This Vegan Society-registered company based in Connemara in the West of Ireland produces skincare in cute cork-topped jars. ‘With many plastic bottles, it may say recyclable on the bottle but the majority may still end up in landfill,’ explains marketing director Caitriona Ni Chonghaile. 'Glass jars that could be reused or recycled appealed to Ruth, our founder, and customers often use them for candleholders or spices in the kitchen. They are sealed with untreated, natural, sustainably harvested cork and our boxes have all been printed on card from sustainably managed forests.’ We love: Regenerating Skin Balm, based on coconut oil and cocoa butter, has a rich formula to sooth dry skin on both your face and lips. €27.50 from www.whitewitch.ie.
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Barbary Fig Seed Oil is the cold pressed oil of the seeds of the prickly pear cactus. It takes 8 tones of fruit to product 1 litre of oil.
We get our Barbary Fig seed Oil/Prickly Pear Seed Oil from a sustainably managed local women run co-operative in Morocco.
Hydrating, Protecting and Renewing - Super rich in Fatty Acids, Barbary Fig seed Oil/Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of the most powerful, most precious, skin care ingredients ever known.
The levels of vitamin E found in prickly pear seed oil is the highest of any plant oil in production today. Vitamin E greatly improves moisture retention of skin which makes it helpful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It slows the breakdown of our collagen producing cells.
Barbary fig seed oil is rich in Vitamin K. Vitamin K is proven to reduce under-eye circles, it also heals bruising and helps prevent scarring. It also reduces redness and evens out skin tone, effectively refining the skins appearance.
Barbary fig seed oil contains high levels of Zinc. Zinc reduces redness and inflammation of spots and irritations while at the same time balances oil secretions.
Barbary fig seed oil is rich in Phytosterols. Phytosterols have antioxidant and antibacterial properties. They help to retain skins moisture while boosting collagen production. In trials phytosterols have been shown to actually reverse signs of ageing.
Barbary fig seed oil contains polyphenols which are free radical scavengers that actively fight oxidation or ageing of the skin. They prevent and can even reverse sun damage to the skin.
One of the questions we get asked most often is: "what is the best product for my 'problem' skin?".
The most common skin problems include Acne, Dryness, Redness, Sensitive Skin, Blackheads, Wrinkles, Sagging Skin and Blemishes.
Normally I guess as a skincare business we should try to sell one of our products. However we at White Witch® feel the best approach is to do our best to help people to fix their problems holistically.
So here iT is: The Truth about how to achieve Healthy, beautiful skin
First of all, as most of us know, our skin works extremely hard protecting us and eliminating toxins 24 hours a day. Sometimes putting products ON our skin actually makes it more difficult for our skin to do it's job, especially if it is struggling to cope to begin with. The first thing we need to do is help the skin from the inside out.
We can do that by taking care of what we eat and by making sure we get enough sleep. Some toxins are difficult to avoid, for example traffic fumes and stress (which is treated like a toxin by the liver). We can start right now by making sure the water we drink is pure and the food we eat fresh, wholesome and healthy, and not laden with chemicals. We can reduce stress through meditation and by getting enough sleep and rest.
Once we make these first moves, which, are like a lot of things in life, easier said than done, we are well on our way to having better skin. So what extra action can we take to help?
White Witch have a few secrets to share with you
There are 3 very important supplements that we can take that will make a dramatic improvement to our skin's health.
The 3 we recommend are
1. MSM Sulphur
2. Vitamin C
MSM Sulphur and Vitamin C: These are the magic duo. These two nutrients are essential to the building blocks of our cells, which renew themselves on a daily basis. It is important to mention that it is not just the cells in our skin that renew every day. Our vital organs, for example: our liver, heart, kidneys and lungs, get first dibs of our vitamin C and Sulphur stores. Whatever is left over goes to our Skin, Hair and Nails. This is the reason, when our diets are poor and we are stressed, the first thing to suffer is our appearance.
Why we need to supplement: In these modern times a lot of our fruit and vegetables, which is where we get our main supply of Vitamin C and Sulphur, have been sitting on the shelves or in storage for days before we eat them. This means that most of us are eating foods that are greatly lacking in these essential nutrients. By taking Vitamin C and Sulphur supplements every day we are ensuring there is always enough for our Skin, hair and nails. The effects of taking these two together will be noticeable as quickly as 48 hours after starting*.
The other supplement we recommend is Kelp*. Kelp is the richest source of hyaluronic acid on the planet. Now we could say: take hyaluronic acid extract, but at White Witch® we believe that keeping things whole and unprocessed if at all possible, is always the safest way to go.
What Hyaluronic acid does for our skin: Hyaluronic acid helps the skin to retain moisture and therefore adds plumpness, freshness and a youthful appearance. It helps keep the skin supple, healthy and youthful without the need to apply any product at all.
So we are not doing a great job promoting our products so far are we? ;) but in all honesty we at White Witch® believe that you are wasting money applying topical products without first improving the overall health of the skin from the inside first. In the long run there will be less need for make-up, moisturiser, concealer and less money spent, not to mention it being better for our planet.
Coming soon: Masks you can make at home to condition and detoxify your skin and help with skin rejuvenation. Meanwhile please check out the details of the full range of products in our shop and how they can benefit your move towards beautiful healthy skin: Regenerating Skin Balm, Antioxidant Skin Conditioner, Anti Age Moisturiser, Nourishing Face Mask, Deep Cleanse Mask, Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.
