Martinique, a little French Island that sits between Dominica and St. Lucia. The town of Trois-Ilets is where it all started for me. A little girl from Brooklyn, NY who came to this Island of Martinique, known as Madinina, to begin on the unsuspecting journey to the evolution of Madinina Kiss, the brand. L’Anse Mitan is where my family’s beach home is located, and where I spent every vacation time I had from school.
While I know all too well what is like to survive a Hurricane, still the images and videos are still shocking and heartbreaking. Even so, this video also depicts the Power of God, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth.
It is in the place that I learned about the importance of natural beauty. On the beach house property, we have coconut trees, almond tree, papaya tree and a mango tree. It is during my time at the beach that I learned about the goodness of the coconut tree, from its roots to its leaves. It is in the place that my Grand-mother had me look at the coconut tree, in all its grandeur and show me how amazing it is. I remember the year when we were told that a hurricane was coming. The coconut tree that stood in our front yard was damaged..sort of. There was a deep cut, right in the middle of the tree, as if someone had once attempted to unsuccessfully to cut it down. So as we are preparing for the arrival of the hurricane, my grandmother and I looked at the tree and hoped that it would not break; because if it did, it would have caused damage to the house.
As the storm landed, I watched the tree as it swayed from left to right. I prayed that the tree wouldn’t break. It didn’t. It swayed, and stood up, it swayed and stood up. The coconut tree to me became a symbol of what my life was going to be: Storm Resistant. Madinina Kiss has weathered some storms. But like the coconut tree, the tree that produces our favorite base oil, we are still standing.
Join Madinina Kiss in supporting the 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund. Purchase any of our 4oz. Coconut Body Oil and receive 10% off your purchase by entering code MARTINIQUE. All proceeds will go to the families on the Island of Martinique (Madinina, L’Iles des Fleurs)
Merci et Bisou