May 11, 2012

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

Handmade Soap Coach

May 11, 2012

Last month, my parents celebrated 50 YEARS of marriage! What a milestone! I am so proud of them. Can you believe that only 5% of marriages last that long? I know there were many times when things weren’t the best but they were committed to their marriage. Divorce was not an option.

Makes me wonder how more successful many of us can be in our businesses if we remain committed? When things go bad or rough in our business instead of taking the easy way out (divorce) hang in there and remain committed to making it work. I am encouraged to be more committed to my business through the example of my parents!

NEW at the BLOG

NEW! Wonder Working Lavender Essential Oil

NEW! Featured Student – Kim Jones of Urban Tranquility

Growing Your Soap Making Biz List with Technology

Helping to Heal Domestic Violence with Soap Making

Men Like to Learn to Make Soap Too!


Makings Sense of Scents

A Soapmaker’s Super Weapon

Indie Meetup: the Recap

Don’t Throw out the Rancid Oil! Make Soap!

New Year – New Agreement

Date Night!


NEW! Tattoo Soap Tutorial

Staple Soapmaking Ingredient: Palm Kernal Oil

Staple Soapmaking Ingredient: Olive Oil

Staple Soapmaking Ingredient: Coconut Oil




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.

To 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.

Body Butters and Whips – Sunday, June 3, 2012 10am – Orange, NJ
Lotions and Creams – Sunday, June 3, 2012 1pm – Orange, NJ

Basic Cold Process Soap Making – Saturday, June 16, 2012 – Fairfield, NJ

Advance Cold Process Soap Making – Saturday, June 16, 2012 – Fairfield, NJ

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Picture Submitted by student after unmolding soaps from the transparent soapmaking class.

“ Sooo proud of my translucent soap made at 
La Shonda Tyree’s class! It has a citrus punch fragance made with pink grapefruit, lemon and orange oils in a pineapple mold. Sounds delicious? ….
Reminds me of Colombia where you can hand pick your own citrus fruit! at the " Fincas" (Farms) or from your own backyard . Will keep everyone posted, about other results! ” ~ Gleydin G.

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