Building a miniature ship inside a bottle is impressive, but not as impressive as forging a giant glass shell around the outside of an aircraft carrier. One-up ordinary hobbyists with this Groupon.
Choose from Five Options
- $45 for a soap-making class for one (a $150 value)
- $85 for a soap-making class for two (a $300 value)
- $22 for a candle-making class for one (a $150 value)
- $40 for a candle-making class for two (an $300 value)
- $15 for a lip-balm-making class for two (a $30 value)
During three-hour candle-making classes students will create soy-wax candles in 12-ounce jars, 5-ounce containers, and two votive sizes. Children aged 8 and older can join in with the adults during one-hour lip-balm-making classes, where everyone crafts six tubes of lip balm in a flavor of their choice. The 2.5-hour facial-lotion-making class builds on basic lotion-making skills, exploring additives for creams and butters, resulting in a 1-ounce bottle of facial lotion, whipped body cream, and a body butter.
After learning how to safely handle sodium hydroxide—a dangerous but essential ingredient in cold-process soap—students craft the equivalent of six 5-ounce bars to take home during three-hour soap-making classes. All participants in soap-making classes must be 21 years of age or older and should wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.
Stambry's Crescent Moon Soap Company
After years of blending her own hypoallergenic soaps to accommodate the needs of her daughter's sensitive skin, Pamela Carousso reserved space at her first farmer's market, attracting an immediate and dedicated fan base. Now, more than 15 years later, she still crafts her own handmade soaps and bath products in small batches. After expanding with the help of business partner Steve Carousso, the company now offers natural products such as talc-free mineral eye shadows, as well as stationery and accessories.
A variety of classes are offered at the shop six days a week and two times per day. Students can concoct their own lathering agents, stirring cauldrons of molten fixings and bubbling essential oils over crackling electric fires. Carousso spins thorough instructions and covers safety procedures that help guests avoid being bitten by a Bunsen burner.