BY CLAIR WHITTY
Christmas is coming and most of you will be looking for gift ideas. I recently wrote about buying practical gifts, shopping local and buying online from Irish websites. But, what about going one step further and buying Irish brands. I think you’d be surprised how much you’ll find. By shopping local, buying Irish brands and locally made products you’ll be supporting Irish family businesses and in turn supporting local jobs.
When it comes to skincare you’ll be spoilt for choice. For example, Kinvara has a beautiful range of skincare products, Precious Facial Oil being one of their most popular. Kinvara pride themselves on quality and all their packaging is fully recyclable. Closer to home, for me, is Holos Skincare, made in Co. Wexford, whose mission it is to bring vitality to your skin through the creation of skincare that fits easily into your life. Their amazing Good Night Rich Night Cream is created with relaxation and sleep in mind, it hydrates, softens, soothes and relaxes. Laura’s Beauty Rooms also made in Wexford is one of our latest additions with a selection of heavenly scented body scrubs and creams.
For the foodies we have Irish Brew Niks Tea, whose range of loose-leaf teas includes a premium Traditional Irish Black Tea, sleep infusion Bedtime Kiss, and an Organic Rooibos Hemp Chill Out. Niks Tea is a Multi Award Winning Irish Producer, packing all teas in Ireland using 100% compostable materials. If you love hot chocolate, you’ll love the Great Taste award-winning Nibbed Cacao block. Hand crafted in County Wicklow, it’s perfect for making the popular ceremonial hot cacao drink, or for baking, or nibbling.
Another popular gift from Co. Wicklow is the luxury hand-rolled incense sticks from Be Kind Industries, with several scents to choose from. If you prefer essential oils there’s Irish Atlantic Aromatic oils and massage blends to choose from.
Irish branded supplements to keep the family healthy include Healthreach, Irish Botanica, and Macánta. Revive Active Starter Kit is the ideal gift pack of super Irish supplements which includes Revive Active, Mastermind and Beauty Complex 7 Day Boxes, designed to work together to help you get the most out of every day.
Check out your local stores and markets for Irish crafted products. Even a jar of local honey would be a thoughtful gift to give.
Shop online at www.naturalhealthstore.ie where you’ll be able to take a look at these brands.
Natural Health Store, Market Cross Shopping Centre
Phone: 056 7764538