San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The ancient art of soapmaking is a collaboration of art and science and here at Soapology we love to teach enthusiastic newcomers to soap the skills of the business that we love. We start at the beginning and aim to have a lovely creative day and for you to leave with some skills, some soap and a smile on your face :-)
Emma is a self taught soaper, with many years experience in soapmaking and running her own soap business selling wholesale to retailers throughout the UK and direct to consumers at our local farmers market in West Bridgford and online.
The day is structured to give you the most time for hands on practice but with a healthy level of theory to give you the best possible experience.
Brief history and basic chemistry of soapmaking
Everything you’ll need to get started – ingredients and equipment
Safety aspects of working with Sodium Hydroxide
Preparation of moulds and moulding options
Using additives in soap such as flowers, seeds, oats, oxides, herbs, spices and clays
Colouring your natural soaps
Adding nutrient oils for various skin conditions
Blending Pure Essential oils for fragrance
Mixing, pouring, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap
We will explore all of the raw ingredients that you can pick from to make soap and begin to look in detail using your touch and smell senses to start to learn about the oils and butters as we talk you through your first batch where you will watch Emma and ask as many questions as you need to get your confidence.
We break for a delicious lunch and return buzzing with ideas and ready to get started on your first solo batch.
The afternoon brings plenty of experimentation where you will create between 3 – 4 batches (time dependent) and get lots of practice in.
Whatever you have made is yours to take home and use or give as gifts to friends and family who will no doubt be amazed at how clever you are
A demonstration by Emma
A supervised afternoon of soapmaking using a variety of oils, fats, butters and nutrient oils.
Playing with colours and fragrance options and experimenting with additives such as poppyseeds and oatbran
At the end of your workshop, you can choose to purchase a starter pack of ingredients to take home and practice your new skill. The pack is £30 and includes :
Container to use as a mould
These ingredients are enough to make a further 4 batches of the Soapology recipe at home to practice the skills you have learnt during the day.
Please advise us if you want to take one of these home with you so that we can make sure we've got some ready.
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Emma is an experienced soapmaker who runs a successful soap business in the UK.