An absolute brilliant day learning to make soap. Lots of information to take in but explained very clearly and with a demonstration and then a chance to have fun and experiment with colours, smell, textures etc. I feel I have enough information to have a go myself and can’t wait. Thanks so much.
A great course with easy to follow, clear instruction. Catherine gives detailed information together with handouts which allow you to feel confident and safe in the process of soap making. The venue is lovely and the straight forward directions on how to find were really helpful. Just impatient for my soap to cure! Would definitely recommend.
I really enjoyed the course, Catherine was a brilliant host and teacher, was very helpful with giving directions to get there. Had everything we needed prepared for us and was very informative and even made us all tea :)
My friend and I had such a great day at Catherine's studio. We were both really impressed with the amount of detail she goes into so you can go home and feel confident enough to try soaping on your own. A really really well thought out course that I would highly recommend and plan to do more courses in the future! Thank you Catherine!
I had a very enjoyable time with Catherine, learning how to make soap. Her studio is lovely and she is a very good instructor, with lots of patience and full of information! I would definitely recommend this course.
We loved the course. The venue was excellent and the course was tempered well for beginners soap making.
Catherine was really knowledgeable about the products and process she uses.
We’re looking forward to using our soaps this week and doing another course with Catherine next year.
We attended Catherines soap making workshop last week and had the most informative day, learning all about soap and the process of making it, followed by Catherine making a batch - and then it was our turn! We made two batches which will be ready for Christmas pressies. Which is very exciting. I would highly recommend this day, Catherine was ready to help and answer questions and has been fantastic at answering my email questions.
The day learning about and making soap last Friday was the best ever run course I have been on. The setting is glorious, the welcome warm and wonderfully perfumed; the delivery of so much interest and informative detail brilliantly presented with wonderful easy to follow handouts.
Now I am really looking forward to cutting my large blocks of made soap - too delicious to use for washing at present - as drawer scents just for a while!
I will always look at the ingredients on soap labels from now on - something I had not even noticed before.
My friend Lynne and I enjoyed this soap making day immensely - we had wondered whether the day would be worth the £60 fee - it was worth every penny! Catherine is very knowledgeable, and shares the knowledge and her expertise with participants brilliantly - it was great to sit and learn and then put the learning into practise immediately. We came away with some beautiful soap that we had made ourselves from scratch using an array of different essential oils, colours and decorations and we are very proud of our creations! Catherine's workshop is in a lovely spot in quiet countryside. It is set up perfectly for 5 participants with good quality equipment - and scrummy biscuits! Thanks Catherine - we will be back for more soon!
Catherine’s soap making workshop represents excellent value for money!! My daughter and I came away with x2 batches of soap each, using high quality ingredients and essential oils. I came with an idea for soap and Catherine helped me calculate, produce, and achieve my goal. The choice of ingredients, various clays, butters and oils etc were excellent, everyone was able to make their own unique soaps and blends. Everyone had their own work station with all the necessary equipment and could work independently or with guidance. From the moment we arrived and stepped into the studio, we were warmly welcomed and Catherine is a wonderful hostess! Nothing is too much trouble. A beautiful tranquil setting, a must for anyone needing time out to relax and recharge. I will be booking again, and again.... Thank you Catherine!
Read the review below from Yassamin first ..... I am the lucky friend who had this as a present.
This was one of the most chilled out afternoons I have had in a long time. The whole ambience was perfect you could not sit & learn a craft like this in better surroundings or a more relaxed tutor. We arrived to tea & biscuits, chatted, wondered at the garden ...then got down to the felting.
That was just perfect too... two different parts, first the felting where we covered the soaps then the second part was the needle felting where you had a go at bringing out the artistic side of your nature. The best part of that is that if like me it is very lacking then it is quite forgiving.
I warned Catherine I was so absorbed I was staying for a minimum of at least 7 hours, but alas that did not happen as we had to leave and get back to 'real life'...... at least we had our soaps to take with us!!
