Types of Membership
Since there are different levels of handcrafters and vendors and their needs differ, membership benefits are tailored to both the type of membership and the level. See the Membership Benefits Chart for a comparison.
In addition to the membership type, a handcrafter or vendor may also choose to become an HSCG Benefactor. Benefactor Memberships allow dedicated individuals the opportunity to provide additional support for the HSCG's operations, over and above their regular membership. Benefactor members receive additional exposure on the website, various recognitions and special discounts - and are sincerely appreciated by the HSCG!
See also: Benefits for Handcrafters
The Associate Membership is for individuals who make soap and/or cosmetics, but do not market or sell to the public. It is intended for those who are learning the craft and making product, but are not yet ready to go into business. Associate Memberships are limited to five (5) years. For more information on this limitation, see the Membership FAQ.
Associate Memberships include all member benefits except those that specifically relate to marketing and selling handcrafted soap and cosmetics. Associate members may vote and serve on committees, but not hold office.
Dues: $80 per year.
The Professional Handcrafter Membership is for individuals who make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and market their products to the public. Benefits for Professional Handcrafter Members are geared toward promoting handcrafted soap and cosmetics, increasing proficiency in the trade, improving business skills, encouraging networking opportunities and providing general exposure for the member's business and products.
Professional Handcrafter Members have the right to vote, participate on committees and serve as President and on the Board of Directors.
The Professional Membership includes product and general liability insurance for members in the United States, which is provided by Veracity Insurance Solutions. Please note that the HSCG does not sell insurance or receive any commissions on insurance purchased by members. See the insurance faq for details.
Dues: $480 per year.
Canadian Professional Handcrafter Members
General and product liability insurance is available to Canadian handcrafters. The legal requirements are that the funds for Canadian insurance and all administration are handled through Canadian businesses. The HSCG does not collect your payment for insurance, nor does it administer the insurance or act as a broker in any way. That is all handled through the broker in Canada. However, once you purchase a Canadian Handcrafter Membership, you have the option to purchase insurance coverage at a discounted rate. See the insurance faq for details.
Dues: $100 per year. (Insurance is $400 plus applicable taxes in certain provinces.)
International Professional Handcrafter Members
The general and product liability insurance arranged for HSCG members is only available in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. For soap and cosmetic handcrafters from other countries the insurance is excluded from the membership and the membership price adjusted accordingly.
Dues: $100 per year.
Handcrafter with Existing Liability Insurance Coverage
For Professional Handcrafter in the United States who already have general and product liability insurance coverage, the insurance portion of the membership may be waived and the membership price adjusted accordingly.
Dues: $100 per year.
Retired Professional Handcrafter Membership
Since making soap tends to be a life-long passion, the Retired Professional level is for handcrafters who have retired from their soap/cosmetic making business and no longer market to the public, but still want to be connected with and support the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. In order to qualify for a Retired Professional membership, the individual must have been a member at the Professional Level for a minimum of two (2) years.
Dues: $100 per year.
For Vendors & Suppliers
See also: Benefits for Vendors
Vendor Memberships are for those who provide products or services to those in the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. Vendor Benefits are geared toward assisting them gaining exposure to soap and cosmetic makers.
Vendor Membership is in the name of the business (rather than an individual). Vendor Members may not hold office (Board of Director or President) as the membership is in the business name, not that of an individual.
There are three tiers of Vendor Membership. Suppliers may choose the level that is most fitting for their personal goals and business model.
Tier 1 membership is designed to provide the HSCG products and services most often purchased by larger vendors as a single, all-inclusive package.
Dues: $3,000 per year.
Tier 2 benefits are designed to provide the HSCG products and services most often purchased by vendors as a single, all-inclusive package, but at a smaller level.
Dues: $1,500 per year.
Tier 3 is designed for businesses working on a smaller budget but who still want to gain exposure to soap and cosmetic makers and support the activities of the HSCG.
Dues: $500 per year.
See also: Benefits for Private Labelers
Private Labeler Memberships
Private Labeler Memberships are for those who purchase handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and sell them under their own private label. Private Labeler Benefits are geared toward promoting handcrafted soap and cosmetics and providing communication channels with handcrafted soap and cosmetic makers. Optional product and general liability insurance is available to Private Label members at a significantly reduced rate through the HSCG's agreement with Veracity Insurance Solutions.
Dues: $200 per year.
Benefactor levels of Patron, Supporter and Friend are for members of all types who wish to increase their level of support of the HSCG. Benefactor members automatically receive additional exposure on the website, various recognitions and special discounts.
The HSCG respects and appreciates those members who choose to upgrade to Benefactor status and acknowledges and supports them wherever possible.
Benefactor status is in addition to the membership dues. To increase your membership to a Benefactor status, go through the regular process for signing up for membership and ADD the benefactor status during the checkout process in the shopping cart.