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Having Some Fun…Little Bars of Soap

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Our monthly newsletter will soon arrive in your email boxes telling you about our St. Pat’s Day give-aways, Green Soap Samples, coming just in time for the bathin’ ‘o’ the green.

In the meantime, we thought you might enjoy this delightfully fun (yet imaginary) correspondence between a hotel guest and management, a story that circulated the internet in 1995:

LITTLE BARS OF SOAP

Dear Maid,

Please do not leave any more of those little bars of soap in my bathroom since I have brought my own bath-sized Dial. Please remove the six unopened little bars from the shelf under the medicine chest and another three in the shower soap dish. They are in my way.

Thank you,
S. Berman


Dear Room 635,

I am not your regular maid. She will be back tomorrow, Thursday, from her day off. I took the 3 hotel soaps out of the shower soap dish as you requested. The 6 bars on your shelf I took out of your way and put on top of your Kleenex dispenser in case you should change your mind. This leaves only the 3 bars I left today which my instructions from the management is to leave 3 soapsdaily.
I hope this is satisfactory.

Kathy, Relief Maid


Dear Maid — I hope you are my regular maid.

Apparently Kathy did not tell you about my note to her concerning the little bars of soap. When I got back to my room this evening I found you had added 3 little Camays to the shelf under my medicine cabinet. I am going to be here in the hotel for two weeks and have brought my own bath-size Dial so I won’t need those 6 little Camays which are on the shelf. They are in my way when shaving, brushing teeth, etc.

Please remove them.

S. Berman


Dear Mr. Berman,

My day off was last Wed. so the relief maid left 3 hotel soaps which we are instructed by the management. I took the 6 soaps which were in your way on the shelf and put them in the soap dish where your Dial was. I put the Dial in the medicine cabinet for your convenience. I didn’t remove the 3 complimentary soaps which are always placed inside the medicine cabinet for all new check-ins and which you did not object to when you checked in last Monday. Please let me know if I can of further assistance.

Your regular maid,
Dotty


Dear Mr. Berman,

The assistant manager, Mr. Kensedder, informed me this A.M. that you called him last evening and said you were unhappy with your maid service. I have assigned a new girl to your room. I hope you will accept my apologies for any past inconvenience. If you have any future complaints please contact me so I can give it my personal attention. Call extension 1108 between 8AM and 5PM. Thank you.

Elaine Carmen
Housekeeper


Dear Miss Carmen,

It is impossible to contact you by phone since I leave the hotel for business at 745 AM and don’t get back before 530 or 6PM. That’s the reason I called Mr. Kensedder last night. You were already off duty. I only asked Mr. Kensedder if he could do anything about those little bars of soap. The new maid you assigned me must have thought I was a new check-in today, since she left another 3 bars of hotel soap in my medicine cabinet along with her regular delivery of 3 bars on the bath-room shelf. In just 5 days here I have accumulated 24 little bars of soap. Why are you doing this to me?

S. Berman


Dear Mr. Berman,

Your maid, Kathy, has been instructed to stop delivering soap to your room and remove the extra soaps. If I can be of further assistance, please call extension 1108 between 8AM and 5PM. Thank you,

Elaine Carmen,
Housekeeper


Dear Mr. Kensedder,

My bath-size Dial is missing. Every bar of soap was taken from my room including my own bath-size Dial. I came in late last night and had to call the bellhop to bring me 4 little Cashmere Bouquets.

S. Berman


Dear Mr. Berman,

I have informed our housekeeper, Elaine Carmen, of your soap problem. I cannot understand why there was no soap in your room since our maids are instructed to leave 3 bars of soap each time they service a room. The situation will be rectified immediately. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience.

Martin L. Kensedder
Assistant Manager


Dear Mrs. Carmen,

Who the hell left 54 little bars of Camay in my room? I came in last night and found 54 little bars of soap. I don’t want 54 little bars of Camay. I want my one damn bar of bath-size Dial. Do you realize I have 54 bars of soap in here. All I want is my bath size Dial. Please give me back my bath-size Dial.

