Soap Challenge Club

learn. make. share. repeat.

Join the Club!

The Soap Challenge Club is an amazing opportunity for soapmakers who want to expand their skills.  Each month a different technique or tutorial is presented and prizes from our sponsors can be earned by those who create outstanding soaps using the technique of that month.  (The Challenge Club will subsidize shipping costs for international prize winners outside the U.S.)  I give out recognition awards as well for outstanding soaps that meet a certain criteria. Registration is NOW OPEN for the August challenge until Monday, August 10 at 2pm CDT.  Check out the Current Challenge page for more info and to get registered!

July River Rock Category Winner

July Marble Category Winner

June Advanced Category Winner

June Regular Category Winner

April Advanced Category Winner

April Regular Category Winner

March Advanced Category Winner

March Regular Category Winner

February Triple Pencil Line Winner

February Drop Swirl Winner

January Advanced Category Winner

January Regular Category Winner

Learn New Techniques

Whether you are brand new to cold-process soapmaking, or you have been making it for many years, the challenges will expand your skills exponentially!

Win Fabulous Prizes

Every challenge is sponsored by a soap supply vendor who provides amazing prizes for the top 3 winners in each category, and usually a Sponsor’s Choice prize as well.

Meet Other Soapmakers

Not feeling competitive? Join for the camaraderie!  We have our own private Facebook group where you can interact with other members from all over the world, and a new non-competitive category where you can show off your work!

Winners Announcements

The dates are linked to the corresponding announcements. You can purchase access to all of these tutorials (and more!) on a monthly or yearly basis.

July 2020 – Natural Stone Techniques

June 2020 – One Pot Wonder

April 2020 – Tall & Skinny Shimmy

March 2020 – Clam Shell Technique

February 2020 – Collaborator Challenge

January 2020 – Landscape Designs

December 2019 – Black Tie Affair

November 2019 – Soap Curl Design

October 2019 – Slanted Layers

September 2019 – Pipe Divider Swirl

August 2019 – Brush Embroidery

July 2019 – Pointy Layers

June 2019 – Food & Drink Ingredients

May 2019 – Pour/Pull Through Techniques

April 2019 – Mirror Glaze Designs

March 2019 – Inlaid Designs

February 2019 – Glycerin River Designs

January 2019 – Bas Relief/Counter Relief

December 2018 – In-the-Pot Swirls

November 2018 – Thin Line Designs

October 2018 – To Comb or Not to Comb

September 2018 – Mini Drop Swirls

 

About Amy Warden

Founder/Teacher/Host

I created this place for soapmakers to learn new techniques, hone their skills, meet other soapmakers, and win amazing prizes and mostly because I knew it would be FUN!

I made my first batch of cold process soap on November 18, 2002, as Christmas gifts for my friends, and I’ve been making soap ever since!  I’ve been hosting monthly soap challenges since 2013, and I’m passionate about encouraging soapmakers of all skill levels to become even better at their craft.  I hope you’ll join this fantastic community of soapmakers from all over the world!

“I love how excited everyone is to show off their soap and reading about their process. I learn so much each time! I love this club!”

Whitney Schneider

Cheeky Goat Soapery USA

“What I love about the challenges is that they make me take just a step further than I normally would go. I learned so much in the past few months, I did things I normally wouldn’t think of, and now I wouldn’t go back.”

Angelique Heiligers

YouTube, Switzerland

“I have learnt so much over these past four months, I never would have imagined at the beginning of these challenges that I would be able to create something like this. I am so very grateful to Amy for organising and sharing her knowledge with us. It has been so much fun!!”

Clare Norman

Soda and Ash, Australia

“I absolutely love the guided discovery approach and the fact that in addition to receiving outstanding tutorials and tips, I have the opportunity to communicate and exchange the knowledge with the most amazing and talented community of soap makers.”

Irina Beketova

IB Organics, USA

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn How it Works!

Can I participate if I'm not in the United States?

Absolutely!  Everything we do is online, so any soapmaker from anywhere in the world is able to participate.  (All tutorials are in English. You may be able to translate the written portions, but not the videos.)

How much does it cost to participate?

If you register for one month at a time, it is $12.95 per month.  This includes the tutorial that you get to download and keep, the ability to enter your soap and be eligible to win prizes from our sponsor, vote for the winners, and join our private Facebook group.  There may be discounted prices for registering for more than one month at a time.

Do I have to submit an entry?

I leave that up to each member to decide whether they want to submit an entry or not, but it is highly encouraged!  It’s the only way to get feedback from the other members, plus the deadline pushes you to create and enjoy the learning process with everyone else. 

How much time do I have to create my entry?

Anywhere from 2-3 weeks.  If you register for the challenge on the first day and get started right away, you’ll have a full 3 weeks.  If you register on the last day, you’ll still have 2 weeks.

Do I need to submit a bar of my soap to be judged?

Not at all!  Entries are submitted via photo.  You’ll find tips for your photography and presentation skills that will help you present your soap in the best way possible.  

How is the material presented?

The tutorial includes both written and video instructions.  There are specific guidelines included that must be met for your soap to be entered in the challenge.  Soon after registration closes, I will do a live video in our private Facebook group to answer questions and go over the guidelines. You can ask questions in the Facebook group throughout the challenge as needed.

Can beginners do the challenges?

Definitely! We’ve had members who are brand new to soapmaking join the challenges. It’s a great way to accelerate the learning curve – especially with the support of the members in our private Facebook group! We’re a very supportive and encouraging community.

Who can vote for the winners?

Only those who have registered for the challenge are able to vote for the winners.  They are the ones who have seen the tutorial and know what the technique should look like.

What if I only make melt & pour soap?

The challenges are made for cold process soapmakers only at this time since this is my area of expertise.