This year guest speaker was Donna Marie the creative mind behind the Indie Beauty Network, Indie Business Radio and of Indie Shopping TV. Although I was running late getting to the conference I did manage to catch some of Donna Marie's presentation "Enjoy Your Life! Build Your Business! Have Your Way!" She spoke about finding that passion that we had when we first started making soap or candles and use it to push us forward during these economic times. The love that we have for our craft can be seen in our products which in turn is communicated to our customers when we sell the product. She gave the example of an customer who buys candles from a local store chain. Although they may be able to get a candle cheaper, do they get the same customer service, or the one on one attention of the owner and maker of that candle?
I would like to thank Linda @ Mitchell Creations for allowing me to use her camera to take a pic with Donna Marie and for sending it to me!!
Other speakers at the conference included Tammy "The Mud Queen (tm)" Doering. She spoke about the benefits of using products from the Dead Sea and the natural healing qualities that Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud has on our skin. She ended her presentation by making a mineral peel that can reduce aging lines on the face. Which is a natural alternative to Microdermabrasion. Kelly Bloom of Southern Soapers reviewed the FDA regulations for packaging cosmetics and soaps. She also provided a demonstration on how we can color our scrubs and bathbombs with the new Soapalooza (tm) colorants without the fear of leaving behind a colorful trail (lol)!! Paula Kates of PJ Soaps showed us how to layer M&P soaps in a mold without having the colors bleed between layers. She demonstrated her technique by creating this bar for us...the bar looks so beautiful in person. Sindy from Sinfully Sweet Soaps showed us how to make a Massage Candle (She also put her time and energy to making this conference a success). Teresa Davis showed us how to build a surfactant formula to make a nice antibacterial foam or hand soap foam. A whipped soap demonstration was provided by Darlene English.
As you can see we were provided with a wealth of information. Along the way I was able to meet alot of my soaping buddies that I've met online but only knew them by their "username." I had a pleasure of meeting alot of new faces. I personally can't wait for the next time we meet again!!