Traditional Cold Process Soap Making
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About the Course
Learn to make your own traditional cold process soap with Medical Herbalist Catherine Marshall.
On this beginners 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. 1kg of soap), using the natural ingredients & recipes provided on your worksheet.
Recipes provided are all palm oil free and suitable for vegans.
Courses are run at both the Herbal Harmony studio at Mapperton, west Dorset and also in a studio at Holton Lee, 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 or telephone us. 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 (1kg/10 bars approx), a worksheet with recipes and refreshments throughout the course. Lunch is not provided, so please bring along a packed lunch on the day.
Really lovely day, well paced, clear instruction, informative and fascinating! There's something rather special about making your own natural soap, the chemistry and alchemy...can't wait to make more (and my two batches from the workshop smell divine and are about to be cut!)
Catherine has a clear and relaxed style of teaching, and is generous in sharing ideas and recipes. Highly recommended.
Sarena - - #15536
I've just spent a lovely day with Catherine in her new, light and airy studio and have really enjoyed learning about and making cold process soap.Catherine's teaching style is friendly and relaxed, her notes are good and her demonstration was clear. When I made my own soap she was very supportive with ideas for essential oils and other additives. I've cut my two lots of soap and am delighted with the results. I've already got an order going in for more supplies so I shall soon be giving soap away to all my friends. Christmas may be 'sorted' already .
Judy - - #14574
A truly lovely day doing something that I have wanted to do for a while now. I brought my mum along, who was convinced she would cause chaos by her lack of skill; but in the end really enjoyed herself. Catherine was truly lovely; she explained everything, then did an equally good demonstration and then unintrusively monitored our progress, correcting where needed, as we got on with making our own soaps. I cut my soap last night - the final proof that it had all gone to plan - and all was smelling and looking (reasonably - for a beginner!) glorious!
Susie Page - - #13443
We thought the day was enjoyable and educational. We learnt a lot on the course. Catherine presented the course extremely well and we came away looking forward to trying to produce our own soap. Handouts were easy to understand. Would highly recommend the course to people who are interested in making their own soaps.
Steve and Sandra Walker - - #12855
The second of Catherine's courses I've taken - this could become a habit! A really fascinating day mixing science with creativity to make your own bespoke soaps under expert guidance. Catherine has the skill to strike just the right balance between providing training in the process whilst making it fun. In an age of mass-produced everything, how refreshing it is to make something yourself - I can't wait to try out my handiwork.
Joanna Bellis - - #12815
What a fantastic day. Was not sure what to expect when I booked this as a birthday gift for my wife.
In the lovely peaceful, rural setting at Holten Lee it exceeded all our expectations. Catherine took us through the soap making process and provided a comprehensive leaflet should anything be forgotten later. We made two soap recipes, the first with Catherine leading us, step by step and the second recipe she allowed us more independence. We left feeling excited and fulfilled. We enjoyed Catherine's friendly teaching style, all equipment was provided and we both feel confident enough to have a go at home. Great value. Thank you Catherine.
Rob Coombs - - #12811
I went to Catherine's soap making workshop with my daughter because we wanted to do a craft activity together for her birthday. We had a great time! Catherine is not only very knowledgable, but also very passionate about soap making. We learnt a lot, had fun and went home with gorgeous soaps, which not only look great but also smell heavenly. Some will be used for Christmas presents, but some we will keep for our own use. We are definitely hooked on soap making and will make our own soaps again in future
Angelika Neal - - #12118
I had a lovely time on the soap making workshop!. Found it very easy to understand and would be confident to try making soap at home! Catherine is a great teacher and would highly recommend going to one of her workshops !
Stephanie - - #11070
First time on one of Catherine's courses, certain won't be the last! I participated in the soap making course, never made soap or anything similar before. Catherine was very informative & her passion for the natural, herbal approach shone through. Small group, excellent resources & stunning setting. I had an amazing day, & made some delightful smelling soaps which will be ready to give as stunning Christmas gifts!! Win win!
Nicola Morgan - - #10967
A really good day. Catherine really knows her stuff, shares her experiences and is very pleasant. As someone who doesn't really setle in a workshop environment I can thoroughly recommend it.
Phil Coates - - #10964
Catherine managed to be professional, thorough but personable all day. She knows what she is doing and her precise delivery of 'how to' made it all very clear. Highly recommend this day.
Nancy Stanton - - #10963
Wonderful course - Catherine explains everything clearly and is very willing to answer all questions. All equipment needed is provided and the small group (6) is ideal. All the materials to make the soap were good - lots of choice of essential oils, colours etc. Notes and recipes from the course are also very helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed the day - thank you, Catherine for all your help.
