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Apr
23

HSCG 2015 Conference


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HSGC 2015 Conference

HSCG 2015 ConferenceLast week both Shannon and I attended the HSCG 2015 Conference.  The event was held at The Westin in Indianapolis, Indiana April 17-20.  While it was Natures Garden’s second year attending the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild Conference, this was the first time Shannon and I were lucky enough to be there.  I just have to say…WHAT A BLAST!  We truly had the most amazing time and will remember it always.

Once we arrived, we anxiously prepared our booth….and yes, we brought a sniffy sample of each of our 828 fragrance oils!  We even debuted 13 HSCG 2015 Conferencebrand new fragrances including Yummy Gummy, Apple Happy Camper Candy, and Sugary Lollipop; along with many others.  Our booth even had a candy theme to go right along with the new fragrances. Our display was complete with bubblegum, rock candy, lollipops, and M&Ms!

The HSCG 2015 Conference was packed full of good times and memories.  Natures Garden hosted a Caribbean themed welcoming party on the very first night.  We excitedly wore our sparkly scented shoes and beautiful Caribbean style dresses and made our way to the party!  This was our first opportunity to meet many of our amazingly talented customers and new friends!  It truly meant the world to us to see not only guests from across the country, but the world.  It was a great feeling to finally be able to put faces to the names of so many of the wonderful people we have talked to.

HSCG-2015-ConferenceAs the weekend continued, we had many visitors at our booth.  We even had a chance to see some of the projects they have created using our products!  Our customers have made some fabulous soaps!  We had a chance to receive feedback on favorite scents and products, as well as suggestions for new ones.  Some of their favorites soap scents are fragrance oils like Blue Hawaiian, Bite Me, The Perfect Man, and NG Aqua Di Gio Type.

The HSCG 2015 Conference offered crafters and business owners a chance to attend a variety of classes and listen to several speakers.  In addition, we were able to attend meet and greets, luncheons, and super fun parties each night.  It was an absolutely fabulous experience.

On the final night we attended an awards banquet.  This banquet recognized many soapmakers HSCG 2015 Conferencewho had entered their creations in a contest.  Each HSCG 2015 Conference attendee was given the opportunity to vote on each category throughout the weekend.  Some of the categories included Something Different, Best Packaging, Best MP Scent, and Best CP/HP Scent;  just to name a few.  At the awards banquet, they also announced the location for the HSCG 2017 Conference…..VEGAS BABY!!!  Yes, it’s two years away, however the 2016 HSCG Conference will be held in Tampa, Florida and its location was announced at last year’s soap conference.  For those who are interested, the 2016 HSCG conference in Tampa will be May 19-21.

HSCG 2015 ConferenceWe would like to thank everyone who attended the conference, as well as the staff members and volunteers from the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild for all of your support.  It was so very nice to meet each and every one of you.  If you didn’t attend this year, we highly recommend coming to  next year’s event.  You will not regret it!   We had the time of our lives and enjoyed the laughs and have made some amazing memories.

 

 

 

May
30

2014 Alabama Soap Meeting


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Annual Alabama Soap Meeting The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting

Another gathering is quickly approaching that Natures Garden will be attending; the 16th Annual Alabama Soap Meeting!  Taking place from Friday, June 6th through Saturday, June 7th, this event has a jammed packed schedule of fun and informational classes.

The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting will be yet another first for Natures Garden.  The Natures Garden representative attending this year will be Cindy.  She is once again super excited at the opportunity to meet even more of our wonderful customers in attendance, and many new faces!

Held at the Doster Memorial Community Center in Prattville, Alabama; this event promises “fun, fellowship, food, education, and awesome shopping opportunities”.  It really looks to be quite the amazingly planned event.

So, if you are interested and willing to move quickly, you still have time to register.  Ending May 31st, you will not only be able to meet Cindy, but you can have the opportunity to attend some amazing and informative classes covering quite the array of various market related topics.  Besides all of the fun and knowledgeable festivities, you will also receive a goodie bag, and the chance to win numerous door prizes during the two day event.

