Back Porch Soap Company

Marla Bosworth is the founder and owner of Back Porch Soap Company. She is a modern alchemist, shamanic practitioner and soul destiny coach. She travels worldwide, teaching conscious beauty experiential workshops that combine making soap and herbal skincare with alchemy and energetics.

February 14, 2022

Candle Making Class


Our candle making class in NYC will teach you how to make and sell
your own line of natural wax candles.

If you have been search for a professional candle making business class, look no further! Our February 17 Natural Waxes Candle Making Class in the Upper West Side of Manhattan will help kickstart your candle business. If you are developing a line of candles you understand that there is much research and education that needs to happen prior to selling and launching your candle line for the safety of consumers and for the liability of yourself and your business. 

Learn how to create beautiful, customized candles in glass containers in this 2.5-hour, hands-on Candle Making Class taught by a master chandler with 24 years experience. Students will blend their own scents and colors. If you are interested in making candles to sell or as a craft for gifts or favors, this class is for you.

Much thought and consideration should go into developing a line of candles. Marla Bosworth has been manufacturing and selling candles for 24 years and will cover the many natural waxes on the market, how to determine which wax is right for you, how to create safe candles, getting cold and hot throws, colors, testing, insurance/liability requirements, labeling requirement, resources for packaging (containers, boxes, labels, wax/wicks, colorants) and much more.

Natural wax candles are a wonderful addition to any indie beauty line or as a launch product. As you know, they add incredible warmth, fragrance and charm to any environment. In this hands-on workshop you will make your own candles, learn how to create candles in glass containers, choose your own scents. If you are interested in making candles to sell or as a craft for gifts or favors, this class is for you!

Marla will share her expertise in blending fragrances that provide beautiful hot and cold "throw" and aroma. 

This workshop is intended for students to have fun exploring different scents while creating their very own candles. Students will choose their own scents and colors for each candle - one for coconut and one for soy wax. 

Signup for this hands-on, in-person Candle Making Class also includes access to Marla's online candle class. The online class goes into depth about choosing wicks, wax, required labeling, pricing and insurance (for those wishing to sell), testing and much more, leaving us with more experiential time in the live workshop for you to design your own candles.

This class is perfect for newbies, spa owners, estheticians, green beauty entrepreneurs, massage therapist and for those who are currently making candles, but unsure if they are making them properly or need to troubleshoot wicks, candle burn, etc. 

You'll receive an emailed information-packed handout with detailed instructions, formulas, formulating guidelines and a valuable supplier list that is worth the class alone.

Students will design a total of two customized candles - one soy and one coconut wax - in beautiful glass jars by choosing their own color, essential oil blends and more. If you have an existing beauty business, or are launching one, you'll love how these candles easily cross-sell with the rest of your line. 

Marla creates highly experiential workshops - a holistic perspective of learning by transforming new and ancient wisdom. If you've ever attended her classes you know she creates a positive, supportive learning environment that is educational and also fun.

Bio: Marla Bosworth is the CEO of Back Porch Soap Company. She has been manufacturing candles, soaps and clean beauty products for 24 years. 

For more information and to register, please visit our website.

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February 06, 2022

Clean Beauty Skincare Formulation Inspired by the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon boasts some of the most impressive plant butters and oils in the world, rich in vitamins, minerals and healing plant energy. The formulas in this post make beautiful gifts for self-nurturing, which is much needed in the world today. As you learn more about these oils and butters, pay attention to which ones beckon a deepening in your own studies of plant medicine.

Source: World Atlas

When sourcing these specialty oils and butters look for companies who sustainably source their ingredients. Some of them may be smaller companies who work directly with the farmers or cooperatives. A simple internet search will lead you to several options. Although these ingredients can be found in Brazil, several are also native to other countries, including Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Rather than using the outdated take-and-profit business model, consider ways to give back to the communities in which these luxurious plants grow. Include customers in your discoveries about the culture and pay tribute to the indigenous who have been using these sacred plants long before us. As ethical brands we grow alongside one another, giving back to the communities in which we partner.


In the following recipes we are using five key ingredients: bacuri butter, pracaxi oil, cupuacu butter, pequi oil, and murumuru butter. Keep in mind that most of these oils and butters have strong natural scents. As a result, consider making and selling these products unscented. Essential oils and fragrance oils may compete with the natural scents. Another suggestion is to scent with a combination of complementary earthy essential oils such as woods (cedarwood, sandalwood, ho wood), spices (coriander, cardamom, ginger, black pepper), and base notes (patchouli and vetiver).

If you are accustomed to the price of olive oil and shea butter, you may have sticker shock when you see what these ingredients cost. However, try not to let the prices deter you from purchasing even a small amount for personal use. Just a simple online search and reading about their properties lured me in. These days most of us need some extra nurturing and these oils and butters are up for the challenge. If you decide to add them to your product line, consider combining them with other less expensive oils that are also used in Brazil such as olive and avocado. Let’s look deeper into each one of these nurturing ingredients.


