Conference Coverage: Again, from the top!

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Today, we are exciting to announce the release of our official 2013 HSCG conference video. Produced by videographer Adam Grogin of Monster Productions, this video will give you a flavor of what our annual conferences are all about. (If you’re reading this from a reader, you can check out this video and past conference videos here.) Hungry for more? We’ve … Read More

2013 Winners Circle

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The 16th HSCG conference is over; we’ve packed our crates, boxes, and bags and traveled back home, but the sights and smells of the Soapers’ Showcase linger on. Every year, we hold a contest known as Soapers’ Showcase. Conference attendees are invited to enter up to 3 soaps in various categories. Attendees vote on their favorites, with winners and a … 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: Twitter Away, Social Media Superstars

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Social butterfly always has another meaning at Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild (HSCG) conferences. If you didn’t make one of the coveted spots at this year’s conference, hopefully you followed along with the flurry of tweets, pictures, and Facebook updates. We’ll be bringing a round-up of conference posts, but today, we’re recapping the tweeters who twittered fast and furiously throughout … 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

Thank Yous in Spades

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The 16th Annual HSCG Conference has just wrapped up in Raleigh, North Carolina and we are fit to bursting to share all the details with you. While we catch our breath from the excitement of last week and recover from the travel back home, we would like to heartily thank the many individuals and companies that contributed to this year’s … Read More

Welcome to Raleigh, it’s #soapconf13 time!

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The Welcome banner has been hung with care, conference crew is here and we can’t wait to see you at the 2013 Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild Conference, starting Friday (officially, that is, with pre-conference half-day sessions and a welcome reception Thursday). Conference crew members have been landing over the past several days and are deep into preparations for the … Read More

Cosmetic Creators to Take Over Raleigh

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With just over a week before soapmakers, cosmetic crafters, suppliers, and supporters flood into Raleigh, our thoughts turn to entertainment options in our host city (naturally). You may be too busy to step foot outside the hotel during the conference, but Raleigh is well worth exploring if you are staying in town a few extra days. We have a few … Read More

Tips for HSCG Conference Attendees

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If this year’s conference is your first, have no fear. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure your first experience is a good one: Rest up prior to the conference. Trust us – you’ll thank us for this Sunday morning. We will keep your brain and body busy from sunup to sundown. You’ll want extra energy to enjoy … Read More

Ready, aim, TWEET!

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Social media mavens and aspiring soaparazzi, get your cameras and typing fingers ready. The conference is always atwitter (pun unintentional, but we’re totally running with it) with great information. We want to reward you for sharing some of it and are running a social media contest at the upcoming Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild conference in Raleigh to do just … Read More