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National Soapmaking Day

Last Sunday in September

About National Soapmaking Day

The last Sunday in September is National Soapmaking Day! Unleash your inner chemist on National Soapmaking Day!

National Soapmaking Day gives people an opportunity to come together and experience the joy of soapmaking. Anytime people gather enthusiastically to work on a project together, it is magical! National Soapmaking Day encourages the production of handmade soap, which is biodegradable and free of detergents, so it is a green activity that is good for the planet. Additionally, National Soapmaking Day may encourage people to learn a new craft, create a commodity by hand, and possibly sell it to become self-sufficient or increase income.

History of National Soapmaking Day

First celebated at the Soapmaking Studio in 2017, National Soapmaking Day was registered by Kerri Mixon, the Master Soapmaker at Pallas Athene Soap, who is a 16th generation soapmaker and soapmaking instructor. Her favorite time of year to make soap is just after the Autumnal Equinox, at the first signs of cooler weather approaching. An enthusiastic quote from an interview with Kerri Mixon follows.

Over the last 12 years, I've taught more than 5,000 people across the US to make soap. Anyone can make soap. When people learn to make soap, they usually keep making soap—it is an enduring hobby. It would be a fantastic event for people to all make soap or learn to make soap on the same day each year. Thousands of people around the world make soap. Hundreds of specialty distributors are dedicated to selling specialty soapmaking supplies. We all deserve the opportunity and personal enrichment that comes from participating in National Soapmaking Day.

View or print Kerri Mixon's official Proclamation for National Soapmaking Day in PDF.

National Soapmaking Day 2020

In 2020, despite the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic, National Soapmaking Day was recognized by more people than ever before. Instagram users, who were not soapmakers and had no soapmaking-related posts, expressed new interest in learning about soapmaking. Google searches for "National Soapmaking Day" during September 2020 rose to 100 times higher than previous months. Several calendar services officially recognized and added National Soapmaking Day to their calendars. Amy Warden, the host of @soapchallengeclub, received the Award of Outstanding Participation 2020 for encouraging participation and promoting National Soapmaking Day on Instagram. Nette @coily_lgabriel received the Award of Outstanding Enthusiasm 2020 for sharing her enthusiasm and advancing National Soapmaking Day on Instagram.

How to Celebrate National Soapmaking Day

Spend the Sunday creating your own handmade soap to celebrate National Soapmaking Day. One way to make soap is from scratch by using sodium hydroxide and melted fats or oils. Another simpler method is to purchase a pre-made "melt and pour" soap base. Whether you're making soap to share for Christmas, to sell at an autumn craft fair, or to use on Global Handwashing Day (on October 15th), this is the perfect day to learn a new hobby and honor the early pioneers who regularly made their own soap.

Anyone who participates in National Soapmaking Day may take a screenshot or print a certificate of participation, add the name of the participant, and frame/post/share the completed certificate.
Certificate of Participation 2020

National Soapmaking Day is the last Sunday in September. More activities, suggestions, and soapmaking instructions are available from @NationalSoapmakingDay on Instagram.

National Soapmaking Day is the last Sunday in September.

The Soapmaking Studio in San Diego, California, always celebrates National Soapmaking Day by offering a beginning level soapmaking class. On Sunday, September, 26, 2021, the Soapmaking Studio will host the Soapmaking 101, Beginning Cold Process Soapmaking, class to help others experience the joy of making soap. Students attend in person or online.


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