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.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

stockxpertcom_id440246_size1[1]Happy Thanksgiving! It has been awhile since I had the time to blog. I was so busy that my mind was just not able to focus on topics long enough to put words on the blogosphere.

First, a quick update to catch you up (and be sure to get down to the ‘second’ at the end also!):

I went back to school to learn about Real Estate in June. For the last 4 years the idea of committing to a building on a piece of dirt, with me completely responsible for it, has overwhelmed me. After 35 years living a gypsy lifestyle the military gives you, the idea of owning my own home felt scary, kind of like having a ball and chain on my foot. The idea of not being able to call a landlord to fix the leaking roof, the broken heat pump, or other unexpected repairs was a bit overwhelming, especially after never really having to ever be responsible for such things! Also, the fear that I might change my mind and feel trapped to the location was also frightening. I knew I needed to do something to make sense of my irrational fears, and learning the ‘behind the curtain’ details of Real Estate was the only way I could fathom being able to ever buy a home on my own.

I also needed to see what the business world outside my home office was like. I needed to measure who I was. I have this business degree, yet I have never worked for anyone with it! I have always simply run my own business, fitting it around either a military lifestyle, or my family routines. I’ve set my own hours, and they typically are a moving target … one day I may work 7 am to noon, another week I may be in the studio on a 10 am to 5 pm basis. Another part of the month I may be only working mostly 7 pm to 2 am in the morning. Just depended on what my family needed first. I wanted to see what working in a typical business environment was like. To measure my mettle, to mentally do a cost benefit analysis of my time and worth. I wanted to see the value of my time as a home business consultant and internet based business compared to the 9 to 5 business office lifestyle. I needed to find how my business and business model compared to that of people working for others.

And while I have been an employee before, it has been a long time, and in the teaching profession, not in the business world. It was really important for me to learn if I was using my graduate business education in the most profitable manner, one that I could measure against a tangible standard.

I learned SO MUCH! I learned my business unleashes me from so many constraints that most of my Real Estate professional cohorts or business industry peers are hostage to! I learned the value of my time as well as the ability to be in control of how my time is allocated during the day/week, and how incredibly priceless that is. I will never discount that benefits of being a successful entrepreneur again! I learned how very much I AM indeed the Chief Excitement Officer!

The June through October Real Estate training was money & time well invested, even though I know this is not where I will be focusing my business energies. The training and office/field time has removed my fear of buying my own home! It has taught me the value & power of being in control of my time, and has allowed me to measure my business acumen against something tangible. It has taught me also how MUCH I actually bring to the table as a single woman in areas beyond the business conference room! The education and on the job training was in many ways liberating on more intangible areas than I could ever have imagined. Additionally, I have made fantastic new friends, I’ve gotten to know my community better, and I have a marvelous seasoned business mentor. I learned more than if I had enrolled in a semester of business Real Estate courses at the College of Williams & Mary or VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University).

I am planning to maintain my Real Estate license and use it periodically for friends and family needs, but I don’t see myself pursuing the profession more than on a limited basis or for my own investment purposes.

2015-03-28 09.15.59My passion and heart are still with the soap making and independent bath & body industry. One of the unexpected outcomes from my Real Estate training is that my fear about being  a manufacturer when single and on my own has also disappeared! I am going to restart my soap & body products manufacturing business again!  The Real Estate training took away not only my fear & anxieties of purchasing and owning my own home, but also the fear of manufacturing without that safety net of a Plan A (husband’s primary income as the back up plan)!

The experience matured me, gave me confidence, and increased my excitement to do what I love best!

Second, I have a series of topics planned that I will be publishing on the blog regularly again! All on either soap making, body care products, fragrance, supplies, my new Savon & Bain soap making venture, and well ..just my circumlocutious, saponified life!

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!

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 Fragrances. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20+ year veteran soap maker and supply business owner, consultant, trainer, and supplies wholesale soap for private label as well as Back Bar products for local boutique spas.

PS: We would LOVE to connect with you 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! Look for us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter as well. We would love for you to join us!

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!

 

Recycling Your Amber Glass Bottles

Amber-Glass-BottleIf you make soap, than chances are you have a stash of fragrant, but empty amber glass bottles. Here is a way to clean and deodorize them so that you can use them for fragrance oils that arrive in HDPE plastic bottles.

What you will need:

Dawn Dish Detergent, coarse salt (kosher, sea salt, even regular table salt will work in a pinch), hot water, a regular household dishwasher.

