Summer Workshop & Training Sessions

2015-03-28 09.17.07I am making a promise to myself to start posting to the Soapalooza blog more! Several of my webinar clients had no IDEA that most of my training programs are geared for individual instruction, that I am not a mass training farm. Not to brag, but I am an AMAZNG TEACHER, and a master at my subject material. AND, even more importantly, I LOVE training newcomers to our industry, or helping current members improve their craft. As the retail fragrance division sells down, I will have MORE time to TRAIN! (Most of our fragrances will remain available in the 5, 10, and 25 lb sizes as special order, and at the discounted wholesale size prices).
More & more I am hearing “What? I am the ONLY STUDENT during the session?!! You mean I am the ONLY student during Boot Camp?” Well, I actually prefer to train one on one….. I PREFER small workshop environments. I am a science teacher by profession, and I like making sure my students know what is happening in the soap pot, in their lotion pot, etc. If I have more than two students in a session, I feel it is very hard for me to give the highest quality education in my HANDS ON TRAINING facility. I remove the session dates after a second student signs up.
2015-03-28 09.16.58When you attend one of my studio sessions or one of my Soap or Bath & Body Boot Camps, you have my total attention while YOU are guided in my hands on training modules.You make a LOT of product in my studio, as if you were boot strapping your own business in my facility. You leave with about 35 + lbs of products from our 5 day Fast Track Soap / Bath & Body Boot Camp. You learn how to label, how to wholesale, how to formulate soap and cosmetics. You leave with the formulas we used in class, training manuals, and a committed mentor (me) to guide you along your way.  BONUS : EMAIL ME FOR A $150 coupon on our 5 Day Fast Track Boot Camp, or $50 off our 2 or 3 Day Boot Camps! Email me at bloomkj@msn.com   AND, don’t forget that you only need make the initial Installment Payment to LOCK IN your session date!
SO, I will be using the blog & newsletters to let you see more what is happening in the training sessions in our Hands On Soap Studio. ANd, if you are stil too far away to attend our workshops, boot camps, you can STILL take our Boot Camp by using the DIY Soapalooza Training PDF’s with some consulting time to get the lecture classes from me also.
Last but not least, I have over 25 years experience with independent small business soap making & bath & body formulation.. To include copywriting intellectual property, trademark & branding, wholesale product distribution. My undergraduate is Science Education, and my masters is a MBA. I was an Army wife that had to boot strap and suit case a small business for 18 years… giving me a unique perspective and business growth experience. You can not learn what I teach off the freebie Youtube videos or Blind following the Blind maker forums. What I teach is a hands on experience as if you are making my very own products.
I can help you with the same turn key business plan that I taught my own daughter and many other soap/bath & Body formulations. How to avoid some of the most common micro business building mistakes, to help you make soap like a 20 year veteran in 3 months, and how to work SMART and not just HARD. So, I AM going to toot my own horn a little. I have forgotten more about our business than many out there claiming to know actually do know. Here is your chance to learn from an industry expert on a very one on one, at most ever two on one training experience. I do NOT run boot camps with more than 2 students at a session, which gives YOU a more quality experience. I am told I am the ONLY facility in the USA that offers this low student teacher ratio.

 

The Studio has new paint!

2015-03-28 09.15.48 2015-03-28 09.15.59 2015-03-28 09.16.25 2015-03-28 09.16.58 2015-03-28 09.17.07I spent last week painting Soapalooza Studio with fun, inspiring paint! We stained the floor, and added vibrant curtains! The lease is locked in for the next 4 years, hurray!

I waited until the lease was locked in to do the redecorating, and then it was a rush to get it all done in time for the Saturday VA Area Soap and Bath & Body Products Meet Up. It was the first meet & greet, so I wanted the Studio to look fantastic.

We had four people show up on this first event, and it was fun! One attendee also had contracted for a Wine Soap Making Class directly after the Meet Up also.

Later in April, a handyman is coming to construct a cabinet and shelf system around the two areas that house mechanical devices for the facility. Can’t move them, so we will encase them so we can show off the space more effectively. Also, an electrician comes and rewires, or ‘tones’ the electrical outlets so we have more places to plug in at! Hurray!

Don’t forget about the current Spring Fragrance Pre Sale… all these fragrances are returning to my fragrance library. The sooner we complete these, the sooner the next batch of my fragrances to return also! The June line up will include several long awaited fragrance oils of mine also! All Pre Sale fragrances are offered at at 15% discount over their regular retail prices, and will NEVER be offered this low again.

