By Donna Reidy-Maguire
With a never-ending stream of beauty brands and products from around the world, there is an overwhelming choice when it comes to stocking your beauty basket. Ireland is home to spectacular natural resources which lend themselves to rich and abundant flora and fauna. It is no surprise that many Irish companies are inspired by the landscape around them to try to create indigenous, sustainable and beautiful products. Here are some of my favourite companies producing high quality product ranges with wonderful ingredients inspired by the Irish landscape.
Jacob and Paisley Hervey, founders of Emerald Farm have brought their love of nature, their passion for health, and extensive knowledge in agriculture from California to the Garden of Ireland. Their range of CBD products are carefully blended with vitamins and other ingredients to contribute to your overall health. The crop is grown and hand-picked locally in county Wicklow, dried on-site within 24 hours and then cold-pressed, allowing the crop to retain a majority of its nutrients. Their three core products are Relax, Boost, and Original and with these, they aim to bring you on a wellness journey and provide you with the necessary nutrients your body may need.
The Burren Perfumery in Co. Clare, run by Sadie Chowen and her husband Ralph make perfumes and cosmetics inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Burren that surrounds them. This family-run company are passionate about creating high quality products that can compete on a global scale while staying true to their authenticity and organic roots. Their organic herb garden provide native herbs that inspire their products and all of their organic creams and balms are made on site in their blending rooms in small batches so as to retain maximum freshness in all their products.
Founded by Aoibhin Garrihy and Sharon Connellan, BEO Sleep Well showcases a range of collections inspired by the calming and therapeutic landscape of the West of Ireland, aiming to encourage and promote, through relaxed ritual, good sleep hygiene in order to prepare the body for rest and repair. BEO Sleep Well’s products ranging from Sleep Enhancing Night Scents, Irish Linen, Super Soft Aran Knit Throws and Socks, 100% Silk Pillowcases and Eye Masks and Natural Bedside Blends all aid a relaxing pre-bed routine in order to carry out healthy habits and rituals in preparation for sleep.
Founded by sisters Lorna Stewart and Aisling Boyle, Oíche Apothecary is an ethical Irish skincare range with ingredients sourced from high in the Dublin hills in Glenasmole Valley (home of the fabled Tír na nÓg or Land of Youth). The products in the Oíche Apothecary range contain 100% organic Irish peat which has been locally, ethically, sourced and extracted from Dublin bogs. This Irish peat is packed with naturally-occurring organic nutrients, amino acids, phytohormones and vitamins; feeding the skin with a potent combination of nutrients while also providing brightening and anti-inflammatory properties. We tried the beautiful sheet mask range which left skin glowing, soft and smooth.
RÍ NA MARA
The Rí na Mara philosophy is simple: sustainable, healthy beauty sourced locally from organic seaweed. This 100% Irish owned family business take inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean off Spidéal, Connemara to create their nourishing skincare range. Together with local harvesters, seaweed production experts, and pioneering cosmetic scientists, their world-class production facilities create unique and attainable luxury, immersed in the wild beauty of the rugged Connemara landscape and beaches. The organic hand-harvested, renewable seaweed are packed with beneficial, nutrient dense ingredients to create a unique, high-performance range that really works.
In 2006, Mark and Kira Walton decided to trade in their hectic corporate careers in Dublin for the quieter pace of life in Sligo on the West Coast of Ireland. Mark’s father, the late Michael Walton, was one of the original forces behind the organic farming movement in Ireland. His respect for sustainability and the power of seaweed was instilled in his children and sparked passion and innovation within them. Initially, they joined the family business, a traditional seaweed bathing house but the demand for at home seaweed products led them to research other possibilities. The first product was a retail seaweed bath called Lazy Days which proved so popular that it inspired them to delve into the world of skincare. Now with over 50 products and stocked worldwide, VOYA has become a leading global lifestyle brand promoting sustainable organic luxury.
Founded in 2012 by Herbalist and Naturopath Claire Brett, Tipperary based company, Dublin
Herbalists has been proudly created from Claire’s own recipes. She began developing recipes for a simple moisturiser made from entirely natural ingredients in her home kitchen which proved so popular with family and friends that she launched her own brand in 2013. Female owned and entirely female staffed, this kitchen table start-up now employs 7 local ladies in the small rural village of Mullianhone, South Tipperary. The collection includes over twenty skin care products for the face, body and baby which are now stocked in over 200 stores around the world.
Founded in 2018 by Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Barbara Paldus, Codex Beauty brings a bio science approach to all-natural beauty. On a business trip, Paldus came across Irish skincare brand, Bia Beauty from Cork-based herbal scientist Tracey Ryan. Impressed with the quality of the products and the fact that the products are formulated and made in Ireland, with the highest quality natural ingredients Paldus approached Ryan to collaborate. The Bia products are now sold under the umbrella of the Codex brand; Bia from Codex Beauty blends ancient Irish herbal knowledge with modern science and is a collaboration among researchers, foragers, scientists, and expert formulators. Every formula is powered with bio-actives extracted from native Irish plants and the product range are a firm favourite amongst beauty fanatics worldwide.
MERVUE NATURAL SKINCARE
Mervue Organic are an Irish owned compan based on the outskirts of Galway City, founded with the objective of developing a certified organic skin and body care range of the highest quality and efficacy. All of the products contain potent bio- active plant botanicals and superfruit extracts that are grown, harvested and processed sustainably and ethically without chemicals, synthetic pesticides or herbicides with all of their raw materials sourced from Soil Association certified organic growers from all over the world. Vegan, cruelty free with a focus on sustainability, this is definitely a local skincare company for you to note.