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Beginners Soap Making Course

Saturday 11th January 2020 – 9.30am – 4pm
Saturday 11th April 2020. 9.30am – 4pm

Come and learn how to make top quality, beautiful, natural soaps using the traditional cold process method.

My goal is to teach you the skills you need to successfully make beautiful handmade soap using natural ingredients such as olive oil, shea and cocoa butter and lovely essential oils. All this takes place in the beautiful, relaxing and supportive atmosphere of the Art Studio at our Portuguese farm – Quinta do Cobral.


I will provide you with everything you will need, all the ingredients, equipment and safety gear. You will learn in small groups of no more than 8 people in a clean, relaxing place with plenty of time to ask all the questions you want. I am a highly experienced soap maker and respected tutor so you can feel totally happy that you will be receiving the best tuition possible as well as having great fun learning a new skill and making new friends.

Soap making does not require a huge amount of complicated equipment or ingredients and is a really absorbing hobby, imagine how great it would be to be able to easily make all your Christmas and birthday gifts, soaps for your whole family, for special occasions or just for yourself. Especially as they will be totally natural, not containing any of the harsh, unfriendly chemicals of commercial soaps.

These are great courses for those of you wishing to provide beautiful soap for guests visiting your home or if you have a holiday letting business or hotel – make your own natural soaps as an addition to your complimentary products for visitors as well as larger bars for them to buy to take back home. Your soaps can be stamped and wrapped using your unique style, colours and logo.

These are hands on BEGINNERS courses, you will learn how to make your own natural soap and how to make it safely. You will learn a craft that has been passed down through history with trusted recipes that you can take home with you. The whole class will cover all the items below as I demonstrate how to make a batch of soap:

– A brief history and basic chemistry of soap making
– Necessary materials, supplies and equipment (what to use and what not to use)
– Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide
– you will learn the importance of taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures
– Explanation of the different properties of soap making oils
– Explanation of the differences between fragrance oils and essential oils
– Colouring soap naturally with herbs, spices and clays
– You will learn a basic soap mixture, all recipes will be provided along with a complete explanation of all the steps involved
– preparing your molds and molding options
cutting, curing and storing your finished soaps
help and advice on labelling, packaging and decorating your new soaps

Then comes the fun bit, you get to make the soap. I supply all the ingredients and you will be able to choose how your soap is coloured, fragranced and finished. You then get to take home your first 1 Kilo batch of soap that you have made in class (it will not be hard enough to cut at that point) you will finish the curing process at home and end up with 10 – 12 bars of your own soap! If traveling from afar we can keep hold of the soap for you until it is hard enough to post.

Lunch is served as a ‘bring and share’ sit down buffet. Please bring a small plate of food to share or lunch can be provided by pre-booking at an additional cost of €5. Tea and coffee is available throughout the day.

The courses cost €65 per person and include all ingredients, use of safety equipment, full course notes, tuition, refreshments and a light vegetarian lunch. A 50% deposit is payable on booking (I will send you a Paypal invoice), the balance is payable in cash on the day. There will be the opportunity for you to buy ingredients to carry on making soaps at home. Check out my Soap Ingredients page on the website too.

Maximum 8 participants per course

MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKING FORM: and go to the Courses page.


Please get in touch if you would prefer another date, more dates to follow for Autumn/Winter 2020
I am very happy to offer one-to-one and private courses too if my dates don’t suit, just give me a ring.

If you are interested in coming as a group of 4+ we would be happy to book you into our lovely cottage, Casa da Bezerra where you could choose a weekend break and include a soap making class for yourself and your friends – subject to availability. Check out our website booking page for more info and the calendar.

A great idea for a Birthday celebration, anniversary or a very special and unique creative Hen/friends Weekend!  Discounts for group bookings available just ask.  We can also run kids courses too!

“I just wanted to thank you for showing me how to make soap.  I had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I couldn’t wait to get home and show off my bar of soap.  Your enthusiasm is catching and it was so kind of you to pass on your knowledge to me and to bring along so many lovely examples of your craft.  I am looking forward to having a go at making my next batch of soap on my own at home.”
Venue: Quinta do Cobral, Lagares da Beira




5 thoughts on “Beginners Soap Making Course

  1. Good after noon.

    I am Interested in taking the soap making course… please advise if you give one on one course? Please advise if there is any vacancy to do the course by next month, if commuting is possible by then ? Please advise if you know any source that provides equipments and material for soap making ?
    Looking forward to hear from you soon
    Thank you

    1. Hi Wael, I am really sorry as right now, due to the Covid-19 virus I have had to cancel my Spring courses. I will be organising new courses in the Autumn so if you keep checking the website, probably from September onward (if everything is ok by then) , I will have the new dates on there and ready for booking. I am really sorry about this. To help everyone out I have taken my soap classes on line and am now offering two soap making kits (one solid soap, one liquid soap) with full written instructions, all the ingredients needed and an exclusive, full length teaching video. Go to my kits page to find out more and make an order. Thank you for your response. All the best, Ishbel from Quinta do Cobral X

  2. Hi, I know we have just started getting back to our routine, but i would like to know when will you have a soap maker again? And where is it? I’m leaving in albufeira.

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