There is a real beauty that can unfold when you make your own skincare products, whether it’s a simple cleanser for your face or your own unique luxury perfume oil. Having an appreciation for the natural ingredients, understanding where they come from and their precious qualities can inspire us to bring a whole new level of cherishing to our everyday skincare rituals.

In this course you will be introduced to a range of botanical ingredients that we will then use in mixing and making various beauty products for you to take home with you. We will spend some time becoming familiar with a range of essential oils, their incredible scents, as well as their health and wellbeing properties. You will feel confident to choose your own blends, with support, to enrich the already nourishing base products we will put together.

The ingredients used will be of the highest quality and organic where possible.

What you will make

  • 10ml Organic Oil Perfume
  • 100g Organic Soap Bar
  • 25g Organic Natural Face Cream
  • 25g Organic Botanical Balm
  • 25g Macerated Oil

This workshop is open to all, and no experience is necessary.

Tutor: Laura Hoy

Laura Hoy is an Essential Oil Consultant and completed her training in Holistic Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science with Neal’s Yard Remedies in 2009 and there began her ongoing adventure with nature and nurturing and a renewed awareness of her sense of smell. As manager of NHR Organic Oils for 7 years, she gained experience with sourcing quality oils and deepened her awareness of the range of products available and their uses. While developing client relationships she understood there is a need for supportive advice on using oils and began sharing her expertise by way of training, workshops and private consultations. Her way of working is hands on and she encourages clients to reconnect to their own sense of alchemy, whether it be making a personal fragrance or choosing how to bring a bespoke product into daily life. Essential oils and other ingredients can be incredibly powerful tools to support an array of day to day and chronic health conditions but the most important factor for Laura is the way each person uses them, as with everything, our intention is key and the way we are is an important part of the magic. Laura is a member of the ‘International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists’ and the ‘Esoteric Practitioners Association’.
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Example Timetable

Friday Evening: Introduction to the course, meeting the group.

Saturday Morning: Plant to Perfume Workshop - make your own unique and completely natural perfume oil, with the finest quality organic essential oils. Experience and learn about the aromatic ingredients, their origins and how they can support health and well-being in this practical, sensual workshop. We will continue to experiment with essential oils throughout the weekend, you can choose to add them to other products we make to support you, your health and/or for their particular scent.

Saturday Afternoon: Soap Making Workshop - discover the joy of making your own soap, learn about the botanical ingredients and take home techniques that you can use to design your own future recipes. During the workshop we will make a batch of soap together for you to take home.

Saturday Evening: Mini Maceration Workshop, making your own plant infused oil.
Learn how to capture the fragrance of your favourite flower or to harnice the medicinal qualities of a herb. In this practical workshop, you will make and take home your own plant infused oil that can be used as a perfume, in skin care or for health & wellbeing purposes. You'll feel confident to use plants from your garden, from herbal suppliers or even wild foraged to make your own botanical products for use in skin care and for health and wellbeing support.

Sunday Morning: Natural Face Cream Workshop - make your own completely natural, organic face and body cream, without chemical emulsifiers or preservatives, using the finest quality ingredients. We will design the base cream as a group then each individual’s pot of cream can be tweaked with your own personal blend of essential oils to suit your skin care needs.

Sunday Afternoon: Botanical Balm Workshop - make your own nourishing balm with a range of the finest quality organic botanical ingredients, including essential oils. Discover how they can support a range of health conditions and feel confident to design a product that can support your personal wellbeing.

Soap Cutting, wrapping and completion of the course.

There may be changes to the schedule in response to the group’s needs & to allow for a natural flow to our time together.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5.00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4pm Sunday, with departure after breakfast on Monday for resident participants.  On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

  • Everything will be provided for you.
  • You may like to bring your own notebook and a pen.
  • Please let Laura know if you have any allergies, especially those pertaining to the skin.
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item