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St. Patrick’s Day goes beyond the parties and the drinks: the feast is celebrated on March 17 in memory of the patron saint of Ireland. While the day celebrates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland, it is now a symbol of Irish culture and heritage.
Ireland’s beauty industry, while still in the cottage phase, is budding, and there are several niche brands that have stellar products. Granted, they’re not household names like L’Oreal or Cover Girl (yet) but the quality and attention to detail makes them deserving of mention. Here are five Irish beauty brands to watch:
Not only does this brand’s capsule packaging look and feel high-end and as natural as an Irish glen, it has daily use gems like the All in One Body Oil (which addresses stretch marks as well as minor skin ailments) and All in One Wash Off Cleanser (cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizing agent in one). And for a very appreciable price (around 15 -30 euros per product, worldwide shipping included), the items are focused on saving time for the busy professional.
Irish beauty brands all seem to have a thing or two in common: they like being as natural as possible. The cottage brand, Pixy, makes everything from soaps to gels and uses natural ingredients, mostly including shea butter and vitamin E. Products include the Softening Body Oil, Honey Solid Massage & Lotion Bar, and even the cheeky Lime Body Scrub Cubes (billed as “Nature’s Fake Tan Remover”). While the company is as Irish as it gets, they ship worldwide.
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Organic by name and nature, this line of cosmetics is all about essential oils that are culled from around the world and then brought back to Ireland to perfect into luscious organics. Sold at Harvey Nichols, this line is filled with alluring-sounding products like Date Night Luxury Organic Bath Milk, made with a bouquet of essential oils including soybean, argan, and coconut oils, and gorgeous notes of rose, patchouli, ylang ylang, and mandarin. The packaging is pure elegance meets practical: you’d be proud to reuse these bottles and votives, and certainly enjoy the candle’s pure glow while you enjoy that pint of Guinness.
It sure seems like this company’s tanning products are working for the Irish. Sold in Sephora, this Northern Ireland brand sells non-toxic tanning products like the Deep Face Untinted Self Tan Lotion ($29) as well as tanning mitts. The Untinted Self Tan Lotion For Body ($37.50) is a best seller.
This Sligo-based company is also about organic beauty, and has hand-harvested seaweed as its main ingredient. This brand has a gamut of natural products, including a fine travel kit as well as a selection of teas. Its signature Lazy Days bath box features fine hand cut seaweed combined with Dead Sea salt for a fine soak.