Opal'z, soap making, perfume making and candle making teacher



location_on Mountain View, San Jose

local_activity classes: Soap MakingPerfume MakingCandle MakingSkincare and HaircareBody and Soul

4.9 (94)

I have been making bath and body products for over 15 years. We share our passion with students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Classes are offered in perfume creation, cold process soap making, body butters and bath salts.




Ivy Shih Jul 2024

Ann is very knowledgeable and has been doing this professionally.

I came to the class after watching a lot of soap making videos and got my questions answered here.

Ann went through the basics on soap making types, and walked us through on how to make calculations of soap ingredients, and gave us a basic recipe we worked together to produce as a group.

We got some soaps from Ann as a gift, and split the batch of soap to take home.

I can't wait to try my own!

Sowjanya Addala Jul 2024

The teacher was very nice and I learned a lot I would definitely come back for a different class!!

Joshua Kas-Osoka Jun 2024

I enjoyed making perfume we had so much fun. The instructor was very knowledgeable and guided us through the entire process. I recommend this class for a birthday special gift for a loved one.

Ryan Cao May 2024

Annie was awesome -- super fun as a teacher and knowledgeable about all the tricks behind scent-making! Booked for a friend's birthday and was quite pleased :)

Nancy Gray May 2024

Class was so much fun! My son and I really enjoyed it and went home smelling good.

Summer Xia Jiang May 2024

We are expecting each participant will have his/her own work station to work with. Instead it's a group project. How's that different from watching a youtube video? oh, it's live demo. Disappointed.

Michelle Zell May 2024

We had a great time. It was fun and informative. We can’t wait to make our own soap.

Madeleine Langford Apr 2024

I went to this class for my friend's birthday celebration this weekend. I had no idea what to expect, as I had never done any kind of craft class before, but any expectations I had were totally blown out of the water. Our teacher, Annie, was so knowledgeable and helpful and kind. She sat with us at the table and made sure that we were on the right path as we developed our scents. She was easy to make conversation with, and she explained everything in ways that were super easy to understand (even for a beginner like me!). I LOVED my end product I'm literally wearing it right now! She had lots of different oils to choose from, so everyone in our group made something with a totally unique scent profile, but all of them came out phenomenally.

All of us left the class super excited, and all of us want to see Annie again for her Level 2 class. Thank you for such a wonderful experience I can't speak highly enough of either Annie or her class!

Haley Florence Apr 2024

Our group of four ladies went for my birthday and it was so much fun! The instructor was exceptionally knowledgeable and we had a fun time talking about the chemistry behind aromas. She had an excellent nose and gave advice when we asked for it. Our perfumes all came out wonderfully and we had an absolute blast making them.

Perfume Making Class review by Haley Florence - San Jose

Eric Bughin Apr 2024

Annie was great. She was very knowledgeable and explained super well how to make soap. The class made us want to try again on our own! I highly recommend it

Gabrielle Yarra Apr 2024

The perfume class was so much fun!

The teacher, Annie, was very helpful and patient in explaining every step of the process. There are a ton of different scents to work with so you can combine a bunch of elements together to make something that you truly like.

I loved it!

Perfume Making class review by Gabrielle Yarra - San Jose

Dior Huang Mar 2024

The class was fun and I learned so much about the basic formulation and learned how to use our hands on, not that scary as what it seems like on videos, definitely now I have more confidence trying to create or repeat soap making at home!

Victoria Moos Mar 2024

The instructor was incredibly helpful, answered all of our questions, and made you feel confident in knowing how to make homemade Soap. She was a lot of fun, and it was a great pleasure to work with her.

Adam Mar 2024

The class met my expectations. First, it was super informative and fun. Second, it reduced my fear of trying soap making on my own. A win-win! Would highly recommend this class.

Carla Plouin Mar 2024

Thank you for a great class. It was useful and showed that we can do this at home.

Sachin Khanna Mar 2024

Good teacher. Cool class environment. She has the knowledge and experience! A place to start your journey from:)

Kevin Luong Mar 2024

Super fun class, the teacher is patient is knowledgeable! Would highly recommend for anyone trying to learn more about scents

Teresa Tran Dec 2023

What was the teacher like? Our Teacher was informative and easy to understand. The location was easy to find and had plenty of parking. All materials were provided and we had everything we needed to create our fragrance. Overall the experience was great and worth every penny. Would highly recommend this to others!

