Jan Jackson came and presented a lesson in soap making for beginners. Many in our group have been waiting for someone to come and show the basic process since several people had a concern over working with lye. Jan over-delivered by showing us all the basic equipment and the process she uses to make her goat’s milk soaps. She also brought in a good selection of her products for us to see how she packages it. For those of us who sell at farmers markets, this presentation was a hit!

Many questions were posed related to working with lye… and also the difference between regular lye and food-grade lye. While it was agreed that it was important to use food-grade lye for soaps, or products that will be applied to the skin, we learned that there are lyes that are not food-grade, and made for soapmaking too. Thanks to everyone who came for a lot of great questions!

After the presentation, many attendees purchased Jan’s soaps to try out for themselves. If you missed it, then, please enjoy the video below!