May 2014 Conference: The Cosmetic Track

Warm apple cider in steaming mugs, cinnamon wafting through the air, cooling temperatures, leaf peeping (should you be so lucky as to live in a deciduously-blessed area), and a mad dash towards the holidays. Yup, fall has most definitely arrived. So why are we talking about next spring? Well, May 20, 2014 marks the start …

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Member Spotlight: Neecy’s Necessities

Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Neecy’s Necessities. Neecy’s Necessities tag line, “Bliss made beautifully simple” is evident after strolling through the online store. In the shop, you’ll find bar soaps, shaving soaps, balms, body butters, lotions, hair conditioner, hand & body wash, wax tarts, gifts, and even beautiful purses to stash it all in. …

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The Answer is 72

Wondering what the question is? We are working on 72 different policies to bring before the membership in our upcoming Annual Meeting, being held onsite during the 2014 Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona (and open to every member, whether attending the conference or not). The last few years have been busy for the Guild. In …

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Member Spotlight: Bejeweled Bubbles

Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Bejeweled Bubbles. Who doesn’t love a hidden treasure? This simple idea fueled Bejeweled Bubbles – a company handcrafting soaps with a little something extra inside. Owner Kristin Goodman explains, “About a year and a half ago, I was talking to my husband about how fun it would be to …

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Featuring You!

It’s time to share the love. You may have noticed some of our recent member features on Facebook and Twitter. We want to feature you and your businesses in all of your awesome glory across all of our media outlets, including this blog. To that end, we’re proud to announce a brand new member spotlight …

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Member Spotlight: Luxuriously Natural Soaps

Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Luxuriously Natural Soaps. A frustration with ineffective skincare products and prescriptions for family members with extremely sensitive skin was the original impetus for Luxuriously Natural Soaps. For owner Sonya Black, layoffs in the corporate world were a blessing in disguise. “I began to work full time [for Luxuriously Natural …

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Member Card Comeback

Do you remember what happened when you used to renew your Guild membership? Perhaps you recall opening your mailbox to find that shiny folder of information with a membership card tucked very officiously in the front pocket waiting for you inside? Birds were chirping, your soap always behaved….okay, perhaps we embellish. Those rose-tinted glasses are …

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Member Spotlight: Botanicals by the Sea

Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Botanicals by the Sea. Botanicals by the Sea has been a transformative experience for owner Sherry Molling, taking her from nearly losing her house to being able to support herself and her son. In business for three years, San Diego-based Botanicals by the Sea carries a full line of …

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Legal News: Soap Loaf Trademark

Last week it came to our attention that a private handcrafted soap company had successfully trademarked the term “soap loaf”. This word mark was published for opposition by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on February 5, 3013. The owner has been enforcing the mark on various sites (e.g. eBay) and having handcrafted soapmakers and …

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