When you’ve had a hard day at work – or crafting – or searching for holiday deals before Black Friday, it’s nice to be able to pamper yourself a bit. Most of us HAVE splurged on a gift basket of bath products (or other types of gift baskets) to pamper ourselves, but think about it: wouldn’t it feel better if you spent that cash, pampered yourself AND helped a micro-business? Why just pump the money you’ve worked so hard for back into a giant, faceless corporation?
Here’s where Globein.com can help. But why Globein.com? Here’s a reason:
Treat yourself to beautiful, distinct products from around the world that support remote artisans and farmers.
A very quick summary of their mission is that the company scours the world and looks for individuals or small co-ops/micro-businesses that need a helping hand. They’ve got unique and good-quality products, but the very little opportunity (such as difficulty even accessing the ‘net) to sell their goods. This company helps them with the marketing – supporting hard-working craftspersons – many being women.
One artisan box, the "Bathe" box, as an example, employed 30 women and supports fifteen families. Not bad for a relatively small amount of money you would’ve spent anyway.
Additionally, Globein.com says that if you find a particularly interesting product in your world travels, to send in the information about the artisan or small business to them, and they’ll reach out! Kind of cool, huh? You could help support that person who made the beautiful product you picked up in Bali, or Mexico, or hundreds of other areas of the world.
On to the Bathe box... here’s what it has inside:
- Pestemal Bath Towel from Turkey
- Lemongrass Citrus African Black Soap from Togo
- Hand Towel from Turkey
- Shea & Red Palm Body Lotion from Togo
- Silk Face Scrub from Turkey
- Handwoven Basket from Mexico
You have options to choose bath towel and hand towel colors. The basket comes with several things, and all of them have their own story. So much so that when you open the shipping box, inside on top of the wrapped basket sits a little booklet, and each page tells you about the artisans and the product they made.
I got to try the Bathe basket today, and it was a bit of a mixed bag, er…basket for me. I’ll just follow along with the contents list.
- Pestemal Bath Towel from Turkey – I found this to be the most unusual piece of the basket, and I was rather baffled. I’m used to large, thick, and fluffy bath towels. The color doesn’t matter much to me, as long as it’s bright and cheery. This bath towel seems well-made and has cute little tassels, but it is thin. I’m not talking like those discount retail store towels. This is thin like a scarf. In the photos I’m including, you can see the light of the TV through it, as well as the low-wattage bulbs in my living room light. Perhaps that’s the norm in some parts of the world, but I didn’t enjoy it as a towel, so I’ll actually end up using it as a scarf when I ride a motorcycle! It’s pretty – a lovely purplish tone.
- Lemongrass Citrus African Black Soap from Togo – I liked this. I love the scent of lemongrass, and the bar didn’t seem to dry my skin out, nor did it feel heavy and greasy like some of the moisturizing bars can be. The only detractor is the color. It’s about the color of a caramel candy. But the bonus: every time you turn on your shower, and the steam reaches the bar; you smell lemony fresh.
- Hand Towel from Turkey – This hand towel is lovely. Thick, soft, and has a satin-like decorative trim and fringe. It is exactly what I like in a hand towel, and is generously sized as well. It came in a very pale seafoam color, and I’d put it out for guests if I weren't planning on using it myself, haha!
- Shea & Red Palm Body Lotion from Togo – This lotion had a nice scent and left your skin feeling silky without feeling greasy. My husband complained about the scent, which he did acknowledge was light, but then he complains about ANY product with ANY scent, so just ignore him. :-P
- Silk Face Scrub from Turkey – This was the most surprising item in the basket. The description in the booklet explains how tough silk is, and where it comes from, and that because of the durability, it makes an excellent gentle, but effective facial scrub. I had serious doubts, particularly since it’s just a little bag. Literally only big enough for two fingers, and it doesn’t quite reach my palm. I scoffed. Then I scrubbed. And then I believed! It felt very scratchy when it was dry, but when it was wetted down, it became much softer, but still did a gentle and effective scrub. My face felt smooth! And that’s saying something with my old mug! If I could make a suggestion, it would be to make a scrub mitt. I’d love these as a body scrubber! Hint, hint @Globein.com!
- Handwoven Basket from Mexico – This was cute. I like the reusable packaging. This nicely-woven, but soft and flexible little basket with a snug-fitting lid came in a red and cream color. It’s very cheery, and with the color, I know just the family member who will enjoy receiving a hand-made gift in this little basket. It’ll be one that our family will use for years to come.
These artisan baskets would make excellent gifts. Plus, the website has many other products available – either bundled, individual items, or as a recurring pampering product.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, they also have jewelry on the Globein.com website.