Lori Nova Endres Answers Your Questions

I am trying to take the basic certification classes for soap making but having difficulty with math problems on the test.. do you do any consultation on just the math portion?  -- S.A.

Hi Sarina, thanks for your question! This isn't exactly in my wheelhouse, since it doesn't involve teaching or product making, but I have taken/passed both the certification tests for soapmaking, so I could definitely help you with studying for the test.

Before I suggest a private consultation however, I want to make sure you've seen & reviewed all the resources the HSCG has available. It took me a little while to find them, but they can be found on the "Certification Program" page (be sure you're logged in first) here: https://www.soapguild.org/members/certification/overview.php

On the right-hand sidebar in blue, look for "Soapmaking Certification" and click on "Basic." That will open up this page: https://www.soapguild.org/members/certification/soap/basic/basic-overview.php

If you scroll down, under the title "Study Materials" you'll find two links. One to "Basic Terms & Definitions" https://www.soapguild.org/members/certification/soap/basic/basic-terms.php and another to "Basic References & Resources" https://www.soapguild.org/members/certification/soap/basic/basic-references.php

On that last page/link, you will find a link to a video called "Math for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters" by Marie Gale that might be helpful to you: https://www.soapguild.org/how-to/make-soap/math-and-measuring.php

You will also find practice tests for each test/topic on the blue sidebar (right-hand side). The one for CP/HP Basic Practice Test is here: https://www.soapguild.org/members/certification/soap/basic/basic-cp-test-US.php

For anyone wanting to pass the test, I recommend you do as many practice tests as possible, noting/studying the questions you get wrong for further study. I believe the questions are randomly included in the practice tests, so the more you take, the more questions you can see/study.

Hope this is helpful! Feel free to contact me at email@thenovastudio.com - and if you'd like to book a video/phone consult at the HSCG discounted rate, you can do so through the my expert page here.


You mentioned in your podcast on figuring out your time for teaching a class you should send the students home with a "finished product" as in ready to give as a gift. How would you di this with CP soap as it can't really be unmolded an cut? I had tought about sending them home with a small "loaf" in a lidded plastic food container with instructions on how to unmold & cut it at home..  -- T.K.

Hi Tom, ahhh great question! When I said that, I was thinking about what we sent students home with for about 90% of our classes - finished products, nicely packaged & ready to use or gift. For soap made from scratch, that's certainly the exception & much more difficult. For our 2-day soapmaking bootcamps at The Nova Studio, we used to have a batch of the exact same soap (recipe, color, scent, & additives) all made & fully cured (ready to use). Students would get a bar of that & also a bar of the batch made in class (Saturday about noon) that was unmolded & cut at the very end of the bootcamp (Sunday about 5pm) to take home & cure. Having a batch pre-made & cured obviously involves more time/effort on the part of the teacher, but I love that students didn't have to wait to use at least one bar. For teachers of a single CP soap class that's 2-3 hours long (for example), doing what you suggested is the way to go. A small loaf type (reusable) plastic container that would hold the equivalent of a few bars, or you can also purchase clamshell type molds (that have a lid) for individual bars. I hope this helps to clarify what I said - and good catch... thanks for listening to the podcast first! ~Lori


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Phone Consultation with Lori Nova Endres

Lori is offering a significant discount on consulting rates for current HSCG Members interested in teaching soapmaking, or other bath and body type product making classes. Perfect for brand new teachers, or anyone already teaching classes, looking for personalized guidance. Lori is happy to assist with any part of the teaching/class process. This is a unique opportunity to discover if teaching classes would be a good way to generate additional income while doing something you love.

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During the session(s), any topic related to teaching in-person classes is fair game. For example, Lori has helped prospective teachers write class descriptions, figure out pricing, come up with a plan to advertise and market their classes, and even work on class handouts (outlining, writing, formatting, editing, proofing, etc.).

There will be a chance to communicate before the session via email or phone to help you decide the best way to use your time. You'd be surprised with what you can accomplish in just one hour! Feel free to reach out and connect with Lori at www.TheNovaStudio.com or email@thenovastudio.com

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