Two Days ‘Til Early Bird Flies the Coop!

Can you believe how  quickly time passes?

In less than 3 months, we’ll be holding our 17th Annual Conference. We rotate the conference to locations all around the US (next year’s will be in Indianapolis) and this year’s just so happens to be in Tucson, Arizona, at the fabulous Loews Ventana Canyon. There, we’ll be welcoming 400 soap and cosmetic handcrafters, business owners, private labelers, and vendors in a 3-day flurry of classes, demonstrations, networking, eating, and night time entertainment.


In December, we opened the application period for 2 scholarships (a full ride including registration, hotel stay, and travel costs) provided by Veracity Insurance Solutions. The judges have worked their way through many, many applications and narrowed down the numerous worthy applicants to the final two winners. Without further ado, we are pleased to congratulate our conference scholarship winners for 2014:

  • Chris Cullen from Catie’s Bubbles in Forked River, New Jersey
  • Dawne Vrabel from Dynamic Roots Enterprises LLC in Carbondale, Colorado

Chris and Dawne, we’ll see you in Tucson! Scholarship competition was especially fierce this year, but if you didn’t get in, there’s still time to register at the early bird rate and pay your registration costs over six months, interest free, with PayPal’s Bill Me Later service.


We’ve steadily introduced the speakers and topics you’ll experience at this conference here on the blog, through our e-news, website, and social media accounts. Although we may still be one quarter away from the start of the conference, you have just 2 days (count ’em – 1, 2!) to snag your registration at the early bird rate. We’ve filled 95% of the available space at this year’s conference and are on pace to sell out. Don’t wait to sign up – you may just miss the early bird discounts and the last available spots.

Check out the website for full details on topics, speakers, schedules, pre-conference sessions, hotel discounts, competitions, and all the other salient details and register for the conference here.

Have you had the opportunity to attend an HSCG conference? What do you want to know about this year’s conference?


Spotlight: Simply Body Soap Net

Ian Buffam is on a mission to stop soap mush (‘mush’ being a highly technical term for the substance caused by built-up moisture underneath a bar of soap while it’s floating in a non-draining soap dish or, horror of horrors, in the built-in water-collecting soap dishes thoughtlessly built into showers worldwide).


Ian owns Simply Body, a company he started in 2010 to provide his family’s soap nets to the world. His grandfather was the original mush-fighter. Tired of always finding an unintentionally semi-solid bar of soap within reach, Ian’s grandfather pioneered the idea of corralling soap within a net. Made of a hydrophobic non-absorbent polymer (try saying that three times fast), the net not only keeps bar soaps high and dry, they also provide gentle exfoliation (take that, rough heels!).  The soap nets last from six months to a year and (bonus!) are recyclable.


Today, Simply Body’s soap nets are handmade in Florida. They are, of course, the perfect accessory to handcrafted soaps (though who are we to judge if you’re dying to put a cream soap or a solid scrub inside?) and an excellent way to package end and sample-sized pieces of soap.


A member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild since its inception, you may have caught Simply Body sharing their soap net fervor with attendees at past HSCG conferences. If you haven’t had the chance to meet Ian and his crew at a conference, you can always find Simply Body online, say hi on twitter, and see where the soap net will pop up next out on the Facebook feed. Members, log in to check out the discounts Simply Body offers.

Keep the mush at bay while boosting lather and exfoliation, supporting handmade accessories, and get it all at a discount? We can get behind that!

Thanks, Ian, for giving us a sneak peek into Simply Body Soap Nets!