Small Group Adult Classes


Learn to make soap from scratch!  

  • Soap is one of the most effective ways to get rid of COVID-19.
  • It dissolves the fatty layer that coats coronaviruses.
  • But you have to wash your hands properly.

One of the most consistent COVID-19 messages from health officials has been the importance of good personal hygiene.

Washing your hands with soap is one of the simplest and most effective ways of killing off any viruses you may have come into contact with.

So why don’t you need to go into the internet trenches shopping for antibacterial soap? Well, first off, because COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria. But the scientific answer as to why soap works to protect us against COVID-19 is a technical one. Soap–whether it’s all natural, hand made, liquid, bar, or foamy–has a particularly molecular makeup, made up of what are actually called “soap molecules.” Soap molecules possess both hydrophobic (water-averse) and hydrophilic (water-attracting) properties. When introduced to water, the water-attracting parts of the tiny soap molecule point outward and, in turn, are able to dissolve fatty substances and lipids (this is why soap is so great for cleaning dishes). This is a particularly special quality in a time where the culprit of COVID-19 is a coronavirus–which is a virus that is encased inside of a lipid (aka fatty) envelope. Soap is able to dissolve the protective coating around the virus–making it less capable of surviving–while rinsing your hands off with water after breaking down the virus’s coat removes it from your skin completely.

* “Basically, soap inactivates viruses to some degree when it breaks down the protective lipid layer on these viruses,” Dr. Andrew Pavia, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah says. “By washing your hands with soap and water, you’re removing the virus and the mucous associated with the virus from your skin. And if it’s not on your skin, it’s not going to get inside of you.”
*From Fast Company 3/16/2020

That means environmentally friendly soap is a great choice. Really, the point is that washing your hands with soap of any kind is going to get the job done–and needs to happen frequently.

I’ve been teaching natural soap making for over 10 years.  This class will be no more than 6 students and we won’t have classes or people in the studio within 4 days of each other.

Given the circumstances, we all need more natural soap.  Not more plastic waste with hand sanitizers (that have been largely unavailable for the past few weeks) or ineffective, environmentally damaging antibacterial soap, I am offering this class in very small groups with plenty of future dates to reschedule if you aren’t feeling well before your class time.


Cold Process Soap Making Class

Learn to make soap from scratch!  Called cold process soap making.  This is natural bar soap ….  Not drying to your skin …..  very little plastic waste …….

The soap you make in class won’t be ready to use for 4-6 weeks, so we will give you enough natural soap to use until yours is ready.  A PDF handout of the class will be available before class as well as the handouts we use in class.

Natural Liquid Soap Making Class

Learn to make soap from scratch!  This is natural liquid soap ….  Not drying to your skin ….. less plastic waste.

You will take at least 3 bottles of liquid soap, soap paste to dilute and make more liquid soap and a PDF of the class handout home. 

Opal’z owner., Annie Jenkins has been a film and television make-up artist since 1979.   After years with working on music videos, commercials, feature films and television broadcasts, Annie’s clients now are mostly top executives and “real people”.  Combining a lifelong love of crafting, an interest in herbs and naturals and knowledge of hair, skin and beauty products,  Annie has been making soap, lotions, and balms for 8 years.  The enthusiasm for all things bath and body hasn't wained ... there is always more to learn and Annie loves to share knowledge.