Best rate for the 2009 Conference expires tonight~!!!

The Member only Early-Early Bird rate will expire tonight at midnight. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. The sign ups are coming in hourly and we’ve already blown away the count from one year ago today!!

The registration page will take you to the shopping cart to check out. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with 250-300 other soapmakers, knowledgable speakers, sponsors and industry leaders!

Do not miss that outstanding special events that are planned, including a new pamper yourself Spa Night with new Gold Sponsor Dead Sea Bulk Materials!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and to Essential Wholesale who made the appearance by Erin Brockovich possible.



Essential Wholesale


Columbus Foods/Soaper’s Choice


Dead Sea Bulk Materials


Mold Market
Texas Beauty Labs
Snowdrift Farm
From Nature With Love

Don’t turn into a PUMPKIN tonight! Register now!

Leigh O’Donnell
HSMG Vice President
HSMG Conference Coordinator

What’s in Your Soap Box?

Do you have a question or concern about soapmaking?  Discuss it and many other HSMG issues with other Members just like you.  Come on over to the HSMG Forum to discuss a variety of topics including:


  • The use of Palm Oil
  • 3 Fold Brochures
  • Labeling
  • Holiday Scents
  • Wine Soap


Maria Gelnett

Chair P&S Committee

FDA Globalization Act – Update

The FDA Globalization Act of 2008 is still in the Energy and Commerce Committee. I have been working closely with Donna Maria Coles Johnson of the Indie Beauty Network to draw up a clear statement on our position on the draft and to propose revised wording.

Based on an email Donna Maria received today from the Energy & Commerce Committee staffer assigned to edit the draft, attention is now turning to the revisions for the cosmetics portion of the draft. They have asked for input (a very good thing, indeed!). DonnaMaria and I will be working on our response over the weekend so we can get a final position letter to him by week’s end.

Our basic position is to seek an exemption from the registration and accompanying fee, reporting requirements and GMP compliance for small businesses. That position will be the basis of our proposal.

The Energy and Commerce Committee may finalize their draft during 2008, but are not likely to introduce it as a bill in the House until after the New Year when the newly elected Congress is in place.

I will continue to keep you posted.

Marie Gale, President, HSMG