At the New Westminster River Market, I took a soapmaking class at Jolene Handmade Soap Shop. It’s a drop-in course that takes place in a tiny corner of her store. The store owner, Jolene is providing you with everything you need: soap, moulds, scents and colours.
First, you chose some moulds (she’s got hundreds). I picked roses, flowers, leaves, and a beach-themed mould with sunshines, crabs and palm trees.
Your package will include about 7 raw soap cubes. Place 1 to 1.5 soap cubes in a glass cup and melt in the microwave. 1 cup of liquid mixture will make a big soap and a bunch of tiny soaps.
When the soap is melted, add some scent. One or two drops per cup will do. There are hundreds of essential oils to chose from. I used jasmine, lilacs, cranberry, mandarin.
Add some colour powder (otherwise your soap will be transparent)! A tiny amount will do. Mix well. Some powder even have glitters!
Add some herbs or flowers (optional). Here, I’m adding blueberry tea and rose petals.
Pour the mixture in a mould. Start with a big mould, then use the rest to the mixture to fill smaller moulds.
Place the mould in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the soap hardens.
Take the mould out of the fridge and flip it over to remove the soap. Voila! You’ve made soap!
Here are all the soaps I’ve made.
These are drop-in classes (usually Saturday and Sunday) at Jolene Handmade Soap Shop
Making soap is fun and easy! It only costs 14$ and you get to take home one pound and half of soap! It took about one hour.
If you get hooked, she sells all the supplies you need to make soap at home!