HSCG Teacher Spotlight: Lori Nova Endres

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HSCG Certified Teachers are a great resource to both Members and non-members. This month, we’d like to recognize Lori Nova Endres, a long time HSCG Member and frequent flier at our Annual Conferences. HSCG: When did you first start making products, and why? Lori: I first started making natural handmade products way back in 2000, after finishing grad school in Hawaii … Read More

How to Handle Toxic Personalities in Business

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As we all go through life and it’s many twists and turns, there is one thing that we will all encounter from time to time, and that is toxic personalities. A few caveats as we dive into this discussion-first, for the purposes of this article I will stick to dealing with these types of people in business.  We all know, … Read More

Growing Your Business: 6 Things to Look for When Choosing a Trade Association

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When you talk to Handcrafters, you hear many positive things. Handcrafters love to help people feel beautiful, love to innovate when it comes to formulation, and especially love to educate others about their products. One thing that the majority of Handcrafters we’ve spoken to also voice is the loneliness of the industry. Because the art of making handcrafted soap and … Read More

All About Melt & Pour: What it is and How it Works

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When we talk about soap, there are a few different types that we could be talking about. There is cold process, which is a method that involves melting and combing oils and lye water and allowing the soap to go through the saponification process over a certain time period. There is hot process, which is when a soapmaker combines melted … Read More

How-To: Foot Scrubs

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While we all dream of having magic slippers that we can click together to bring us to our favorite beach destination, walking the beach in bare feet to exfoliate them is just not always an option! Luckily, making your own foot and hand scrub is simple, and there are many options for customization. Different Types of Exfoliants  Before you begin … Read More

Common Scents: Ylang Ylang

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Welcome back to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a collection of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils, and how they became so popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting. This week, we’ll talk about ylang ylang!  This month we are going to talk about everyone’s least favorite essential oil to pronounce: ylang ylang! Pronounced … Read More

6 Reasons Why You Should Use Handcrafted Soap

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Natural and sustainable living is becoming very popular these days. Everyone is becoming more mindful of what they consume, and how they consume it; why should body care be any different? Handcrafted soap has been in existence since the early days of humanity. For thousands of years, humans have craved the pleasant feeling of a well made soap, and we … Read More

What’s Up at the HSCG: March 2017

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2017 has and will continue to be an exciting year for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild! In early 2017, we were very excited to introduce a new, lower cost insurance option through Veracity Insurance Solutions. Even with a price point $100 less than the standard coverage option, this lower cost policy still covers handcrafted soap and cosmetic makers in … Read More

Common Scents: Vetiver

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Welcome to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a series of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils, and how they became so popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting; in this edition of Common Scents, we’ll take a look at vetiver. Revered by Indian culture and referred to in Sri Lanka as the “Oil of … Read More