Group Soap-making Workshop - Soapology Studio - Nottinghamshire



This course is taught by award winning soapmaker, Emma Grosse who has over 10 years experience running her own soap business Soapology.

Soapology Studio Nottingham hosts group soap-making workshops monthly on Saturdays and occasional Sundays.

Held at our Soap Studio, in picturesque Winkburn just outside the market town of Newark on Trent.

The ancient art of soap-making is a collaboration of art and science and here at Soapology we love to teach enthusiastic newcomers to soap the skills of the business that we love. We start at the beginning and aim to have a lovely creative day and for you to leave with some skills, some soap and a smile on your face :-)

Emma is a self taught soaper, with many years experience in soap-making and running her own soap business selling wholesale to retailers throughout the UK and direct to consumers at our local farmers market and online.

The day is structured to give you the most time for hands on practice but with a healthy level of theory to give you the best possible experience.

• Brief history and basic chemistry of soap-making
• 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

We will 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 approximately 2-3 batches per person (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
• 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 poppy seeds

At the end of your workshop, you can choose to purchase a starter pack of ingredients to take home and practice your new skill. The pack is £40 and includes :
• Coconut Oil
• Rapeseed Oil
• Castor Oil
• Olive oil
• Sunflower oil
• Sodium Hydroxide
• Safety Glasses
• Gloves
• Container to use as a mould
• Swirling stick
• Spatula
• Essential oil
• Colour
• Pipette

These ingredients will make over 4 batches of the soapology recipe that we use during the day. Just add easy to find additives like honey / milk / oats / poppy seeds.
Please advise us if you want to take one of these home with you so that we can make sure we've got some ready.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools, equipment and ingredients required to make a few batches of soap per person

Refreshments (please bring your own lunch)

Course notes to keep along with recipes

Follow on courses available - please get in touch for more details or click on "more courses at this centre".


Emma Grosse at Soapology Studio

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Units 1 & 2 Hockerton Moor Enterprise Park
Winkburn Lane
NG22 8FL

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
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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James - - #38951

I really enjoyed the soap making course. Emma was really knowledgeable and helpful and led the whole course well, from the introduction and teaching on all aspects of soap making to the creative and practical elements of planning and choosing fragrances and creating our soap. A great day thank you.

Cheska Asman - - #38104

I attended this course with a friend and enjoyed all aspects of the day. Emma was informative and caring to all those that attended and we both came away with some lovely soap. I would recommend the course as a relaxing day, good for wellbeing and making time for ourselves which should all do more often.

Heather Smith - - #37758

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Response from Soapology Studio:

Hi Heather,
I am so sorry you felt strongly enough to leave this review. As you can see I have over 50 5* reviews on this course and more on my 121 courses. This is in fact the only negative comment in over 10 years and 400+ students. As I mentionned in our many emails after the course, the white powder you mention sounds like soda ash and is quite common in cp soapmaking, it is fully explained in the theory part of the course and in your course workbook. The holes you mention may be trapped air bubbles from mixing too vigorously which I pointed out at the time and advised you to stir slowly between using the stick blender to release the trapped air. In one of your emails to me you stated you had made a successful batch at home therefore I consider the course to be successful as you learnt the skills from me to then make your own soap (youtube waa never mentionned until now). As I said, the course is all about making mistakes whilst with me and I can correct them and offer guidance. I did offer for you to return on another course and bring your original 'faulty' soaps with you so that I could see them and try and work out what had happened. You declined. All of the other batches made on the day turned out wonderful along with my demonstration batch. Also, I have never seen the two batches your friend made nor have I heard from her since the course saying she was unhappy.
I am devastated to have received this review but I guess the saying is true, you cant please everyone all the time. Good luck with your soapmaking journey Heather.
Emma, Soapology Studio

Rita - - #30965

Fantastic course! Spent a lovely Saturday learning about cold process soap making. Emma went through the basic chemistry, measuring and methods involved and then in the afternoon we had a go making two batches ourselves.
Emma is a patient teacher who explained everything simply yet comprehensively and the notes provided are well written and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed it, Emma is clearly a passionate and talented soap maker and I would recommend this course. I purchased a kit to take home and look forward to creating my own soaps for gifts and for personal use.

Katherine - - #30960

I really enjoyed the day. Emma made the theory really interesting and easy to understand. After having a couple of goes at making soap on the day I feel confident enough to have a go at home myself. I would highly recommended this course.

