Membership Options

The Handmade Soap and Cosmetic Guild is committed to providing the best value and service to our members.

We offer several membership options to best meet your needs:

Novice Handcrafter


Individuals who make soap, cosmetics and/or candles, but do not yet market or sell to the public. Please note: insurance coverage is not available at this membership level.

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Designed for those just learning their craft, and are not yet selling to the public, this affordable membership allows you to take advantage of all that the HSCG has to offer.

From the full HSCG Resource Center to monthly product discounts, the Novice Membership pays for itself quickly. It includes all member benefits, except those related to marketing and selling handcrafted soap, cosmetics and candles via the HSCG Member Marketplace.

Benefits include:

  • Insurance
  • Product & Service Discounts
  • Advanced Lye Calculator
  • Annual Conference Discount
  • Full access to Resource Center
  • E-news, brochure and HSCG member badge

Note: Novice Memberships are limited to five (5) years, then transition to Professional Membership status. Novice members may vote and serve on HSCG committees but cannot hold office.

Professional Handcrafter

$200/year (plus insurance, if purchased)

Companies who make handcrafted soap, cosmetics and/or candles and market them to the public.

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For companies who sell handcrafted soap, cosmetics and/or candles to the public, this affordable membership pays for itself with access to insurance coverage, product discounts and the opportunity to create a listing for your business right on the HSCG website. Members at this level are also able to fulfill custom product requests that consumers make through the HSCG site.

Product and general liability insurance can be added to this level of membership for as low as $275 + membership dues. See the Insurance FAQ and Insurance Comparison Chart for more details. Canadian Members can purchase insurance directly through our Canadian Partners. See the Canadian Insurance FAQ for more details.

Benefits include:

  • Access to affordable insurance options for a discounted fee
  • Optional inclusion in the HSCG Maker Marketplace
  • Custom request opportunities
  • Product and service discounts through HSCG Vendor Members and partners
  • Advanced lye calculator
  • Annual Conference registration discount
  • Full access to the Resource Center

Associate Professional Handcrafter

$50.00 per Associate Member, per membership term

Exclusively for Professional Handcrafter Members, for those who would like to add employee access to their membership.

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In 2022, the HSCG Membership voted to add Associate Memberships; these memberships are only available for Professional Handcrafter Members, and are meant for employees or business affiliates of the Professional Handcrafter Members.

Associate Memberships have all of the benefits of a Professional Membership, except voting rights. Associate Members are able to update listings, access supplier discounts, and answer special requests on behalf of their affiliated Professional Handcrafter Member. Professional Members may have up to five (5) Associate Memberships at a time.

Pricing and Terms

Associate Members are $50 per membership. These memberships are non-transferrable and expire when the affiliated Professional Membership expired. Associate Memberships are not prorated; meaning, whether a Professional Member purchases an Associate Membership at the start of the Professional Membership or mid-way through, the price will remain the same. The responsible Professional Member has the ability to purchase, renew or deactivate an Associate Membership at any time. No refunds/credits in partial or in full will be granted if an Associate Membership is deactivated prior to the expiration date of the Professional Membership. Any Certifications held by the Associate Member are non-transferrable and will expire when the Professional Membership expires, if the Professional does not renew the Associate Membership.

Private Label


Businesses who purchase handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics to use or resell under their private label.

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Private Label Membership is for companies that are purchasing handcrafted products to resell under their own label. It also applies to businesses, like inns and spas, that purchase custom handcrafted products to brand and use for guests.

Private Label Members are connected to HSCG’s full membership and able to tap makers to provide private label product. This membership is also a valuable source of communication about trends in the industry.

Benefits include:

  • Insurance
  • Product & Service Discounts
  • Annual Conference Discount
  • Full access to Resource Center
  • E-news , brochure and HSCG member badge
Note: Private Label Members may vote, nominate candidates and serve on HSCG committees but cannot hold office.


Each level offers more benefits and exposure to HSCG members.

Businesses that sell products or services to handcrafters.

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If you are trying to reach handcrafted soap, cosmetic and/or candle makers, the HSCG Vendor Membership offers unparalleled return on investment. Whether you offer raw materials, packaging, equipment, or services, connect with the HSCG’s 3,600 members to expand your customer base and introduce new merchandise. Vendors and supplier also enjoy special promotion and direct access to makers at our Annual Conference.

A Vendor Membership is in the name of the business (not an individual). Representatives of Vendor Member businesses may not serve as the HSCG President or on the Board of Directors as the membership is in the business name. However, they may be involved in specific committees on behalf of their company.

The HSCG offers three tiers of Vendor Membership, based on your size, budget and promotional needs:

Tier 1: $3000/year

Join larger vendors and suppliers seeking to maximize their visibility and reach with the HSCG membership.

Premier Benefits:

  • Logo on website: one of just five rotating logos, displayed across HSCG’s website
  • Platinum Sponsor: Exhibitor Table and Banner at the HSCG Annual Conference

Tier 2: $1500/year

This membership is offers smaller companies good value in reaching HSCG membership.

Premier Benefits:

  • Silver Sponsor: Advertisement and discounted Exhibitor Space at the HSCG Annual Conference.
  • Listing in the HSCG’s online directory: Where to Buy: Supplies and Services

Tier 3: $500/year

An affordable option for small or new businesses who are serving the handcrafted community.

Premier Benefits:

  • A 25% discount on any sponsorship of the HSCG Annual Conference
  • Listing in the HSCG’s online directory: Where to Buy: Supplies and Services

In addition to the special benefits outlined above, Vendor Members also take advantage of many benefits offered to all members of the HSCG, such as insurance, shipping discounts and education.

