The Art & Craft of Soapmaking - 1 Day Soap Making Course

The Art & Craft of Soapmaking - 1 Day Soap Making Course


A one day workshop that introduces participants to the art and craft of soap making through an exploration of the history of soap, the use of herbs and essential oils in the making of Victorian washballs and the steps undertaken in creating individually designed cold-process soaps. The grounds and gardens of Hawkwood provide a fantastic context for this journey into the many gifts the plant world offers to the home soap maker.

Learning how to make our own soap gives us the opportunity to tailor soap to our own preferences and skin type, adding herbs and essential oils that suit us best to make our own unique and personalised products.This hands-­on workshop will include an overview of;

~ The basic chemistry of soap making

~ Traditional soap making

~ Plants from the garden suitable for soap making

~ Victorian washballs

~ The properties of essential oils and which to choose

~ Cold process soap making

This course looks at a range of potential ingredients for soap making sourced from the plant kingdom, including base oils, colours and scents (we won’t be using palm oil).You will leave with a collection of your own soaps and the knowledge and skills to carry on crafting soap at home. You will also receive a booklet that describes the process so you have a handy reference guide for all the tips and tricks introduced in the workshop.

No experience required, Please get in touch for any further questions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Prices listed per person, materials supplied.


Bookings Team at Hawkwood CFT


Painswick Old Road

Suitable for

  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


6½ hours (9:30am to 4:00pm)



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