It’s Here! Canadian Insurance

Good News from the HSMG for Canadians!

Insurance for Canadian soap and bath and body artisans is now here! Affordable insurance is now available to our Canadian colleagues. For just $400, plus $100 for Guild membership, you will have the same great insurance package that our US members enjoy.

Your coverage includes:

$2,000,000 General Aggregate Limit
$2,000,000 Products-Completed Operations Aggregate Limit
$1,000,000 Personal and Advertising Injury Limit
$1,000,000 Each Occurrence Limit
$300,000 Damage to Rented Premises Limit
$5,000 Medical Expense Limit

Just joining the Guild?

Great! Simply go to the Guild site: and follow instructions. Once you become a member, proceed to the insurance portion and put the insurance package into your account. You will then be directed to the Canadian company to pay.

In a day or two, you’ll be ready to sell in the US and Canada!

Already a member?

Pro-rated terms are also available. Just call the office, 518-306-6934 to get help determining your rate, which will be based upon how much of the year you have left on your membership.

This is an exciting development for the Guild and our Canadian members. Be sure to pass this information along to other Canadian soapmakers!

Don’t wait. Call today!

Bring a Bar!

The 2012 HSMG Conference is almost upon us. Those of you attending are probably already thinking about what you need to pack to bring with you. Be sure one of those items is a bar of soap!

The Guild has partnered with a wonderful charitable organization, Rose Haven. This worthy organization is dedicated to helping homeless women and their children, assisting these women with housing, providing them with professional help such as lawyers, educating them, and with other needs until they are on their feet and can support themselves. We want to join with Rose Haven by providing them beautiful, healthy, nice-smelling soap to use.

Just think: if each of us brings just one bar of soap, we will have nearly 300 bars to donate to this worthy organization. Of course, you are welcome to bring more if you like, and other hygiene items such as lotion and lip balm are gratefully accepted, as well, but even one bar makes a difference.

Please work with the Guild and Bring a Bar!

Get to Know Our Vendors – Willow Way/

You may be surprised to learn that Ron and Debi began the same way as many of us—in their kitchen. They happened upon Sandy Maine’s, The Soap Book, and, interested in a natural, healthy lifestyle, they decided that making their own soap was another way of practicing not only better living for themselves, but something better for the environment.

They began selling their soap and soon found themselves outgrowing their kitchen and moving to the barn. Ron and Debi knew that they needed to find easier, more efficient ways to manufacture their soap, so they developed quicker and more productive methods. Of course, this led to their inventing a soap cutter and a mold that allowed them to offer the best quality soap using the most effective ways.

Ron and Debi developed their Air Cutter in 1996, and once they cut their first batch with it, they knew they had something that other soapmakers would love to use, and thus began their expansion into equipment for soapmakers.

If you peruse their website(, you will find everything you need to make soap, from beginner kits to professional equipment that make it possible to manufacture many thousands of bars each month. Moreover, they have, over time, expanded into equipment for many other body products.

Their love and pride in both their business and the industry shows by their constant dedication to quality and to the individual soapmaker. In fact, they played a part in starting the HSMG and are vendor members of the Guild. What’s more, they also support every soap gathering they find.

Ron says, “. . . we would not be who we are today, without the help of people who work in the company. We have an amazing team, scattered in several towns, states and of varied talents and interests. We are truly a modern company, using all the latest technologies, but with time-honored values.”

Keep up the good work, Soap Equipment!