Beginners Candle Making Course with Afternoon Tea



Learn to create top quality, fragrant, natural candles you can feel proud to burn in your home or gain enough skills to start a business. Paula, the award-winning founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co., a master Chandler with years of experience is your host and teacher. You’ll be in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and leave with two beautiful handmade soy wax candles - one large 30 cl and a smaller 12 cl. We finish with a delicious afternoon tea. IN THE COURSE YOU WILL LEARN • About the different type of waxes for candle making in the UK, the difference between them and how to choose the best one for you • About wick types and how to wick your candle • How to burn a candle correctly • How to conduct burn tests so you can start your own successful candle making journey at home • How to make your own container candles using soy wax (the skills leant can be applied to any other wax such as Rapeseed/Coconut and other blends • How to scent your candles from a selection of the highest quality fragrances in the UK and how to achieve a clean and perfect scented candle • The variety of ingredients needed to make soy candles, how to select them and where to source them • The equipment required to make your own candles, how to use it safely and effectively, as well as where you can purchase it in the UK • Safety, compliance and regulations pertaining the sale of candles • About the best suppliers for your ingredients WHY SIGN UP TO A ONE TO ONE COURSE WITH ME? 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. As a chandler I am highly skilled, with a practiced ‘nose’. 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, retired 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 from London, Kent, Essex and East Sussex, just a few minutes walk from Bexley train station, with trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Buses 269, 132, B12, 229 and 492 stop nearby. We are just off the A2 and just a few miles off the M25.

What's included in the price?

• All tools and equipment • All materials to make 1 big candle and 1 small candle, soy wax, wicks, containers and the best quality UK fragrances as used in our own candles. • You will take home the candles you make, a comprehensive course handout including a list of the best UK suppliers, compliance guidelines and the confidence to make more candles on your own at home. • Afternoon tea and refreshments throughout the session. (We cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets)


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


Paula is the founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co. Paula is an accountant 3 days a week, and spends her remaining days running and teaching award winning candle and soap-making classes, in the Outer London borough of Bexley. Paula has recently won an award from tycoon Theo Paphitis.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Stag dos
  • Public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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