Calling all Recruits

As a non-profit trade association, the HSCG is run largely by volunteers and we have some awesome, hardworking volunteers! Several of our standing committees are looking for a few more volunteers to help bring our goals to fruition. Whether you have an hour a month or several hours a day, we’d be happy to put you to work. Read on for what each of the committees are looking for and email to get involved.


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Public Relations Committee

Got a penchant for public relations? The PR Committee wants YOU! We need individuals who will:

–        sniff out publicity leads for our members to promote

–        make the HSCG known to the general public. We’re looking to be mentioned in several major publications this year.

–        have contacts and the persistence necessary to get media coverage of the 2014 conference!

If this description has your name written all over it, contact us today!


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Social Media Committee

Calling all pinterest mavens, vine fanatics, twittering fools, blogging pros, and facebook fiends. HSCG is the place to be – we need your help spreading the word online. The Social Media Committee engages the membership and the industry and we’re ramping up our presence online this year. We’re looking for bloggers (both one-time and ongoing) and members passionate about interacting with our online community on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you’re looking for a safe, fun place to test and grow your social media skills, you’ve come to the right place. Help make the HSCG bigger and better; get social with us!


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Membership Committee

We’re seeking a few task-oriented volunteers to assist with the 2013-2014 goals, including recruiting additional members (both Professional and Vendor) by creating a reward-based membership drive. The Membership Committee will also be responsible for creating membership registration packets, submitting exciting news and information to the Social Media Committee and increasing our member retention stats.

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Programs & Services Committee

We need YOU! We are looking for volunteers for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. We will be looking to bring new programs, services, rewards to our members, i.e UPS, Office Depot. Do you have some ideas? Some suggestions? Some time to help? We already know you are creative and talented!


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Learning Library Committee

The Learning Library Committee is a brand, spanking new special committee kicked off this year. This Committee will be setting up the structure and parameters of an online learning library. Once this structure is in place, the Committee will work towards filling the library with helpful and instructive articles and videos.


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Certification Committee

Proctored testing was developed in order to make it possible for HSCG members who cannot travel to the Annual Conference to still become HSCG Certified Soapmakers. By utilizing a proctor to oversee the examination, a member can take a Soapmaker Certification Examination anywhere in the world. Every HSCG member can take advantage of the HSCG Soapmaker Certification Program.

Proctor: a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.

Are you a certified soapmaker? Would you be willing to act as a proctor for a soapmaker in your area? Become a volunteer proctor location for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.


Thanks for making HSCG the strongest organization we can be. Long live handcrafted soap and cosmetics!!

Board Welcomes New Member Lauri Isle

The HSCG Board of Directors started a new term on July 1st, welcoming Lauri Isle on board. Lauri was elected to the Board of Directors at this year’s conference in Raleigh to serve a two year term ending in 2015. To give Lauri a proper welcome, we thought we’d share a little bit more about her business and her HSCG work.

2013to2014 Board of Directors

Lauri is chairing the Programs and Services committee and serving as Treasurer for the Guild. The Programs and Services committee endeavors to bring new benefits to members and, under Lauri’s direction, is currently hard at work on securing a packaging discount.

Lauri has been a member of the HSCG since 2010, attending her first conference in Palm Springs in 2009. She has attended each one since, serving as the Speaker Coordinator in 2013. She is one half of the brains behind SACS & Co, a soap, candle, and personal care company situated in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Lauri sidewalk art love

Lauri has a novel and extremely efficient approach to her commute. To save time during the week, she stays above the shop she and her sister own, making the hour-long commute home on the weekend. If you stopped by the shop recently, you may have caught a whiff of yuzu from a batch of dead sea salt spa bars Lauri had in production.

The way Lauri tells it, SACS & Co was an accidental business venture. “We made Christmas presents one year and put the name on them and the next thing we knew, we were getting orders.” While both sisters have advanced certifications in CP/HP and MP soapmaking and are juried members of the Indiana Artisans program, they take a divide and conquer approach to the soapmaking. Lauri crafts most of the melt and pour soaps while sister Marta makes most of the cold process soaps.


