Handrafter Membership in the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild is open to all individuals who make
any kind of handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics at any level. There are several levels of Handcrafter Membership
based on whether or not the handcrafter is selling soap to the general public, where the handcrafter
is located and if he/she already has insurance coverage.
Benefits for Handcrafter Members are geared toward those things that assist in promoting
handcrafted soap, increasing proficiency in the trade, improving business skills, encouraging
networking opportunities and providing general exposure for the member's business and products.
As one of the most important benefits, members have the opportunity, through elections,
participation and volunteerism, to shape the direction and future of the HSCG and the handcrafted
soap industry as a whole.
Certain membership benefits are applicable based on the
type of membership. (See the Membership Benefits Chart for more details.)
Applies to: Professional and Private Label Members
General and product liability insurance is available as an add-on to Professional Handcrafter memberships for members residing in the US. Several options are available; price starts at $265. The insurance is effective immediately upon receipt of dues and processing of the membership. See the Insurance FAQ for detailed information about the insurance coverage and options. Canadian Members have the option to purchase product and general liability insurance through our Canadian partners. See the Canadian Insurance FAQ for more details.
Private Label Members: Special group rates for product and general liability insurance have been negotiated for Private Label Members. The insurance is optional, and must be purchased directly from Veracity Insurance Solutions after the membership has been purchased; Private Label insurance is not included as part of the membership dues.
International Members: The member benefit insurance is only available for soap and cosmetic handcrafters within the United States and Canada; for handcrafters from other countries the insurance is excluded from the membership and the membership price adjusted accordingly.
Applies to: All Members
HSCG members are qualified to purchase additional insurance options for themselves and their families through our partnership with Veracity Insurance Solutions. Each type of additional insurance option addresses a unique situation; the options are:
Applies to: Professional, All Vendor and Private Label Members
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Applies to: Professional Members
Applies to: All Handcrafter Members
Applies to: Professional and Vendor Tier 1 Members
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Every year the HSCG has an Annual Conference. It is 3 days, filled with classes and presentations on a wide array of topics pertinent to soapmaking (including actual soapmaking demonstration and how-to sessions). Conference attendance is open to both members and non-members.
Members receive a discount on the registration fee for themselves and up to three additional business associates.
Vendor Tier 1 Members receive FREE conference registration for two (2) of their staff to attend the conference (non-transferable).
Vendor Tier 2 Members receive FREE conference registration for one (1) of their staff to attend the conference (non-transferable).
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Applies to: Professional and Retired Members
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