Join the HSMG with Social Media

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September 1, 2009 We’d like to invite you to connect with the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild on Social Media. Get connected! Increase your knowledge! Improve your business! Social networking is a method of using free social websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more to connect with friends in your trade. These venues are ways to educate, share, and learn from Soapmakers … Read More

Fabulous HSMG Merchandise!!

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You may not have known, but the HSMG has some fabulous merchandise available!  In an effort to help soapmakers make themselves known as soapmakers, promote the handcrafted soap industry, and increase awareness of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, we have apparel and accessories for sale – all with the HSMG logo to clearly communicate your affiliation and support of soapmaking. It … Read More

FDA Globalization Act – 2009

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With the new administration and the recent salmonella outbreaks, Rep. Dingell has submitted a new version of the FDA Globalization Act.  It is HR-759, was introduced on January 28th and has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The good news is that our voice was heard and the section on Cosmetics has been considerably toned down from … Read More

HSMG Membership Tops 1,000!

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As of the 1st of January, 2009, the HSMG has over 1,000 members!!! What a way to start the New Year! As can be seen by the graph here, membership has been steadily increasing for a long time. I think this is a testament to the all the members who are spreading the word about the benefits and accomplishments of … Read More

Cosmetic Legislation – One hurdle overcome

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The FDA Globalization Act of 2008 fading away There is good news on the cosmetic legislation front! As recently posted by Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus and confirmed by Donna Maria in her recent blog post, it looks like the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 has been withdrawn from consideration, at least for the time being. Turns out that … Read More

Your voice being heard

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At the top of every page of our website is the statement: The only international non-profit trade association promoting the benefits of handcrafted soaps and giving a voice to the handcrafted soapmaker. I am proud of the fact that we have, as of this writing, 967 members whose membership dues have made it possible for us to grow to the … Read More

FDA Globalization Act – Update

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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 … Read More

Welcome to the HSMG Blog

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Welcome! This blog has been created to keep soapmakers updated on the activities of the HSMG. Since we are a trade organization for the handcrafted soap industry, both members and non-members will find information of interest here. Marie Gale HSMG President