So, just what does SACS & Co stand for? In this case, it’s a multi-purpose acronym, standing for Sisters and Children or Soap and Candles. However you slice it, we’re happy that Lauri stumbled into business and the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild. Lauri loves getting to meet members, so do drop by and give her a warm welcome.

Stay tuned for updates from Lauri and the Programs and Services Committee. We can’t wait to see where she leads us!

Thank Yous in Spades

The 16th Annual HSCG Conference has just wrapped up in Raleigh, North Carolina and we are fit to bursting to share all the details with you. While we catch our breath from the excitement of last week and recover from the travel back home, we would like to heartily thank the many individuals and companies that contributed to this year’s conference.

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From early mornings and late nights to complete loopyness by the last day (though to be fair, we were not the ones throwing flying monkeys during class), volunteers run the show (which also makes them hard to photograph – that constant movement leads to some blurry photos). We hope the volunteer force helped make your conference experience awesome this year! Here’s who you may have seen announcing speakers, ferrying supplies, giving directions, selling raffle tickets, tweeting madly and wearing tiaras:

Leigh O’Donnell Executive Director/Conference Coordinator
Al Gerhold Conference Coordinator Assistant
Tom Koenig Conference Coordinator Assistant
Teri Kalgren Conference Coordinator Assistant
Lauri Isle Speaker Coordinator
Tricia Samundsen Vendor Coordinator
Cheryl Peterson Sponsor/Donations Coordinator
Robin Schmidt Attendee Coordinator
Rosemarie Cunfer Soapers’ Showcase Coordinator
Wanda Gillen Conference ground crew
Jessie Hoffmeier Conference ground crew
Camryn O’Donnell Conference ground crew
Donna Pixton-Hacker Conference ground crew
Janette Mitchell Bookkeeper
Adam Grogin Videographer
Sebastian Vasquez Photographer
Cathleen Timberlake Board, President
Feleciai Favroth Board Vice President, Programs & Services chair
Julie Koenig Board Treasurer, Membership chair
Barb DeLosSantos Board Secretary, Certification chair
Beth Byrne Board, Public Relations chair
Jen Grimes Board, Social Media chair
Tami Thornton Board, Membership co-chair

Vendor Collaboration at the 2013 Conference

Did you love the goodie bags?? How about the prizes in the raffles? These companies are the reason why:

A+ Soapmaking Studio

Nature’s Garden Soap and Candle Supplies

Ace Soap Molds

Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild

The Nova Studio

Action Bag Company

Handmade Soap Coach

Nuscents Wholesale LLC

Aloha Molds

Jedwards Int. Bulk Natural Oils

Online Labels


The Lebermuth Company, Inc.

Pallas Athene Soap

Back Porch Soap Company

Lil’ Bud and Becky Pet Care Products

Pendergrass Inc


Lotion Bar Cafe

PGS Soap Holders

Boyer Corporation

Lucky Break Consulting

Printable Boxes

Bramble Berry

Making Cosmetics, Inc

Pure Essential Supply, Inc

Bulk Apothecary

Marie Gale

Sagescript Institute, LLC

Catania USA

Milky Way Molds

San Francisco Herb Co.

Certified Lye

Mission Peak Soap Products

Save On Scents

The Chemistry Store

Scientific Soap Making

Columbus Vegetable Oils / Soapers Choice

Monastery Scents

Shay & Company, Inc.

ECOM Cocoa

Monterey Bay Spice Company

Shepard Publications

Essential Depot

Soap Impressions

The Essential Oil Company

Mountain Rose Herbs

Essential Wholesale

Stephenson Group

For Crafts Sake

Nashville Wraps

Texas Beauty Labs

From Nature With Love

National Shrinkwrap

Veracity Insurance Solutions

Glorybee Foods

Natural Soap Registry

Wholesale Supplies Plus

Stay tuned – We’ll be back next week with more coverage from your 2013 Annual Conference.