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Alchemical Soapmaking: Cleansing the Body & Soul
Sat, May 27, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
A part of the Protective Spellwork & Talisman Making Workshop
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Taught by: Asc Helvetius:
Asc Helvetius is a practicing alchemist, mixing modern science with deeply researched magickal theory. Obsessed with transformation—from oil extractions to baking bread—Asc divides her time between culinary chemistry and alchemical experimentation. She recently began teaching workshops on the processes behind the perfumes, potions, and astrologically-enhanced products she sells through her Etsy store, Asc Alchemical. Currently residing in Ridgewood, Queens, she will probably try to give you a cookie if she meets you in person.
Soap (its history, its science, its production) is truly alchemical, on many many levels. Soap is a fat (historically the byproduct of either ritual sacrifices or cooking/the domestication of animals which was itself a byproduct of settling and building communities) plus lye (a product of burning and ash, also from the ritual sacrifices). The two dirty byproducts are combined and produce a substance that of all things CLEANSES.
During this presentation, Asc will describe the history and anthropology and religious milestones that mark the path of soap's story. While she does this, she will make a batch of soap in a slow-cooker, and class attendees get to take home some of the soap in a clay pot.
Our earliest archaeological evidence shows soap found as a residue in clay pots in the Middle East. Asc will also explain the different outcomes from different fats used and will demonstrate how to make your own soap at home, as well as how to use soapmaking a metaphysical ritual.