Natural cold-process soap making

Natural cold-process soap making


Make your own completely natural handmade soap, from scratch!

Using palm-free, plant-based oils and butters, you'll learn about saponification with natural lye. And, following one of our six gorgeous tried-and-tested recipes (five of which are vegan), you'll add natural ingredients including essential oils and plant additives to make your own soap loaf, which you'll take home to cut and cure (you'll be shown how). You'll also learn how to formulate your own blends, how to handle the materials safely and how to test your soap at all the relevant stages.

The class takes about 2 hours, during which you'll make a soap loaf big enough to cut into at least 6 good-sized bars, and learn an addictive new craft that you'll love! :)

Please contact us via the "message the tutor" button to enquire about availability.

Over-16s only, unless previously agreed by The Little Craftery (please contact us to discuss).

Please note: Due to Covid-19 we are currently only taking bookings for private classes (at no additional cost). There will be no other participants in your class.

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 materials and use of necessary tools are included, as are hot drinks. You'll keep the soap you've made, along with an information booklet containing all 6 recipes and information on how to formulate your own recipes at home, and you'll also be given some litmus paper strips so you can test the PH level of your finished soap.


Wendy Gwynn at The Little Craftery

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The Little Craftery
3 Field Row
West Sussex
BN11 1TD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners


2 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Juliet Wilkes - - #39308

Took this class with my sister and it was fantastic. Wendy is lovely and very knowledgeable. The soap making is really fun and with Wendy talking us through/ showing us the process ( and giving us a handy booklet) I definitely feel confident enough to recreate the process at home. We both made a large block of soap, which makes roughly 7 bars overall and there were loads of options to customise the soap. I would definitely recommend the class!

Keen crafter - - #38929

We enjoyed our morning of making soap. Wendy was very organized, the atmosphere was lovely and the information was very clear.
We look forward to attending more of Wendy’s workshops.

Nicki - - #37580

I really enjoyed my time with Wendy learning all about the intricacies of soap making. The course was informative and easy to follow. Can't wait to try the soap I made.

Rosie Pearson - - #37531

It was a pleasure to do this course with Wendy. Really good value, clear and informative and so well organised! Highly recommend.

Chloe - - #37490

I booked this course for a friend's birthday and we had a great time. Wendy's teaching is relaxed and informative and we both felt we learned a lot and made some beautiful soaps. A great choice of recipes and a lovely informative booklet to take home too. I look forward to enjoying and gifting the soap. Thank you Wendy!

Lucy - - #36950

I had such an interesting morning with Wendy, learning to make soap. The mysteries of saponification were revealed and I can’t wait to try my creation. The Craftery is a very welcoming workshop space, really inspiring.

Angela Austin - - #36482

I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent soap making. I went with two friends and we all loved the excellent teaching and the wonderful soap we each made. Wendy is a superb teacher and host. I highly recommend this course.

Jo Taylor - - #35867

I attended this course with a friend who had booked it as a birthday treat for me (brilliant gift idea!). We both enjoyed our morning very much. Wendy's teaching style is relaxed and fun, while at the same time clear and informative with a focus on safety. We learned a lot about the fascinating science of soap making, and the choice of recipes on offer meant that we both came away with enough soap to make some very special Christmas gifts. Highly recommended.

Lynne Friel - - #35853

I booked this workshop for two us and we both throughly enjoyed it. We learnt a great deal and we each came away with a large chunk of soap which I will cut and use some for Christmas presents. The workshop was carefully laid out and everything was ready for us. Once we had made the base recipe we could choose from six different soaps. Wendy teaches in a very relaxed way and shares her extensive knowledge of the subject. I can't recommend this workshop highly enough, I will be booking again.

Judy - - #35570

I did this course with 2 friends. You do have to be very accurate but then making soap is a scientific process so it is to be expected. Wendy was very clear in her explanations and very patient with us all working at a slightly different pace. The time absolutely flew by and I am very pleased with the end product.

Irene Holbourn-Lloyd - - #35456

I have never made soap before, so all completely new to me.
I found it more of a scientific process than crafting, perhaps if I did some at home I would have more of a chance for free expression? Interesting and one for people who enjoy exact precision in their crafts.

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