Ruth Griffin: Green and clean
The all-Irish, all-natural beauty brands taking the world by storm
The Irish natural beauty industry may be tiny in size in comparison to larger, long-established countries known for their skincare (France and Japan in particular), but it has proven over the last few decades to be immense in its impact.
That's no exaggeration - we only have to look at Kildare woman Noelle O'Connor, who successfully created and launched the world's first-ever certified organic, all-natural self-tan lotion, TanOrganic. She then added to her world-record setting by creating the first organic tanning oil.
Another example of an Irish beauty buff taking the skincare world by storm is Sonia Deasy. She is the Irish co-creator of Pestle & Mortar - a clean, chemical-free, natural skincare line that is stocked in high-end beauty halls around the globe, winning multiple beauty awards across the world.
These ladies and other Irish creators are a testament to the growing trend of embracing, utilising and celebrating the amazing, potent and natural ingredients indigenous to our beautiful country.
I always tell my son how lucky and blessed we are to have been born here in Ireland, as truly it is such a naturally abundant home for us.
So, in celebration of this natural beauty bounty, I've listed above some of my favourite 'green and clean' skincare lines that are literally homegrown heroes we should all be proud of.
Happy St Patrick's Day!
1 Oil Up
This seaweed-infused oil is a little multi-tasker, bringing together amazing wild Irish ingredients such as fucus serratus (which filters the ocean for nutrients) and bog myrtle essential oil, which is brilliant for sensitive skin and has been shown in trials to prevent sun damage. Bia Beauty's Pure Nutrition Facial Oil, €32.95, is available at biabeauty.com, from pharmacies, health food stores, gift shops, beauty salons, pharmacies and Avoca stores.
2 Heavenly Herbals
I'm loving this West of Ireland brand's herbal balms, which are 100pc organic, made only from natural plants and oils. Try their Comfrey Herbal Balm, €18 - this is a herb with antibacterial qualities traditionally used to reduce swelling and heal bruises, insect bites, stings and minor wounds.
Available from burrenperfumery.com, Avoca, pharmacies and health food stores.
3 Sow Your Wild Oats
Waterford brand Wild Oats has just launched two new oat-based bath milks to get your Cleopatra on Irish-style! Try the Gorgeous Bath Milk with neroli and lemongrass. From wildoatssoap.com, priced at €12 each.
4 Have a Field Day
With green stems, grass and lily, this nourishing cream is a beautiful natural option for dry-skinned beauty buffs. Field Day Hand and Body Cream, €16.95, from pharmacies, Arnotts, Kilkenny Shop, Blarney Woollen Mills and Meadows & Byrne nationwide.
5 One for the Men
I discovered this Irish line at last year's brilliant Bloom Natural Skincare Hall. This nettle-based skincare is unbelievably soothing and hydrating - this cream is technically for men but I used it with brilliant results. Neantóg Aftershave Cream (with nettle and myrtle), ¤18, from select Wicklow-based natural health stores and neantog.ie