The HSCG non-profit trade association serving the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry.
The industry is diverse, encompassing up-and-coming artisan makers, established business making handcrafted soap
and cosmetic products, vendors who provide products and services to the makers, and the general public as
consumers of handcrafted soap and cosmetic products.
The mission of the organization is four-fold, addressing all the different parts that make
up the industry as a whole. When combined, the individual aspects of
our mission combine into a comprehensive plan to serve all the stakeholders of the
handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry.
Away from marketing hype and advertising slogans, consumers can
discover factual information
about handcrafted soap and cosmetics. How is soap made?
What ingredients are used?
The Soap Gallery and the
Cosmetic Gallery show examples of
beautiful, artisnal products. Finally, the Store Locator
and Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Directory
provide ways to locate handcrafted soap or cosmetics available to purchase.
The HSCG works to provide important information to everyone in the handcrafted soap and cosmetic
industry through the HSCG website, Local Chapters, and on social media, especially our
In addition, any person may Register on the site
to receive any of our eNewsletters.
Education and training for all members of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry is of major
importance to the HSCG. Soap and cosmetic making classes are
listed on the HSCG website. The Annual Conference is open to both members and non-members
and provides 3 days of classes and sessions at all levels on many subjects of interest. The How-To Library
offers year-round access to articles and videos on a variety of topics and is adding new subject matter regularly.
For members, the HSCG offers a Certification Program with four levels (Basic, Advanced, Expert and Master)
along three tracks (Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking, Melt & Pour Soapmaking and Cosmetic Making).
New legislation at both the Federal and State levels is a major concern for the handcrafted soap and cosmetic
industry. The HSCG has been involved with Legislative Advocacy
for over 10 years, representing the industry in many meetings each year with Members of Congress and others in Washington DC.
The Soap Gallery and the
Cosmetic Gallery show spectacular examples of
beautiful, artisnal products. Our Store Locator
can help you find any brick-and-mortar locations near you where you can go and purchase handcrafted products.
Alternatively, our Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Directory
provides ways to locate handcrafted soap or cosmetics makers by location or name, with products available
online or in person.
For more information about handcrafted soap or cosmetics in general, how products are made,
and what they contain, see
The HSCG provides a wide range of information and resources for those who make (or want to make)
handcrafted soap and cosmetics. For materials and supplies, check
Where to Buy. For articles, videos
and podcasts about all aspects of making and selling handcrafted products, see the
How-To Library. In particular, check out
HSCG Radio which has over 30 podcasts on subjects of
interest, and the Cut to the Trace eZine.
Every year the HSCG hosts an
Annual Conference. The location
rotates around the country
to make it more accessible.
The 2020 conferencewill be held in Hartford, CT
starting on April 22, 2020 and running for 4 days.
Optional intensive seminars are held on the first day; sessions along three
tracks (Maker, Business and Advanced) are held on the remaining days.
The HSCG is membership-supported and there are many reasons why you should join!.
There are a myriad of
benefits including the best
general and product liability insurance
in the industry when
compared other insurance options available to handcrafted soap
and cosmetic makers.
Membership in the HSCG
are available for both professional level makers and those who are just starting out.
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