Retired Handcrafter


Individuals who make soap, cosmetics and/or candles, but do not yet market or sell to the public.

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Making handcrafted products is a life-long passion, and we honor those who played a role building our industry. That is why we are proud to offer a special membership for those makers who may have retired from the business but wish to stay active and connected with HSCG and the maker community.

To qualify, the individual must have been an HSCG member at the Professional Level for a minimum of two (2) years and must no longer have a business that sells to the public.

Our Retired Handcrafter members enjoy the same benefits, except those related to marketing and selling soap and cosmetic products. We also welcome them to share their experience, serving on committees or the Board of Directors.

Benefits include:

  • Insurance
  • Product & Service Discounts
  • Advanced Lye Calculator
  • Annual Conference Discount
  • Full access to Resource Center
  • E-news, brochure and HSCG member badge

Take advantage of PayPal Credit® to pay for your membership over time!

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New & Returning Members

Paula Lyn Rider
Swirling Elements Soapworks

Debbie McHugh
The Essential Olive/Clear Creek Soap Co.

Lauren Rouleau
Moonrise Creek, LLC

Wendy Lafratta
Fox Hollow Farm, LLC

Volha Tryshyna
Wicks+Paws Candle Co

Rob Cosgrove
Cosgrove & Lewis, LLC

Anna Tang

Melissa Miller
Lady Melissa's Botanicals

Melanie Brown
Serenity Soapworks

Christine Jones
Pure Soap Flakes


Candice Peterson
Easy Peaks Candle Co. LLC

Donna Donigian

Milissha Meicher
Lemon Blossom Fairy Soaps

Nancy McMillan

Cindy Allyn
Body at Rest Inc.

Kevin Buckley
B.Y.O.C. Candle Company

Emily Wire
Moody Momma's Menagerie

Andrea Rader
Rush Creek Soap & More

Cassandra Richards
Dichotomy Creations

William Graham
Murphy and McNeil LLC

Cory Mackanich

Courtney MacKinnon
Fine & Dandi Soap & Candle Company

Sandra Beatty
Heartscent Aromatherapy

Rebekah Creamer
MillTown Soap Company

Janet Malabarba
Calendula Botanicals

Saki Shimano

Carol Trudel
Skinkist Handcrafted Soap, LLC

Cheryl Sanchez
Nothing Hidden Artisan Soap

Joseph Clarizio
Fields of Heather, LLC

Felicia Gray
Faye Infusions LLC

Darby Davis
Moonlit Petrichor

Catherine Allen
Maw Maw Cats Creations

Carmen Nasello
Sunrise soapworks

Breigha Adeyemo
Iya Natural Skincare

Bonnie Howard
The Village Soapsmith, LLC

Suniti Ramanujam
Pure Mitti LLC

Tracie Ramsey
Keltica Soaps

Amanda Hilton

Domonic Brown
Seaux Mississippi Candle Company

Cynthia Hall
Mardelian Farm

Chris McKinney

Dot Russell
Desert Wash Soaps

Janet Kinnaird
Old Farm Soap, LLC

Katherine Rademacher
Shine Above Candles and Botanicals LLC

Carol Manson
Simon Sudz

Paula Senne

Joyce Newman
Old Gray Cat Herb Farm

Ginell Jackson
Brightly Be

Stephanie Rohrer
Sunflower Soapery and Skincare

Cindy Bober
BubbleHunter Handmade Soaps

Tarra Hardeman
The Carmel Soap Company

Salimah Scott
Urban GLO

Michael Schaber
Dr. Schaber's Skin Essentials

Karen E Hood
Timber Ridge Cottage

Susan Buckalew
Upper Left Soap Co

Jessica Hall
The Owasso Soap Company

Onata Andujar
Longevity Creations LLC

Kyle Ernst
Serenity Handcrafted

Morris Bird
Soap by Morris

Gina Aiosa
Homestead Body

Tymi Morrison
Sea Anchored Secrets

Amanda Bybee
The Book Burners Candle Company

Heather Pelkey
River House Farms Felton LLC

Malissa O'Brien
Malissa's Remedies


Dawn Marie Papson
Magical Scentaments

Jacquelynne Cudnik
Jacquelynne's Soaps

Rick Berry
Wicks & Bath Co

Mary Hobbs
Beehive Body Co.

Lauri Strain
Hilo Bay Soap & Candle, LLC

Cynthia Pilat
Q day Essentials

Gail Goldman
Virtue Soap Company

Elaine Pushkin
Seriously Great

Deborah Flowers
Ole Lake Farm

Francine Bynum
Kache Candle Company

Sarah Trogdon
Goldies Natural Beauty

Serene Keilani
Serene Sabun LLC

Lisa Miller
U-Naturally Inc.

Danielle Phulps
Bath Candy Soap Co.

Christine Davis
Rachel Rene Bath and Body

Laurel Albrecht
Buttermood Soap Studio

Titilayo Lane
Soap and Happiness

Jacqueline Maybee
Rocia Naturals

Cecilia South
Celie's Garden

Amber Coon
Smithfield Valley Soaps

Julia Rudo
LaVela Design Company LLC

Emlyn Roesler
Solid Soaps

Cheri Harkleroad

Elaine Stegg
Grandma Lanie's Homecrafts

Kay Cornelison
Sinking Creek Soaps

Misala Calakovic
Journey : One Bar At A Time

Julie Fralicks
Heavens Essentials

Jason Kloess
The Roosevelts Beard Company, LLC

Denise Estrada
Melange Perfume

Kerri Mixon
Pallas Athene

Pamela Hoehn
Herbal Scent Creations

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