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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Share Your Voice: US Labeling

The HSMG has submitted a petition that needs your voice. In mid-2012, the HSMG submitted a citizen’s petition to the US FDA requesting a change in the law to make a PO box acceptable on cosmetic product labels in lieu of a street address.  The FDA confirmed receipt in August and has been collecting public …

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Label on!

Last week, the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild welcomed author, past HSMG President, and savvy labeler Marie Gale into our twitter chat room to share some of her vast experience labeling soaps and cosmetics for sale in the US. Read on for highlights of our discussion. [View the story "Soap and Cosmetic Labeling #HSMGchat " on Storify] …

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Come Chat with Us!

We’re having a tweet party and you’re invited!  Come to HSMG’s twitter chat debut on Wednesday, August 22 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern.  Resident labeling expert Marie Gale, author of Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions about …

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Members of Congress Hear From The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild

During the week of February 8th, I visited our nation’s capital for scheduled meetings with  several Republican and Democratic lawmakers representing Districts from New York to California.  I was joined by HSMG member and supporter, Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus. Led by our Washington, D.C. advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo, over the course …

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Legislative Update: Major Changes Coming in the U.S. House of Representatives

Now almost two weeks after the November 2, 2010 election, some of the dust is starting to settle and we are beginning to see how the Congressional landscape is going to change. With Republicans winning more than 60 seats in the House of Representatives, the Democratic led House will move to the minority in January …

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From the President – DC Advocacy Trip Follow-up – Safe Cosmetics Act

Yesterday I met with legislative staffers in the offices of Reps. Jan Schakowsky, (D-Il), Ed Markey, (D-Ma) and Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wi), the original co-sponsors of H.R. 5786 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.  I was joined by Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Wa, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale in Portland, Or, Lela Barker …

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The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild heads to Washington, DC – Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

Sunday evening I flew to Washington, DC, to meet up with: Donna Maria Coles Johnson of The Indie Beauty Network (@indiebusiness) Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale (@essentialU) Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry (@brambleberry) Lela Barker of Bella Lucce (@bellalucce) We have set up meetings with senior staffers of Representatives Schakowsky (D,IL), Markey (D, MA) and …

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