As per our usual vendor booth set up, Cindy will be bringing a sample of every fragrance oil that Natures Garden currently carries.  So, once again, if you plan on attending, you will have the opportunity to sniff every different fragrance oil to your heart’s content.  And, let’s not forget if you are there, stop by and say hello!

Natures Garden is currently taking pre orders if you are planning on attending the Annual Alabama Soap Meeting.  Cindy will also be bringing the orders with her, so if you pre order, you can save on shipping.  There is also a 5% discount if you act fast.  Just make sure if you want to partake in this fabulous deal that when placing the order you write in the special comments section:  I need this order delivered to the Alabama Gathering.  Once this is established for your order, you will be credited for the shipping cost, as well as the 5% discount on your merchandise.  This deal is effective through June 3rd.

Hope to see you there!

May
28

HSCG 2014 Conference


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HSCG 2014Last week, Cindy and I attended the HSCG 2014 Conference in Tucson, Arizona.  Spoiler alert… we had a blast!

At first, Cindy and I did not know what to expect.  This was our very first time attending an HSCG Conference.  We were nervous and excited at the same time.  It was going to be such a treat to meet our customers and other soapmakers and crafters.

Upon our arrival to the breath taking Loews Resort (where the conference was held) we quickly wanted to get our vendor booth set up and functional.  Since we brought a sample of each of the 816 fragrance oils that Natures Garden currently carries, we knew getting them unpacked and displayed was going to truly be a feat.

Walking into the conference area was inspiring, there was quite an array of other vendors also setting up and preparing for the conference.  Briskly walking past the displays, it was very easy to see that there was going to be something there for every attendee from fragrances to essential oils, unscented bases, educational books, supplies, and packaging; just to name a few.

Once we settled into our area, we quickly started to unpack and set up our displays.  People were already starting to register in the lobby and it was very easy to see everyone’s excitement for the conference to officially begin.  There was most definitely a contagious thrill mounting in the air.

hscg conferenceAs for the Natures Garden booth; we did bring a few other products for our booth, but the main focus was the fragrance samples.  We saw the HSCG Conference as a chance to let people smell fragrances that they always wondered about.  And boy, let me tell you the attendees were ecstatic over the scents.  It was very energizing to see the excitement as people sniffed away and asked questions.

It was very easy to see from the first night that this conference was going to be a huge success.  The charisma and vigor that all of the attendees, staff, vendors, and guild members had was inspiring.  Everyone was so very genuine and nice; not only to us, but amongst each other as well.  And, it was so very nice to see many of the experienced soap crafters giving advice, sharing tricks of the trade, and helping those that were either just starting out or thinking about extending their lines.

During the conference, the days were chucked full of educational classes, gourmet meals, meet and greet opportunities, and good times.  Every time a seminar let out, the vendors area would fill with attendees discussing everything they learned, the great experience they had, and the plethora of knowledge they attained.

All in all by the time that Friday morning hit (the last day), the conference was a buzz with all of the happiness of a well planned and informative week.  The Handcrafted Soapmakers and Cosmetics Guild had yet another successful conference year.  Everyone had a super fun time, learned a lot, and met such a variety of new and creative crafters.  All in all, attending the conference was so well worth it.

Next year the HSCG 2015 Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 18th – 20th.    Our suggestion for anyone that is on the fence about going is that attending this conference is highly recommended from these two first year conference attendees.  Not only will your days be filled with knowledgeable seminars and your evenings with fun get togethers, but you will meet some of the nicest and most helpful fellow crafters in the industry.

On a final note:  A special thank you goes out to all of the hard work that the members and staff of the Handcrafted Soapmakers and Cosmetics Guild did.  For us, this year’s conference was a huge success.  We met new people, had tons of fun, many laughs, and truly enjoyed our time at the conference.