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 a spacious and comfortable hall in Bexley Village 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 a selections of the soaps made 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.
• How to make traditional cold process soap.
• How to create your own scent blend from essential oils and colour your soap using clays, micas or activated charcoal.
• How to work safely with lye.
• How to formulate your own recipes using a soap calculator.
• The properties of soap making oils and why we use them.
• How to make a great bar of soap.
• An introduction about 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.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
The course includes the use of equipment, all ingredients, protective equipment, refreshments and afternoon tea.
You will take home a selection of soaps you make, a beginners recipe, course notes and the confidence to make soap at home on your own!
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5 hours (10:00am to 3:00pm)
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I enjoyed myself so much, I’ve already recommended the course to friends & family. It's a lovely way to spend a day out with friends.
The Workshop content was packed with easily digestible information and Paula provided a truly pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Looking forward to trying the soap I made out once it’s cured.
Top marks too on the protective measures taken to ensure everyone felt safe on the day.
Thank you, Paula - wishing you all the best! xx
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thanks Biola, I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed the day so much and also that you felt safe on the day. xx Paula
I bought this workshop as a birthday present for my friend so we attended together. It was a lovely thing to do with a friend but I also would have been fine in my own as Paula was so welcoming and everyone there was friendly. The course was so well organised with a great balance of theory and practical. I have already bought some items to carry on this hobby at home. I learned so much and realise I knew nothing about soap before. A really great day for the complete beginner or someone hoping to take this on as a craft small business. Highly recommended.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Clare, so glad you both enjoyed the day, and what a nice birthday gift to give to your friend. Paula
I had a fantastic time making soaps with Paula, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge. This is a perfect course if like me you are looking for a new hobby but also great if you want to sell your products, Paula is very supportive and shares her contacts as well as talking through legal responsibilities. I would highly recommend this course.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Jenny, thank you for your kind words, what a lovely day we had. Good luck in your new soap making adventure! Paula
I had an excellent time learning how to make soap with Paula. She has such a huge wealth of knowledge and experience, and is incredibly helpful.
The course was well organised, and filled with a huge amount of information all designed to build confidence for beginners. Paula was happy to spend time answering questions and was very encouraging and supportive throughout the day. I left feeling confident that I’d be able to attempt to make soap at home on my own.
I’d definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to start their journey into soap making. A great experience!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Emma, so happy to welcome another local soap maker! Paula
Paula is a great teacher - patient and clear, and full of passion and answers to all your soap-making questions. In just one day, I feel confident to get started making my own soaps at home, and maybe even thinking about selling them too. Everything you need to know, including detailed course notes to take away. I really enjoyed the day - much needed after months of lockdown and isolation! We were in a large hall and everything was set up safely so that the group could stay socially distanced. Thanks Paula for a lovely day!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Antonia. Such a pleasure to teach you the other day. I agree, we all need something after the last months, and seeing your smiles and the lovely soaps you all created in the course makes me so happy! Take care. Paula
Just had the most wonderful day making soap with Paula. This was a present to myself and it was well worth the money. Paula is a very friendly, confident teacher who provided invaluable knowledge and was willing to share very useful contacts and resources should we wish to pursue further with our soap making.
The afternoon tea provided with varied sandwiches and home made scones with cream & jam was also excellent.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wanted to learn the craft of soap making whether for pleasure or business and would definitely go on another one of Paula’s courses in the future.
Well done Paula and her team 😊
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Gillian, gifting yourself a soap making course was a great idea, and so deserved after a lock down! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, thank you very much for your kind words. Good luck. Paula
I loved this course! I found it really helpful and very informative. Paula is great at explaining everything in a simple and easy to understand way, she is also a really friendly person so makes you feel at ease. The other lady that helped was lovely too but I can't remember her name. Great food too. Highly recommended.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you so much for your review Claire and good luck in your soap making journey.
I had a great time on this course. It is very informative and a must especially if you want to start your own business. Afternoon tea is all homemade and delicious. I would recommend this course for anyone interested in making cold process soap
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you so much Anisha, you were a great group and such a pleasure to see you all so happy!
What a fabulous course! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Incredibly informative on all aspects of soap making and starting up your own business, should you wish to. I’m now chomping at the bit to start making my own soap at home.
The sandwiches and homemade scones were delicious and filling!
Thank you so much for such a fabulous and interesting class... you certainly know your stuff!! :)
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Sarah, so happy to hear such good feedback. I’ll see you in the Candle making course!
This was a lovely beginners class. Paula was friendly and knowledgeable. Her baking skills were also great as I enjoyed the scones. I would recommend this course for anyone looking to start a new hobby or meet new people.
