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Beginners Soap Making Course One Day Course



Learn how to make traditional cold process soap, step by step with Paula, founder of Old Bexley Soap Co.

In the course you will learn how to formulate your own recipes and the use of different oils and their properties, how to use the soap calculator to create your own formulas. Learn about equipment needed and safety and guidance regarding safety regulations and legalities when selling soaps.

In this course we will go through the whole process of soap making to empower aspiring soap makers to start their own business or simply to make their own soaps for home, friends and family.

You will make a batch of cold process soap (palm free) from scratch (around 8 soaps)

Paula is a member of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers in the UK and has extensive experience making her an excellent tutor in soap making.
This is the same award winning course that is popular in Bexley but now you can enjoy anywhere in the UK from the comfort of your home.

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จ๐š๐ฉ ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ?

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

Course content:
โ€ข How to make traditional cold process soap.
โ€ข How to create your own scent blend from essential oils and colour your soap using clays, micas or activated charcoal.
โ€ข How to work safely with lye.
โ€ข How to formulate your own recipes using a lye calculator.
โ€ข The properties of soap making oils and why we use them.
โ€ข How to make a great bar of soap.
โ€ข An introduction about compliance, safety regulations and legalities when selling soaps

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐, ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐จ๐š๐ฉ 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–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 London Borough of 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 has an Honours Degree in International Business Administration.

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

Paula is also an excellent Chandler and she also runs a Beginnerโ€™s Candle Making Course, with many students attending both.

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 a kit with most of the ingredients you will need.
Please book at least 7 days in advance so your kit can arrive on time.
Kit includes caustic soda, essential oils, a selection of clays, botanicals and other additives, gloves, safety glasses, face mask.
A comprehensive course handout including all the course content, a beginners recipe, a list of the best suppliers and contacts and most importantly, the confidence to make your own soap at home.
A copy of the latest Cosmetic Regulation

What you will need

Digital Scales
A kitchen pan to melt oils
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
A heat resistant plastic or stainless steel jug to make your lye solution
A spatula
A stick blender


Paula at Old Bexley Soap Co.

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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4 hours (10:00am to 2:00pm)

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Because of current restrictions, the course was online which had the advantages of not having to travel and my daughter could join in too! It was really good value for money with a detailed information booklet and video from which we were able to make our first basic batch of soap, followed up with a one to one online tutorial. Making our first batch from the instructions and video was great fun and gave me a good understanding of the process before my online tutorial with Paula. She took me through the factors involved in varying recipes and I planned a couple of recipes with Paula's help based on my personal preferences. The tutorial was scheduled to suit me and lasted as long as I needed (two and a half hours) which enabled me to ask questions and ensure that I understood everything clearly to make more soap variations. Paula is so passionate about what she does and she has really inspired me to experiment with soap making further. I can't wait to get started!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Pauline, I enjoyed teaching you. Best of luck with your new experiments.

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