HSMG Conference Report

The 2012 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference was full of fun, information, fellowship and soap talk. The range of subjects was immense – but all of them pointed to one common goal – to make our soap businesses and our soap craft better.

I’ve put together overviews of each of the three days of the conference. Here are my reports on Days 1 and 2.

Report from the HSMG Conference – Day 1

Report from the HSMG Conference – Day 2

HSMG Conference Report originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 23:27:45.

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Back from the Conference

Well, I’m back from the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference safe and sound! It was a fabulous conference full of fun, information, fellowship and soap talk. The range of soapmakers from beginner to advanced, from young to not-so-young, from west to east coast was truly amazing. It is so wonderful to have an organization like the HSMG supporting our craft and our industry. It’s so hard to focus on “real life” when you come back from one of these events – I just want to spend all day in the kitchen making soap and trying the new things I learned!

I’ll be putting together a full report in a day or two…stay tuned for all the fun details!

Back from the Conference originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 17:08:26.

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Getting Ready for the HSMG Conference

I’m getting ready to head to the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference in Portland, Oregon! I’m a speaker this year – and am going to be talking about the qualities of soapmaking oils and how to formulate your own soap recipes. I’m really looking forward to it!

The conference runs three days, with classes and presentations held during the day and parties sponsored by major vendors like Bramble Berry, Wholesale Supplies Plus and Essential Wholesale. Dinner on the last night is the Annual Awards Banquet where soap awards are given, and the location for next year’s conference is announced.

A variety of speakers, both from inside and outside the handcrafted soap industry, are scheduled each year, covering a wide range of subjects of interest to soamakers. Topics usually include various aspects of cold process and soap making, soapmaking, marketing, promotion, websites, labeling, and a smattering of business concerns. It’s an amazing thing to be surrounded by SO many people who love the art and craft of soapmaking. I’ll be blogging about the conference throughout the week…look for more news!

Getting Ready for the HSMG Conference originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 20:48:58.

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