About the Course
Learn how to make traditional cold process soap. Create your own scent blend using essential oils.
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.
The course is held in our comfortable and spacious home, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
You will make a batch of cold process soap (palm free) from scratch (around 8 soaps) and you will be able to take your creations with you at the end of the day.
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.
We have a great location in Bexley Village (zone 6 on Oyster Card) which means we are easy to get to, just a few minutes walk from Bexley train station, with trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials needed are provided, refreshments and afternoon tea.
I enjoyed taking Paula's soap making class in her lovely home. She went through all the essential information on how to make cold press soaps from home and including information on the legal compliance for selling your soaps. The class consisted of a small group, which allowed us to ask Paula any questions that we had. The fresh afternoon tea was amazing, tasty sandwiches and scones. I made 8 lovely soaps and since the class I've been twitching to do more. I would definitely recommend this course
Vaneza - - #22815
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Vaneza, so glad you enjoyed it. Let me know how you are getting on. Paula
My husband and I attended the soap making workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it! Paula is lovely. She is friendly, approachable and extremely knowledgeable and it felt like a real privilege to learn as much as we did from her. On our arrival we were offered some refreshments and then sat around the table while Paula provided us with detailed notes and explained some of the theory, processes and science behind soap making. Then it was time to get stuck in and have a go at making our own soap, which was so much fun! While we waited for our finished soap to harden enough to be able to take home, we were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea and had the chance to ask Paula further questions. I would highly recommend Paula's soap making workshop!
Kerry - - #22758
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Kerry. I am so glad the course made your long journey worthwhile.
I loved, loved, loved the soap making workshop it was beyond my expectation!! I didn’t know what to expect from either workshop, but I was not disappointed. The direction and explanation I received from Paula showed me how to make a much smoother and creamier natural soap.
Paula is an extremely knowledgeable teacher about the research behind different natural soap products, ingredients, and processes. While the workshop was extremely informative, I didn't feel bombarded with new information and the tone was very relaxed.
Paula is also extremely kind, personable, and approachable, her class size is small which made the workshop an even better experience.
Overall, Paula's a knowledgeable soap maker who really understands the chemist and science of soap productive. It's worth it taking her workshop and I highly recommend her!! It's worth every penny and your time! She is open to any questions that we had. I look forward to taking more workshops soon! Anick, from Kent
Anick - - #22753
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Anick, loved meeting you and I hope you keep me posted on your progress!
I had fun and learnt a lot!
Paula has structured the workshop perfectly. For a visual learner with a short attention span, this was very effective. I got to take home great smelling soaps I made myself too; can’t wait for them to cure so I can use it!
Paula also provides a lot of useful information. Great value for money and time well spent.
Eneyo Ilenbarenemen - - #22748
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:HI Eneyo, thank you for much for your review, it is great to hear. Good luck in your soap making journey.
Paula has created an excellent workshop: informative, well taught, practical and great fun. I enjoyed it hugely and headed home feeling thoroughly inspired; I would highly recommended the experience. Thank you Paula.
Anna - - #22628
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you for your review Anna. It was lovely to meet you!. Paula
I had the most fantastic time on this course. Paula is a really lovely lady, so helpful and such an inspiration. She did a really good job of teaching us, she is extremely knowledgeable.
We had a very productive day and we all made amazing soaps. The food was excellent too!
Sophia Mackenzie - - #21940
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Sophia, lovely meeting you
Paula was so welcoming on the 1-2-1 course that I did with her to learn Cold Process Soap making. I told her I wanted to make a full soap loaf prior to the course and she was most obliging. She was full of knowledge and enthusiasm and I learnt a lot from her and most importantly it was fun! I’ve done soap courses before and I have to say her course was one of the best that I have ever done and I made the most beautiful soap. She also treated me to yummy scones.
I would recommend this course to anyone, it’s brilliant!!
Janki - - #21924
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Janki, thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure teaching you individually. Keep in touch.
Fantastic day and well worth the money. Paula was extremely helpful teaching me the calculation with the soap making, best suppliers, ingredients to use for particular requirements and expert tips!
All of these have saved me hours of research time on the internet. Overall, great day and would 100% recommend this to anyone who just fancies making soap for home use or anyone who would like to take it further.
Katherine Isabel Roynon-Lambert - - #21898
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Kate. It was great meeting you, let me know how you are getting on.
The course was fantastic! Paula is lovely and made us feel so welcome in her beautiful home! She was also very well prepared for her lesson and safety conscious as we had to work with Lye to make the soap. The session started off with an explanation of the theory of soap making, Paula then explained very clearly how to use the soap calculator and then we started with the practical part of the course, which was to actually make the soap. During the session, Paula was supportive throughout and answered all our questions clearly and accurately. The lesson then ended with afternoon tea. We took our beautiful soaps home and a sample soap from Paula. It was not only a lovely day out but I learnt so much on making authentic soap and it has also boosted my confidence! Highly recommend this course :)
Maria - - #21647
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Maria, thank you for the feedback. it is very appreciated!
What a wonderful craft course!!! Love it all, the learning and the fun making the lovely soap. Thank you Paula I'm looking forward using my own homemade soap now. Highly recommend this course and your skin will thank you.
Elena Cardoso - - #21634
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you very much, such a pleassure having you in the course.
Loved it! Thanks very much, it was great fun.
Mary Bennett - - #21019
I had a wonderful day learning how to make natural soap. I’m so proud of the soaps that I made, they look so pretty. Paula was a brilliant teacher providing lots of encouragement and advice. The afternoon tea was a lovely way to finish the morning. Thanks
Jessica Stephens - - #20999
Paula is an excellent teacher and host. I booked this course to go with a friend on her birthday and it didn’t disappoint.
Paula kindly picked us up from Bexley station as it was raining so much and drove us to her beautiful home.
We had such a fantastic morning learning and getting hands on making soap, there were so many essential oils to choose from.
After a busy morning we had a delicious afternoon tea and cakes.
Within a few days we received our soaps at home and they are now curing, I can’t wait for the 4 weeks of cure to use them!
We totally recommend this course, thank you Paula!
Daisy Clark - - #20743
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