Purchase Handcrafter Membership

Handcrafter memberships are for those individuals who make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics.

There are three levels of Handcrafter Memberships: Professional, Associate and Retired. Professional Handcrafter Memberships may include insurance.

If you are a current or past HSCG member or have registered for the HSCG website, PLEASE LOG IN BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

Select Your Membership Type

For more information about the types of membership and their associated benefits, please see the About Membership page. If you are uncertain about which is the best membership type for you, take a look at the Benefits Chart for an in-depth comparison of the types of Handcrafter memberships.

Associate Handcrafter Membership: $100

Associate Memberships are for individuals who make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics but do not sell or market to the public.

An individual may be an Associate Handcrafter Member for a maximum of 5 years.

Benefits for Associate Members are geared toward education and growing your business. Insurance is not available.

Retired Professional Handcrafter Membership: $100

Retired Professional Memberships are for individuals who used to make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics but do not sell or market to the public any longer.

To qualify for a Retired Professional Membership, the individual must have been a Professional Handcrafter Member for a minimum of 2 years.

A Retired Membership does not include any benefits that are geared toward the marketing and selling of products. Insurance is not available.

Professional Membership: $140

Professional Memberships are for individuals who make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and sell or market to the public.

Benefits for Professional Members are geared toward growing and expanding your business and marketing and selling your products.

Professional Members located in Canada have the option to purchase insurance at a special HSCG member rate. More information about the Canadian Insurance can be found on the Canadian Insurance FAQ. Once you complete your membership purchase, you will be emailed the details on how to sign up for your insurance if desired. NOTE: The Canadian insurance option is not available in Quebec

At this time, insurance is not available for Professional Members residing outside the US or Canada.

Insurance is available as an add-on to Professional Handcrafter Memberships for those residing in the United States. The cost of insurance starts at $265 for basic liability coverage or $380 for standard coverage with additional options for either, and is in addition to the membership dues. See the Insurance Comparison Chart for a side-by-side comparison of the options.

You will be able to select your insurance options in the Insurance Section below.

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I have read and understood the HSCG Code of Ethics and I agree to abide by the code while I am a member of the HSCG.

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Insurance Options

The HSCG offers Minimum and Standard insurance levels. See the Insurance Comparison Chart for a side-by-side comparison of the options. If you teach, you can also add Professional Insurance.

I already have insurance through another insurance company, and don't need additional insurance coverage at this time.
I understand that I am declining general and product liability insurance coverage for my business.

Minimum Insurance Coverage: $265 (plus $5 admin fee)

ADMIN FEE: The insurance cost shown the is actual amount paid to the insurance company for your insurance. HSCG charges an additional $5 to help offset our administrative costs.

Minimum Insurance Coverage includes General and Product Liability Coverage, which may be increased if needed. Professional Coverage may be added. Minimum Insurance Coverage does not include any property coverage or identity theft coverage.

Standard Insurance Coverage: $375 (plus $5 admin fee).

ADMIN FEE: The insurance cost shown the is actual amount paid to the insurance company for your insurance. HSCG charges an additional $5 to help offset our administrative costs.

Standard Insurance Coverage includes General and Product Liability Coverage, which may be increased if needed. Professional Coverage may be added. It also includes $5,000 property coverage, which may be increased up to $50,000 (over $30,000 needs a custom policy - call the office for details). Full coverage also includes Identity Theft coverage.

I understand that Minimum Insurance Coverage does not include any property or identity theft coverage.

No Increase: $0

General and Product Liability insurance will be included at $1 million.

Increased Liability: + $55

General and Product Liability insurance will be increased to $2 million.

No Increase: $0

Property coverage will be included up to $5,000.

Increased Property Coverage: + $75

Property coverage will be increased to $10,000.

Increased Property Coverage: + $125

Property coverage will be increased to $20,000.

Increased Property Coverage: + $175

Property coverage will be increased to $20,000.

