Check Out the NEW Why Handcrafted Soap Brochure!

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Let’s start by stating the obvious: we have a very talented community of makers! When people aren’t in the soap business, they see a bar of soap as a bar of soap; many don’t realize that it takes heaping amounts of creativity to really make a bar stand out. Whether that creativity comes in the form of packaging, design or … Read More

Celebrating National Soapmaking Day with Kerri Mixon!

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Happy National Soapmaking Day! That’s right; the last Sunday of every September has officially been dubbed National Soapmaking Day. We’re celebrating National Soapmaking Day by recognizing all of our fantastic Members and fellow makers all around the globe; today is your day! Recently, I sent National Soapmaking Day founder Kerri Mixon a few questions about this very special day and … Read More

Celebrating a Decade with Executive Director Leigh O’Donnell

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I went through a move recently and you know how it goes; every drawer must be purged, every item designated as “keep”, “toss” or “donate”. Boxes long forgotten hold old journals, treasured stuffed animals – all sorts of memories, good and bad. While going through my alarmingly-large collection of notebooks, I found one special spiral bound legal pad, still opened … Read More

Journey Into Soapmaking with the HSCG’s Kristine Farmer

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Back in April, the staff here at the HSCG decided to have a staff soapmaking day. We had all of our materials, gloves, goggles, aprons, etc. We picked our scents and our colors, and then the soapmaking began! Under the watchful eye of HSCG Executive Director Leigh, we began mixing, scenting and coloring our mixtures. Once we were happy with … Read More

Happy April Fool’s Day!

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We had to do it, Makers – it is April Fool’s day, after all! We haven’t really found a way to make saponification happen without lye – instead, let’s take a look at an alternative for those who don’t want to handle lye during the making process: melt & pour! What do people mean when they say their soap has … Read More

Property Coverage: What It Is & Why You Need It

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In a recent post on Cut to the Trace, we discussed a concerning trend where makers believe they have product liability insurance through their homeowner’s insurance, but likely do not. This leaves makers open to potentially crippling financial loss and we strongly encourage you to read our take on the situation here. In this article, we’re going to talk about … Read More

Product Liability: Are You Covered?

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Being an entrepreneur means you have to be prepared for everything; even the things you really don’t want to think about. That’s where proper insurance coverage comes in. What is Product Liability Coverage? Many makers understand the importance of having insurance coverage, but let’s face it…insurance can be complicated. Because of this, some makers end up with insurance coverage that … Read More