Did you know that The Body Shop store located near Broadway and St. Marks is the first retail store the company opened in America? Just in time for the back to school season, class was in session at The Body Shop. Students learned about the company's history, philosophy, and got the chance to see some new products and partnerships.
Milan Bhattarai was the first to speak with us regarding his company's Community Fair Trade partnership with The Body Shop. Get Paper Industries in Nepal makes a lot of the paper packaging used by The Body Shop. Get Paper Industries also has used this partnership to benefit their community by building a school. In Nepal, many children often do not get the opportunity to become educated, especially girls. This program has created a place and an environment conducive to education. Milan had many inspiring stories about those that have changed their lives or their families' lives through this partnership. Their goal this year is to start building a high school for their community. You can help them reach this goal by purchasing some holiday gift sets from The Body Shop this holiday season. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this season's holiday gift sets will be donated to build the high school.
Our next speaker was the equally inspiring Emily-Anne Rigal. She is not even 20 years old yet and already she has started a nationally recognized charitable organization. Her organization, We Stop Hate, hopes to mitigate bullying in school through raising self esteem. We Stop Hate and two other charities (Big Cat Rescue and Sprout Up) have partnered with The Body Shop to introduce the Dragon Fruit Lip Butter. A tiny little container of lip moisturizer that could help change the world. Customers who purchase this lip butter can then go to facebook.com/thebodyshop to vote for which charity they would like their proceeds to go to. All three charities are equally worthy; it's just a matter of choice and personal preference.
Next we got to experience some newly launched or soon to be launched products. First up was the Honeymania line, it smells amazing because all the products are made from the real thing. The range of products contains everything from shower gel to perfume, but the most interesting has to be the Bubble Bath Melt. It looks like a jar of warm shimmery honey, that you can then take and make a bubble bath out of it. The Honeymania collection will be coming to stores around September 16th. We also got the chance to preview the upcoming Color Crush lipsticks. Twenty-four shades of vibrant lip color that gives you the pop of brightness to get you noticed, and a polished look that is easily achievable. Two just launched collections were also presented. A facial wash and scrub was just introduced as new additions to their popular Tea Tree collection. If you are looking for some products to help remove makeup gently and efficiently then check out the Camomile Makeup Removal collection. With a cleansing oil, cleansing butter and two eye makeup removers, you are bound to find something that works for you. The last product presented was the Aloe Soothing Gel that will launch in November.
We also got a sneak peak at the holiday collection, but that will be revealed at a later date. For more information, go to The Body Shop's website: www.thebodyshop.com or follow them on facebook (facebook.com/thebodyshop) or twitter (@thebodyshopusa).