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.
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 (:
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.
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!
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.