Soap Making Courses

Soap Making for Beginners Course with Afternoon Tea

Learn the art of artisan soap making, make beautiful, all-natural soaps.

The courses are approximately 4 hour sessions and take place in a relaxed and friendly learning environment, courses are hosted by Paula, founder of Old Bexley Soap Co.

Our soap making classes are small so you will get personalised attention while getting hands on experience.

Adults only, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

We also offer one to one courses and group bookings on demand.

Course details

In the course you will learn.

  • 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 soap 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.

You will make a batch of soap (palm free, aprox 8 bars) to take home with you at the end of the day.

What is included in the price?

The course includes equipment, all ingredients, protective equipment, refreshments and afternoon tea. 

You will take home a selection of soaps you make, a beginners recipe, course notes and the confidence to make soap at home on your own!

Please bring long sleeve clothing.

Upcoming dates

Friday, 18th October 19, 10:00-14:00 (1 Space Left)

Saturday, 2nd November 19, 10:00-14:00 (FULLY BOOKED PRIVATE GROUP)

Saturday, 23rd November 19, 10:00-14:00 (FULLY BOOKED)

Friday, 6th December 19, 10:00-14:00

Please enquire for other dates and times

Course Venue

The course venue is in Bexley, Kent which means we are easy to get to from London, Kent, Essex and East Sussex. We are just a few minutes walk from Bexley train station (zone 6 on Oyster Card), with regular trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Bus 269 and 132 stop just outside. Bus B12, 229 and 492 stop nearby. We are just off the A2 and close to the M25.

How to Book

Please click the “Book Course” button to book your chosen date. After your booking is complete you will receive an enrolment form with further information and exact address in Bexley.

Email for other dates, 1to1 sessions or private group bookings.


“I was really looking forward to this course once I booked; it was even better than I could have dreamt. I had a wonderful day and learnt so much. This course stands out, as not only do you make soaps but Paula goes through the whole process from start to finish and more.  
The course is held in Paula’s beautiful house and she is a wonderful host and teacher; so enthusiastic and helpful. The lunch/afternoon tea provided was lovely and homemade (very impressed with the scones!).
Paula was very thorough with her teaching of the soap making process so if you want to carry on at home, you can do so safely. She went through the properties of all the oils that can be used and when/how you might want to adjust her recipe. She also covered legislation around product safety, using essential oils, registrations etc. So if you are wanting to sell your own soaps you have a great starting point.
Love, love, loved it! . Samantha Briscoe “

“Fantastic day and well worth the money. Paula was extremely helpful teaching me the calculation with the soap making, best suppliers, ingredients to use for particular requirements and expert tips!

All of these have saved me hours of research time on the internet. Overall, great day and would 100% recommend this to anyone who just fancies making soap for home use or anyone who would like to take it further.” Katherine Isabel Roynon-Lambert

“The course was fantastic! Paula is lovely and made us feel so welcome in her beautiful home! She was also very well prepared for her lesson and safety conscious as we had to work with Lye to make the soap. The session started off with an explanation of the theory of soap making, Paula then explained very clearly how to use the soap calculator and then we started with the practical part of the course, which was to actually make the soap. During the session, Paula was supportive throughout and answered all our questions clearly and accurately. The lesson then ended with afternoon tea. We took our beautiful soaps home and a sample soap from Paula. It was not only a lovely day out but I learnt so much on making authentic soap and it has also boosted my confidence! Highly recommend this course :)” Maria 

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