bath & facial treats? In this holiday-inspired one time class you will be introduced to all kinds of raw materials that can be used to create lovely bath tub soaks with botanical herbs for health and beauty and the wonderful craft of making your own home made facial care products. While learning new recipes from, you will custom scent and design your own products with your loved ones in mind.

You’ll make & take home 24 unique gifts (see list below). The value of this crash course goes well beyond just the holidays, as you will learn how to make gifts for any occasion (and a gift from the heart is more valuable than any other). No prior experience is necessary.

12 Gifts of Tub Time Treats:

  • Aromatherapy Bath Salts: 2, 8-oz jars
  • Soothing Milk Baths: 5 packages of 2 per pack, or 10 baths total
  • Herbal Tub Teas: 5 packages of 2 per pack, or 10 baths total

12 Individual Gifts of Facial Products (or 4 Deluxe Gifts Sets):

  • Facial Steam: 4 multi-use bags
  • Dry Facial Scrubs: 4, 4-oz. jars
  • Clay Masks: 4, 4-oz. jars

2 Bonus Gifts for YOU:

  • Aromatherapy Mood Enhancing Pulse Point Roll-Ons: 2, 1/3 oz. bottles

Jen headshotJen Grimes started her descent down the make-your-own cosmetic rabbit hole after stumbling over books with vintage cosmetic recipes in her local library. After picking up and putting down books on how to make soap (all those bizarre ingredients and safety measures!), she took the plunge, promptly became addicted, and was certified as a soapmaker through the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild (HSCG). Today, Jen is a proud member of and volunteer for HSCG & owns and operates Loft Soap. She has a passion for hot-processed soap, loves funny-looking soap and can often be found communing with other soapmakers at The Nova Studio. Learn intermediate & advanced soap making topics from Jen.


Alice headshotAlice Duvernell is an artist & gilder who moved to the Bay Area after living in the south of France for 8 years. There she started researching problematic & sensitive skin types & developed an interest in the amazing virtues of essential oils & hydrosols. Her interest in culture & her studies in anthropology led her to travel in South America where she expanded her passion & awareness in native medicinal plants. During her last journey to Brazil, she set up a laboratory where she shared with the locals her homemade techniques for making hydrosols & other cosmetics, using only native plants. Learn how to create herbal & facial products from Alice.


If you are coming from out of town, contact us before making any non-refundable travel arrangements so we can verify the class has met the minimum and is definitely a go.

All payments are non-refundable, but we do offer partial class credit depending on how much advance notice you give us. If you cannot attend a class, you can always send someone in your place. Alternatively, you can receive partial credit as described below. Note: We do not offer refunds, only future class credits.

At Least 7 Days’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us at 510-234-5700 with 7 or more days’ notice, you will be able to transfer your class fee, minus a $15 change fee, to any future class.

At Least 48 Hours’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 48 hours’ notice (but less than 7 days before the class) you will be able to transfer 50% of your class fee to any future class.

Less than 48 Hours’ Notice: If you give us less than 48 hours’ notice that you cannot attend a class, you forfeit your class fee. We are happy to send the class handouts to you. Simply email us a request.

If We Have to Cancel: In the rare case where enrollment is below the studio minimum of 5 students, the teacher has the right to cancel no later than the Monday prior to the class. If a class is cancelled, you will be contacted using the phone number and/or e-mail address that you gave when signing up. You will have a choice of a full refund or a credit for any future class.

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