S. Berman


Dear Mr. Berman,

You complained of too much soap in your room so I had them removed. Then you complained toMr. Kensedder that all your soap was missing so I personally returned them. The 24 Camays which had been taken and the 3 Camays you are supposed to receive daily (sic). I don’t know anything about the 4 Cashmere Bouquets. Obviously your maid, Kathy, did not know I had returned your soaps so she also brought 24 Camays plus the 3 daily Camays. I don’t know where you got the idea this hotel issues bath-size Dial. I was able to locate some bath-size Ivory which I left in your room.

Elaine Carmen
Housekeeper


Dear Mrs. Carmen,

Just a short note to bring you up-to-date on my latest soap inventory. As of today I possess:

  • On shelf under medicine cabinet – 18 Camay in 4 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2.
  • On Kleenex dispenser – 11 Camay in 2 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 3.
  • On bedroom dresser – 1 stack of 3 Cashmere Bouquet, 1 stack of 4 hotel-size Ivory, and8 Camay in 2 stacks of 4.
  • Inside medicine cabinet – 14 Camay in 3 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2.
  • In shower soap dish – 6 Camay, very moist.
  • On northeast corner of tub – 1 Cashmere Bouquet, slightly used.
  • On northwest corner of tub – 6 Camays in 2 stacks of 3.

Please ask Kathy when she services my room to make sure the stacks are neatly piled and dusted. Also, please advise her that stacks of more than 4 have a tendency to tip. May I suggest that my bedroom window sill is not in use and will make an excellent spot for future soap deliveries. One more item, I have purchased another bar of bath-sized Dial which I am keeping in the hotel vault in order to avoid further misunderstandings.

S. Berman

We wish you all a sharing, caring Christmas!

Adult and Child Therapy Services Holiday Giving Tree
Adult and Child Therapy Services Holiday Giving Tree

This year we’d like to wish everyone a sharing, caring Christmas and thank you, our customers, and our vendors for partnering with us to build a better world.

As our customers, you care about the people with whom we share our world and care about the environment.  You show your caring in your shopping choices. Every purchase you make at Green Box Boutique is one that shares with others by helping disadvantaged workers all over the world and by saving our beautiful world so future generations can enjoy it as well. We thank you so much for supporting this effort.

And we’d also like to thank our vendors, each of whom cares and shares in such amazing ways. We invite you to read about them in our blog and learn about their contributions, efforts you also support with your purchases at the Green Box Boutique:

And so many more that we haven’t had a chance to write about yet.

Thank you all, and have a wonderful, caring and sharing Christmas.

Pompeii Street Soap Company: Building Community

We're featuring Pompeii Street Soap Co. Peppermint soap, lotion and lip balm at Green Box Boutique, a delightful and thoughtful holiday gift.
We’re featuring Pompeii Street Soap Co. Peppermint soap, lotion and lip balm at Green Box Boutique, a delightful and thoughtful holiday gift.

When is a business more than a business? (No, this isn’t a knock-knock joke). A business is more than a business when it invests in social good, as more and more businesses do today. A business is more than a business when the goal of improving the world in some specific way is inextricably intertwined with the goal of bringing a particular product to the marketplace and selling it for a profit.

Pompeii Street Soap Company is one of these contemporary businesses that gives as much attention to their social goals as to their sales goals.  And Pompeii St. invests in community.

Says Jessica Grill, founder and owner of Pompeii St., “One of the reasons I quit my job and started a business in 2007 was because I felt as a small business owner, I could make more of an impact in my local community.” She spoke those words with reference to successfully completing a fundraising campaign for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, a group that represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. By making and selling Pink Grapefruit Soap in October and donating all proceeds to the organization, they doubled in one year the contribution they were able to make.

When Pompeii St. participated in the “Made in Mifflinburg” Campaign initiated by the Mifflinburg Heritage & Revitalization Association, a blogger for Handmade in PA, a blog from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, said of the Company: “Not only do I admire Pompeii Street Soap Co. for their high quality natural products but also for their animal welfare efforts. Pompeii Street Soap Co. supports local animal welfare organizations…” with products like Dapper Dog Soap.

