Toliet paper can be hard to come by for weeks at a time in Cuba.

HAVANA TIMES — Periodic shortages of home and personal hygiene products marketed in stores selling in both regular pesos and hard currency will remain for the remainder of 2014, reported the official press on Thursday.

In the early months of this year products such as deodorant and toilet paper disappeared from the market almost entirely, and others like colognes, powders, shaving razors and cream, polish remover, degreasing soaps, hydrochloric acid and chlorine bleaches, are among the products that have failed to “stabilize”.

The Communist Party daily said the phenomenon is due tofinancial restraints thatlimited thepurchase ofraw materials andthereforeproduction.

This year the island will produce only 16% of the talcum powder produced in 2013, while production of colognes won’t reach 40%. “Given these numbers, it is difficult to predict a recovery for this semester,” says Granma, although significant increases were announced for 2015.

Many visitors to Cuba bring toiletries and hygene products with them to give as gifts, well aware of how difficult it can be to obtain what are very day products in  other countries.

8 thoughts on “Cuba: Hygiene Product Shortages Continue

  • Right Griffin! And who are the “Cuban people” to whom the tour guide referred ? Why the Castro family regime to whom everything belongs. Let us hope that the regime follows the example of the coconuts and rots.

  • I recall looking at a field in Cuba littered with rotting coconuts as my Cuban tour guide explained that the shortages of basic goods were all due to the Blockade. I asked him why they don’t make soap from the coconut fat, as millions of people in Asia do. He blinked at me for a minute, no doubt mentally reviewing his list of government approved statements,
    ” These coconuts belong to the Cuban people therefor it is against the law for anybody to come along and take them without government permission.”

    And so the coconuts rot.

  • The only appropriate comment is that Moses is correct in this instance. The foolish are those who attempt to deny or justify the lack of toilet paper which was unavailable in our town in Cuba for a prolonged period in the spring of 2014. My mother-in-law said that she had to get Granma as a subsititute and that it reminded her of Fidel’s special period when Granma had been the only source.

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