Your voice being heard

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At the top of every page of our website is the statement: The only international non-profit trade association promoting the benefits of handcrafted soaps and giving a voice to the handcrafted soapmaker. I am proud of the fact that we have, as of this writing, 967 members whose membership dues have made it possible for us to grow to the … Read More

Best rate for the 2009 Conference expires tonight~!!!

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The Member only Early-Early Bird rate will expire tonight at midnight. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. The sign ups are coming in hourly and we’ve already blown away the count from one year ago today!! The registration page will take you to the shopping cart to check out. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with 250-300 other soapmakers, knowledgable … Read More

What’s in Your Soap Box?

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Do you have a question or concern about soapmaking?  Discuss it and many other HSMG issues with other Members just like you.  Come on over to the HSMG Forum to discuss a variety of topics including:   The use of Palm Oil 3 Fold Brochures Labeling Holiday Scents Wine Soap   Maria Gelnett Chair P&S Committee

FDA Globalization Act – Update

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The FDA Globalization Act of 2008 is still in the Energy and Commerce Committee. I have been working closely with Donna Maria Coles Johnson of the Indie Beauty Network to draw up a clear statement on our position on the draft and to propose revised wording. Based on an email Donna Maria received today from the Energy & Commerce Committee … Read More

Spotlight on LaShonda Tyree

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Board of Directors Member and Policies Procedures and Bylaws Chair Meet LaShonda Tyree, BoD, Chair of PPB Committee of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and the owner of Nyah, a Patterson, New Jersey-based natural soap and beauty company. Like so many of us who read this blog, La Shonda began making soap out of curiosity. Later on, she learned that her … Read More

HSMG Reaching for 1,000 Members

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Yes it can happen and you can play a part by inviting other soapmakers that you know to join the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. Membership in the guild has really soared these past months and topping 1,000 members is a very real and attainable goal. Share your enthusiasm and invite a friend to join! As you can see from La Shonda’s … Read More

Living Wisely – Living Well

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Purchase Natural Home Magazine November/December issue and you won’t be disappointed.  Especially with the smart tip under the Natural Resources section that advertises our excellent HSMG Soapmakers. Maria Gelnett Programs and Services Chair

Logos Available for Members

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Logos (seals) are now available for download in the Members area of our website.  Please read and abide by the Agreement and use the Member logo to tell people that you are an active Member of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild, Inc.  There are color, black & white and web versions available. Maria Gelnett Chair – Programs and Services

Green Meetings and The HSMG Conference

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A hot topic in the meeting planner world is the push for more green meetings. This was one of the most talked about issues at the National Meetings Industry Day Workshop on April 19, 2008. The desire to make good choices for the environment was obvious but most divisions of the industry are unsure how to start. It appears that … Read More

A Good Book and a Blanket

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Cooler weather brings time to catch up on your reading. Find lots of educational information and ideas in our listing of industry recommended books. I like Ann Bramson’s book, Soap – Making It, Enjoying It for beginners. If you know of any good updates to the list, please post. Maria Gelnett Chair, P&S Committee