Kate

290 have dabbled | 38 reviews
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5.0 | 38 reviews

Kate

290 have dabbled | 38 reviews
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5.0 | 38 reviews
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Maven

Kate Bethel started off making soap as a hobby back in 2005. By 2007, she had opened a small brick and mortar shop called Maven in downtown Maplewood, making all of her creations in the back of the store. Today, Maven sells handmade soaps both retail and wholesale all over the country.

ABOUT THIS TEACHER

Kate Bethel started off making soap as a hobby back in 2005. By 2007, she had opened a small brick and mortar shop called Maven in downtown Maplewood, making all of her creations in the back of the store. Today, Maven sells handmade soaps both retail and wholesale all over the country.

STUDENT REVIEWS

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    Jenna M.
    Reviewed on 12/01/17

    I really enjoyed this dabble! Loved the history of soap and learning more about Maven in general!

    I really enjoyed this dabble! Loved the history of soap and learning more about Maven in general!

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    Ron S.
    Reviewed on 11/22/17

    The class was fun, informative and interesting. There was no wasted time but there was no sense of hurry. A well paced class. Instructors were very helpful, positive and encouraging.

    The class was fun, informative and interesting. There was no wasted time but there was no sense of hurry. A well paced class. Instructors were very helpful, positive and encouraging.

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    Julie S.
    Reviewed on 11/04/17

    My friend and I had a great time at this class! The teacher was so organized and the class ran very smoothly. It was interesting to learn about the history of soap-making, and I loved taking a homemade batch home with me! I’m looking forward to sharing my soap with others as gifts! I will definitely shop at Maven, too!

    My friend and I had a great time at this class! The teacher was so organized and the class ran very smoothly. It was interesting to learn about the history of soap-making, and I loved taking a homemade batch home with me! I’m looking forward to sharing my soap with others as gifts! I will definitely shop at Maven, too!

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    Joyce E.
    Reviewed on 09/06/17

    This soap making class was excellent. The teacher was well organized. All of the equipment and materials were set up for each participant. There were 6 students in the class. We each made a one pound batch of soap. We were able to add the scent of our choice. I would definitely recommend this class.

    This soap making class was excellent. The teacher was well organized. All of the equipment and materials were set up for each participant. There were 6 students in the class. We each made a one pound batch of soap. We were able to add the scent of our choice. I would definitely recommend this class.

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    June S.
    Reviewed on 08/24/17

    This was a super fun and easy class! I had wanted to learn how to make soap for awhile. I was amazed how easy the the process was. I can't wait to try my soap after it's cured!

    This was a super fun and easy class! I had wanted to learn how to make soap for awhile. I was amazed how easy the the process was. I can't wait to try my soap after it's cured!

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    Kristie B.
    Reviewed on 07/22/17

    The class was fun. I would take it again and would refer friends. I like that we got to take home a finished product.

    The class was fun. I would take it again and would refer friends. I like that we got to take home a finished product.

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    Haley S.
    Reviewed on 06/27/17

    This was such a fun date night for my husband and I within walking distance from our home. We love homemade soap and it was a great experience getting to make our own. The process was fun and the instructor made it easy and interactive. We were able to customize our scents and add salt for an exfoliation effect. We were able to take home enough for 8-9 bars each and gave some to family as gifts!

    This was such a fun date night for my husband and I within walking distance from our home. We love homemade soap and it was a great experience getting to make our own. The process was fun and the instructor made it easy and interactive. We were able to customize our scents and add salt for an exfoliation effect. We were able to take home enough for 8-9 bars each and gave some to family as gifts!

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    Laura W.
    Reviewed on 06/02/17

    I took my mom as a mother's day gift and we both had a good time. The class was well organized and informational.

    I took my mom as a mother's day gift and we both had a good time. The class was well organized and informational.

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    Amber H.
    Reviewed on 05/18/17

    The class was fun and informative. It was a great way to experience soap making for the first time. Highly recommend this class! Would love to see an intermediate class offered to learn other techniques like swirling or using more than one color.

    The class was fun and informative. It was a great way to experience soap making for the first time. Highly recommend this class! Would love to see an intermediate class offered to learn other techniques like swirling or using more than one color.

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    Lesa U.
    Reviewed on 04/20/17

    absolutely a fantastic class! I will tell all my friends

    absolutely a fantastic class! I will tell all my friends

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    Caitlin Z.
    Reviewed on 03/18/17

    I have always been interested in soap making but had been intimated by the equipment and needing to use lye. Taking this class was so fun and informative, and it gave me confidence to try soap making at home!

    I have always been interested in soap making but had been intimated by the equipment and needing to use lye. Taking this class was so fun and informative, and it gave me confidence to try soap making at home!

