Isola is all about treating your skin—and your senses—to all of the best that nature has to offer. Born in Jamaica and made in the United States, our naturally-derived offerings pamper your skin from head to toe, leaving a fresh clean scent behind. At Isola our mission is to make you feel like you’ve just left the spa after using our deliciously scented skincare products and candles. Isola also has the popular monogrammed burlap bags which you can use from the beach to your travels and beyond. Our products have been featured on Good Morning America and The View.
Isola founders Kate Delgado and Osvali Van Romondt had a lot in common even before they met… They’re both island girls at heart, and hands-on moms dedicated to creating the healthiest lives possible for themselves and their young families. Thanks to this dynamic duo’s nurturing (along with phone calls on the way to school, pow-wows before pick-up and late-night emails), one family recipe for a homemade body scrub has grown to become a full-fledged lifestyle brand.
The Isola story began in Montego Bay, Jamaica, when Kate moved there with her husband and 10-month-old daughter. Committed to a “clean,” healthy lifestyle, she was instantly smitten with the island’s bounty of locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables, and began brewing tea made from the lemongrass plant in her backyard.
This new island life also gave Kate the opportunity to spend quality time with her mother-in-law who also happened to own her own local spa on the island. One afternoon her mother-in-law shared her secret family recipe for a coffee and sugar exfoliating scrub, and the Isola seed was planted—unbeknownst to Kate.
Kate started exploring the island, sourcing natural ingredients that would enhance the scrub's formula. Within a few months she knew she got it just right—and major hotel spas began selling it and using it in their treatments.
When Kate’s family grew by one more with the birth of their son, they moved back to Florida, and she officially launched Isola’s body scrubs in 2012. After receiving rave reviews from customers and bloggers alike she knew she needed to create more products. The beauty line grew, as well as the launch of isola’s lifestyle line of beach bags. Kate continues to oversee Isola’s product development and creative efforts, always with the island-spa concept in her mind.
An island girl who was born and raised in Aruba, says that Isola’s Vanilla + Coffee Body Scrub literally changed her life. With an MBA in finance and a career as a forensic accountant, Osvali decided to leave this fast-paced world behind once her first daughter was born. Their family then relocated to Aruba for two years before returning to Miami upon the arrival of their second daughter. Osvali and Kate had been friends for years before collaborating on Isola. They met through mutual friends and went on group family vacations regularly. Osvali always knew she wanted to go back to work eventually. One time, while vacationing in Jamaica with their families, Osvali approached Kate to collaborate on a project. It was only a matter of time that they decided to join forces.
Once Kate introduced Osvali to Isola’s signature scrub, she knew she had found her new path and joined the team without hesitation. Osvali’s business acumen has been key for managing the day-to-day logistics and expanding the brand—and her commitment to clean, chemical-free living reinforces Isola’s philosophy with every decision she makes.
Osvali oversees marketing, operations and business development, but the kids always come first. She and her family enjoy traveling and getting to know different places and their cultures. Being the creative person that she is, she draws inspiration from her travels.