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.
MARCI ALLEN, Owner of HiRuna Designs
WHERE WE BRING THE CARIBBEAN TO YOU!
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 four years, with the
help of a few caring individuals, we
have donated crayons, pencils, blocks, science kits and more to children
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
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 psychiatric care, and continuous therapy.