All About the 2017 Speaker Lineup

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The 2017 Annual Conference is a little over 6 months away, and at the HSCG Headquarters here in Saratoga Springs, New York, planning is in full swing. One of the most exciting facets of the Annual Conference is the wide variety of industry experts that join us each year to talk about technique, formulation and growing your business. We’ve announced … Read More

Common Scents: All About Chamomile

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Common Scents: All About Chamomile   Welcome to our series, Common Scents! Common scents is a series 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 explore the healing history behind chamomile. One of the world’s oldest known herbs … Read More

Logos: The Do’s and Don’ts of Representing Your Brand

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As consumers, we are constantly faced with multiple companies selling the same product. From cereal to clothing to automobiles, we are faced with colorful designs and characters; but what is it that makes a product easily recognizable? You got it-the logo. A logo tells a consumer which brand they are buying and in some cases, might mean the difference between … Read More

Hot Process Soapmaking for Beginners

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If you’re anything like me, you had a few questions when you first got into the art of soap making. Top on your list was most likely, “what are cold and hot processes, and what’s the difference?” Today, we are going to explore hot process soap making and go through a simple step by step tutorial on how to make … Read More

Candles: A Beginner’s Guide to Waxes

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 Autumn is upon us and soon,  summer nights will give way to cool, crisp evenings. If you’re anything like us, you pull out the cozy blanket and most likely light a few candles; there’s nothing like a warm, comforting light to take the chill out of the air! Candle making is a great way to expand your soap and/or cosmetic line … Read More

Common Scents: All About Lavender

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Welcome to our new series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a series 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 explore the rich and royalty filled history of (almost) everyone’s favorite essential oil: lavender! Lavender first entered … Read More

How to Speak Soap: A Beginner’s Guide to Common Handcrafter Terms

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If you are just starting your soap or cosmetic making journey, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will provide the terms and definitions for common terms that you’ll come across while formulating and crafting your product. From legal terms to industry “slang”, this article will cover a wide variety of words you might encounter.   Let’s get started! … Read More

Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Packaging (Part 2)-Tips for Packaging Your Cosmetics

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Welcome to the second part of our two-part series on Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Packaging! In this article, we will be discussing some of the different packaging opportunities available to those who make lotions, butters and scrubs. Just like with soap, there are many different options when it comes to packaging your cosmetics. Tubes, jars, bottles; the options for customization … Read More

Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Packaging (Part 1) – Finding the Best Fit for Your Bar

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You’ve made your product; that swirl is just right, the scent; amazing! Now comes the big decision…how are you going to package it? When it comes to packaging soap and cosmetics, there are many different options on the market. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, and everyone has opinions on which type is best; we won’t try to decide … Read More