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 today's Groupon: for $45, you get a three-hour soap-making class at Stambry's Crescent Moon Soap Company Inc. in Quincy (a $90 value). Classes take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here for the available class dates.
Pamela Tand teaches students to craft hypoallergenic soaps, whose recipe she concocted to help ease her own daughter's allergies. Three-hour journeys embark as Pamela spins thorough instructions and covers safety procedures that help guests avoid being bitten by a Bunsen burner. Educated guests then begin stirring cauldrons of molten fixings and bubbling essential oils over crackling electric fires. Guests carefully pour handmade cleaning potions into molds in which they'll harden into sturdy bar soaps. Once classes are complete, guests tote home all six handmade bars, which they then use to wash their hands after high-fiving a swamp thing.
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.
1359 Hancock St.
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169