Julia - - #30952

I highly recommend the Soapology courses. I have done both the group soap-making course and the Business Legislation Module course with Emma.

Emma is very friendly, welcoming and has a lovely workshop in a fantastic setting. The courses themselves are easy to follow, fun and informative with both practical and theory parts, along with Emma's additional hints and tips, it is a thoroughly enjoyable day. You are provided with extensive and detailed course notes to take away which are invaluable to refer back to once you have returned home. The 100% natural soaps I made smell and look amazing, thank you Emma!

I will have no hesitation in returning to do another course with Emma from Soapology and no hesitation in recommending any of Emma's courses.

Clare - - #30531

Great course. I’ve always wanted to make soap so this was a real bucket list moment for me. Emma’s studio is in a beautiful location, peaceful and serene. The studio itself is light and airy and there were just a handful of us so it felt very personal and also allowed plenty of time for questions and answers. We started off with the maths and the science followed by the opportunity to make 2 batches. Emma pays great attention to health and safety. I would recommend this course.

Hayley Cheshire - - #27851

I had an absolutely brilliant time on this workshop, from the start Emma was really friendly, she explained things really clearly and and made it really fun. I highly recommend this course!

Elaine Lorimer - - #25299

What a fantastic course, Emma is such a great teacher and explains everything in a way you can understand. The studio was very well equipped and smelt amazing, lunch was included which was really nice. Making the soap in the afternoon was totally amazing and you get to take it home with you. Overall a really great experience, I would highly recommend anyone thinking about it to go for it, you certainly won't be sorry x

Lesley Tyreman - - #21694

I thoroughly enjoyed my Soap Making day with Emma. She is a great teacher, imparting the theory in an easy to understand manner, and the take away pack is a comprehensive resource to refer to later. A lovely lunch was followed by a well prepared session in the workshop - what a great room! Emma moved from demonstrating to guiding to careful watching while I made my own batches of soap, enabling me to gain confidence in the process. Can’t wait to use the soaps (they have to cure for a bit first), but my house smells lovely while I plan my future soaps! The kit is well worth buying as well, giving me a chance to try again with familiar ingredients. A very highly recommended course!

Amanda Evans - - #21220

Really enjoyed it. I learnt a lot and loved the day making soap. Will carry on with it at home.

claire Richardson - - #20242

Emma was very knowledgeable and passionate throughout the course. Explained everything need to know.
Was a great day learning all aspects of soap making. Made three batches of my own soap to take home. Smell and Turned out lovely looking forward making more. Emma was always willing to help when needed. Would highly recommend.
Thanks Again Emma.

LINDA FARRAR - - #19547

A Great days course. Emma is very knowledgeable and passionate about her work. She made learning so enjoyably and easy. I learnt so much and came away with some lovely soap of my own making.😘
Great company, Great food, Great products. An excellent, value for money course.
I would highly rate and recommend this company

Congratulation to Emma and Richard for what they have achieved.

Caroline Kirkman - - #19399

Really enjoyed this course. Soap making can be a bit “sciencey” and Emma got us through that easily and we have excellent course notes to refer to. The practical section was well thought out with a logical progression and plenty of time to explore her very interesting workspace and ask lots of questions. I travelled from Winchester and it was worth the drive! All in all a very good course.

Katie lane - - #18768

This was such an amazing course so glad i went along. Emma is lovely and her knowlege is vast

Anne-Marie - - #18412

I had a lovely day making soap with Emma and a small group. It was very informative yet concise with plenty of backup information to refer to in the future. It would have been nice to have made 3 batches of soap in the afternoon but there wouldn't have been enough time. It was nice to see everyone else's creations being made too. I also got the kit to bring home and make more soaps and I am really looking forward to experimenting. I would love to come back and do another course with Emma, it was a very relaxed day and we were well looked after. I am definitely going to be recommending to everyone I know

Iwona - - #17145

I joined this course as I love essential oils and aromatherapy on the whole. Emma was very informative, straight to the point and a great teacher. I had never made any soaps prior to the course and had no knowledge of soap making whatsoever and yet by the end of it I made 3 batches of differently made soap which is now curing and smelling wonderfully around my house. Well done Emma! Most importantly for any beginner or enthusiast, I feel confident that I can repeat the whole process of soap making at my home and keep on using it. What can be better? I can highly recommend it to any person willing to try it for either personal use or in preparation of running your own business, you won't be disappointed :))

Emma Cook - - #16178

I had a really great day learning about the art of cold process soap making. Emma is very thorough and imparts a great deal of knowledge and experience. The course provides a very clear step-by-step guide, with the theory in the morning and then the pratical in the afternoon, and is the perfect introduction into the world of soap making. Overall all, a very relaxed and informative day.

