Green Fig Soap Academy
Would you like to experience the magic of soap making?
Here at Green Fig Soap Studio we believe that everyone deserves some everyday luxury - that's why we'll even teach you how to make your own.
Hosted at the beautiful Flour Mill Studio in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, you can learn the magic, chemistry and art of soapmaking and create your very own luxurious, natural, vegan soaps to use at home, give as gifts, or even to start your own small business.
You’ll learn everything you need to know to make soap in your own kitchen, using many of the ingredients you probably already have there.
When you arrive you'll be welcomed by Lily and you'll enjoy a tea or coffee together, along with some delicious homemade cakes from a local bakery.
You'll get a brief insight into the weird and wonderful history of soapmaking, before we talk through the safety aspects of the class.
"I didn’t know how to do anything beforehand so it was great to get the history and science of soap making and a demo"
"I liked the history of soap making and the explanation of how the process works."
Next you'll get to explore the ingredients themselves, discover their individual properties and learn how they each affect the finished soap. You can get hands-on at this point, and touch and smell the beautiful natural ingredients that will go into your soap.
Then it's the demonstration. You'll see exactly how it's done as Lily makes a loaf of soap while you watch, taking you through each step. We keep classes small and intimate to make sure that everyone gets individual time and there's plenty of time to ask questions.
"The demo was great because we got to see what each stage looked like, then we were ready and pretty confident to have a go ourselves."
Next it's time for you to don your gloves and aprons and make your very first batch of cold process soap. Lily will be there throughout, if you need help recognising trace, or you want some advice on swirling techniques.
Feeling creative? You can choose your own blend of essential oils, natural colours and botanicals from our stocks
Prefer some guidance? Lily will help you form your perfect recipe
"The venue was lovely. The information was great, delivery professional. There was a good selection of essential oils and other items to add to the soap."
Once your first batch is safely in its mould you’ll stop for lunch, more teas and coffees, and more than likely, another cake or two.
After lunch it's straight back to the workshop to make your second batch. As with the first you'll choose your own essential oils, micas (natural colours), and dried botanicals for decoration, to make a truly unique soap that is 100% yours.
You’ll take the Green Fig recipe home with you so that you can carry on soaping – and of course you get to keep your precious home made soaps (we’ll give you all the information you need to cut and cure them at home)
We can provide a kit to take home with everything you need ready weighed and measured to get soaping in your own kitchen - that way you don't need to wait for orders when you're all fired up.
Your kit will include everything you need to make 4 more batches - more than enough to keep your bathroom well stocked and provide gifts for all your friends and family!
You'll get coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter, plus two essential oils, a mould which you can reuse over and over, safety goggles and gloves, a thermometer, and sodium hydroxide. You'll just need to add bottled water and olive oil from your kitchen cupboard.
We take bookings for 1-to-1 classes or you can bring up to 5 friends to learn together.
Alternatively you can book onto one of our courses and meet some new friends whilst learning a new skill.
Group classes cost £75
One to one classes cost £175
"It was great! Really enjoyed it, thank you."
Our next available pre-booked course is Saturday December 7th in collaboration with Shop Zero at Malt Cross in Notts city centre. Book your tickets here and make some amazing Christmas presents (or keep them all for yourself!)
"I had a great time at the soap making workshop yesterday! Lily was eloquent, knowledgeable and patient with us and made the experience enjoyable. I look forward to using my very own vegan soap once it’s cured!"
"I have to recommend Green Fig Soap Studio's fantastic soap making workshop. I learned loads from Lily, ate lovely cakes, and most importantly created some gorgeous smelling sandalwood and orange soap to take home."
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