Support small IRISH START-UPS: your skin will thank you …
Ireland is well established as a hotspot for self-tanning brands – from Bellamianta to He-Shi and Tan Organic, the range and quality of our homegrown tans are pretty startling. Recently, we’ve been seeing the growth of another area of expertise: entrepreneurs are capitalising on our rich resources and creating natural skincare.
Already on the radar and ticking the key boxes – effective, free-from synthetics, pure and yet a pleasure to use – is KINVARA, whose bestselling Rosehip Serum and Cleansing Oil are made in Ireland, using Donegal-grown rapeseed oil. We are constantly raving about BARE CHIC, made in tiny batches in Galway, and also rate THE HANDMADE SOAP CO (especially their Grapefruit & May Chang hand cream and men’s beard oil).
Our latest find is ROZA Natural Cosmetics, created by Alicja Tomczak (above), who does everything from make the products to design the labels. Having studied environmental protection in Poland, she started her company a year ago, inspired by her grandmother’s use of healing herbs and natural ingredients to cure illnesses and skin problems, and becoming more aware of what was in the skincare she was using. Everything is handmade and based on certified plant origin ingredients; they are silicone, parabens and chemical free, featuring only eco-friendly preservatives (and when absolutely necessary). Amber glass protects the cosmetics, though you need to use them within six months.
The advantage of a tiny operation like this is that what you see is what you get: prices are reasonable, there’s no unnecessary packaging, and ingredients are the main focus. We especially like the pure Hyaluronic Acid for €20, and Raw Shea Butter (€6). Tomczak includes a “do it yourself” aspect to her website, so you can also buy rose petals, pure aloe vera extract (excellent for sun burn), shea butter and avocado oil. Hyaluronic acid and plant retinol in her popular face cream make it a hydrating treat. She can also whip up special ointments that work wonders for specific skin issues, such as eczema. Her tip: drink flaxseed oil to boost skin’s radiance from the inside out. We’re sure a canny pharmacy will snap this range up before long. Meanwhile, find Roza at www.rozanaturalcosmetics.com and support small Irish start-ups: your skin will thank you.
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