Sunday 19 November 2017

Ruth Griffin: Kitchen table cosmetics

Skincare lines birthed at home have become best-selling beauty brands...

Liz Earle
Liz Earle
Waxperts Wonder Pads and Body Oil Duo
Erase and Renew Double Cleansing System
Cleansing Oil And Face Cloth Rose Geranium and Apricot
Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Hand Wash
Family Remedy Cream

From humble beginings to beauty powerhouses, this week I'm focusing on some of the best skincare lines available that that were dreamed up, discussed and literally created at the family kitchen table. Home economics at its best!

These entrepreneurs started with one part passion for skincare, two parts elbow grease and work ethic and mixed them together with drive and belief and ended up as huge beauty success stories. A common piece of advice from the people showcased today has been to "create something you want to use yourself". See it, believe it, achieve it, I say!

Liz Earle, an ex-beauty writer who always had an interest in natural, botanical skincare, started by creating her own beauty products from scratch in her bathroom! Thirty years later, Liz Earle Skincare is now a best-selling international  skincare line. She has also written over 30 books on beauty and wellness and launched a quarterly magazine.

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Pestle & Mortar natural skincare line

Erase and Renew Double Cleansing System

Company founder Sonia Deasy maintains that one of the most common mistakes she sees women make with their skincare is lack of proper cleansing of the skin. She advocates double cleansing of the face. If you want to try it, opt for the Erase and Renew Double Cleansing System, €74, from Arnotts, Avoca, and pharmacies nationwide.

The Handmade Soap Company

Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Hand Wash

Donagh and Gemma Quigley's The Handmade Soap Company started out small, selling at farmers' markets and to neighbours. It's now stocked nationwide in Carraig Donn, Avoca, Kilkenny Stores and independent boutiques. My favourite from their line is their Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Hand Wash, €14.95,

Waxperts - Hot wax experts

Waxperts Wonder Pads and Body Oil Duo

Ellen Kavanagh and Trish O'Brien have grown their business to create an award-winning waxing brand, training courses and beauty line, with one of their hero products being Waxperts Wonder Pads and Body Oil Duo, €20, The salicylic acid in the pads is used daily to prevent lumps, bumps and ingrown hair in areas being waxed regularly.

Votary Oils

Cleansing Oil And Face Cloth Rose Geranium and Apricot

This luxurious facial oil line was launched in Dublin at Space NK. If you fancy giving an oil-based skincare regime a bash, look no further than this little gem, the Cleansing Oil And Face Cloth Rose Geranium and Apricot, €54, from Space NK Dublin and

Human + Kind - Natural skincare line

Family Remedy Cream

The brand was founded in Cork in 2011 by Jeroen Proos and Rene van Willigen. A gorgeous, natural, multi-tasking skin balm from this line - their Family Remedy Cream, €12.95 - is brilliant for itches, inflammations and skin soothing for all the family. From pharmacies nationwide.

DIY lime body butter

Get started on creating your own beauty products — you never know, you could be the next Liz Earle! All of these ingredients are available from healthfood stores nationwide.


¼ cup of cocoa butter

¼ cup shea butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon castor oil

15–20 drops of lime essential oils


Gently heat all ingredients, apart from the lime oil, in a bain marie (a bowl placed over a saucepan of hot water) and mix gently until all ingredients are dissolved.

Add the essential oils.

Decant into a clean glass container. Do not put the lid on until the body butter is completely cooled. This should keep for six months.

Irish Independent

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