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19th Annual Alabama Soap Meeting

June 9 & 10, 2017


Kayla Fioravanti

Kayla is a wife, mother and award-winning author. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her serial entrepreneur husband Dennis, her three kids, three cats, six chickens, one dog and a herd of bison. Yes—bison! Kayla’s other tasks include helping out with the family business—Red Cedar Bison.

Kayla is a publisher, author coach and educator at her company Selah Press. If her name is familiar to you, but you can’t quite put your finger on why, you may know Kayla as the co-founder Essential Wholesale, which was listed as an INC Magazine 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three years in a row. Essential Wholesale began in her kitchen with a $50 investment in 1998 and sold for much more 2011. Through private consultations, publications and public speaking Kayla has literally been involved in thousands of businesses.

Kayla’s natural product, soap and aromatherapy books exemplify Kayla’s easy-breezy style that makes learning fun: DIY Kitchen Chemistry: Simple Homemade Bath & Body Projects and The Art, Science & Business of Aromatherapy: Your Guide for Personal Aromatherapy and Entrepreneurship and How to Make Melt & Pour Soap Base from Scratch: A Beginner’s Guide to Melt & Pour Soap Base Manufacturing

Kayla loves to teach, share and encourage other writers on their journey. These desires lead to the ultimate how-to book for authors: How to Self-Publish: A Guide for Author-Preneurs, 2nd Edition and Social Media: Platform Building Blocks for Both the Savvy & the Shy. 

Kayla Fioravanti is living proof that the mind of a scientist can live concurrently with the heart of a poet in one body. Her honest non-fiction books invite the reader into her heart and mind: Puffy & Blue: The Chronicles of Nine Lives Together and When I was Young I Flew the Sun Like a Kite and 360 Degrees of Grief: Reflections of Hope.


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Amy began her soapmaking journey in November 2002 when she was scouring the internet for ideas of what to make for her friends for Christmas that year.  Little did she realize that soapmaking would become a serious passion that led to building her business, Great Cakes Soapworks in 2005.  She peddled her soaps and other handmade skin care items at the local farmer’s market for 10 years, and continues to sell her products online.  In 2013 she established the Soap Challenge Club, a place where soapmakers from all over the world gather each month to learn a new technique and compete for a significant prize.  The creative aspect of soapmaking is what drew her into the craft, and being able to teach and encourage others to expand their innovative side has been incredibly rewarding.



















We hope you will come and join us at the 18th annual Alabama Soap & Candle Association Meeting that will be held at the Doster Center in Historic Downtown Prattville, Alabama! We have a link to the Rand-McNally website that will give you step by step directions to the meeting location when you provide your starting point.

The Alabama Soap and Candle Association began as the Alabama Soap Meeting in 1998 with 4 members, and has grown to well over 100 members. Join our Yahoo Group to keep up with activities like monthly luncheons, our winter gathering, and more.

We promise fun, fellowship, food, my three favorite “f’s”!, education, and some awesome shopping opportunities. There will be several vendors there from whom you can buy on the spot, and many of our generous sponsors will provide samples of new products so we can try before we buy. Put this event on your calendar now…. it’ll be the *must attend* event of the Summer of 2017! There are always several swaps in which you can participate. We promise you two fun-filled days of amazing speakers and demos. We have had amazingly generous sponsors who provide items for door prizes and for our goodie bags. I’m sure that they will be even more generous in 2017. Some of our vendors may offer specials such as free delivery to the meeting.

We’d love to see you there! Make plans now to be there, Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Early-Bird Registration ends March 31!  REGULAR REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 31!!