The Cayman Islands are widely known for rum cakes, island-inspired keepsakes, Caymanite and black coral jewelry, and craft items, but did you know it also boasts a collection of skincare and spa products? Hand-made with natural and local ingredients, these soaps, scrubs and creams make for a perfect take-away memento or gift item for your loved ones back home.
Tucked away in a small shopping plaza just a few steps from the turquoise and sea green waters of Bodden Town’s beach is Beach Bubbles. Voted on TripAdvisor as the #1 of shopping experiences in Grand Cayman, Beach Bubbles is widely known for the range of goat’s milk soaps in scents like coconut, mango and key lime. In addition to her array of lovely scented soaps, Nina Squires of Beach Bubbles has begun to branch into products specifically for persons with skin disorders, like her neem soap and lotion which are especially effective for treating eczema and burns, or her neem and aloe scrub, ideal for problematic colored skin.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit Beach Bubbles in Bodden Town between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Saturday, and noon until 5pm on Sundays.
Angela Wood cooked her first batch of glycerin soap 15 years ago. Today Cayman Scents offers an array of bath soaps in glycerin and goat’s milk, sugar scrubs, whipped body creams, lotions, candles and home fragrance sprays. Among those in her line of favored products are the artisan handcrafted cold process soaps, a method used to get the finest and most luxurious of quality soaps. Try it in honey for a truly unique Caymanian experience, made from the honey of Cayman bees. Complement your bath with Cayman Scents whipped Shea butter in both coconut and lavender scents, made with local coconut oil.
Cayman Scents can be found at the Farmer’s Market at Camana Bay on Wednesday afternoons, and at a number of retail outlets in Grand Cayman such as Pure Art Gallery, Red Sail Sports, The Cupboard at Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, andMermaid’s Boutique in Little Cayman.
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Carib Sandz body polish scrubs began as a humble Christmas gift to Tina Evans’ friends and family. A number of the ingredients have since changed to better suit the environment and her clients, but the quality of the product remains the same: exceptional. Made with the finest natural ingredients like dried Cayman pink hibiscus flower, fine brown sugar, coconut oil, spices and essential oils, Carib Sandz body polishes exfoliate the skin leaving your body feeling silky smooth and beautiful.
Carib Sandz is also available from the Farmer’s Market at Camana Bay, or at the market at the Agricultural Grounds in Savannah every Saturday morning; or pick up a pot of this heavenly scrub from Body Works spa on West Bay Road, the Turtle Farm gift shop in West Bay, or from the Departure Lounge in Owen Roberts International Airport.
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When you combine raw Shea butter, locally-made coconut oil and the passion of Tendai Alleyne the end result is the light and airy Shea Soufflé body butter. Unlike similar products, Shea Soufflé melts with your body temperature and leaves no greasy residue. This little pot of gold is packed with vitamins A and E and can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions like eczema, fine wrinkles, stretch marks and burns; it can also be applied to hair as a deep conditioning mask.
Shea Soufflé is part of a new line of products, Soak Souk, and Tendai plans to introduce soon shampoos, conditioners, scrubs and other bath products to her line.
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Do-It-Yourself: Citrus Sea Salt Scrub
Cayman Sea Salt is a staple in the kitchen of most homes and restaurants in the Cayman Islands but the benefits of sea salt extend beyond a healthy diet. Monique Polack of Cayman Sea Salt recommends trying this refreshing body scrub to bring dull skin back to life:
½ cup Cayman Sea Salt, finely ground in a mortar and pestle or grinder
½ cup coconut, almond, olive or any other unscented oil
1½ teaspoon zest of a lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Apply to wet skin, gently massaging in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize as usual.
Pour any remaining mixture into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.
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Published: Skies Magazine, September 2014