The Art & Craft of Soapmaking

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Soap Making Course - Jonathon Code - 21-472
Sat 20Nov

An introduction to soap making using plant oils, colours and scents

Facilitator: Jonathan Code

A one day workshop that introduces participants to the art and craft of soap making through an exploration of the history of soap, the use of herbs and essential oils in the making of Victorian washballs and the steps undertaken in creating individually designed cold-process soaps. The grounds and gardens of Hawkwood provide a fantastic context for this journey into the many gifts the plant world offers to the home soap maker.

Event time: Sat 20th Nov 2021 at 9:30am - Sat 20th Nov 2021 at 4:00pm

At A Glance

  • Make your own soap from plant oils, colours and scents
  • Create soaps for you, for your family and as gifts for friends
  • Learn about plants and natural products to enhance your soap creations

What Participants Will Gain

  • A thorough introduction to the steps involved in making cold-processed soaps
  • A breadth of understanding of the craft from its origins to its many potentials
  • An appreciation for the plant world and its many gifts for this craft

Soap Making

Learning how to make our own soap gives us the opportunity to tailor soap to our own preferences and skin type, adding herbs and essential oils that suit us best to make our own unique and personalised products.This hands-­on workshop will include an overview of;

~ The basic chemistry of soap making

~ Traditional soap making

~ Plants from the garden suitable for soap making

~ Victorian washballs

~ The properties of essential oils and which to choose

~ Cold process soap making

This course looks at a range of potential ingredients for soap making sourced from the plant kingdom, including base oils, colours and scents (we won’t be using palm oil).You will leave with a collection of your own soaps and the knowledge and skills to carry on crafting soap at home. You will also receive a booklet that describes the process so you have a handy reference guide for all the tips and tricks introduced in the workshop.





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Practical Information

The day includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a delicious 2-course lunch.
No prior experience of soap making needed.

Jonathan Code

Jonathan Code Jonathan has developed his approach to soap making over the past two decades, beginning with the creation of an educational workshop for young adults with complex needs at Ruskin Mill College in Nailsworth, Glos. Since 2010 he has taught this fascinating craft to students, teachers, and members of the public both nationally and internationally (in China, the US & Canada, Scandinavia, South Africa and the UK). Jonathan is an author, educator, gardener and lecturer (at the Royal Agricultural University and the Crosfields Institute). Jonathan is the author of Muck and Mind: Encountering Biodynamic Agriculture and editor/co-author of Crafting: Transforming Materials and the Maker.


“A fantastic workshop in a glorious location.
I’ve wanted to do a soap making workshop for some time and this didn’t disappoint. It was great to hear some of the science and history of soap making first for context, then head into a gentle start making Victorian wash balls.
The ‘main event’ making cold pressed soap was clearly explained, well resourced and a thoroughly enjoyable process.
The small group, knowledgeable teacher and a wonderful setting made for a fantastic day.”