Sustainability and community are central to our mission here at Florblanca. We continually seek out ways to benefit both our environment and our family in Santa Teresa. When we discovered Guadalupe’s all natural, handmade soaps, it was a perfect fit not only to advance our mission, but also to bring greater luxury and delight to our guests.
Guadalupe is a Florblanca employee who has set out to build her own small business starting right here in Santa Teresa. Guada makes moisturizing herbal soap by hand in small batches using all natural, 100% biodegradable ingredients. We fell in love with her products and are happy to announce that we offer them in all our villas. We will also begin selling these in our Boutique near Spa Bambu.
Here’s what Guada has to say about her soaps, her process, and her inspiration:
Growing up in Patagonia, Argentina, surrounded by nature, I was raised in a home where we used the land as much as we could. Using our own homegrown fruits and vegetables in my house, there was always something going on in the kitchen. I was taught about natural remedies and lotions. I became more and more interested in natural products as I grew up.
Inspired by the desire to use chemical free products on my body while also trying to help our environment, I decided to start using all these beautiful natural ingredients to create a moisturizing bar of soap.
Locally made here in Santa Teresa, where I have been living for the past 6 years, I hand make the bars in small batches, with great environmental consciousness. This ensures that they are totally biodegradable, palm oil free and %100 vegetarian.
I chose Glycerin soap because it is considered to be one of the most moisturizing types of soap, allowing it to be both moisturizing and effective for all skin types.
Ylang-ylang is used for its stimulating properties on all levels – physical, mental, psychological and sexual. Ylang-Ylang balances the skin, helping to hydrate, and keeping it smooth and young. It pleases all the senses with its delicate fragrance, relaxing both body and soul.
Chamomile is used to soothe, calm down inflammation and help speed healing of minor injuries and sunburns. It also acts as a mild brightener, lightening up our complexion and giving us a nice healthy glow.
Coconut oil is an essential ingredient in our soaps, for its anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E has natural healing properties as well as the ability to help retain moisture and increase longevity.
Our aromatic soap is scented using only pure essential oils extracted from plants, giving a natural, fresh and clean scent, the way mother nature intended.
With so much thought and care put into her products, we are thrilled to support Guada’s business and provide our guests with these beautiful soaps. Guada also makes all natural sunscreen used by many of our locals. It’s especially great for surfing. Please ask us about any of these products. You can also visit the Gift Shop while you’re here to purchase soaps to bring home or send as gifts.
Read more about our efforts in Sustainability.