2015 Conference Topics

See also information on our Keynote Speaker, Andreea Ayers who will cover "Growing your Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Business Through Publicity".

Swirling Made Easy

Presented by Erica Pence

This class introduces you to swirling. You will learn about the types of swirling and the effect of soap consistency and tools on your designs. See the step by step process of many popular designs, which are the basis for more advanced techniques. Learn pot swirling, funnel and faux-funnel swirling, drop swirling, linear swirling, hanger swirling, and simple marbling, plus combo methods. The Advanced Swirling class is an excellent follow up to this course.

AdvancedSwirling Made Easy

Presented by Erica Pence

This class dives into advanced swirling. Get a brief overview of how to use various tools and soap consistency to your advantage. Learn to juggle many colors and work within a time frame. Then see multiple advanced techniques. Learn to make zebra stripe swirls, mantras, hidden feathers, nonpareils, peacocks, bouquets, butterfly swirls, and more. The Swirling Made Easy class will give you the foundation for this course, however it is not required.

Melt & Pour Like a Pro

Presented by Arianne Arsenault

This presentation will help you break the ice and get serious about making Melt & Pour for your business.

You will learn how to get started to make Melt & Pour in larger batches and be guided on how to choose the right equipment and tools. Coloring, layering and embedding Melt & Pour in multiple 12 to 24 inches loaves made easy! You will also be given tips and tricks on wrapping & labeling the final product for retail.

Melt & Pour Like a Pro

Presented by Ariane Arsenault

This presentation will help you break the ice and get serious about making Melt & Pour for your business.

You will learn how to get started to make Melt & Pour in larger batches and be guided on how to choose the right equipment and tools. Coloring, layering and embedding Melt & Pour in multiple 12 to 24 inches loaves made easy! You will also be given tips and tricks on wrapping & labeling the final product for retail.

Hybrid Soaps: The Best of Both Worlds

Presented by Sharon Czekala

Create stunning soaps by combining Melt and Pour and Cold Process soaps and techniques. MP soap adds a whole new dimension to your CP soaps, allowing you to use colors, swirls and embeds in whole new ways. In addition, using MP allows you to use colorants and fragrance oils that morph or disappear in CP. This demonstration class will cover embedding, layering, MP swirls and using MP soap to anchor embeds and botanicals to CP soap.

Marvelous Moisturizing: Making Basic Lotions and Creams from Scratch

Presented by Beth Byrne

Lotions and creams are easier to make than you think! With just a few ingredients and equipment you probably already own, you too can create luxurious lotions and creams. Using oils and butters, emulsifier and distilled water, see how simple this product really is. We will discuss preparation of your work surface, procedure and packaging, as well as a bit about formulating your own creations. You’ll return home confident in your ability to whip up a marvelously moisturizing batch of your own.

Transforming the Face of Preservation: Peptide Technology in the Personal Care Industry

Presented by Kathleen Norris

Parabens and synthetic preservatives have been demonized by the media. Instigated by a research paper issued from the University of Reading, parabens are now associated with cancer. Although parabens are the most frequently used preservatives in cosmetics and beauty care products, the media’s reaction coupled with sensationalism have made these materials a now avoided, albeit it, effective, low cost product.

Changes within the personal care market, specifically, bans on different preservatives are forcing formulators to look at alternatives for their products. Materials such as alcohols, organic acids/salts, multifunctional additives (like caprylyl clycol) and natural flavors and fragrances are the proposed antimicrobials.

The problems surrounding these options are the lack of safety and efficacy data, instability and incompatibilities, supply and source, sensation potential and cost. We need to focus, identify and develop antimicrobial ingredients that provide effective, safe and stable options for formulators. Using innovative peptide technology with added cosmetic benefits, there is a new alternative created that restricts antimicrobial activity. Using Lactic Acid Bacteria, one can produce novel antimicrobial peptides, bacteriocins. These proteinaceous materials inhibit grown of bacterial strains and are structurally, functionally and ecologically sustainable and diverse. Peptide technology next generation of proactive, innovative and efficacious antimicrobial materials.

The Psychology of Color

Presented by Michelle Rhoades

Learn how to level the playing field with the big box companies. What if you knew which colors to use to stimulate potential customers into buying from you instead of your competitor? Understand how color influences customers to buy, information on what triggers emotional buying and how to increase sales based on color. Understand the psychology of color through chromotherapy and how to apply it to your designs. Learn how color can stimulate learning, perception, buying; how colors attraction certain buyers and emotional buying based on color. Tie in your branding colors from your website right down to your soap designs. Gain confidence when choosing colors, color pallets and combinations. Keep the color moving to create visual interest.

Learn about colorants, micas, pigments, and natural colorants, and how to:

  • use color and sell like a pro.
  • color blend micas
  • create color profiles
  • add natural herbs, flowers, powders to create new colors.

The key is to learn how "see" the color and understand how your customer responds to it.

How to Open a Soap Shop…Everything You Need to be Retail Ready

Presented by Charlene Simon

This is a how-to workshop on what it takes as a handcrafter to secure and run a retail shop while selling your products successfully.

You will learn:

  • Business Planning
  • Start Up Costs
  • Insurance
  • Trademarks
  • LLC
  • Leasing
  • Employees
  • Marketing / Selling