HSMG Members in the News!

The HSMG is proud to report that two of its members have recently been featured in the media.

Our first member is Lauri Isle of SAC’s & Co.com, whose business was featured recently in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Lauri and co-owner, her sister, Marta Bardonner, create soap and other bath and body products for their store in Winona Lake, Indiana.

The store is recognized under the Indiana Artisan logo, which supports businesses creating handcrafted goods. These businesses follow guidelines set by the state, undergo an application process, and are juried to ensure authenticity and quality.

You can check out the article by clicking on the link below:


As if that’s not enough, they were also featured in Midwest Living!
Our second member in the news is Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap in Georgia. Michelle’s Christmas soap was featured in Southern Living’s Christmas at Home’s Special Edition, 2012.

An editor from the magazine contacted Michelle because they saw her website and liked her products. Understandably, Michelle was skeptical at first about whether or not the contact was real, but indeed, it was and now you can find a lovely photograph and description of Michelle’s soap in the magazine! Simply click on the link below:


This isn’t Michelle’s first media exposure, either. Last year, her soap was featured at Food Network.

Incidentally, one of the most interesting things about Michelle’s story is that she only began making soap in 2009, took a year to perfect her skills, and then began making soap as a full time job! She sells soap and other related products and teaches classes.

Michelle credits part of her success to her connections from the HSMG and its conferences that assisted her in her business. We look forward to hearing Michelle speak at the 2012 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well. Her topic is “Increase Profits With Time Management Using the Soapmaker Program.”

Know of another HSMG member in the news? Contact us at bethb@soapguild.org or jenniferG@soapguild.org.

2013 Conference Speaker Sneak Peek

Are you joining us in Raleigh next May for the 16th annual HSMG Annual Conference?

Let us tempt you with a sneak peek at some of the amazing speakers you will see at the 2013 conference:

Discover the joys of working with pourable silicon to make your own, custom molds with Amanda Griffin of Lovin Soap in her session: Make Your Own Single Cavity Silicone Molds

Allison Kontur of AliMar Labs, LLC will demystify private labeling in her session: Private Label: Making the Leap From Home Formulating to Outside Manufacturing

Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap & Studio will show you how to fully exploit SoapMaker software in her session: Design, Formulate, Organize Using the Soapmaker Program

Find out if you should extend your business into natural haircare products with Marla Bosworth of Back Porch Soap Company in Natural Shampoo Market: Trends, Opportunities and Formulating.  Marla will also be leading a special half-day seminar on wholesaling and branding the day before the conference formally starts.

Dean Mayes of Alabu Skin Care will share his secrets to scaling up production as efficiently and cost effectively as possible in his session: Production Solutions For Your Handcrafted Business: Build It or Buy It.

Learn how fatty acids in your oils impact the final bar of soap and how to tweak your recipe to get desired lather characteristics with Kerri Mixon of Pallas Athene Soap, Certified Lye, Ace Soap Molds and A+ Soapmaking Studio in: The Chemistry and Properties of Fatty Acids and Oils

Ruth Esteves of Sirona Springs Handmade Soap will teach you how to create soap that looks like it came from a bakery in her session: Soap Cupcakes and More: Decorative Piping with Cold Process Soap

Stay tuned for even more speaker announcements.  Don’t forget, an installment plan is available to members who sign up before November 30, which means you have just under a month and a half to hop to it.

212 days and counting…bring on the 2013 conference!!