An introduction to Cold Process Soap Making



This course is taught by award winning soapmaker, Emma Grosse.

Cost £350 per person – one to one session
Cost £250 per person – group of two
Cost £200 per person – group of three

Courses usually run from 10am to 4pm. We are totally flexible on days and will run a course to suit your availability, 7 days a week. We don’t hold set dates and only book when interested people contact us to enquire. We are also flexible on start and finish times if required.

Morning session :
Brief history and basic chemistry of soapmaking
Everything you’ll need to get started – ingredients and equipment
Safety aspects of working with Sodium Hydroxide
Preparation of moulds and moulding options
Using additives in soap such as flowers, seeds, oats, oxides, herbs, spices and clays
Colouring your natural soaps
Adding nutrient oils for various skin conditions
Blending Pure Essential oils for fragrance
Mixing, pouring, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Lunch is included - we will visit the local pub for a delicious lunch

Afternoon session :
A demonstration by Emma
A supervised afternoon of soapmaking using a variety of oils, fats, butters and nutrient oils. Playing with colours and fragrance options and experimenting with additives such as poppyseeds and oatbran
Recipe formulation – explanation of the soap calculator and SAP values
Advanced design technique tutorial including swirling and layering

We are flexible with our start and finish times, just mention your requirements when you contact us and we’ll work around you.
Upon arrival, we’ll start with tea, coffee and cake while we have a full discussion around the kitchen table about what you want to achieve from the day ahead and go through the theory part. We’ll only go through the basics that you need for the day as we’re sure you’ll be itching to get started in the workshop and will answer any questions you have during the experience.

We will then explore all of the raw ingredients that you can pick from to make soap and begin to look in detail using your touch and smell senses to start to learn about the oils and butters as we talk you through your first batch where you will watch Emma and ask as many questions as you need to get your confidence.

We break for a delicious lunch and return buzzing with ideas and ready to get started on your first solo batch.
The afternoon brings plenty of experimentation where you will create between 4 – 8 batches (time dependent) and get lots of practice in.
Whatever you have made is yours to take home and use or give as gifts to friends and family who will no doubt be amazed at how clever you are

FOLLOW ON COURSES AVAILABLE - please get in touch for more details or click on "more courses at this centre" below for details of our Introduction to Natural Skincare course and more.

What's included in the price?

All of your soaps that you make are yours to keep


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


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Ruth Coote - - #21592

I had a fantastic day with Emma on a one-to-one course, I came away with all the tools needed to start soap making. Emma explained processes clearly and answered all my questions (and there was a few) with extreme knowledge, passion and patience. Since taking the course last Thursday, I have already made 2 batches of soap using the skills Emma taught me and they were both successful.

I would highly recommend this course. I learnt so much and it was also great fun, I returned home motivated and excited to start my new adventure, so a massive thank you Emma.

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Dave Challis - - #20542

Attended the one day course in March 2019 and absolutely loved it.
I am new to soap making so opted for the one to one course, and enjoyed every minute of the day. Once the theory was out of the way I made 5 soaps in the afternoon which are currently setting in my garage and I cant wait to try them... only 4 weeks to go.
Emma spent the time I required on each section and is a great teacher.
Fantastic day.... nothing more to say.

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Claudia - - #14345

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Kim Blease - - #11922

I completed the advanced soap making and legislation course with Emma on the 1st April 17. Emma is a very approachable and friendly person who put me at ease immediately. The course was excellent, it was well organised and the supporting information was comprehensive and detailed. Emma is clearly very knowledgeable about the subject and only too willing to share this knowledge. The manner in which she delivered the course was at an appropriate level and she was only too happy to answer questions and queries both on the day and also for months afterwards.

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Lynette Chettle - - #8703

I attended Soapology for the full day One to One Introduction to Cold Processed Soap course in April to gain additional knowledge on Natural Soaps for my business (I sell Soaps and Bath Treats). The whole day totally exceeded all my expectations. Informative, educational and completely enjoyable. Each stage was excellently delivered by Emma in a friendly but competent manner, no question was too silly to ask or repeat (sorry). I am a complete beginner and I'm not a craft person at all but even I didn't struggle. I left with Four soap loaves safely tucked away in my boot, which, after curing, I can't wait to try. Patchouli and orange, May Chang and Lemon Swirl, Pine and Lime Swirl and Peppermint and Lemon Layered. I will definitely be booking the Advanced course in the very near future, once I've put into practice all I learned on the day. Highly recommended.

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Aly Wilson - - #8479

Had another great day with Emma covering Advanced soap making techniques and legislation. Really helped me to be more adventurous with soapmaking using different ingredients and methods. Emma is lots of fun and explains everything very patiently - also providing detailed course notes to take away. Can't wait for her new course making body balms and butters!