Sue - - #16134

My son and I had a very enjoyable day at Soapology,the morning is spent learning about the history and theory behind cold process soap making,followed by lunch.
The afternoon session begins with Emma’s demonstration,then you get to be creative making your own soap,there were plenty of choices to add colour and fragrance to the soap,we made 3 batches of soap to take home.
It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and a great day
Thankyou Emma
Sue and Adam

Ann and Barbara - - #15651

My friend and I decided that instead of buying birthday pressies we would do an activity together.
The Soapology one day course was brilliant.
We are both complete beginners Emma was great going through all the science and health and safety aspects of soap making.She gave good examples to explain the complicated stuff which really clarified the process.After lunch it was all hands on soap making and soon we were trying different essential oils and making different designs and textured soap.
Very good value for money
Detailed teaching and a takeaway handbook with everything you need to know to make your own soap.
And at the end of the day you take home the soap you have made which in our case was three containers of sweetly fragranced soap each.
Lunch was provided and Emma had catered for us as veggies.
Would strongly recommend this course we had a lovely day and met some very nice people on the course.

Kerry - - #15643

My mum and i went to the group course and thoroughly enjoyed it! During the morning session Emma went through the science & safety side of soap making. After a delicious lunch, Emma demonstrated how to make soap, using the cold process method, then we got to make 3 batches of soap, using different essential oils and natrual colours. It was a brilliant day all round. Highly recommended course for other budding soap makers.

Helen - - #15524

Had a lovely day with Emma, which has now given me the confidence to do lots of my own experiments in creating my own soap. The day was very informative and well structured. She talked through the necessary chemistry of soap making in the morning and then it was practical, hands on in the afternoon. I took away lots of soap that i’d made and loads of enthusiasm to make more. Thanks Emma!

Kevin - - #14784

Very informative day, starting with the history of soap making & it's composition, right through to creating our very own bars of soap. a very relaxed atmosphere & a very interesting day with a light lunch supplied at lunchtime. I would not hesitate to recommend this course.

Nari - - #14386

An interesting and insightful day of what goes into soap making. The workshop struck the right balance between the theory aspect which was an overview of Science, Maths and the Creative side and then the practical part of actually making up our own soap. It was quite fun in choosing our own ingredients such as colour, essential oils and herbs. I purchased the starter pack and will be looking forward to adding my own additives and creating pretty patterns! Emma was lovely and welcoming which makes all the difference in learning. The day left me with lots to think about for potential ideas. I would recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to get a taste of this subject before they actually commit.

AVIVA and ANNE - - #13984

We had a really enjoyable day learning about soap making with Emma. Her instructions were clear and easy to follow, she provided comprehensive notes to take home and we came away with some lovely soaps - cant wait to be able to use them! I also bought a starter pack to experiment some more at home ... thank you for a lovely day Emma!!

Emma - - #13981

A really good course. The morning's theory made so much sense when we were let loose with materials in the workshop during the afternoon. There were 6 on my course, the maximum that Emma has, but we were all able to make 3 batches of soap, learn from what others were doing and never felt out of our depth. I'm so pleased with what I have achieved - even the batch with the difficult to use thyme scent. I was really impressed with what was included in the starter pack and have lots of ideas for batches 4 - 7! Thank you.

Rachel - - #13222

Had an awesome day with Emma yesterday learning all about the science, maths and creative side of soap making! She's a brilliant teacher and I loved the whole day, lunch was lovely and the practical session in the afternoon was flawless. We all left with big smiles, 2 containers of soap which I'm dieing to cut up today, a freebie and a booklet with everything from the day in it so we can repeat the process at home. I purchased a starter kit at the end of the day for a very reasonable price and can't wait to get stuck in!

Thanks for a great day Emma!

stephanie Smith - - #13218

Had a great day learning how to make soaps with Emma.
Very welcoming group and a nice atmosphere.
Emma took us through the theory in the morning and answered all questions we had ...lots of lovely cuppas offered great hospitality.
After a delicious lunch we then went to the studio where Emma creates her magic. She spent time in turn taking us through step by step the basics of soap making. Very attentive seeing to all of us In turn also helped us to learn to blend the oils.
Came away with two lovely batches of great smelling soap and lots of information.
I purchased the follow on kit so I could make a few further batches at home. Good value great knowledge and great time had totally recommended.
Loved the day and the soap!!!

