One to One Soap Making Business One Day Course in Bexley (Kent) - Easy access from London



Serious about starting your own artisan soap 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. We’ll cover everything from how to actually make exquisite cold-processed soaps, all the way through to marketing, packaging and legalities, so you feel confident and ready to go. Because it’s just for you, we can spend more time on any areas that you may particularly want more knowledge about. You’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 soap 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 you’ve never made soaps before and want to go through each step thoroughly and at your own pace

Or you have made soaps 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. Our Soap & Cosmetics Business Compliance Course is recommended to further the knowledge.


Artisan Soap Making:

The essentials of making luxury cold process soap products

How to create your own exquisite scent blends from essential oils

The art of colouring your soaps using clays, micas or activated charcoal

Working safely with lye

Formulating your own recipes using a lye calculator

Understanding the properties of soap making oils and why we use them.


Marketing your products


Cost and pricing


Introduction to UK compliance, safety regulations and legalities when selling soaps

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.


I’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..

A member of the UK Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers, I have years of experience of making fine soaps. 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!

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.

You will take home all the soaps made on the day.


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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Petro - - #32276

I have just completed a 1-1 course on Zoom in Soap and Cosmetic Business Compliance Course with Paula and can highly recommended this course to anyone who is interested in starting a business in soap making. Paula does not hesitate to share her knowledge and experience. She is not just there to run the course but will go that extra mile and answer any questions. Paula has got a real interest in her students needs. I have really enjoyed doing the course with Paula and she is friendly, patient and makes it enjoyable and shares her passion in her own products. I am looking forward to create my own products but also with the assurance that Paula will be there if I need any assistance.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Petro for this great feedback. It has been fantastic to do this course with you. I look forward to a catch up with you soon. Paula

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