The science of making soap

Saturday morning at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, attendees got to make handcrafted lye-based soaps, using four kinds of fats (oils) teamed with essential oils such as citrus and lavender, for scent. Instructed by Ann Staudt, the founder of Siberian Soap Co., the workshop allowed each participant to take home one pound of soap, poured into molds, that then set for 24 hours. The finished product then needs to dry for a period of four weeks. “To me, a successful class means they all got the knowledge and the skills to do this safely at home now,” Staudt said. Pictured are participants Tara Weatherly, left, and Olivia Tym