Member Spotlight: Soap of the South

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Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Soap of the South. What strikes you when visiting Soap of the South is the sheer variety of soaps. Soaps featuring honey, oatmeal, loofah, shea butter and every milk from buttermilk to goat’s milk in fanciful colors and scents abound. Beyond the soaps, patient explorers discover scrubs, balms, lotions, milk baths, and more. While … Read More

Hot Off the Press: New Brochures!

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If you have been living under a rock for the past few years, it’s time to break out you may not have heard of our ‘Why Handcrafted Soap?’ brochure. These wildly popular brochures explain just why consumers want to spoil themselves rotten with a bar of handcrafted soap. When HSMG members voted to welcome cosmetic makers with open arms and … Read More

Member Spotlight: Secret Garden Soap of Madison

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Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Secret Garden Soap of Madison. A serendipitous act of combining fresh goat milk supply with classic cold process soapmaking led to the birth of New Jersey-based Secret Garden Soap of Madison. Owner Tracee Palmer explains, “I started my suburban farm with a few chickens, then moved into beekeeping and finally to complete my little … Read More

Member Spotlight: Honey Sweetie Acres

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Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Honey Sweetie Acres. Two years ago, Regina and Steve Bauscher could hardly have predicted they’d be co-owners of a company called Honey Sweetie Acres. (We don’t want to give anything away, but check out the Honey Sweetie Acres website for the story behind their company name.) Honey Sweetie Acres started as a family farm … Read More

Member Spotlight: Terralyn, Inc.

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Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Terralyn. “Soap-making is my favorite – looking for new scent combos, colorants, molds, formulas,” says Terralyn’s Chief Soapmaker and Executive Skincare Formulator, Lynnette Manteau. Watching her grandmother and great grandmother take care of a farm and do everything from making candles to producing meals, keeping chickens, canning food, and sewing clothes, it’s no surprise … Read More

Member Spotlight: Incredible Soaps

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Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Incredible Soaps. “Euphoria is just a wash away, try our soap today.” If it’s not Incredible Soaps’ tagline, it should be. Creator Lorrie Marling started making soap with her sister several years ago as an effort to combat her skin sensitivies. She enjoyed the feel and how gently handcrafted soaps treated her skin and … Read More

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

Conference Highlights: 2013 Longevity Awards

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Every year at the Annual Conference, we celebrate members who have been with us for half a decade or more. (If you’re in the handcrafted cosmetic industry and you’re not a member, hello, why not?! Check out more about membership here.) This year, at our 2013 conference in Raleigh, we sent a great, big cheer to the following members celebrating … Read More

Conference Highlights: Newly Minted Soapers

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Board secretary and Certification Chair Barb De Los Santos was very busy at this year’s conference in Raleigh certifying the latest batch of soapmakers. While proctored and group exams offer opportunities to be certified throughout the year, Annual Conferences are still the most popular method (and anybody who can ace the test after typical conference-induced sleep deprivation has truly earned … Read More

Member Spotlight: A+ Soapmaking Studio

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A+ Soapmaking Studio, currently teaching soapmaking, business classes and more to students in the local southern California area and beyond, had an unexpected start. Owner Kerri Mixon had just joined the HSCG as the owner of Pallas Athene Soap and attended her very first conference that same year in Tucson, Arizona. Inspired by the incredible meeting of the minds that … Read More