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.

Tier 1 Highlights:

  • Platinum Sponsorship designation at the Annual Conference
  • Priority placement in the monthly Vendor eNews

Tier 2: $1500/year

This membership offers medium-sized companies great benefits and visibility.

Tier 2 Highlights:

  • Silver Sponsorship designation at the Annual Conference
  • Ability to create a listing on our Supplies & Services page

Tier 3: $500/year

An affordable option for small or new businesses that serve the handcrafted community.

Tier 3 Highlights:

  • A 25% discount on any sponsorship of the HSCG Annual Conference
  • Ability to submit an ad in the monthly Vendor eNews

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

Sheri Wong
Soothing Ways

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Jennifer Lombardi
Candles by Jenni

Barbara Schatz

Dixie Gualtieri

Molly McGrath
South Shore Dairy Goats

Selena Cherry
Bambrey Street Creations

Brooke Raesch
Raesch Family Farm and Naturals, LLC

Cindy Walker
Vicky & Me Soapery

Carla Gilliam
Pekin Apothecary

Kelsie Nygren
Lost Creek Wholesale, LLC

Candice Wheat
The Lavish Goat

Brandi Williams
County Line Acres

Sarah Roberts
AMS Home Goods, LLC

Dianne Madison
Yolo Press

Anna Ferguson
A.C.F.'s Solutions LLC

Romaine Hutton

Carol Perkins
Friends Mission Farm

Andrea McGrath
Out of Darkness Candle Co.

Pamela Hughes
Pine & Bedford

Lynsey Bohannon
Enchanted Tumbleweed, LLC

Tanya Aldi
MPC Candle Company

Ligia Elena Benoit
Ray of Lily Bath Works LLC

Timothy Webster
Tall Grass Prairie Soap Company

Juneanne Gergen
Sage Creek Trading Company

Rebecca Dady

Bethanne Kelleher
The Mighty XO

Andrea Anderson
No Nothing Ranch, LLC

Nicole Quinones

Kimberly Bowman
Thistle & Glory LLC

Caitlyn Pisarski
Motor City Soap Company LLC

Julia Selzler
Thimbleberry Candle Co

Amanda Gardner
Nupine Dairy LLC

Elissa Klaver

Daniela Grigorova
BG Candles LLC

Shyronica Reynolds
Kandie's Scents, LLC

Anthony Wulfers
Inspired by Sage Handmade

Patti Mobley
Gage's Creations Soaps & More

Hollie Barber
Hjk Handcrafted LLC

Tina Kennimer
Riverbrooke Handcrafted Soap Co.

Michelle Baldowsky
Sugar and Spice Custom Creations

Mildred Palm
Palm Crafted LLC

Lisette Rodriguez

Kerry Stewart
Tall Oak Trading Company, LLC

Deborah Erdmann
Sweet Fern Soap Company

Janeen Locker
Daughter Alchemy

Holly Ambrose
Palm Haven Soap

Amy Hildenberger
Natural Order Handmade

Vicki Damico
The Bubble Bath Shop

Andrew Miller
Baltic Pacific

Aimee Parks
The Ruby Wren with State Street Soap Co., LLC

Alexandria Nooft
Belle’s Acres Too

Jerry Walker

Krystal Anderson
Little Bird Holistics Ltd

Heidi Jones
Rose Moon Rising

Jaime Hernandez

Jessica Serna
Last Night of WInter

Vanessa Berkesch
Heavenly Scents

Erika Fortner

Michelle Chandler-Whiseant
Twin Acres Homestead

Nicole Baragwanath
Kenna Nicole Products

Melanie Connor
Radiant Gem/ River House Soap

Denise Benoit Turner

James Abner
Belle’s Glitter and Glam

Brittany Smith
Aroma Society LLC

Stacey Curry
Star Hitched Wagon

Christy Colgate
Prairie Grass Ranch

Naoko Hinderer
Field Moon Handmade Soap

Miriam Rivas
Daffodil Gems

Elsa Fong
The Elchemist, LLC

Edward Carusone
Four Season Wax Melts & More LLC

Heather White
MaeJoy Soap and Beauty

Joan K. Taylor
Cedar Ridge Soaps

Kerry Biglin
Sagegold Soaps

Laura B Reed
Peace of Earth Essentials LLC

Leah Garner
Gracious Hands LLC

Carrie Sheehan
Brownies&Ginger LLC

Kandace Silvola
It’s 726 LLC, DBA Cellre

Mary Ehlenfeldt

Glori VanBrunt
Essential Blends aromatherapy, LLC

Peter McMahon
Facelift Thrift LLC

Steven Meka
STEM Handmade Soap, LLC

Erica-Leigh Whitney
Leilou Creations, LLC

Omayra Ortiz
Candle Hugs and Co., LLC

Jennifer Williams
The Spiritual Affinity LLC

Melinda Lockwood
Heartland SoapWorks

Hailey Kellstrom
Soaps by Hailey

Shoaib Ahmad
Touch by Prince

Gina Harlow
Handmade Maine

Kaila Randolph
Light of Lenore Fragrances

Ruth Esteves

Stephanie Gibri

Katie Centrella
KC Essentials

Abena Boakye

Tammy Hochstetler
Hochstetler's Haven LLC

Jesse Morris
Balm of Gilead

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