Wonderful day and excellent value. I attended the course in Febuary and came away buzzing with ideas to try at home. Catherine is a welcoming experienced host & provides great atmosphere in her studio. I attended on my own, but we all sat round a big table learning the background to soap making, helpful tips and then made our 2 batches of soap together. The day flew past and Catherine expertise and support to all of us as a group and individuals increased our confidence in experimenting with different formulations. Would highly recommend this course.
Carol - - #20178
What a great day! I took my mum as a birthday treat experience.
We learnt a lot about the soap making process and came home with our very own hand made soaps.
Catherine is very knowledgeable on the subject, a very patient teacher and a welcoming host.
Highly recommend this.
Emma - - #20058
I have just come back from the (Beginners) Soap Making Course with Catherine Marshall and cannot recommend it highly enough. There were 5 of us on the course which was held in her beautifully equipped studio in her garden. Catherine started by explaining the theory and science of soap making including the method of calculating the lye - which was not at all as scary as it sounded! She then demonstrated making a batch before we all set work on our own creations. She was incredibly generous with both her knowledge and supplies. We all made two soaps to take home and were given a choice of 5 recipes to work from customising our creations from a plethora of natural and mineral colours as well as a huge variety of exfoliants and dried flower petals. The equipment provided was excellent, nobody had to share and we even had a hob each to heat our butters. I came home excited and inspired! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into soap making then you could not do better than book one of Catherine's workshops.
Celia Marsh - - #19999
Great course; fun, friendly, informal, safe and well taught. Cat explained clearly, gave a demo then we had a go. My soap looks and smells great and is all natural. The notes & recipes provided are excellent and I am confident and excited to make soap at home. Thanks Cat!
Anne-marie - - #19240
The introductory soap making workshop yesterday was a lovely day. We were given lots of information but were never overloaded. We had a chance to see all the different colours and natural essential oils that were available and watch a demonstration before making two batches of our own soap. The day was friendly, well paced, and great fun. I would definitely recommend Catherine and her Herbal Harmony studio to everyone.
Lucinda and Margaret Yelland - - #19105
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
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