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Gift Guide: Handmade Soap by DiPalermo Body

By Ashley Bode | December 12, 2013


“Every year around this time, I get asked by fans, friends, restaurant-goers and publications what my go-to gifts are. This year, My team and I have decided to feature a few artisans who are making great products that are perfect for the holidays. Whether it is fancy soap for my mother or a really rad apron for one of my colleagues, or the flight of roof-top honey for the person who is impossible to shop for here are some essentials that could I know I will be giving this year. First up, Jessica Morelli from New York City.”- Marcus


Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 1.40.55 PM What is the name of your company and what do you make?

Jessica Morelli: The name of my company is di Palermo Body.  I make artisan skin care made in small batches using only natural and organic ingredients. At a young age my Nona (grandmother) taught me how to garden, the importance of eating organic food and living a holistic lifestyle. ‘di Palermo’ means of Palermo, which is where she was from so di Palermo Body is in honor of her. How did you get started?

JM: Five years ago I bought a bar of natural soap at a small shop and fell in love.  I didn’t even know people still made soap from scratch.  I immediately was hooked and had to find out how I could make it myself.   Coming from a large Italian family I loved to cook.  I found that making soap was much like cooking, and creating a formula is just like creating a recipe, you just don’t eat the end product.

Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 1.41.07 PM : Where do you produce and sell it?

JM: I currently make all the products out of my 5th floor walk-up Manhattan apartment; tight quarters but organization is the key.  Etsy is my main online platform and because of it I’ve been able to sell  all over the world.  I have retailers in LA and Chicago and am hoping to find a few in New York that are a good fit in the coming months. Of all your collection, what is the best for a holiday gift?


JM: Whether you give a bundle of 4 soaps for $25 for your sister, a sugar scrub for someone at the office for $12, or a single bar of soap as a stocking stuffer for only $7,  all of my products are within a price range that is perfect for gifts.  How do you see your audience changing over the past few years? Is there more an interest in artisan products and how do you see that growing?

JM: Over the five years I’ve been making natural products my market has always been people who understand the importance of using natural products for both their skin’s and the environment’s benefit. More and more people are finding the value in handcrafted goods, its nice to see people wanting so support small businesses. Favorites:

Ristretto Sugar Scrub and Soap

This scent, coffee and lemon, is a natural deodorizer and works great in the kitchen eliminating the scents of cooking like garlic, onion or fish.

Conjure Soap

This scent, vanilla and vetiver, has a more masculine appeal to it and a great label. Men like fancy soap too!



7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Foodie

By admin | February 10, 2012

Photo: ulterior epicure

Photo: ulterior epicure

By: Michele Wolfson

Is your loved one a foodie at heart? Nothing says “I love you” more than delicious artisan foods. It’s been said that love is blind, but your sense of taste stays intact no matter how head-over-heels you are. Take it from a foodie like me: there is nothing that screams romance better than opening up package of fair-trade chocolate or even decadent, creamy artisan cheese.

Indulge the object of your affection with tantalizing treats. Here is a gift-giving guide for 7 perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts to give to a foodie Read More


11 Must-Have Kitchen Gadget Gifts for the Holiday Season

By admin | December 23, 2011

Photo: wockerjabby

Photo: wockerjabby

By: Michele Wolfson

Manhattanites generally have tiny apartments with very limited space. This often prevents us from buying kitchen gadgets that our country friends own with their big kitchens and their automobiles that allow them to bring back a plethora of electrical items back to their homes. While we city folk usually order the heavy appliances over the Internet, we don’t really have a place to put them.

Sometimes I wish I could say that I fall into that category of a minimalist that only own one pot, a few saucepans and a cherished cast-iron skillet. But the truth is that I love kitchen gadgets even more than I do shoes and bags combined. These devices make food and my life in the kitchen 1,000 times more enjoyable. Read More


5 Homemade Graduation Gifts for the Food Lover

By mahir | May 30, 2011

Combine your favorite family recipes in a handmade cookbook for the graduate!

Combine your favorite family recipes in a handmade cookbook for the graduate!

It’s graduation season again! From a small gift to a new apartment to straight cash, there are a lot of really considerate presents to give a recent graduate. However, if you’re trying to stay on a budget, a very thoughtful and practical gift would be to give a food-loving graduate your favorite go-to recipes for when they’re living on their own. Here are some other great ideas for edible gifts for new graduates:  Read More


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