For Your Viewing Pleasure

What happened in Tucson this May is now on film. If you’re wondering what the heck these Guild conferences are all about and why you would consider going to one, check out the video created by Monster Productions videographer extraordinaire, Adam Grogin. This video spotlights this year’s 17th annual Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild conference, held at the Loews Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson, Arizona. Once you see it, we think you’ll want to skedaddle on over to the registration page and secure your spot at the 2015 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, being held April 18-20 at the Westin Downtown Hotel (and if you’ve booked that, it’s never too early to secure your spot at the hotel). If you need a bit more convincing, check out conference videos from years past right here.

Are you in the video? Give us a shout out, you superstars!

Roll That Tape!

Were you lucky enough to join us last week in Tucson, Arizona for the 17th annual HSCG conference? Yes, there was an awful lot of demonstration last week (this desert spa-inspired six layer exfoliant soap by Charlene Simon  was an excellent case in point), but that’s not the only thing we were up to.

char exfoliant vid set up

Oh yes, there was the perfect bath fizzy (those are Holly Port’s hands and her amazing technique),

HSCG_2014-1 fizzy perfection

there were fearless batch-splitting into impressionist-worthy multiple colors (as calmly and very cleanly demonstrated by Erica Pence),

HSCG_2014-4 multicolor pour

and there was even some mica on mica swirling action (as demonstrated here by a safely gloved Tanya Rasley).

HSCG_2014-10 tanya mica swirl

But despite all these lovely demos happening, you may not have seen all of these things if you attended HSCG’s Annual Conference last week.

Wondering why? Here’s a hint, courtesy of Marla Bosworth and a jammin’ Lisa Frank-esque tidal wave soap:

marla and finished soap

Not helping much? How about this?

erica and soap

Getting warmer??

mcginnis behind the scenes (2)

Wonder what we were up to last week? That’s right, we were shooting video (witness rare behind-the-scenes shot above of producer Adam Grogin of Monster Productions). Holly Port of Lotion Bar Cafe, Catherine McGinnis of Soaping101, Erica Pence of Bath Alchemy Lab and The Bonnie Bath Co., Tanya Rasley of Baby Duck Soap Co. and Canard Labs, Charlene Simon of Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium, and Marla Bosworth of Back Porch Soap Co. all donated their time and mad cosmetic-making skills to film tutorial videos that will eventually land in HSCG’s Learning Library. The Learning Library will be a vetted source of tips, tricks, techniques and creative inspiration for members…and it will be free.

Thanks to these amazing ladies and a killer production and behind-the-scenes crew (can’t forget the dish washers!), we’ll have tutorials on how to layer your soaps, use exfoliants, combine swirling techniques, make amazing bath fizzies, utilize spoons and condiment bottles in your swirling technique, and more. We are still collecting and producing content for the Learning Library, so stay tuned. We will keep you posted on Learning Library progress – we just couldn’t resist sharing these early behind-the-scenes shots! (And while you are oh-so-patiently waiting, allow us to distract you with kittens a time-lapse video of the hard-working conference crew setting up for registration last week.)

What would you love to see in your own personal soap and cosmetic reference library?

Roll That Tape!

If we didn’t have the pleasure of your attendance at this year’s conference and if you weren’t glued to your Facebook feed, you may have missed the news! (If you’re on a reader, click here.)

Late last year, the HSCG was approached by PTV-In Focus Studios to create a short documentary about handcrafted soap and soapmaking for public television. We leapt at the chance to spread the word about handcrafted soap. From the moment of our acceptance, it was off to races to write a script, secure talent, and shoot the actual footage!

Remember when we mysteriously requested soap? Yup, it was for this documentary. We received hundreds of bars from members and sent as many as we could to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for use in the video. With soap, supplies, script and our on-air talent on-hand, we spent about a day filming. From there, the production studio edited the footage and assembled the final video.

The segment, called “In Focus – with Martin Sheen”, has aired on Fox Business Network and PBS nationally and will run several hundred times this year. You can view the video on our home page and right here. Feel free to share this with customers and spread the word about handcrafted soap.

Many thanks to our members, who donated soap for this video, supplies for demonstrations, and their time in filming. Thank you especially to Wholesale Supplies Plus and Bramble Berry, for donations of soapmaking supplies…and thanks to Marla Bosworth and Kevin Dunn, who you will see onscreen, for contributing your expertise and time to the project! Check out all the members who donated soap here.

Did you catch our documentary? What should we cover next?