HSCG at CSW 2014

Recently, the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild was lucky enough to send Guild President Feleciai Favroth and Executive Director Leigh O’Donnell out to the 2014 Central Soapers Workshop, held this year in Overland Park, Kansas. The brainchild of Kenna Cote (speaking this year at #soapconf14!!), this fast-growing gathering was designed especially for soapmakers in the …

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Member Spotlight: Mt. Lebanon Soap Company

The birth of Christopher and Erin Csernica’s daughter was also the birth of their company, Mt. Lebanon Soap Company. The symmetry is perfectly fitting as proceeds from the company serve a very special purpose for Summer, born with genetic disorder trisomy 21. “We decided we wanted something to teach her, give her skills over the …

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Member Spotlight: Secret Garden Soap of Madison

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 …

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Roll That Tape!

If we didn’t have the pleasure of your attendance at this year’s conference and if you weren’t glued to your Facebook feed, you may have missed the news! (If you’re on a reader, click here.) Late last year, the HSCG was approached by PTV-In Focus Studios to create a short documentary about handcrafted soap and …

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Board Welcomes New Member Lauri Isle

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 …

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2000 and Counting!

The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild is proud to announce that we have reached and surpassed the 2000 member mark! (Cue wild cheering!) Since 2011, we’ve grown 40%. How did we get there, you ask? September 2011 marked the establishment of an official HSCG headquarters (in lovely Saratoga Springs, New York) along with the hire …

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Soap Angel Investors

Angel investors are a well-known concept in Silicon Valley, where their deep pockets help start up cash-strapped businesses. Have you ever heard, however, of the soap angel concept? Photo by Flickr member Paul Esson. Used under a Creative Commons License. Soapmakers are a generous bunch, as the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild has witnessed many …

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