About Membership in the HSCG
Membership in the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild is open to:
- Handcrafters of soap & cosmetics
- Private labelers who purchase handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and sell under their own label
- Vendors who provide products and/or services to the handcrafted and cosmetic soap industry
Benefits of Membership
The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild is a non-profit trade association, supported by membership dues. As a trade association, the main goal of the HSCG is to keep an eye on the big picture and promote, improve, protect and defend the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. So the first benefit of membership for all members is knowing that the dues paid are supporting the only non-profit association that is actively involved in education, promotion and legislative advocacy for the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry as a whole.
There are also more direct membership benefits. Since there are different levels of soap and cosmetic makers and vendors and their needs differ, membership benefits and dues are tailored to both the type of membership and the level.
Soap and cosmetic makers of all levels - from beginning to retired - are welcome as members of the HSCG. Benefits for Handcrafted Members are geared toward those things that assist in promoting handcrafted soap and cosmetic products, increasing proficiency in the trade, improving business skills, encouraging networking opportunities and providing general exposure for the member's business and products.
Professional Handcrafter Membership includes General and Product Liability Insurance for soap and cosmetic makers residing in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada.
For Vendors and Suppliers
Benefits for vendors and suppliers are geared toward assisting vendors in gaining exposure to soap and cosmetic makers and providing ways for vendors/suppliers to inform and educate soap and cosmetic makers about new or existing products or services.
By facilitating improved communication between vendors and soap and cosmetic makers, the HSCG provides another avenue by which soap and cosmetic makers can keep abreast of new technical developments in the industry and can take advantage of members' only special offers, should vendors choose to offer them.
For Private Labelers
Benefits for Private Label Members are geared toward promoting handcrafted soap and cosmetics, as well as providing communication channels with handcrafted soap and cosmetic makers. Optional product and general liability insurance is available to Private Label members in the United States at a significantly reduced rate through the HSCG's agreement with Veracity Insurance Solutions.
See the overview of the different membership types and dues for more detail about the benefits and criteria for different types of membership.
To see which benefits are included in each membership type/level, see the Membership Benefits Chart
Dues and Payment
Dues vary depending on the type of membership and whether or not insurance is included and may be viewed on the Types of Membership. All memberships have the option of using PayPal's Bill Me Later® service to spread the payments over time (up to 6 months interest free with credit approval).
Important Tax Notice
Due to the HSCG's lobbying and advocacy activities, 20% of your dues are not tax deductible for the calendar year 2014. Please note that this only applies to membership dues, NOT fees paid for product and liability insurance; the dues portion of the membership for Professional Handcrafter Members with insurance is $140 per year.
If you have any questions, please consult your tax advisor.