Jackie Egan - - #10960
I couldn't recommend this workshop more! Catherine was so lovely and very informative. Was a bit nervous having never made soap before but she makes you feel at ease and demonstrates very well & has you making soaps like a pro at the end! Was a lovely setting too and nice how its just 6 people so very one to one. I had so much fun. I'll be attending more of her workshops and I've left feeling very confident in soap making.
Meg Fitt - - #10958
Catherine was very informative and is very patient and answered all our questions. We had variety of ingredients to choose from to make our own batch soap.
Asha - - #9989
I really enjoyed the traditional cold process soap making. Catherine provided us with clear, informative instructions, calculations and recipes. Her calm and easy approach made for a comfortable learning environment and a small group meant Catherine was always quick to help and advise. A wonderful day, thoroughly enjoyed it and feel confident now to try by myself. Thank you so much Catherine.
Ellen - - #9979
An excellent workshop which was very good value for money. The choice of ingredients, essential oils, natural colouring and dried flowers was extensive. As there were only six people in the class we each had plenty of attention. The information and recipe sheet was well written and easy to follow.
I would like to attend an advanced workshop to built on the skills obtained so far.
Thank you Catherine for a great workshop.
Gina Blair - - #9949
Excellent workshop which I would not hesitate to recommend or attend again! Catherine fully explained everything relating to soap making in a friendly environment, paced at a level that was easy to follow. We came away with two batches that I am looking forwards to using and giving one or two to friends as gifts to sample for themselves. Great value for money. Many thanks Catherine, a thoroughly enjoyable time was had!
Julie - - #7533
I did the soap making course recently, it was excellent, absolutely absorbing and the time flew by. Catherine is an excellent teacher and very patient.
Really proud of my soap, it smells gorgeous. I have shared some with friends and they love it too!
Anne - - #7496
An amazing course and very special as Catherine in a beautifully paced manner carefully explained in full detail the ingredients and method of how to make the most wonderful bars of soap. Catherine had a full range of essential oils, flower waters, dried flowers, different oils and butters etc. on hand to smell and all were available to use during this wonderful chance to make step by step the soap. The class size was small thus allowing an environment where warmth between our group was created as we set about following the recipes. A very clear, easy to follow hand out was supplied. Catherine was on hand to give individual attention when required and waited on us, serving herbal teas and biscuits. I whole heartedly recommend this workshop and have such wonderful memories of my soap making time plus now substantial bars of my very own home made soap.
Mrs L Hughes - - #7490
This is a great workshop and excellent value for money. It is informative with lots of detail and top tips presented in a very user friendly format: notes to take away, an introduction to the various ingredients and a demo to show the full soap making process. and fantastic to be able to take away so much soap (with clever cutting, I think I can get about 18 small bars) in two different batches. Catherine ia very calm and a supportive teacher once it comes to the part where you make your own soap. She provides a wide range of supplies and recipes meaning everyone is able to make exactly what they want - which resulted in a wide variety of end products. I really enjoyed the session and am very happy with what I was able to make and take away - two different types of soap which (with clever cutting) I think I can get about 18 small bars from. Lots of great presents!
Manjulaa - - #6316
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it. Catherine presents the workshop in a professional and friendly manner. Well done Catherine and Thank-you.
Lisa - - #5901
My husband and I did Catherine's soap making course in Poole back in May. It was an excellent day. Learnt loads, the set-up of sitting around a big table made a nice learning environment, refreshments and breaks were provided, and the course took the scary out of working with lye. Our soaps came out really well and we have been giving them to friends and family. Great value for money and I would thoroughly recommend.
Shireen - - #5757
Recently did Catherine's soap making workshop. It was really informative and Catherine went through everything that you do need to know and we had the opportunity to look at all the different types of ingredients and scents. Making the soap was great fun and certainly easier than you would think. Highly recommend the course and will certainly be looking at doing some of Catherine's other courses.
Claire - - #5461
The soap making day with Catherine is fantastic, i highly recommend it for anyone and everyone! You get lots of information on all the natural ingredients in an easy to understand format and Catherine is always happy to answer any further questions. I can't wait to get my own little production line going, I've been inspired:)
Vikki - - #5438
I did Catherine's soap making course and I thought it was really good. Catherine managed to pack so much information into the session, gave a good demonstration and provided us with lots of choice for recipes. Catherine was always on hand to guide us through each stage and answer our questions and was generous with the raw materials. We each managed to make two diffent batches of soap to take away with us, which was amazing. We also have the knowledge basis from which to have ago at home. Can't wait for my soaps to cure as I am really looking forward to trying them out.
Jenny - - #5394
I recently went to Catherine's soap making workshop & had a fantastic time! The day was really fun & I learnt a lot & was really impressed with the products we all made! My soap smells divine & looks good enough to eat! I will definitely be booking up more workshops with Catherine, possibly to made a handcream or lip balm next time
Jenny - - #5138
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Course Start DatesFriday 5th October 2018
Saturday 6th October 2018
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