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for Wanna-Be Soap Teacher
by Lori Nova
I was asked by Donna Maria, of the
Indie Beauty Network, what tips
& suggestions I had for soapmakers who might want to
start teaching soapmaking classes. We did a mini
podcast together a few days ago, and I gave a few
tips off the top of my head, but the more I thought
about it, I had more tips to share than we had time
for in the brief podcast. So I thought I would do a
more comprehensive blog post on the topic of what to
consider if you are considering teaching.
More Tips from Lori Nova for Wanna-Be Soap Teachers:
So you wanna be a soap teacher? Where do you begin?
Here are some tips from someone who has been
teaching natural soap and bath & body product making
classes since 2000.
Start Small. If you have never taught these
types of classes before, get some friends and/or
family members together and ask them to be your
"guinea pigs" for your first few classes. They will
be thrilled to help! You can even charge a nominal
amount, just to cover your costs if you really need
to. They get to learn something new & take home some
great products, and at the end, have a feedback form
for them to fill out - anonymously - so they can be
completely honest. Teaching is HARD work, and not
for everyone, so starting small help you decide
whether this is something you want to do, and at the
same time judge the level of interest in your area.
Know your customer. Who do you plan on
teaching to? What are the demographics of the area.
Are there schools & a lot of kids nearby? How about
stay at home moms? If you have a current customer
base, or email list, survey your customers (either
in-person or on-line). Find out who they are and
what type of classes they would be interested in.
For instance, my target customer turned out to be
someone who wants to start a business. But this is
unusual, and a smaller subset of the market than
people who "just want to do something fun on a
Saturday or Sunday afternoon." Once you know who
your customer is, and what they want, you can give
it to them, and everyone is happy!
Consider parties. Related to the tip above,
the people in your area may be interested in having
a private party in your space. This may be a kid's
birthday party, a teenage girl's Bat Mitzvah, a
bachelorette party, a baby shower, or anything where
people want to celebrate in a unique &
non-traditional way. If you are renting a space and
have a few fun hands-on projects ready to go where
people don't have to learn that much before they can
get started, this could turn out to be a great way
to make extra money and have people find out about
Be sure you are protected (legally). If you
are teaching classes, you need a type of insurance
called "Professional Liability." This protects you
if something happens in one of your classes and
someone tries to sue you. You can never predict when
something like this might happen, so it's better to
be safe and get the insurance, than to be sorry and
to have one incident put you out of business
completely. Usually this type of insurance is
available as an "add on" to regular premises &
product liability policy. If you don't currently
have insurance for your business, I highly recommend
getting the insurance that comes with either an
Indie Beauty Network membership (a direct link to
their insurance page is HERE), or a (HSMG)
Handcrafted Soap Guild Membership (a directly link
to their insurance page is HERE). The same insurance
company/group handles both groups. The links above
will give you all the information you need,
including an insurance phone number to call if you
have questions. Remember, you have to get the
regular policy first, then request the "add on" for
Be sure you can (legally) teach where plan on
teaching. If you have a retail location, it is
most likely zoned for a particular type of USE. For
instance, if you are going to be selling your
products, it needs to be zoned as a retail space.
Luckily, the space I moved into 7 years ago was
already zoned as a space for teaching classes. It
was a dance studio, and the zoning board considered
what I was doing "close enough" that I didn't have
to go through the hassle & headache of getting a
"Conditional Use Permit." Simply put, I got lucky.
Getting a conditional use permit (at least in my
city) would have delayed me getting started, and
could have possibly made it illegal to teach classes
in the space I just signed a lease on. Moral of the
story: find out about the zoning laws in your city
BEFORE you sign any papers. This is especially
important if you plan on basing the majority of your
business on teaching.
Consider selling supplies. If you have extra
space and are purchasing your raw materials &
packaging items in bulk to get the best prices, you
should consider having at least a small section of
your classroom where you sell at least some of the
ingredients or equipment that people need to get
started. I have a *very small* corner of my studio
dedicated to supplies for sale, but I don't like
selling anything that has a short shelf life (like
carrier oils for example) - because I don't want to
have to worry about the freshness - and throwing
product old away that I don't sell. Also, since I
don't have a ton of extra room in my studio, I stick
with supplies that don't take up a lot of space.
BONUS TIP: You can also sell YOUR finished
products (soap, scrubs, etc.) to people taking your
classes. You might be surprised how many people want
to buy something, even though they just learned how
to make it!
Well, that's probably enough information in one blog
post. I hope these tips are helpful. Feel free to
post additional tips or suggestions to would-be
teachers below in the comments area. Best of luck to
Tips for Wanna-Be Soap Teachers –
link to full article –
Nova Studio offers the widest range of education to be found
on making soap, and natural bath & body products. While some
people take classes just for fun or to make natural gifts,
many of our students are interested in making products to
sell. The products that we teach people how to make include:
Cold Process Soap, Hot Process Soap, Melt & Pour Soap,
Transparent Soap, Liquid Soap, Large Production Big Batch
Soapmaking, Lotions, Creams, Facial Creams, Face Serums,
Facial Steams, Clay Masks, Mineral Makeup, Body Butters,
Bath Salts, Body Scrubs, Lip Balm, Bath Melts, Solid Salt
Scrubs, Sugar Scrubs, Fizzy Bath Bombs, Herbal Tub Tea,
Washbags, Healing Balms & Salves, Herbal Extracts,
Hydrosols, Massage Oils, Body Powders, Milk Baths, Natural
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It is very important
to make lotions and creams in a clean and sanitary
environment. Good Manufacturing Practices, also
called GMP must be used. Sanitize your product
making tools and area with alcohol or a bleach
solution. Use glass or stainless steel bowls and
utensils. To learn about the FDA guidelines for GMP
refer to the
A preservative system is needed for all lotions and
creams. A preservative system includes the
preservative, the ingredients, and the container.
Three Basic Phases
Making Lotion or Cream
1. Water Phase
The water phase
includes distilled water, purified or de-ionized
water, floral waters/hydrosols, vegetable glycerin
and other water soluble ingredients. Heat the water
phase to 175F degrees.
2. Oil Phase
The oil phase includes
skin care oils, butters, emulsifiers, waxes,
thickeners like stearic acid and cetyl alcohol and
other oil soluble ingredients. Heat the oil phase to
3. Cool Down
Phase 100F-120F degrees
The cool down phase
includes heat sensitive ingredients such as vitamin
E oil, aloe vera gel, some preservatives, heat
sensitive ingredients and essential oils. These
ingredients are added at lower temperatures. The
temperature range depends on the ingredients and the
filling method. Example: If the lotion bottles are
being filled by hand, the consistency of the lotion
must be thin enough to pour into the containers and
the cool down ingredients may need to be added at
120F. If a bottle filling machine is used, the
temperature of the lotion can be brought down to
100F to add the cool down ingredients since a bottle
filler machine can handle thick lotions.
1. The water phase and the oil phase should be
combined at approximately the same temperature
anywhere from 140-175F degrees, depending on the
ingredients used in the formulation.
2. Create a vortex in the water phase with a
stick blender, stand blender or homogenizer.
3. Pour the oil phase into the water vortex,
never stopping the vortex. For a stable emulsion,
gently blend for 10-15 minutes..
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Joan is a certified aroma therapist and herbalist.
She is the author of many “how to” books including,
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2 medium butternut
unsalted butter, melted
¼ Cup packed, light
1 ½ teaspoons kosher
½ teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 400
degrees. Cut off the ends of each
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and cut in half lengthwise – remove
the seeds. Cut the squash in cubes
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pepper. With clean hands, toss all
of the ingredients and spread out in
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Roast for 45-55 minutes until tender
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