My First Soap Making Class
I had been making soap about 10 years when I received a catalog for The Open Center in NYC. I was looking through it and saw there was a class on cold process soap making. When I wanted to learn how to make soap, I went to my local library and took out a book on the subject. There were no classes that I could find in 1998. But even though I knew how to make soap, I signed up for the class. I figured there was always something new to learn. The class was from 10-4 on a Saturday. I walked into a room of about 30 people. In the room were three people who would become good friends, although I didn’t know it at the time. Deloris of Daisy May Natural Soap, Rosie of Brooklyn Bath, and our instructor, LaShonda Tyree the Handmade Soap Coach.
Once I was seated I looked over the class outline. We were also going to learn how to make lotions, creams, bath bombs, bath salts and body scrubs. Can I tell you how ecstatic I was? I knew this class would change my life. LaShonda was a wealth of information and was willing to share it. Her attitude was infectious, and I enjoyed her class so much I took more with her. The most important piece of advice she gave me was “Don’t be afraid to say “No, I don’t make that” to a customer”. It’s easy to burn out once you start a business, trying to make everything for everyone. She has a new way of saying it now, Build Deep Before Expanding Wide. Now that I have so many friends in the business, if I have a customer who wants something I don’t make, I can refer them to someone who can help them. But in the beginning, it helped to remember LaShonda’s words. Thanks LaShonda!!
Yours in Gratitude,