Some of the lovely items in the GBK gift bag for the Golden Globe Awards included from The Artistan Group included bath and body products from these artists:
Rosalba Berardi is the founder and creative inspiration behind Piccolo Paradiso a line of artisan luxury soap. Rosalba lives Chicago, with her husband and twins. She started her career in marketing and photography, having worked for several award-winning advertising agencies as a photo producer. She started designing soap for her family and in a relatively short time developed her own distinctive style of soap making. Creative inspiration, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for working with her hands eventually drove her to turn this soap making hobby into a new and prospering business Piccolo Paradiso. Rosalba’s craft is inspired by her Italian heritage, her travels to Italy, culinary arts and nature. Earth conscience, she uses many naturally derived ingredients in her soap which are healthy for your skin such as fruit and vegetable pigments, clays, minerals, herbs, organics and essential oils. Piccolo Paradiso was featured in the 2012 Golden Globes Luxury Gift Lounge with The Artisan Group. “It is an honor to be in this group of like-minded businesswomen who work together and support one another’s passions.” Piccolo Paradiso is excited about their new line of herbal soaps that will be launching in early spring. www.paradisoproducts.com
Barefoot Bath & Body
Barefoot Bath & Body is a full service body and bath products business started in 2007 by Deanna Crowe, a stay at home mom in Big Lake, MN. Always an avid crafter, Deanna decided to try her hand at soapmaking, and a few blocks of glycerine soap base started a passion for soapmaking. Barefoot Bath & Body was launched on Etsy in 2008. To this day Deanna maintains a strict standard of using the freshest oils and ingredients from reputable suppliers. All products are tested thoroughly…but never on animals! Deanna’s main goal: to never sell anything to anyone that she would not use on herself. Deanna is active in several professional organizations including the Handcrafted Soapmaker’s Guild and The Artisan Group. Recent Features and Activities include: Fox Small Business of the Day, December 14, 2011; Feature in Times Media Style Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide, and display and gifting participant at the GBK Productions 2012 Golden Globes Gift Lounge at the Lermitage, Beverly Hills, CA. www.barefootbathandbody.etsy.com
As a residential interior designer for the past 18 years, I strive to create a wonderful environment for my clients to love to come home to. Four years ago, I created Villa Lusso (translated to luxury home), a luxurious line of Italian inspired products capturing the love and warmth of the Italian culture. It was a combination of my fond childhood memories and my passion for travelling to Italy when I created Villa Lusso to remind one of life’s simple pleasures. The products gifted to the celebrities of the Golden Globes were 100% soy travel-sized (Viaggi) candles. All of my candles and body lotions that were on display are hand-poured and have scents based on experiences in Italy. Perguia, my newest scent, was inspired by the Chocolate Festival every fall in Perugia. This scent is the most decadent, dark chocolate and is available in soy candles and body lotions. I continue to be captivated by the beautiful Italian countryside and am always inspired to create new scents for people to love to come home to. www.villalusso.com
Kelly A.Taylor has sailed the 7 seas, visited 35 nations, traveled up the Amazon, speaks & reads fluent Thai, and flown over Mount Everest. She was a volunteer overseas for 10 years. In 1997 she began ardently studying aromatherapy and herbal healing. She combines her love of distant nations with her love of herbs, spices, and aromas. Mixing nature’s finest oils in her 16 x 40 kitchen in Houston, TX with delectable aromas is a passion in the spa body and home fragrance products she creates for Cassia Aromatics, launched in 2008. Suffering from dry skin herself, Kelly understands how uncomfortable it is to have skin problems, and many of her customers have reported alleviated skin irritations. Cassia Aromatics is passionate about energy and resource conservation, using recycled packaging for shipping, and US grown, 100% soy wax for her aromatherapy candles. She supports indigent orphans in developing nations of Uganda, India, and Thailand specifically, and the 1040 window in general; aiming to channel resources to see injustice, poverty and slavery overcome. Currently 10% of sales is donated to her 501 c (3) non-profits. Cassia Aromatics products can be found in fine spas, boutiques, gift shops, natural pharmacies and even art galleries nationwide. Visit Kelly at www.etsy.com/shop/CassiaAromatics.
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Written by Jane Emery