Lastly, be sure to account for the higher cost of these in the retail price of your finished product or use in greater amounts knowing that the final price of your product will need to attract a customer base that understands and appreciates the benefits of the raw goods. Although they could be incorporated in wash off products such as soaps and scrubs, the properties of the oils and butters will have more time to penetrate and absorb into the skin if made in a leave-on product.



Bacuri Butter

Bacuri butter from the seeds of the bacuri fruit. Source: Amazon Oils

Bacuri (Mauritia flexuosa) is an emollient butter, derived from the cold-pressed seeds of the fruit that grows on the wild bacuri. Locals have been using bacuri to help relieve insect bites and other skin problems. It is beautifully silky and golden when applied to the skin. 


The soft butter ranges in color from brown to a deep, dark brown with a rich, distinctive aroma to match. It has a high amount of palmitic acid and provides a non-greasy emollience with a fast absorption rate. Bacuri is also rich in methionine, an essential amino acid, the body’s primary source of sulphur. Sulphur is used by the body to promote healthy skincare, hair and nails.


Consider pairing bacuri butter with other butters and oils as it has a strong, characteristic aroma. It has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a welcome ingredient in soothing and conditioning soaps, moisturizers, hair products and more. Try it to address skin issues such as acne, eczema, rashes and as an anti-aging ingredient.

Pracaxi Oil

 oil is derived from seeds of the Pentaclethramacroloba tree.

Pracaxi oil is a nutty oil derived from seeds of the Pentaclethramacroloba tree, which also grows across Central America and the Caribbean, specifically in Trinidad and Tobago. The oil has a high concentration of behenic acid, which lends to excellent moisturizing properties. Pracaxi is also rich in omega 9 and 6, both which are known to promote firmness in the skin by balancing collagen production. This oil is great for many skin conditions, including fading scars and stretch marks as well as fading hyperpigmentation. It is also antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and antihemorrhagic and antiparasitic.


Pequi Oil

Pequi oil is a seed oil obtained from a popular fruit in Brazil. Source: Oca Brazil

Pequi (Caryocar brasiliense) is a nutrient-dense fruit known by its common names of Souari Nut or Cerrado’s Gold. It is pronounced “pay-kee.” Pequi oil is a seed oil. It is highly emollient and an excellent ingredient to use when treating dry skin and skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. Pequi is packed full of minerals such as copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium as well as vitamin A. Pequi is also a great choice as an ingredient in haircare products.


Cupuacu Butter

Cupuacu provides twice the moisture of lanolin, making it a great plant-based alternative. Deeply nourishing, it provides protection and repair benefits for both skin and hair.
Source: Candela Organic

Cupuacu is the national fruit of Brazil. The butter comes from the pulp of the fruit. Pronounced coo-poo-assoo, it is cold pressed from the fruit seeds of the Theobroma grandiflorum tree. It is a vegan alternative to animal-derived lanolin. It contains a high-water absorption capacity and therefore functions as skin hydrator. Known to “plump” skin, it is an excellent choice for use in creams and anti-aging products.


Murumuru Butter

Murumuru palm tree seeds. The butter is high in Vitamin A and is
known to help slow aging and combat acne. Source: Candela

Murumuru butter comes from the seeds of the reddish-orange fruits of the murumuru (Astrocaryum murumuru) palm tree. Murumuru has a soft texture and is rich in vitamins A and C, omega 3, 6 and 9. It offers antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores unlike coconut oil and some other butters. Murumuru is known to help skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, heal abrasions, stimulate collagen and aid in trans epidermalwater loss. It’s also excellent for sensitive skin.


Now let’s incorporate the Amazonian goodness into three products: body and hair oil, solid body butter, and body cream.



Rejuvenating Pequi Body and Hair Oil


Equipment and Supplies

Pyrex or stainless steel bowl
Spoon for mixing
Packaging containers (bottles)

Batch size 16 oz./ 453.8 grams

1.6 oz./45g Olive oil (10%)
2.4 oz./68g Pequi oil (15%)

2.4 oz. /68g Pracaxi oil (15%)

8.64 oz./245g Avocado oil (54%)

0.16 oz./4.5g Vitamin E (1%)
0.16 oz. 4.5g Essential Oil (1%)



Combine all ingredients in a Pyrex or stainless steel bowl until well combined. Using funnel, fill bottles and top with lids.


Pracaxi Body Butter Lotion Bar


Equipment needed


Double boiler
Pyrex container or stainless steel bowls
Heat source
Packaging containers (glass jars, plastic twist-up or tins)


Batch size 16 oz./453.8 grams

4 oz./113.4g Pracaxi oil (25%)
3.2 oz. /91g Avocado oil (20%)
4 oz./113.4g Cupuacu butter (25%)

1.6 oz./45g Bacuri butter (10%)

3.2 oz./91g Beeswax (20%)

Add butters and beeswax to double boiler and barely melt. Remove from heat. Add liquid oils, stir. You may need to slightly re-warm if the beeswax starts to solidify. When slightly cooling but not solidifying, add vitamin E and stir. Pour into containers. When completely cooled, add lids. Note: If you would like to add essential oil to this recipe, simply reduce the avocado by 1-2% and add the essential oil at 1-2%.

