There are LOTS of reasons to join the HSCG. Anyone who makes handcrafted soap or cosmetics
will find the benefit of membership more than outweighs the small annual cost.
Want to learn more? Scroll down to take a tour of some of the many benefits you can
get from membership in the HSCG.
Your HSCG membership can provide you with savings on soap supplies, office supplies,
outbound shipping, and an online webstore. You can easily cover your membership
dues with the money you can save!
Having general and product liability insurance is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your assets
in the event of something going horribly wrong. We never want to expect a
problem, but we should always be prepared for the worst case. The
insurance options offered by the HSCG
through Veracity Insurance Solutions give you access to the most affordable insurance coverage available anywhere that is geared
toward soap and cosmetic handcrafters.
The HSCG offers a number of different ways to get your business out in front of
consumers. With over 40,000 visitors per month, your listing in the Directory of Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters
can provide great for your business and products. In addition, the
Soap Gallery and the Cosmetic Gallery can
showcase your products and the Store Locator provides website
visitors with a way to find your products in brick-and-mortar locations in the US.
HSCG members regularly report getting valid, bonifide (and sometimes quite large!) sales from customers who
found them on the HSCG website. It doesn't take very many extra, unexpected sales to cover the cost of your membership dues.
Use the tools and options of the HSCG to help improve your craft. Get more skills to make
handcrafted soap and cosmetics through classes,
the HSCG conference and the HSCG How-To Library.
We all know that many consumers look at the packaging and smell the product as the main ways to decide
if they are going to buy. But there are also those consumers who tend to dig a little deeper to
make their decision to purchase. In those cases, having outside verification of your soapmaking skills through the
HSCG Certification Program
just may be the deciding factor. And, of course, the personal certainty that you have, indeed, put yourself
to the test and passed doens't hurt your self-confidence any, either!
The HSCG is the only association or organization for soap and cosmetic
handcrafters that is non-profit and registered with the IRS.
What does that mean? It means that every penny of your dues go toward operating the association and
fulfilling the mission of the HSCG, which includes a portion of your dues
funding federal legislative advocacy. While we do pay staff, not one dime goes
as "profit" to any individual person or business.
We have very specific state and federal rules for ensuring fairness and equity and we make sure they
are followed - not because we have to, but because it is the right way to run an organization
such as this. We've even gone a step beyond, by incorporating Roberts Rules of Order into our
bylaws and managment procedures to make doubly-sure that the association stays on track.
As a member, you have rights in the management of the organization. Your voice is heard. The
describe your rights and responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities of all elected officers, the President,
Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Executive Director.
The HSCG provides opportunities for networking and making new friends. Who doesn't need more people with whom
they can talk shop and who don't roll their eyes when you start on the properties of different oils in soap or
how to blend the perfect fragrance? Online, members can participate in the HSCG Members Only Facebook group.
At the Annual Conference you get to spend days with like-minded
people. And now, with Local Chapters HSCG members can start chapters in their local region or
join with existing chapters and have the chance to get together with other people locally.
For individuals who make soap and/or cosmetics, but do not
market or sell to the public yet.
For individuals who make handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and
market them to the public.
Dues: $175/year (plus insurance, if applicable)
For businesses that sell products or services to handcrafters.
Dues: $500 - $3000/year
For businesses that purchase handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics and
resell the products under their private label.
Take advantage of PayPal Credit® to pay for your membership over time!
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