Plant-based Natural Shampoo & Conditioner Workshop - August 17


Update July 2020: Responding to COVID-19
Back Porch Soap Company is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our customers and students.
We are taking a number of actions, including:

- Elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
- Implementing social distancing.
- Requiring students to stay home if they have a fever or are not feeling well.
- Requiring students and clients to wear masks during classes and events.
- Providing a Zoom option for any cancelled/postponed classes.

Thank you,
Marla Bosworth, Founder
Back Porch Soap Company

Learn to make your very own natural haircare products in an educational, evening workshop with clean beauty cosmetic formulator Marla Bosworth. Marla has been making plant-based haircare products for 22 years and will share formulation recipes and tips for making natural haircare products suitable for your hair type. This class is for beginner through advanced. There is no prerequisite for joining the class.

Save yourself time and money by skipping formulator fees in addition to costly mistakes formulating these products. Marla brings these tried and true salon-qualty formulas to you in simple explanation and she discusses in detail formulation guidelines. These formulas have been tested and approved by salon professionals, former students and Marla's own customers. You may sell these formulas in your line, reformulate and tweak it, or produce the products simply for personal use or for gift-giving.

In this hands-on class we will discuss theory and shampoo and conditioner formulation for various hair types. We'll discuss the difference between Asian, African American, Hispanic and Caucasian hair. Next, we’ll discuss the theory of making shampoos and conditioners. Then we’ll formulate hair products: 

Organic Balance Shampoo ~ This natural herbal shampoo is very gentle and can even be used as a baby shampoo. No harsh surfactants here! It gently cleans the hair without stripping it. It is intended for all hair types, and gets rave reviews especially for black hair. We will discuss how the simple formula tweak for various hair types, although feedback for those hair types has been excellent as well.

Organic Balance Conditioner ~ The conditioner is fantastic for all hair types. We will discuss how to tweak each formula to your hair type. Black hair may want the addition of more butters and oils, but feedback has been excellent for this product too.

This class covers: 

  • Properties of plant oils and butters and how they clean and moisturize the hair.
  • Why we need surfactants and which ones are the most natural.
  • Why cold process bar soaps are not appropriate for hair, especially long-term.
  • Amphoteric, anionic, cationic and nonionic ingredients and how they relate to haircare.
  • How to create and use herbal infusions, tinctures and decoctions.
  • Which herbs, vitamins, extracts and balancers are available to use when formulating.
  • How to choose and incorporate plant-based essential oils into your haircare products.
  • How to formulate for oily, normal, thin, dry, weak, coarse and color-treated hair types.
  • What the difference is between synthetic, natural & naturally-derived ingredients.
  • Effective natural preservatives.
  • Packaging options.
  • Labeling requirements.
  • Recommended suppliers.

You'll leave with a sample of the shampoo and conditioner made in class. Students will receive a class handout full of instructions, formulations and a valuable list of suppliers.

Marla creates high experiential workshops - a holistic perspective of learning by transforming new information. If you've ever attended any of her classes you know the energy she creates is positive, supportive, educational and fun.

There is limited seating in this workshop, please sign up soon if you plan to attend. This class is taught once annually in New York City and always sells out quickly. Sign up today and get started making your own hair care products! Course price includes all supplies, formulations and class information and a samples to take home.

Bio: Marla Bosworth is the CEO of Back Porch Soap Company. She has been creating plant-based beauty products for 22 years. 

Date: Monday, August 17

Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Course Fee:  $168 early-bird pricing. Regular rate of $188. Class fee includes materials, supplies, ingredients and a valuable handout with recipes, formulation tips, instructions and a list of our favorite suppliers. 

Class Location:
Little Shop of Crafts
Upper West Side at
711 Amsterdam Ave. at 94th Street, New York City
If you have questions please contact us.

Note: All classes must be prepaid in full. Due to venue rental contracts and Marla's travel and accommodation commitments, we do not offer refunds, transfers nor credits on missed classes. If you would like to send someone in your place, please let us know 24 hours prior to class.

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