I teach soap classes (beginner, intermediate, advance, CP, MP, Milk Soap…just about everything). I’ve been teaching now through local community ed programs and doing private lessons for over two years. I used to teach a bath and body class where I taught the students how to make a scrub, balm, and body spray. I was never really happy with the class. I wanted it to be so much more. I eventually stopped offering it.
Recently I started doing research for my own new line of scrubs. I wanted to go beyond the basics. I was compiling all this information for myself and I thought I should create a whole new set of handouts on bath products and teach a class again. After two years my knowledge has grown significantly. I’ve introduced a wide range of bath products to my line over this time and I’ve experimented constantly on tweaking recipes and trying out new ones to even creating my own products.
I started to create the handouts and they very quickly morphed into this massive project. I didn’t just want to give students a handful of recipes. I wanted to teach them how to formulate their own products! Of course to do this you have not only understand what the product does and why we make it, but the ingredients that make up those products. And by understanding the ingredients you use, their properties, why they’re good for you, why you’d use some over others, they’d be equipped to make anything they wanted.
To teach that though is much more of an undertaking than to give students a handful of recipes and say ok here now you can make some new products. Sure, they could, but they weren’t really going to learn anything that would help them tweak and alter and eventually create their own products.
Almost 80 hours later I’ve finished a first draft of my (25+ page) handouts. That’s just part 1. There is a part 2. There is also a detailed step by step instruction section I want to complete. I’m a long ways from done, but I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. My 20 pages of notes are now coherent organized ramblings! And it’s super exciting to see it taking shape. I can’t wait to teach and offer this class in the future. I’ve found a joy in making these products through understanding what I was doing and not just following someone else’s recipe and I hope I can pass that on to others.