Golden Globe gift bags included soap made in Meriden

Golden Globe gift bags included soap made in Meriden


MERIDEN — Nearly 65 celebrities received gift bags at the Golden Globes filled with handmade items from across the country.

One of the items was lavender handmade soap created by Meriden resident, Navine Acevedo.

“Candy Washington emailed me to say she really loved my soap,” said Acevedo. “So we Tweeted at each other and on Facebook.”

Washington is an actress, writer and on-camera host who has appeared on “Are We There Yet?” on TBS and other networks such as MTV, FUSE, ABC and NBC.

Other celebrities that received bags included Gina Rodriguez, who won Best Actress in a Comedy for the TV show “Jane the Virgin;” Nicholas Giacobone and Alexander Dinelaris, who won Best Screenplay for “Birdman;” and Viola Davis, who is on the ABC series, “How to get Away with Murder.”

For the past three years Acevedo has been creating handmade skin care products and soaps in her home. She owns Brosily Bath and Body, which is named after her daughters Amelia and Ambrosia.

In order to have her items in the bags, Acevedo had to apply to join “The Artisan Group.” The group, founded by Valerie Guerrero, hosted a celebrity lounge on the red carpet at the Golden Globes for celebrities and the media. All received gift bags.

The bags also included jewelry, artwork, pet products. Each was valued at $750.

As an “ambassador for hand crafted products” Guerrero started The Artisan Group for people to show off their creations. She started about five years ago, networking and making connections with celebrities and event promoters.

Guerrero said she receives hundreds of applications for a chance to have products featured at a celebrity event.

“I only approve about 30 percent of applications,” Guerrero said.

The criteria includes a company’s web site and marketing, Guerrero said.

“It does give you good exposure,” said Acevedo of The Artisan Group.

Acevedo said she took classes with Marla Bosworth, a famous soap-maker from Massachusetts and owner of Back Porch Soap Company.

Bosworth was excited to hear one of her students was doing well.

“It’s amazing, she’s very determined,” Bosworth said. “She works really, really hard in her business.”

Acevedo makes soaps for skin types, like sensitive, dry, or oily skin, and others just for aroma therapy, like the lavender soap.

It takes about four weeks. A mixture of oil, butters, and essential oils are used.

“It’s almost like baking,” said Acevedo, laughing. (203) 317-2212 Twitter: @FollowingFarrah

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