Hew to the Dues News

Hear ye, hear ye, new dues are coming!

The new HSCG Board of Directors held their annual strategy meeting this June, specifically approving a 2014-2015 budget which includes new benefits, programs, and services for our membership, as well as provisions for hiring new employees to maintain customer service for our fast-growing membership. (And trust us, if you could see the current state of our inboxes and voicemail, you’ll appreciate the fact that we’re bringing on new help.) We’re psyched to bring you new features and new help at headquarters. In order to do so, we are raising dues (for the first time since 2009, holler!).


Rising prices are never fun, so we are extending a special offer. Renew or join today and take advantage of the current, lower rates. That’s right, instead of silently phasing this in, we’re announcing it here and giving you another two weeks to take advantage of the old pricing. Once we reach September 15, these rates will disappear like Cindarella’s coach at midnight; no ifs, ands, or buts, so don’t delay (and for the love of time zones, plan ahead, west coasters – headquarters is operating on Eastern Daylight Savings Time right now!).

Take a look below at the rates coming September 15:

Member Type Dues Insurance Total
Associate $100 N/A $100
Professional, insurance waived $140 N/A $140
Professional, with insurance $140 $380 $520
Professional, Canadian $140 $400 $540
Professional, International $140 N/A $140

Pondering membership but confused about what type of membership you should have? Check out the types of membership here, and a handy-dandy benefits chart here. And don’t forget, membership gets you a juicy discount to our annual conference, coming up in Indianapolis in 2015!

If you’re thinking about joining, do it today at the lower rates. We can’t wait to bring you juicy new benefits and a few new faces in the office.

New Member Bonus Starting NOW

Have you heard the news? Join the HSCG in April, May, or June and we’ll pay for your certification!

If our HSCG President ran the world...

If you’ve been thinking about joining the HSCG, we have a first-time ever deal to sweeten the pot. As an organization, we have exceeded 2,400 members and want to keep headquarters busy right up to 2,500 members and beyond. Join us any time now through June 30 and we’ll send you a $50 voucher to use for your Basic Cold Process/Hot Process or Basic Melt and Pour Certification.

Wondering how the heck this deal works? You will receive an electronic voucher automagically upon joining. You can use this voucher for a certification exam at either the 2014 Conference or through a local  proctored. You’ll have 90 days from the date you join to use this special offer. Make sure you contact the office to redeem your voucher. Unfortunately, you can’t redeem this voucher for cash. It is only for brand new members (Current members, we love you and if we  could, we’d shower everyone with certification vouchers) and only for the first certification (but you have to take a basic certification before you can go for the advanced certifications, so no surprise there).

Find out about the different types of membership here on our website. You can also read all about why we’re so darn jazzed about certification right here on the blog.

Join and find out what the buzz is about!

Member Card Comeback

Do you remember what happened when you used to renew your Guild membership? Perhaps you recall opening your mailbox to find that shiny folder of information with a membership card tucked very officiously in the front pocket waiting for you inside? Birds were chirping, your soap always behaved….okay, perhaps we embellish. Those rose-tinted glasses are addictive.

If you joined in 2011, you may not remember any of that. We moved HSCG headquarters in 2011 from one coast to the other (where it still resides, in Saratoga Springs, New York). While moving massive quantities of paper and getting settled into our new digs, we put the membership card program on hold.

membership card sample

Two years later, we’ve dusted off the card printer and we are proud to announce membership cards are officially back (we know you’ve missed flashing your card at shows). Once again, whether you are joining the HSCG or renewing your HSCG membership, we’ll send out a packet outlining your membership benefits, current vendor members (pssst, many of them offer discounts exclusive to members), referral cards (which you should be using up right now in an effort to get your free ride to #soapconf14), your receipt, and most importantly, your membership card. You can once again say you are a card-carrying member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild.

Anyone who has renewed since July 1st, the start of our fiscal year, will receive the shiny, new membership card. Headquarters is busily printing out the first 591 cards, to be mailed next week. After this first round of membership card catch-up, we’ll be sending out membership cards weekly. Look for yours in the mail when you join or renew.

Welcome back, membership cards, we’ve missed you!