Vegan, Fair Trade & Organic: Learning the Terminology

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Now more than ever, consumers are concerned with what they’re putting in and on their bodies. Consumers are beginning to pay attention to where their products are made, whether or not their products are sustainable, and if they recognize and can pronounce the names of the ingredients the products contain. For the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry, this is great! … Read More

5 Ways to Shake Things Up and Get Motivated

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You know that energy when you first start your business? You feel like you have enough motivation to conquer the world! It’s not uncommon for this energy to subside a little for some people. The busy nature of life and the fact that you’re playing about a thousand different roles in your business can be draining! In turn, sometimes it’s … Read More

Let’s Talk About Glitter!

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There’s been a lot of noise lately about one of the craft world’s love-to-hate embellishments: glitter! When we say glitter, you’re no doubt thinking about the tiny, sparkling particles of magic that never seem to go away. You may even be thinking about the fact that glitter is made up of tiny little plastic pieces, and that might make you … Read More

Fragrance Blending: A Quick Guide to Making New Blends

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Think of one of your favorite scents right now. Imagine it in your head. What is it? What does it mean to you? Our sense of smell is a truly incredible thing. A subtle waft of buttered popcorn can transport you back to the cramped movie theater where you first saw your all-time favorite movie, or the strong smell of … Read More

2018 Trends: Let’s Talk Inpiration!

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We’re only a few weeks into 2018, but the search for inspiration is never ending! As we look back at 2017, it’s hard not to remember the trends and fads that defined the year. Rose gold everything, contouring, fidget spinners, and rainbow colored foods abound. What will 2018 bring? Now, we don’t claim to have a crystal ball here in … Read More

How to Keep Cool During the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a magical, maniacal time of year when halls are decked, everything smells like cinnamon, and people trample fellow shoppers for the chance to save $15 on a television. So festive! As a retailer, the holidays can be especially stressful. Juggling inventory, dealing with set up and breakdown at shows all while handling your own holiday plans is … Read More

7 Candle Facts to Light Your Fire

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Ah, wintertime. Here in Upstate New York, the weather change is marked by the sound of studded snow tires, the feel of fluffy jackets, and the smell of spices. One thing that we can agree keeps us cozy all year long is the benevolent glow of a well-made candle…but do you know the history behind this old flame? There is … Read More

Atlanta 2018: Meet Your Keynote Power Trio

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Like it or not, 2017 is almost over; and time certainly does fly! It seems like we were in Vegas just yesterday getting ready to host the Annual Conference. As the page turns on 2017, we are looking ahead to the awesomeness that 2018 has in store-and that means the 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2018 Annual Conference … Read More

What’s a Tincture?

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Tincture: a word that is fun to say, but not a word that most people know the meaning of. Think of a tincture as a really versatile concentrated extract that can be used orally or topically-for the purposes of this article, we will be discussing primarily topical tinctures. What Are Tinctures Used For?  Tinctures can be made to solve a … Read More

The History of Cosmetics: Makeup Edition

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As a Handcrafter, you are taking part in an industry that has a long and storied history. Products produced by hand throughout the centuries for royalty and common people alike speckle the timeline of handcrafted cosmetics. In this article, we’ll discuss the history behind cosmetics that are applied to the face and hands. Nail polish, eye makeup, lipsticks-all of these … Read More