This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Central Soapers Workshop, brainchild of Kenna Cote of Modern Soapmaking, and one of my favorite soapmaking friends.
I am so blessed to live about six miles from the meeting place at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where 58 soapmakers from the Midwest and beyond gathered for some fantastic networking, learning, and sharing. Simultaneous workshops and soap lab presentations took place during both Saturday and Sunday, which made it difficult to decide which topic to glean from! We also had plenty of time over the lunch break to visit vendors, talk shop with other soapmakers, and I even got to pick Tina Howard’s brain from Majestic Mountain Sage.
I have a ton of photos to show you, so let’s see which ones make the cut!
Chronological order, anyone?
The pre-party gathering at Prairie Soap Co. in Lee’s Summit, MO on Friday afternoon
Welcome to Central Soapers Workshop!
This was the first workshop I attended:
Demystifying Liquid Soapmaking with Amy Young, Foam on the Range
Now I feel confident to try this crazy process again! I know my customers are rejoicing!
Believe it or not, the next activity was LUNCH!
Work-Life Balance Workshop with Lela Barker, Lucky Break Consulting
Ironically, this workshop was supposed to be taught by Donna Marie Coles Johnson of the Indie Business Network, but life got in the way. Essentially, we discussed how there is no such thing as work-life balance. It’s about setting priorities and boundaries and then measuring your results.
During this time, the soap lab which was sponsored by Majestic Mountain Sage was also open:
Boxes lined with mylar for molds…
We used containers of pre-mixed oils with a variety of recipes, and lye solutions were measured into cups…lots of colors and scents to choose from!
Tutus and tiaras were the theme of the Soap Lab!
One of our Challenge Club members making soap in the Soap Lab!
All about Etsy and Farmer’s Markets with Tanya Rasley, Baby Duck Soap Co.
Amanda Griffin, Lovin Soap and Holly Port, Lotion Bar Cafe demonstrating the Peacock Swirl
Holly’s Peacock Swirl soap
Goal Setting Workshop with Benjamin Aaron, Prairie Soap Co, assisted by Kenna in her tutu and tiara
This was an incredible workshop, that led to me purchasing these:
His and hers notebooks for writing our goals morning and night. New colored pens for added incentive!
Perfumery 101 Workshop with Charlene Simon, Bathhouse Soapery
And the day isn’t over…AFTER PARTY!!!
Catered dinner to start us off…
Followed by games and craziness!
Potato sack race to get all the ingredients to make a batch of soap!
Ingredients even had to be measured – don’t worry, no one was hopping back with lye solution!
Ring Toss, sponsored by Wholesale Supplies Plus. All sorts of fixed oils, fragrance and essential oils, etc to win!
And finally, photo booth fun!!
Take us back to the farm – funny farm, that is!
Are you tired yet? That’s just the first day!
On Sunday morning, Holly Port was already opening up the booze for her Happy Hour Soapmaking workshop!
Holly Port, Lotion Bar Cafe demonstrating how to use alcohol in cold process soap
Next on the schedule was Kenna with her power point presentation of her e-book on Swatch Mania. Everyone who came to this workshop will receive a free copy!
Kenna Cote, Modern Soapmaking talking about how to make color swatches for cold process soap
Simultaneously, there was a workshop on product photography:
How to Get Money Shots by D.H. Riley, Madame Scodioli
You should check out the Madame Scodioli website – it’s super creative!
Of course, we had more time in the soap lab too!
Tina Howard, Majestic Mountain Sage, assisting a new soapmaker
My turn!! I made this fun soap with amethyst pink and venetian violet colors, scented with Wink fragrance – all from The Sage of course!
After lunch, Lela Barker gave us the low-down on how to get press coverage – for free. It was amazing!
Professional tips to landing some serious media coverage.
What a privilege to learn from someone who has worked so hard to build her company and is now sharing her expertise with others. Seriously, check out Lucky Break consulting company to get some great information and tools. Lela teaches everything she wishes someone had taught her to get where she is today.
Here’s the soap Tanya made to demonstrate how to do mica veins and swirls in her workshop:
Mica veins and swirls by Tanya Rasley, Baby Duck Soap Co.
And finally, we had the raffle drawing at the end. Everyone won at least one prize that was donated by our sponsors, and some people won two!!
A small portion of the prize table!!
Best part: New soapy friends!!
Me, Tara, Justin and Charlene (photo bomb courtesy of Holly Port)
So now that you know how much fun we have, make sure to join us next year! Follow the Central Soapers Workshop Facebook page so you don’t miss out!