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.

 

Free Shipping For Soapy Mom’s!

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Great News for all you Soapy Moms! Soapalooza has a FREE SHIPPING EVENT from NOW until Midnight Sunday. Use Coupon Code MDFREESHIP during our checkout! http://www.soapalooza.com

Shop our Cold Process tested fragrance oils here, and get FREE SHIPPING!

(lower 48 USA only, 25 lb drums NOT included, and adjustments can not be made if you forget to use the coupon!!).

Halloween Special ~ $5.95 Shipping Event!

Green Pin Up Zomie and Hogwarts Professor of Wizar - 1682085136582Just Halloween Eve & Halloween Weekend (October 31 thru November 2 at Midnight EST)! Soapalooza is offering a Flat Fee Shipping Special of $5.95  for US orders (within the 48 continental states only). No code to input, simply select the $5.95 shipping option when checking out in the shopping cart. Easy Peasy! This shipping special is valid for all purchases in the lower 48 states, EXCEPT on 25 lb drum purchases. (sorry, regular shipping applies to drum purchases).

 

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!

 

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 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!

What Is A Cheap Thrill?

RedLipsWhat is a Cheap Thrill, and what can I do with one?

  • Our Cheap Thrills fragrance vials are an economical way to smell a fragrance before purchasing a larger quantity. This lets you save money and prevents you purchasing fragrance oils you find you really don’t care for. But, what can you scent with a Cheap Thrill? Each small glass perfume vial holds 1/8th of a teaspoon of fragrance oil.
  • Each of our fragrance oils is available in a Cheap Thrill vial also! Just choose Cheap Thrill instead of the 1 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz, or 16 oz size option!

A Cheap Thrill will scent:

  • A Perfume Roulette filled with jojoba oil, making a wonderful perfumed body oil to dab on pulse points.
  • A 4 oz Melt & Pour bar of soap.

 

  • A small wax tart for your wax melter.

 

  • A bath bomb (make mix, scent small portions individually.

 

  • An 8 oz jar of bath salts or sugar scrub.

 

  • A 4 – 8 oz bottle of lotion.

 

  • Add to a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag.

 

  • A 4 – 8 oz bottle of body wash.

So, even though the Cheap Thrills were designed to just let you sniff before buying, you can still use them for many creative products. Many customers blend a few and create unique fragrance blends.

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!

Fragance Testing Videos

SoapaloozaWORD-LogoOne of our customers did a YouTube video on the testing process of about 36 Soapalooza Cheap Thrills.  I thought you might like to see how the process went.

Ivy Coreen Bath & Body makes cold process soap, and as such, needs fragrance oils that are manageable in her soap mixture. She needs like to mix her soap fragrance in, and still have time to use color and play with design elements of her unique soapmaking process.

The first video is just a short one, showing how she is setting up her testing process. The second video is pretty long, showing each one of the Cheap Thrills fragrance vials and how they react with her soap mixture. This second 42 minute video is fun to watch and listen to, as her husband helps her, and they have playful banter. Both husband and wife have a running commentary with their thoughts on each fragrance and their thoughts on it, as well as both visual and audio description of the reaction of the fragrance oil in the soap solution. I believe she is using about 1 to 1.6 oz of soap mixture in each paper cup to ensure the same level of fragrance oil to soap mixture ratio as she would use in a full size batch.
Video 1 – Testing Set up

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Video 2 – Testing 36 Soapalooza Fragrance oils in CP soap

If you are unfamiliar with what a Cheap Thrill is, it is a small perfume vial size of our fragrance oils. We sell these for $1.00 each. We know that one of the most exciting parts of trying a new fragrance oil suppliers scents is the decision on which ones to try first! And imagining what they smell like after reading their scent descriptions. So, we introduced Cheap Thrills in 2008 to allow you to load up on inexpensive sniffy sized vials of scent … so you could smell them up close and personal before investing in the larger sizes. They are fun and exciting to get, and each one is enough for a 3-4 oz bar of melt & pour soap, or a small cold process soap sample, or a single perfume rollette (mixed with a carrier oil), or even a small single solid perfume tin. Many customers also barter them with others for scents they want to still try.

What Is A Cheap Thrill?

What is a Cheap Thrill, and what can I do with one

  • Our Cheap Thrills fragrance vials are an economical way to smell a fragrance before purchasing a larger quantity. This lets you save money and prevents you purchasing fragrance oils you find you really don’t care for. But, what can you scent with a Cheap Thrill? Each small glass perfume vial holds 1/8th of a teaspoon of fragrance oil.

A Cheap Thrill will scent

  • A Perfume Roulette filled with jojoba oil, making a wonderful perfumed body oil to dab on pulse points.
  • A 4 oz Melt & Pour bar of soap.

 

  • A small wax tart for your wax melter.

 

  • A bath bomb (make mix, scent small portions individually.

 

  • An 8 oz jar of bath salts or sugar scrub.

 

  • A 4 – 8 oz bottle of lotion

 

  • Add to a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag.

 

  • A 4 – 8 oz bottle of body wash.

So, even though the Cheap Thrills were designed to just let you sniff before buying, you can still use them for many creative products. Many customers blend a few and create unique fragrance blends.

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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Soap Calc for your Iphone

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