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    Jamie B.
    Reviewed on 03/18/17

    I LOVED this class. The location was this great little store in Maplewood with the greatest daughter/mom duo. I had no experience making soap prior to this experience and had so much fun!!!

    I LOVED this class. The location was this great little store in Maplewood with the greatest daughter/mom duo. I had no experience making soap prior to this experience and had so much fun!!!

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    Maisie M.
    Reviewed on 02/23/17

    I had such a great time! The teacher was not only informative, but also engaging and comforting. Sometimes when you're working with unfamiliar materials it can be scary, but she made me feel comfortable enough to even make something like this in my home. I've been using homemade soaps for the past few years and I would never go back. Thank goodness I now have a pound more!

    I had such a great time! The teacher was not only informative, but also engaging and comforting. Sometimes when you're working with unfamiliar materials it can be scary, but she made me feel comfortable enough to even make something like this in my home. I've been using homemade soaps for the past few years and I would never go back. Thank goodness I now have a pound more!

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    Tessa M.
    Reviewed on 02/18/17

    The Intro to Soap Making Class was so much fun! It was well planned and the teacher was very helpful and informative. If you're interested in learning how to make soap, this class is for you!

    The Intro to Soap Making Class was so much fun! It was well planned and the teacher was very helpful and informative. If you're interested in learning how to make soap, this class is for you!

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    Brady S.
    Reviewed on 02/09/17

    Such a fun class. The small size makes it easy to follow and ask questions. I'm really proud of the finished product, and soap is totally something I wouldn't have tried at home before.

    Such a fun class. The small size makes it easy to follow and ask questions. I'm really proud of the finished product, and soap is totally something I wouldn't have tried at home before.

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    Ellen H.
    Reviewed on 01/26/17

    This was a very fun class! Kate was a very kind and knowledgeable teacher, and I'm happy I got to learn this new skill!

    This was a very fun class! Kate was a very kind and knowledgeable teacher, and I'm happy I got to learn this new skill!

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    Julia L.
    Reviewed on 12/09/16

    This was a lot of fun! We came out with quite a bit of soap to use for Christmas gifts. I would suggest adding more fragrances and additives to the options.

    This was a lot of fun! We came out with quite a bit of soap to use for Christmas gifts. I would suggest adding more fragrances and additives to the options.

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    Jenelle S.
    Reviewed on 12/04/16

    This was such a fun class. It's something I would obviously never do on my own. The instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable, and in the end you get to take home a significant amount of soap that you made on your own. Can't wait to use it!

    This was such a fun class. It's something I would obviously never do on my own. The instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable, and in the end you get to take home a significant amount of soap that you made on your own. Can't wait to use it!

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    Lindsay D.
    Reviewed on 12/02/16

    I had a great time at this class! Great instruction and easy to follow along, plus you get to leave with some awesome smelling soap! I was expecing maybe 1-2 bars, but I ended up with 6! (Also depends how thick you cut it). The class also lets out a little early and you can have a private shopping experience. Highly recommend.

    I had a great time at this class! Great instruction and easy to follow along, plus you get to leave with some awesome smelling soap! I was expecing maybe 1-2 bars, but I ended up with 6! (Also depends how thick you cut it). The class also lets out a little early and you can have a private shopping experience. Highly recommend.

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    Monique Jontaé L.
    Reviewed on 11/22/16

    Great class! So excited to see how my soap will turn out.

    Great class! So excited to see how my soap will turn out.

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    Taylor J.
    Reviewed on 11/21/16

    Awesome little class in the basement of Maven. Easy step-by-step guidance. Very personable and friendly. And an awesome little store upstairs!

    Awesome little class in the basement of Maven. Easy step-by-step guidance. Very personable and friendly. And an awesome little store upstairs!

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    Beth M.
    Reviewed on 11/19/16

    The class was fun, informative and I went him with a pound of soap I made myself. Highly recommended.

    The class was fun, informative and I went him with a pound of soap I made myself. Highly recommended.

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    Kelly K.
    Reviewed on 11/16/16

    We really enjoyed ourselves! It was more like an hour (not 2) maybe because there were only 3 of us in the class. I thought it was fun & informative. I am really excited to try out my soap & give it as gifts!

    We really enjoyed ourselves! It was more like an hour (not 2) maybe because there were only 3 of us in the class. I thought it was fun & informative. I am really excited to try out my soap & give it as gifts!

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    Tracy S.
    Reviewed on 11/11/16

    Really enjoyed the class and looking forward to using my soap.

    Really enjoyed the class and looking forward to using my soap.

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    Angela T.
    Reviewed on 10/25/16

    This was a fun class. I do wish that we would have gotten more into the swirl and fun colors of the soap that is displayed in the pictures however. Overall a good learning experience!

    This was a fun class. I do wish that we would have gotten more into the swirl and fun colors of the soap that is displayed in the pictures however. Overall a good learning experience!

