Enniscorthy-based brand Holos has been in business since 2008. For natural face and body care, their handcrafted oils and creams are hard to beat on quality and affordability. Costing between €14-€22, the range is filled with wonderful skin-nourishing ingredients. Expect to find argan, frankincense, rose and aloe vera in some of the items on offer, all elements that are highly valued in beauty. Seven lines have been developed within the brand, all blended specifically for different skin needs. For new mums or mums-tobe, check out the nourishing body oils designed for mum and baby bath time or massage. See the range and local stockists at www.holos.ie.
ANY TIME OF THE DAY
Chapped skin, ragged cuticles and dry heels are just some concerns we experience in colder months. Rather than buying a number of products for every issue, one multi-tasking balm will solve the lot. Popular brand Australian Bodycare has launched Any Time Balm, €15.95, a creamy emollient suitable for all skin types. With antibacterial and antiseptic tea tree, soya, and macadamia, it soothes and hydrates split or parched skin, allowing it to heal with minimal discomfort. Apply where needed and pop into your handbag for on-the-go emergencies. For stockists see www.australianbodycare.com.
Find yourself tight on time and budget for beauty treatments? To cater for busy bodies who need their beauty fixes, the Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Docklands has a speedy treatment menu called Spapas. The treatments at 15 and 30 minutes cover necessities such as facial waxing, lash tinting, peels and polishes. What’s more, the Spapas treatments are affordable at €10/€25 (a deluxe 30-minute selection is also available at €45). For details call 01 687 5100; themarkerhoteldublin.com. This soothing lip balm is a blend of hydrating, natural ingredients such as jojoba and apricot kernel oils, aloe vera and orange peel wax. Mineral pigments and mica create the colour and give high shine. €2.50 from the sale of each balm goes directly to St Vincent’s Hospital’s Cancer Clinical Research Trust.
Founded in Paris by Pierre Darphin in 1958, and famed for their serums, Darphin is a jewel in the Lauder brand. Whatever your skin type or complaint there is a Darphin serum to treat and correct. Intral is ideal for Irish skin as it deals with reactive skin prone to redness. This serum applied to a cleansed face works to calm and soothe skin; €6 from this limited-edition serum goes to the CCRT in St Vincent’s.
ORIGINS DRINK UP HYDRATING LIP BALM €17, Origins counters
DARPHIN INTRAL REDNESS RELIEF SOOTHING SERUM €63, www.darphin.co.uk