News & Events

Hawaiian Hibiscus

March 2004

Conferences and Gatherings

Iowa Soapmakers - Are holding their 5th annual gathering at the Des Moines Botanical Center, Des Moines, Iowa on March 6, 2004. Contact Cindy at for registration information.

Pennsylvania Soapmakers Gathering - Will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2004 in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. This event is sold out. Please contact Carol at for information regarding this event.

The Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild - Will hold their 7th annual conference on March 25 through March 27, 2004 at the Radisson DFW South in Irving, Texas. Contact Janice at or visit the HSMG website.

First World Candle Congress and Trade Show - Will be held on April 20 through 23, 2004, at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites & Villas in Orlando, Florida. Sponsored by the The National Candle Association (NCA). For further information, please e-mail the event planner at or call (202) 393-2210.

Ohio Kentuckiana Soapers Gathering - Will be held on April 24, 2004, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in London, Ohio. For further information, please contact Molly at

AlaskaSoapers - Will hold the 4th Annual AlaskaSoapers Handcrafted Soap and Toiletries Gathering on April 30 through May 2, 2004 in Cordova, Alaska. For more information regarding this event, please contact Lisa Marie at

Handmade Soap Contest

Congratulations to L.G. from Santa Fe, New Mexico, our March winner! L.G. will receive a gift pack of Kauai Rose, Lavender and Peppermint handmade soap. We hope you enjoy your prize!

Recent News

March 9, 2004 - Organic Trade Association Task Force Rejects Counting Ordinary Water as Organic in Body Care Products - "One year after the Organic Trade Association (OCA) launched the Coming Clean Campaign to establish strong labeling standards for "organic" cosmetics, the Organic Trade Association's Personal Care Task Force (PCTF) rejected a scheme of counting ordinary water as "organic" in body care products. In a 13 to 2 vote on Saturday at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, the task force of natural body care companies condemned the practice of counting as "organic" water added during the steaming of botanicals to make hydrosol water extracts. The task force subsequently voted 10 to 5 to not count any amount of hydrosol water extracts as organic until the minority percentage of water from plant material versus added from steam can be determined."

Have a look back at February 2004. Be sure to stop in again to see "What's New?"

Mahalo and A Hui Ho!

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