Hi, I’m Paula Mateo, founder of Old Bexley Soap Co.
I am delighted to present to you my artisan range of natural handmade soaps, natural skin care and home fragrance products.
My family owned vineyards producing award winning wines in Pamplona, at the base of the Pyrenees of Spain. I grew up learning that “anything we make will only be as good as the ingredients and methods we put in”. For as long as I can remember I have always read and paid careful attention to ingredients labels in anything from cosmetics, medicines, food and even clothing, much to the amusement of my friends!
Then, aged 28, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was a very difficult time for me. After months of devastating treatment and surgeries, my skin, body and mind were in need of nurturing. I avoided any skincare products that included synthetic chemicals and I chose very carefully what went in and on my body. As I recovered and survived cancer I found the determination to do more of the things I enjoy in life, and be grateful for the second chance I was given.
This inspired me to make my own natural soaps and body butters. I loved creating and formulating products that were kind and beneficial to the skin and I wanted to share my passion for natural skincare with others so I started selling my products locally in 2014.
I have gradually been adding more products into the range which now includes a growing home fragrance range.
Each product is made in small batches in my little workshop in Bexley, Kent. All ingredients are carefully sourced to produce the best quality products which are suitable for vegetarians and most are vegan friendly.
I am very passionate about the products I create and I am always enthusiastic to talk to customers about my products, the ingredients or my processes.
I love sharing my passion for Soap and Candle Making and run courses to inspire others by providing them with the necessary ability and knowledge to make their own at home.