Marla Bosworth is the founder and owner of Back Porch Soap Company. She teaches classes, corporate events and experiences including candle making, soap making, organic skincare and perfumery.

September 08, 2009

Four-Day Bath and Body University - Learn to Make Soaps, Creams, Candles and Much More!

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You've been asking for it, so here it is! This is an all-inclusive four-day bath and body intensive program that will get your current business or the one you've dreamed about owning off of the ground.

These classes are also available for individual signup. I'm offering a price break and lunches on all four days for those of you interested in the entire program to offset some of your travel expenses.

About Your Teacher: My name is Marla Bosworth. I'm the owner/founder of Back Porch Soap Company located in Duxbury, Massachusetts. My company was launched in 1998. Currently I sell to more than 250 upscale retail boutiques throughout the U.S. and overseas, as well as natural food stores such as Whole Foods. My professional background includes nearly 20 years in market research and consulting for small and large businesses. You'll learn from my vast retail industry experience, as well as my internet marketing insights. Come learn from someone who is "in the trenches" of a soapmaking business day in and day out!

Day 1 - October 1
9 a.m.- Noon Making Artisanal Bath Bombs ($65 + $20 materials fee)
Noon -1 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
1-3 p.m. Differentiating Yourself in the Competitive Bath & Body Industry ($125)
(This is an enhanced and updated version of the presentation I gave at this year's Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild convention in Palm Springs, CA.)
6-9 p.m. Glycerin Soap Making Class ($65 + $20 materials fee)

Day 2 - October 2
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Soy Candles, Diffusers and Other Home Fragrances ($90 + $35 materials fee)
1-2 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
2-5 p.m. Choose from: Natural Skincare for Babies & Children; or Natural Spa Facial Products ($90 + $35 materials fee)

Day 3 - October 3
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cold Process Soap Making ($65 + $20 materials fee)
1-2 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
2-5 p.m. How To Start Your Own Soap Making Business ($125)

Day Four - October 4
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Creams, Lotions, Balms, Scrubs & Sea Salts ($250 + $75 materials fee)

(Original Course Cost: $875 + $205 materials fee = $1080)
Package Savings = $125 plus complimentary lunches
Total Cost = $750 + 205 materials fee

Class is held in my Duxbury, Massachusetts studio. We are located just 30 minutes south of Boston. (Note: Traveling from NYC? One of my registered students is willing to drive/carpool back and forth from NYC and Boston. Contact me for more info.)

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Most of my students come from outside of New England, and many travel from overseas just to attend my classes. This summer I've taught students from Ghana, Venezuela, Nigeria, Peru, Philipines, Chile and Ireland. I'm happy to help you with your travel arrangements. Please email me.

Recommended nearby accommodations:
Hampton Inn, Plymouth, MA (15 minutes from my studio)
Best Western Cold Spring, Plymouth, MA (15 minutes away)

Closest Airport:
Logan International

Other Transportation:
Commuter Train MBTA Commuter Rail to Kingston Station
Amtrak Closest station is Providence, RI and Boston, MA. Connecting commuter train available from Boston.

Looking for private classes or soap business consulting? Send me an email and I'll reply with more information.

What some of my students have said about taking my classes:

July 29, 2009

We wanted to let you know that we loved all your classes. Every recipe, instruction, tip you gave us has a lot of value for our business. For us coming all the way from South America was absolutely worth it to sit at your table and learn from you. We really appreciate all your generosity and kindness throughout the classes. I am sure that we will have much success because of you!
Thank you very much for having us in your class!

Our best wishes, Ale & Fifi


August 10, 2009


I am remiss in not thanking you for the wonderful cold process class I took with you in May.
We are using the soap I made in class here at home and it is outstanding! My family has sworn off store bought.

I also made my first batch on my own! Had to clear the house of family and pets, but I did it. I am now curing a peppermint/with caraway seeds type of garden soap.

I am looking forward to taking a swirling class with you hopefully in the winter. (Note: She just took it!)

Thanks again,

Fitchburg, MA

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