Sunday, January 17, 2016


Here it is!!! Registration information!!!!

The 2016 Ohio Soapers Conference, "IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BUBBLES" (this year's theme) is scheduled to be held April 16, 9 am to 4:30 pm at the beautiful Clark State campus on Leffel Lane, Springfield Ohio. The conference is open to soapers of all levels and abilities. There will be something for all!

Everyone will receive a goodie bag upon entering and be tempted with morning refreshments. During the jam-packed day, you will be treated AMAZING speakers including Cathy McGinnis (Soaping 101), Holly Port (the Bath Bomb Queen w/her book), and Debbie May (Wholesales Supplies Plus), vendors, possible pre-buys, new and improved swaps, a de-stash area, a great lunch, games, door prizes and MUCH more!!! You WON’T be disappointed!!!

Of course, you MUST be registered. Registration will be $45 per person. HOWEVER, we are offering an early-bubble special for FIVE DAYS ONLY!!! If you send, using USPS (US postal service), your registration and check or money order, postmarked by Thursday Jan. 21, you will only pay $40. Please include: Your name (including what you want on your name tag), your soap biz name (if you have one), your email address, the county you live in and how long you have been soaping. Send your registration and checks to Margaret Neff, 3424 Harbison Rd, Cedarville OH 45314. 

We guarantee you will get your money’s worth at the conference. Remember to save $5 per person, you MUST have it postmarked by Thursday Jan 21. You will receive an email confirming registration. Send questions /concerns to
Hope to see YOU there!!!

The 2016 Hostess Committee,
Lynne, Robin and Margaret

Friday, January 08, 2016

It's ALL About the Bubbles!!!

Yes it's that time again to start thinking about the annual Ohio Soapers conference, because WE have been!!!  Lynne, Robin and I have been working for the past year to make this gathering one to be remembered! Many things will have changed. Remember, change is good. That is how we grow and learn.  The conference will be held April 16, 2016 from 9-4:30.

The theme of the conference is 'It's ALL About the Bubbles'!  You will see that theme used all day. So keep it in mind when thinking about the bar soap swap and EVEN what you will wear!  There will be prizes and games all day!  We have AMAZING speakers lined up. The food is already ordered and promises to be delicious. We have ordered audio/visual equipment to insure everyone can hear and see. THIS year, we are excited to announce that there  will be a separate drawing for a GRAND PRIZE! And everyone can earn extra ticket just by 'joining' the Facebook page, Ohio Soapers 2016 Conference. AND we offer occasional extra ways to earn tickets! But don't worry, if you don't want to join FB, everyone will get a ticket with registration.

So plan your trip to Springfield, Ohio, April 16, to the beautiful campus of Clark State Community College. There are a number of CLOSE hotels, it is just off I70, and there is plenty of parking!

Registration begins soon, so watch for that announcement!  Questions or concerns? email us at 

Lynne Akalin, Robin Hasty and Margaret Neff

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Demo Schedule!

Preliminary Demo schedule - we still have space for a couple of demos, if
anybody would like!

Preliminary Schedule (all times should have “-ish” afterwards – we’re fairly
relaxed about schedules)
9:00 Meet & Greet
9:30 Creative M&P (and color/scent theory) - Debbie May of WSSP
10:30 – Soapmaking 101 – Sharon Czekala
11:00 – CP Peacock Swirl – Kristy Schemrich
11:30 open!
12:00 – 1:00 lunch
1:00 Swap
1:30 The New All Purpose Melter – Brandy McClurg of Soap Equipment .com
2:00 Sugar Scrub and Soap Frosting - Debbie May of WSSP
2:30 open!
3:00 Door Prizes

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nature's Garden!

Natures Garden is going to be attending the gathering! They're taking preorders!

"We will be bringing our new Candy & Caribbean Fragrance Line, and all 828 sniffy samples of our fragrances.
We will also be accepting pre-orders that we will deliver to the event on May 16th. These pre-orders need to be placed no later than May 14th. Orders must be paid in full when placing order. Then, in the special instructions comments area they should write the following: "Please deliver to the Ohio Soapers Gathering." We will credit them for the shipping they paid, and give them 10% off their entire order. We will then deliver those orders to the gathering." Our website is " .

Wednesday, April 22, 2015! will be returning as a vendor this year!

Essential Depot!

Prebuy for Essential Depot!

"Essential Depot will be accepting pre-buys for the May 16th Show. We will accept orders until May 6th, as the truck is scheduled to leave Sebring, Friday, May 8th. These orders can be pre-paid when placed or paid with check, cash, or credit card at time of pick up. When ordering people simply check the box for local pick up. When email confirmation is received they will respond by saying that the order is for pick up at the Ohio Show. We would like to limit individual orders to 300#, so we know we'll have room on the truck for products to sell."

