Benefits for Private Label Members
Private Labelers who purchase handcrafted soap or cosmetics from one or more sources and then resell it under their own private label are the newest addition to the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild family.
The HSCG works for private labelers in several ways - first by supporting and protecting the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry as a whole through education, legislative advocacy, insurance and more; second, by providing direct member benefits to private labelers that are geared toward assisting them in the business; and third, through the active promotion of partnerships between Private Label Members and Soapmaker Members for the formation mutually beneficial business arrangements.
A Private Label Membership is the in the name of the business and has an individual person connected to the membership as the owner. In addition, a "contact person" can be designated by the owner. If assigned, the contact person gets email and enews updates from HSCG instead of the owner. Both the owner and the contact person have unique log-ins to the HSCG Member Area.
For Your Business
Product & General Liability Insurance
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.
Optional Personal Insurance & Additional Benefits
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:
- Liability Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Accident Insurance
- 24/7 Sick Pay Coverage
- Cancer Insurance
- Dental & Vision Insurance
- Health Management Resources
- Legal Shield
Applies to: Professional, All Vendor and Private Label MembersHSCG has partnered with UPS to offer members discounts on shipping services through UPS. Members can get up to 32% off shipping! Even if you already have a UPS account, you can still participate in the program. [NOTE: US Members only.]
Applies to: All MembersSave on products and services from premier vendors such as Office Depot, Carbonite Online Backup Services, ADP (payroll processing), TelaDoc Healthcare and more.
10% discount on SoapMaker Software
Applies to: All MembersHSCG members receive a 10% discount on any version of SoapMaker Software. The Software, available for Microsoft Windows (7, Vista, XP or 2000), allows you to calculate lye and water for recipes using over 50 types of base oils, calculate costs per batch and bar using your ingredient costs, stores your recipes and organizes them by category, type, date and cost, provides inventory control and more.
Online Store discount from Volusion
Applies to: Professional, All Vendor and Private Label MembersThe HSCG has teamed up with Volusion Online Stores to bring a high-quality eCommerce option to all HSCG members. Volusion is offering a special deal for HSCG members including 25% off monthly hosting, 20% discount on SSL certificate and much more.
Discount on Making Soap Cosmetics & Candles magazine
Applies to: All MembersHSCG members can get a substantial discount on their subscription to Making Soap Cosmetics & Candles magazine - 10% on the print edition and a whopping 45% on the Email (.pdf) version.
Promotion and Marketing
Applies to: All MembersFrom time-to-time the HSCG is able to offers special opportunities to the membership. In the past these have included donations to goodie bags handed out at a large natural products expo and free space in an HSCG booth at wholesale trade shows. Note: These promotional opportunities may be limited to specific memberships, depending on their applicability.
Use of the Member Badge
Applies to: Professional, All Vendor and Private Label MembersQualified HSCG Members may used HSCG Member Badge on print, packaging and/or web materials to promote the fact they are a member of the HSCG, thereby increasing customer confidence.
Use of the Why Handcrafted Soap? brochure
Applies to: Professional, All Vendor and Private Label MembersThe HSCG has developed and printed a high-quality brochure, Why Handcrafted Soap Cosmetics which explains the benefits of handcrafted soap and contains beautiful pictures. It is available to members for download for free or to purchase at a very nominal fee (about at cost). There is a space to add contact information and personalize the brochure.
All Content of the How-To Library
Applies to: All MembersHSCG members have access to all of the content of the How-To library automatically as part of their membership.
Annual Conference Registration Discount
Applies to: All Members
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).
Advanced Lye Calculator
Applies to: All MembersThe HSCG Lye Calculator included in the How-To Library. Unlike other lye calculators, the HSCG Lye Calculator shows the exact SAP value being used in calculations. Registered Users have the option to specify the SAP value to be used for any oil or ingredient. Members may save recipes.
Applies to: All MemberseNews issues are sent by email to members to keep them up-to-date on news and activities of the HSCG, including legislation and other matters of interest.
Monthly Vendor Specials eNews
Applies to: All MembersThe Vendor Specials eNews is sent out monthly and contains the current month's specials submitted by HSCG Vendor members.
Applies to: All MembersMembers receive credits (called "Golden Bubbles") when they refer other soap and cosmetic handcrafters or vendors to join the HSCG. Golden Bubbles may be used toward membership dues, conference registration, advertising or HSCG merchandise.
Directing the Organization
Right to Serve on a Committee
Applies to: All MembersAll members have the right to volunteer and to serve on a Committee if they so choose.
Right to Nominate Candidates
Applies to: All MembersAll members have the right to nominate candidates for the offices of President and Board of Directors Member.
Right to Vote
Applies to: All MembersThe HSCG Annual Membership Meeting is held during the Annual Conference every year. All members may attend (whether or not they are attending the conference) and any member present at the Annual Meeting has the right to vote on issues presented at the meeting. All members have the right to vote in ballots sent by mail. For all votes, each Vendor Membership may cast only one vote, which must be by the designated owner or representative.