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    Traci W.
    Reviewed on 10/14/16

    The class was amazing!! The instructor was helpful, polite, and knowledgeable. And didn't help.that it smelled AHHH-MAZING in there. I'm definitely going back!!

    The class was amazing!! The instructor was helpful, polite, and knowledgeable. And didn't help.that it smelled AHHH-MAZING in there. I'm definitely going back!!

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    Dani R.
    Reviewed on 10/05/16

    Fun class! Was thorough and interesting. Enjoyed myself and would go back. :)

    Fun class! Was thorough and interesting. Enjoyed myself and would go back. :)

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    Monique Jontaé L.
    Reviewed on 09/19/16

    So cool! I would definitely take more classes from Maven. I can't wait to use my soap!

    So cool! I would definitely take more classes from Maven. I can't wait to use my soap!

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    Elizabeth W.
    Reviewed on 09/11/16

    I had a great time at this class. Loved that it was a small group, we all got to know one another. The instructors made the class very easy to follow along and answered all the questions we had along the way. After friends saw the soap I walked away with from the class , I have 4 other people that want to go with me when I go again.

    I had a great time at this class. Loved that it was a small group, we all got to know one another. The instructors made the class very easy to follow along and answered all the questions we had along the way. After friends saw the soap I walked away with from the class , I have 4 other people that want to go with me when I go again.

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    Alexandra K.
    Reviewed on 08/10/16

    Kate was an excellent teacher who made us feel safe and informed throughout the process. I had a really fun time making soap and would love to attend again in the future if she hosts an intermediate/advanced soap class!

    Kate was an excellent teacher who made us feel safe and informed throughout the process. I had a really fun time making soap and would love to attend again in the future if she hosts an intermediate/advanced soap class!

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    Nicole Z.
    Reviewed on 07/12/16

    The class was great and very informative on the history of soap making. I was happy with the soap I made and the amount we made. My only negitave comment would be that I asked for a copy of the "recipe" but was told they didn't have one.

    The class was great and very informative on the history of soap making. I was happy with the soap I made and the amount we made. My only negitave comment would be that I asked for a copy of the "recipe" but was told they didn't have one.

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    Christy H.
    Reviewed on 06/22/16

    The class was fun and the instructor made the directions very clear.

    The class was fun and the instructor made the directions very clear.

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    Jack C.
    Reviewed on 06/18/16

    Great set up - easy to follow - lots of fun options for scents and textures. Easy to follow instructions - very safe and clean environment to work in. Everything laid out and ready to go, yet everyone left with their own 1 lb (about 6 bars) of soap that was different from everyone else.

    Great set up - easy to follow - lots of fun options for scents and textures. Easy to follow instructions - very safe and clean environment to work in. Everything laid out and ready to go, yet everyone left with their own 1 lb (about 6 bars) of soap that was different from everyone else.

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    Erin S.
    Reviewed on 06/11/16

    I had an amazing time! I learned something new in a great space. I cannot wait to use this soap. My kitchen smells like Hawaii.

    I had an amazing time! I learned something new in a great space. I cannot wait to use this soap. My kitchen smells like Hawaii.

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    Cristina C.
    Reviewed on 05/30/16

    Really fun to see and participate in how soap is made. I enjoyed both the hands-on and brief lecture portion. The class only ran about an hour as opposed to an hour and a half, which might be good news for some folks on a work night.

    Really fun to see and participate in how soap is made. I enjoyed both the hands-on and brief lecture portion. The class only ran about an hour as opposed to an hour and a half, which might be good news for some folks on a work night.

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    Jocelyn W.
    Reviewed on 05/28/16

    Absolutely love this class! I have definitely learn a new skill that I will put to use. Kate was assume she made sure to explain what happens in each step and she make you feel stupid if you asked questions. My soap smells so good and I can't wait to use it.

    Absolutely love this class! I have definitely learn a new skill that I will put to use. Kate was assume she made sure to explain what happens in each step and she make you feel stupid if you asked questions. My soap smells so good and I can't wait to use it.

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    Tyann C.
    Reviewed on 05/17/16

    Kate is not only an amazing entrepreneur but also a fantastic teacher. We learned about the history of soap and different processes for soap making. Kate did a great job of highlighting differentiation in process during each step and is incredibly knowledgeable about her craft. I would highly recommend this class. Also consider attending with friends. We did the class with a group of four and two other people who signed up individually and it was a great time. Thank you Kate and Maven!

    Kate is not only an amazing entrepreneur but also a fantastic teacher. We learned about the history of soap and different processes for soap making. Kate did a great job of highlighting differentiation in process during each step and is incredibly knowledgeable about her craft. I would highly recommend this class. Also consider attending with friends. We did the class with a group of four and two other people who signed up individually and it was a great time. Thank you Kate and Maven!

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