If you’ve travelled through Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania anytime in the past year you might have wondered what is going on behind the doors of the bright, lime green building situated at 201 E. Chestnut Street, along Rt. 45. That building, readers, is the home of Pompeii Street Soap Co. and it is, in my opinion, one of Mifflinburg’s town jewels. A few years ago I shared my love for this little soap shop with readers on my own blog. Since then, Pompeii Street Soap Co. has made some changes- only for the better- including new products and a new location nearly in the heart of town. Having recently celebrated its one year anniversary at its new location, Pompeii Street Soap Co. shows no signs of slowing down and only continues to get better and better.
Pompeii Street Soap Co.’s story began in 2001 when Jessica Grill, motivated by a love for aromatherapy, frustrated by her own dry skin, and driven to be her own boss, founded the company in her basement. It was in that basement that her handmade, quality body products were born. Today, those products are hand made, hand cut, and hand labeled by Grill and her small staff on the premises of her small workshop and store in Mifflinburg. If you visit, you might catch a peek at all of this in action or catch the scent of newly made soaps curing on a rack along a wall in her shop.
Jessica’s interest in soap was heightened after reading about the discovery of a perfectly preserved soap shop unearthed in the ruins of the ancient town of Pompeii, Italy, which, in 79 AD, was blanketed in ash after Mount Vesuvius’ devastating eruption. This small, ancient soap shop is thought to be the oldest existing organized soap shop in the world. Jessica chose the name Pompeii Street Soap Company as a reflection of her business’ ideals and goals to produce all natural soaps in an old fashioned way.*
All Pompeii Street soaps are at least 98% natural (with most being 100% natural), detergent-free, and are made with a unique ratio of olive, coconut, palm, and castor oils. This ratio, Jessica explains, is what makes a bar of her soap have all its great qualities – a long lasting foamy lather and, most of all, a lower PH to alleviate itchy skin. She is correct on all points. What I love so much about this soap is the incredibly natural smell and its lusciously thick lather. I’ve found no other handmade soap like it and I am completely hooked.