Natural Beauty August at Organico

Posted on: 4th August, 2015

Category: Health

Contributor: Hannah Dare

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It’s also a really good delivery system for things we want to get into our body (think insulin patches, nicotine patches, hormone patches). So it’s smart to look for skin care products with the same purity and quality you’d look for in the foods you choose to eat.

Products with fewer artificial and more high-quality botanical ingredients are simply better for your skin and better for your health. That’s why in Organico we rigorously select all our skin care products. It’s really important to pay attention to what is in the products you are using. If it contains a bunch of chemicals that you’ve never heard of and probably would think twice about ingesting then you should probably think about not putting it on your skin.

Unfortunately there are a also lots of companies using terms like ‘natural’ who are just taking advantage of our desire to use natural products (my favourite is the razors that claim to contain Aloe Vera — how exactly? They are plastic!) Because of all this competition and confusion in the natural skincare marketplace, our focus in Organico is on working with companies who spend on quality ingredients rather than on fancy advertising, and we keep trying products out till we find what really suits your skin. It’s a tough job!

In keeping with our pursuit of the very best of natural skincare, we have nominated August as Skincare month in Organico, and we have a wonderful line-up of Skincare events so you can try some great products for FREE! (Booking is advised, as there are limited places for some of the events — see details below).

Starting on Friday, August 7, we have Cheryl from Ocean Bloom, a local skincare range, which is inspired by Cheryl’s fascination for the beneficial effects of seaweed on our skin. Ocean Bloom has really taken off in Organico since we launched it about three months ago; and the most popular products are the body moisturiser and the Seaweed Serum pouches. Since Body Moisturisers are pretty self explanatory, I’m going to focus on the Seaweed Serum. You get three little muslin pouches filled with dehydrated seaweed, which you rehydrate with hot water, then you squeeze the pouch till some serum comes out which, admittedly smells a little like the sea, but when it dries, smells of nothing. My skin feels silky smooth afterwards and if it means my skin looks anything like Cheryl’s, it’s certainly worth a try!

On Thursday, August 13, you get a chance to meet Lorna from Trilogy and try out some of its internationally acclaimed skincare products. Trilogy is a company founded in New Zealand 13 years ago by two sisters, who are focused on using natural ingredients to deliver outstanding results — their main statement being that you don’t have to sacrifice performance for natural. Since they started out with six skincare products based on organic rosehip oil, Trilogy has grown and grown and is now celebrated all over the world for how incredible it makes your skin look and feel. My favourite product is the Hydra Tone Softening Lotion, which I use every morning — it contains Hyaluronic Acid, which is becoming well known for its ability to keep skin looking plump and supple, and it smells great thanks to Ylang Ylang essential oil.

Friday, August 14 sees Sarah from Dr Hauschka coming to Organico to launch the new Night Serum that Dr Hauschka have recently created. Dr Hauschka has a very clear philosophy concerning nighttime skincare — if you keep smothering your skin in oily creams, the theory goes, you won’t give it a chance to moisturise itself. “While you sleep, your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities. Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Covering the skin with moisturiser 24 hours a day sends a signal to sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin that becomes dependent on moisturising products just to appear normal’’. However we do need to cleanse at night, and often it feels good to apply something after cleansing, which is where the new nourishing yet oil-free Night Serum comes into play.  Everyone can use this serum — it’s light, fragrant and gentle, with apple fruit hydrosol and apple blossom extract that support the skin’s natural rhythms while guiding it through its essential night-time work. Supported by witch hazel extracts, Night Serum tones all skin conditions for a fresh, radiant complexion come morning.

On Thursday, August 20, we have Holly Power, nutritionist with Veridian, coming in-store to offer free one-to-one consultations on how to improve your skin from the inside out, using essential fatty acids and herb that can heal and support challenging skin conditions. Booking is advised.

Then on Friday, August 21, we welcome back Sabrina Haywood Cook, a Dermatologist and herbalist who has a particular focus on topical solutions for skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema. Sabrina works closely with Lavera, a range of very affordable natural cosmetics, and Salcura, a naturally healing range who specialise in care for dry itchy skin. Sabrina will be in-store giving free advice, no booking needed.

And last but not least we are delighted to have Rosemary Lieb from Harebell Herbs back again on Saturday, August 29. Rosemary’s skin creams are all made using fresh ingredients, many grown in her own garden, and they have incredible moisturising and healing properties. Rosemary is a herbalist and has devoted her life to developing her range of truly superb, pure-enough-to-eat creams. Since Rosemarie’s last visit a month ago, I have been using her Carrageen cream, and my skin feels fantastic. Rosemary is very generous with samples as she knows that once you try her creams you won’t look back, so her visits are always eagerly anticipated by all of us at Organico.

Organico is open Monday to Saturday 9.15am to 6pm on Glengarriff Road, Bantry. Call us on (027) 51391 or check out

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