  1. Fill empty amber glass bottles 1/4 full with hot water.
  2. Add several tablespoons of coarse salt to each bottle .
  3. Add approximately 1 teaspoon of Dawn Dish detergent to each bottle.
  4. Cap and shake well for about 15 seconds.
  5. Uncap, finish filling each bottle with hot tap water, leaving 1″ head space. Recap.
  6. Shake well and let these bottles sit overnight.
  7. Rinse well next day. Rinse until water runs clear from each bottle. Set upside down in top rack of dishwasher.
  8. Separate the clear cones from the black caps. Place cap portions in separate sections of the silverware holder in your dishwasher.
  9. Run dishwasher on the hottest setting with the hot dry cycle. This heat will burn off any residual odors and fully sanitize your bottles.
  10. Set cooled bottles right side up to cool and allow any remaining moisture to evaporate. Do not use for several days to ensure any remaining moisture has evaporated.
  11. Set caps and cones on paper towels on a paper plate and allow any residual moisture to also evaporate before putting cones back into caps.

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!

Spring Fragrance Pre Sell Extravaganza!

Soapalooza Spring Pre Sell Fragrance Extravaganza!

We are excited to start our Spring Pre Sell Fragrance Extravaganza!

We heard you!  More of Kelly’s former Southern Soaper fragrances! We are returning quite a few this year now that we have our warehouse lease locked in for another 4 years! So, celebrate Spring with us as we return many of your former favorites. All these fragrances were developed by Kelly Bloom for her own use with her cold process soap making business (BloomWorks Soap Company) and later sold under her former brand Southern Soapers. Several of the current line up have NEVER been offered before also! Click this SPRING PRE SELL link to see the line up!

This is our Annual Spring Pre Sell – This means your order for this product will NOT ship until the Presell is completed, approximately April 1, 2015. Fragrances will be ordered and shipped as soon as they arrive in the warehouse.

Take advantage of the great savings of 15% off during the initial Presell these cold process tested fragrances. They will not be discounted this low again! Additionally, don’t forget that we offer a Flat Fee Ship rate of $9.95 for the continental US!

Each week we will be placing an order for several drums of fragrance oil on our Pre Sell line up. At that time, those ordered fragrances will be REMOVED from the Pre Sell line up… So, as the Pre Sell progresses, there will be less on sale to choose from! So ORDER EARLY in the Pre Sell so you get the best selection and the LOWEST PRICES these fragrances will EVER be offered at!

Fresh Linens (returning) Apple Blossoms (returning)
Red Papaya (New!) Carrot Cake (New!)
Chamomile Tea (New!) Coconut & Tahitian Lime (New!)
Chipotle Caramel (New!) Jamaican Plantain & Vanilla (New!)
Masculine Musk (New!) Indonesian Teak (returning)
Linden Vert (returning) Aloe & Yucca (returning)
Guns & Roses (returning) Yuzu Satsuma (returning)
Cherokee Princess (returning) Tuscan Leather (New!)
Apres Apricot (returning) Red Red Wine (returning)
Rosehip Jasmine (returning) Lemon Drop Candy (returning)
Havana Nights (returning) Click this SPRING PRE SELL link to ORDER!

 

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!

Thank You and Many Thanksgiving Blessings

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Thank all of you for your continued support at Soapalooza! 2014 has been a year of many blessings and abundance here at the Soapalooza Studio and within my own family.

This time last year my grand daughter had just been born, and come home from the hospital with my daughter to stay with me. My daughter and baby Sophia are now happy in the Atlanta area. My daughter & Sophia’s daddy had their own special Thanksgiving this year! I am Thankful that my daughter & son in law are happy, and that I got to help deliver Sophia at the hospital and have my daughter and her with me while they needed my home.

My son came back to live with me after some turmoil at his father & stepmother’s home. It has been wonderful to have him back here. He is in 8th grade now, and taking some High School credit classes, and I am so proud that he made the A/B Honor list for the first marking period! I willingly let his father have the chance to finish raising him, but am so thankful that I get to do this!

My daughter in Colorado has grown her soap business, Nederland Naturals, to a point that she is supporting her business and supplementing her own income! I am so proud of her also. I am so thankful that I could pass on the skill set for her to do this! I am thankful my daughter is strong and resourceful. I am Thankful that Robert, born early at 5.6 lbs, is a happy, healthy, thriving little boy that I adore.

