Legislative Update: Meetings Continue with Members of Congress

(L to R) Feleciai Favroth, Marie Gale, Russ Carnahan (MO-3), HSMG President Leigh O'Donnell, Debbie May

Continuing our efforts to reach out to Members of the 112th Congress, I traveled to Washington, DC during the week of March 7th with several of my colleagues.  Over two days, we met with 16 Congressional Offices and 2 Senate Offices representing states across the country.

Accompanied by Marie Gale (HSMG Past-President), Feleciai Favroth (HSMG Board Member) and Debbie May (Wholesale Supplies Plus), we met with these offices to make them aware of our industry, discuss the impact the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (HR 5786) would have had and to build relationships.  This is part of our strategic plan to avoid becoming inadvertent collateral damage in any federal legislation.

I am very encouraged by both this round of meetings and our meetings in February.  For the most part everyone we have met with has been very receptive to our message and eager to learn about our industry and our trade.  Accompanied by our DC Advocacy Team of Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo, we were able to deliver a very clear and compelling message.  We left them with samples of handcrafted soap from members of the HSMG, which was an excellent conversational piece and also educated them on the types of products we were discussing.

As we move forward in our Advocacy Plan, we will continue to work with our DC Advocates and stay vigilant to any changes in Washington.  We still do expect a new version of The Safe Cosmetics Act to be released sometime later this year by Rep. Schakowsky (IL).  Now more than ever we need your support through donations to our Legislative Advocacy Fund and/or by joining the HSMG.  The more members we have the louder and stronger our voice becomes.

We are also pleased to announce that our DC Advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo will be joining us at our Annual Conference in Miami, Florida, May 18-20 at the Hilton Miami Downtown.  They will address the attendees of the conference on May 18th and be available for questions and discussion throughout the event.  If you are attending the conference this will be a great opportunity to find out how this process works and get the answers to some of your burning questions about the legislative process.  For information on how to register for the conference visit our conference pages here.

If you would like to stay informed about what is happening with Cosmetics Legislation, you can visit our legislative advocacy pages, follow our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Leigh O’Donnell

HSMG President

Dozens of Beautiful Soaps to be Showcased in Miami

2010 Soaper's Showcase

Would you like to have your handcrafted soaps showcased in Miami?

If you answered yes, then enter the 2011 Soaper’s Showcase at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild 2011 conference. During the conference attendees (as well as other hotel guests) stop by to appreciate the fine array of unique soaps on display, all produced by that our members.

The Soaper’s Showcase is one of many highlights of the conference.  Dozens of entries will be on display, showing various techniques that our members use to create their beautiful soaps. Variations in color, shape, fragrance, and presentation are apparent in each soap. While many of the soaps have  ingredients in common, each soaper’s hand makes their soap individual and unique.

The Soapers’ Showcase is open to all members of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. Soapmakers may enter up to three soaps into the Showcase under the following categories (one soap per category): Best Scent M&P, Best Appearance M&P, Best Packaging M&P, Best Scent CP/HP, Best Appearance CP/HP, Best Packaging CP/HP, Something Different M&P/CP/HP, and Best in Show M&P/CP/HP (all soaps are automatically entered)

Entry forms will be included in your registration package at the conference, in email to registered attendees, or by downloading the form from our site. During the conference, attendees will submit ballots for their favorite soaps in each category. Awards will be presented at the banquet.

At the end of the conference, all soaps submitted to the Soapers’ Showcase will be donated to a local non-profit shelter in the Miami area. This is a wonderful opportunity to show off  your beautiful handcrafted soap and also help a good cause.

Want to see last year’s Soaper’s Showcase? Photos from the conference are posted on Facebook.