Announcing 2015’s Keynote Speaker!

We are excited to officially announce Andreea Ayers as keynote speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild’s 2015 Annual Conference. Join us April 18-20 at the Westin Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana to hear Andreea kick off our 18th annual conference.

HSCG's 2015 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Andreea Ayers

Serial entrepreneur Andreea Ayers has a wide array of experience, including, of course, running a soapmaking company. Her first company, in 2006, was the wildly successful Tees for Change, which she sold in 2011. In 2013, she fulfilled a decade-long dream to start a soap company. Today, as CEO of and founder of Launch Grow Joy and Get Media Happy, she focuses on helping hundreds of entrepreneurs demystify PR and secure media coverage through one-on-one consulting and coaching.

Andreea’s keynote will focus on growing your handcrafted soap and cosmetics business through publicity. You can handle your publicity like a pro, even if you are your business’ only publicist. Andreea will guide you through her easy-to-implement seven step process for successfully presenting your handmade products to the world — without spending thousands of dollars or hiring a publicist.

Read more about Andreea and her keynote here. The conference pages on the HSCG website are continually being updated as conference details become available. Check out all of the speakers, topics, and find information on sponsorships, exhibitor space, and more from the 2015 conference home page.

We may be seven months away from the next annual HSCG conference, but now is the perfect time to start planning for it. We are offering a special discounted early-early bird registration fee especially for members through 4pm EDT, October 31 (and get this – if you’re not a member, joining as an associate makes this price a better deal than the current non-member registration price). Check out what comes with your conference registration and register for the 2015 conference here.

Join us April 18-20 2015 at the Downtown Westin in Indianapolis, Indiana, for HSCG’s 18th Annual Conference…220 days and counting!   

Announcing 2014 HSCG Conference Keynote

We may be knee deep in snow, but we are already dreaming of May as we happy-soap-dance our way through the final stretch of planning for HSCG’s 17th Annual Conference, being held May 20-22 in Tucson, Arizona. We are proud to announce Professor Dr. Vijai K. S. Shukla as this year’s conference keynote speaker.

Vijai K.S. Shukla

So who is Prof. Dr. Shukla? Aside from authoring over 100 original scientific publications, Prof. Dr. Vijai K. S. Shukla has edited six books and contributed book chapters in topics ranging from cosmetics to modern analytical techniques for the separation of lipids and proteins. He also founded International Cosmetic Science Centre A/S in Denmark. You could say he’s a master of fats!

Prof. Dr. Vijai K. S. Shukla’s keynote at this year’s conference will be on Nature’s Gift to Soap & Cosmetics. We look forward to a fantastic kick-off of this year’s conference. If we’ve tickled your interest, you can read all about Prof. Dr. Shukla on the website.


Never been to a Guild conference? Whew, boy, do we have a lot to fill you in on. Suffice it to say, HSCG conferences are 3 days’ worth of the best business investment you can make. For 3 days each spring, we convene on a different location within the US,

–        sharing best known methods in soap, cosmetic-making, and business through classes and networking, (including special pre-conference seminars)

–        bringing together buyers and suppliers,

–        updating the membership on the state of the organization,

–        certifying members as soapmakers,

–        holding a competition for soapers to show their stuff,

–        collecting donations for a local charity,

–        raffling off loads of prizes,

–        and unwinding each evening with night time parties,

–        not to mention keeping everyone well fed along the way!

Check out blog highlights on the speakers covering cosmetic, business, and soapmaking topics as well as special seminars being offered this year.


P.S. You have 2 more days to get an application in for a scholarship to the 2014 Annual Conference, covering registration, hotel, and $500 of your travel costs. Huge thanks to Veracity for sponsoring 2 of these amazing scholarship opportunities!

Introducing 2013 Conference Keynote….

We can’t think of a better way to kick off three days of total immersion into the art, craft, and business of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic world than with a keynote by a fellow small business owner with a fiery passion for moving your business from “blah, blah, blah” to “BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!”.

The HSMG is proud to announce Ann Evanston as our opening day keynote speaker for the 2013 conference. Named one of the top marketing consultants by, Ann Evanston is a powerhouse speaker who teaches other business owners how to find their unique strengths and make true business breakthroughs. Ann’s keynote will provide insight into discovering your REAL edge in business. Learn why you are attracting competitors instead of customers, what you are missing that would grow your sales base, how you need to market for today’s consumers, and how creating your best self ultimately improves your bottom line.

Join us May 17-19 in beautiful, historic Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Hilton North Raleigh to hear Ann Evanston fire up the crowd and inspire you to take ACTION. You do not want to miss this opportunity to better your soapmaking and your business AND meet Ann Evanston in person.

Check out all of the conference details here and take advantage of early bird registration discounts for members here. The early bird special expires in just over 2 weeks from today, so don’t delay!!

We’re officially in a double-digit countdown…93 days until this year’s conference in Raleigh!