Rachel Cousins - - #12772

Husband and I had a truly enjoyable day at Soapology. Emma is a fantastic host and is obviously passionate about her soap making. The morning was spent learning about soap which Emma kept very interesting and answered any questions (regular refreshments offered).
A delicious lunch was then provided before heading into the workshop for the fun part :) there were five of us on the course and Emma was very patient in taking us through each step of the soap making process advising on which essential oils work well together and the correct way to blend all ingredients. We made three batches each that we got take home. We also took a starter pack each. Thank you Emma for a fantastic day we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and learnt so much!

Neesha - - #12148

Emma was absolutely fantastic! A great teacher and a wonderful host. She explained everything very well and fully supported us throughout the practical process. I found it extremely therapeutic with the wonderful smells and the fun arty side to it all. Really enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you Emma!

Stephen Smart - - #12142

Excellent presentation,excellent hand outs.Excellent practical work worth signing up for

Raechyl - - #12138

Fantastic course! Emma is lovely. She’s really thorough, helpful and has definitely given me the confidence to make soaps from scratch at home. I would definitely recommend this workshop.

Clare Cumberland - - #11854

A very enjoyable day learning how to make cold process soap. Emma comes across as extremely knowledgable about the art of soap making. The handout is easy to follow and contains all you need to know when starting out making your own soap. The course consists of theory in the morning followed by actually making your own soap in the afternoon. I have since made several batches of soap at home, using the handout as a guide. I would strongly recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn how to make their own soap.

Lisa Jenkins - - #11852

Fantastic day learning the art of cold processed soap making. Emma was a great teacher and very knowledgeable.

Lots of lovely soaps were made, so i will be enjoying what i made on the course for months to come!

Ian Brentnall - - #11851

Very busy and enjoyable day with Emma. A good blend of knowledge imparted on the maths, chemistry and aesthetics of making soap. You then get supervised practice to make your own batch, a nice lunch and then round two to make more. I’d recommend the course to anyone.

Jill - - #11837

Had a lovely day at the soap making workshop. Excellent day, Emma was lovely and explained everything really well. I learned loads and came away with 3 beautiful blocks of soap I had made myself. Highly recommended.

Lena - - #8934

Big thanks to Emma for a soaptastic day! Interesting, informative and thoroughly enjoyable. I was nervous about the maths and chemistry and working with lye but Emma made it really clear. Great to go home with a guide I will refer to again and again.

The first half of the course was the necessary theory, then after a tasty lunch, we experimented with fantastic oils, butters and techniques and came out with varied soaps I'd happily pay a lot for in a shop! Not bad for a first try. Can't wait to try my own recipes with more confidence.

Overall, I can't recommend this course highly enough for anyone interested in natural soap making.

Jeremy Wyman - - #8866

This is a really good course. The first half of the day is theory and lots was learnt.

A really nice lunch with a good discussion. The afternoon was spent creating three batches of soap (and thats a lot of soap!). Lots of fun and experimentation getting different smells etc. Emma is clearly an expert and the course ran smoothly.

We have just taken our soap out of the moulds twenty four hours after the course and its now drying - you get to learn all of this. We also purchased a kit from Emma that will allow us to make a batch under our own steam.

Steve Singleton - - #8523

I really enjoyed the basic course that Emma took us through.
The course was split, with theory in the morning and practical in the afternoon.
A course designed not to be complicated but enough to allow you to make more soap the correct way in the comfort of your home.
I'm sure after practice I'll be considering a more advanced course.
An enjoyable course and recommended.
Steve Singleton

Judi - - #8011

Brilliant, really enjoyable fun day out, learnt everything needed to make lovely gifts, tasty lunch and great hospitality from Emma, thoroughly recommend

Mary Anne Robbins - - #7995

Had a wonderful day with Emma on her soap making course, this is something I have been wanting to do for years! She gave us a excellent hand out & talked us through it explaining all the science & calculations while still keeping our interest. After all the theory, cake & lunch we got down to the actual making of soap. With help & guidance from Emma we all made 3 batches of soap, giving us the opportunity to try different colours, essential oils & effects.

I would recommend this course to budding soap makers & as well as people who just want to have a fun day trying out a new craft. Emma also runs more advanced courses, which I will be back to learn some more.

