Delores Harris, Daisy May Natural Soap Joins the HSMG Board

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild is pleased to have Delores Harris, owner of Daisy May Natural Soap, Brooklyn NY, join our Board of Directors. She is organizer of the Brooklyn CP Soapmakers and has been a member of HSMG since June 2003. Delores has been an attendee of the HSMG Conferences since 2006.
When Delores was about 8 or 9 years old she would watch her Grandma Daisy make soap (hp) in her backyard in the spring and fall. Delores would sometimes get to stir and would always ask,” is it soap yet?”

Quite an impression it made on her but it wasn’t until years later in 1997 that she made her first batch of lavender. She was using Yardley Lavender soap, but then found Barbara Bobo’s, Lavender from her Woodspirit Soap Co. When that was gone her tight and itchy skin told her to get more Woodspirit’s Lavender and of course, the problem cleared up. She thought that if Grandma Daisy could make soap so could she.

A library book on natural cosmetics and Sandy Maine’s, The Soap Book assisted her in making her first batch of lavender. It turned so good she made oatmeal, peppermint and went crazy experimenting with essential oils.

Her family and friends thought she had lost it because soap was curing all over her apartment. Once she gave it away, they were hooked, too.

Continuing with a soapmaking class at The Learning Annex, NYC, an instructor advised Delores on how to get into business. Researching online, she came across the HSMG and realized that the very person whose soap she had been using was the HSMG President, Barbara Bobo! It was meant to be! She joined and named her business Daisy May Natural Soap in honor of her grandmother.

Delores sells CP and HP soap at a local Farmers Market, a few stores and online. She also gives soapmaking demonstrations and classes through the Brooklyn CP Soapmakers group. Look for Delores on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and her Blog, Daisy Soap Girl .

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HSMG Represents at National ADGA Conference

The American Dairy Goat Association held as part of their 2009 National Conference a Goat Milk Bath and Body Care Products Competition. Entries were judged for two days by our own HSMG President, Leigh O’Donnell and Vice President, Maria Gelnett.  

Competition was open to all soapmakers, commercially manufactured and handmade both bar and liquid soaps. Awards were given for the Best in Show for 1st – 3rd place winners in each division.

Maria presented a demonstration of a beginner goat’s milk soap and an advanced oatmeal milk and honey soap with a swirling technique.

This was immediately followed by a goat’s milk lotion demonstration that everyone got a sample of.

Leigh also presented Marie Gale’s bath products labeling regulations and an overall HSMG informational state of the union. It was well received with many questions and tons of interest.

All three demos and the presentation achieved in one day!!

HSMG Vendor Membership Drive

HSMG is conducting this special vendor membership drive during the month of October to benefit vendors and our members! There are many ways for both to enter to win the fabulous prize of a free attendance to our 2010 Annual Conference in Denver, CO on April 30 – May 2, 2010 and MORE*!

Here is how it works!

*Soapmaker members refer a new vendor to join between now and 10/31/09 and both are entered into the drawing.

*Current soapmaker members upgrade your membership to vendor or higher and are entered into the drawing twice. Once for renewing and once for upgrading.

*Suppliers, become a vendor member (or higher) or renew your current membership and are entered into the drawing.

*Vendors become or upgrade to one of the three benefactor levels – friend, supporter and patron. Benefactors have additional benefits such as exposure on the website, various recognitions and special discounts.

*Enhanced Vendor Membership Benefits
-Complementary inclusion in monthly promotional emails to over 1150 HSMG members
-Complementary vendor listing at with your vendor renewal in the HSMG journal
-Vendor Spotlight on the HSMG Blog
-HSMG website vendor listing 24/7
-Inclusion into bi-weekly HSMG posts to social medias.

If you would like any additional information, contact:
Gillian DeConto, HSMG Membership Committee Chair,
or Feleciai Favroth, HSMG Programs & Services-Vendors Chair,