Handmade in PA tells Jessica’s story: Her interest in soap began when, frustrated with her own dry skin, she explored aromatherapy, then soaps, products she made in the basement of her home.

Her interest intensified after she read about the discovery of an intact soap factory discovered in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy, destroyed by earthquake in 79 c.e.  This shop is currently the oldest existing organized soap shop in the world. Jessica named her business to reflect her idea, to produce all-natural soaps in the traditional way.

Today her products are hand-made, hand-cut, and hand-labeled by Jessica’s small staff in her small workshop and store in Mifflinburg. If you visit Mifflinburg, you can catch the action. If you can’t visit Mifflinburg just yet, you can still get an idea of what Pompeii Street Soap Co. does and how they work in the video posted above.

So Pompeii Street Soap Co. is a Labor of Love all the way around, from a love of soaps and body products to a love of doing things the “old-fashioned way,” locally and by hand, to a love community and the people and other creatures who inhabit it.

Visit us at Green Box Boutique during this holiday season to see what else we have from Pompeii St. Soap Company.

Nadina’s Cremes: Seeking a “more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being”

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The practice of giving is universally recognized as a virtue and is the foundation of all spiritual practices. Another universally recognized truth is that giving provides reciprocal benefits.

In Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein “traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism” and visualizes “great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.”

Social entrepreneurs are discovering the reciprocal values of giving. Social entrepreneurship is booming globally. There’s a good reason for that: it works.

Social entrepreneurship is the work of entrepreneurs who create businesses directed toward solving social problems. Some entrepreneurs are highly successful with this kind of work, and they are finding that the benefits are indeed reciprocal. Jill Nadine Clements, owner of Nadina’s Cremes, is one of those.

Jill Nadine Clements’ journey toward social entrepreneurship began in 1986, when she traveled as an apprentice potter, selling cremes at Renaissance Faires. By 1989, she began working out of her grandmother’s kitchen, creating both cremes and containers. As a potter, she was well-prepared to create her beautiful, hand-worked containers.

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In 1990, Jill took definitive steps toward becoming a social entrepreneur, employing developmentally challenged workers to make ceramic jars and wooden displays for Nadina’s Cremes for the 100 stores she supplied by that time. In the following year, 1991, Nadina’s Cremes began to donate to environmental and social concerns and to share information about the Rainforest. In 1993, North American Indians started to make some of the jars for more than 1000 stores selling Nadina’s Cremes.

In 1995, Nadina’s Cremes introduced their “Have a Heart Gift Basket” to raise awareness about domestic violence, and a portion of the profits from each basket is donated to shelters for battered women.

In 2003, the company began a cooperation with Aubrey Hampton of Aubrey Organics on product development, creating Aubrey Organics scents and a lavender face mask and mist. In 2006, meetings with rainforest researchers Chris Kilham and Yellow Emperor’s Andy Levine brought a new level of knowledge and experience to product creation and ingredients at Nadina’s Cremes. Rain Forest Shampoo and Cream Rinse as well as a skin healing Tamanu oil product launched.

Social entrepreneurship has certainly been a two-way gift in the case of Nadina’s Cremes. Vulnerable individuals, environmental projects and society at large have benefitted at the same time as the company has grown and prospered. In 1996, Jill Nadine Clements, then 36 years old, was listed in Entrepreneur among 45 who made one million dollars before age 40.

Jill’s two passions are her all-natural, handmade body creams and her pottery, passions she has combined into one by designing and making both the creams and the jars in which they come. Throughout her amazing success as an entrepreneur, she has remained true to her company’s mission, advocating for education and many social issues, including rainforest preservation, domestic violence, homelessness and the developmentally disabled. As she says on her website, the company’s philosophy is to “contribute to a better future by giving back to the community.”

Nadina’s Cremes: a great example of how giving provides reciprocal benefits, providing, in the words of Charles Eisenstein, a “great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.”