Papaya shampoo

How it’s made in Cayman

Have you walked into a home or kitchen that smells really good? Well that is what Mary’s kitchen is like.


Mary picks fresh papayas.
Photo: Jewel Levy

Using Cayman fruits such as mangoes, papayas, coconuts and limes, Mary has bottled her own sweet versions of Cayman’s exotic scents.

Her unique homemade line of products come in a wide variety of tropical fragrances such as coconut-lime, shea butter moisturising creams, papaya and sweet mango shampoos and conditioners and coconut and papaya soaps..

Born and raised in the Cayman Islands, Mary Belfoure’s love for natural scents was inspired by the sights and smells of home.

She said it all started as a hobby from the Internet, but, today, the goods are among the finer things made in Cayman.

Each of her products comes stamped with her own label – Cayman Tropical – which she created to leave you with a tropical sense of the Cayman Islands.

Whether it’s a fruit or floral scent, you will be buying a product that is produced by hand right here in the Cayman Islands.

‘It is made with great pride to give you a feel and smell of the tropics,’ said Mary.

Mary started the business in November of 2005 after she had perfected the product.

Preparation of fruits

Collect papayas growing on trees along roadside, or visit Foster’s Food Fair for lovely papayas. Slice the fruit in half and removed seeds.

Peel the papaya and slice into small bits, blend until well puréed then liquefy with a little bit of water.


After the papaya is blended, strain the mixture into another bowl to remove the pulp. Add a little bit of water base colouring, some preservatives, glycerine, and fragrance. Glycerine can be added to the solution to increase that solution’s ability to generate soap bubbles that will last a long time.


Only after all ingredients have been combined is the solution ready to be poured into clear bottles and labelled Cayman Tropicals.

The finish product

Cayman Tropical finished products, shampoos, conditioners creams and soaps.

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