Our first ever The GLOSS Irish Beauty Box makes the perfect gift – discover our limited-edition box featuring brilliant beauty products worth over €325 – for €100 including P&P …
We’ve brought together some of our favourite brands for our first limited-edition Irish Beauty Box, available exclusively via GLOSS SHOP. Here are the homegrown gems we’ve chosen, and why we love them – and believe that you will too …
There’s never been a better time to buy Irish – everything from fine perfume to fabulous face oils are available right here on our doorstep. As well as supporting Irish business, many of them with a strong female founder at the helm, these brands are also leading the way in terms of sustainability and the environment: Nunaïa, for example, uses an innovative form of fully compostable packaging, while The Handmade Soap Company has developed compostable refill pouches, so its glass bottles can last a lifetime. “Luxury now is the luxury to be able to be sustainable,” notes Sadie Chowen of The Burren Perfumery.
Nicola Connolly launched Nunaïa in 2018 and has won numerous awards since, both for the high quality of her skincare and for its eco-conscious ethos. We love this Superfood Cleansing Balm as it’s entirely natural and plant-based, yet results-driven. It’s antioxidant-rich, with Nunaïa’s signature actives sourced from the Amazon: sacha inchi and maracuja, rich in vitamin A, C, E and essential fatty acids to nourish, condition and brighten. It’s a sheer pleasure to use, with a gentle fragrance: I find it suits everyone from teens removing every trace of their make-up, through to those in their seventies and eighties who want a cleanser that’s effective but gentle and with no stripping or harsh exfoliating. Use it as part of a ritual to both soothe your mind and nourish your skin, enhancing its natural glow.
Tonya Kidd-Beggs launched her fine perfume brand, based in Co Down, in 2018. In chic minimal bottles, with a smart monochrome look, the scents are instantly beguiling: it’s hard to choose between bright, sunny No.01, with hints of green, fruit, figs and sunlight, and No.02, soft with roses and honey tobacco on a creamy base of tonka bean, patchouli and amber. They’re elegant and distinctive – and rather different from what you’ll find on the high street. Kidd-Beggs advises layering over the complementary body lotions to make the scents even longer-lasting. www.storiesparfums.com
The Burren Perfumery
Sadie Chowen creates scents and skincare inspired by the beautiful landscape around the Burren. Everything is made by hand using the highest quality ingredients, and the creams, oils and perfumes are a pleasure to use. There are various scent families to discover. For the Beauty Box we have included a full-sized Organic Wild Rose Regenerative Serum (worth €36) – a light and beautifully hydrating blend that particularly suits mature skin. In the box, you’ll also get a chance to try the new Wild Rose eau de parfum (€130 for 50ml), an exquisite and innovative eau de parfum that’s entirely natural. Delicate yet lingering, it is deeply sophisticated – a subtle, airy and complex take on the exquisite rose centifolia sourced from French perfume capital Grasse. www.burrenperfumery.com
Based in Glandore, Cork, Joan Woods’ organic perfumes celebrate pure natural ingredients: think sweet basil, bergamot, tuberose, rose and cedarwood. The Discovery Set offers a chance to try all four beautiful eau de parfums (who can resist Sweet Basil + Bergamot, or Tuberose + Frankincense?) as well as a sample of the award-wining facial serum, made from naturally moisturising olive squalane together with oils including fragrant neroli and healing frankincense to firm and hydrate skin. Check out the online shop: you’ll find other beautifully made gems, including jewellery and neat ceramic candle cups (€25 for two), which are the perfect size for a morning espresso. www.watersandwild.com
Sinead Duffy set up her business in 2011, originally to supply her yoga and meditation clients. All vegan, ethically sourced and made in Dublin, her oil blends are designed to enhance wellbeing. The rollerballs are handy for on the go; Duffy suggests using them on your face mask. We love the body oils, with ingredients such as lavender, tension-relieving frankincense and blue chamomile to relax and calm: as well as the body, use them as a bath oil and face oil (a few drops before moisturiser), too. www.yogandha.com
Dublin-based aromatherapist Fiona Hedigan creates a range of hand-blended botanical oil blends. And at the moment they’re more in demand than ever, with her newest Protector and Take a Moment blends (€20 each) ideal for using in a diffuser to simultaneously fragrance your room and boost your mood. I use her Rest Oil Rollerball (€28) on wrists at bedtime – the blend of wild Somalian frankincense, Morroccan neroli and calming lavender helps to calm your mind and help you sleep. www.floraplusfiona.com
The Handmade Soap Company
This green and gorgeous Co Meath-based company gets better every year, and their newest range, Anam, is their finest yet; top up the glass bottles with refills (€11.95, fully compostable) and they’ll last a lifetime. We picked the entirely natural Anam body wash (€25) for the Beauty Box – it has a fresh fragrance of geranium and vetiver, and is entirely gentle on your skin. The whole range is lovely to use and kind to the environment. “Kindness has always been at the forefront of everything we do we do, to your skin and to the planet,” says founder Donagh Quigley. www.thehandmadesoapcompany.ie
Ayu Total Lash Mascara
Kildare-based Suzie O’Neill’s Ayu make-up is all about affordable luxury, from knockout red lipstick to two new foundations. O’Neill devises products that are high quality yet affordable, and designed to make your life easier. In the Beauty Box, you’ll find Ayu’s double-ended mascara (€22.50), which is a nifty daily essential – you get both brown (to define) on one end and black (for volume) on the other for perfect lashes. www.ayu.ie
Arno Schouwenburg traded publishing for beekeeping back in 2012, starting his artisan, eco-conscious business, now based in Co Galway, as a way to share the goodness of the hives; he uses only organic, unrefined plant oils, waxes and butters. His reflexology balms are in demand from therapists around the country. The bestselling Rose Geranium Hand Rescue Balm (€18.50) is one of the loveliest I’ve tried: the packaging may be simple, but the balm is gently fragrant and nourishing. Do try his new range of reflexology creams, such as Orange Blossom and Mandarin – and next he is going to start working on skincare. www.flyingwild.ie
Dr Simon Jackson and John Murray, based in West Cork, have created a minimal, chic brand of personal care items made from the finest (certified) natural ingredients. Their multi-purpose Oil and Natural Deodorant are cult bestsellers, designed to transform your daily routine. This deodorant, featuring a unique blend of eleven essential oils, is clean, sustainable – and it works. We believe that once you try this, you’ll be converted for life. “Aspirational beauty will always have a place, but the future of beauty is local and conscious, inspiring brands that are meaningful and relevant,” says Modern Botany’s Director of Strategy and Innovation Tracey Woodward. www.modernbotany.com
We are long-time fans of “potion-maker” and herbalist Reidin Beattie’s small, gentle business run from a 200-year-old studio in West Cork. From natural deodorants to creams, balms and oils for face, body and hair, Beattie’s creations celebrate the natural magic of plants. Everything is small-batch and made using traditional methods, such as the Pure Rose Water (from €8) and the delicate Titania Facial Serum (€39), a blend of plant oils infused with hawthorn blossom, rose, chamomile and marshmallow root. This is skincare with a soul. For the Beauty Box, we chose one of her beautiful calming herbal tea blends – just what we all need right now. www.warriorbotanicals.com
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