Soap Alchemy

with Liza Witte

Soap used to be made by combining animal fat and wood ash. Our resident expert Liza Witte will guide you through the process of creating your own plant-based soap. You will learn how to formulate your own recipe and signature scent, plus gain knowledge to continue soapmaking at home. After the workshop you will have made enough soap (1kg) for personal use or to give away.


Organic Soap - Jiwei Zhou

With: Liza Witte

What you will do

The workshop will start with a brief history and chemistry of soap making. You will learn the cold process method and by the end know how to cut cure and store your finished soap. Liza Witte will give you insider knowledge on the best oils and ingredients. Add color, nutrient oils or clay to personalise your soap.

After the workshop you will leave your soap to rest at Mediamatic and pick it up after 48 hours. As the saponification process takes a bit of time, you will be able to safely use it on your body after 6 weeks. For this workshop no previous experience is necessary. We will provide all the ingredients and equipment needed, including a simple mould and safety gear. As this is a messy workshop, please dress for mess with long sleeves.

Liza Witte

Liza Witte is an artist that works on the intersection of art and cosmetics. Being a product designer by profession, she now focuses solely on olfactory design, soaps and body oil. She has extensive experience with cooking natural soaps and uses only natural products. With her Silhouette Collection, she designed a series of perfume bottles, that are both interior fragrances, but can be used as soaps as well. For the Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam, she designed the fragrance for their line of amenities, like shampoo, body milk, hand cream and soap. 


Workshop: Soap Alchemy
Duration: 5 hours

Price: €188 /person

Price for artists/students group: €144 /person

This workshop will be given in English.