Turn your hobby into a business Serious about starting your own artisan soap business? Get confidently equipped on this course with Paula Mateo, award winning founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co. Starting your soap and cosmetics business is an exciting journey but sometimes there is too much information online and it’s very time consuming to reach a sufficient and water-tight understanding. Paula will walk you through all the UK legal and compliance requirements, helping you to thoroughly understand what you need to do to be able to sell soaps and cosmetics in the UK. You’ll get the right information, step by step, in a way that it is easy to assimilate and put into action. We’ll cover everything from cosmetic safety, to labelling and trademarks so you feel confident and ready to go. You’ll save time, money and gain incredible value, learning from an experienced business woman who’s proof lies in the outstanding success of her own brand as well, as the soap businesses who have launched under her expert guidance. Who is this course suitable for? • You have attended the beginner's course and would like to further your knowledge regarding cosmetic regulations. • You already make soaps or other cosmetics and you would like to sell them. • You are unsure whether you are fully compliant and would like to go through the whole process to make sure you are doing it right. • You want to start and soap/cosmetics business and would like to know what it involves. Course content • Current Cosmetics Regulations, effects of Brexit for UK sellers • Responsible Person, Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) • Product Information file (PIF) • Labelling Requirements • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) • Submit Cosmetic Products Notifications (SCPN) • Cosmetic claims • Food Imitation Law • Insurance • Pricing and Marketing Strategies • Intellectual Property and Trademarking 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. 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. Start Time: 10 am Finish Time: 3pm

What's included in the price?

Tuition and handout. Access to my private facebook group for ongoing support.

What you will need

No previous experience necessary


5 hours (10:00am to 3:00pm)

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

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
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