New Member Bonus Starting NOW

Have you heard the news? Join the HSCG in April, May, or June and we’ll pay for your certification! If you’ve been thinking about joining the HSCG, we have a first-time ever deal to sweeten the pot. As an organization, we have exceeded 2,400 members and want to keep headquarters busy right up to 2,500 …

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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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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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Back to (Soap) School

Welcome to September.  The days are slowly shortening, summer’s gradually winding down, and school is back in session, which makes this a perfect time to ponder continuing your education.  You don’t have to stop learning just because your formal schooling has ended.  In fact, many soapmakers don’t discover their passion until well after primary and …

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Show me the Bubbles!

Have you ever heard of HSMG’s Golden Soap bubbles?  No, this is neither the latest soapmaking technique nor a batch gone horribly wrong, but the Guild’s referral program. Simply put, if you refer a soapmaker who becomes a member of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, you’ll receive Golden Soap Bubbles.  And what, you may ask, do …

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9 Reasons Insurance is Worth Pondering

If you sell your soap, you need insurance.  Despite your careful formulation, good manufacturing practices, and thorough testing, liability claims can happen to any business.  Here are nine reasons why having general, product, and professional liability insurance is a good idea: 9.  Mold infiltrates your beautifully packaged finished soap 8.  A student is hurt while …

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HSMG Member, Kreative Kraftwerks – Reflections of the Orlando Trade Show!

What an honor it was, last December, to hear that I was selected as an alternate for the ACRE Orlando Tradeshow. Knowing I was competing against some of the best soapmakers in the country, the thought of being an alternate was as exciting as actually being selected. Can you imagine how I felt when, with …

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The HSMG Acquires the Association of Artisan Businesses (AAB)

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and Association of Artisan Businesses Reach an Acquisition Agreement Tuesday, August 31, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marrijane Jones (AAB) or Gayle Vrla (HSMG) AAB phone -  1-800-542-6183 HSMG phone – 1-866-900-7627 AAB Email:    memberservices@artisanbusinesses.org HSMG Email:  info@soapguild.org The Association of Artisan Businesses (AAB) and The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) …

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Spotlight – Stratus Insurance – Platinum Conference Sponsor

Are you all signed up for the HSMG 2010 Conference in Denver, CO?  Stratus Insurance Company is one of our Platinum sponsors and we can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve? Any soapmaker who has searched for insurance for their small business knows how hard it is to find an insurance company …

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