Saturday, April 4, 2009


Monday April 6th – Melt-and-pour soaps: Anne-Marie Faiola of Brambleberry (one of the soaping world’s biggest suppliers) will talk about melt-and-pour soap … what it is, why it works, how it is different than CP, additives such as herbs, GRAS, fragrances, Essential Oils, labeling, and claims.

Anne-Marie has been making soaps and toiletries since she was 16. Always acrafty girl (she knits, makes paper and handmade cards, and also rubberstamps), she settled on soaps and never looked back. Anne-Marie started selling her handmade soap creations in Chehalis, Washington at the age of 18 to the gift store Traver's Electric and continued to expand her clientele throughout college.

After college and a brief unsuccessful stint as a correctional officer, she founded Bramble Berry Inc. to sell quality raw materials (including butters, oils, fragrance oils and colors) to the soap and toiletries makers of the world. Now in its 11th year of business, Bramble Berry serves over 33,000 customers world wide and has been featured in magazines such as Women'sWorld Daily, Herb Companion, HomeArts, Parents Guide, Herb Quarterly, BetterHomes & Gardens Special Interest Publications and mentioned in Cosmo Girl, Teen Vogue and Allure Magazine. Anne-Marie has also appeared as a repeat guest on the Martha Stewart Radio show, Disney Radio and numerous TV shows, including DIY's Craft Lab and Home Shopping Network.

In 2003, Anne-Marie founded Otion - the Soap Bar to bring her love of soapmaking and all things bath related to the public. Otion proselytizes soap through classes, parties and a full sniffing bar and make-it-now soapbar.

In addition to running Otion and Bramble Berry, Anne-Marie loves helping outthe soap community through her instructional site and spends many hours every week providing soapmaking tips and answering questions on her blog

Happy soaping!

Visit Anne-Marie's shop for all your soaping needs~ and you can check out her blog at

Come to the Virtual Soap Symposium on Monday, April 6th at 5 pm EST.

Everyone is welcome to attend! You do not have to be a member of the team, but you do have to be a registered etsy user. The virtual labs are located here:, and our event is in the Gallery.

For further information contact Christina Seine at


Hansen Soap Co. said...

Will be looking forward to attending this :)

Sassy Soaps N Such N Always Crafty 2 said...

So excited and i marked the correct time this week and told the kid she has to stay at softball til the discussion is over. Thanks for doing these for all of us!

Anne-Marie said...

Very excited about this and can't wait to "talk" in 45 minutes =)

Rhonda/ In a Lather said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this discussion. Thanks for all involved for arranging it for us!

Sassy Soaps N Such N Always Crafty 2 said...

It was an awesome lab! can't wait til MOnday for the next one