Soap and Cosmetics Business Compliance Course

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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 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


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

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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


Paula Mateo at Old Bexley Soap Co.

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners


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

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Emma S - - #33237

I was lucky enough to have a 1:1 session with Paula on her Soap and Cosmetics Business Course. The day was fantastic! I came away from the course having learnt a great deal, and felt Paula gave me the confidence to proceed with setting up my own soap business.
Paula has a huge amount of knowledge and information regarding soap making and the legislation for selling in the UK. She is extremely helpful and happy to answer any questions.
I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to learn a new craft. This is the second course I have completed with Paula and I will certainly book other courses in the future!

Response from Old Bexley Soap Co.:

Hi Emma, I'm glad you came to do this course and I am sure you will succeed in your soap business. I look forward to seeing your progress. Good luck!. Paula

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