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Discover the art of soap making with a variety of hands-on classes in Chicago. Learn the techniques, ingredients, and tips to create beautiful and luxurious handmade soaps while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of this ancient craft.

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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of saponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional saponification Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base...

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Let’s Make Cold Process Soap

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Learn the basics of soap-making using the cold process method. Hands-on projects will include vegan soaps using essential oils, and a goat’s milk soap. We will discuss the origins of soap, the science of soap-making, and safety, plus common soap making mistakes, how to avoid them and how to correct them. Participants will take home soap and recipes.   *Requirements - Wear long sleeves and closed toed shoes. Bring safety goggles....

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Let’s Make Hot Process & Felted Soap

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Let's make soap using the Hot Process method. During this project-filled, hands-on class, you will make soap using natural colorants and herbs, discuss crockpot soap, learn to make felted soap AND make a Facial Salt Bar, which is one of Mamagrows all-time favorites! Participants will take home soap and recipes. This will be a very fun, engaging class!   *Requirements - Wear long sleeves and closed toed shoes.  Bring safety goggles....

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Soap Making Quick Starter @ Westmont

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 26 E Quincy St, Westmont, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

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Soap Making 101: Cold Process Goat Milk Soap

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Learn the history of soap making, how modern soap making is different, and how to create your own soap recipes.  Every step of cold-process soap making from start to finish will be demonstrated using goat milk which makes the most luxurious and moisturizing soap. Each participant will receive handouts, including a list of references for future use, and a slice of freshly made soap.

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Goat Milk Soap Making

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of creating unique skincare products in this hands-on workshop. Experiment with scents, colors, and textures to craft personalized soaps using responsibly sourced ingredients. Take home your creations and a bonus soap from Gretta's farm store.

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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Westmont

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

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Soap Making Quick Starter (In Vegan Recipe) @ Berwyn

TLD Design Center & Gallery @ 2619 Ridgeland Ave, Berwyn, IL

SOAP MAKING Quick Starter Basics in Cold Process Vegan Recipe Suitable Class for groups of 5 or less Science & Safety of Sopponification demystified Class For occasional maker through Indie professional Learn the Art & Craft of cold process soap making (from scratch... not melt and pour) This is a 2 hour class where students learn the entire process (from start to finish) as they work together creating one full base batch to be divided...

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You’ve probably seen artful baskets of handmade soap at markets and boutiques, so pretty they look like edible confections. There is magic in the chemical reaction that produces soap, but it’s simple enough for anyone to make at home.

The earliest use of soap was likely an accidental discovery when people noticed that natural substances like ashes had a cleansing effect as they came into contact with fats or oils during cooking or fire-making. A clay tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon described using fats and ashes for cleaning, and similar discoveries in Egypt describe soap-like material for personal hygiene. The ancient Greeks and Romans used a mixture of tallow and ashes to create soap bars.

This formula is the basis of making soap even today. By combining oils or fats with an alkali, such as sodium hydroxide, a chemical reaction called saponification occurs and transforms these ingredients into a luxurious cleansing product. 

Why You Should Learn Soap Making in Chicago

Unlike commercial soaps which may contain synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals, handmade soap is usually made in small batches using natural, skin-loving products. When you create handmade soap you have full control over the formula – select skin-nourishing oils and butters, choose your favorite scent, and express your creativity with colors and textures. Mold your soap into unique shapes or make rustic bars that tell the world they are one of a kind. 

Soap making in Chicago is a thriving cottage industry with a vibrant community of soap makers and artisans. Chicago hosts various craft fairs and festivals and over 70 farmer’s markets where soap makers can showcase and sell their products. Making soap is fun and relaxing, and you can luxuriate in the sudsy results of your labors. 

Many soap hobbyists have become business owners. Soapmaking is a growing industry globally, valued at $147 million in 2021 and expected to reach $228 million by 2028. The average annual income for handmade soap makers is $28k. 

When you begin your soap-making journey, seek out suppliers and organizations to support your endeavor. Soaper’s Choice sells a comprehensive supply of soap-making fats, oils, and ingredients in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, saving you the wait and cost of shipping. The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild is the largest handcrafter association in the world. They promote the handcrafted soap, cosmetic, and candle industry with how-to videos, supplier discounts, affordable insurance, and time-saving tools. 

