Natural Artisanal Soapmaking

Join Bev Missing – the founder of international body and bath product brand, Rain, and author of The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making. Learn the theory and history of soap making, learn about natural colourants, essential oils, perfumes as they pertain to soap making . Make your very own cold process and glycerine soaps using various creative techniques. The course is ideal for the crafter/hobbyist Participants will leave with no less than 20 bars of soap!

This course package includes accommodation at Arumvale Country House on a bed and breakfast basis. Treat yourself to an all-inclusive experience in one beautiful location with Bev Missing and the Arumvale hospitality team, with the course . See


The course is ideal for the crafter/hobbyist as well as for a small business owner.

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About The Instructor

Bev Missing is the brand founder and developer of body and bath product brand Rain which has 28 retail stores including stores in Ireland and the USA. Her skills lie in brand and product development, but she started her business in a garage with two ladies making soap. She is the author of a book on soapmaking and has conducted soapmaking workshops

What To Bring
  • An old towel
  • A plastic school lunch box which is as flexible as possible
  • A large tube of Pringles,
Course Dates

30 June – 1 July

21 August – 23 August (weekend) Register at 15h00. Course starts 16h00 Friday. Ends 13h00 on Sunday


Weekend courses registration is at 15h00 on Friday. Courses start 16h00. There will be one supper on Friday at 19h00 included. Course ends at 13h00 on Sunday.


Brief history of soap making
The basic chemistry
Equipment you will need
Basic ingredients and where to source them
Properties of the basic oils and why you choose them
Overall soap making technique


Demonstration on making a cold process batch
Colourants – natural and synthetic
Essential oils and Perfumes
Other additives
Glycerine soap making
Hands on making your own glycerine soaps


Unmoulding , cutting , trimming , curing
Rebatching techniques
Basic Business information – costing, packaging , marketing, merchandising
Hands on making cold process soap


Learn at least four special techniques :
Funnel and pipe
Basic swirl, spiderweb,

hanger or feather
Spoon layering
Column pour
Polka dots



Your package includes:
Tuition, materials*, excursions*, refreshments and meals during the course. Accommodation, dinners, and transport at own cost.
*Applicable to certain courses. See individual course pages for details.

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