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The Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers (GCSTM)

The Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers (GCSTM) is a non-commercial organisation which provides information and guidelines about handmade soap crafting and the EU legislation that regulates the cosmetics and toiletries industry. GCSTM is run by volunteers who give their time freely for the benefit of both our members and the profession as a whole. The Guild operates an open admissions policy and membership is FREE to any soap or toiletry maker who holds safety assessments for their product range.


The European Directory of Soap & Cosmetics Makers was formed in 2009 and has grown to become Europe’s largest directory of handmade soaps, candles, cosmetics, and personal care products.

Cosmetic Safety Assessments and Consultancy

Provide Cosmetic Product Safety Reports (certification) as required by EU regulation 1223/2009 before any product can be sold legally in the UK or EU. We also offer expert advice on all aspects of the EU and UK cosmetics regulations. Our clients range from craft and small scale producers of natural cosmetics, to international manufacturers and importers of “top-end” luxury and designer products.