Board Welcomes New Member Lauri Isle

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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 … Read More

2000 and Counting!

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The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild is proud to announce that we have reached and surpassed the 2000 member mark! (Cue wild cheering!) Since 2011, we’ve grown 40%. How did we get there, you ask? September 2011 marked the establishment of an official HSCG headquarters (in lovely Saratoga Springs, New York) along with the hire of our first full time … Read More

Members With Benefits

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Hold the phones – did you catch our benefit announcements for US HSCG members last month? In case your spring passed in a flurry of activity (not the least of which may have been the 16th Annual Conference in Raleigh!), let us refresh your memory on the latest and greatest benefits for members: If you ship oodles and oodles, you … Read More

Soap Angel Investors

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Angel investors are a well-known concept in Silicon Valley, where their deep pockets help start up cash-strapped businesses. Have you ever heard, however, of the soap angel concept? Photo by Flickr member Paul Esson. Used under a Creative Commons License. Soapmakers are a generous bunch, as the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild has witnessed many times over. This past week, … Read More

Join the Certified Crowd

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Join the crowd and be certifiably awesome. At the 2012 HSCG conference in Portland, we awarded certifications to 35 soapmakers – some of whom achieved certification in more than one testing track and more than one level! The 2013 HSCG annual conference in Raleigh is fast approaching and once again, we will be offering certification exams. Currently, we have two … Read More

Why Handcrafted Soap?

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You’ve unpacked your soap, set up a killer display and the first person who walks into your booth picks up a bar and asks, “Why handcrafted soap?” Luckily, there’s a brochure for that. Of course your soap is awesome, but we don’t ever want to leave you tongue-tied for a response in the heat of the moment. One great benefit … Read More

Soaping Superstars: Beauty in Haiti

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It all started with Google.  No, really. Marla Bosworth, CEO and Founder of Back Porch Soap Company, and Amanda Griffin, the brains behind Lovin’ Soap, both HSMG members and speakers at our 2013 conference, recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Haiti. There, they taught two dozen women from OFEDA (Organisation des Femmes Devouees en Action), a group formed after … Read More

It’s Scholarship Time!

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Sharpen your pencils and tell us why you deserve a full ride to the 2013 HSMG Conference.  If you’ve been as eagerly counting down the days to next year’s conference as we have, but can’t afford it, we have some very good news. Photo by Flickr member -Weng-. Used under a Creative Commons License. Veracity Insurance Solutions is generously offering … Read More

December Savings

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Our Black Friday promotion was so much fun we’re bringing it back for the WHOLE month of December.  YAY!  From December 1st to the 31st, get 25% off your purchase in the HSMG store. What is included in this deal? Books: From aromatherapy to basket weaving, we have a little bit of everything in the book section.   Find books on … Read More

Black Friday Magic

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If the thought of Black Friday makes you shudder, we have just the deal for you this upcoming Black Friday (that would be Friday, November 23). Photo by Flickr member Michael Holden. Used under a Creative Commons License. For one day only (okay, 27 hours, to be precise), we’re running a few specials across the HSMG website.  You don’t have … Read More