Private soap making business one day course for 2 in Bexley (Kent) - Easy access from London

Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers


Serious about starting your own artisan soap business?
Set yourself up for success from the very beginning, in a private course with Paula Mateo, award winning founder of Old Bexley Soap Co.

Paula will walk you through the whole process and explain the steps you need to follow. We’ll cover everything from how to actually make exquisite cold-processed soaps, all the way through to marketing, packaging and legalities, so you feel confident and ready to go. Because it’s just for you, we can spend more time on any areas that you may particularly want more knowledge about. You’ll save time, money and gain incredible value , learning from an experienced business woman whose proof lies in the outstanding success of her own brand, as well as the soap businesses who have launched under her expert guidance.


You want to start a business and want someone to explain each step in an easy to understand way *

You want to learn one to one vs in a group, absorbing as much as possible in a day

Perhaps you’ve never made soaps before and want to go through each step thoroughly and at your own pace

Or you have made soaps before but have lots of questions

*Note that while this is an in-depth course, covering all the essentials, it is still designed for beginners. You will need to do further research, testing and practice to be able to launch your business. Our Soap & Cosmetics Business Compliance Course is recommended to further the knowledge.


Artisan Soap Making:

The essentials of making luxury cold process soap products

How to create your own exquisite scent blends from essential oils

The art of colouring your soaps using clays, micas or activated charcoal

Working safely with lye

Formulating your own recipes using a lye calculator

Understanding the properties of soap making oils and why we use them.


Marketing your products


Cost and pricing


Introduction to UK 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.


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..

A member of the UK Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers, 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!

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 all materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

You will take home all the soaps made on the day.


Paula Mateo at Old Bexley Soap Co.

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


5 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Ella - - #34989

This course answers all the questions I had in mind before beginning the course. Learnt a lot and will follow Paula's generous advise to complete the compliance required to sell my soaps. Great Course, well worth the money.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Ella, I am so pleased you found all the answers you were looking for and are now ready for the next step. Good luck! Paula

Fran Williams - - #34988

I would recommend this course without any hesitation, the course covered everything I needed to know to sell my soaps and I am so pleased I found Paula, she even covered marketing and branding tips.
I now have the knowledge to take the next steps towards starting my own cosmetics business.
Thank you so much.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thanks Fran, good luck in your new adventure. Paula

Live online
Hannah - - #32343

My experience with Paula's online soap making course was probably the best thing I could have done for myself this year! Thanks so much for the wonderful and straightforward instructions. If you want to know more about the process of making soap I strongly recommend you take up one of Paula's courses!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Hannah for this review. I look forward to seeing you on the candle making session later this month. Paula

Live online
Julie - - #32282

The Zoom course started with receipt of a little box of goodies including PPE. Then followed an electronic copy of the course notes which were very comprehensive. On the day of the course there was theory, including guidance on how to start formulating your own recipes and what to do to meet regulations if you want to move on to selling your soap. Paula had so much knowledge and information to share it was a pleasure to take it all on board. Paula then led us step by step in the practical part of making the soap, including use of clays/activated charcoal to make a 2-colour soap, fragranced with essential oils and decorated with dried botanicals.

I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn how to safely make and start formulating their own soap, either for themselves/family or as a first step towards selling.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Julie, thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed it. Paula

Online on-demand
Natalie - - #32188

I have learnt a lot from this course and definitely become more confident in making my own soap from now on. The information in the handout is comprehensive which tells me everything I need to know. The practical video shows me the entire process from start to finish with clear instruction and explanation for every steps. Meeting Paula via zoom was such a valuable experience, she answered all the questions I had in mind with lots of advice given to me. I would highly recommend this course.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you Natalie for this great feedback. I hope you enjoy soap making as much as I do in the future. take care. Paula

Live online
Petro van der Merwe - - #32067

Paula is an excellent teacher and does not hesitate to share her knowledge. I did the course via zoom and Paula made sure that we were well prepared before making our soaps. Her instructions were quite clear and there was enough opportunity to ask questions. Small group which makes it even better. I will highly recommend this course.

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much for your lovely review and the photo you sent me, they look gorgeous well done!

Live online
John Birch-Coad - - #32066

From receiving the soap making kit to the end of the online zoom course was amazing. The kit had more than expected and needed. The course started with the basics of soap making going through everything from oils and what they produce as an end product to formulas and even a lye calculator, which makes everything so much easier. Then comes the exciting part with gloves and goggles we started the process of making the soap adding clays powders and Ess Oils. I wasn’t actually looking forward to mixing the caustic soda with the water as I was expecting a different reaction but it was so easy and Paula took us through it step-by-step. Still waiting to unmould and see the final product. I can’t recommend Paula enough, she is so thorough and the class was fun. Such an insight into not only making soaps but also selling and starting your own business. 5*

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Thank you so much for this great review. So glad you enjoyed it. Paula

Online on-demand
Pauline Astle - - #31747

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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