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Cold process soap is made by combining oils and sodium hydroxide lye, causing a chemical reaction called saponification. Melt-and-pour soap workshops generally use premade soaps that have already gone through that process—but now you can learn how to make your own soap from scratch!
This is one in a series of Urban Beauty Cabinet Make + Take workshops in the Natural Hair Care series. Each of these classes will be taught by herbalist and educator Nyambi Royster, who uses a food for beauty approach with natural ingredients and botanicals. In addition to skills learned in class, participants will take home a full size portion of the herbal preparation made in class.
$20 General Admission / $15 BG Members
$2 Southwest Philly Residents or ACCESS Card Holders (more info)
This event will take place in a space that is accessible via wheelchair. ADA accessible bathrooms will be available nearby, as well. We’re happy to make accommodations for guests with mobility limitations. Large portions of our 50+ acre botanical garden can be explored via wheelchair, though some of our paths should be used at your own discretion. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out ahead of the event.
About the instructor, Nyambi Royster of Nyambi Naturals:
A Medicinal Herb Farmer and Herbalist for over 15 years has taught urban health courses and agroecology workshops at national institutes of learning including Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle University. Ms. Nyambi has led national discussions of food sovereignty and social justice initiatives. Her career is characterized by her commitment for reconnecting others to the earth and sustainable sources of health and healing.
She managed an acre organic fruit orchard and medicinal herb farm in North Philadelphia at the Lighthouse Field. There she offers various levels of gardening classes, health & wellness workshops and wild foraging.
She is the CEO of Nyambi Naturals LLC., an apothecary specializing in bath & body care, located in Philadelphia. Creams, soaps, butters and soaking tea blends are prepared in small handmade batches (non-animal tested) with a select variety of herbs and botanicals including calendula, rosemary and mints grown organically at the farm.
Nyambi continues to teach locally and nationally and local and maintains affiliation with Penn State Extension, Soil Generation and Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance.