Labeling De Mystified Webinar Tonight!

SkypeLabelClassIt is NOT TOO LATE to JOIN us for our ONLINE WEBINAR for Soap & Cosmetic Labeling TONIGHT!  Join Kelly from Soapalooza tonight Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30 – 8:30 PM, EST. Kelly from Soapalooza is hosting this video webinar so that you can get the “Cliff Notes skinny” on Soap & Cosmetic (Bath & Body Products) labeling guidelines. Learn how to easily stay in complicance with the FDA, FPLA, and learn how to avoid making drug claims on your products.

You also get FREE Access to a shared Dropbox folder of over 200 Soap & Cosmetics Label Templates. Use them as they are, or easily edit them to fit your own products specific needs!

For registration for tonights LABELING DE MYSTIFIED WEBINAR. visit this link: http://soapalooza.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37&products_id=491This webinar is currently discounted $10!  (you can use Skype, Facetime, or simply call in via Phone!).

Additional upcoming Labeling Webinar dates are Feb 27 and March 9, starting at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST.http://soapalooza.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37&products_id=491. You can register NOW to reserve your slot.

Hurry, as SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 participants per Webinar!

Making Clay Masques

MineralClayMasqueBelow is a basic Dry Clay Mask formula/recipe for readers to begin experimenting with. Later this month, we will have a training module in PDF form on the website for purchase. This post here is simply a teaser, as the PDF has much more information, to include wet and dry clay and herbal masques.

This blog post only provides one simple dry clay masque formula, the PDF will include six dry masques, and five WET masques.
Wet Masques require more formulating care, as they can grow bacteria. Dry masques allow you to choose ingredients, package them as an anhydrous product to sell, and let the customer then choose the liquid to hydrate their masque materials. Often the choice of liquid to rehydrate with can compliment their skin type! Dry and Wet Masques, to include clay ones, are just one of the products we teach students to make at the Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp. Be sure and check for upcoming Boot Camp dates for both the rest of 2014 and Spring of 2015!

Basic Clay Mask Recipe:

Makes enough for 10 treatments

¼ C. clay of choice (suited for your skin type)
1-2 Tb. milk powders, ground oats, and/or cocoa powder (optional)
1 Tb. total other additions/herbs (optional)(these should be dried and ground fine)
4 drops essential oil (optional)

To Apply:

Makes enough for 1 facial mask

2 tsp. clay mask mix
2 tsp. water or other liquid (milk, aloe vera juice, herbal tea)

Directions:

Mix the dry mask formula and liquid to reach the desired consistency. Pull your hair back and apply evenly to your face. Let it dry for 5 minutes for sensitive skin up to 15 minutes for oily skin. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a homemade moisturizer.

 

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

KellyValentines14Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Soapalooza Boot Camp Coupons!

DoorMagnet1We have Soapalooza BOOT CAMP Coupon Offers! These coupons are good for any of the remaining 2014 Soapalooza Boot Camps (2 Day, 3 Day, or 5 Day) You can use a $50 Coupon for any upcoming 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp, the 5 Day Fast Track Boot Camp, or a $25 Coupon for our 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp. Just in time for Holiday and Fall Soap Making!  We also offer MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLANS!

Learn the science behind soap making. Learn the basic math skills so that you can troubleshoot your soap and design your own formulas. Learn about soap labeling. Learn to make Milk Soap, Salt Soap, Swirled Soap, Layered Soap, Pine Tar Soap. Learn to use Natural Botanicals for coloration, Learn about Dyes, MIca, Oxide. Learn the Nuts & Bolts of starting your own Soap Making Business. PLUS, all the tricks of the trade from a 25 year veteran Soap maker that used to product over $76,000 of soap a year as well as owner/operator of a Cold Process Soap fragrance supply business.

You learn the in and outs, from a veteran Cold Process soap maker, to include How to wholesale, and what you need to have an efficient cold process soap making business. You also get 3 months of email/phone support!  We offer a convenient MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN on each of our Boot Camps to make it easier for you to budget. And don’t forget, your professional education is TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

We have the best fun! I hope that you will join us in one of the upcoming Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 50OFFCLASS), or even one of our 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 25OFFSOAPCAMP).

Both Coupons are only valid until Sept 30, 2014… So HURRY and sign up!

 

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

KellyValentines14Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20+ year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp, Day 3

SoapaloozaBootCampStoreItemThe Final Day of Soapalooza’s February Bath & Body Boot Camp.

We started the day with Emulsions. Students learned how to make a Basic Lotion, graduating then to using BTMS for both Lotions and Creams. Students learned about the emulsion phases, how the percentages of water, oil, and emulsifier can determine the viscosity and after feel on the skin. We discussed both Good Manufacturing Practices and Cosmetic Preservatives again also, making sure students understand how important a cosmetic preservative is to a water based emulsion. Another class we re visited here was the aspect of Cosmetic Labeling for non soap products also.

Day2BBBCFebAfter lunch we created a Basic Lip Balm, and taught students how to alter and vary it to make herbal infused salves, whipped body butters, solid body butters, and solid perfume. One of the most popular items was the Comfrey Infused Dab Stick, a blend of Comfrey and Lavender that is moisturizing and soothing to the skin. We used both essential oils and fragrance oils for formulating all of the products we made during the Bath & Body Boot Camp also.

2014-02-19 12.55.00To finish off the 3 day Bath & Body Boot Camp, we made fabulous Natural Clay & Herbal Masks last. Students went home with a large Hau of handmade Bath & Body soap and cosmetics, all professionally labeled with our Soapalooza Studio Labels (you can download the PDF here:moisture-lotion-FINAL )

We have a Special Tax Refund Coupon Offer also! You can use a $50 Coupon for any upcoming 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp, or a $25 Coupon for any upcoming 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp. Just in time for your Tax Refund too!

We had the best fun! I hope that you will join us in one of the upcoming Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 50OFFCLASS), or even one of our 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 25OFFSOAPCAMP).

Both Coupons are only valid until May 15, 2014… So HURRY and sign up!

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Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp, Day 2

BathBodyBootcampWe started Day 2 of Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp with Sugar & Salt Scrubs. Students learned the difference between anhydrous scrubs & products and those that are manufactured with water. We made the Truly Scrumptious Sugar Scrub (this sugar scrub hands down wins the Favorite Vote from just about everyone that has tried it!), a Foaming Sugar Scrub, a Whipped Body Frosting Sugar Scrub, and Ogre Ooze, a favorite scrub that I previously taught in the Southern Soapers Yahoo Classroom.

2014-02-18 13.02.14After the scrub class, we moved into the topic of Cosmetic Preservation. Students receive a pamphlet of the various cosmetic preservatives available to independent cosmetics formulators, with instructions on what they do, how to use them, and where to purchase them.

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After working with scrubs, we moved on to Bath Bombs, both our incredibly popular Bombs Away Fizzing Bath Bombs, as well as Foaming Bath Bombs. We created several types of Solid Bubbling Bath Bars, Bath Salts, and Bath Drizzles, to include a Rose Milk Bath.

Tomorrow will be Day 3, and the topics will be Emulsions & Creams, GMP for Indie Formulators, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling, Clay Masks, Lip Balms, Body Butters, and Salves.

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp, Day 1

BathBodyBootcampYesterday, we got the Soapalooza Bath & Body Boot Camp off to a fast paced start… We started off with a Basic Soapmaking lesson, followed by a more Advanced Soapmaking process using goat milk. Our students learned to weigh, measure, and design their cold process soap formulations.

Afterward, we moved on to using natural botanicals in soapmaking, both in the hot lye solutions as well as directly added to lightly traced cold process soap mixtures.
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We additionally made a Black & Tan soap, including the foam!

And, not to be out done, we made Shiraz Wine Soap with a burgundy flame mica swirl.

While the soap batches were processing (one batch in the refrigerator to be processed in a Low Temperature manner, and another in the oven for Cold Process Oven Process, we prepared our surfaces for the start of Bath & Body Cosmetics manufacturing.

We would be spending most of Day 2 & Day 3 making an onslaught of Bath & Body products.

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Students finished Day 1 with a class on Discounted Water Cold Process, and Master Batch Soapmaking.

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

BYOB Beer Soapmaking Class Dates!

SoapLabBack in the day… say about 10 years ago…(or as my son would claim when I rode dinosaurs to work), adventurous soapmakers like myself often wondered what to do with the bits of stale ale left lying about after a party (yeah, right….).

There was this hypothesis that beer in soap might be pretty cool (and I was curious if it might cause an explosion!). It was also inspired by the idea that perhaps it would be a great excuse to bust the cap on another bottle of beer or two!

In any case, many early beer soap makers took extreme caution and donned appropriate hazmat gear, hauled their bucket and lye out to the middle of the back yard, and had the local Fire Department on speed dial.

Unfortunately, our house did not have any stale ale laying about. So, I committed the ultimate in alcohol abuse… I busted the caps off two brand new bottles of Guinness Stout, surreptitiously snatched from the stash of my slumbering husband (now ex husband).

Being expedience was of the essence, I did not have time to let these bottles of amber waves of grain and hops to go stale… nor would that be likely with me guarding them, fighting off the urge for me to take just one sip… and then another, and then well, why not just enjoy them both?? So, into the 1 gallon Rubbermaid pitcher this dark brew went. And quickly, before I could change my mind, the caustic lye followed. The billowing and foaming… stirred down while the fumes wafted up half choking me. The stink hung like a funk, evidence that no, Kelly was not getting her drink on.

After this rolling and churning funk of foul odor subsided and settled down, I proceeded to simply make soap with it as I would a regular water & lye solution. I scented it with my Acorns & Black Oak fragrance oil, as I had correctly suspected that no beer odor would remain after cure. My first Beer soap was a rousing success. Men loved and hated the idea of there being Guinness Stout in each bar!

I will be teaching a Bring Your Own Bottle Beer Soapmaking Class at least once each month. With the uptick of the many Micro Breweries, it is fun to make soap using your local beers. You can bring your OWN special bottle of beer to make soap with (or drink afterward), but we do provide both the light ale and the dark ale for the two soaps you will learn to make in this class. Just think… learn a new craft, have great conversation, talk about beer, and go home with your own soap! Sign up here! babyJesusBeer
Current Class Dates are:
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 – 3 pm – 6 pm
Tues, Feb 25, 2014 – 1 pm – 4 pm
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 – 1 pm – 4 pm
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Learn how to make natural soap using beers as your soapmaking liquids. Sounds scary? Well, with a few safety precautions you can create a unique line of soaps using pale beers or dark (porter, stouts) beer from your local brewery (or personal beer stash). This class will teach you the chemistry of what happens when you use beer as your liquid, what to expect, how to create a safe formula, and how to make these types of soap. You will leave with a 1 lb batch of both pale beer and dark beer soaps to observe while curing. This is the perfect class to take if you leave near a brewery and would like to market natural soap to them, for them, or to capitalize on a new product line. This class is such a blast! You are welcome to Bring Your Own Beer if there is something special you would like to make your soap with. Soapalooza does supply a basic pale ale and dark ale to make soap with… and SIP (seriously, “sip”?? Chug more like it) … so, join us and have fun learning to make BEER SOAP, and after you are finished mixing … sip what is left in the bottles!

Objectives of this 3 hour class are to teach you:

  • Hazards and safety issues when working with sodium hydroxide & alcoholic beverages
  • proper equipment and supplies needed

 

  • What beer can do when using them as soap making liquids

 

  • What can go wrong, and what to do about it

 

  • the basic chemistry of cold process soapmaking when using beer.

Prerequisite: You must be 18 years old to enroll or participate in this class. Please wear or bring a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed toe shoes to class.

Labeling Demystified Skype Workshop + Free Label Templates

redouteroseLabeling…. What, How, & Help!

Do you have a great soap or bath & body product to sell, only feel held up by your labeling? Not sure what needs to be on your label and where? How do you list your ingredients? Who are the Label Police? Would you like the Cliff Notes Workshop on product labeling? Would you like access to hundreds of label templates that cover everything from solid perfume, lip balms, lotions, hair conditioner, shampoo, natural soap, sugar scrubs, and even candles?

I used to own a full service soap company, that also made all these products. My BloomWorks Soap Company grew so large that I needed to purchase unique fragrances in 10 lb and 25 lb increments. Occasionally, I sold off some of my fragrance oils when I was switching to new fragrances in my business. When the Army put my family in a holding phase, my entire soap studio was locked up in storage… for almost a year. I had no place to make large quantities of soap for the first 9 months in Virginia! I started the Southern Soapers fragrance & supply business during this time. For a few years I juggled both the supply business and managed a handful of wholesale boutique spa accounts in the Virginia Beach area.

SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

/I don’t use my old BloomWorks Soap Company product labels any more… but I have saved every one of them. I have them in Avery Design Pro, Office Word, Publisher, and Office PowerPoint formats. After a few years break from manufacturing, I have found my old templates incredibly useful in setting up all my NEW product labels for my new Savon & Bain products. I realized, that often we just need a template to unzip our own creativity and get things flowing. I know my old label templates will give you that same starting point to create your own uniquely branded labels also!

On Sunday, Feb 23 at 7 – 10 pm and Wednesday, Feb 26 at 2 – 5 pm I am going to hold “Labeling Demystified Skype Workshops”. There are two dates in March listed in the store also. Those that attend will also be invited to a special label folder in my Dropbox so that you can access the many, many label templates in my stash. My labels are all organized by product type, so there are folders for perfume, soap, lotion, hair conditioner, creams, scrubs, balms, etc. You name it, it is there. All files can be downloaded and edited. Some products have round labels for low profile jar tops. There are the 1″ tall wrap around labels for the low profile jars. There are 2 piece front & back labels for bullet bottles. There are vertical soap band labels, and horizontal soap band labels. There are labels for every product BloomWorks ever sold!

SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

The gallery of photos at the bottom of this blog post show the many, many labels that I will be providing free with this class. There are many more. You can down load what you need, leave what you don’t.

In addition to the label templates, I will be teaching the nuts and bolts of product labeling. You will learn about what goes on the Primary Display Panel. What goes on the back of the label. I will be teaching about weights on your labels, fragrance vs essential oils and various listing methods. I will be discussing the “what goes in vs what comes out” methods of listing Soap ingredients. I will be discussing what the FPLA requires on your labels, the difference between soap labeling, cosmetic labeling, and drug labeling requirements.

Those taking this Skype workshop will be able to email or phone me to any follow up clarifications also. I will be directing you to various labeling resource links to get further education also.

Gallery of BloomWorks and custom branded and labeled products

SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

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SIGN UP HERE at the store … This class is $10 off for the first few times I am giving it! This is a SKYPE CLASS. You can do this class from your own home with me!

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and an Addiction!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page

We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Two New Soapalooza Studio Workshop Locations Coming Soon

Soapalooza is going to be having some studio classes and workshops in both the Petersburg and Richmond area, as well as the Williamsburg studio location.

SoapaloozaBootCampStoreItemI spent yesterday morning at a bath & body shop in Richmond, discussing having some FUN soapmaking and bath & body classes in her facility as soon as she completes a move to a new, larger location in the North Side of Richmond. That is going to be a nice, central location!
After lunch, I met with a Petersburg richmondmapbusiness owner who has several vacancies in the Old Towne section of Petersburg. He has the perfect place for Soapalooza to conduct both 3 hour soapmaking classes, full day soap workshops, and even a three day Bath & Body Bootcamp!  We are anticipating being in Petersburg at least 1 day per week for studio classes as soon as the space is completed and ready for us.

Meanwhile, the current Soapmaking and Bath & Body classes/workshops are all available at the Williamsburg studio! We are holding Basic and Advanced Soapmaking classes every Tues & Thursday! We have these classes available EVERY Tues & Thursday, just sign up on the website here so that we know you are coming!

Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and an Addiction!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page

We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Advanced Soapmaking Class / Workshop Feb 6, 2014


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