Every year, for a few days in the spring, I attend the Annual Soap & Cosmetic Conference, which is organized by The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSCG). This year the conference was in Wesley Chapel, Florida. A beautiful city located just outside of Tampa. When I arrived in Wesley Chapel, I was ready for a full three days of seminars, networking with other soap makers and some social time. I was definitely not disappointed.
The HSCG sets very high standards for those who join the guild. Members are given opportunities to take Certification Exams and become certified soap makers. I'm excited to report that I took and passed the exam! There were so many classes packed into those three days. I took part in how to make facial serums, glycerin soap, natural deodorant, and shaving soap. I attended classes on product photography (I'll be sprucing up my website photos for sure!), soap chemistry, website design and wholesale trade shows. The motivational speakers were fantastic and I loved every minutes I was there.
In my free time I enjoyed the abundant Florida wildlife. I saw everything from alligators, turtles and snakes to many different kinds of large noisy birds, some had nests of babies.
The conference, for me is a time to see, and learn about what is new and exciting in the soap making industry. It's a time to connect with others who make bath and body products and love it as much as I do! A time to share and compare notes with other business owners, to see what is working and not working. It is also a time to relax and rejuvenate, so I return home with fresh ideas to bring to you!