I have just spent a wonderful afternoon learning two different soap felting techniques at Cat’s idyllic studio. I bought this as a birthday present for my friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The studio is set in Cat’s garden surrounded by beautiful countryside and behind her impressive vegetable patch which is also full of orange and blue flowers. We were greeted with the scent of lavender, geranium, neroli and many other fragrances from the cold pressed soaps that Cat makes. It was a halcyon afternoon under Cat’s careful but relaxed supervision We drank tea and chatted and felted three soaps each which is a relatively easy process to learn but there is every opportunity to be creative with your designs too. I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough.
Catherine was brilliant, she is so enthusiastic about what she does and explains everything in such a nice detailed way. She is also very hands on and ready to help or answer any questions if you have them.
She is ever so friendly and also the location is fantastic and shelves are full of soaps, so there is plenty to get inspiration from.
There were only 5 people in the workshop, which was ideal. My and my friend made two batches of soap and we're looking forward to using them. Hoping to make more soaps in the future as well. Thanks a million Catherine, really enjoyed getting to know you and thank you for your patience.
Wow! What a wonderful day! Cat is an amazing teacher, who went above and beyond to make the class informative, interesting, friendly and fun!
Cat's demonstration was easy-to-follow and understand, and when we were making the soap, she was so patient, kind and supportive. (She has an absolute wealth of knowledge about soap making, herbs and natural skincare and was more than happy to help everyone out and answer any questions we had!)
The soap we made smells absolutely divine, and I love that it's made with natural, vegan ingredients!
Thank you so much for such a beautiful day. I couldn't recommend this class more highly, and we'd love to do another of your courses in the future! <3 xx
My husband and I had a fantastic time with Catherine, learning how to make soap. The information provided was in depth and thorough. We have left the workshop with two kilos of soap and a confidence to make more by ourselves in the future.
The hardest bit is now though, having to wait for our creations to cure before we can use them [impatient foot tapping sounds].
Me and my friend went to the 8th June workshop and it was one of the best craft workshops I've been to. The location was fantastic and the workshop itself was very informative and full of fun. Catherine is really friendly and helpful. At the workshop, Catherine will demonstrate how to make a batch first and you will have opportunities to make two different batches of soap. I can't wait to cut my soaps this weekend!
A rare day out for me which didn't disappoint. Catherine was so knowledgeable, whilst being calm and friendly. On the day she had both complete novices and medical herbalists to deal with, which she did with ease and professionalism. We came away armed with a huge amount of knowledge and 2 boxes of our own hand made soap. Pure joy! I will definitely book again 😊.
I had an absolutely fab day. Beautiful setting and Catherine was a great teacher. Clear and concise in her teaching, patient and very generous with her knowledge. I am definitely inspired to try more of the recipes at home. Highly recommended.
What a great day, I had a lovely time! Catherine’s knowledge and enthusiasm for soap making meant it was a very enjoyable experience. I appreciated the time spent on background information, followed by her talking through the complete process and introducing the ingredients. The demonstration helped to consolidate my understanding before trying it for myself. The small class size meant plenty of individual attention to check everyone was on task. The opportunity to repeat the process by making two batches of soap was great for helping gain a little confidence while also trying a different recipe. The detailed handouts and recipes will be invaluable for trying out at home. I can’t wait for the soap to be ready to slice and use. Thank you for such a great experience.
What a great way to spend a day!
As a complete novice in the world of soap-making I was surprised and intrigued by the whole process.
Following Catherine's instructions (although I did go 'off piste' at one point and had to be rescued!!!), the class each produced two individual boxes of fragrant and beautifully coloured soap.
It's a fascinating subject and we all left with plenty of information, so that we could have a go at home. This, coupled with Catherine's enthusiastic support, meant that there are now another bunch of soap-makers released into the community.
So it's all bubbles from here on!!!
Fully recommended. Book now! You'll have a great time and meet some interesting people in the beautiful surroundings of The Liveability Centre.