One to One Candle Making Business One Day Course (Bexley -London)



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Serious about starting your own candle business? Set yourself up for success from the very beginning, in a private course with Paula Mateo, award winning founder of Old Bexley Soap Co.

Paula will walk you through the whole process and explain the steps you need to follow. Weโ€™ll cover everything from how to actually make exquisite candles, all the way through to marketing, packaging and legalities, so you feel confident and ready to go. Because itโ€™s just for you, we can spend more time on any areas that you may particularly want more knowledge about. Youโ€™ll save time, money and gain incredible value , learning from an experienced business woman whose proof lies in the outstanding success of her own brand, as well as the candle businesses who have launched under her expert guidance.


You want to start a business and want someone to explain each step in an easy to understand way *

You want to learn one to one vs in a group, absorbing as much as possible in a day

Perhaps youโ€™ve never made candles before and want to go through each step thoroughly and at your own pace

Or you have made candles before but have lots of questions

*Note that while this is an in-depth course, covering all the essentials, it is still designed for beginners. You will need to do further research, testing and practice to be able to launch your business.



The different type of waxes and their importance in candle making

Wick types and how to correctly wick your candle

How to burn a candle correctly

How to make your own luxury soy wax container candles

The different type of waxes and their importance in candle making

Wick types and how to correctly wick your candle

How to burn a candle correctly

How to make your own luxury soy wax container candles

How to scent your candles from a selection of the highest quality fragrances in the UK

The variety of ingredients needed to make a natural candle, how to select and where to source them

The quipment required, a tutorial on how to use it safely and effectively

How to conduct burn tests to produce safe and fragrant candles you can give as presents or sell.

Compliance and regulations pertaining the sale of candles.

The best suppliers for your ingredients and equipment


Marketing your products


Cost and pricing


Compliance with current legislation

Good manufacturing practice, labelling requirements, CLP etc.


Iโ€™ve been there and done it. I have built my business from scratch combining my job in the city with my love of artisan products. I found soap and candle making a very therapeutic way to escape from the daily stresses of working in finance and love the mix. It was dedication, passion, perseverance and hard work that made it possible. Now I have a successful, highly-regarded, award winning brand and sell-out workshops. It gives me so much joy to share my knowledge, teach and help other people do the same.

As a chandler I am highly skilled, with a practiced โ€˜noseโ€™. I discovered that blending oils, knowing what works, and creating heavenly fragrances for luxurious candles and soaps is my superpower. As an accountant specialising in budgeting and forecasting with an Honours Degree in International Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Business Studies, there is rigour behind my approach. I know the ups and downs, the challenges, the legalities etc. inside out. My products and courses have been Highly Commended at the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2020 and I was a finalist for Best Entrepreneur of the year.

Whether you are working full time, part time, on furlough or unemployed there is always time to learn a new skill and the possibility to run a business that fits your needs and lifestyle. You can do it!

We have a great location in Bexley Village (zone 6 on Oyster Card) which means we are easy to get to, just a couple of minutes walk from Bexley train station, with trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The course includes all materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

We will make candles that you will take home.


Paula Mateo at Old Bexley Soap Co.

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Parkhill Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


5 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Franklyn Martin - - #36392

We loved the private candle making class, Paula was extremely knowledgeable and a highly skilled candlemaker. The class went beyond candle making into aspects of starting a business and selling candles also, super helpful and lots of fun! Really recommend this class and Paula highly.

Oana Mihai - - #35953

The workshop was really fun and helpful. Paula is a great person and teacher. We recommend her courses to whoever is interested in furthering her knowledge in candle making. I took the course from Romania.

Mandy Smeed - - #35618

I had a fabulous day with Paula on her candles for business course. It was tailored to my needs and what type of candles I wanted to make as a business. Paula made the course fun and with plenty of information especially on the legal side of candle making. I made two essential oil candles which smell divine. Paula has made it clear she will be there for any advice I need when making my candles. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wanting to take the plunge into making and selling candles.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Mandy, It was great meeting you. All the best of luck in your future candle making! Paula

Ashley Moore - - #35415

I had an amazing day with Paula doing the 1-2-1 candle course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of starting a candle business. Paula is extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer every question I had in detail. It was the perfect amount of practical work and theory. The day was very full on but also very relaxed and nothing was rushed.

Not only did I leave the course with new skills to start my business but I also left feeling comfortable and confident enough to do so!

Alice - - #35300

I had a fabulous day with Paula as she guided me through all the steps of making candles and starting a candle business. Paula provides you with lots of practical information on all aspects of starting a candle business which is all summarised in her teaching booklets which you get to keep.
I think undertaking this course is a valuable investment as the knowledge Paula gives you is what would otherwise probably take months or years to accumulate yourself. Paula gives you a lot of direction and I feel confident about starting my own candle business now. I would highly recommend this course. Paula is very professional and it was inspiring to learn about Paulaโ€™s business too and I am very grateful that she shared so much of her knowledge and experience with me. I felt really inspired after the course.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed the course and that you are inspired and confident to start your candle business. All the best of luck and welcome to our candle makers community. Paula

Lauren V - - #34990

Thoroughly enjoyed the 1:1 business candle making course. Paula is exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about her craft; Iโ€™m so glad I chose to do such a dedicated course before starting out. I feel well equipped to get started, from which waxes and wicks, which websites to use and all the labelling/legislation needed. A well structured course and a great way to learn everything at once.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Lauren, I look forward to seeing your new brand. All the best of luck. Paulaxx

Patrice - - #33357

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed yesterday's candle making course at your house.

It was clear, informative and I appreciated your candor and openness about the Candle industry. I remember Kemi saying that you literally answered all her questions and throughout the day you showed structure and professionalism when it came to demonstrating how to make the candles, your handouts will be very useful for future reference.

I thoroughly enjoyed making my candles and I now feel that we are both better informed about the candle making business. Patrice & Kemi

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much Patrice, so pleased to hear you enjoyed the course. All the best of luck in your new candle business. Paula

Jan Floyd - - #33326

I did the 1 to 1 course with a friend and we had a fantastic teacher in Paula. We were lucky enough to be able to attend in person rather than over zoom and it is an amazing setting. The day was professional, informative, entertaining and gave us everything knowledge-wise we needed to start our own candle making business. Paula really knows her products and imparts so much useful information to help like minded people begin their set up in business. She also provides ongoing help as consultations and other workshops which complement the candle making. I feel we have made a friend and mentor Thank you Paula! xx

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Jan, such a pleasure teaching you. I look forward to following your progress!. Paula

Karen Osler - - #32627

This week I spent the most amazing day with Paula on a 1-2-1 course for candle making. I learnt so much and have saved myself hours of research as Paula had so many of the answers I was looking for. The day was full on yet very relaxed and in such a beautiful setting. Paula is so easy to get on with, so informed and, whilst it was a very relaxed day, Paula's knowledge and professionalism also shone through.

I felt the day was totally structured around me and what I needed to learn and the pace was just perfect. Oh, I also made some amazing candles too!

I am so excited now to start my own business and feel that this course has not only given me the essential skills and knowledge but, most of all, the confidence to achieve this.

Thank you Paula!

PS - the Gypsy Tart was delicious!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you for leaving this wonderful review. Please keep in touch. Paula

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