Beginners Candle Making Course with Afternoon Tea in Bexley, Kent - easy access from London



This is the perfect introduction for beginners to soy candle making.
Learn the skills to create top quality, fragrant, natural candles you can feel really proud to burn in your home.

This is a comprehensive 5 hour course and will be hosted by Paula, founder of Old Bexley Soap Co. in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐š๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ!

๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง:

โ€ข 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
โ€ข You will learn about wick types and how to wick your candle
โ€ข How to burn a candle correctly
โ€ข How to conduct burn tests so you can start your own successful candle making journey at home
โ€ข 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
โ€ข 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
โ€ข The variety of ingredients needed to make soy candles, how to select them and where to source them
โ€ข 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
โ€ข Safety, compliance and regulations pertaining the sale of candles
โ€ข About the best suppliers for your ingredients

๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐‚๐š๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ?

This course will put you in the right path to success!

Enjoy and learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and take home your beautiful handmade soy candles.

We will finish the session with a delicious home made afternoon tea (We cater for vegan, vegetarian & gluten free diets)

Paula has extensive experience as a chandler making her an excellent tutor in candle making.

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 very near the M25.

PLEASE NOTE: (if you would like to put your name on the waiting list please send a message)
25th April is Fully Booked
23rd May is Fully Booked

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Ž๐ฅ๐ ๐๐ž๐ฑ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ ๐’๐จ๐š๐ฉ ๐‚๐จ.?

Old Bexley Soap Co. products and outstanding courses have been Highly Commended at the prestigious Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2020. Paula was also a finalist for โ€œBusiness Entrepreneur of the Yearโ€ in 2020.

Paula has built her business from scratch combining a job in the city with her love for artisan products. She made this possible with dedication, passion, perseverance and hard work.

Paula found soap and candle making a very therapeutic way to escape from the daily stresses of working in finance and a great life balance.

She loves helping others achieve their goals, whether 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 into your lifestyle.

Paula is an accountant specialised in budgeting and forecasting and has an Honours Degree in International Business Administration.

She has many years of experience as a chandler and running candle making courses. She loves teaching and inspiring others along their candle making journeys.

Covid-19 : Our courses follow the latest governmentโ€™s guidance making sure your day is a fantastic and safe experience

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

โ€ข All tools and equipment
โ€ข 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.
โ€ข 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.
โ€ข Afternoon tea and refreshments throughout the session. (We cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets)


Paula at Old Bexley Soap Co.
Parkhill Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
Platinum Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Chloe S. - - #31444

Spent a fabulous day in Bexley being taught how to make candles with Paula from
Old Bexley Soap Co. Paula is very knowledgeable and a great teacher too. The Freemantle Hall is a magnificent place and so easy to get to from London by train.
As well as being able to make your own candles, you also enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. I'm not an "arty" person by any stretch of the imagination but due to Paulaโ€™s ability to teach, my candles looked perfect.
Wonderful experience and thoroughly recommended.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much for your feedback. Good luck with your candle making, lovely to meet you. Paula

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Charlotte - - #31443

Had a fantastic time at Old Bexley Soap Co. candle making course, it was very interesting and enjoyable as I have never tried candle making before. Paula is a fantastic host and would recommend this to anyone interested in candles.
Lovely venue and very happy with Paulaโ€™s excellent Covid-19 safety measures.
I really want to do her other courses now!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you very much for your feedback. I look forward to seeing you again in my other courses! . Paula

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Dean - - #31329

A really relaxed and effective course. This course was exactly what I was looking for. Paulaโ€™s course is the place to go for anyone who is serious about candle making, sheโ€™s a gem. Paula is a great teacher, a warm host, knowledgeable and patient! Thank you so much for a wonderful day.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Dean, itโ€™s excellent to see a growing number of gentlemen in my courses! Good luck and keep in touch. Paula

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Lynn - - #31200

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Erin - - #31179

I went to the candle making course yesterday and it was absolutely brilliant.

The venue is very light and spacious and easy to find.

Paula is incredible, what she doesn't know isn't worth knowing. The course is so in depth and really informative.

The Afternoon Tea is to die for.

I've already booked a further 2 courses with Paula this morning

You won't be disappointed by this course

In-person course
Claudia - - #31176

I thoroughly enjoyed, the Beginners Candle Making Course. The couese takes place in an accessible venue a few minutes walk from Bexley Train Station, and upon arrival I was impressed with the time and preparation that Paula had taken to create a welcoming environment.
Paula' passion and dedication about candlemaking really makes this course an invaluable learning experience for anyone who wants to learn how to make quality candles for fun. for family and friends, or as a business.
This course is excellent value for money. You are provided with comprehensive handouts and a wonderful lunch.
I would like to express my appreciation to Paula, for creating a quality course, that is insightful and inspirational.

