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One year ago, on September 20, 2017, Hurricane María passed through Puerto Rico.  It was the worst natural disaster in recent times to affect Puerto Rico.

2017 was a year we would like to forget!

For every Puerto Rican who survived the hurricane, everything is now measured on what happened before or after Hurricane María.

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On the highway to Caguas
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Park next door to our store

 

We were blessed that our family was ok and the business didn’t suffer a any major damages.  However, we were without running water for a month, internet for 2+ and power for 4 months! It was a chore running a business during those times: finding a suitable power generator, getting gasoline after a couple of hours waiting in a line, waiting for long delayed supplies from the mainland.

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Flooded Retail Store
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and Production Area

During those first months, there was a mosquito infestation never seen before!  Our business  survived by producing everything Citronella:  candles, natural insect repellent and even Citronella soap!

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Natural rellent, a best seller at that time
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Making Citronella candles in our Terrace
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Even Citronella soaps sold very well

Although tempted to emigrate to the US, we made the decision stay and continue with the business.  We believe in Puerto Rico, in our business and in our customers. We decided to invest on packaging, redesign our soap shop and development of new products.

And now we are stronger than ever!

You can shop online the best Puerto Rican soaps here.

 

 

 

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