Spanish Era, Guam ~ 1668 – 1898: Starting with the arrival of Father San Vitores, Guam was colonized by Spain until the Spanish-American War." (Guampedia reference) Like many other Spanish-colonial nations, Guam's villages are sprinkled with relics of that time. Most notably is the Plaza de España in central Hagåtña. Among the arched pathways and mossy walls lies the "Chocolate House", a tiny gazebo-like structure where it is said the Spanish Ladies sat, with their cotton skirts and laced mestiza, drinking their spanish cocoa. This is the inspiration for islaRae Spanish Cocoa Soap.
Admittedly, the Spanish era has been romanticized and glamorized far from the empathies of indigenous rights. It could even be called my most contraversial bar- as truly, the cinnamon it is created with comes historically from South America. However, the origin of the "spanish cocoa" is truly made by the Mexican attendants that were brought here by Spain during the era. This is yet another example of the intercultural weavings of Guam's complex history.
Unlike true Mexican chocolate, there is no cayenne pepper in islaRae Spanish Cocoa Soap, making it as mild as it is rich. It is made in both coconut-milk and soya-milk soap base, so be sure to specify which base you would like in your order. I hope you take the chance to enjoy this historic moment-in-time Guam fragrance made by islaRae.