In 2017, I had the pleasure of traveling to Haiti to serve the community of Montrouis. Roughly two hours outside Port au Prince, Montrouis is most known for having one of Haiti's longest stretches of pure white sand beaches. In addition to enjoying the beautiful beach, we worked with an amazing group of women at House of Hope Haiti (www.projecthouseofhope.com). It was so inspiring teaching these women how to make their own skincare. One of the ingredients we worked with is a Haitian treasure, Haitian black castor oil also known as L'huile Palma Christi/Mascreti. The mascreti we used was handmade by one of the women in Montrouis. She brought gallons of mascreti to us along with the castor seeds the oil was made of. Traveling to Haiti was a life altering experience.
In February 2019 I traveled to Portobelo, Colon, Panama to teach the ladies of the Center for Panamanian Women how to make skincare products. Colon is a city in Panama, beside the Caribbean Sea, lying near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. It is roughly two hours from Panama City and has traditionally been known as Panama’s second city. We were able to walk to the nearest corner store to purchase local handmade, coconut oil that was used in our daily sessions. The store owner allowed us in the back room to see how the local coconut oil was made which was a pretty, cool process. The smell of the coconut oil was very rich but lightweight. It was the most pure coconut oil I’ve ever used.