One of my favorites on Instagram is Anagutch. I love looking at her creations and her seemingly idyllic lifestyle. I tell my friends and family that I want to become like her. A few weeks back, she announced that she was going to give a soap-making class on September 26 and I replied that I wanted to join her class. She said to contact her through Viber which I did. She gave me more information about the workshop and the rate for joining. I was shocked at the rate and over dinner, I discussed it with my family. They encouraged me to join so I paid the fee and I was in.

The workshop finally happened last Saturday at a school in Antipolo. It was supposed to be from 8 AM to 3 PM but some participants requested that the time be adjusted to 9 AM which was fine with me because I was thinking that 8 AM was too early. I arrived at the venue a little past 8 AM and chit-chatted with the other participants while we waited for the others to arrive. Ana joined us and over the conversation, I learned that her family owns the school and that she manages it. And I thought she was a housewife all the while. I don’t know the exact time we started but it must have been a little past 9 AM.

Ana teaching us about the ingredients
Ana teaching us about the ingredients

There was a short lecture on different ways of making soaps, different kinds of ingredients, and the saporification value of the commonly used oils. Then we went to our workstations where some laboratory equipment were set up. She then explained the chemistry and math math involved in doing her kind of soapmaking which isn’t exactly cold process. Her method doesn’t involve heating but makes use of the resulting heat produced by the reaction sodium hydroxide to water. Then it was our turn to make our own log of soap. I made a mistake with the ratio of coconut oil and extra virgin oil but Anagutch took it in stride and gave me new oils. I’m still embarrassed though.

My workstation
My workstation
Ana measuring the volume of our soap mold
Ana measuring the volume of our soap mould
My boo boo
My boo boo

I didn’t know that making soap involves a lot of stirring. We must have stirred the mixture for more than an hour. At 1 PM, we were still stirring and very hungry. Good thing lunch was already prepared. We went to cute cafe her family owns which is only in front of the school. We had a healthy lunch of chicken, pasta, rice, juice, and dessert. After resting for a bit, we went back to the school to continue our workshop.

The cute cafe where we ate
The cute cafe where we ate
Chicken and pasta
Chicken and pasta
Chicken, brown rice, and freshly picked dill from Ana's garden
Chicken, brown rice, and freshly picked dill from Ana’s garden

For my soap, I chose to add peppermint leaves, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, honey, cedar oil, charcoal, and dried rose buds. I added to much oil so my log was very soft compared to the others’.

My additives
My additives
Keep on stirring
Keep on stirring
My soap log
My soap log

Ana demonstrated to us how to make a soap with different colors. Some of us were antsy by then because we were running overtime (It was past 3 PM). Well actually my butt was hurting for sitting too long on a wooden stool. Good thing we were given delicious sandwiches with wasabi potato chips. The demo finally ended at around 4 PM. After taking class photos, we went our separate ways.

Me and some of the participants and teacher Ana
Me and some of the participants and teacher Ana

The workshop was worth the money. I had a great time, met some very enthusiastic people, the food was great, I finally got to meet Anagutch, and now I can make healthy soaps for my friends and family.

Anagutch and I
Anagutch and I

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