Roll That Tape!

Executive DirectorMembership & Benefits13 Comments

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?

13 Comments on “Roll That Tape!”

  1. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of what we missed! The Learning Library is a wonderful idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sure thing, Jill. More’s coming over the next few weeks. I, for one, cannot wait for the library to get here!!



  2. Kathy, what an incredible opportunity for those of us who may never have an opportunity to attend the convention, but through the generosity of many, we will get to share in the learning, techniques and ideas. You and the others that are making this possible and just fabulous!

  3. Congratulations ! I had the honor to be Marla Bosworth and Holy Port’s student in New York City and a devoted follower of Cathy McGinnis.
    Can’t wait , my best wishes for all of you :))

  4. wow! What an awesome idea. I’m so proud to be a member of the Guild. In just one year, the progress can only be measured in stellar leaps and bounds! It never stops amazing me the creativity of everyone associated with the Guild. You asked what we wanted to see in the reference library…EVERYTHING!!!! Thank you all for your dedication and wonderfulness! Alicia Villacorta – Little Cottage Soaps! BTW, Tucson was incredible and I only wish I could have cloned myself to have been able to attend all the workshops ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Gosh, thank you, Alicia, we’re blushing. We couldn’t do what we do without armies of volunteers, so props to them. Hee hee, thanks for the suggestion and keep ’em coming!

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