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

Another year, another staff member: Meet Sara!

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Welcoming Sara: The newest addition to the HSCG Staff!

It’s been just over a year since I was added to the HSCG team and Lani was promoted to be the Member Services Director, and now we’re excited to announce that we have expanded again!   Meet Sara -our newest addition to the HSCG staff! If you have called the office recently, you may have already had the pleasure of speaking … Read More

Member Benefits: Use ‘em, Don’t Lose ‘em

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Are you getting the most out of your membership? Sure, we advocate for the entire handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry and we offer some pretty killer insurance to professional US and Canadian members as well as a not-to-be-missed yearly conference. But if you’re just here for the conferences or the insurance, you’re missing out on so much more. As we … Read More

Behind the Scenes: Constructing HSCG’s How-To Library

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If you follow us here on the blog (or Facebook or Twitter, you faithful stalker, you) or were lucky enough to join us in Tucson earlier this year for our 17th annual conference, then you may remember hearing about a project we’ve been working on for the soap and cosmetic-making community. One super important part of the Guild’s mission is … Read More

Long Time Coming

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Another year, another batch of members to celebrate. You know we like our awards and in this organization, we recognize members with longevity awards. Longevity awards are a bit like winning Survivor, only without the nasty infighting, bug eating, and general lack of hygiene. We award them to any member who’s been with us for five years or more. You’ll … Read More

Getting Busy…Certified

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It’s true. Members were getting busy at this year’s annual conference in Tucson, Arizona….obtaining certifications, of course (what were you thinking, eh hem??). This year, 53 soapers achieved 58 soapmaking certifications ranging from Basic Melt & Pour to Advanced Cold Process/Hot Process. Without further ado, our latest and greatest certified soapmakers are: Basic Cold Process/Hot Process Soapmakers  Alicia Villacorta Jessica … 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