Caribbean Soaps, the beloved family-run company that pioneered the soapmaking business in Puerto Rico, is proud to announce that, in honor of the 17th anniversary of its founding, it has now launched a revamped version of its website. The new Caribbean Soaps website and ecommerce portal, which can be accessed, at all times, at www.caribbeansoaps.com, features beautiful, Caribbean-themed graphics; easy navigation; smart categorization of the company’s choice selection of products, and hassle-free checkout.
Updating the company’s website is a symbolic move, signifying Caribbean Soaps’ triumph in overcoming the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster in recent times to affect Puerto Rico, in September, 2017. Almost a year after Maria’s passing, Caribbean Soaps has not only managed to survive but thrive in its aftermath, effectively expanding its operations and strengthening its presence on both the island and mainland US.
“One year ago, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, running our business seemed virtually impossible. While our store didn’t sustain significant damage, we were out of power, and supplies shipments were significantly delayed – sometimes indefinitely. To top all that, the island was besieged by a mosquito infestation unlike anything we had ever seen before. We had the brilliant idea of creating citronella-infused candles, a citronella natural insect repellent, and even a citronella soap, which were all immediate best-sellers. This gave us the courage to continue during what was a trying time for all Puerto Ricans, during which we even briefly considered relocating to the mainland,” said Mr. Alexis Sotomayor, Founder of Caribbean Soaps.
“However, our company’s story is entwined with that of our family’s, and it’s started right here on this island – in fact, inside my own garage back in 2001. My passion for soapmaking gave me a way out of the corporate world, and allowed me to create my own business while using my background in chemical engineering, too. Caribbean Soaps is now going 17 years strong, and it is our wish for it to become a beacon of sustainable entrepreneurship on the island.”
Moving out of Mr. Sotomayor’s garage, Caribbean Soaps’ retail location on Urb. El Cerezal / 1655 Parana Street in San Juan is an experience that engages all five senses. Visitors can see, touch, and smell Caribbean Soap’s bath and body products; candles, and herbal remedies, as well as take a peek in the lab, where they will be able to marvel at fresh soaps being hand-poured in front of them.
Caribbean Soaps products can currently be found in numerous local supermarket chains, health food stores and souvenir shops on the island, and, of course, on the company’s new e-shop, which offers more than 100 products including 25 different varieties of handmade soaps, coconut candles, massage oils and body creams.
To learn more about Caribbean Soaps, please visit: www.caribbeansoaps.com