I have officially been included as a member of the etsy SAFE team this month. "The SAFE Team (Soap Artisan Friends of Etsy) is a group of soapmakers committed to excellence and best manufacturing practices on etsy. We are open to soapers of all levels, from the hobbyist to the well-established seller, including those who create other bath & body products such as lotions, balms, butters and sprays. We continually strive to perfect our craft and educate ourselves and others about the best practices a soaper must follow both to remain in compliance with FDA laws and to ensure quality products. We are a team that takes great pride in our craft – as it is a blend of both science and art.
We are also friends. As such, we value and insist upon respect for all members. We are a world-wide group and run the spectrum of beliefs, cultures, and political leanings, so opinions and personalities will differ - this is expected and respected. We ask that everyone is treated with courtesy and kindness."
I was welcomed in true soaper fashion, much like I was on the soapy internet forum I have been a member of and active on for a handful of years. Right around the same time that my provisional membership ended and my permanent membership began, Neko died. It was then that the team's true colors really shined and I was offered much consolation both on their public thread and privately. It's a thread newly weaved into my support system and I am thankful and proud to be a part of it. There are some talented people from all over who are a part of this team. I'm tentatively going to be a part of a collaborative blog post on the team's blog site and am very much looking forward to it. wOOt! SAFEteam.