MIFFLINBURG — Jessica Grill made her first batch of soap in 2001.
More than 15 years later the now successful young entrepreneur is responsible for employing five people and is selling more than 200 various products at her Pompeii Street Soap Company, 201 E. Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
“I started my first collection with $112 in supplies and over the course of the past 15 years have slowly and steadily progressed from mixing in mom’s basement, to hauling my soaps to weekend craft shows, to renting a small warehouse space, and finally to purchasing the 3,500 square foot store I now operate,” she said.
“At our facility, we make (from scratch) over 200 products, 40 of which are soap bars, making up a majority of our sales.”
Grill studied at Millersville University, where she majored in Industrial Technology with a focus in graphic communications, she said.
“I use everything I learned in college in my soap business and I would not be as successful without it,” she said. “I utilize algebra everyday in the kitchen, design our own labels with adobe design programs, use statistical analysis, public speaking, occupational safety, quality control, and all matters of science.”
Pompeii Street Soap Company is also very active in the community, Grill said.
In October 2015 the company raised $1,435 for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition with 100 percent of the Grapefruit Soap sales in Oct. were donated.
In 2014 Pompeii Street Soap Company was one of the state Governor’s Impact Award Finalists.
Currently 10-percent of “Dapper Dog Sales” are donated to S.U.N. PETS, a local low-cost spay and neuter program.
Pompeii Street Soap Company also offers free educational talks, workshops and soap demonstrations for the community and several non-profit groups.
Pompeii Street Soap Company is also a member of “Made in Mifflinburg.”
Some of the products offered are lotions, body butters, organic lip balms, salves, liquid soaps, and sugar scrubs. “We do every part of the manufacturing (hand crafting) ourselves on the premise in our two small kitchens,” Grill said. “We sell wholesale to other businesses such as natural food stores, boutiques, and gift shops and have two quickly growing online businesses as well, Pompeii-Street.com and PompeiiOrganics.com. Other products that we offer include custom wedding and shower favors.”
Pompeii Street Soap Company has also expanded, Grill said.
“I became a certified aromatherapist in 2012 which involved learning the chemistry — molecule by molecule — of the natural and organic plant oils that we use in our products. From that stemmed our second company brand, Pompeii Organics, which specializes in essential oils and organic aromatherapy supplies for the clinical aromatherapist,” Grill said.
“We are one of the few companies that offer essential oils with the chemical analysis of each batch directly on our website. This is something that clinical aromatherapists generally will not buy without seeing first. The big news is, in Fall 2015 we received our USDA Organic Certification on over 60 oils, butters, waxes, and hydrosols.”
Grill said now that her business has USDA Organic Certification on several of its aromatherapy products, she plans on re-evaluating the soap company collections and gradually work towards incorporating more organic ingredients over the next two years.
For more information on Pompeii Street Soap Co., call (570) 966-1114 or visit the websites at
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