Back Porch Soap Co. was founded in 1998 by organic beauty and skincare formulator, Marla Bosworth. She has been inspired by nature and the alchemy since childhood. She grew up in the heartland of the U.S., in central Illinois, where she began making her own tinctures and working with spirits and energies as a child. In her early youth she moved with her family to the awe-inspiring Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she began her deeper connection to the wisdom of the four directions and spirit guides in the mountains.

Marla now combines her love for natural, indie beauty products with soul destiny coaching. She offers consulting and coaching to guide individuals and businesses on their soul creation journey. Marla connects to one's higher consciousness and assists in guiding them on their own soul path by connecting to their own divine wisdom within.

Marla teaches classes and workshops worldwide. She has been making soap, natural perfumes, blending essential oils and formulating cosmetics for 22 years. She incorporates shamanic energy in her products through an alchemical process. 

Marla's love of retail prompted her to open her first store, Back Porch Soap Co., in the Boston area in 2005. She opened her flagship store in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 2013. Marla teaches alchemy, plant-based skincare workshops and wellness events in New York City.


Marla has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Boston media, Jackson Hole media and numerous other mass media and beauty industry outlets. She has been a guest lecturer at universities around the U.S.

Marla's credentials include a B.A. in English/Journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 1987. Marla shares with students her extensive background in product and business marketing, market research, social media and manufacturer consulting. As a Market Research Analyst for the leading market research company now known as Forrester Research, she guided product development with such Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Xerox and IBM. She now combines her intuition with market research training to pinpoint upcoming trends and market opportunities for the beauty industry.

Marla has more than 30 years of expertise in retail sales, business development, strategic planning, market research, product development and marketing as well as cosmetic formulation, aromatherapist and herbalist certifications.

Marla shares her extensive expertise in plant-based cosmetic formulation classes in New York City, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and worldwide.