Soapmaking is a fun and fascinating mix of science and craft.  In this class students will learn how to make 100% natural cold-process bar soap using an all vegetable base. You'll have fun creating your own special blend, choosing your essential oils, herbs, oatmeal, and beautiful pigments. Participants will leave with over 2 pounds of custom-crafted luxury soap (approximately 8 bars - a $35-$45 retail value), a soapmaking mold, an instruction booklet, and safety glasses to keep.   Students are required to wear long sleeves and bring an old towel to wrap their soap mold at the end of class.


NOTE: We will be using lye at one point in this class. All class participants should have a suitable respirator mask with an organic gas vapor filter to participate in that portion of the class (or step outside for a few minutes). We have masks for class use that can be cleaned afterwards. For those wishing to try soapmaking on their own a mask can be purchased at the time of the class at the wholesale value of $45.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A basic N95 or or typical filtered spray painting respirator will NOT meet safety requirements for soapmaking.


Our classroom has 6 work stations.  Class fees are per person.  


Class is limited to 12 Students



Cold Process Soap Making - Saturday 10/9 2-5PM

  • Sharon Kaplan has been teaching soapmaking classes and making her own soap for 25 years. In addition to soapmaking, Sharon creates handmade paper that can be used for cards, invitations, and favors. She lives in a lovingly restored farmhouse with her family in Danby, where she can hike and garden to her heart's content. For the past 14 years, she has worked as the Director of Volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center in Ithaca.

  • All class fees are non-refundable except in the case of class cancellation due to severe weather or instructor illness.

    A credit for a reschedule may be available at the discretion of the instructor and only up to 10 days before the scheduled date of the class.