No Professional Coverage: $0

No professional coverage will be included with this insurance. Professional insurance covers teachers and those who provide information at a professional level and covers them against claims that their information caused harm in some way

Add Professional Insurance: + $135

Professional insurance coverage will be added. Professional insurance if for teachers and those who provide information at a professional level and covers them against claims that their information caused harm in some way.

Insurance Legal Details

In order to prepare your coverage, Veracity Insurance Solutions requires some legal information about your business including your legal business name and the type of business entity.

IF THE LEGAL NAME IS INCORRECTLY LISTED ON YOUR POLICY, YOU MAY NOT BE COVERED IN THE EVENT OF A CLAIM.

Business Type

Select the correct business type for your soap and cosmetic business. If it's "just you", and you file taxes on a Schedule C under your own personal tax return, select "Sole Proprietorship". If you have registered your business as a different type of entity, select the correct business type.

Legal Business Name

Enter the correct LEGAL name under which your business is registered. If your business is a sole-proprietorship, ENTER YOUR OWN NAME, even if you have a business name (DBA) under which you do business. If your business is set up as a Partnership, LLC, Corporation or Subchapter-S Corporation, enter in the LEGAL NAME OF THE ENTITY under which you are registered and file your taxes (even if you have another business name (typically called a "DBA" or "doing business as" or "ficticious name") under which the business operates.

Doing Business As

If you have a DBA ("doing business as") name that is different than the legal name under which your business is established, provide it to ensure you are also covered under the DBA name.

Phone

Please enter or confirm the phone number at which we can reach you if necessary.

Insurance Terms and Conditions

Insurance Exclusions: *

I have read and understand the insurance exclusions.

Insurance Terms: *

I have read and understand the Terms and Conditions under which I am purchasing this insurance.

Benefactor Status

The HSCG has three Benefactor Status Levels for those individuals who want to give a bit more to the HSCG and receive special recognitions. The levels are Friend ($100), Supporter ($250), and Patron ($500).

In the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Directory, Benefactor Members have their logos displayed on search pages, and their listings show up first on the result pages. In addition, Benefactor Members are also listed on the Benefactor Members page in the "About the HSCG" section of the website.

Making Soap Magazine

The HSCG has partnered with Making Soap Cosmetics & Candles Magazine (previously the Saponifier) to offer a discount on a one-year subscription when it is purchased with your membership. If you already have a subscription, it will be extended for 1 year (6 additional issues); a new subscription with start with the next issue.

The subscription may be in email or print format. Print editions mailed outside the US have an additional postage fee included.

NOTE: The prices include an administrative fee of $2 charged which is retained by the HSCG to offset merchant fees and administrative costs. The balance goes directly to Making Soap Magazine for your subscription.

The mailing address on file for your membership will be sent to the Making Soap Cosmetics & Candles Magazine as your subscription address.

The email address on file for your membership will be sent to the Making Soap Cosmetics & Candles Magazine as your subscription address.

Join a Local Chapter

As part of your membership, you may join a Local HSCG Chapter. There is no additional cost to you, and you are free to leave the chapter at any time if you choose. Local Chapters provide a way to stay connected with other HSCG members in your area, network and participate in local events and activities. If you decide not to join a Local Chapter at this time, you can always do so later.

Referral

The HSCG has a referral program for members. If someone influenced your decision to join or renew your membership, you can give him/her credit.

Summary & Review

Please review the above information to ensure it is correct.

Once your transaction is finalized and paid, the HSCG office will process your membershipwithin 24 business hours. You will receive an email when your membership is active.You will be able to change your contact information and manage your membership in your Dashboard in the Member Area of the HSCG website. However, if any changes are needed to the name under which the membership is recorded, for security purposes you will need to call the HSCG office to request any changes.

Important Tax Note:

Due to the HSCG's continuting advocacy work in Washington DC, 15% of your annual dues (not including insurance) are not tax deductible. For more information, please consult your tax professional.

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