Charles Norman Adelson Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Amazing rewarding experience! The class itself was fun and relaxing, we learned an enormous amount about perfume, and we love the perfumes that we made!

Recorrion Knowles Nov 2023

Great experience, really good information on any questions you may have, I would recommend to anyone interested

Connie Shi Nov 2023

The teacher was amazing and gave out clear instructions! A small class and everyone was so nice. It's a really fun and new experience!

Lisa Garcia Nov 2023

Great teambuilding event! Learned about fragrance composition, chemical reactions, very informative and fun. Highly recommend.

Perfume Making Class review by Lisa Garcia - San Jose

Linda Thai Oct 2023

Such a fun experience to learn about fragrances and you get to make your own signature scent.

Maya Derbeneva Oct 2023

We had such a great time making the candles and learning about the process and all the different options!

Candle Making class review by Maya Derbeneva - San Jose

Jocelyn Chavez-Diaz Sep 2023

Today’s class with Opal’z was wonderful! It was a very personalized experience and she uses her expertise to guide you towards the right direction. I appreciate the grand variety of scents and learned how to mix my perfect blend! 100% recommend.

Laila M Ajani Sep 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

I loved this class! The instructor was really helpful, educated, and experienced. I went home with a perfume I made that I adore!

Parul Sakhuja Aug 2023

The knowledge shared by Anne was incredible.
It would have been more fun if we could make our own batch of soap individually.

Kristen Kaps Aug 2023

We LOVED our experience at Opal'z. Annie was very knowledgeable and was even able to answer the most complicated questions from our perfume aficionado. Though some of us were significantly better at smelling good combinations of scents over others, Annie was an active participant in choosing our scents which ensured that we all walked away with something we loved. Thanks Annie for the wonderful experience!

Sylvia W Aug 2023

I have nothing more to say other than I became much happier after I came lol SO glad I came

Jamay Lau Aug 2023

This perfume-making class was a highlight of my friend's bachelorette celebration. Annie was a wonderful instructor, and I especially appreciated how responsive and accommodating she was leading up to the event (she added an extra slot for our group). It was so fun smelling all the different fragrances, and learning how to personalize to our preferences to create complex scents. Annie was very helpful in giving us tips to adjust our formulas as a we were making them. Overall, a very unique and memorable experience to do with friends!

Saradha Ravi Aug 2023

Anne was a very good teacher and her instructions were simple and clear. She helped us to build our own perfume, giving necessary inputs at various steps in the the process.
The products provided were also of good quality and I was very happy with the end product. Thanks to Anne Opal for making my long time dream of learning perfume making come true!

Tracey Medlin Jul 2023

What a FUN class! Annie was a GREAT instructor; very knowledgeable, extremely helpful and pleasant. She was very welcoming and organized. She made this experience really fun. Thank you!

Graeme Finlayson Jul 2023

Annie was super fun and a sweet heart. We all had a great experience and would definitely book again

Perfume Making class review by Graeme Finlayson - San Jose

Jennie Kim Jun 2023

Our group had a wonderful time with Annie, who walked us through the steps patiently and was knowledgeable about making our most signature scent. Thank you Annie for your kind encouragement and for teaching us in such a fun environment - we can’t wait to be back again for your advanced class soon!

Shinika Parks Jun 2023

Annie was amazing! I can’t wait to go back to the advanced class! You must try it out!

Noraya Reed Jun 2023

The teacher was sweet yet honest I loved that about her. The workshop was definitely a necessary step in my perfume designing journey. Was it worth $100 Well that depends on the break down of price. If it’s 60 for her time 40 for the materials…maybe, but I’m also not complaining. I’d like to have more options in scents next time so I’ll be taking her part 2 class. I learned a lot and I’d definitely do it again

Thai Nguyen Jun 2023

The class is helpful for beginners and the instructor is very friendly. During the class, I had a great time exploring and crafting my own perfume. I definitely will return for the 2nd part of the course.

Dorrtheia Spoor Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

This was my first time leaning how to make soap and I must say my experience was AMAZING. Not only is Annie kind, patient and super funny but she is very knowledgeable about her craft. Thanks again Annie for making this gal excited to get started making soap. I highly recommend this class.

