9th Annual Soapmakers Seminar

The Speakers

Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO, Bramble Berry, Inc.

 

THE POWER OF THE SLOW TRUDGE 


Overnight success – everyone dreams of it. But do you want to count on it? The fact is, those “overnight success” stories you read or see on the news leave out the many thousands of baby steps – The Power of the Slow Trudge – it took to get there. If you can master the slow and steady march, you’ll get where you’re going, and be ready for success when you arrive. Anne-Marie’s message on mastering the Slow Trudge will change how you look at success and what you need to reach it. In this talk, she’ll cover …

*Following your passion vs. paying your mortgage; yes, you can do both, with the right preparation and plan.

*The importance of the side hustle; how to use your day job to power your dreams.

*When to make the break; how to know the timing’s right to quit your day job and take the plunge.

David Fisher

 MINIMAL SOAP MAKING


Most of us have overflowing soap closets full of oils, ingredients and fragrances! Experimentation is wonderful, but not very efficient. This workshop will help you minimize and streamline your soap closets to make great soap…with the fewest ingredients. 

Chris King, Pampered Sisters


BUSINESS PLANNING FOR THE ARTISAN MIND


Chris will show you how to develop a business plan that buzzes,  financial plan with fun and flair, clarify your business values and goals, paint a picture of your potential future, understand the competition, and make out concrete actions steps by tapping into your artisan mind. 

Kathy White, Posey & Fern


THE ABC's OF FDA AND FTC LABEL REGULATIONS


Are soap and cosmetic labeling laws making you feel like ripping out your hair?  Let's break down that regulatory legal language and learn what information is a must, where it should be placed, and what formats to follow.  After a crash course of the "ABC's" or basic rules, we will break out into small groups to apply the rules to some label examples.  There will be timers, points, competition, prizes, fun, and ultimately some learning about U.S. soap and cosmetic labeling laws - and no hair ripping.  Handouts with website links and reference guide will be provided.  (This class is not to be considered legal advice; it is meant to provide a basic understanding and resource guide for soap and cosmetic makers to be able to format the content of their own labels for themselves.) 


Mindy Curnutt, Owner, Entrepreneur Kirbson Direct, LLC

BUILDING YOUR BRAND WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

  

In today's modern age, having a brand all your own that differentiates you from the competition is vital. People need to be able to recognize and remember the name of your company. They need to remember your company name so they can find you online, your website, Facebook page, find where you are, so they can reorder next time. But margins are thin. Budgets are small. Time is precious. How do you most effectively build your brand on a budget? And how do you do so in a way that takes advantage of what today's world has become? In this session we'll go over inexpensive ways to help build your brand, including:


*how to get artwork done cheap (logos, labels, flyers) 

*establishing regional presence 

*automation of social media coupon hunting for printing / business cards / flyers / posters 

*advertising online economically 

*cheap websites, shopping cart solutions 

*sources of free press & publicity 


Mindy will share with you how to make your tight budget stretch as far as it can while taking advantage of some modern & newly available solutions for outsourcing and bargain hunting in order for you to build your brand and get the word out about your products.

   

Melanie Brown, Serenity Soapworks

IS IT TIME?

In this presentation, I will discuss the pros and cons of taking your soap business to the next level – FULL TIME. I will talk about my experience of leaving my full-time teaching job to begin my journey as a full-time soap and candle maker.


MAVERICK - SOAP & SUNDRIES FOR MEN

Have you wanted to add men’s products to your current soap line? I will be discussing current trends in men’s products as well as demonstrating a simple shaving soap recipe using the modified cold process method. I will also include several recipes as a starting point for you to experiment and create your own personal men’s products.

Mary Anne Hughey, Chemistry Connection

HOW TO MAKE BATH BOMBS


Bath bombs certainly are one of the biggest trends in our industry today, but they can be tricky to make. Mary Anne will demonstrate how it's done so that you too can feel confident in making your own bath bombs to enjoy and sell.

Joanne Watkins

SOAP ART

  

The focus of this Demo will be the techniques used to achieve beautiful swirls in your soaps. 

We will discuss:

· Slow to trace recipes

· Emulsification and light trace for fluid batter

· Soaping temperatures, how this effects your creative time

· Pouring your batter

· Tools, ie: dividers, chopsticks, hanger tool etc.

Then we get to the fun stuff, swirling the soap!

   

The Workshops

BASIC SOAP MAKING 101 - Elin Criswell, The Country Soaper

If you are a newcomer to our beloved craft and need to get started, this workshop is for you!  Elin will explain the soap making process in easy to understand terms and help you conquer any fear of dealing with lye. In this hands-on class, each student will make their own batch to take home in a beginning soap mold. Come on over to the soapy side and make your first batch!



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SOAP ART - Make Your Own Swirled Soap! - Joanne Watkins

  

The focus of this workshop will be the techniques used to achieve beautiful swirls in your soaps. 

We will discuss:

· Slow to trace recipes

· Emulsification and light trace for fluid batter

· Soaping temperatures, how this effects your creative time

· Pouring your batter

· Tools, ie: dividers, chopsticks, hanger tool etc.

Then we get to the fun stuff, swirling the soap!



(10) - CLASS LIMIT!

HOW TO MAKE LIQUID SOAP - Jackie Thompson

Let Master Soapmaker Jackie Thompson take the mystery out of liquid soapmaking when you take her workshop!





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LOTION MAKING 101 - Chris King, Pampered Sisters

Create a lotion that feels luscious on your skin while protecting and nourishing it with rich butters and oils.  The right base recipe is only the beginning.  Learn why store bought lotions are tacky and do not absorb nicely into your skin. 





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BASIC PIPING 101 - Arabia Sabree

In this class you will learn simple piping techniques to enhance your soap bars, bath bombs, and whipped body butters to make them more appealing to you and your customers. 





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HOW TO MAKE BATH BOMBS - Mary Anne Hughey, Chemistry Connection

Are you ready to make bath bombs? In this hands-on class you will not only make bath bombs, but leave class with some of your very own creations.





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