Online course: natural soaps

onlinecoursesoaps1This online course is all you need to get a background in soap and soap-making, learn to make a range of different soaps and even set up your own soap-making business.

Use the link at the bottom of the page to access the course.

The course represents excellent value – as well as the entire text of our book, Make your own Natural Soaps, there are over 100 mins of videos to accompany every aspect of the book, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it’s done.


Maxine Clarke is a professional soap maker who began crafting soap out of necessity when she was 14 years old at her grandmother’s bungalow in the little seaside resort of Runaway Bay, Jamaica, where she grew up. However, it was in London in 2004 where she rediscovered, and fell passionately in love with, hand crafting her own natural soaps and bodycare products. They provided a much needed therapeutic and creative outlet from a very stressful career as a human resources manager, and the opportunity to give useful and unique presents to family and friends. She has since set up Caribbean Paradise Soaps, written a book for LILI and tutors LILI courses in London.


  1. introduction (pdf)
  2. soap history (pdf)
  3. why make your own natural soaps? (pdf)
  4. soap chemistry (pdf)
  5. the fundamentals: measuring, temperature, trace, super fatting, setting, cutting, curing etc. (pdf)
  6. introduction and fundamentals (video)
  7. equipment (pdf)
  8. equipment (video)
  9. ingredients (pdf)
  10. ingredients (video)
  11. botanicals for well-being, skin nourishment and dyes (pdf)onlinecoursesoaps4
  12. aroma crafting: the art of blending oils (pdf)
  13. fragrances and colours (video)
  14. cold process soap-making and recipes (pdf)
  15. cold process soap-making (video)
  16. hot process soap-making and recipes (pdf)
  17. hot process soap-making (video)
  18. rebatching (pdf)
  19. rebatching (video)
  20. liquid soap-making and recipes (pdf)
  21. liquid soap-making (video)
  22. cream soap-making and recipes (pdf)
  23. cream soap-making (video)
  24. finishing, decorating and packaging (pdf)
  25. finishing, decorating and packaging (video)onlinecoursesoaps5
  26. crafting your own soap recipes (pdf)
  27. selling your soap: safety, regulations, labelling, trading standards etc. (pdf)
  28. glossary (pdf)
  29. resources (pdf)

Price: £20

Click here to access the course.

filming: itistv; course development: ethical internet