In this hands-on workshop we will cover the basic theory and practice of natural soap making from scratch. The first step is to learn how to safely use and handle caustic lye. We will also discuss natural pigments, blending essential oils, oil properties, lye calculators and recipe building, curing, trace, basic techniques and troubleshooting for successful soap making at home. We will demonstrate making a 4 lb loaf of swirled soap, while with a partner from the class you will make your own small batch of soap to take home. You will leave with a list of basic recipes and a purchase list of everything you need to get started. All materials will be provided including a small selection of essential oils, however if you prefer to bring your own essential oils, please do. Please wear long sleeves, pants and closed toe shoes to class since we will be working with lye. Head to the Homespun Craft School website for more info and to sign up for this class and more! $60.