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!

KellyJan2014Kelly 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!

 

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!

Old Soapers Never Die

soapmakersignIt is true, old soap makers never die, we just saponify.

After being a professional soap maker for more than 25 years, I find that I still see my world through a unique set of lenses. I even look at my life now, single and 50+ as an amalgam, or a saponification of the many previous elements of my life. Now all blended into something new and, if I may say so myself, even better.

I no longer operate my natural soap business, nor do i operate the full service soap supply company that I used to (Southern Soapers). But, the soap world still beckons me. I still get that itch to make soap, handing them out as gifts to friends. I don’t want the commitment of running a soap company anymore, so sometimes my friends flee when they see me coming with the bag, much as the neighbors flee from the gardener that passes out the zucchini and tomatoes each year!

My solution for my creative needs was to develop the Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio. A place where new soap makers, or those hoping to become soap makers, could come to train and learn about the Indie Beauty and Natural Soap industry. I love weaving in the science of what my students are learning, in a way that is easy for them to grasp. Who knew that when I got my Science Education teaching degree, that I would be using it for the purposes that I do?  I adore getting to share soap making secrets, and explaining why they work, to my students.

Additionally, since the backbone of Southern Soapers Supply was the cold process compatible fragrance oils I had developed for my own natural soap business, I also still distribute these fragrances oils through the Soapalooza webstore. These are the same cosmetic grade fragrance oils I used to use in BloomWorks Natural Soap Company, but also sold through Southern Soapers, and still use today in our Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio.

I am having the time of my life also! I have gotten to teach some amazing people the science, art, and skill of being fabulous soap makers!

Birthday Party Ideas for Kids!

PrintYesterday I was processing files from over 10 years worth of teaching various types of soap and cosmetics classes in my forums and private consulting. Materials spread out over three hard drives and 8 thumb drives! It has been something I’ve been planning to tackle for a few years. Consolidation and compilation of all my soap and cosmetics training materials!

The daunting part is tying not to confuse myself between open file folders across the couple of thumb drives a particular document might be re-saved with a different date! Thank goodness I had the foresight to actually date my files when I saved them on a new location!

Not everyone can manage to come spend a day or two with Kelly, sadly!  I would love to have you all here, laughing and cutting up as we make soap or cosmetics together. But I realize that with jobs, family, and expenses of being away from your own businesses, that often training workshops are not easy to get away and attend.

The Soapalooza 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp, and the Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp are doing phenomenally! These workshops have been SO MUCH FUN to give and participate in! I will be adding a weekend session for both each month, straddling the holiday’s that teachers and students are off from school also!

The Skype Classes are also fun! We have had a huge response to the Labeling De Mystified Conference Call / Skype format class. I will adding my Preservative Class next to the Skype format, as well as the PDF Training format.

For those that just can not attend our classes and workshops, I have started uploading workshops and training materials as PDF’s that students can purchase and download. All the PDF Training products will be located in the Soapalooza E-University store category.

The first PDF Training document for sale in the store is the Master Batch Soap Making Techniques. It includes the slides from the 2010 HSCG Conference presentation I did in Denver, Colorado, as well as 14 pages of step by step instructions on setting up your soap production to handle several thousand bars of soap manufacturing per week. The PDF includes how to master batch your lye solution, soap formula, how to adjust your lye solutions, and many more Master Batch Technique tips.

soapalooza_inviteI had an other brainstorm too! I have a really cool PDF Birthday Party Invitation from when Soapalooza hosted children’s Birthday Parties at our Hampton, VA retail store.

I learned that after 5 children of my own, it is more fun to teach mothers to orchestrate their own children’s Birthday Parties than me doing it in the studio or at their homes! So, I am making the Soapalooza Birthday Party Invitation Fillable PDF available FREE on the Soapalooza website! You can put it in the shopping cart and then you can download it for free. The really cool thing about this PDF is that you can EDIT it with your child’s name and party location, then print it. You can download the PDF, save it to your computer, and use it and share it!

NicholasBday1bOver the next few days I will be adding a few fun ideas for Birthday Party soap activities also! Your children and their friends will be fighting to get into the tub first!

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 soap making 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 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.

We cleaned up the studio for lunch break, returning 2014-02-19 14.24.57later to start in

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!