Cold process soap making

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Learn how to produce traditional, natural cold process soap based on willow bark infusion & using a variety of wild foraged/home grown/Musgrove grown botanicals.

You will be working in pairs & make a 4 soaps following tutor designed, tried & tested recipes. As the class progresses we will share the soaps we make with the rest of the class, each leaving with 20 different 50g soaps & all the recipe cards Each soap will have a different purpose & we will explore the use of specific botanicals, scents etc. to create mood & how/why they have been traditionally applied in beauty products. We will also discuss responsibly sourcing materials, toxicology, selection/drying/storing materials, adapting recipes, safety in soap making & how to make at home.  All soaps are vegan.

Traditionally willow bark (which contains salicin) has been used to soothe irritated skin, as an anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial & an alleviator of imputes. It In addition to salicin, the bark is also high in tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids, & various minerals, all of which help soothe the skin & aid in cell regeneration, allowing for a more youthful, refreshed complexion.

Please note:

Please note- this workshops assumes that you are able to weigh & measure ingredients accurately & that you are able to move around the room/stand for periods of time. Should you need any assistance with this or need adaptations before the workshop please make us aware.

This workshops is suitable for beginners or people who have done soap making/cosmetic making before. Please note this workshop is not suitable for those with a citral or aspirin allergy.

What is included?

  • All materials & tools
  • All recipes
  • Aprons

What do I need to bring?
Glasses (if you need them for close-up work).
Notebook and pen if you wish to make notes, but e-notes & links will be sent after the workshop.
Old clothes, covered, flat shoes (no sandals or open toes), something to tie hair back with (if needed).

Course Leader: Rachel Hutton
Level: Beginners
Lunch Provided: Yes
Course start and end: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Parking: On-site
Bathroom facilities: Includes disabled toilets

Tea, coffee, soup and cake will be provided (GF, DF and VG friendly).
Please feel free to bring your own packed lunch.


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