In-person course
Melissa Enos - - #31173

Highly recommended, I learnt so much today on the candle making course for beginners and really enjoyed it. Paula was friendly and explained it all so well. I cant wait to get started with my own candles and hopefully book another course with Paula in the future. Reed diffusers next :)

In-person course
Leila Ellis - - #31170

I attended the beginners candle making course today, wow, I never realised how complicated it was, its a science!! Paula explained it so well and I loved every minute, so much so I have enrolled in the diffuser course and I am very excited!!

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Jenny - - #30850

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Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Jenny for your feedback, I am so pleased that even at these challenging times we can still enjoy the courses and share the love for candle making. Paula

In-person course
Claire Boyle - - #30803

I loved this course and its really inspired me to make an effort to do this as a hobby to learn & perfect this craft. I didn't think I'd absorb as much info as I did and I also had no appreciation for the theory behind making a great candle. Paula was friendly, informative, patient & so willing to share her passion. The day flowed very well, just enough to take in and it was a real treat to take time out for me!
I'd highly recommend it :)

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Claire, really pleased to hear you will take candle making as a hobby and I wish you all the best. Paula

In-person course
Olivia - - #30784

I came along to Paula's candle making class with my mum and sister for a nice day out, and we had just that! We came with no plans to start candle making at home afterwards, but just to have an enjoyable day and come away with a couple of lovely homemade candles (which we did!), but we are now thinking we could definitely give candle making a go at home, and make some Christmas presents for family and friends! Paula provided a wealth of information and shared so much experience with us all, but it did not feel at all like we were in a classroom being spoken to, which is a real art! Thanks so much Paula!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Olivia, it was so nice to see mum and daughters having a great time together, so pleased you enjoyed!. Paula

In-person course
Freddie - - #30319

This course was great for me as I was just setting up my business. Itโ€™s obvious that Paula knows the candle making industry in depth and answered every question with great thought. Paula was very helpful with which wax I should use for my business, explaining the different types and talking about the newest waxes on the market. This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as people already making candles. Not only did I learn a lot from the day, it was also great fun! Iโ€™m very fond of the two great smelling candles I made and bought home with me! Lunch was lovely too! I would recommend this course to everyone!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you very much for this lovely feedback. I wish you all the best in your candle business!. Paula

In-person course
Kelly - - #30309

Although I am not new to candle making I thought this was a wonderful course and I learned lots. The set up was great, and Paula was very informative. It covered everything you would need to know as a beginner plus further information should you wish to turn your hobby into a business. On top of this, you are provided with a generous afternoon tea! I had a lovely day all round.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Kelly. I canโ€™t wait for your launch, good luck! Paula

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Petro - - #30010

I would highly recommend this course and found it very informative. Paul is a great teacher. I enjoyed the day learning and making candles. The day ended with a lovely afternoon tea.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Petro, Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed the course. Good luck with your candle making, all Christmas presents will be extra special this year! Thank you for choosing this course. Paula

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Narj Briah - - #29340

Had a very informative training session with Paula. The course was structured very well and I really enjoyed myself! The afternoon tea was amazing too. Would highly recommend this course for anyone thinking of doing it, you wonโ€™t regret it!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you for your kind words. Paula

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linda - - #29297

Paula was amazing! I loved every minute of the course. Paula was very detailed and gave us so much information about how to make a candle and everything behind it! thank you so much Paula! Afternoon was good too, sandwiches were not stale and scones were very tasty!!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Linda, thank you very much. I am so pleased you enjoyed the course. Good luck in your candle making journey. Paula

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Lesley Moulder - - #27886

I cannot praise and recommend this course enough. Itโ€™s a must for anyone who wants to become confident in candle making. I learnt so much whilst having fun. I absolutely loved it - what a great day. Thank you Paula and for everyone else who was on the course for making it a great day.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Lesley, what a great day we had! Thank you for coming to the course. Paula

In-person course
Steph - - #27423

I had an amazing experience at the Candle making course with Paula and the rest of the group! It was a very inviting atmosphere created by a fabulous and warm host, who paid great attention to detail. I learnt so much compared to another course I have previously undertaken and am sure this is exactly what I need to kick-start my candle making business! The course was worth every penny and I'll definitely be back for some of her others!
Only regret is not getting the recipe for the divine afternoon tea!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Stephanie for the review. I am really pleased you enjoyed the course and I wish you all the best in starting your candle business!. Paula

In-person course
Adriana Vilar dos Santos - - #26991

Excellent introduction to candle making. We had a complete understanding of the process and what is needed to get the candles out there as a small business. Paula is an excellent host and the afternoon tea is just the cherry on the cake for a great experience.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank You Adriana. So lovely to have you in the course. Best of luck

In-person course
Sharon - - #26808

I never imagined that candle making could be so exciting and challenging, the course is full of information and helpful tips.
Paula is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the whole process of creating the candles. I was very pleased with the end product which smelt lovely when I lit it. I'd definitely recommend this course and the candles as a product.

