Words by Michelle Hanley
June 23rd, 2017
Natural beauty products (like ordering vegetarian food out) have come along way in the last few years, and it’s now easier than ever to understand that organic ingredients are as rewarding for your outside as they are on your inside. There is no end to the benefits of using natural ingredients in your skincare, so we’ve put some of the botanicals found in Ireland’s best beauty brands in the spotlight. The beauty of these natural ingredients is not only skin deep, along with smelling great, these greens, fruits and oats have endless benefits for your skin!
Nature loving White Witch Skincare is not only organic but also ethical. Founded by perfumer Ruth Ruane, all of their products are gathered on the meadows of Connemara, including rose petals that regulate sebum and contain astringents that both help to reduce oil production.
Some of the first antiseptics, citrus fruit also have a firming action on the skin and are ideal when used in shaving products like the basil, lime and orange soap from the heavenly Handmade Soap Company or their scrumptious Grapefruit and May Change Body Butter, perfect for indulging your senses and skin.
Go au naturel with products from Mungo Murphy Seaweed Company who forage seaweed from the Galway coastline including Laminaria Digitata (Atlantic kelp) which is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, ideal to throw in the bath on a hot day.
Deirdre and Karen of Wild Oats studied traditional soap making methods and researched natural ingredients in the months leading up to the launch of their brand made in Waterford. Oats have a healing quality that can help with scarring and are hydrating for the skin. Trial and error led them to a brilliant idea to include a muslin bag that acts like a tea bag for the bath in their Tender Bath Milk.
As anyone with problem skin will know, perfume can be irritating to the skin and often contains as many chemicals as creams. Thankfully, we have Water + Wild whose carefully crafted creations would challenge the perfumers of Provence in scent, and use hand-foraged ingredients such as cedarwood which can help with eczema and acne. Similarly, pine has a soothing quality and is an active ingredient in Clarkes of Dublin’s who have a comforting and considered approach to skincare.
Photography by: Beatrice De Franceschi
Styled by: Michelle Hanley
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