Columbus Candle Supply!

We have a new vendor coming this year - please welcome Columbus Candle Supply! They are accepting preorders for delivery at the gathering!

Sunday, March 29, 2015



We will have box lunches from Honeybaked Ham. Please email me with your lunch choices (sandwich and side, or salad) at (If there any any changes that need to be made, please let me know - they can customize sandwiches and salads)

Lunches will include either a sandwich or an entree salad. Sandwich lunches include a side or chips; all lunches include a chocolate chip cookie.

Deluxe Honey Spice BLT
HoneyBaked Signature Honey Spice Bacon with Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo on honey kissed Hawaiian Bread

Deluxe HoneyBaked Deli Classic
HoneyBaked Ham, Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Honey Mustard on Marble Rye

Deluxe Smoked Apple Turkey
HoneyBaked Sliced & Glazed Smoked Turkey Breast, juicy red delicious apples and crispy leaf lettuce topped with sharp and creamy sauce on a fresh bakery roll.

Deluxe Deli Stacker
HoneyBaked Ham, HoneyBaked Smoked Turkey, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard mayo on a fresh artisan bakery roll

Deluxe Hoagie Italiano
HoneyBaked Ham, HoneyBaked Roasted Turkey, genoa salami, provolone cheese, spring mix, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette and tangy mayo on a fresh artisan bakery roll

Deluxe HoneyBaked Turkey Classic
HoneyBaked Roasted Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Tangy Mayo and Honey Mustard on a Fresh Baker's Roll

Deluxe Veggie Delight
Swiss and Cheddar Cheese, Red Onions, Buttermilk Ranch, cucumber, Lettuce and Tomato on Fresh Multigrain Bread

Deluxe Ham Salad Sandwich
Freshly made HoneyBaked Ham Salad, Lettuce and Tomato on Marble Rye

Deluxe Chicken Salad Sandwich
Homemade with 100% all white meat chicken breast, grapes, lettuce and tomato and served on a flaky Croissant

HoneyBaked Chef Salad
HoneyBaked Ham, HoneyBaked Turkey Breast, HoneyBaked Signature Honey Spice Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese and Ripe Tomatoes on Crisp Lettuce. Served with our Signature Honey Ranch House Dressing on the side. Comes with a cookie

Chicken Breast Salad
Chicken Breast, Cheddar Cheese and Ripe Tomatoes on Crisp Lettuce. Served with our Honey Ranch Dressing. Comes with a cookie

Harvest Salad
HoneyBaked Turkey Breast, HoneyBaked Signature Honey Spice Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Swiss Cheese and Ripe Tomatoes on Crisp Lettuce served with Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side. Comes with a cookie

Broccoli Bliss Salad: Loaded with Broccoli florets, HBH Spiced Bacon, dried cranberries, and cheddar cheese.

Baked Beans

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Macaroni and Cheddar Salad

Apple Poppyseed Coleslaw

Potato Chips (Regular, Light, BBQ)

Dessert: Chocolate chip cookie

Soda, water, coffee and tea will be provided


Let the registration begin!

17th Annual Ohio Soaper's Gathering
May 16, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Strongsville High School
20025 Lunn Road
Strongsville, Ohio

$35.00 per person
Registration includes:
All activities, access to vendors, and demos
Honeybaked Ham boxed lunch (choices will be on blog)
Goody Bag
Door prize drawing
We will be having a swap and garage sale table - details to follow!

Paypal ("sending money to friends/family," please) is
Please note the first and last names of whom the registration is covering.

If you don't have a paypal account, please email me with details of how you would like to pay (registration isn't complete until check clears).

Registration deadline (to be guaranteed a goody bag and lunch) is Monday, May 4th.

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 Gathering

From Cheryl:

I am offering to be the pick up person for anyone wanting to place an order at Wholesale Supplies Plus for delivery to the Gathering.  I have been in touch with Debbie May and we have coordinated the following:
(Important note:  your deadline for ordering is:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23RD.)  This gives them time to process and pull our orders.

1.  Go to the WSP website ( and create an order.
2.  At checkout you will need to select the "pickup" option and you must type "Ohio Soaper's Gathering" in the comment section. 
3.  You must pay for your order at that time.  I am not collecting money for this.
4.  Let me know via Facebook or e-mail (bythehearth at aol dot com) that you have an order.  I would also appreciate a contact number in the event there is a question at the time of pick up.  It rarely happens but I like to be prepared.

A couple things of note: 
1. when you place an order for pickup you receive 20% off the published prices online
2. if you don't want to use the website you may call it in but it must be paid for at the time of order. 
3.  I will pick up on Friday, 4-25.
3.  I am not driving my SUV this year.  I will have room but I obviously won't be able to accommodate huge orders.