Our Next Soapmaking Workshop in Essex:
Tier 4 Lockdown: We’re unable to run classes and workshops at the moment, but we hope to reopen soon with our popular soapmaking workshops. We’ll post dates on social media as soon as we have updated information from the local council.
We are running our workshops from 81 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7EU (map here). *PLEASE NOTE that classes are now limited to a maximum of four students due to covid restrictions, and you will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing throughout the class.
We will be running the following workshops:
INTRODUCTORY SOAPMAKING: we’re focussing on wildflowers and botanicals in soapmaking. We’ll be experimenting with clays and flowers, looking at how natural colourants work and how you can make soap again in the future using ingredients from your own gardens. Beginners and more experienced soapmakers are welcome to attend.
DATES COMING SOON: SOAP 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.
DATES COMING SOON: INFUSED 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.
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER: FESTIVE SOAP we’re going to be focussing on making your own Christmas soaps and will be using a lot of traditional Christmas scents and spices – think cinnamon, orange, clove and gold leaf! This is a fun workshop where you will make individual soaps to take home and cure, just in time to give away as gifts under the Christmas tree. Ideal for beginners, but more experienced soapmakers will be able to attend and experiment with new ingredients.
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 2021:
- 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
£30 PP INCLUDES RECIPES AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR SOAP
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’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