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Debbie Jenner - - #6606

I had a very interesting day with Emma, who was welcoming, friendly and very, very helpful. The location is excellent too. I now feel ready to go it on my own having gained insight into the wonderful world of soapmaking..! I highly recommend her course.

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Alina - - #6501

I can recommend this soap course to anyone who wants to start to create something new and natural. Emma is very nice girl and I learnt really a lot during that course from informative part to making really natural soaps, using only natural products! I purchased a starting kit and will make my own soaps for my family as soon as I get it :)
Do I recommend it?!! Yes 100%

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Carole Priestley - - #5892

We had a lovely relaxing day with Emma and Blossom in beautiful surroundings. By the end of the session we felt confident enough to purchase a starter kit to bring home to try out the techniques we had learnt during the day. Our house smells amazing!! We will be back in the future to try out another course. Carole and Miranda August 2016

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Cheryl Parker - - #4091

Went on the intensive soap making course on 29.1.16. Emma was lovely and the theory part of the day was very informative. After having a delicious lunch we started the soap making part of the day. It was very exciting to see the soap making process progress from simple ingredients. I was able to make my own recipes from the massive choice of ingredients that Emma had that I could choose from.
It was a great day and I would recommend this course.

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Natalee - - #4066

I've had an excellent day with Emma. She was welcoming and knowledgeable about soap making and offered loads and advice and tips of the trade.

I feels confident enough to go ahead with my own projects.

Excellent day

Thanks Emma

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Liz Murphy - - #3360

I had a very special day with Emma on a 121 course.

Firstly just being in Emma soap work room is a pleasure. It smells amazing and it is full of wonderful, colourful soap. The first part of the day was spent understanding the process. Emma is an excellent teacher and easily answered all my questions. The afternoon was then spent making soap itself with such a good understanding from the morning. I really enjoyed mixing, measuring, picking perfume and choosing colours. Finally I went home with loads of my own soap!

Emma is kind, generous and lots of fun. It was a brilliant day and I'd highly recommend it.

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Louise Buchanan - - #2512

I had an amazing 1:1 soaping day with Emma. I had watched endless soap making youtube clips but nothing prepared me for the wonderful experience of actually making it myself (with lots of guidance from Emma lol). The day began with learning about soap which Emma made very interesting, going through the lye calculator was tricky (thank god I wasn't on my own) but Emma was great and explained everything. After lunch we made lots of wonderful soap, I also created my own recipe and then made my own creation!! I loved my day which my husband bought me for my birthday, it was interesting, fun and inspiring, afterward I even bought Emma's soap making kit so I could go home and use my new knowledge and make more SOAP!! ha ha. It was an amazing day that I thank my husband for but mainly I thank Emma.

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sindiso - - #2357

I had a one to one soap making session with Emma and Im glad I chose soap making with Emma. Thank you Emma I thoroughly enjoyed soap making with you. I felt welcome in your workshop. I would certainly recommend attending Emma's courses, The course is thorough all corners of cold process soap making covered using simple English which is easy to understand. I found Emma to be patient ensured I understood everything that was taught, most important the course is hands on. Emma is passionate about soap making .Im very grateful for sharing your knowledge and skills with me.

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Liza - - #2243

I had my first learning course about cold process soap making and it was a wonderful experienced with the help of Emma.I was a bit nervous to start with the course however, you've made it easier for me to understand. Thank you very much for the patience and support in providing me knowledge about soap making. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to do something different. Thank you again.

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kirsty - - #1670

WHAT A DAY!!! With it being my friends 30th she booked us on soap making with Sam and her partner. I was made to feel at home and the smell as you walked in was amazing. It was a party of 6 and I absolutely loved it. I had a ball and a good giggle. As I had fly home the next day Sam posted my batch of soap which I received very quickly by surprise. Thanks so much for a wonderful day xx

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Suseela mathias - - #1637

I had an amazing day of soap making with Emma. She is knowledgeable, passionate about soap making and teaches all the basic knowledge one needs in the morning session. At the after noon hands on session, I was encouraged to choose the essential oils, colors and the ingredients. As great teacher she encourages ones ideas, joins in and helps to achieve that idea. I would defensively recommend any one who would like to learn about soap making for fun or for a profession. Well worth it.

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Rosie Postle - - #1601

I attended the Soapology Studio in August with my friend on a one day course for my birthday and I had a fantastic time. Emma was friendly, patient and very knowledgable about her subject and we could tell how passionate she was about natural ingredients. We found it very interesting and were fascinated with the array of ingredients we had to choose from when experimenting with recipes. We made a beautiful goats milk soap infused with alkanet root which had a gorgeous purple colour, a lovely poppyseed and wheatgrass soap with Cedarwood essential oil and many more.
We both had a fantastic day, I will be returning again with more friends in the future and I would recommend anyone to book a Soapology course, I would say it is definitely worth the money as you get a much more personal feel about the course, rather than other courses where there are 10 or more people.

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