Cayman Tropicals a fruitful idea

A West Bay native’s idea to make her own special Caymanian shampoos and conditioners is proving to be quite fruitful.

Mary Belfoure

Mary Belfoure with the products at the Craft Market

Now selling as ‘Cayman Tropicals’, Mary Belfoure’s heavenly scented range of fragranced shampoos and conditioners smell good enough to eat (although this is not advisable).

The fragrances for both shampoos and conditioners include a Coconut/Lime blend, Sweet Mango, Seashore (yes, it smells wonderfully like the beach), and Papaya. A shampoo and conditioner in one comes in Bountiful Banana fragrance.

Launched in early November, the toiletries were thought up in Ms Belfoure’s imagination some time ago. ‘I’m always trying to come up with new ideas and I like to keep busy,’ she explains. ‘I was thinking about lotions and creams and shampoos and I thought the shampoo would be the easiest to make. With the Craft Market opening I thought it would be good to get a spot here and to sell the products to tourists as they like things that are made on the island,’ she said.

The venture is merely a hobby, she said.

From mid-December Ms Belfoure began to sell her product at the Cayman Craft Market in George Town and the range is also on sale at the National Museum Gift Shop, Cayman Drug, Hurley’s and Kirk’s Supermarkets, and Reflections Food 4 Less.

‘They are not moving fast at the stores, but at the Craft Market they are,’ she explained, adding that sales in the stores can depend on the prominence of a shelf the products are placed on.

Without giving too much of her ‘secret recipe’ away, Ms Belfoure explains that a sudsy base is infused with vitamins and the fruit in a blending process, which contains all natural ingredients.

The products are all made with normal kitchen utensils such as a measuring cup, whisk, spoon and big pots. Concoction of the mystery mixtures takes place in her kitchen at her Frank Sound home.

In three days to a week she can make up to 150 shampoos and 150 conditioners of each fragrance

Although making the shampoos is a fairly quick process, the conditioners need a three hour waiting period following blending.

The base recipe was found online, and with a few minor adjustments and finishing touches the Cayman Tropicals range was born.

Ms Belfoure finishes off the production process by bottling, capping and labelling the mixtures.

The home-made toiletries are a big hit with tourists. ‘They can’t believe it’s made here. They love the scents and a big majority of them buy it,’ she said.

And it’s no wonder why, at US$4 a bottle for eight fluid ounces and US$6 for any two bottles. Gift baskets are also available, containing two bottles, soaps in the shapes of sea shells or hibiscus flowers, bath oils and bath scrub.

There’s no doubt about it, Cayman Tropicals definitely makes the world smell like a better place.