Ireland isn't the first country that comes to mind when we think of beauty brands, but the Emerald Isle has plenty of beauty offerings. No, seriously!
We dug up some local Irish beauty brands--as well as a few unusual uses for common Irish foods and beverages--in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Rather than drinking yourself silly this weekend, honor the day with a little Irish pampering instead--you'll feel much better about yourself come March 18.
Click through for five options.
Not only is oatmeal delicious (well, except in the form of Anne Hathaway's Les Mis oatmeal paste maybe), but it has proven benefits as a facial treatment--it can help retain skin hydration and relieve irritation. Instead of buying a commercial oatmeal product, make your own! And use the creme de la creme of oats, McCann's, which has been produced in Ireland since about 1800.
Guinness Hair Treatment:
Oh, sure. The obvious thing to do with a Guinness on St. Patrick's Day is drink it (or 10). But rather than putting all that stout right onto your waistline, put it in your hair instead. Yep, beer is a beauty product. The malt and hops contain protein which can strengthen your strands, and the alcohol has vitamin B and sugars, which can add shine.
So...bottoms up. Smell like a pub without actually going to one!
Seaweed has a reputation for its healing properties in Ireland; at one time in the early 20th century there were 300 seaweed bath houses all along the Irish coast. Voya operates one of the few seaweed baths left in Ireland, and has launched an organic seaweed line of bath, body, face products and candles. For a small company, the range of products is pretty impressive. You can even get lip balms and organic muslin face cloths. The website offers prices in USD and will ship internationally.
Try an Irish-Made Fragrance:
This company produces a variety of fragrances inspired by Ireland. Inis, which was introduced in 1996 is one of their most popular scents. It's a crisp, clean unisex fragrance meant to evoke the sea.
Burren Perfumery: This is Ireland's oldest perfumery, and it's located in an area where 70% of Ireland's wildflower species can be found. They make all their soaps, perfumes, and balms in small batches by hand. The scents are light and airy, and reviewers say they are reminded of the Irish countryside in which they're produced.