As you all are aware, I’m a huge fan of buying local products and keeping your business to local stores. I was perusing my Twitter feed the other day, and saw that someone had tweeted about the store, Toms of Maine. I took a look at their website, and found that this is the perfect store to blog about considering I am headed to Portland, Maine for a long weekend this weekend! Despite the fact that Toms of Maine is now a division of Colgate-Palmolive, they are still based in Kennebunk, Maine, and was founded in 1970 by Tom and Kate Chappell.
What I really like about their products, is the fact that they are all natural, not tested on animals, contain no artificial dyes and coloring, and their packaging is made of recycled products. As a bonus, 10% of profits are donated to “human and environmental goodness.” What does that mean? Well, you can submit your non-profit or educational organization to apply for a grant with Toms of Maine. Past organizations include: River Tree Arts, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Hospice of Southern Maine. For a full list of organizations and how to apply, click here.