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Chief Executive Officer and President

Back Porch Soap Company

HQ Phone: (781) 934-8100

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Back Porch Soap Company

711 Amsterdam Ave.

New York City, New York 10025

United States

Company Description

Back Porch Soap Company was founded in 1998 by Marla Bosworth. She is an organic beauty, cosmetic and natural skincare formulator as well as a natural perfumer. Marla teaches green beauty formulation workshops in Colorado, New York City, Boston and online ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Founder and President

Zinbound Internet Marketing

Market Research Analyst

Forrester Research , Inc.

Affiliations

Member
The Indie Beauty Network

Member
IBN

IBN Member
CeCe Marie

Education

B.A.

English/Journalism

University of New Hampshire

Web References (88 Total References)


Meet the Team | Saponifier

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Marla Bosworth, Feature Writer

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Marla Bosworth
Marla Bosworth is the CEO and President of Back Porch Soap Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Marla teaches natural skincare classes throughout the U.S. and online. ( www.backporchsoap.com). She provides product, brand and marketing strategies for handmade beauty companies as well as retails, wholesales and private labels soaps and bath and body products.


Meet the Team | Saponifier

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Marla Bosworth, Feature Writer

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Marla Bosworth
Marla is the founder of Back Porch Soap Company, She teaches group and private classes on how to make natural skincare products. She also provides product, brand and marketing strategies for handmade beauty companies.


Check out our cosmetic courses and ...

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Check out our cosmetic courses and variety of business workshops taught by Marla Bosworth, industry beauty expert and CEO/Founder of Back Porch Soap Company.


Want to Sell Handmade Soap? Join the Crowd - The New York Times

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Marla Bosworth, the founder of Back Porch Soap Company, teaching a soap-making class. What was a tedious chore before the introduction of commercial bar soap has become a hugely popular artisanal endeavor. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times

A dozen women sat around a table at Little Shop of Crafts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan listening attentively and taking detailed notes as Marla Bosworth gave them the skinny on soap-making.
Over the course of the three-hour workshop on a recent Friday evening, Ms. Bosworth, the founder of Back Porch Soap Company, emphasized the vigilance that's required when working with sodium hydroxide, better known as lye, a key ingredient in soap. She inveighed against the use of palm oil because of its environmental impact ("I'm going to get on my soap box here for a minute," she said); likened formulating a soap recipe to building a house; and encouraged creativity.
"You can use anything in your spice cabinet for fragrance," said Ms. Bosworth, whose fee ($168 per student) included hands-on soap-making from scratch, in this instance whipping up two batches of shea-butter soaps scented with essential oil blends: one with lavender, the other lemongrass.
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"There's nothing like making your own soap - I love the alchemy of it," Ms. Bosworth, 52, told her students.
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"You can get started for under $50," said Ms. Bosworth (presuming that you don't pay for her class).
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"Soap is such a commodity," said Ms. Bosworth, whose website describes her as an herbalist, aromatherapist and energy healer based near Boulder, Colo. "You can find handmade soap anywhere."
But 19 years ago, when she was starting her business in Massachusetts, there were only four other indie soap makers in the state, she said, and just a few thousand in the country.
When the economy tanked in 2008, "I had a lot of competition all of a sudden," Ms. Bosworth continued.
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"But then someone else would have goats' milk, and you'd have to come up with something else to make you even more special," said Ms. Bosworth, whose response, for a time, was to offer sea-inspired soap, like seaweed and sea salt.
Now her company offers 10 varieties of soap, all of which she still makes personally. She charges $8 for a six-ounce bar, but declined to say how many she sells a year.
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"I make money off my soaps, but it's labor-intensive," Ms. Bosworth said.
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"You get up in the morning, and the smell of the coffee brewing and the smell of the soap in the shower are aromatherapy," Ms. Bosworth said.


Back Porch Soap Company: Natural Organic Beauty Skincare Formulation and Cosmetic Skincare School - Back Porch Soap Company: Natural Organic Beauty Skincare Formulation and Cosmetic Skincare School

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Back Porch Soap Company was founded in 1998 by Marla Bosworth. She is an organic beauty, cosmetic and natural skincare formulator as well as a natural perfumer. Marla teaches green beauty formulation workshops in Colorado, New York City, Boston and online. She is an herbalist, aromatherapist and energy healer based in Boulder, Colorado.

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