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Did You Know: 5 Irish Beauty Brands Good For The Skin And The Environment

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

While most of us associate St. Patrick’s Day with wearing green and knocking back lots of beer, there’s so much more to learn about the Irish culture than that. Here, up your knowledge quotient for Irish beauty brands:

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1. Pestle & Mortar
Sonia Deasy, a busy mother of five, founded the brand because she wanted to create effective skincare that was fuss-free and easy to use. And with the help of her sister (who has a degree in biochemistry), Pestle & Mortar was born. Free of harsh chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients, these products adhere to EU’s strict product regulations and offers visible results with powerful and effective ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides. Try the Pure Hyaluronic Serum, $110 for 30ml, a fragrance-free serum that contains low and high molecular hyaluronic acid with panthenol to plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Available at escentials Image: Instagram (@pestlendmortarcosmetics) 2. Human+Kind
Hailing from Cork, Ireland, this eight-year-old vegan brand was founded on the philosophy of providing affordable and effective products that are cruelty-free. Using sustainably sourced natural ingredients of the highest quality, they are extracted following the highest standards and most stringent processes so that all of the ingredients’ effectiveness and purity are retained. Try the Anti-Ageing Cream, $59 for 50ml. It contains a combination of powerful botanical extracts that smooths wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. Most importantly, the formula is ultra-gentle and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Available at whathewants.com.sg Image: Instagram (@humanandkind) 3. Jo Browne
As a trained reflexologist and holistic therapist, founder Joanne Browne started her brand creating solid fragrances to fill the gap in the market for gentle and mild fragrances that are made with natural ingredients. Using only organic beeswax and essential oils, the solid fragrances are all handmade and contained within eco-friendly bamboo tube packaging. Her latest product, Facial Cleansing Balm, about $54 for 50g, is made with camellia oil, sunflower seed oil and olive oil that are rich in essential fatty acids for smoother, more resilient and plumper skin. Available at www.jobrowne.com Image: Instagram (@jobrowne_ireland) 4. Kinvara Skincare
Founder Joanne Reilly realised that there was a lack of suitable natural skincare products in the market after she developed a host of skin issues that were triggered by stress and the birth of her first child. She decided to harness her background in tropical ecology and looked at how the natives in Sumatra and Mauritius relied on plants for natural remedies. This led her to the creation of Kinvara Skincare, which boasts concentrated, multi-tasking formulas that are made with certified organic ingredients that are free of SLS, parabens, mineral oils and alcohol for optimal results without potential irritants. Try the 24Hr Rosehip Face Serum, about $51 for 30ml, hydrate, soothe and protect your skin. Available at www.kinvaraskincare.com Image: Instagram (@kinvaraskincare) 5. Bia Beauty
Armed with her degree in Herbal Science, Tracey Ryan, spent four years researching the benefits that herbal infusions have on the skin, which eventually led her to create Bia Beauty. As the Irish word for food, “Bia” was selected because the brand uses highly effective, food-grade ingredients such as botanical oils, herbs, fruits and butters. Rich in active compounds such as vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, the products are also formulated without synthetic fragrances, preservatives, parabens or SLS so your skin gets all the goodness without any potential irritants. Try the Orange & Grapefruit Exfoliant and Cleanser, about $23 for 60ml. It dissolves impurities while replenishing skin with nourishing oils so that it doesn’t leave your skin dry and uncomfortable. Available at www.lovelula.com Image: Instagram (@traceybia)