The HSCG Annual Conference is the largest event in the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. Normally held in late spring, it runs for three days and is open to both members and non-members. The location changes each year, cycling through eight regions in the United States, which makes it accessible and affordable, no matter where you are located.

A variety of speakers, both from inside and outside the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry, cover topics of interest usually including various aspects of the science and art of soap and cosmetic making including hands-on demonstrations, marketing, promotion, websites, labeling, and a smattering of business concerns.

With the wide array of educational sessions, time to network with other soap and cosmetic makers and "talk soap", exhibitor booths to explore and nights filled with entertainment, this is not an event you want to miss!

2014 Conference Details

Become a Member

The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild is the only international non-profit trade association serving the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. Membership is open to all - anywhere in the world - who make any type of handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics, as well as to the vendors who provide products and/or services to the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry.

The object and purpose of The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild is:

  • to promote and educate the public about the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry;
  • to act as a center of communication among, and to circulate information beneficial to, members of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry;
  • to foster the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry through education and training; and
  • to represent the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry in matters concerning legislation and regulations affecting the industry.

Membership is open to all handcrafters anywhere in the world who make any type of handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics, as well as to the vendors who provide products and/or services to the handcrafted industry.

Benefits for vendors and suppliers are geared toward assisting vendors in gaining exposure to soap and cosmetic handcrafters and providing ways for vendors/suppliers to inform and educate handcrafters about new or existing products or services.

By facilitating improved communication between vendors and handcrafters, the HSCG provides another avenue by which soapmakers can keep abreast of new technical developments in the industry and can take advantage of members' only special offers.

Members can take pride in the fact that their membership strengthens the industry as a whole, and be confident that the dues are being used to promote, protect, defend and support the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry in accordance with non-profit regulations.