When it comes to Irish beauty products, in the past few years we have seen some phenomenal developments.
I’m quite discerning naturally when it comes to anything in the beauty realm, but some recent Irish press drops have really blown my mind in terms of innovation, design and of course function.
Read on for five of my favourite natural Irish beauty products from four different home grown brands that I am really loving at the moment.
First up, Roz Martin, CEO and founder of Martin Biotech, has launched a luxury range of marine nutricosmetics called ‘Amphis‘ using the finest nutrient-rich natural ingredients from the sea.
The premium nutraceutical range includes Cosmetic Cleansing Tisane, Skin Nutrients and Hair and Nail Nutrients.
Beauty supplements seem to be a bit of a thing at the moment and there is a lot of options.
I particularly like the Amphis Skin Nutrients and the ingredients list is highly impressive containing Sea Kelp Amino Complex, Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Astaxanthin, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Lycopene and Co Enzyme Q10.
Whilst they are not exactly cheap at €59.99 for a months supply the range is entirely organic, sugar free, paraben free, shellfish free and extremely pure. I am currently taking them and have the say the quality is superior to other beauty supplements
The Well at Cliff
Next up on my list is the custom range developed by Cliff at Lyons luxury destination and spa, The Well at Cliff, that is inspired by traditional herbal remedies.
I was invited down to see the Cliff at Lyons ‘The Well in the Garden’ Spa in Kildare and I was blown away.
Not only is it beautiful, and more convenient to Dublin than you might first assume, but the products are made from their own homegrown ingredients including Irish Peat, Carrageen Moss, Oat Oil, Sea salt and Atlantic seaweed and essential oils and hand crushed herbs from their gardens.
Particular favourites include the Lavender and Atlantic Seaweed Bath Salts (€20), and Muscle Warming Body Oil (€36), which contains rosemary and the therapeutic properties of Arnica will ease pain, relieve tired muscles; improve skin tone, whilst strengthening mental clarity and alertness.
Both of these literally smell of relaxation and would be recommendations for well-received gifts for anyone.
Beauty seems to be undergoing a historic revival and old traditions are now being unearthed and utilised once again.
Ria Organics is a small, yet powerful range consisting of just three products: an eye, a day and a night cream. If you have sensitive fine skin that needs nourishing in a light way their Energising Day Cream (€40) could be just what you are looking for.
It’s one of the quickest creams to absorb that I have ever come across and is made on a base of rosehip, avocado, vitamin E and vitamin C, which protect against damaging free radicals.
It also contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid—a collagen boosting material found naturally in your skin.
A read through all of their Facebook reviews sees reams of glowing testaments.
Sass & Boho
Lastly the Irish scent arena is showing lots of interesting developments but a particular favourite is Sass & Boho which was created in 2015 by Laura McNamee from Co. Tyrone.
The candles are made using premium essential oils, sustainably sourced, eco-friendly soy and vegetable waxes. No paraffin is used in the candles.
The wicks are 100% cotton with no lead, resulting in a very beautiful, clean, toxic free burn. My favoutie is the Citrus Intense which has two wicks which is so innovative as it means it burns evenly.
The Citrus Intense variety (£29) is very fresh but there’s an undertone of frankincense and oud which is a warm and woody scent. This is a really stunning range and feels a little more sophisticated than the competition.
Here’s hoping there will be even more innovation and success in the Irish beauty arena in years to come!
Holly White is a Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster, and blogs on all things fashion, style, wellness, beauty, health and fitness on www.Holly.ie.