And support Irish businesses in tow
As you’ll know from Our Story we’re a family of sensitive souls skin, bar the dominant male primate – sorry I live with a mini-zoologist! – so if you’re looking for something to give us/yourself/or another sensitive soul in your life this season, but still want to support local Irish businesses you will find them here – Find/Free-From-Products. And you don’t even have to brave the cold and wind of going from shop to shop in your local village, you can still buy local/Irish online – or run down to the National Crafts Fair this weekend!
And hey, if you’re not in Ireland, but want to support our (maybe even ‘your’, Mr & Ms Diaspora) little island on the week of our toughest budget… in, like, ever… they’ll even deliver!
There are three particular Irish women I’ve had the pleasure to meet and want to tell you about as I have used their products to soothe my skin and delight my senses. All their skin products are free from:
They make all their products in Ireland and bring to bear their knowledge, experience and own wonderful personal characters – which is why there’s something to suit every personality as well as skin type.
The sophisticated woman, whether she’s 12 or 92, likes simple timeless classic looks, organic is important to her and her home always smells divine – then Brooke and Shoals have the skincare products and scented candles to suit her. My hands have been enriched by their organic cream and my sanity saved by their natural non-toxic soy candles when disaster hits the dinner or bugs hit the kids (and nicer occasions welcoming fellow crochet/knitters into my home).
Alison Banton is the brain behind the brand and learnt her craft in Grasse, France. Her products can now be found all over the country (stockists) and literally ‘over the country’ on Aer Lingus flights! They have featured (successfully I might add) on Dragons’ Den and her beautiful shop in Greystones (for those days when the sun is out and you want to brave the village, even the beach!) was on Nationwide in the autumn. To buy online go to ThatsJustGorgeous.com - the gift wrapping is an art form in itself!
Tracey Ryan is the flower power girl from Cork who uses her degree in Herbal Science to bring you Bia Beauty. The name is derived from the Irish word for food and the fact that she wouldn’t put anything on her skin that she couldn’t eat! Quoting her website Your skin is what it eats!
Her cutely packaged products can be found here (stockists), mostly in Cork and on the west coast for now, though, like me you might be fortunate to meet her and sample her products at a craft, trade or Christmas fair or just check out the cool and colourful website and buy online - free pink gingham gift wrapping for Christmas.
For the girl next door you cannot help but like Cathy Ginty and the products she makes under the brand name Primula (named after the Primrose family) which evolved from her business as an aromatherapist when she made customised blends for clients. We met at a women-in-business meeting where I learnt more about her products and came home with some remedies leaving my face feeling wonderful – not that easy a task as I’d all but stopped using any face cream due to my skin having various reactions from a slight tingle to a complete breakout! Her products can also be purchased directly from the Primula website and gift wrapping is free for Christmas.
All three women make up beautiful gift packs and ship them to you or your loved one. To find out if they are free from something you particularly avoid check find/free-from-products. Oh and Brooke and Shoals have a limited edition Cinnamon & Cedar candle (pictured above) for Christmas!
Other Irish companies you can support by shopping online for eco-friendly /skin-friendly / air-friendly / ogranic products:
|Bumble BlissBurren PerfumeryEco Natural.ieEO IrelandGreen Angel|