HiRuna Island Soaps promises to bring you natural handcrafted products made lovingly with the utmost care for your skin—and your senses. Add a little humor and Caribbean island flair, and you have me
—Marcia Allen, founder of HiRuna Island Soaps.
The soaps, body butters and sugar scrubs I prepare in small batches speak to my childhood and native home, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, an island nation in the Caribbean. They bring with them the intoxicating scents and vibrant colors of a place like no other. Using coconut, sweet almond and avocado oils blended with fragrance and essential oils, such as Coconut, Cinnamon and Birds of Paradise, each handmade piece is a story—my story—that I happily share with you. In Saint Vincent so much is made by hand using available materials, and our food is more often plucked from the ocean or a tree, than the supermarket. You share with your family or buy from your neighbor, with personal craftsmanship appreciated for its character and imperfections. The custom products I make are an extension of that culture.
I now live in Little Elm, Texas, but my most vivid memory of home is at the beach in Indian Bay. It’s where I learned how to swim, where my mom took me nearly every Saturday to cool down, and where birthday parties were spent having fun with my best friend. I still visit, and even now all I have to do is close my eyes, and I’m there with the endless black sands, crystal cool waters and carefree childhood of a simpler time.
My Indian Bay soap scent can send you there too. Rum Punch takes its name from a flavorful yet potent drink that you can find in almost every Caribbean Island. And Frangipani is a fragrant flower that grows all over Saint Vincent. The list goes on, but with fragrances like Buttered Rum, Birds of Paradise, and Coconut Cream, every scent captures a moment or feeling I’ve had, and hope you get a chance to experience on the island I call home.
Childhood education is so important. Unfortunately, not all children have access to basic school supplies, books or even meals. We are dedicated to making a difference and have started gathering donations to help a few children in St. Vincent have a better chance at receiving school supplies and making a difference in their future.
Over the past two years, with the help of a few caring individuals, we have donated crayons, pencils, blocks, science kits and more to a class in need in one of the schools in St. Vincent. This year our goal is to help raise funds and accept donations of school supplies to send to children in need.
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of "Vincy" soap, "Vincentian Chocolate" and "The Gem of the Antilles" foaming sugar scrubs will go towards the purchase of school supplies for the children.
Please contact if you too would like to make a difference in the future of the children of St. Vincent.
2016 - St. Vincent
Campaign One VOICE, is an initiative created by West Indians for West Indians to address the pandemic of sexual abuse of children in the Caribbean. Children in the Caribbean are the victims of sexual molestation, rape, sex trafficking and more, but there is very little mental or emotional support for these victims; their voices are not being heard.
There is a lack of mental health professionals in the Caribbean and one of the main goals of this initiative is to have psychiatrists and therapists from around the Caribbean and the US go to these affected island nations to provide these victims with an psychiatric care, therapy and whatever else these professionals can provide.
One of our long term goals is to provide prisoner/abuser reform and rehabilitation. A lot of the abusers were sexually abused themselves and never received treatment and don’t even fully understand what they have done and what was done to them. We have to break the cycle of sexual abuse and it starts with us.
With ONE VOICE we will all be heard!
We are actively searching for sponsorship of all kinds to get this initiative off the ground. If you are interested in becoming involved, please email email@example.com and follow our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.