Way back at Christmas time (in one of my early posts) I wrote a gift guide for island girls that included my favourite local soap store, the EC Soap Co. They make such beautiful and unusual items that are just perfect for gifting.
Photo via EC Soap Co.
All of their products are handmade here in the BVI with all natural, raw materials harvested from around the Territory, working with local farmers to source the freshest, organic ingredients.
EC Soap Co. soap bars often feature natural exfoliants to gently buff and polish your skin – like the dried ginger pulp in their summery ‘Ginger Island’ soap, or the ground mint leaves in the refreshing ‘Minty Rose’.
Photo via EC Soap Co.
Along with the gorgeous handmade soaps with their unusual colours, textures and scents they also stock lotions, balms and bath salts.
I’m thrilled to announce that their new website is up and running and that with it comes international shipping!
Even better, from now until Mother’s Day they are offering 20% off with the code mothersday17!!
So, what are you waiting for?
In celebration of the new website and their soon-to-be global soap domination. I sat down with the owner Alex Durante (one of my favourite Caribbean entrepreneurs) to find out a bit more about what she’s been up to and why her products are so special:
TBA: Alex, What made you want to start your own business and why did you decide on soaps?
ECSCo: I always like a challenge and it seemed that putting my creative skills to good use in the business world was a great idea to start. The British Virgin Islands have tons of untapped resources and soap was a great market to get into because we have access to raw materials from local farmers and we are turning our products into brilliant forms of art by using different scents and colorings to create intricate designs.
TBA: What is the best thing about being your own boss? And the biggest downside?
ECSCo: The best thing is that I can create my own future and decide as to where I want/need my company to go. The biggest downside would definitely be the day to day determination to succeed, even on that particular day you aren’t succeeding. You always have to be positive, even when you know that you feel differently.
Creativity obviously runs in the family as her father (pictured with her here) is renowned local artist Lutia Durante.
TBA: Do you have any regrets or anything that you would have done differently?
ECSCo: I should have branded EC Soap Co. sooner, but hey, we are on this earth to learn and grow right?
TBA: Where do you see your business going from here? What’s next for EC Soap Co.?
ECSCo: I desperately want EC Soap Co. to start exporting on a massive scale. We would be the first to export in such numbers thus supporting the economy as well as the people that live here. I also see us eventually being a 95% locally made company (5% being imported packaging) with local ingredients all being grown here.
TBA: If you weren’t killing it with your own business – what would you have wanted to do?
ECSCo: I honestly can’t answer that question! Ha ha. I’d probably be working on charter boats? I love people and being around them so I can’t fathom sitting behind a computer all day. It would definitely be service orientated.
So get gifting ladies – to your mamma, or even to yourselves, you deserve it!
www.ecsoapco.com +1 (284) 346 1023