I am Thankful that my daughter in Miami is safe and happy with her boyfriend, and that she is also strong and prevails over the periodic turbulance that occurs in her life also! She is my youngest daughter, and still making her way in the world.

My eldest daughter, up in New York, I am Thankful that she is happy creating the life that she wants.

I am Thankful that my loved ones are safe and healthy. I am Thankful that I am safe, happy, and healthy… I am Thankful that I am able to do all the creative things that pop in my head, create the Soapalooza Studio and curriculum, to share it with others that want to learn from my experience.

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!

My 5 Most Important Business Tips

SoapaloozaWORD-LogoThis article is something that I originally wrote for my old Southern Soapers forum in response to customers asking how I built BloomWorks Soap Company. These five things are what I felt were the most important elements of growing my, or any Soap or Bath & Body business.

I have updated this 2003 article to include not only Google page ranking aspects, but also social media that has since exploded, as well as some of the new marketing tools that potential customers with Smart Phones have at their fingertips.

Real paper and honest face to face time (even via Skype or Youtube videos!) are still the core to creating authenticity for gaining and sustaining customer trust though, and this is still a key component for these 5 most important business tips.

My five key tips for any business, regardless of what you might be selling are:

1. Pay a professional to do your website. It is an investment, the “E-retail” image you will convey. It is also easier to hurt the feelings of a designer you are paying, than hurt the feelings of a relative you still have to live with. It is easier to be demanding and exacting so that you get what you really want as your company image. You can get a quality website from many designers, as little as $300 to as much as $3500, depending on level of design, features, complexity, and shopping cart functionality suited for your needs.

2. Invest in Quality Labeling/Packaging. Get a good color laser printer and get nice clear, glossy, or matte waterproof labels. Your label and packaging will not only be your first impression made to a buyer, but also your foot in the door to many opportunities. Invest in the most professional presentation of your product that you can afford. Each labeled product is your company ambassador in bathrooms and homes all over, hopefully flung far and wide!

3. Front Load your profit margin. Buy fixed oils, essential oils, and other raw ingredients and supplies in bulk. 50% of your profit margin is tied to the buying side of your business. Money not spent is money in the bank.

4. Cost in your Time, and Work Smart. The opportunity cost of what you would be doing otherwise, in conjunction to what you would have to pay in wages for another to do it when you can no longer do everything on your own, is a good rule of thumb. Set your processes up so that you are using your time at maximum efficiency. Stop and review your highest expenses each month. Evaluate and streamline your time. That is where you will also find a large hidden profit center: Use of one’s time… Less time used means less cost per bar, in turn resulting in higher profit margin.

5. Market Yourself and Your Product. Start with products you love, believe in, and can get ‘Religiously Fanatical’ about. Beware of spreading yourself too thin, do what you do best! I advise new business owners to select a maximum of 5 products to sell (example: soap, scrub, bath bombs, lotion, lip balms). Push for the highest price per ounce that the market will bear on those products, so that when you do offer discounts, the ‘discount’ is really the initial price you might have been willing to settle for! Remember, you can never compete on price alone, there will always be someone willing to undercut you. Promote your products with a price that reflects their exclusive nature.

Build attractive Marketing materials. Even if you do not have an artistic bone in your body, you can find polished templates at places like Vista Print. Decide if you are going to be strictly Retail, Wholesale, or a combination of both. Choose a cohesive color scheme, logo, and “theme” for your business and marketing materials. This should reflect well what your products and business are trying to project. Create a business card. Develop a series of branded collateral (marketing) materials that include possibly a glossy, two sided company presentation, or showcase sheet, a tri fold brochure on your products, a post card that can be sent to special loyal customers on their birthday, and a sell sheet (if you are wholesale).

Use QR codes on your business cards and flyers so that the Smart Phone Savvy will use this function to immediately use them to “like” you on Facebook, sign up for your newsletter, and/or access a Coupon you might be promoting.

Use good search engine optimization practices; join the Handmade Soap & Cosmetics Guild and/or the Indie Business Network professional trade associations. Connect with the Social Media channels. Be sure to create links from higher Goggle page ranking sites that will market your product to prospective buyers, not just industry peers. The Handmade Soap & Cosmetics Guild, The Indie Business Network, the Real Handmade Soap Index, all have ‘authoritative’ Goggle Page Ranks of 5 or greater.

