Soap Making for Beginners

Learn to make your own soaps with blends of essential oils, clays and other beneficial ingredients.

Homemade soaps wrapped in twine

Enrol in this workshop and create your very own high-quality natural soap. Whether you’re looking for some skin condition relief or you just want a luxurious, moisturising bar of soap that’s made with your own secret blend of essential oils, clays and other beneficial ingredients you’ll find the “cold process” hands-on method of soap making engaging and fun.

In this workshop you will explore:

  • A brief history of soap
  • Chemistry of soap making
  • Necessary materials and equipment for cold process soap making
  • Safety – working with sodium hydroxide
  • Choosing oils for your soap
  • Benefits of adding and how to add ingredients such as essential oils, creams, milks, scrubs, clays, herbs, spices and botanicals.
  • Colouring soap naturally
  • How to create layers
  • Preparation of your moulds and moulding options
  • Cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Course details

Sat 29th Apr or
Sat 27th May or
Sat 17th Jun or
Sun 30th Jul or
Sat 26th Aug or
Sun 24th Sep or
Sat 4th Nov or
Sun 3rd Dec or

10am – 1pm

CERES Brunswick, corner of Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Victoria

Concession available

Anna Struth has been passionately exploring the craft of soap making for around 15 years. She began this journey through her love for the environment and her determination to find new ways of protecting it. Always looking for ways to promote a less wasteful lifestyle, Anna relishes the opportunity to empower others by sharing her skills and knowledge in a fun and meaningful way.

Anna currently runs a micro business, The Singing Soaper, specialising in vegetable-based soap and body care products with eco-friendly packaging. Having worked in a laboratory for many years, and also as a professional singer, Anna has found a perfect balance in soap making’s fulfilment of her two major interests: science and creativity.

What will I learn?

  • Knowledge and skills to create your very own soap recipe variations
  • How to use oils in the creation of your own soaps
  • How to make soap bars
  • The benefits of adding, and how to add ingredients

What will I take home?

  • Approx. 6-8 bars of your very own freshly-crafted soap
  • Workshop handout

What should I bring?

  • Notepad and writing materials
  • Apron
  • Rubber gloves
  • Two clean, 1-litre milk carton or tetra packs
  • 25ml essential oil or 25ml essential oil blend (not fragrance oil) – optional

What should I wear?

  • Casual clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Closed toe footwear

Terms and conditions

Our booking and refund policies, concession pricing information, FAQs, as well as other general terms and conditions can be viewed here.

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