Milk Soap Making with Janelle Holstrom



Date: August 15, 2020

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level:  Beginner, but adults only

Class Registration Fee: Early bird, by July 24, 2020: $80.00

After July 24, 2020:  $90.00

In this class, students will learn the basics of making natural soap from fresh milk. Instruction will include how to mix the lye with the milk, when to add the lye mixture to fats and oils, and how to blend it all together to achieve the perfect consistency of soap. You will also learn how to pour into molds and how to customize your soap with ideas and supplies for color, texture, or your personal essential oil scent of choice. Students will learn about different properties of oils, fats and butters that can be used in soap making and why you would use them (or not), about gelling/not gelling your milk soap, and how to achieve color naturally from herbs, clays, plants, charcoal and more. You will take home 2 pounds of raw soap (6-8 full sized bars of soap depending how it is cut) to finish curing at home, and the instructions needed to start making your own soap at home. In addition to the soap, you will go home with a reusable silicone mold in a wood box and recipe ideas for other variations.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): $35

Students will be required to wear rubber/plastic gloves and safety goggles. If you have personal preferences or sensitivities to certain gloves, please bring a type you can wear without irritation.

Janelle Holmstrom has been making goat milk soaps for ten years. She lives on a hobby farm with goats, chickens, ducks, cats, and a dog.  The goats are milked by hand every day to ensure the freshest and most natural process possible. Janelle’s other interests are natural living, organics, reading, and finding the absolute best in everyone and every situation.


Registration includes your lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Ice Cream Social.