Knowledge is power, which is why locomotives run on burning encyclopedias. Chug toward new understandings with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a soap-making experience for two at The Soap Factory (a $38 total value). The experience includes:
- Soap-making workshop for two (a $12 value each)
- Two slices of handcrafted soap (a $7 value each)
At The Soap Factory, enthusiastic soap makers transform a handful of natural ingredients into more than 70 varieties of soap, each laced with skin-friendly ingredients and decorated with colorful stamps or elaborate carvings. During soap-making workshops, enthused, skilled instructors lead students through the essentials of crafting sudsers, including selecting a base such as natural goat’s milk or glycerin. Then novices can belly up to the soap bar to mix and match a huge variety of dirt-baiting fragrances, such as plumeria, lavender, lime, or patchouli. Shop owner Dina Good creates her soaps with myriad patterns and themes, such as Berry Berry Swirl’s pastry-like flourishes or the Tie Dye bar’s whimsical splashes of color, and invites burgeoning designers to craft their own bars with their choice of embellishment, such as bright flowers, colorful polka dots, or detailed replicas of the Sistine Chapel. After class, duos can browse the massive array of intricately designed, handcrafted block soaps displayed on sawhorse tables, and pick a slice for each to take home for soothing sudsings. The shop balances utilitarian workshop décor with chic touches, such as a gray sofa atop a bright rug, potted orchids, and a bold-pink accent wall.