Tracy Marshall - - #6498

I really enjoyed this course, Emma was the perfect host, very knowledgable and patient. The day was packed full of information with a practical session in the afternoon making three batches of soap. Emma provided a lovely lunch with plenty of tea and coffee. I will definitely go back and do another course at a later date.

Julie Sturrock - - #6497

I really enjoyed this course - great content in the morning theory session & fun in the practical afternoon session. With 4 people in the group it was great to see other people's choices of colours or essential oils. Emma was perfect host and the whole day had a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I loved that you could purchase a starter kit - I've already made 2 batches myself. I would definitely recommend this course.

Carol - - #5948

This was a lovely day, Emma was encouraging and supportive. The morning session was very informative, although I am not sure I totally understood the maths involved!! The afternoon was great as I got to make 3 batches of soap. It was great to use the different essential oils and other ingredients and Emma encouraged us all in using her stock. I had a really enjoyable day and would thoroughly recommend it for anyone interested in starting soap making. Thanks also to Emma's partner for giving a helping hand. Was

Carol - - #5947

I had a lovely day. Emma was informative and supportive throughout the day. I made 3 batches of soap with any ingredients I wanted to choose from her stores. It was great fun experimenting. I would recommend it to anyone interested in soap making.

Sam - - #5936

An excellent and well taught course including everything you need to know about cold processed soap making. There was plenty to learn from the day and we all managed to make plenty of soap of our own fragrance and design to take home. If you are looking for a soap course or just want to have a dabble this is definitely the course for you.

Jean Fremlin - - #5894

An excellent course, guiding you through the soap making history, methods, ingredients and recipes for making a natural high quality soap.
The morning session was informative and the afternoon session a hands on workshop. I made 3 soaps and Emma was very generous with the range of additives, essential oils and colours which we could chose, and of course with her professional teaching skills.
I would recommend this course 100%

Jacqui - - #5716

My friends and I completed Emma's Introduction to Cold Processed Soap Making course and had a fabulous time! Emma was extremely knowledgeable. The day was terrific fun and excellent value. I would highly recommend the course. I can't wait to use my soap!

Mary Gray - - #5495

For my Birthday my children gave me a Soapology Voucher, I attended a full day course last Saturday at Emma's Studio in Farndon and had an absolutely brilliant day. Emma has a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about her craft, her patient and encouraging teaching style made it easy for me to learn and understand so much about the art of soap making during the day, along with the three batches of soap which I made, we were also given course notes to take home, these will be very useful for referral in the future. I treated myself to a 'kit' too so that I can make more soap this week (already thinking of new fragrance combinations). Emma provide a super lunch and offered lots of refreshments during the day. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. Thank you Emma, hope to see you again soon.

Caroline - - #5174

Really learnt a lot about soap making with a personalised service. Enjoyed the lunch too.

Bonnie King - - #3428

I had an amazing day learning how to make soap yesterday at Colwick Hall!

Emma was so welcoming and a great teacher. She was patient in answering all of our questions and thoroughly explained everything. Refreshments were provided for us and after the morning session which was theory based, we were treated to a lovely lunch.

Then the fun! In the afternoon we started to make the soap. Everyone looked like they were having a great time, especially when they got to the colour and additive section. Choosing the 'toppings' and additives was my favourite part. Emma again was really patient with me when I changed my mind about what I wanted on top of one of the soaps and she helped me to make the most of our time.

We made three batches of soap all together to take home.

I would love to come back and this time bring my mum. It was a great day full of delicious smells and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Cheers Emma for a fab day!

DianneShaw - - #3427

A packed day full of interesting information about a lovely product, had lots of fun deciding on my own special soap unique to me as every batch is totally different. All aspects of soapmaking were covered and this information was available to take home along with the soap you made on the day. Lots of support from all the team at Soapology with nothing being to much trouble.
The day included a lovely lunch with plenty of tea/coffee or water to drink throughout the day.
I would recommend this course to anyone. Thank you Emma and all your team for a great day.

Sheila Mounteney - - #2786

This was a very interesting day, with lots of soap making fun. The tuition was expertly executed, and a very informative Soapology folder of the history of soap, and how it's made. It also includes recipes and tips for you to make soap at home.
We had a break for a lovely 2 course lunch and plenty of coffee, tea and biscuits available all day.
I would recommend this course to anyone. Well done Soapology's Emma and Richard.

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