Yale Kim May 2023

Our instructor was amazing in many ways We learned so much about scents and perfumes and she encouraged our creativity but gave such constructive criticism! Also had a blast talking and hanging out with her as well! Me and my partner had a wonderful time

Natalie Jose May 2023

I took my friend to this class so that she could make a signature scent for her upcoming wedding. We had a GREAT time! I want to thank our instructor Annie, who was so patient with all of us, and so incredibly kind and knowledgeable. The class was structured in a way that made sense, the materials were all provided for us and doled out so that we didn’t have to get up from our seats, and the bottles are well made and allow for a GENEROUS amount of perfume to take home (well worth the money). Annie can identify the different scents without even looking at the names and was so helpful in letting us know what she thought we could remove, add a bit more of, etc. What would have been an overwhelming experience (with all the variations of scents), Annie made it easy to create a one of a kind scent that I’ll cherish. The perfume making class was such a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend this to anyone (any age, any gender). I would like to take another class with Annie in the future.

Christopher Welton May 2023

Opal was very nice and explained the process of perfumery well. She offered information on resources, and offered advice on mixing our fragrances.

Rosanne Liu May 2023

Very enjoyable experience, solo or with a group and you get to take home your own personalized bottle of perfume! Teacher was very knowlegable and assisted us when needed to. 10/10 would recommend doing this if you’re interested in a new hobby or even as a date idea!

Perfume Making class review by Rosanne Liu - San Jose

Mia Lee May 2023

I booked a private class for 7 people. We had a girls day and we enjoyed learning about how to combine scents to make our own one of a kind perfume. There were a lot of scents and at first, it was a bit hard to pick and chose favorites. In the end, I chose 7 scents to pair together and I really like the outcome of it. It takes about 2 to 3 hours total but It’s a relaxing and unique experience that we all enjoyed. Would recommend 10/10!

Perfume Making Class review by Mia Lee - San Jose

Keitriscyia Stubbs May 2023

My class was amazing. The instructor was very helpful. She answered my questions, was very patient, and welcoming. I did not want the session to end. I plan on returning to take another class.

Baochau Tran May 2023

The class was very helpful and fun! I learned a few new tips that are super helpful that I didn’t know about. Saved a lot of time from searching on google. Definitely enjoy my time a lot! Highly recommend! A fun and easy activity to do alone or w friends(:

Soap Making class review by Baochau Tran - San Jose

Richard Ahn May 2023

Our team had such a great time. Annie is so kind and knowledgeable. Would definitely come back to take the level 2 class!

Tuan Doan Apr 2023

The course provides simple instructions plus all the materials and chemicals. If you have your own things set up, you could easily do it by yourself.

I don't like the micromanagement atmosphere. "You're looking for something?" "What are you looking for in your phone?", Also, she's telling people she will not judge whatever you made but keep asking you to make changes or let her smell it every time I make a change. Well, I'm making my own perfume so I honestly don't need your opinion whether it's good or bad.

Daniel Ayala Apr 2023

Amazing teacher! Such a fun experience can’t wait to take another class! Highly recommend

Lauren Connon Apr 2023

Annie was a great teacher, she really matched the mood, was knowledgeable and a lot of fun. It was easy to find her suite following the building markers. I felt the materials were high quality, thoughtfully chosen, and appropriate for the group. It was a great way for our team to de-stress and enjoy time together. I would recommend and will work with Annie again in the future!

Daniel Hoang Apr 2023

The teacher was incredible! I went with two other friends and she explained the concept of fragrance making extremely well. The teacher provided constructive feedback on our scents and really guided us on how to make a scent that we would be happy with to take home. This class has made me even more excited to keep exploring different scent profiles.

Roxana G Mar 2023

We absolutely loved Annie and her class! Annie was kind enough to add us on to an already full class and we had so much fun! Annie is super knowledgeable, kind, funny and beyond helpful making sure the perfumes we created were well balanced and perfect! Can’t wait to take the level 2 Perfume class and a soap making class too! Highly recommend! :)

-Roxana & Jesús

Mary Norton Mar 2023

Ann is very knowledgeable and a good teacher. She provided plenty of high quality materials for us to explore and I went home with a unique perfume I really like. It was a great experience.

Deepa Pai Mar 2023

Extremely knowledgeable, & friendly. Annie shared a lot of tips and tricks and you tell she has a lot of experience with soap making. I thoroughly enjoyed the class & can’t wait to experiment with soap making!