Generally the average soap website falls at 1, 2 or 3… on a scale of 1 being the lowest, and 10 the highest. Etsy has a 9. Seek to link with websites that have higher page ranks than your own. Keep in mind that forwards and redirects from your main index.html page to a /cart or /store landing will show a deduction of one full rank point from your page ranking of the /cart or /store website level, but that your website will still benefit from the overall network effect in Google Search returns from the higher index.html page rank score. You just will not get to see it due to the redirect. Don’t try to figure Google out, they change too frequently. Just concentrate on a quality presence in a variety of advertising venues.

You can go to Google.com and download the page rank tool and install it on your toolbar, it will show you PR on every website you visit, if they have a PR.

Last, I would recommend using customer testimonials, Blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon and other social networking tools to build and extend your web of network and social media links. Each link to your business in the blogosphere and internet creates a new interstitial connection to your business website. All auction listings, blog entries, and many public forum postings are indexed by Google and contribute to your website ranking. Create and Repeat ‘Talking Points’ in your signature files, blog posts, emails, and any blogosphere dialogues. Build your own news releases, press release, and online dialogue, even if no one else is ‘listening’ yet.

Gradually, you will increase in mass like a snowball rolling down a mountain, effectively creating your own true “Network Effect”.

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!

Labeling Demystified Skype Workshop + Free Label Templates

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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!

From Supply Warehouse Manager to Artisan Soapmaker

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Erin Laraine Groves, former Soap Slave at Southern Soapers

Meet Erin Laraine Groves, owner of Nederland Naturals in Nederland, Colorado. For those of you that remember when I sold my fragrance oils with my former Southern Soapers brand, you will have had many of your items poured, labeled, and packed by none other than Erin Laraine Groves. In the photo at left, you will see Erin in one of the empty BTMS drums, playing around.

Over the course of the first 5 years of my fragrance and supply business, three of my four daughters have worked extensively in the warehouse. During the Summer of 2010 and through the Spring of 2011, three of my daughters worked the warehouse at the same time!

Erin moved to Nederland, Colorado in 2012, had a baby boy (my first grandchild, Robert Burrios), and started Nederland Naturals in 2013. Erin spent many years watching and/or assisting me with my own wholesale soap company (BloomWorks Soap Company), as well as the Southern Soapers branded supply business.

Erin has her soaps in 6 stores in the Nederland, Colorado area as well as an Etsy store

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Erin Laraine Groves, Soap Pimp & Owner of Nederland Naturals

Using fragrances inspired by the city she loves, Erin Groves makes soap a new old-fashioned way. As a child she learned the process from her mother.

“My mother taught me the art of soap-making,” says Groves, founder of Nederland Naturals. “Helping her stir, cut and package soap bars is among some of my best childhood memories. When she retired, I continued to experiment with her recipes and invented my own along the way. I was always trying to get her to incorporate crazy things like wild herbs and botanicals into her soap, but she wouldn’t go for it. Now that I have my own soap company, I can add whatever I want.”

You can find Erin on Facebook here, and her Nederland Naturals Facebook page at this location. Below is a gallery of some of her most recent soap creations. Erin uses the Soapalooza  fragrances, which are the same formulas I used to sell with the Southern Soapers brand, in her soapmaking.


Awash in creativity, Nederland Naturals offers many handmade bath and beauty products, including soaps, brown sugar body scrubs, body butter, lotion bars, and natural perfume with prices ranging from $5 for a single bar/jar to $35 for a gift basket. All products are made with — and inspired by — local ingredients and fragrances.

“With all of my products, I strive to use formulas and methods that no one else does — even if it means getting really dirty. I love creating soap with a mix of fun, unusual, and natural ingredients for colorants and textures. ” Her top selling soap, Indian Paint Brush, is blended with local red clay. gingered Lavender is made with a beautiful French yellow clay. Other scents like Deep Purple Dreams and Pink Pepper Berry have fun exfoliants like purple jojoba beads and blueberry seeds.

Nederland Naturals

Nederland Naturals

She is currently working on a ‘specialty skin care’ line of soaps inspired by time honored remedies for problem skin, like green clay, pine tar, charcoal, and sulfur. “Everyone’s skin has a natural ‘soap prescription’. I love to work with base oils that are skin type specific.” Her ‘Spiced Pumpkin Harvest’ pumpkin seed oil and goats milk soap for dry skin came out this fall along with ‘Acorns, Amber and Spice’ shimmering shea butter body lotion bars. Look for her products around town in Nederland, Colorado at Dandelion, Blue Owl, Mountain Man, and the Co-op.

I am having so much fun watching my #3 daughter take off with her soapmaking venture!

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