Member Spotlight: A Wild Soap Bar LLC

Walking through Soap Bartender Maggie Hanus’ production area recently, you may have stumbled over several hundred pounds of soap in process. “Inspired back in 1995 by Sandy Maine’s “The Soap Book”, I taught myself how to make soap through trial and error and haven’t been able to stop ever since!” Maggie is part of the …

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Announcing 2014 HSCG Conference Keynote

We may be knee deep in snow, but we are already dreaming of May as we happy-soap-dance our way through the final stretch of planning for HSCG’s 17th Annual Conference, being held May 20-22 in Tucson, Arizona. We are proud to announce Professor Dr. Vijai K. S. Shukla as this year’s conference keynote speaker. So …

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Member Spotlight: K.I.S.S. Keeping It Simple Soap

Shock, fear, and anxiety typically accompany the loss of a full time job. For Kathy Bosk, owner of Keeping It Simple Soap (K.I.S.S), it was the impetus to start a company. And oddly enough, it was her daughter who introduced Kathy to soapmaking. Two and a half years after its genesis, New Hampshire-based Keeping It …

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Hot, hot, HEAT: Conference Sell Out Countdown

There are 118 days and counting (okay, maybe 117 + hours depending on how you’re counting!) until the official kick-off of our 17th Annual Conference, held this year at the gorgeous Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona, from May 20-22. We sell out every year and despite booking a larger capacity venue this year, we’re …

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Member Spotlight: Fish Princess Farm

In shops spanning California’s central coastline, from Sausalito to Carmel, you’ll find soap and lotion from a company named Fish Princess Farm. Who on earth would name their company Fish Princess Farm? And how does a company with such a silly name have such beautiful packaging? We knew there was a story here and so, …

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Get more out of your conference experience with Intensive Seminars

You’re making the investment to come to HSCG’s 2014 Conference, May 20-22, in Tucson, Arizona. How would you like to get some extra class time in while you’re there? You can do that with our in-depth seminar sessions. There are four intensive seminars being held on Monday, May 19th, the day before the conference officially …

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Member Spotlight: spoon -handmade herbal soap & more-

Many cosmetic handcrafters report falling in love with making soap after experiencing the skin-loving benefits of a handmade bar of soap. California-based Kiyoko Puyaoan, started her handmade journey and her company, spoon, after her handmade skin lotion had achieved what no other cosmetic or medicine had, clearing an eczema so bad it had earned her …

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2014 Conference: The Soapy Trail

Don’t think that you have to be a seasoned professional to attend HSCG’s annual conferences. They are, in fact, perfect for soapmakers of all skill levels. And since we started as the Soap Guild, you can bet that we have some of the best soapmaking sessions around (not that we brag…much). Today, we’re presenting this …

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Member Spotlight: Talkeetnagirl Designs, LLC

Living in Alaska is incredibly rough on the skin, so using soap that doesn’t lead to dry, cracked skin is a tall order. Karen P Harvey, owner, designer, creator, and cleanup crew for Talkeetnagirl Designs, makes soap that more than lives up to the challenge. “It always amazes me that such simple ingredients can make …

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