Cut to the Trace eZine

The Cut to the Trace eZine is a quarterly publication of the HSCG. It contains educational articles, association and industry news, and a vendor marketplace.

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Issue 14

(3rd Quarter, 2019)

5 Ways to Scale Up
Wholesale for Beginners
Are You Ready for Wholesale?
Wholesale vs Consignment

Issue 13

(2nd Quarter, 2019)

24k Gold in Skincare
Luxury in Branding & Packaging
Upgrade Your Products

Issue 12

(1st Quarter, 2019)

Baraka Shea Butter
Calculating Lye Quantities
Bath Salts

Issue 11

(4th Quarter, 2018)

Surviving Craft Show Season
Crystal Clear Geode Bath Bombs
Clear Spray Recipe
Clearly, Water & Heat Matter
M&P Soap is Clearly on Trend

Issue 10

(3rd Quarter, 2018)

INCI Defined: The Full Story
African Black Soap
Meadowfoam and Daikon Seed
Your Window to the Marketplace

Issue 9

(2nd Quarter, 2018)

The History of Laundry Soap
My First Bath Bomb
Certification; Why it Matters)
Why Safety is Everyone's Job
Videos - The Next Big Thing

Issue 8

(1st Quarter, 2018)

Designing a Website for Your Brand
Add-On Products
Design for Your Brand
When Social Media Hurts Your Business

Issue 7

(4th Quarter, 2017)

Ins & Outs of Masterbatching
New Product Development
Tax Time is Coming!
Website Inspection
New Year Checklist

Issue 6

(3rd Quarter, 2017)

All About Lavender EO
A Guide to Selecting Shrink Wrap Film
Professionalism in Business
Private Labeling

Issue 5

(2nd Quarter, 2017)

Base Oils
Shampoo Bars
Handling Negative Feedback
Color Additives
GMP: Lot Numbers

Issue 4

(1st Quarter, 2017)

Winter Shower Steamers
Honesty in Advertising
Wine Soap
Batch Numbers

Issue 3

(4th Quarter, 2016)

The Making of a Soy Candle
Essential vs. Fixed Oils
Emulsified Scrubs
Navigating Craft Shows
Defeating Soap Gremlins

Issue 2

(3rd Quarter, 2016)

Product Label Requirements
Certification and Accreditation
Creating an Emulsion

Issue 1

(2nd Quarter, 2016)

Bath Bomb Records
Natural Alternatives to CP Soap?
Lactic Acid & AHA's in Cosmetics
Preventing Microbial Contamination