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 work.
Lauri is chairing the Programs and Services committee and serving as Treasurer for the Guild. The Programs and Services committee endeavors to bring new benefits to members and, under Lauri’s direction, is currently hard at work on securing a packaging discount.
Lauri has been a member of the HSCG since 2010, attending her first conference in Palm Springs in 2009. She has attended each one since, serving as the Speaker Coordinator in 2013. She is one half of the brains behind SACS & Co, a soap, candle, and personal care company situated in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Lauri has a novel and extremely efficient approach to her commute. To save time during the week, she stays above the shop she and her sister own, making the hour-long commute home on the weekend. If you stopped by the shop recently, you may have caught a whiff of yuzu from a batch of dead sea salt spa bars Lauri had in production.
The way Lauri tells it, SACS & Co was an accidental business venture. “We made Christmas presents one year and put the name on them and the next thing we knew, we were getting orders.” While both sisters have advanced certifications in CP/HP and MP soapmaking and are juried members of the Indiana Artisans program, they take a divide and conquer approach to the soapmaking. Lauri crafts most of the melt and pour soaps while sister Marta makes most of the cold process soaps.
So, just what does SACS & Co stand for? In this case, it’s a multi-purpose acronym, standing for Sisters and Children or Soap and Candles. However you slice it, we’re happy that Lauri stumbled into business and the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild. Lauri loves getting to meet members, so do drop by and give her a warm welcome.
Stay tuned for updates from Lauri and the Programs and Services Committee. We can’t wait to see where she leads us!