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

HSMG Forum Moderator – Pat Allen

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It is with great pleasure that I announce that the HSMG Forum now has an additional new Forum Moderator, Pat Allen of www.GranNannysGoatMilkSoaps.net Pat also volunteers on the Certification Committee. Thank you, Pat from all of us at HSMG. Please take a moment to say hello and welcome her to her new role here. Here’s a note from Pat: Hello … Read More

HSMG Photo Gallery

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http://www.soapguild.org/public/soap-gallery.php Have you checked out the impressive soap photo gallery on the HSMG website lately?  Lately there are a lot of new photos uploaded to the members’ information page.  All I can say is “How do they do that?”  We have quite an upscale artisan membership! Maria Gelnett – Chair, Programs and Services

Spotlight – Leigh O’Donnell, Vice-President, HSMG

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With all of us living so far away from one another, and in a day and age when it’s difficult for everyone to make it out to the Annual Conference, this blog is a great way to learn more about the Guild, its leadership team, and members. Speaking of the Annual Conference, today’s spotlight focuses on Leigh O’Donnell, HSMG Vice … Read More

DC News Coverage of FDA Globalization Act

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On September 19th, CBS Affiliate WUSA Channel 9 News in Washington DC aired this segment featuring the FDA Globalization Act and the far-reaching effects it might have. The initial contact was made by Jamila White of j blossom, member of the Indie Beauty Network and speaker at the HSMG 2008 and 2009 Conferences. Both Jamilla and Donna Maria Coles Johnson … Read More

Additional Insurance Available

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As most know, product and general liability insurance is included as a member benefit for soapmaker members located in the United States. The basic insurance includes $1M in liability insurance and $5,000 in property insurance. For those who needed more liability insurance to satisfy wholesale accounts or craft shows and fairs, an optional increase to $2M is available during the … Read More

Calendar of Events

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Available on the HSMG website are the following calendar of events tailored to soapmakers. These events have been submitted by various groups and businesses; they are not sponsored or endorsed by the HSMG. September 2008 September 27 – September 28 (Saturday – Sunday) the ORIGINAL SOAP MAKING BOOTCAMP This popular weekend workshop taught by Lori Nova & David Critchfield covers 4 … Read More