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Handcrafted Soap - Hot Process Soap Making for Beginners

November 13, 9:30 AM11:30 AM

Lye soap making was an annual fall tradition in pioneer America.  Resourceful pioneers made soap from wood ash and waste fats from autumn preparations for winter meat stores. The annual rite carried on well into the 20th century. The soap recipe was simple- mix lye with melted fat over a low fire and slowly cook the combination until the water evaporates.

Fast forward to today’s modern take on similar hot process soap making using a crockpot! In this demonstration class you will learn how to craft homemade soap using lye and plant based oils. While the soap “cooks” through the saponification process, we will try our hand at felting a bar of soap. Participants will take home sample soap and all the directions to get started making their own soap at home.