About Membership in the HSCG

The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild is the only international non-profit trade association serving the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. Membership is open to all soap and cosmetic handcrafters anywhere in the world who make any type of handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics, as well as to the vendors who provide products and/or services to the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry and private label companies that market (but do not make) handcrafted soap and cosmetics.

Benefits of Membership

As a trade association supported by membership dues, the first benefit of membership for all members is knowing that the dues paid are supporting the only non-profit association that is actively involved in education, promotion and legislative advocacy for the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry as a whole.

There are also plenty of more direct membership benefits - usually you can recoup the cost of your membership and more by taking advantage of just some of the possible benefits.

Since there are different levels of soap and cosmetic makers and vendors and their needs differ, membership benefits and dues are tailored to both the type of membership and the level. The various membership levels and dues are detailed below. The the Membership Benefits Chart has chart comparing of benefits of each membership type and level.

Handcrafter Membership

Soap and cosmetic makers of all levels - from beginning to retired - are welcome as members of the HSCG. In order to qualify, one only must make some type of handcrafted soap or cosmetic product.

Benefits for Handcrafter Members are geared toward those things that promote their handcrafted soap and cosmetic products, increase proficiency in the trade, improve business skills, encourage networking opportunities and provide general exposure for the member's business and products.

There are several levels of Handcrafter Memberships:

Associate Handcrafter

The Associate Membership is for individuals who:

Make soap and/or cosmetics, but do not market or sell to the public.

This membership is intended for those who are learning the craft and making product, but are not yet ready to go into business. Associate Memberships are limited to five (5) years. For more information on this limitation, see the Membership FAQ.

Associate Memberships include all member benefits except those that specifically relate to marketing and selling handcrafted soap and cosmetics. Associate members may vote and serve on committees, but not hold office.

Dues: $100 per year.

Professional Handcrafter

The Professional Handcrafter Membership is for individuals who:

Make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and do market their products to the public.

Benefits for Professional Handcrafter Members are geared toward promote their handcrafted soap and cosmetic products, increase proficiency in the trade, improve business skills, encourage networking opportunities and provide general exposure for the member's business and products.

Professional Handcrafter Members have the right to vote, participate on committees and serve as President and on the Board of Directors.

US Insurance: Product and general liability insurance is available as an add-on to Professional Handcrafter Memberships when the member's business is located within the US. The insurance starts at $265, and may increase depending on the options selected. See the Insurance FAQ and Insurance Comparison Chart for more details.

Canadian Insurance: Members residing in Canada (except Quebec) have the option to purchase insurance at a discounted rate directly from our partner in Canada. See the Canadian Insurance FAQ for more details.

Dues: $140 per year. (plus insurance, if applicable)

Retired Professional Handcrafter

Since making soap tends to be a life-long passion, the Retired Professional level is for handcrafters who:

Are retired from their soap/cosmetic making business and no longer market to the public.

However, they still want to be connected with and support the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. In order to qualify for a Retired Professional membership, the individual must have been a member at the Professional Level for a minimum of two (2) years.

Benefits for Retired Handcrafter Members include all member benefits except those related to marketing and selling soap and cosmetic products. Retired Handcrafter members may participate on committess and serve as President and on the Board of Directors.

Dues: $100 per year.

Vendor and Supplier Membership

Benefits for vendors and suppliers are geared toward assisting vendors in gaining exposure to soap and cosmetic makers and providing ways for vendors/suppliers to inform and educate soap and cosmetic makers about new or existing products or services. Vendor membership is for those who:

Provide products or services to those in the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry

Vendor Membership is in the name of the business (rather than an individual). Representative of Vendor Member businesses may not hold office (Board of Director or President) as the membership is in the business name, not that of an individual.

There are three tiers of Vendor Membership. Suppliers may choose the level that is most fitting for their personal goals and business model.

Tier 1

Vendor Tier 1 membership is designed to provide the HSCG products and services most often purchased by larger vendors as a single, all-inclusive package. For example, Tier 1 Vendor Membership includes an Exhibitor Table and a Sponsorship Banner at the HSCG Conference.

Dues: $3000 per year.

Tier 2

Vendor Tier 2 benefits are designed to provide the HSCG products and services most often purchased by vendors as a single, all-inclusive package, but at a smaller level. Tier 2 Vendor Membership includes an ad in the Conference Program book and a discount on Exhibitor Space at the Conference.

Dues: $1500 per year.

Tier 3

Vendor Tier 3 benefits are designed for businesses working on a smaller budget but who still want to gain exposure to soap and cosmetic makers and support the activities of the HSCG.

Dues: $500 per year.

Private Label Membership

Private Label Membership is for companies that

Purchase and then resell handcrafted soap and cosmetics under their own label.

Benefits for Private Label Members are geared toward promoting handcrafted soap and cosmetics, as well as providing communication channels with handcrafted soap and cosmetic makers. Optional product and general liability insurance is available to Private Label members in the United States at a significantly reduced rate through the HSCG's agreement with Veracity Insurance Solutions.

Dues: $200 per year.

Benefactor Status

Benefactor Status is an add-on status for individuals and businesses who want to provide additional financial support to the HSCG. There are three levels: Friend ($100), Supporter ($250) and Patron ($500).

Benefactor members are acknowledged on the Benefactors page with a link to their website. Professional members who upgrade to Benefactor Status may have their business logo placed on the Find Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters search pages.

To add a Benefactor Status to your membership, select the add-on in the shopping cart when you purchase your membership.

Member Benefits

NOTE: Not all benefits apply to all membership types and/or levels. See the Membership Benefits Chart for a complete breakdown by member type and level.

For Your Business
  • Product & General Liability Insurance
  • Optional Personal Insurance & Additional Benefits
  • UPS Discount
  • Savings Center
  • Hotel Discounts
  • 10% discount on SoapMaker Software
  • Online Store discount from Volusion
  • Discount on Making Soap Cosmetics & Candles magazine
Online Listings
  • Listing in Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Directory
  • Image in Soap and/or Cosmetic Gallery
  • Members in the Media
  • OnLine Vendor Listing & Buyers Guide
  • Logo on HSCG Website Home Page
  • Logo on Online Buyers Guide pages
  • Store Locator
Promotion and Marketing
  • Public Info Requests
  • Special Opportunities
  • Spotlight on the HSCG Blog
Increased Professionalism
  • Soapmaker Certification Program
  • Use of the Member Badge
  • Use of the Why Handcrafted Soap? brochure
  • HSCG Teacher Program
  • Class Listings
On-Going Education
  • All Content of the How-To Library
  • Annual Conference Registration Discount
  • Advanced Lye Calculator
Community
  • eNews
  • Monthly Vendor Specials eNews
  • Referral Program
Advertising and Sponsorships
  • Ad in Monthly Vendor Specials eNews
  • Conference Exhibitor Space Discount
  • Acknowledgement at Annual Conference
  • Priority Placement of Banners & Ads
  • Priority Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Branded Lye Calculator
Directing the Organization
  • Right to Serve on a Committee
  • Right to Nominate Candidates
  • Right to Vote
  • Right to Serve on the Board of Directors
  • Right to Serve as President


Important Tax Note:

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