Thanks for a lovely day and I will definitely look at doing another course.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you so much for this lovely feedback. Paula
Paula is an excellent host and teacher. I learnt so much and had such fun. She made the day interesting and fun. I learnt a lot about soap making and I came away with lots of information and the 9 soaps that I made on the day that I can leave to cure for the next 8 weeks. I am looking forward to trying them. The afternoon tea was amazing. I do recommend this course.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Ann, thank you for your feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed the course, it was a fun day.
This was an absolutely amazing class. I learnt so much and had the best time. Came away with 8 beautiful soaps which smell divine and I cannot wait to use them after they have cured! Paula is so friendly, professional and knowledgeable and she even provides a delicious afternoon tea, where she made some awesome vegan scones :) I cannot wait to use my new knowledge to start making my own soaps at home. I recommend this course to anyone looking to make soaps for fun, for friends/family or even for a business! Thank you Paula 😊
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you very much for the review. Your soaps looked beautiful, so glad you enjoyed the course. Paula
If you are after a soap making workshop, that will give you in-depth information, in a friendly environment, with an amazing host, this is the course for you!!
Paula is very welcoming and makes all the information & techniques really easy to understand. You will leave the workshop glowing with confidence that you can indeed create amazing soap on you own!
Thanks again Paula!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Colette, great to meet you. I really enjoyed pouring that lovey pink and grey soap together, it looked beautiful! Xx
A highly recommend course & a super day. Paula shares her expert knowledge in a calming, very friendly atmosphere, with step by step support throughout. We were given a pack containing concise information about the whole process of soap making, which includes all the legal aspects of selling soaps, websites to get us started on our own processes. A delicious homemade afternoon tea was most welcome while we waited for our soaps to set. An altogether first class experience. Thank you Paula for a lovely day.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Jacqui, your charcoal soap with rose buds looked great!
Well what a fabulous day I’ve had making soap with Paula in her beautiful home. I was so lucky to have received this as a gift from my friends. Paula is a fantastic teacher and so knowledgable and patient. She made my day so enjoyable and fun. She is also a great hostess. I felt so welcome and comfortable. Thank you Paula I’ll be back for the candle making X
I booked this course as a birthday treat for my mum, as she loves hand made soaps. The course far exceeded our expectations. Paula welcomed us into her beautiful home and gave us a very informative and practical introduction to soap making. We then moved onto the practical section of the course. This was great fun, and we particularly enjoyed choosing which oils to fragrance our soaps with.
We were then treated to a delicious afternoon tea, before leaving with our big box of fabulous soaps. Despite being a complete novice I now feel confident to have a go at making more soaps at home.
I would thoroughly recommend this course. Thank you Paula.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Laura. I very much enjoyed teaching your lovely family!
This is the most enjoyable craft course I have ever been. Paula was so attentive, knowledgeable and made us feel so welcome in her beautiful home. I was the most talkative of the bunch as I was on the course purposely to extend my range of 100% Natural Skin care products. Surprisingly she was very patient with me as I was asking her loads of question. We did overrun on the course, but Paula didn't mind and we had a wonderful afternoon together, swapping with each other our beautiful soap creation.
I will highly recommend this course both for practicality, knowledge and warm atmosphere and spending afternoon with our beautiful, knowledgeable host. Well done Paula (Although I was calling you Pauline throughout the day, but you didn't mind).
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Margaret, thank you so much for your kind words. I wish you all the best for your business, you have great enthusiasm, I loved your products. Paula
My husband and I had a fabulous time with Paula on her soap making course. Nothing was too much trouble! She coped affably and patiently with all our enthusiastic questions and has definitely sparked an interest in a new skill for us. She gave us the confidence and extensive information for us to carry on soap making at home. I would thoroughly recommend this course and look forward to also attending her candle making course. The lovely tea was a pleasurable bonus.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Emine, it was such a pleasure to have you here. When I retire I’d like to do the same as you and Ibrahim and enjoy learning new skills together. I look forward to seeing you next year and make candles. Paula
I loved the course and I feel confident now to make my own soap!
Paula is a very knowledgeable instructor and her calmness and encouragement really made for a lovely learning environment. Thank you so much!
All best wishes. Teresa
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Teresa, we had such a nice group!
Excellent course from Paula, she is so knowledgeable and such an experienced tutor!
I had a great day with a lovely group learning everything I needed to know to start my soap making business, I gained confidence and Paula supported me in my learning all day. She is very friendly, approachable and thorough and explains everything in a way that is easy to understand. I really enjoyed the whole day, and Paula’s afternoon tea was the icing on the cake! Great value for money, highly recommended. Thanks Paula!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thanks Clare! Keep me posted on your progress
Thank you so much for a wonderful time - your level of organisation, preparation and welcome were well above lots of previous courses i've been on - the tea was such a wonderful thing and so beautifully served.
