Learn all the essentials of how to make luxurious, fragrant soaps, for home, gifts to wow your friends and family, or as an aspiring entrepreneur. Many of our students have gone on to do our Soap and Cosmetics Compliance Course, deepening their knowledge and since have launched their own successful soap business. Paula, the award-winning founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co., is a member of the UK Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers, has years of experience making the finest of soaps, and you will be in expert hands. She will take you through the traditional cold process soap, step by step, and you’ll leave with 8 luxury palm-oil free vegan soaps you have made from scratch. 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, safety and guidance regarding safety regulations and legalities when selling soaps. We'll go through the whole process of soap making The course is held in a spacious and comfortable hall in Bexley Village in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This course will put you in the right path to success! 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 lye 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. Bexley is just a few miles off the M25 WHY SIGN UP TO A ONE TO ONE COURSE WITH ME? I’ve been there and done it. I have built my business from scratch combining my job in the city with my love of artisan products. I found soap and candle making a very therapeutic way to escape from the daily stresses of working in finance and love the mix. It was dedication, passion, perseverance and hard work that made it possible. Now I have a successful, highly-regarded, award winning brand and sell-out workshops. It gives me so much joy to share my knowledge, teach and help other people do the same. I have years of experience of making fine soaps. I discovered that blending oils, knowing what works, and creating heavenly fragrances for luxurious candles and soaps is my superpower. As an accountant specialising in budgeting and forecasting with an Honours Degree in International Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Business Studies, there is rigour behind my approach. I know the ups and downs, the challenges, the legalities etc. inside out. My products and courses have been Highly Commended at the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2020 and I was a finalist for Best Entrepreneur of the year. Whether you are working full time, part time, on furlough or unemployed there is always time to learn a new skill and the possibility to run a business that fits your needs and lifestyle. You can do it! I also teach a Candle Making Course, with many students attending both. As a craft business tutor, I understand the value of credentials. That's why I provide ongoing support to my students even after they've completed their course. I take great pride in tracking their progress as they launch their businesses, and I am committed to helping them succeed. My students' successes are a testament to the importance of credentials and continued support. When they have the right tools and resources, they can achieve their goals and aspirations. That's why I believe it's important to not only provide quality education but also to offer guidance and assistance even beyond the classroom. Whether it's connecting them with industry professionals, offering personalized feedback on their work, or simply being a listening ear, I am dedicated to helping my students reach their full potential. By doing so, I hope to instill in them the same sense of pride and passion that I have for the work that I do.

What's included in the price?

The course includes all ingredients, the use of soap making and protective equipment as well as refreshments and afternoon tea. You’ll take home a selection of soaps that you’ve made yourself, a beginners recipe and a comprehensive course handout. Most importantly you’ll have the confidence to make soap at home on your own! Please bring long sleeve clothing.


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Paula is the founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co. Paula is an accountant 3 days a week, and spends her remaining days running and teaching award winning candle and soap-making classes, in the Outer London borough of Bexley. Paula has recently won an award from tycoon Theo Paphitis.

Suitable for

  • Teenagers
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Stag dos
  • Public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
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The Freemantle Hall, 51-57 Bexley High Street, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1AA