HSMG Member Call for Photos

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It’s nearing Holiday issue deadline time for submission of print ads to national magazines.  We’d like to feature a member’s soap photo in our new ad.  If you have a camera ready high resolution color photo you can get to me at mgelnett@soapguild.org, before Saturday, 9/20/08, it will be considered for our new HSMG ad.  Only one can be chosen, so send … Read More

Accepting Bids for Bookkeeper

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We are accepting bids for an independently contracted (paid) bookkeeper for the HSMG. Prior experience with bookkeeping and/or accounting, an aptitude for problem solving, the ability to concentrate on detail and prior experience with QuickBooks are required. Not-for-profit accounting experience is a plus. Estimated time needed is about 40 hours per month. If you are interested, please contact me at … Read More

We Can Use Some Able-Bodied Volunteers

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As you’ve probably noticed, there is lots going on at the moment in the HSMG. We have over 900 members (highest ever) and that’s increasing steadily. Our committees are all working hard to fulfill their duties and increase the stability, benefits and out-reach of the HSMG. Now some able-bodied help is needed! Most of our standing committees are looking for … Read More

Florida Regulations – Similar to FDA Proposal

FDA Globalization Act4 Comments

One of our members emailed me about the requirements for cosmetic manufacturers in Florida. Their law, enacted July 2008, requires all cosmetic manufacturers to register their facilities and products with the state every two years. The registration fee is $250 – $400. In addition, every product manufactured must be registered, at $30 per product. (Luckily, variations in scent or color … Read More

HSMG Membership

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We are well on our way to reaching that 1000 member mark in the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild!  Sign up today…it is a decision you won’t regret and one that you will continually benefit from.   If you have some questions or suggestions that we can help with…bring them on! Sister Cathleen Timberlake Membership Committee Chair

Donna Maria Touts the HSMG Conference

2009 Annual Conference2 Comments

Donna Maria, that icon of Indie Beauty Network and staunch supporter of all things Indie, just recently blog-posted 10 Interesting Things About the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild – and they are interesting things! I knew Donna Maria was on the list of people to attend the first-ever gathering in Paris, Ohio (1997!), but I didn’t know why she wasn’t there. … Read More

HSMG Lye Calculators

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Did you know about Lye Calculators available on the HSMG website? For everyone under “Industry Resources” and an expanded one for Members? Just upgraded a Luxury Bar to Super Luxury by adding Shea Butter and Apricot Kernal Oil. A nice tool to bookmark. www.soapguild.org/industry/lyecalculator.php www.soapguild.org/member/login.php Maria Gelnett Programs/Service Chair

HSMG Forum Moderator

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It is with great pleasure that I announce that the HSMG Forum now has a new Forum Moderator — Barbara Downey! Please take a moment to say hello and welcome her to her new role here. So…you may be asking yourself, “that’s cool and all, but what exactly does a forum moderator do and why do we need one?” Good … Read More

What to do about the FDA Globalization Act

FDA Globalization Act2 Comments

You have probably heard of the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. If not, briefly it is legislation intended to increase the security and safety of food, drugs and medical devices. Cosmetics seem to be somewhat of an afterthought, but they are still included. The way it is currently being written, it which would require, amongst other things, annual registration of … Read More

Confirmed Speaker List

2009 Annual Conference0 Comments

We hope you can join us at the 2009 Conference in Palm Springs, California on May 12-14 at The Miramonte Resort & Spa.  We have been able to put together an amazing list of speakers with cutting edge topics and demonstrations.  Here is the list so far! Erin Brockovich – Keynote Speaker Donna Maria Coles Johnson – “Become Your Own … Read More