Winter Retreat Speakers

Melanie Brown, Serenity Soapworks

  

INFUSIONS... WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS?

In today’s soapmaking community, more and more focus is on making our products as natural and skin-loving as possible. Many soapmakers are now incorporating infused oils in to their products for added “benefits” to the user. In this session we will discuss how to do an infusion, what herbs are commonly used for infusions, infusion do’s and don’t’s, and go over a few simple recipes that include infusions.

Kathy White, Posey & Fern

 

HOW TO MAKE SOAP STONES

A demonstration of three techniques to produce realistic stone soaps in a 6-cavity mold will be presented: Malachite, Turquoise, and Granite.  How to incorporate advanced soapmaking techniques to make salt bars in a cavity mold, how to pour an In-The-Pot swirl in cavity molds, how to calculate a water discount, and how to make soap at room temperature will be presented.


Make Your Own Batch! - Front row seats for up to 10 participants can sign up for making a batch of stone soaps during the demo: all materials included in the price of the class, including one 6-cavity stone mold.



LeeAnn Boore, A Slice of Heaven Farms


THE BENEFITS OF GOAT'S MILK SOAP

 
 

This presentation will not only share the benefits of goat milk in soap but also in a large variety of uses. This hardy animal has been assisting mankind for hundreds of years. A little space can yield a huge reward! As far as our microfarm is concerned, we goat milk!

Dorothea McManis, MacDaddy Milkers Luxury Soaps & Lotions

  

HOW TO MAKE GOAT'S MILK SOAP & LOTION 

 
 

Goat milk soap used to be tedious to make simply because the lye would burn the milk making it stink and very dark. But with the ingenuity and skills of many seasoned soap makers, the process can be very rewarding to your creative drive as well as your customer's skin. In this brief presentation, you will learn how to keep your soap creamy and bright without all the burning. You will be given a simple recipe you can modify for different skin types.

 
 

Goat milk lotion, above all lotions, and in my humble opinion, deserves special attention. Goat milk is a wonder whole food, and if handled properly, can provide skin with numberous beauty benefits like vitamins C, D, B1, B6, B12 and E. And, if you use essential oils for specific problems, the sky is the limit. Goat milk also has antibacterial properties helping with psoriasis and eczema. In this presentation, you will learn the proper way to handle the milk, other ingredients,utensils and the proper temperatures to make creamy goat milk lotion your customers will be coming back for again and again.

Deb Terrell, Nature's Circle/Luv A Luffa


LUFFA AND SOAP: A WINNING COMBINATION


In this presentation we will discuss all the ways to use Luffa in Soap products.  We will cover how to grow Luffa in Texas.  I will share all of the health benefits of Luffa along with future uses of Luffa. 

Workshop Classes

Elin Criswell, The Country Soaper


BASIC SOAP MAKING CLASS


If you are a newcomer to our beloved craft and need to get started, this workshop is for you! Elin will explain the cold process method of soap making in easy to understand terms and help you conquer any fear of dealing with lye. In this hands-on class, each student will make their own batch to take home in a beginning soap mold. Come on over to the soapy side and make your first batch!



(10) - CLASS LIMIT!

Joanne Watkins


SOAP ART - Make Your Own Swirled Soap!

  

The focus of this workshop will be the techniques used to achieve beautiful swirls in your soaps. 

We will discuss:

· Slow to trace recipes

· Emulsification and light trace for fluid batter

· Soaping temperatures, how this effects your creative time

· Pouring your batter

· Tools, ie: dividers, chopsticks, hanger tool etc.

Then we get to the fun stuff, swirling the soap!



(10) - CLASS LIMIT!