Aruba is the land of aloe, and in the 1960s, Aruba Aloe became one of the first companies in the world to process the curative gel of the aloe vera plant into cosmetics. Today, the brand’s sun-care and skincare products are world-renowned and make for a necessary addition to your beach bag. The products are also great souvenirs to take home to family and friends. In addition to its original line, Aruba Aloe offers the Desert Bloom line, infused with essential organic oils, and the Island Remedy line, made with herbal extracts. The company recently switched from producing chemical sunscreens to reef-safe mineral sunscreens, reflecting its commitment to preserving Aruba’s environment. Aruba Aloe has several locations across the island, including its main store located at the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory. Many of its products can also be found at major grocery stores and resort sundry and gift shops. For more information, visit www.arubaaloe.com.
Local Julienne Paskel created Arubalife Organics to provide a more natural and safe alternative to conventional makeup available on the market. All the products are handcrafted in Aruba, always in small batches to ensure freshness, and are made with only the best natural and certified organic ingredients. Arubalife also proudly offers an organic reef-safe sunscreen. Website: www.arubalife.com.
Aruban native Naline Heilbron studied the cold process for making soap, utilizing ingredients found in her garden at home. Initially, she shared her craft with friends and family, but as demand for her moisturizing and freshly scented soaps grew, Naline embarked on a new venture, Ha’Bon, in July of 2015. The brand’s name is a fun play on words in Papiamento: while “habon” means “soap,” the brand name also highlights the word “bon,” which means “good.” Naline extended the positive scope of Ha’Bon by enlisting the services of two local foundations for the disabled, Trampoline and Funari, to help with the wrapping of the soaps.
In addition to her all-natural soaps, Naline offers bath salts, lotion bars, and shower gels, inspired by the fruits, herbs, and flowers grown on Aruba. Clients also love Ha’Bon’s collection of candles and candle holders, the holders made from the wood of the native kwihi tree here on the island. You can find Naline’s handcrafted products at many locations on the island. Visit the website for all locations: www.habonaruba.com.