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Soap Making - with Jonathan Code

Soap Making - with Jonathan Code

Saturday 12th May 2018, 10am - 4.30pm Join us at Shipton Mill for a day of scent and lather. Perfect for crafting your own unique and personalised gifts, or gift the workshop itself and inspire your loved-one to mix their very own beauty bars. Read on for more details....

In this one-day introductory workshop we will dive into the craft and practice of soap making, touching along the way the history and chemistry behind it. We will be looking at a range of potential ingredients for soap making sourced from the plant kingdom, including base oils, colours and scents. There will be opportunity to explore the gardens at Shipton Mill and incorporate some of the herbs harvested from the land to make your own tailor-made products. You will leave with a collection of your own soaps and washballs, and the knowledge and skills to continue crafting soap at home.

The day will involve;

~ Basic chemistry of soap making including a distillation of a herb ‘essence’

~ An overview of traditional soap making

~ Gathering plant ingredients from the garden

~ How to make cold pressed soap and Victorian washballs

~ An exploration of the properties of some essential oils and which to choose


Here is a clip of Jonathan explaining the soap making process...


Jonathan Code is the Director of Crossfields Institute International. Jonathan developed soap making as an educational workshop while working at Ruskin Mill College. Over the last twenty years he has taught this fascinating craft to college students and teachers, in public workshops both nationally and internationally, and in the context of professional development for staff in a number of organisations.


This workshop is held at Shipton Mill, Long Newnton, Tetbury GL88RP. Please come with appropriate clothing and layers for being outdoors, as part of the day will be spent in the gardens. Materials and refreshments will be provided, please bring your own lunch.

For further information please e-mail emily.thomas@shipton-mill.com


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