There’s such a wealth of great Irish beauty brands now that it’s no challenge at all to support homegrown businesses. The only difficult is knowing where to start: with brands like Cloon Keen Atelier, Max Benjamin and The Burren Perfumery for scents and candles, Codex beauty for soaps and Tk for skincare, all bases are covered while keeping it local. Below find the best Irish beauty gifts to give this Christmas:
1 Nunaia Nourishing Radiance Serum is a star natural beauty product, created by Nicola Connolly using her knowledge and experience of living in the Peruvian rainforest, where she sources natural ingredients. You’re not only buying Irish, you’re also buying sustainable, natural, vegan, cruelty-free and organic, as well as award-winning skincare. Look out for a similarly high-quality plant-based cleansing balm launching soon, too, which continues the idea of a relaxing skincare ritual. At Arnotts and www.nunaia.com.
2 The Nature of Things are Dublin-based specialists in essential oils, which they source from all around the world. Their new MAËL diffuser (€49) is a brilliant way to fill your rooms with uplifting scents of mandarin, lemongrass or mint – and actually more cost-effective than pricey scented candles. It looks cute, too. Online at www.thenatureofthings.ie and at select stores nationwide. Oils from €6.50.
3 Hermetica is an intiguing luxury fragrance brand co-founded by John Molloy of Memo Paris. We love the cool green gold-topped bottles, the distinctive perfumes, by brilliant French perfumers, and the way the brand uses water-based, rather than alcohol-based, technology to change the way the fragrance is released. My pick is Patchoulight, a mesmerising mix of sandalwood and patchouli oil. Try the online matching system, or smell the scents at Brown Thomas and The Loop at Dublin airport. The products are also cruelty-free. Eau de parfum, €150, or sample sets from €15 at www.hermetica.com.
Discover more great gift ideas in the Glossy Gift Guide.