What’s a Tincture?

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Tincture: a word that is fun to say, but not a word that most people know the meaning of. Think of a tincture as a really versatile concentrated extract that can be used orally or topically-for the purposes of this article, we will be discussing primarily topical tinctures. What Are Tinctures Used For?  Tinctures can be made to solve a … Read More

The History of Cosmetics: Makeup Edition

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As a Handcrafter, you are taking part in an industry that has a long and storied history. Products produced by hand throughout the centuries for royalty and common people alike speckle the timeline of handcrafted cosmetics. In this article, we’ll discuss the history behind cosmetics that are applied to the face and hands. Nail polish, eye makeup, lipsticks-all of these … Read More

Let’s Make a Pumpkin Bar!

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Fall is here, and you know what that means-pumpkin everything! Get in on that craze and add a little pumpkin to your soap. Oh, Pumpkin  Let’s talk about how you’ll be incorporating pumpkin into your soap.  We realize that pumpkin is all the rage this time of year, but please: put down your neighbor’s Jack-O-Lantern and grab a can of … Read More

October Teacher Spotlight: Tami Thornton

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At the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, we love to hear the stories of our Members and share these stories with you! This month, we’ll be highlighting HSCG Certified Teacher Tami Thornton of Beehive Soap. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to ask Tami a few questions about how she got started, and what advice she’d give to … Read More

Fluid Hot Process for Beginners

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If you are familiar with the soap making process, you know that there are three fundamental ways one can go about making a bar of soap: cold process, hot process, and melt & pour. Each process has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, and most soapmakers have a pretty distinct preference about which one they like! Hot process soapmaking lends … Read More

Marketing Your Business: The Instagram Edition

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Marketing using social media is a great way to reach thousands of people you will likely never meet in person. Instagram is an often overlooked but very popular platform that can bring a boost to your business and showcase the beauty and creativity of your business. What is Instagram? Instagram is a social media platform that revolves around pictures first, … Read More

Wholesale: Common Terms and Definitions

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Once you’ve established your business and have been actively selling at fairs, markets and shows, you will really start reaping the rewards of your hard work! There are few things more satisfying than watching your business grow, and knowing that the success of it settles squarely on your shoulders. As your business grows, new opportunities will present themselves; the ability … Read More

September Member Spotlight: Conny Olarte of Essence of O

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One of the greatest resources soap and cosmetic handcrafters have is the knowledge and expertise of their peers. This is why we will be bringing you monthly spotlight stories from fellow handcrafters; we’ll take a look at their experiences, including why they began making soap and/or cosmetics, how they came to be Members of the HSCG, and they’ll share a … Read More

HSCG Teacher Spotlight: Lori Nova Endres

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HSCG Certified Teachers are a great resource to both Members and non-members. This month, we’d like to recognize Lori Nova Endres, a long time HSCG Member and frequent flier at our Annual Conferences. HSCG: When did you first start making products, and why? Lori: I first started making natural handmade products way back in 2000, after finishing grad school in Hawaii … Read More

Master Batching for Beginners

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Going from hobby to business is exciting, challenging and intimidating for some soapmakers. Time is split between formulating, implementing that formulation and finding ways to sell; not to mention regular day to day activities! One method of manufacturing that has saved many Handcrafters quite a bit of time is master batching.  Master Batching is the process of mixing a large batch … Read More