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2017 Charity Bar Success

Posted by Jessica Grill on

We are a small company with a big heart.

Dapper Dog

It started with our Dapper Dog collection, donating 10% of all Dapper Dog Soap and Spritzer sales to our local S.U.N. Pets (animal charity).

Then in 2014 we did our first breast cancer awareness charity bar, grapefruit. We decided that during the entire month of October we would donate 100% of grapefruit soap sales to PA Breast Cancer Coalition where the donation would benefit local Pennsylvanians. To date, we have raised $3281.50 for breast cancer research. It is now an annual fundraiser, so keep an eye out for our October newsletters and facebook posts.

Grapefruit Charity Bar

Then there was HURRICANE MARIA

I had a deep instinctual drive to help Puerto Rico in a special way, specifically, Aibonito, a small town in the center of the island where my father was born and where my Abuela passed away just one year ago. If she would have been alive, she would have experienced the top floor of her home being ripped off by the winds of Maria.

Aibonito is also where my original inspiration for Bay Rum soap came from. It was a trip in 2008 where I first got a whiff of a West Indies Bay Rum tree leaf (pimenta racemosa) that resided in my Abuela's front yard, called Melagueta by locals. Since then my family has sent me boxes of leaves to dry into a powder for the soap in addition to small distillations I do for research and chemical analysis of the scent.

Sadly, the tree in my Abuela's yard was stripped during the hurricane. During one of my final visits to my Abuela I was able to dig out some of the tree's babies and mail them back to my home in central Pennsylvania where they now live in my sunny living room, a special daily reminder of my Abuela and her colorfully floral front yard she was very proud of. 

The timing of the Hurricane Maria was around the same time we were getting ready for our charity month (October) at the soap shop and I decided to add Bay Rum to our charity bar line up.

Bay Rum Charity Bar

We decided to send the money to Mennonite Disaster Service, a hard working and very grounded organization from Lancaster County that was already in Puerto Rico fixing roofs when we sent the donation.

Mennonite Disaster Services

I have to say that I got teary eyed when we received our thank you letter from Mr. King. He indicated that the building they were currently repairing in Aibonito was the very same school my dad attended through 9th grade. Several rooms in the school were without a roof after the hurricane (kindergarten, music, science, and Spanish).

THANKS TO ALL OUR PATRONS that purchased a bar of Bay Rum from October 1st through November 31st (we extended the dates). We raised $1639 to help repair the roof of an elementary school in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.

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