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. http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/ 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. http://www.soapguild.org/industry/books.php 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

Member Profiled in Magazine!

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HSMG Member, Betty Lou Cauffman was profiled in the July/August 2008 issue of Emu Today & Tomorrow, a magazine for Emu Farmers. The two-page article, titled “Soap Making: A Good Clean Fit for Emu Farms”, details how soapmaking is an integral part of Valley View Emus, LLC, in Fennimore WI. Betty Lou attended the 2008 HSMG Conference in Burlington, VT … Read More

And the Winner is………..

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Michelle Gilbert, Sarva Natural Artisian Soaps Wow!! Nice job Michelle. You deserve this recognition. Congratulations on winning the member call for photos! Look for our ad in the Holiday Edition of Martha Stewart – Body and Soul Magazine. You will not be disappointed in the HSMG recognition in the ad created by our Marie Gale, President, utilizing Michelle’s soap photo. … Read More


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n. informal – unwaivering pertinacity, perseverence Are you all looking as forward to hearing Erin Brockovich speak at the upcoming HSMG Conference as I am? Did you know that the movie about her story starring Julia Roberts was true and 98% accurate? She extended her hand of understanding and compassion and made a difference. Get to know her at http://www.brockovich.com/ … Read More