Hot, hot, HEAT: Conference Sell Out Countdown

There are 118 days and counting (okay, maybe 117 + hours depending on how you’re counting!) until the official kick-off of our 17th Annual Conference, held this year at the gorgeous Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona, from May 20-22. We sell out every year and despite booking a larger capacity venue this year, we’re planning to sell out again. If you’re thinking about attending the HSCG conference this year, check out the conference pages and the highlights we’ve done here on the blog on cosmetic, business, and soapmaking topics as well as special seminars being offered this year. While you’re on the website, not only can you get all the information about speakers, topics, registration, hotel, special in-depth seminars, and more, we’ve also added a thermometer bar chart feature to show just how close we are to selling out.


Why sign up now? Well of course the conference will be fantastic, you say, but where’s the great big rush? Here are a few reasons you should be signing up pronto:

  1. January 31 (less than 10 days!!) marks the close of the member scholarship application period. Get those applications in now and you could be going to this year’s conference for free, thanks to Veracity Insurance Solutions!!
  2. Member Early bird registration rates save you $120 off the current non-member rate AND these early bird rates expire at the end of February. (Trust us, it will sneak up on you – as do most months.) Pssst…if you’re not a member, this more than pays for your membership (just saying).
  3. Pre-conference seminars will sell out. We allow just 30 attendees for each of these intimate sessions and they are already starting to sell out (EEK!). Sign up early to get one of the coveted spots in these intensive, in-depth sessions.
  4. Only 77 spots and counting until we sell out. We have a 400-attendee cap. We just can’t fit any more than that at conference. Don’t get left on the wait list!
  5. Paypal will give you 6 months to pay. Yep, breathe a HUGE sigh of relief. You don’t have to pay that conference registration bill all at once. Choose Paypal’s Bill Me Later® service upon check out and upon your credit approval, you’ll have 6 months to pay off the registration without interest (no interest? Sweet!!).


If you’re pondering signing up, don’t wait too long – we’re at 77 spots left and counting. And keep an eye on the Sell Out Countdown to see how panicked you should be about not having signed up yet.

Are you joining us this year? What are you most excited about?  

2014 Conference: The Soapy Trail

Don’t think that you have to be a seasoned professional to attend HSCG’s annual conferences. They are, in fact, perfect for soapmakers of all skill levels. And since we started as the Soap Guild, you can bet that we have some of the best soapmaking sessions around (not that we brag…much). Today, we’re presenting this year’s HSCG conference speakers who are focusing on the art, craft, and science of soapmaking.

Yes, it’s time for another installment of speaker features, which we know you’ve been eagerly anticipating. What? You’ve missed our mini-series highlighting conference speakers? How dare you! (We jest – we know you were busy having the most incredible holiday season ever, with the most stellar Q4 sales on record, and are perhaps just now coming up for air amidst your incredibly empty shelves.) Indeed, if you’ve had your nose to the grindstone (Whetstone? Soapstone? Nope, just no pun in that one.), catch up with the posts highlighting cosmetic speakers here and business-focused speakers here.

She wrote the book on it, now she’ll teach you all her soapy secrets. Join The Nova Studio and Sirona Springs co-owner Ruth Esteves on a journey to learn all about Testing Natural Colors in Your Cold Process Soap.

Ruth Esteves

Erica Pence, founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab and The Bonnie Bath Co., will show you the lay of the land and all the tricks of the trade to inspire you to Create Amazing Scenery in your Soaps, whether you’re making a melt and pour masterpiece or a cold process piece de resistance (yahoo!).


16th generation soapmaker Kerri Mixon, owner of Pallas Athene Soap and more will not only show you how to create your own transparent soap in Making Transparent Cold/Hot Process Soap, she’ll also teach you how to choose the appropriate scent and color for any product in Comprehensive Color and Scent for Soap and Cosmetics .

Kerri Mixon

Advanced soapmaker and honorary HSCG lifetime member Jackie Thompson is back to share her passion for liquid soap, teaching her best known methods to make a neutral liquid soap in Liquid Soapmaking – Neutralizing Liquid Soap, and, for the experienced soaper, how to create naturally thick liquid soap in Advanced Liquid Soapmaking – Soap Gels and Jellies.

Jackie Thompson-resized

Fall in love with chemistry for the first time or all over again as chemistry professor and soap whisperer Kevin Dunn shares an investigation of just what the heck milks and silks bring to your soap in Protein in Handcrafted Soap.

Kevin Dunn

Charlene Simon, the chronic masterbatcher behind Bathhouse Soapery and more, will show you how to get down with scrubs in Exfoliants in Soap: A “coarse” in using everyday and exotic ingredients to create “a-peeling” soaps.

Charlene Simon-resized

If you’re thinking about coming to conference this year (less than 132 days, you guys!), we have so many things to tell you. First, breathe. Second, act fast as we have fewer than 100 spots remaining (and we don’t want to know what these tickets sell for on the black market). Third, membership scores you a sweet deal, which expires at the end of February. Fourth, members are eligible for a scholarship very generously sponsored by Veracity Insurance Solutions, which you should apply for before the end of the month (because nobody wants to see you cry when you realize you missed the deadline). Fifth, plan your stay at the lovely Loews Ventana Canyon just outside Tucson, Arizona. Finally, it’s never too early to pack your bags – the 2014 Annual Conference runs May 20-22. Bookmark the 2014 Conference page to read more and sign up.

Are you going to the 2014 Annual Conference for free?