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Emma - - #26306

I just have to say I loved the course, it was amazing I learnt so much, I feel 10 times more confident about making my own candles. Well worth the money. Emma

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thanks Emma, keep practising and testing and you will be fine. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Paula

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Sam - - #26303

Thoroughly recommend this course. I learnt so much and I canโ€™t wait to get started at home. It was great fun and Paula is so friendly. The afternoon tea was fantastic.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much, It was great to meet you and your friend Eli.

In-person course
Helen - - #25803

A very well organised candle making course with a first class afternoon tea! The course is well prepared, carefully resourced and very inspiring. I had the most relaxing day learning a new skill with a lovely group. I canยดt wait to get started at home. Thank you.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much Helen. Good luck with those candles for Christmas!. Xx Paula

In-person course
Lauren - - #25648

If you are serious about candle making look no further, what an experience. I arrived with no knowledge or experience on candle making and came out with a wealth of information and very confident I can make my own candles and start my little candle business.
I would recommend this course 100%.
The afternoon tea we enjoyed at the end was better than most afternoon teas I have tried in London!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thanks Lauren, very pleased you enjoyed my scones so much :)

In-person course
Sarah - - #25391

I have been wanting to do a candle making course for a while and found this course in Bexley with Paula as the host. She was very friendly and welcoming, as the course is at her home. I have learnt so much from this course and feel much more confident knowing how to make a good and safe candle. Paula gave us a pack to take home which included information for selling candles as well as suppliers lists and how to make the candles we had made on the course. I had a great day and it was nice to meet new people as well. The afternoon tea was lovely and Paula was more than happy to keep making us all tea, coffees etc through out the course. I will definitely recommend this course to anyone who wanted to learn about candles. I am looking forward to starting my journey in candle making. :)

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much Sarah, so happy you enjoyed it. Xx

In-person course
Julie - - #24852

This is the second of Paula's courses I have attended (the first was the soap making which I really enjoyed). Paula is an excellent host and teacher.
The candle making process was explained really well with lots of information re safety, regulations, suppliers etc given.
I really enjoyed making the candles to take home, they look and smell beautiful. Am now looking forward to making my own soy candles.
I totally recommend Paula's courses 100%.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Julie! Such a pleasure to see you both here again.

In-person course
Elaine - - #24627

My daughter and I attended Paula's candle making course recently as we both love candles and thought it would be a nice thing to do. What a lovely way to spend 4 hours on a Saturday! Paula provided all of the equipment, ingredients and plenty of information plus lots of tips for making the perfect candle. The day was well paced and relaxed and the afternoon tea was wonderful! I would definitely recommend Paula and this course and look forward to attending other workshops in the future.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you very much

In-person course
Marina Mir - - #22756

A huge thank you to Paula, who was able to give me 1-2-1 tuition on candle making.
A lovely host/teacher.
A lovely environment.
I was impressed with the detailed explanation that was given, and the useful list of recommended suppliers.
I have already made my order and ready to make my natural Soy based candles for family and friends.
I recommend this course to any one who fancies doing something creative for themselves.
I will keep you posted on my progress.
I canโ€™t wait to get making my own brand.
Thanks Paula, you're a gem. :)

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Marina, it was so great to meet you, I had such a great time in our candle making 121. Good luck!

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Tosin Ogunseyinde - - #22672

The candle making class was amazing. A great and informative session with practical application. Thank you so much Paula for a good time! Iโ€™d recommend this course to everyone!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Was lovely to meet you. I am glad you had a great time. Thank you! Paula

In-person course
Emma - - #21963

I had a fantastic time at this workshop, it was fun and dynamic.
Paulaโ€™s detailed explanations and clarity made candle making so easy to understand. She even gave us a list of the best UK suppliers for candle making so when I arrived home I bought all the ingredients she suggested. I canโ€™t wait to make my own soy candles. Thank you Paula!
I recommend this workshop 100%.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Emma, thank you very much for the review. Good luck in your Soap venture, you will do great!

In-person course
Sabine - - #21927

Paula is very knowledgeable with soywax candles. The workshop was in her home, which also made it fun as you have your tea (or coffee) and get introduced to candle making. And then you can do your own two candles with the fragrance of your choice. Really enjoyed it and glad I booked her coures.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Sabine. I am glad you enjoyed, it was lovely meeting you.

In-person course
Susan - - #21409

I enjoyed earning how to make soy candles and blend fragrances. Paula is an excellent host who explained the process in easy to understand steps.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you!

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