None - this workshop is designed for total beginners and those with previous experience who wish to refresh their skills.
What does this course cover?
What exactly is soap?
How does soap cleanses?
How soap is made and what are 'Melt & Pour soaps?
The difference between animal fat based-soaps and vegetable oil-based soaps?
A brief introduction to a variety of natural ingredients used in soap making and their benefits and uses including essential oils, carrier oils, vegetable and spice dyes.
The scent notes of essential oils and principles of blending.
Equipment needed for soap making.
What students should be able to do by the end of the course?
Understanding the basic principles of melt & pour soap making.
Understanding the merits of both stove and microwave use in melt & pour soap making.
List some of the benefits of natural soaps and their added ingredients to the skin.
Understanding the texture of melt & pour soaps and compatible blending ingredients.
Appreciate the blending principles of essential oils to create pleasing aromas.
The teaching and learning methods we use on the course:
Theory teaching methods include:
Lecture / PowerPoint presentation / group and pair work / discussion / questions and answers
Preparing a selection of melt & pour soaps adding a variety of natural ingredients and aromas.
Packing / wrapping your soaps using a variety of materials.
How we assess your progress on the course?
Throughout the day:
You will receive regular verbal feedback from your tutor as and when appropriate.
At the end:
You will be asked to complete a session summary quiz (self-assessment) and course evaluation form.
All course material will be provided.
What extra study/practice we expect you to do outside the class?
Additional reading materials will be given for home reading.
Students can enroll on further complementary therapies such as Aromatherapy, Indian Head massage, Alexander technique, Herbalism, Introduction to Ayurvedic medicine, Introduction to Native American Herbal back massage, Diet and Nutrition.
This course is designed for beginners and will give you the skills to make simple organic- plant based and chemical free soaps. We will use melt and pour bases and additional natural ingredients such as essential oils, base oils and plant-based colours such as dried beetroot powder and spices such as cinnamon and turmeric powder to create skin-friendly soaps for everyday use. Students will work in pairs and each pair will create unique blends. Please note: This course is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.