September Member Spotlight: Conny Olarte of Essence of O

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One of the greatest resources soap and cosmetic handcrafters have is the knowledge and expertise of their peers. This is why we will be bringing you monthly spotlight stories from fellow handcrafters; we’ll take a look at their experiences, including why they began making soap and/or cosmetics, how they came to be Members of the HSCG, and they’ll share a … Read More

HSCG Vendor Spotlight Feature: Rustic Escentuals

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Happy Friday Tracers! This week’s #HSCGVendorSpotlight goes to our lovely friends at Rustic Escentuals in Roebuck, South Carolina! Having started out in 1999 with founder and owner Amy Pascoe filling orders in the middle of her laundry room, it’s quite impressive that now Rustic Escentuals has grown into a widely popular specialty warehouse that acts as a “one-stop-shop” for the industry! … Read More

HSCG Vendor Spotlight Feature: Mission Peak Soap & Supplies

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Happy Friday peeps – you made it through another week! And yes, it’s that time of the week again – We’re excited to let you know that this week’s #HSCGVendorSpotlight is going to Mission Peak Soap & Supplies! How beautiful are those castille soaps in the background image? (They let me in on the fact that they made them with … Read More

HSCG Vendor Spotlight Feature: Mad Oils, Inc.

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  Howdy Tracers!  It’s been decided that we’re going to start showcasing all of our lovely feature posts right here on Ye Olde Blogg so that we (and you) will be able to admire them for years to come! I know, we’re excited too. We are even more excited to say that this week’s #HSCGVendorSpotlight goes toooo….(*drum roll*) Mad Oils, … Read More

HSCG Member Spotlight: Master Certification Recipients

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Are you exited? Because WE’RE excited! I must say that I do love the fresh smell of ambition in the morning… For those who may not know, one of the many Member Benefits of the HSCG is the opportunity to partake in the Certification Program.  Long story short,  there are  3 levels of certification: Basic, Advanced, and Master.  Each available … Read More

Show Us Your Heroes

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Soapmakers, Cosmetic makers, and Guild members, let’s gather around the fire or air conditioners, as the weather may currently dictate, and have a mushy moment. It may not be that traditionally “thankful” time of year, but we are feeling pretty darn grateful right now. Why? Because you guys rock. Week after week, month after month, stories roll in from near … Read More

Member Spotlight: Sugarloaf Soaps

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Sugarloaf Soaps, in Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania, is truly a wonderland. Wandering the shelves, you’ll find a plethora of bath, body and gift items, including glycerin soaps, lip balms, lotions, sugar scrubs, soaking bath crystals, bath bombs, shampoo (for humans and pets), tarts, candles, incense, friendship balls, wooden roses, and antiques. Owner Rose Cunfer credits Debbie May with sparking her interest in … Read More

Member Spotlight: Tub-Time Treasures

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Renee Lillie, owner and creator of Tub-Time Treasures, really is a Jill of all trades. It was a chance stumbling down an online rabbit hole that led her to making bath and body products. Renee recalls, “I had been selling my other crafts on Etsy, and was frequenting the Etsy sellers’ chat room. One of the other vendors was posting … Read More

Member Spotlight: Bubble and Flame Soap and Candle Co.

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Bubble and Flame Soap and Candle Company intends to infuse your daily rituals with fantasy, whimsy, and the esoteric. Sarah Frost, the one woman show behind Bubble and Flame Soap and Candle Company relates that her first soapmaking experience was in high school. “Some people paint, some people sing, some people write…I make soap.” Aside from focusing on cold process, … Read More

Member Spotlight: Alabu Skin Care

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Ed. Note: When we asked Maryclaire Mayes, founder of Alabu Skin Care, for Alabu’s founding story, her response was so nicely put we decided to publish it in its entirety. Grab a mug of tea, sit back, and enjoy! “People always ask me how we got into the adventure of our natural skin care business. I always thought I was … Read More