Local Chapter Spotlight: New York

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The HSCG New York Local Chapter is helmed by President Stephanie Falsetta and Vice President Beth Byrne. Recently, we asked the New York Local Chapter leaders to share a collaborative view of their experiences and inspiration in forming and running their chapter. What inspired you to form a Local Chapter? Beth and I attended the HSCG Annual Conference for years. … Read More

Local Chapter Spotlight: Great Lakes

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The HSCG Great Lakes Local Chapter is helmed by President Suzanne Finley, Vice President Steven Meka, Secretary Mary Ellen Quaine, and Treasurer Michelle Neathery. Recently, we asked the Great Lakes Local Chapter leaders to share a collaborative view of their experiences and inspiration in forming and running their chapter. What inspired you to form a local chapter? We looked at … Read More

Local Chapter Spotlight: California

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The HSCG California Local Chapter is helmed by President Cindy Christ, Vice President John Mikrut, Treasurer Heidi Jaynes, and Secretary Mandy Gough. Recently, we asked the California Local Chapter leaders to share a collaborative view of their experiences and inspiration in forming and running their chapter. What inspired you to form a Local Chapter? The founding board of the HSCG … Read More

The Magic of the HSCG: Why Community Matters

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What do you think of when you hear the word Guild? If you’re anything like me, you probably weren’t quite sure what a guild was when you first heard of it. Furthermore, you might not have really understood the importance of actually joining one; after all, you wear all the hats in your business, do you really need to be … Read More

How to (Politely) Speak to Mislabeling Handcrafters

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Making handcrafted soap and cosmetics is a great way to let your creativity shine, but let’s face it-it’s a very time consuming, labor intensive process! One of the most crucial and sometimes difficult parts of selling your finished product to the public is labeling it accurately. Making sure to include all of the proper information, but before that, putting in … Read More

All About Charlene: Meet the HSCG’s New President

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Spring is in the air here in Saratoga Springs. Nestled in the Art District, HSCG Headquarters is surrounded by blossoming flowers, lush green trees and the smell of renewal. Driving around town, you can see signs of the season everywhere; from yard sales to eager graduates looking to the future, everyone is experiencing a renaissance on some level. It’s only … Read More

Growing Your Business: 6 Things to Look for When Choosing a Trade Association

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When you talk to Handcrafters, you hear many positive things. Handcrafters love to help people feel beautiful, love to innovate when it comes to formulation, and especially love to educate others about their products. One thing that the majority of Handcrafters we’ve spoken to also voice is the loneliness of the industry. Because the art of making handcrafted soap and … Read More

What’s Up at the HSCG: March 2017

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2017 has and will continue to be an exciting year for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild! In early 2017, we were very excited to introduce a new, lower cost insurance option through Veracity Insurance Solutions. Even with a price point $100 less than the standard coverage option, this lower cost policy still covers handcrafted soap and cosmetic makers in … Read More

Common Scents: Eucalyptus

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Welcome to our  series, Common Scents. Common Scents is a collection of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils and how they became so popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting. In this edition of common scents, we will take a deeper look at a fan favorite: eucalyptus oil.  Much like many of the oils we will discuss, … Read More

Mind Your Manners: Social Media Etiquette for Your Business

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  Social media; whether you love it or hate it on a personal level, its positive advertising potential is undeniable. A large majority of people, businesses, and organizations utilize at least one social media site; many take advantage of multiple platforms to get the most visibility. As with any advertising opportunity, one of the most important things to consider when … Read More