Bacuri Face and Body Cream


Equipment needed

Double Boiler
Stainless steel or glass bowl
Immersion or Stick Blender
Heat-proof glass container
Heat source
Spray bottle isopropyl alcohol
Nitrile Gloves
pH strips or pH meter
Citric acid
Log for batch numbers that match on your cream or lotion containers.

Jars and lids


Batch size 32 oz./907 grams

Phase A
20.5 oz. /581g Distilled water (64%)

Phase B
1.9 oz./54g Paxaci oil (6%)

1.6 oz./45.4g Bacuri butter (5%)
1.9 oz./53.9g Murumuru butter (6%)
2.56 oz./72.6g Avocado oil (8%)
1.9 oz./54g Emulsifying wax (6%)
0.96 oz./27g Stearic acid (3%)

Phase C
0.32 oz./9g Optiphen Plus (1%)
0.32 oz./9g Essential Oil (1%)


Put on gloves and hair net. Sanitize workspace, equipment, tools and jars with isopropyl alcohol. 


Heat Phase A to 170 F degrees. Keep covered to reduce evaporation. 


At the same time, in double boiler, melt butters, emulsifying wax and stearic acid from Phase B. Once melted, remove from heat and add paxaci and avocado oils. If mixture clouds, put back on heat until clear. Keep oils/waxes in 130-150F degree range.

When water phase is 150-160 F degrees and oil phase is 140-150F degrees, slowly drizzle oil to water mixture while mixing with immersionblender to thoroughly incorporate all ingredients. Pulsate immersion blender on and off, stopping to stir with the blender occasionally for 10-20 minutes. This mixture will be very runny initially due to its high temperature. To speed up thickening, refrigerate for 15 minutes, stir and use stick blender to break up and smooth out the film that forms on top and any lumps, then refrigerate again until the mixture cools completely. You may have to use stick blender one more time for completely smooth consistency. 


Add Phase C to mixture and incorporate with immersion blender. Test with pH strip or meter. If above 6 pH, with gloves add a small pinch of citric acid and stir for several minutes until dissolved. Test again and repeat until pH is 6 or under (the optimal pH for Optiphen Plus).


Transfer cream to clean jars and add lids.


Marla Bosworth teaches online and in-person formulating and business workshops for indie beauty entrepreneurs in New York Cityand throughout the U.S. She launched Back Porch Soap Company in 1998 and began formulating plant-based, organic and natural skincare products in her kitchen. Marla provides business strategy and product formulation mentorship sessions for beauty business entrepreneurs. 

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May 04, 2021

May 2021 Natural Skincare Formulation, Soap and Candle Classes in New York City

Natural Skincare Formula School Diploma Course

Our hands-on workshops are back in session this month in New York City. Join us for a week of evening workshops in our natural skincare diploma course, Make Your Own Beauty & Skincare Diploma Course, NYC - May 17-21. Or choose to attend just one or more classes that align with what you would like to learn.

Cold Process Soapmaking Class NYC

Classes begin May 17 and are held at 6-8:30 p.m. nightly in a private classroom inside Little Shop of Crafts, located at 711 Amsterdam Ave. in the Upper West Side of New York City. It is one block east of the 1, 2 and 3 trains at 96th and Broadway.

The following courses are running this session:

Classes are taught by Marla Bosworth. Marla has 23 years experience formulating plant-based, organic skincare products. In addition, Marla has more than 30 year experience in retail, market research and entrepreneurship.

Classes are held from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Upper West Side, one block from the 96th and Broadway station for the 1, 2 and 3 trains. There is also street and garage parking nearby.

These courses are perfect for entrepreneurs who own a business as well as for new entrepreneurs who are seeking training for their bath and beauty startup.

April 06, 2020

Planting Seeds of Support, Collaboration During Intense Times

Are you being proactive during this time and reaching out to business colleagues via phone, text or email to just check in? 
I'm working on planting seeds with current and potential business colleagues. I'm also reaching out to businesses that I made a connection within the past year or so to see if we might be a good fit for new concepts. I've scored some opportunities that are a win-win for both businesses.
I'm also sending out emails to my retailers, not to ask for an order, but to check in and say hello hope you and your family are healthy and okay. People appreciate it.
Either way, your customers and other businesses will remember how you chose to communicate and navigate this challenging time, even if it was just a phone call to check in.
If you are not, tune into the whys. It is understandable that not every entrepreneur is ready to "move forward." There is a lot of sadness and grief being released. There is also a huge energetic "pause" being experienced by many that could be a "freeze fear." This is not a judgement, instead a checking in of where you are energetically.
It would be helpful for others to hear what you are doing in your business. I look forward to reading your comments.
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