In-Person Soap Making Classes & Schools in Chicago

In Soap Making Quick Starter at TLD Design Center and Gallery in Westmont, Illinois, you’ll learn the art and craft of cold process soap making from scratch. Class members work together in this two hour class to create a full batch, and you’ll go home with three hefty bars of custom soap. Select from a collection of essential oils, fragrances, and color ingredients, and learn to work safely with lye. 

TLD Design Center and Gallery offers creative art classes and supplies for fiber, yarn, weaving & weaving looms, hand and machine knitting, glass fusing and lampwork glass bead making, jewelry arts, painting, soap and candle making, millinery art, beading, spinning fibers and wheels, and wet felting wool.

Soap Making 101: Cold Process Goat Milk Soap at The Resiliency Institute in Naperville, Illinois covers the history of soap making, how modern soap making is different, and how to create your own soap recipes. You’ll learn every step of cold-process soap making using goat milk, which makes the most luxurious and moisturizing soap. Each participant will receive handouts, including a list of references for future use, and a slice of freshly made soap.

The Resiliency Institute is a non-profit educational organization that aims to transform the suburbs into resilient permaculture communities. They focus on permaculture education and design to grow food security, build the local economy, increase biodiversity, and foster community. 

Learn How to Make Goat Milk Soap at Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois teaches you how to make small-batch artisan goat milk soap. Learn the old-fashioned cold-process method of soap making using farm-fresh goat milk and organic, sustainable vegetable oil and essential oils. You’ll complete the class with a bar of this mild, moisturizing, chemical-free soap.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a living museum and conservation science center. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research in its nine laboratories, and its library contains 110,000 volumes, including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.

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Virtual Soap Making Classes & Schools

If you can’t find a soap-making class in Chicago, try taking online soap making classes. You’ll be able to attend classes from home, without the time or stress of a commute. You’ll need to have a web-enabled device with a microphone and a space where you can attend class undisturbed.

Virtual Bath Bomb Making from Love & Make is a live, virtual workshop that covers the sometimes-tricky process of making your own bath bombs. This workshop uses the Love & Make Bath Bomb DIY kit, which is available to order in their online shop. If you want to use your own materials, have your recipe and tools ready before the workshop begins.

Enroll in Virtual Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop to learn the basics of melt and pour soap making, general techniques, and even a little history. You’ll learn the uses and benefits of the various ingredients, and explore different recipes that you can use at home or give as gifts. This workshop is designed for the Love & Make DIY Soap-Making Kit, which you’ll need to purchase prior to the class along with a funnel pitcher melting pot, stir sticks, soap molds of your choice, and an alcohol spray bottle.

In Soap Making from El Camino College, you’ll have fun making luxurious bath products you’ll love. Learn to make bar soaps, cleansing gels, and bubble baths using various techniques and recipes. Plus, learn to create specialized products for people with sensitive skin. Create soaps for the ultimate home spa experience or for gift-giving.

Private Group Soap Making Classes in Chicago

Do you want to plan a fun soap-making class or another crafty project as a team-building event for your organization or business? Coursehorse offers private group soap making classes for Chicago. Classes are planned and delivered directly to your group. 

In Virtual Soap Making Workshop you’ll discover the art of handmade melt-and-pour soap making. Your instructor will go over materials, basic techniques, the benefits of making your own soap, and different recipes. You’ll also learn how to use botanicals and other additives to make your soaps even more special and personalized. You’ll make your very own soaps by hand in this class.

Virtual Candle Making is a beginner-friendly soy candle-making class. An expert instructor will guide you through making beautiful, environmentally friendly soy and beeswax candles in the comfort of your home. You’ll create beautiful candles so that you can proudly say, "I made it myself!"

The class includes a candle-making kit shipped to your participants which has everything you'll need in it, including a small melting/pouring pitcher, stir stick, wax chips for two candles, two candle tins, two wicks, two clothespins for centering wicks, wick adhesive and candle labels, and fragrance oil.

In Virtual Macramé Workshop you’ll learn how to create plant hangers using knot patterns. 

The art of tying knots to create beautifully patterned textiles is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. These simple knots quickly turn into beautiful designs that can be endlessly customized. You will walk away with a beautiful hanging planter, the perfect display for your favorite plants. All needed materials are shipped to participants, including cord to make three plant hangers.

If you don’t see the class you’re looking for, Coursehorse can provide a customized class for your group. Use the “Contact Us” button on the website to learn about the options available. It’s easy to book with Coursehorse – just estimate your group size, pay the minimum deposit, and reserve your date. You’ll receive a confirmation within 24 hours. They recommend using the Zoom platform but can accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx if you provide the meeting details.

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