2015 Annual Conference

The 18th Annual HSCG Conference will be held April 18 - 20, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Westin Downtown Hotel.

As with past conferences, the conference will run three full days, with registration starting on the evening of the 17th (before the first full day). Optional seminars will be held on the 17th from 10 am to 3 pm, prior to registration. Dinner on the last night is the Annual Awards Banquet, which typically ends at about 9:00 pm.

Expect a completely packed schedule, with classes and presentations during the day and networking parties or other events in the evening. Breakfast and both morning and afternoon snacks every day are included. Lunch is included on two days, and dinner on the last night (the Awards Dinner).

Who can attend?

Conference attendance is open to members and non-members of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild. Members receive a substantial discount on the registration fee. Registration includes all classes, demonstrations and workshops, door prizes, drawings and prize awards, and the Soapers' Showcase (optional). All attendees are invited to any special hosted evening events and parties. The only exception is the HSCG Annual Membership Meeting, which may only be attended by current members of the HSCG. Note: Lunch will be provided to non-members in another location.

Topics and Speakers

A variety of speakers, both from inside and outside the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry, will covering a wide range of topics of interest, including classes on different types of techniques used in making handcrafted soap and cosmetics, as well as classes on marketing, promotion, websites, labeling, and business issues.

For members wishing to participate in theCertification Program, sessions for examinations are scheduled at several times during the Annual Conference for your convenience.


Registration for the 2015 conference is still open. Due to space limitations, the number of attendees is limited to 450, and we expect to sell out (as has happened in the past several years). The Early-Bird rate expires on February 27, 2015 (at 4pm, EST).


Exhibitor space is available for vendors and suppliers who offer products and/or services to the industry. Throughout the conference, plenty of time is set aside for attendees to visit the Exhibitor Hall.

The 2015 Conference is sponsored in part by:

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 Conference, see the 2015 Conference Sponsorship page, download our Sponsorship Brochure (.pdf file) or email the Conference Sponsorship Coordinator at