The Magic of the HSCG: Why Community Matters

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What do you think of when you hear the word Guild? If you’re anything like me, you probably weren’t quite sure what a guild was when you first heard of it. Furthermore, you might not have really understood the importance of actually joining one; after all, you wear all the hats in your business, do you really need to be … Read More

How-To: Lavender Orange Foaming Scrub

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Warmer weather is just around the corner, and that means light, clean scents are too! The smell of orange is clean, zesty and bright, just in time for longer, sunnier days and more outside fun. Lavender is a mellow scent, the perfect yang to the orange yin. Combined, these two fabulous fragrances make a sunny product that will help your … Read More

Scams: How to Keep Your Business Safe

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If there is one thing you can count on, it’s that there will always be someone trying to make a quick buck off of the success of others. In the ever-changing consumer universe, this is something that will remain constant. Now, we could write a book about the reasons why scammers do what they do, but that’s not what we’re … Read More

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