Our Next Soapmaking Workshop in Essex:


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Bean and Boy Soap Making Workshops Essex

t’s getting towards the summer season again and we’re so excited to be running another awesome series of workshops. We’re just waiting on confirmation from our venue in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and we will be able to release dates for booking. 

We will be running the following workshops: 

Botanicals and Soapmaking: using flowers and natural colourants in cold process soap

In this workshop we will be exploring the traditional cold process method of making soap, and incorporating dried botanicals and flowers for texture, colour and other natural properties. Suitable for all levels.

Intermediate Cold Process Soap Workshop – loaves

In this workshop we’ll work with a loaf of soap, demonstrating and practicing swirling techniques, layers, colours and ombre gradients. You’ll take home a loaf mould for reuse later and a loaf of cold process soap you have made yourself. 

Infused Herb Oils

Infusing oils is one of the most amazing things you can do with your natural harvest of herbs – rosemary, garlic, thyme, and more. In this workshop we show you how to infuse herb oils that you can use for cooking, for topical application, or for use in soap. 

Want to do more?

We are firming up dates for the next round of PITCH AND PLAY soapmaking classes. These are people who have already attended our INTRODUCTION TO COLD PROCESS soapmaking or who have made soap before.

You will be expected to have had some experience with cold process soapmaking before. You will be given recipes, plenty of ingredients to choose from, and loads of advanced techniques to experiment with.

You will make over 600g of soap in each class. These are the classes coming up in June/July 2019:

  • Learn to make BEER soap
  • Castille Soap
  • Palm-free soapmaking
  • Clay play (experimenting with clays and charcoal)
  • Blends for Friends (invent a blend of essential oils for a batch of soaps with the help of an aromatherapist – great for gifts)
  • Advanced swirling techniques


We will also be working with other talented makers to offer the following workshops:

  • DIY Creams and Lotions
  • DIY Lip Balms (beeswax and carnauba wax options)
  • DIY Bath Bombs
  • Soy wax candlemaking
  • Aromatherapy blends

Introduction to Cold Process Soapmaking Workshops in Essex:

Learn how to make Cold Process Soap

We have found a new venue for our Soapmaking Workshops in Leigh-on-Sea, so we’ll be releasing new dates very soon! Join us at the Fishermen’s Chapel on New Road in Leigh-on-Sea, just opposite the estuary, for a half day workshop where you’ll learn the basics of cold process soapmaking.

We’re passionate about traditional crafts, and we’re reviving the art of cold process soapmaking in this fun workshop that covers the basics of oils and butters, proper safety, working with lye, choosing essential oils and botanicals, making soap at home, getting creative with swirls and techniques, and of course – soapmaking!

We don’t use artificial ingredients to scent or colour our soaps, so you’ll get creative with clays, botanicals and essential oils. In this half day workshop you will make two soap recipes, you’ll work with your chosen scents and designs, and you’ll take home plenty of info and experience to get you started on your soapmaking journey. You’ll also take home a selection of soaps from the day, some recipes, and a good understanding of the science behind soapmaking.

We keep workshops small so that you have fun, make friends and can ask plenty of questions while you get hands-on experience. That does mean that spaces are limited; if you miss out, please get in touch to join the waiting list in case of cancellations, or keep a look out for more dates which are added regularly.

Take it further

Already got the basics under your belt? Join us for experimental classes in advanced soapmaking techniques and learn how to make cold process soap with fruit purees, experiment with milks, and play with swirls, layering and textures. We also run fun “join in” workshops for those already familiar with the soapmaking process. You’ll learn to make a range of summer cocktail soaps (Gin & Tonic anyone?), or other seasonal soap varieties (Mulled Wine Soap, Cinnamon Soap) depending on the time of year.

We can also run workshops in the business of soapmaking for those who want to find out more about cosmetic safety assessment, EU regulations, and the necessary steps to take when you want to start up a soapmaking business.

What people say

“Was so therapeutic, thank you so  much for a really lovely day, thoroughly enjoyed it.” – Karen C

“Thank you for an amazing soap making session, it was absolutely lovely to meet you and learn so much in just a day.” – Tite P

Learn how to make cold process soap
Learn how to make cold process soap
Learn how to make cold process soap
Learn how to make cold process soap