I very much enjoyed myself and am pleased with my final product. I will definitely be coming on a candle making workshops sometime next year.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Kay, see you soon in the candle making course!
A great morning / afternoon making soap with the very lovely Paula.
Small group size giving us all enough attention and a wonderful afternoon tea too.
Fabulous day and i will be coming back to make candles.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Teresa, see you soon.
What a fantastic soap making course. From start to finish, in a beautiful setting, Paula delivers the course in a knowledgeable and friendly manner. You learn the science and art of making soaps and come away with at least 8 bars of your own soap. Adding in afternoon tea makes it a very special session and you don’t go home hungry. Thank you for your hospitality and having me! x
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Kerry!
This is an excellent course and I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn how to make soap. Paula is a very knowledgable and friendly tutor. She makes you feel very welcome indeed. The course is very comprehensive and you leave feeling confident that you can go home and safely make your own soap bars.
There’s also a delicious homemade spread waiting for you at the end of the session, which you’ll be ready for!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Lucy, so happy you enjoyed it
I have made two batches of soap since attending Paula's soap making course two weeks ago. She was very knowledgeable and a great tutor so that making my own with her instructions and advice was not too difficult.
I thoroughly recommend this course and it is also very easy to get to by train.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you. I’m happy to see your already making your own soap at home, brilliant!
I had the most brilliant day, Paula was just excellent, such a lovely lady full of knowledge and was so helpful. The soap making was really fun and enjoyable and I learnt a lot. She went out of her way to cater for me as a vegan and made the most yummy vegan sandwiches and scones, I was very spoilt. I would extremely recommend this course ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Clare. So happy you enjoyed!
I really enjoyed the soap making course. It was very informative and professional and at the same time Paula is very warm and welcoming lady. We were treated to a home made afternoon tea while Paula was still teaching us. I am now confident that I can make my own soap with the knowledge I have gained. Before the course I have watched many YouTube videos but I can honestly say that without the course I wouldn’t have a clue what to do. To anybody who is hesitating - go on book a course I highly recommend it! Thank you so much Paula.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Joanna, it was a great pleasure teaching you. Good luck in your soap making journey.
I had a wonderful day learning how to make real soap. Paula was very knowledgeable about the complete process and legislation. I'm looking forward to making more soap. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to make their own natural soap.... Thank you Paula for a great informative day.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Rebecca. Best wishes
I went with a friend to this course and we had a fantastic time.
Paula is lovely and very knowledgeable.
The workshop covered soap making from start to finish, product safety legislation, using essential oils, registrations etc.
I'm looking forward to using the soaps we made once they finish curing.
I now feel confident enough to start making soaps myself at home and in the future would like to set up my own small business using the knowledge and information I got from Paula.
My friend and I will definitely be back for the candle making workshop.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Julie for your feedback. I wish you all the best in your soap business.
I was really looking forward to this course once I booked; it was even better than I could have dreamt. I had a wonderful day and learnt so much. This course stands out, as not only do you make soaps but Paula goes through the whole process from start to finish and more.
The course is held in Paula's beautiful house and she is a wonderful host and teacher; so enthusiastic and helpful. The lunch/afternoon tea provided was lovely and homemade (very impressed with the scones!).
Paula was very thorough with her teaching of the soap making process so if you want to carry on at home, you can do so safely. She went through the properties of all the oils that can be used and when/how you might want to adjust her recipe. She also covered legislation around product safety, using essential oils, registrations etc. So if you are wanting to sell your own soaps you have a great starting point.
Love, love, loved it!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Samantha. So happy to read your review, glad you enjoyed it so much!
Paula is an excellent instructor, makes you feel welcome, and she imparts the course in such a professional way that by the end of the course, you will feel confident enough to make the soap at home.
She also is so generous that she accommodated my needs in gluten-free, preparing delicious scones and sandwiches.
Definitely will be back for the next courses.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you for your review. I was lovely to meet you. I look forward to seeing you in the next course!. Paula
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
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!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Kerry. I am so glad the course made your long journey worthwhile.
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.
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.
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
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Anick, loved meeting you and I hope you keep me posted on your progress!
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.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you for your review Anna. It was lovely to meet you!. Paula
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.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you Kate. It was great meeting you, let me know how you are getting on.
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!
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!!
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Janki, thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure teaching you individually. Keep in touch.
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.
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Thank you very much, such a pleassure having you in the course.
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 :)
Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:Hi Maria, thank you for the feedback. it is very appreciated!
Loved it! Thanks very much, it was great fun.
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
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!