doing the class, remember an hour and a half is generally considered
the maximum amount of time to keep a class interested in a specific
subject. If you need to melt your oils beforehand, do that to
save time. Do some background research on your fats and essential
oils so you can integrate this knowledge into the class. Open
the class to questions as you go along to maintain interest.
Be very careful and take full safety measures with your lye solution.
Doing a dry run and having family members ask you questions should
iron out any wrinkles in your presentation and give you a degree
of comfort that will show in your demeanor.
Make sure you take some of your
own products and promotional material to make available after
class. This is where you can make valuable contacts that make
the whole effort worthwhile. A basic handout at the beginning
of class should cover the soap making process. Your name and
website should appear at the bottom of the flyer. Take a wide
variety of soap with you and offer a special class discount.
You could even offer a secret supplier list for small fee to
those who want to start a soap making hobby of their own. Stress
the creative aspects of the endeavor and you will make soap making
friends for life. Also explain that many different creams, bath
salts, and body butters are offered by soap makers as complimentary
items to their natural soap. And each soap maker has a different
specialty. Especially with all of the exotic fats available nowadays,
you can develop your own niche quite easily.