René creates her gorgeous handmade pieces from a small studio in her Belfast home as well as in her Belfast Print Workshop. We fell in love with the way she loves linen and brings the industry right in to the now by creating contemporary pieces that are unique in every way. She tells us that her work is informed by a sense of place. It is clear from her evident talent that René has ancestry links to the linen industry. Her mother's family were flax growers and on her father's side were expert flax millers. What we especially love about René's work is that her beautiful products often include words in gaeilge … again reconnecting with her homeland.
We asked René to create something special for our subscribers this month that would fit in with our Beauty of Ireland theme. We wanted subscribers to have an accessory to adore and to store the Irish made natural beauty products that we also sent this month. This perfect pouch was screen-printed by René exclusively for MyIrelandBox subscribers in Belfast.
Claire Brett of Dublin Herbalists - County Dublin
Dublin Herbalists was founded in 2012 by Claire Brett, Dip. Herb., ND. Everything that is included in to their beauty products is 100% natural and never, ever tested on animals. That means no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or other nasty hidden ingredients.
“Looking back, I can see how my childhood had such a strong influence on the Dublin Herbalists of today. Growing up in rural Kildare, we had a huge garden and were surrounded by farmland. My father was a Geologist and a landscape gardening enthusiast, so our gardens were packed full of wonders and he taught me all about plants. We spent most of our time outside. I learned about orchards, herbs, vegetable and strawberry patches, raspberry vines, chestnut trees, bushes and hedges and flowers, and nature became “second nature” to me.
It’s really clear to me now how my passion for natural skin care products that are friendly to plants and animals was inspired.”
We have also included a sample hand cream for subscribers!
Deirdre Meany & Karen Cottier of Wild Oats Soap ~ County Waterford
Based in the beautiful countryside of County Waterford, Deirdre & Karen passionately create bathing products that indulge the senses as well as the skin.
"When it comes to our products , only the best will do, that’s why we chose Flahavan’s Organic Oats for all our soaps and bath milks – and it is made right here in Co. Waterford.
All of our products are created right here in our converted farm building outside historic Lismore."
Over the past three years, the duo have learned to harness the natural beauty of mountain and hedgerow that surrounds them and merge nature with Irish oats and perhaps lavender from Provence to create the most wonderful natural products that contain the healing and soothing power of Irish Oats.
This Bath Milk may be used to soothe tired feet in a homemade foot spa or indeed in a bath. Whatever MyIrelandBox subscribers chose, they most certainly had a bathing experience of their dreams in Irish oats!
Alice Dennehy of Skellig Soaps - Portmagee, County Kerry
Skellig Soaps, is based in the lovely town of Portmagee in our beloved County Kerry where the famous ferry boats take passengers to the great Skellig Rock that lies just off of its headland . She has always been interested in the health and beauty benefits of herbs and natural oils.
It's a family affair at Skellig Soaps in the lovely Portmagee. Alice's partner Adriano created their website, and their two children help with packaging! As a family, they love making their products with an ethical approach to create pure soaps, hand & body butters, lip balms and massage melts that are nourishing and natural. The joy for us is that not only is this soap a bar of Irish natural goodness, it is free from preservatives, without artificial colors, perfumes or fragrances and instead is made with pure essential oils, herbs and natural additives.