* Always consult the label.
Creating good skincare products, using organic unprocessed plant-based ingredients and presenting them in plastic-free packaging, is what White Witch does best. And there's more...
Of primary importance is the 'energy' flowing as the products are being created. Not just at the conception stage, when we are researching the ingredients, combining the properties of the plants and focusing on what we want the product to do. We carry that same energy through to the blending stage, and pouring stage and even to the packaging stage. The energy we put in is a big part of the magic of White Witch.
We can't control what happens to our ingredients before they get to us but we like to be sure that nothing was harmed in the process. That's why all of our ingredients are certified organic and ethically sourced. That's also why we switched from using honey and beeswax to all vegan. We want to help the earth, not hurt her. We want to take care of skin and the earth at the same time. Because in a way they are the same.
We are one! That's the magic!
Since the beginning in 2005 White Witch held the ethics of veganism close to the heart.
This mention in the Irish Times from 2008
"A small Galway-based firm called White Witch makes great natural, ethical and very affordable beauty products and perfumes with great biodegradable packaging. The range includes a facial steam sachet with rose petals for €2.20 and the magical Bridget's Balm for use on everything from nappy rash to joint inflammation, which costs €6. (www.whitewitch.ie)."
Instructions for making rose beads
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When worn against the skin the heat from the body causes the natural oils in rose beads to be released.
Collect your ingredients
1. Dried and powdered fragrant rose buds petals.
2. Plain water or rose water
Equipment you will need
A small bowl for mixing the rose clay
12" strips of plastic coated wire (the sort found in electrical cables)
A darning needle
A clean work surface
How to make the clay
Put your rose powder into the bowl.
Make a well in the centre of the powder.
Pour in a small quantity of the water into the well.
Begin to mix the powder and water together with your fingers.
Add more water if necessary.
When a consistency of a soft pastry or dough is reached the clay is ready.
You want it to be pliable yet not sticky, firm but not brittle.
If the clay is too moist add a small amount of powder and if it is too dry add a small amount of water.
How to make the beads
Keeping the lump of clay in the bowl begin by breaking of a small nugget of dough.
About the size of a grape. Remember that the beads will shrink when they are dry.
Obviously the size that you make is up to you. Don't make them too big or they will take too long to dry and may get mouldy which will mean you have to throw them out and start again.
Roll the nugget of clay around in your hands. Keep your hands a little moist to prevent the clay sticking to them. This is very soothing work.
When a nice smooth bead has been formed that has no cracks in the surface you are ready to make the hole in the bead.
If you are finding it difficult to form the bead then your dough may be a little dry. Stop now and add some more water and mix your dough again.
Now when your bead is ready take your needle and make a hole right through the middle of the bead. Keep the bead held firmly but gently between your thumb and forefinger. When making the hole make it bigger than the width of the needle by wriggling the needle. The hole will shrink too when the bead dries.
When the bead has a hole going through it lay it gently down on your surface.
Take a piece of wire and make a knot in one end. Pass the wire carefully through the bead and take the bead all the way down to about 2 inches from the end of the wire. It might take a bit of practice to do this without breaking the bead but rest assured it is possible.
When the bead is on the wire you could if you wanted to make some little decorations in the surface of the bead using the point of your darning needle. I usually wait until the clay has firmed up somewhat before I begin the process of decorating the beads.
You can make all your beads at once and then start to string them on the wires when they are all made. This is entirely up to you.
Once the beads are strung and the wire is full then you must find a suitable place to hang your beads to dry. If you take two small hooks and screw them into the underside of a shelf you could string the wire between them.
You could also choose to lay the beads on a tray and leaving them in a dry dark place to dry.
Turn them every so often and move them on the wire to keep them loose and easy to remove.
When they are drying the temperature must not be too hot or the beads will split, and it must not be too cold or the beads will go mouldy.
The best place is somewhere airy and cool, for example a place where you are drying herbs to preserve their properties.
They should be dry in a week or less. When they are dry they should be very hard like a dry kidney bean. Store them in a dry place for use.
The smell of roses will remain for many years if properly preserved. Do not allow your beads to get wet.
You can experiment and press the rose clay into moulds and then remove to let dry. You must remember that they should not be too large otherwise the clay will not dry all the way through without going mouldy. I made some very simple round medallion moulds and I pressed a design into each one using a needle. I found that some of them did crack when they were drying but that was due to the place being too warm. Remember cool and airy is the best place.
So today I was enjoying some relaxation after a walk along the beach. The fire was lit and I was sipping on a cup of bergamot tea. The aroma of the citrus and black tea was refreshing. It was the perfect mingling between late afternoon and evening. It was close to 18:00 and already it was almost dark. One of my children walked past the fireplace and as he did so he brought with him a waft of the wood logs that were burning. The fat spruce logs, not as dry as last years seasoned pine, were smouldering a little. Like an incense it was, the spruce. The delicate smoke wafted into my space and in the next breath I inhaled something entirely magical. I could smell bergamot and wood smoke together. In that brief moment was created a perfume note of time... feeling inspired...
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2. Everything changes.
3. All antagonisms are complementary.
4. There is nothing identical.
5. What has a front has a back.
6. The bigger the front the bigger the back.
7. What has a beginning has an end.
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