Mel Estay Feb 2023

Annie was a great teacher! Very thorough with her teaching and instructions were clear! Would love to go again and would recommend to anyone who wants to get into candle making as a hobby or for a small business! :)

Candle Making class review by Mel Estay - San Jose

Diana Roberson Feb 2023

Sometimes you come across some experiences and it really blows your mind. This was one of those. We did this as a valentines day event. Our class was small so it felt more personal. Annie was such an amazing individual. We asked questions before starting and once it was time to go the class flowed smoothly. We were amazed at the process as it is one of a kind. The creations you can make is truly only limited by your imagination. I enjoyed using my creative nature to craft what I deemed a go to scent. If you are interested in soap/candle making, cologne/perfume making this is really a must.

Irina Kiryievich Feb 2023

I am deeply grateful to Annie for the class! She is so knowledgeable and fun! The class was Informative, entertaining and creative.

Perfume Making class review by Irina Kiryievich - San Jose

Maria Pingue Feb 2023

Amazing and knowledgeable teacher! I will definitely recommend this class to all my family and friends.

Ericka Feb 2023

Annie is a great teacher. She explained everything clearly and was very patient with us.

She has a cute little studio with everything we needed to make our fragrances.

We learned about essential oils and got to a smell a wide variety of aromas.

This was a great experience. Annie is super cool and I’d definitely do this again. I’m so happy to have gotten the opportunity to make my own custom smell.

Perfume Making class review by Ericka  - San Jose

Shruti Dixit Jan 2023

Loved the experience today. The teacher was kind and knowledgeable. She was patient and took time guiding everyone. I enjoyed the experience and will continue to okay with fragrances.

Alex Lim Jan 2023

We had such a fun time making candles! This is a fun date idea for anyone looking for something hands-on!

Maile Sanchez Jan 2023

Thank you so much Annie for the wonderful lesson! The content, materials and space was amazing, fun, and interactive. Just your energy and hospitality makes me feel comfortable to try something new. Thank you so much!

Bo Li Dec 2022

Very good class! The instructor is very knowledgable and the experience is with super great fun!

Sindhu Giri Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I absolutely loved this fun and unique class! It's great for individuals or groups. Would highly recommend.

Audrey O'Neill Dec 2022

Had a brilliant time! The instructor was very helpful. Definitely worth the money, lovely group as well.

Perfume Making class review by Audrey O'Neill - San Jose

Pol Espinosa Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Me and my friends had an amazing time. We learned a lot and the experience was more creative and fun than I expected. Annie gave very useful and clear structure while allowing plenty of room for experimentation and insight on how to improve our creations, and we were very happy to bring our own perfume home. Will definitely be back for more!

Erica Trieu Nov 2022

Opal was such an amazing teaching! We had so much fun in class that my husband is excited to do this again in the future. Opal was so thoughtful with her input, always just providing guidance but never taking over your creation. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and made herself available to help everyone with their perfume. What a fun way to bond with others with a souvenir you created uniquely for you! Would definitely recommend this experience!

Perfume Making class review by Erica Trieu - San Jose

Tyler Faust Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Annie and her team were absolutely fantastic - great attitude, very prepared, knowledgeable, and fun! I would very much recommend them to anyone considering an onsite team-building event.

Madhu Sardana Oct 2022

Great experience! Learning new thingsfyi listening is the greatest skill you can bring to this class

Vida Terry Sep 2022

Annie was wonderful! I’m a hands on learner and the classroom set up and information that Annie provided spoke to my learning style. At the end of the class session I walked away having learned exactly what I expected to learn- how to make cold-processed soap. Very satisfied with the experience.

Danielle Carino Aug 2022

Annie was an incredible instructor. She walked us through the process very clearly, and answered any questions we had. We also had a great time just talking with her and getting to know each other. Overall, the experience was great, and the candles we got are amazing! Will definitely be back to take another class with her :)

Youjia Lu Aug 2022

My husband and I enjoyed the class a lot. During the class, we smelled the scents of various fragrances. The instructor Annie is very patient and knowledgeable. She helped us make modifications to our perfume so it is close to what we want. I like my perfume a lot. It keeps me calm and I will wear it in the future when I do yoga.

Melissa Morgan Jun 2022

Wonderful class with a knowledgeable teacher. My daughter and I had a wonderful time making our custom perfume

Cindy Risner Jun 2022

Annie is a very knowledgeable instructor. She customized the candles I made. The candles are beautiful and small lovely!

Candle Making class review by Cindy Risner - San Jose

Erica Roberts May 2022

Annie is an excellent instructor. Great energy. This not my 1st time with Annie & I've referred others.

