After having two 'courses' local to me cancelled, I drove 2 hours each way to Ashdown Forest. Simon's intention of the 'course' was to demonstrate soap-making with lye but have participants only make soaps with melt and pour - which is easy to do at home. I wanted the lye experience which he did let me do - but without any safety equipment - no gloves or goggles. I seemed to know more about soap-making than he did. He said he would send me the soaps we made but that was nearly 5 weeks ago and there is no sign of them. He has stopped replying to my queries about where they are. He also used tap water to make the soap - which is probably why another reviewer found the soaps lathered poorly. At least she got her soaps! So I went a long way and paid £65 for nothing. Absolutely not worth the time or money.
Helen - - #28845
Very practical advice from Simon. A fun day. I came away from the course with the confidence to try this myself at home. Thank you Simon.
wendy pearce - - #27856
The soap course itself was run well - a good teacher (although we felt it was a long day for him as he had taught the earlier candle making course that day).
It was interesting learning about how soap is made.
However, on now having used the soaps - and distributed to friends and family the quality of the actual soap product is not at all good.
Its a very low grade 'wash foam' soap.
Very slippery in use !!!! but no foam to feel like you have actually washed !
I feel the cost does not justify the products made (:
T Brightwell - - #27573
This course was absolutely fantastic. We learnt so much in such a short time. Simon is a wonderful and fun teacher. We made lots of candles to take home. Thank you so much it was such a pleasure!
Fleur Malta - - #27213
I was extremely lucky to have a 1 to 1 with Simon.
I had a fantastic day & I am looking forward to seeing my soaps 😀
Julie - - #25833
This was a Birthday treat from my children and it was the best fun. With Simon's great sense of humour and 5 happy participants, we all had a fun filled morning combined with learning from a true craftsman. 5 gold starts from me.
Julie - - #25156
What a super course! Jam packed with information and hands-on candle-making. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kathryn - - #24801
I had a lovely morning on this course and learnt a lot. Simon was great!
Katherine - - #23459
Very practical advice from Simon and a fun day. I definitely came away with the confidence to try this at home.
Joanne Hall - - #23400
My sister and I took Simon’s course last weekend. We had a fantastic time! Simon was great and such a good teacher. He clearly knows his stuff!
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn a new craft or start a new vocation.
Thanks so much.
Zö Christien - - #22484
I would definitely recommend this course, Simon was very informative, and it was a great introduction to candle making.
Looking forward to attempting to make more at home!
Ally Clark - - #22501
Great morning! Simon shared a wealth of knowledge and practical skills in the art of candle making in a relaxed atmosphere. Thank you.
Steve Hoare - - #21723
Practical and informative, thank you.
Zoe Arena - - #21711
Excellent course. We learnt so much. Simon was an excellent teacher. We were so lucky because there were only the two of us on the course, so it was really personal. We made loads of candles and were not rushed away when the time came to finish up.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone thinking about making candles!
Lorraine - - #21491
really enjoyed our morning with Robert! made 7 candles!! also learnt a lot about what I have been doing wrong with the wicks!! recommend to anyone!!
keri watson - - #18617
Simon is an amazing teacher.
A gentleman with a wealth of knowledge and an embarrassment of experience.
Samuel - - #17845
Had a fabulous day learning all things candles with Simon. He answered all my questions with knowledge and patience and I came away with some really great ideas and information. Definitely worth it!
Karen - - #16633
Such a great day, we learnt loads and really enjoyed our time with Simon.
Jon Matson-Higgins - - #16529
Simon was a really great teacher, sharing his craft and knowledge in a relaxed environment making learning very enjoyable. It was hands on from the start which made it fun and easy to understand. I learnt such a lot and would highly recommend this workshop for anyone interested in candle making and wanting to find out more about the industry. A very insightful and inspiring day with lovely people.
Kate - - #16335
Had the most enjoyable morning candle making yesterday, my mum in law and I were incredibly lucky as there were some cancellations so we actually ended up having a one to one workshop.
It was so informative but super fun too, loved learning about all the different techniques and ‘hand dipping’ was a highlight for sure.
Would recommend the class to anyone and everyone, great to learn a new skill!
Gemma Richards - - #16003