I’ve always liked the idea of harvesting without hurting. That’s why bees and chickens appeal to me so much. But beyond candles what else can you use beeswax for?
For the last 5 years I have been keeping my bees not so much for their honey but for the pleasure of keeping bees and the beautiful, creamy wax they produce year after year. It has taken me the better part of those 5 years to formulate, design and produce a range of hand made soaps which utilise the wax to wonderful effect. The soap I make now has been developed over those years, accredited by a Cosmetics Safety Consultancy and is available at selected outlets including local shows and Farmers’ Markets.
At the last Fair before Christmas, which we did at Llanvihangel Court, I was asked about the possibility of running courses to make soap. With that in mind we have decided to give it a go and offer courses to formulate, design and make your own soap here at Trout Cottage. The possibilities are endless….!
We have found that lots of people have very specific requirements about their washing regime. Some people are looking for a scentless soap; some people have skin conditions which make their choice of soap quite challenging and other people have a raft of beauty applications they wish to address. All these things can be achieved using our sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients and a range of essential oils, perfume analogues and botanical additives. The world is your oyster……or at least the bathroom is. It is worth noting at this point that the soap you will produce will last 5 times longer than the same amount of shower gel, and can be used as shampoo and conditioner in one-without the use of phthalates, silicone, triclosan and triclocarban etc. etc. For more information on soap visit www.thepollenbasket.co.uk
Because of the time involved in making the soap this course can only be offered to people who can be available for a second day. We are quite happy to take people who are not guests at Trout Cottage but must restrict participants to 2 at a time.
Day 1 runs as follows:
- Introduction to the safe use of ingredients and best practices
- A brief look at the various butters and oils used
- Formulation of your soap
- Mixing the ingredients
Day 2 runs as follows:
- Designing your unique soap
- Rebatching, mixing and moulding
The soap will require a couple of hours to set after which you can take it out ready to cut and cure.
To produce just over 1 kg of soap over the 2 days will cost £75 per person and take a total of 5 hours over 2 days. Once made, the soap will need to be cured for a minimum of 6 weeks. That’s Christmas sorted for at least 10 people.
We have no specific dates arranged: just contact me for when you are available.