Martina Lo Apr 2022

Amazing instructor and all the materials were provided! Super happy with the perfumes my friend and I made. Such a great experience, would recommend.

Crystal Lozano Apr 2022

This was a great class. She is so helpful and explained everything really well. Made soap making feel so much more approachable. I am excited to make my first batch on my own

Cory Apr 2022

Extremely knowledgeable and a highly trained expert. This class was amazing and tons of fun. Highly recommended.

Soap Making class review by Cory  - San Jose

Wei Chong Mar 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

It was a great experience learning how to make cold process soap from Annie. She is friendly yet professional and answered all the questions with a proper reasoning behind it which was very informative for a beginner like me. I would definitely recommend this class to someone who is looking to make organic products themselves with proper knowledge.

Casey Chiang Mar 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The teacher is very professional and willing to answer all the questions you may have. I took her Soap making class and because I found so much fun and Joy in her class I took another Candle Making class, I had same great feelings. Highly recommended!

Candle Making class review by Casey Chiang - San Jose

Paulina Agudelo Feb 2022

Super friendly and knowledgeable teacher. She answered all the questions and gives you all the tips to make your candles.
You don’t need anything because everything you need is provide by Annie.
It’s was a great experience! Great for a gift or an activity with your friends

Jazmyne Maile Feb 2022

Annie is an amazing host! She was very patient and informative during the perfume making class. She gave each of us great tips and was very helpful + supportive on our scents. She created such a fun environment where we had a great time with the others who took the class. Giving each other feedback and sharing our opinions. I’d love to go again and invite family and friends!

Anthony Lucas Feb 2022

Everything about this workshop was sooo cool The vibe was chill and inviting, everyone was fun to talk to, the class was organized, and the instructor was generous with her time. I’d do it all again.

Samuel Ruiz Jan 2022

Class was wonderful! Learned a lot about soap making and ways to make soap at home with the skills and information needed. Took home some sample soap, and also from our batch we made during the class. Recommend taking this class if you’re interested in learning about making soap!

Soap Making class review by Samuel Ruiz - San Jose

Casey Chiang Jan 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fun class! You can bring back what you make in class and pass around to friends/families!

Soap Making Class review by Casey Chiang - San Jose

Bilal Chaudhery Jan 2022

Loved loved loved this class, and the instructor was great and goes above and beyond! So helpful and informative and a great group activity

Keyi Wang Jan 2022

It was a great experience. We had a lot fun making the candle and picking our favorite scents.

Candle Making Class: Make Three Candles review by Keyi Wang - San Jose

Mohamad Ahmad Jan 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Another useful class with Anne. Interactive, fun, and really builds a nice foundation on candle making. Thank you

Dan He Jan 2022

Great class. I learned that the knowledge of soap making was a lot more complex than I expected!

Mohamad Ahmad Dec 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Great knowledgeable teacher. Felt home with her learning all from scratch. She was always patient and down to earth. My wife YASMINE and I learned so much from her. That was a nice foundation into perfume making. Still thirsty to learn more and will be on the lookout for future sessions. Thanks so much

Deann Cooper Dec 2021

Enjoyed the class! Annie was kind, patient and knowledgeable.

The experience was relaxing and engaging. Loved that I was able to choose from a variety of scents to create a scent for my candles.

Pearl Bauer Nov 2021

Annie is just the best teacher! This is the second time we've taken classes at Opal'z - the first time for a signature scent class and in both instances, we learned so much from Annie. She explains instructions very well and organizes classes in a way that is manageable and interesting. I would definitely recommend Annie's classes to anyone interested in making crafts. She's the best!

Evelyn Guzman Nov 2021

This is such a great class and I had a very good experience. I've wanted always wanted to try my hands at making candles. The teacher is VERY knowledgeable and a great guide to help you understand the entire process.

Catherine Zhang Sep 2021

What a nice way to spend a weekend morning! Our instructor Annie was attentive, fun to chat with, and super knowledgeable about candle making.

We made three candles each person and were super happy with them. We got to pick our own scents/decorations :)

Candle Making class review by Catherine Zhang - San Jose

Irma Jimenez Sep 2021

It was a great class, Annie provided all materials needed to learn how to make soap with ingredients and quantities. She was very informative but loved how professional and personal she was at the same time. Highly recommend you take her class. We walked out with knowledge and goodies. ☺️

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