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About the Course
Learn to make your own traditional cold process soap with Medical Herbalist and experienced Soapmaker Catherine Marshall in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
On this course, you will learn about the basics of soap making using natural ingredients, including natural colourings & essential oils.
In the morning, we will look at the soap making process and ingredients, including learning how to calculate your own soap recipes, followed by a live demonstration of soap making.
After lunch, you will get to make your own 2 batches of soap (approx. 1.2kg of soap), using a wide range of natural ingredients & recipes provided on your worksheet.
Soap recipes are all palm oil free and suitable for vegans.
Courses are run at Catherine's garden studio at her home in West Dorset and also occasionally at Holton Lee in Poole, Dorset on various weekdays & weekends.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The course fee includes making & taking home 2 batches of soap (approx 1.2kg/10 bars), a worksheet with recipes and refreshments throughout the course.
Lunch is not provided so please bring a packed lunch along.
I have just come back from the (Beginners) Soap Making Course with Catherine Marshall and cannot recommend it highly enough. There were 5 of us on the course which was held in her beautifully equipped studio in her garden. Catherine started by explaining the theory and science of soap making including the method of calculating the lye - which was not at all as scary as it sounded! She then demonstrated making a batch before we all set work on our own creations. She was incredibly generous with both her knowledge and supplies. We all made two soaps to take home and were given a choice of 5 recipes to work from customising our creations from a plethora of natural and mineral colours as well as a huge variety of exfoliants and dried flower petals. The equipment provided was excellent, nobody had to share and we even had a hob each to heat our butters. I came home excited and inspired! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into soap making then you could not do better than book one of Catherine's workshops.
Celia Marsh - - #19999
A lovely day in a beautiful setting. Catherine is very clear in her teaching and happy to share her vast knowledge. Went home with two batches I made during the afternoon. Would thoroughly recommend.
Helen Nourse - - #17236
In a select group of four we had a wonderful relaxed and interesting day.
The teaching was really informative and welcoming, we felt in safe hands as we embarked on putting theory into practise. Delighted with the day, thrilled with the results, would thoroughly recommended. The course surpassed other craft skills undertaken elsewhere .
Joules Crowe - - #10194
Wonderful course! A fun and informative day with Catherine who is so knowledgable about the subject and her passion shines through what she does. She has a gorgeous workshop in Usk. I was lucky as a few people had cancelled so I had a private course! I really enjoyed learning a new skill, made 2 batches of soap which are smelling delicious. Highly recommended. Can't wait to do another of her courses!
Sandra Woodley - - #9225
Loved making the soaps. The process was explained in detail and was made very easy to follow. Catherine makes you feel very welcome and answered any questions and explained the reason for my failures in the past. You have so much choice of essential oils, colours, dried flowers and herbs to choose from. Can highly recommend anyone having a go.
Donna Hale - - #7781
I did my very first cold processed soap making course at the beginning of February and I can highly recommend the course.
We were 3 women on the course. Catherine was very organised and managed to demonstrate, teach us and supervise us to make two batches of soap within 3.5 to 4 hours. Very impressive! Catherine is also very friendly, and very experienced and skilled in her subject. I am looking forward to do her other courses as well.
At the moment my soap has been cut and is drying out, being cured. The whole house smells of the delicious essential oils I used in the soap.
Catherine provides some very useful handouts and I am hoping to do my own soap in the spring.
Rosmarie Starck - - #7759
Me and a friend went to a soap and lip balm making course with Cath. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her trade is unbelievable and she shares this so freely with you. We absolutely loved the course and I can't wait to try my soaps when they are fully cured. Got to bring home loads of our products we made - great value for money. I'll be keeping my eye out for other courses we could do with Cath. Highly recommended.
Sian Roberts - - #7717
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