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Monday, December 12, 2016


Drumroll please, it may have taken us over 2,000 posts but we finally found beauty products MADE IN IRELAND thanks to the brilliance of Kerry and Andrew. Kerry is Irish. Andrew wishes he were!  (Andrew we are kidding with you.)  And everyone can be when they use this premium soap; all soap is not the same.  The quality and craftsmanship employed in this soap is perfection in a bar.  You want to get extra bars to put in drawers for your favorite clothes to make them smell fabulous too.

Sweet Lavender Irish Soap from The Gardens of Ireland will bring your bath and shower experience to the rolling green hills of the Mother Country.  
The natural vegetable oils used to make the sweet lavender soap are gentle on the skin and the subtle blend of lavender and spices have the ability to calm to the mind and relax the body: all of which are essential for survival in Manhattan.
Heather & Moss Irish Soap from The Gardens of Ireland is highlighted by the smart combination of r
ich green moss and the purple flowers of wild heather. The heather & moss soap has a fresh and invigorating aroma and the rich vegetable oil soap cleans and protects the skin. 
Irish Soap: Morning Rose - Gardens of Ireland: for everyone that thinks Roses are only for England, you are incorrect!  
The morning rose soap of Ireland is reminiscent of roses glistening in morning dew. The light natural vegetable oil used to create the morning rose soap gently cleanses the skin while the rich lather is laced with a delicate rose scent. These soaps bring natural, gorgeous fragrance and cleanliness to your life that will improve your winter when they cannot be found in the natural world of Manhattan in December (or wherever you may be!)

All three bars of soap weigh 125grams (4.4 ounces) each and each are made in County Wicklow, Ireland by the Garden of Ireland. Each of these soaps are
 wrapped in pure Irish linen which may be used as an exfoliation cloth. 

Family owned and operated, The Irish Gift House was established in Tempe, Arizona by Kerry O'Neal-Costanzo and Andrew Costanzo in 1994. 

Prior to opening their Irish gift store, Kerry had been employed by her dear friend Lorraine Flynn, the owner of Irish Imports at Flynn's which was the original Irish store in Arizona. Kerry had initially met Mrs. Flynn years earlier while searching for an Irish gift for her mother, Pauline (O'Hearon) O'Neal.

Mrs. Flynn eventually retired and closed her store and with her encouragement, Kerry and Andrew opened The Irish Gift House in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.

The Irish Gift House quickly became one of the leading sources of fine Irish merchandise and Celtic jewelry. In 2005, they added on-line sales and in 2013, they transitioned to an all on-line store. 

The move to all on-line sales has proven to be very beneficial as both Kerry and Andrew are each blessed with a parent in their nineties and their required attention would not be possible if the traditional store had remained open. 

The Irish Gift House stocks the world's largest collection of over 9,000 different Irish goods that includes Claddagh rings and Celtic crosses. After 23 years in business, The Irish Gift House's mission statement is still simple; they treat you like they would like to be treated. 

Neither Kerry nor Andrew have college degrees, but both express an entrepreneurial spirit that has created several successful business ventures that has so far culminated with The Irish Gift House.   
Kerry O'Neal Costanzo is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and was raised by a mother and father who instilled an appreciation for her Irish heritage. 
Andrew Costanzo is a native of Ridgewood, New York; while a child his family moved to Arizona. Andrew is of Italian descent who was fortunate to marry a pretty Irish lass who dreamed of owning an Irish store.

Through The Irish Gift House, Kerry and Andrew have been active with the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society and over the years have raised and donated almost $40,000.00 for the families of fallen officers and firemen. Most of the proceeds have been generated through t-shirt sales, including the Irish Pubs of Arizona T-shirt.

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