Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Global Temptations from Ten Thousand Villages

 One of my first indulgences 
I recently became a big fan of handmade olive oil soap (aka castile soap). I love that, with this soap, my typically dry, sensitive skin requires very little lotion. Last week I decided to try out a version that contains Dead Sea mud. I found this little gem at one of my favorite stores in Philly, Ten Thousand Villages.

Ten Thousand Villages is my favorite source for unique, beautiful global finds. It's where I get to indulge my love of exotic items while feeling great about supporting fair trade.

This non-profit is the ultimate resource for handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories. Their roster of products represents the diverse cultures of artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the vision of its founder, Edna Ruth Bylar, who initially sold pieces from the trunk of her car in 1946, to an organization that sells online and via a network of more than 390 retail outlets.

Below are some of the beautiful pieces that entice me to visit often.