June 21, 2012

Handmade Soap Coach (Handcrafted Soapmaking and Bath and Body Classes )

Handmade Soap Coach

June 21, 2012

I can’t believe it has been a month since I sent out a newsletter. I had some technology issues this month. My laptop of 5 years crashed and now I own a brand spanking new laptop with plenty of RAM and harddrive space. So no crashing will be going on here (fingers crossed). I have learned that it is so important for you to occassionally backup your harddrive. Invest in an external harddrive to keep your large files especially images, music and videos.

This month I was co-host for one of the #HandmadeChat hosted by Indie Business owner Donna Maria Coles Johnson. I re-capped the chats on my blog of the 1st two chats. The chat for this week will be on "How to Wholesale Your Products". Be sure to join the chat. You won’t regret it. You can join the chat here tomorrow at 8pm EST.

Also, if you are in the NJ/NYC area the NYC and NJ Indie Directors, Melissa Rivera and myself, will be hosting a joint IndieMeetup at the Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm in Monmouth County, NJ. For more information visit here. We are planning a few hours of Indies plus lavender plus picnic equals fun! Hope to see you there!

Next month we will feature Soap Camp the weekend of July 14th and 15th. See the list of class offerings for the weekend. Save $50 if you book both days!

#HandmadeChat: Re-Cap on How to Make Money Teaching DIY Classes

#HandmadeChat: Re-Cap on How to Use Milk in Handmade Soap

NEW at the BLOG

NEW! 6 Steps to Prepare for Holiday Sales

NEW! 5 Reasons to Join a Soap Making Group

Ask the Soap Coach: Help My Soap Stink

Wonder Working Lavender Essential Oil

Featured Student – Kim Jones of Urban Tranquility

Growing Your Soap Making Biz List with Technology

Helping to Heal Domestic Violence with Soap Making


Chemistry Lesson: How Soap is Made?

Is Your Soap Disappearing?

Tattoo Soap Tutorial



Check out the line up of topics and co-hosts already scheduled for the month of June. We are gonna have a chatting good time! Mark you calendars for every Thursday from 8:00 – 8:30 pm! See ya there!


See what the students are doing while class is in session!

Transparent Soap Making (4/18/12)
Lotion Making (4/1/12)
Body Butters and Whips (4/1/12)
Basic CP Soap Making (3/25/12)
Bath and Body from Your Kitchen (3/18/12)
Liquid Soapmaking (03/11/12)


"Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions " by Donna Maria

When I first started making soaps one of the first industry names I came across was Donna Maria Coles Johnson. She has been advocating for the handcrafted beauty industry for years. Did you know she started out making handcrafted beauty just like us with a passion for making awesome crafted skin care? I was so psyched when I saw she wrote a book and of course I have it in my handcrafted beauty book library.

Do this day (10 years later) I still see her book on book shelves in various book stores. I even get to say to myself "I know her"!

I recommend this book if you would like to learn in-depth about how to formulate various lotions and creams. It is a must have in your handcrafted beauty book library.

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Classes held in two locations
Pooka Boutique – 15 S. Essex Avenue, Orange, NJ
373 Route 46 West, Building D, Suite 250, Fairfield, NJ 07004

For a full list of current class offerings check the class calendar.

Home Spa Products – Saturday, June 23, 2012 10am – Fairfield, NJ
Liquid Soapmaking – Saturday, June 23, 2012 1pm – Fairfield, NJ

Basic Cold Process Soap Making – Sunday, July 8, 2012 10am- Orange, NJ

Advance Cold Process Soap Making – Sunday, July 8, 2012 – Orange, NJ

SOAP CAMP WEEKEND – Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th – Fairfield, NJ

SOAP CAMP Saturday Classes: CP Soap Cupcakes, Do It Yourself Product Photography, DIY Soap Mold Making

SOAP CAMP Sunday Classes: Soap Couture, Soy Candlemaking

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Interested in having the Handmade Soap Coach at your organization? Looking for an activity for your next Ladies Night? Request more information to coach@handmadesoapcoach.com.



Picture Submitted by student after unmolding soaps from a private CREATE YOUR OWN SESSION on swirling.

“Thank you so much for the private advanced lesson. I really enjoyed it….” ~ Brenda W.

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