121 Soapmaking Course
121 Soapmaking Course

121 Soapmaking Course


Regular price £650.00 Sale


Learn all about the art of natural soapmaking - a collaboration between Science, Maths and Art.  Join Emma on a 121 soapmaking course

Emma holds 121 sessions on demand - contact her to check her availability - courses@soapology.co.uk 


Price per person is discounted if you bring a friend along.

£650 for one person

£500 each (£1000) for two people

£400 each (£1200) for three people

This option is for two or three people who already know each other and require the more detailed experience of a 121 course rather than a group workshop.



Arrival Tea/Coffee & Cake

(10am or we can be flexible to suit you on a 121 course)


Morning Session :


Brief history and basic chemistry of soapmaking

Everything you'll need to get started - ingredients and equipment

Sodium Hydroxide and Safety

Preparation of moulds and moulding options

Calculating the capacity of your chosen mould & using the Soap Calculator

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 and therapeutic properties

Mixing, pouring, cutting, curing and storing your finished soaps


Lunch :


Lunchbreak (We have recently moved locations and there is no pub close by.  The local farm shop is currently building a new cafe so when that is finished we can go there for lunch.  Until then it may have to be "bring your own lunch" i'm afraid.  


Afternoon Sesion :


A demonstration by Emma

A supervised afternoon of soapmaking using a variety of oils, fats, butters and nutrient oils.  

Playing with colour, fragrance and experimenting with additives such as poppyseeds, oats and

calendula petals

Recipe formulation and explanation of the SAP calculator and SAP Values

Advanced design tutorials - you will learn how to swirl and layer your soaps in various ways




On arrival we will start with a tea or coffee while we have a chat about how the day will run and what we will achieve by the end of the course.  If you have any specific subjects you'd like to focus on we

can tailor the 121 courses to your needs for example in the past we have had students who were beekeepers and we focussed on honey and beeswax.  A landlady of a pub was particularly interested in using beer in her soap.  If you have just a general thirst for soapy knowledge we will keep our course as it is written and touch on all aspects and all ingredients.

We will be thorough with the theory aspect of the day and ensure that you understand everything you need to so that you can maximise the enjoyment of the practical session.  You will be itching to get started in the workshop and we are on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the day.  

We will then explore all of the raw ingredients that we will be using, we will look in detail at the different consistencies of the ingredients and discuss how this will affect the finished bars of soap.

Emma will give a demonstration of the practical step by step process that you will have learnt about in the morning, now you will begin to see all of the stages of soap making that were discussed earlier.

Returning from lunch buzzing with ideas and inspiration, the afternoon session is dedicated to practical.  Making as much soap as you can in the three hour session you will begin by following some recipes Emma has already created but as your confidence grows and you see how the theory session translates into the practical session we will begin to formulate together a new soap recipe.  

Whatever you have made is yours to take home on the day (if you have come by plane or train we can post your soaps out to you the next day if you prefer - postage charges apply if you are out of the UK)



An Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making - this course is a full day course, consisting of 2.5 hours Theory and 3 hours practical.  If you would like to purchase the course theory aspect alone, this is available for £500.  For an additional £100, Emma will send out an ingredients kit of everything you need to make 4 batches of soap. This is optional.