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Natural Soy and Coconut Wax Candles

at Back Porch Soap Company - Upper West Side

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Upper West Side, Manhattan
711 Amsterdam Ave
At W 94th Streets
New York, New York 10025
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Marla Bosworth

What you'll learn in this candle making class:

This course is Organic * Cruelty-Free * Uses Essential Oils

Beginner to Intermediate Class

The holidays are upon us and it's a great time to learn how to make coconut and soy wax candles to give as gifts or to sell. Natural-wax candles are a wonderful addition to any indie beauty line or as a launch product. As you know, they add incredible warmth, fragrance and charm to any environment. In this workshop you will learn how to create candles in various sizes and containers.

Join green beauty cosmetic scientist, Marla Bosworth, and learn what it takes to formulate your own vegetable wax candles and massage/lotion candles (which are a great spa treatment).

Much thought and consideration should go into developing a line of candles. Marla has been manufacturing and selling candles for 19 years. She will share with you her knowledge of that extends beyond just "here's how to make a candle." Students will learn how to choose from all the available waxes on the market along with testing for the wick that works with your wax and container size. After this workshop you'll know how to make candles that burn safely. You'll also have all the information you need to starting making your own products to sell.

This class is perfect for newbies, spa owners, estheticians, green beauty entrepreneurs, massage therapist and for those who are currently making candles, but unsure if they are making them properly or need to troubleshoot wicks, candle burn, etc.

Students will learn how work with different vegetable-based waxes. We will discuss variations of waxes, including coconut, apricot and soy. They are all-natural and easy to use once you understand its preferred temperatures, wick recommendations and other tips that Marla will provide in the workshop. She will also lend her expertise in blending essential oils that provide a beautiful "throw" and aroma.

You'll receive an information-packed class handout with detailed instructions, formulas, formulating guidelines and a valuable supplier list that is worth the class alone.

Students will also learn:
  • How to choose quality waxes and where to buy
  • How to SAFELY use essential oils in candles
  • Wick variations and how to determine which work best
  • Beautiful containers and where to buy
  • Safe colorants
  • How to test for safety, proper burn and "throw"
  • Whether you need liability insurance and where to buy
  • Requirements for selling
  • Troubleshooting
  • Pricing for retail and wholesale customers
  • And much more.
We will make two candles as a class. 

You will take home:
  • All-Natural, Lotion & Massage Candle
  • All-Natural, Vegetable Wax Candle
This is a hands-on class. If you have an existing beauty business, or are launching one, you'll love how these candles easily cross-sell with the rest of your line. You will also appreciate their markup value.

Class fee includes workshop, materials, supplies, ingredients and a valuable handout with recipes, formulation tips, instructions and a list of our favorite suppliers.

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Refund Policy
A student may cancel within 24 hours of registering for a full refund. After 24 hours of registration, we do not offer refunds or class transfers due to our event rental space and travel situation. If for some reason our class is cancelled (this has only been due to major snowstorms), we will promptly refund your registration in its entirety.


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Question from Julia Z.
Hi! How often is this class offered?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Julia! Thanks for your inquiry. Based on the previous classes, this is being offered 2-3 times a month. As of now, the only date we have available is the one posted on this page. If you're interested in this class, you may save this class to your wish list so you'll receive an email when we post a new date. Thanks!
Question from Cheryl
Do we actually make the candles in this class? I thought it included that, but a couple of the reviews seem to indicate otherwise.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Cheryl! This is a hands-on class, you will be given the materials and supplies and you will make two candles as a class.
Question from Wendy
Hi, where are you located?
Answer from Marla B. Verified Educator
Hi we are located in the Upper West Side.
Question from anonymous
Does the course include any printed takeaways?
Answer from Marla B. Verified Educator
Yes. You'll receive an information-packed class handout with detailed instructions, formulas, formulating guidelines and a supplier list.

Reviews of Classes at Back Porch Soap Company (69)

(69 Reviews)
Natural Soy and Coconut Wax Candles
Reviewed by Metta M. on 2/10/2019
It was very enjoyable and the information was so valuable. Marla is clearly a pro as an educator and candle maker. I would be very interested in going to other classes she teaches.
Natural Soy and Coconut Wax Candles
Reviewed by Michele R. on 2/9/2019
I thought the instructor shared great information. She was very friendly and presented the information about making candles in an easy, non intimidating manner. I would take another class led by her in a heartbeat!
Natural Soy and Coconut Wax Candles
Reviewed by Pauline T. on 2/4/2019
Marla was well-organized and knowledgable about the natural candle-making process and the things to consider to turn it into a small business. My friend and I really enjoyed taking this 3hr workshop. We were inspired to make candles as soon as we got home that evening!
Natural Soy and Coconut Wax Candles
Reviewed by Daisy S. on 2/3/2019
Marla was extremely informative and I never knew I could learn so much within this amount of time. She is full of knowledge and I think she covered information that varied from different types of material, wicks, essential oils and even trademarks. All the information was relevant and applicable. I would highly recommend this class to anyone seriously interested in starting a new hobby or business!
Natural Soy and Coconut Wax Candles
Reviewed by Anonymous on 2/3/2019
Marla was amazing. She answered all my questions and more. I will definitely sign up for more of her classes going forward. Thanks again:)

School: Back Porch Soap Company

Back Porch Soap Company

Back Porch Soap Company, founded in 1998 by Marla Bosworth, is a leading school that educates in wildcrafted plants, aromatics, and plant-based, organic skincare. Marla is well-known in the indie beauty community for sharing her knowledge of natural cosmetic and soap formulation along with her extensive...

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