Have You Got The Merch?

Did you know the Guild has a store? Yup, it’s not just at conferences where you can get your fix of HSCG goods. The HSCG online store carries general educational material as well as select HSCG-branded items. Order as much or as little as you like for one flat shipping rate (and pssst, you can get a 25% discount on books. How sweet is that?). Take a peek at some of the goods now lining our online shelves:

HSCG acrylic member sign

Announce your membership or  certified soapmaker status with pride. Perfect for display in your shop or at shows, we have newly printed 5″ x 7″ (roughly 13 x 18 cm) acrylic signs for both HSCG members and certified soapmakers available in the store.

grow your handmade business book

Books abound. Stock up on popular business titles, like Keri Chapin’s Growing Your Handmade Business and Marie Gale’s  Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters. Expand your repertoire with Holly Port’s new release, Make It Fizz: A Guide to Making Bathtub Treats. Keep it legal with Marie Gale’s classic, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling or just kick back with tales like Jenna Woginrich’s Made From Scratch. Whatever titles you cozy up to, you’ll get an extra discount on the list price (how’s that for treating yourself?).

HSCG soap necklace

Finally, did you catch the new jewelry at this year’s conference? We’re excited to have these hot sellers now available in the store. You’ll find necklaces and earrings with dangling bars of handcrafted soap (made out of clay, not soap, FYI, although boy would that come in handy!) in scores of colors. Both are conversation starters, and perfect for announcing your not-so-secret obsession to the world.

Browse the store for the full selection, including aprons, shirts, gift certificates, marketing materials, and more.

How do you show Guild pride?



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!

There’s a New Store in Town!

Did you catch the news earlier this month? We are excited to announce a new discount, exclusively for members, on your very own website (yup, no more sharing your ecommerce site with someone else or lots of someone elses. You can hog, I mean, have this one all to yourself, bwa ha ha haaaa). HSCG has partnered with Volusion to provide members with exclusive discounts on all the services you need to build a custom site and get your online shop up and running.

this could be you after signing up for a new webstore

Build your store through Volusion and get discounts on hosting fees, premium templates, merchant services, and SSL certificates. If you’ve taken the plunge into online commerce but are itching for a completely custom look and feel as well as a slick customer experience, drop what you’re doing (unless it’s breakfast, the most important meal of the day – we don’t want you fainting through this) and take a look at Volusion.


HSCG Member Deal

Store (monthly hosting fee)

25% member discount

SSL (1 year certificate)

20% member discount

Premium Templates

20% member discount

Merchant Services

2.05% member rate

Volusion has lots of different options, with dozens of free templates as well as fancier premium templates and even in-house design services. Likewise, hosting plans range from minimal monthly expenditure to premium plans with all the bells and whistles. Sign up for a 14-day free trial and have one of their ecommerce consultants guide you through the process.

Is an online store the missing link to your success?

If you spaced out at the mention of SSL and get the sweats just navigating the Volusion template options, don’t worry. You still have the option of a free Soap Guild store hosted by The Template Place. These webstores are the easiest and fastest way to establish your online presence, allowing you to open up shop with minimal effort. Read all about how to sign up for Soap Guild stores here.

If you’re salivating, read up on all the Volusion discounts and find out how to get your discounts here.

Your turn – do you sell online? Give us a shout out so we can give you some love!