Update August 2021:
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:
- Smaller class sizes of only 10 students.
- Implementing social distancing.
- Elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
- Requiring students to stay home if they have a fever or are not feeling well.
- Requiring students and clients to wear masks during classes.
Update: We have added a second class for Monday, August 9 at 6 p.m.!
Make your own batch of cold process soap in this 2.5-hour, hands-on, in-person immersive soapmaking workshop in the Upper West Side taught by master soapmaker, Marla Bosworth. Students will learn how to use plants and other organic, natural ingredients to make soap from scratch using the cold process method. Each student will design and create their own batch of soap to take home (which equates to eight bars when cut).
What in nature inspires you? What can you share through a beautifully designed botancial soap to inspire others? It might be locally grown produce or honey from the farmer's market, wildcrafted elements from a nature hike or water from a river or stream. This is just a sampling from where we can source our inspiration.
What makes this class special? With Marla's guidance, you will create your very own batch of soap by selecting botanicals , colorants and making very own essential oil blend. Marla is keeping this class small to work side-by-side with you. You'll also have the pleasure of meeting other interesting and likeminded people.
Student will receive hands-on experience, an information-packed class handout with instructions, recipes and valuable supplier list and of course get to take home a custom batch.
What we will cover:
How to work with lye safely (you're going to measure and mix your own), how to formulate a great soap recipe, where to buy supplies and everything "cold process" that you want to know!
More of What Makes This Workshop Unique:
A small, intimate class.
Each student will bring out their inner alchemist by making their own batch of soap from scratch. You'll select wildcrafted botanicals as well as create your own essential oil blend.
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.
Bio: Marla is the CEO of Back Porch Soap Company. She has been making plant-based beauty products for 23 years.
Marla will share with you what she has been doing for a lifetime as an alchemist. It began when she was a child in central Illinois and would create infusions with botanicals found walking in the woods, forgaging in fields or in her parents garden. Later in life when she created her botanical beauty company she began creating soaps in Massachusetts and captured the energy of the Atlantic ocean and Cape Cod in her bodycare line. Then she moved onto Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she worked with the energy of wild animals, the Rocky Mountains and the plethora of botanicals growing in the valley.
Customers would come into her store and tell her how her products envoked memories of hiking on trails in Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park. They would hold the soap - some knowing and others not - that the vibrational frequency in the soap brought memories and oftentimes emotional healing.
Date: Wednesday, August 4
Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Course Investment: $198 early-bird through July 1. Regular rate of $248 thereafter. Course cost includes workshop, materials, supplies, ingredients and a valuable handout with recipes, formulation tips, instructions and a list of our favorite suppliers.
Little Shop of Crafts (private studio within the store)
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 nor credits on classes missed. If you would like to send someone in your place, please let us know 24 hours prior to class.
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