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Beginners soap making course with afternoon tea in Bexley, Kent - easy access from London

Duration: Half a Day

Price: £75

Book with: Paula
at Old Bexley Soap Co.

Parkhill Road

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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.

Course content:
• 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 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?

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!

Want to review this course?

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.

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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.

- - #23350

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!

- - #23298

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.

- - #23183

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

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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!

- - #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

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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.

- - #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.

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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!
Absolutely brilliant.

- - #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!!

- - #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.

- - #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 :)

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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

- - #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!

- - #20743

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Course Start Dates

Friday 6th September 2019
Sunday 8th September 2019
Saturday 28th September 2019
Friday 18th October 2019
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Friday 6th December 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly

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