Whirlwind Week of Soap Making Classes

This first week of February has been a whirlwind! I've taught four soap making classes around Boston, Massachusetts during the past four days. I want to give a shout-out to my students and also let you know where to find me in the next couple of months.

Kids Soap Making Classes

I love teaching kids classes, and this week Back Porch Soap Company taught two glycerin soap making classes. First I headed over to Kingston Recreation Department in Kingston, Massachusetts and taught a group of fun 12 year-old kids how to make their own bath and body products. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we made red and pink heart soaps, pink lotions and bath salts.

For kids ages six and up, this is a hands-on, personalized soap making experience. Each student chooses their own colors, fragrances, glitter and other additives. They combine them all and choose which molds they would like to use, too! No matter what age (even adults), it is fun to see that they are so proud of their creations.

Also this week, Sandy Smith Kozlowsky, director at Bay Farm Montessori School in Duxbury, Massachusetts invited me over to teach her students in a Valentine's glycerin soap making class. This very smart and polite group of girls (kindergarten to sixth grade) made their own Valentine's goodies. In addition to soap, we whipped up a batch of lavender bath fizzies. Maybe next class we'll have some brave boys join in!

I'd Love to Teach Your Group

If you would like me to teach your group, please feel free to email me at
marla@backporchsoap.com. Live out of state? Contact me for a custom-tailored soap making kit that I will ship to your group with complete instructions on how to host your own soap making class. Or sign up for my newsletter to stay in touch (emailed once a month).

Make Your Own Natural and Organic Body Product Classes

I headed back over to Kingston Recreation Department this week and I taught a fun group of ladies how to make natural bodycare products. They loved making their own shea butter balm. The sugar scrubs were the biggest hit, though, and cranberry seeds were the most popular exfoliating additive of the night. We finished the class with fractionated coconut oil massage oils and Carribean sea salts.

Finally, this week wraps up with Saturday's
Organic Bodycare here at Back Porch Soap Company's studio.

Next time I promise to take my camera and post class pictures! Here is a list of upcoming soap making classes. Please check back frequently as more classes are being added quickly to my schedule.

Upcoming Soap Making and Business Classes


Friday, February 13
How To Make Bath & Body Products Class
Marshfield YWCA

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 9-noon
Valentine's Glycerin Soap Making Class
Back Porch Soap Company Studio, Duxbury, MA


Saturday, February 21, 2009, 9-4
All-Day Soap Making Bootcamp
Back Porch Soap Company Studio, Duxbury, MA



Thursday, March 12
Bay Farm Montessori School
Private Ladies Night Out Event

Friday, March 13
How to Make Natural Bodycare Products
Marshfield YWCA, Marshfield, MA

Saturday, March 21, 2009, 9-4
All-Day Soap Making Bootcamp
Back Porch Soap Company Studio, Duxbury, MA


April Date TBA
Duxbury Newcomers Club
Private Event

Thursday, April 30
Organic Bodycare Class
Newton Adult Continuing Education Center, Newton, Massachusetts

April Date TBA
"Online Marketing & Social Networking for The Artist"
"Totally Green, Organic Bodycare"

Duxbury Art Association, Duxbury, Massachusetts


Thursday, May 7
Glycerin Soap Making Class
Newton Adult Continuing Education Center, Newton, Massachusetts

May 11-15
Conference Speaker, "Differentiating Yourself in the Market"
Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild Conference
Palm Springs, CA


Donna Maria @ Indie Business said...

Wow! Marla, this is so exciting! You are a busy soapmaking teacher! How great too that you are teaching children. Your classes seem to offer something for everyone, and it's also neat that you can send custom kits for people who are not in your area. That's great! I hope you will post your classes at http://www.indiebeauty.com. There are over 1,400 people there now and many of them say they want to learn how to make their own goodies. If I can help you do the posting, just let me know and I'll be glad to. Congratulations on having such a great week-long run. You must be exhausted so I hope you are getting some rest this weekend, at least on Sunday. Can't wait to see photos in future posts too!

Indie Love,

Debbie, Soapylove said...

This is very inspiring! I can't wait to hear you speak in Palm springs. See you there! :)

mcg said...

We're really looking forward to your presentation on "Differentiating Yourself in the Marketplace" at the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild conference in May!
Marie Gale, President, HSMG

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