24.4.09

Come Say Hello at Our Whole Foods Hingham Meet and Greet!

Join Back Porch Soap Company as we celebrate another Local Vendor Day with Whole Foods on Saturday, April 25th! Whole Foods carries our organic soaps, organic shea butters and all-natural gift sets. All of our natural bath and body products are made on the South Shore (Duxbury to be exact) near Boston, Massachusetts.

I'll be handing out samples of our moisturizing soap tomorrow in the Hingham, Massachusetts store. Our celebration takes place on Taste Local Day, which celebrates local vendors throughout Massachusetts. There will be free samples from us and other vendors from 1-4 p.m., so get there early, as the freebies go quickly!

Back Porch Soap Company has been supporting New England farms for 12 years. We source our ingredients locally when possible. Do you own a farm in New England? We'd love to work with you! If you own a farm and are interested in making natural bath and body products, contact us for private consulting!

In addition to handing out samples of our fantastic products, I'll be handing out information on my soap making classes in Boston and around New England.

Want to learn how I launched my products into Whole Foods? Sign up for my
newsletter to be the first to know when my downloadable report, "How to Get Your Products Into Whole Foods and Other Retailers" is availab.e Email me at marla@backporchsoap.com for more information.

22.4.09

Only Two Spots Left in Newton Continuing Education "Totally Green Organic Bodycare Class"

Live near Boston? Come join what's going to be a fabulously fun class, "Totally Green Organic Bodycare." There are only two spots left, so sign up now!

This makes a great early Mother's Day gift. Or come and make products to give to your mom!

Course ID: N1924

Course Name: Totally Green Organic Bodycare

Description: Learn how to make natural and organic body-care products. You'll create and take home a dozen items: two exfoliating body scrubs, two luxurious body balms, four moisturizing soap bars, and four sea-salt bath soaks. These make great Mother's Day gifts—or keep them for yourself (we won't tell). We'll cover the art of aromatherapy, how to blend essential oils, and which ingredients to use on your body and which to avoid. You'll also take home recipes, so you can make these fragrant and healthful products on your own. A $25 materials fee is payable to the instructor.

Instructor: Marla Bosworth

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday

Location: Newton SOUTH HS in Room 2101

Tuition: $49
Materials Fee: $25

Check out my other class on glycerin soap making at Newton Community Education. We have a couple spots left for this class too! Here is more information. To register, go directly to their site

Course ID: N1934

Course Name: Handmade Soap

Description: Make an array of beautiful, moisturizing soaps. We'll cover the essentials of glycerin soapmaking, with lots of hands-on learning, including how to use molds and add fragrance, color, shea butter and other moisturizing oils, herbs, and exfoliants. Each student will make three personalized batches of soap to take home. If you have sensitive skin, you'll learn how to make unscented soaps. This class is a great gift for a friend or mother before Mother's Day. An $18 materials fee is payable to the instructor.


Instructor: Marla Bosworth
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday
Location: Newton SOUTH HS in Room 2106

Tuition: $49

Materials Fee: $18

Hope to see you there!

Interested in learning how to make cold process soap? Our next cold process soap making class is May 23, in our Duxbury, Massachusetts studio.

We are just 35 minutes south of Boston, and only 50 minutes from Providence, RI.

Can't make this class but want to stay up-to-date with our schedule? Sign up for our
newsletter. Do you or your group want to learn how to make soap, bath and body products or how to launch your own bath and body business? I am currently booking into June 2009. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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20.4.09

Soap Making Students Make Two Perfect Batches, Lots of Laughs and New Friends

It smelled fantastic at Back Porch Soap Company this weekend! Saturday's cold process soap making class turned out two beautiful batches of soap.

We covered the safety precautions of soap making, additives, essential and fragrance oils, how to determine why a batch failed, molds, cutting, curing, packaging and pricing your final product.


Some of the students were just curious to learn the soap making process firsthand. Others have decided to make soap as a hobby, and at least one student has started her own business. Two of the ladies in my class (Ann in the middle and Teri on the far right) are returning students - they both took the glycerin soap making class.

Three students (mother and daughters), Diane, Taryn and Arianne drove down from New Hampshire to take the class. Jennifer (whom I met on Facebook!) and her sister Melissa (who was celebrating her birthday) also joined us. Vanessa, Tasha and Teri all came from Boston, while Ann came from Braintree.

This weekend's class of nine students divided up into two teams to make two batches that they would all share at the end of the day.

Students took turns stirring this batch of lemongrass and oatmeal soap. Both teams matched their lye/water and oil temperatures perfectly and reached trace within five minutes! The other team made a delicious batch of Bulgarian lavender soap.


Here the students learned how to recognize "trace", and are stirring in lemongrass essential oil and ground oatmeal with an electric stick blender.
This is a completely hands-on class!

Interested in learning how to make cold process soap? Our next cold process soap making class is May 23, in our Duxbury, Massachusetts studio. We are just 35 minutes south of Boston, and only 50 minutes from Providence, RI.

Visiting from out of state? I will gladly assist you with travel plans, including accommodations and local areas of interest. With Plymouth Rock and Plimoth Plantation only 20 minutes away, this is a perfect family destination!

Can't make this class but want to stay up-to-date with our schedule? Sign up for our newsletter.

Do you or your group want to learn how to make soap, bath and body products or how to launch your own bath and body business? I am currently booking into June 2009. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ideal for those looking for Maine Soap Making Classes, New Hampshire Soap Making Classes, Vermont Soap Making Classes, Rhode Island Soap Making Classes, Connecticut Soap Making Classes, New York Soap Making Classes, New York City Soap Making Classes
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