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.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
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.