There's a new contender in the Irish Beauty scene, a brand which I recently came across and instantly fell in love with their ethos and branding. They're called Pixy and they are a natural skincare company based in Ireland, well Cork, to be precise :)
Pixy first came to my attention on the Dragons Den, whilst they made a great pitch and even got offers from two Dragons (Norah Casey and Gavin Duffy) they left without any money - however since then, they have been growing from strength to strength and now have a beautiful, easy to navigate website and a good selection of products on offer.
"Pixy natural skincare product range is made in Ireland for you from pure natural ingredients. Pixy cosmetics is fun and very affordable with fizzing bath bombs, soaps and vibrant shower gels in our soaps, gels and spells and our lotions and potions create sheer indulgence leaving your skin glowing and renewed.
We use nature’s best in all our beauty products including moisturising unrefined shea butter and healing vitamin E oil to leave your skin soft and supple. We use essential oils, for their amazing fragrance some energise you, others bring you back in harmony to calm you and soothe away the stress. On top of all that we’ve made it affordable so everyone can join in!"
I've been trying out their Softening Body Oil for the past week now and I have to say I've been really impressed.
The presentation is fantastic - it comes in a delightfully petite glass bottle with a secure plastic stopper and metal catch. It looks like a real artisan and handcrafted product - very eye catching indeed! It comes in at 40ml and is well priced at just €7.99.
See how intricate and detailed the bottle is? There's even a small handle too! :)
Softening Jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, apricot oil, borage seed oil, jasmine fragrance, magnolia fragrance, optiphen preservative (phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol).
Warm one teaspoon of oil in your hands. Gently massage onto skin using soft circular movements. Should irritation occur stop use immediately.
Softening Body Oil penetrates your skin to nourish and protect it and fights against the loss of elasticity with jojoba, apricot and borage seed oils. Sensuous jasmine and magnolia fragrances complete the experience.
The oil smells wonderful - a lovely light, floral scent which isn't overpowering and is very delicate and sensuous.
The oil itself is very light and non-greasy. I hate heavy oils that leave a greasy film after application - who has time to wait around in the mornings before getting dressed to allow oil to fully absorb? This oil sinks into the skin to leave it feeling nourished and moisturised and doesn't feel greasy or sticky.
I've noticed a definite softening effect of my skin since I started using it. You only need a tiny amount - 5ml or thereabouts, so you should in theory, get around 8 uses out of each bottle.
I've also started using this as a cuticle oil and it's been working wonders keeping them from drying out and best of all, it doesn't leave a greasy residue on your hands afterwards either.
I've also found this oil to be great for use as a post-shaving treatment - it leaves your legs feeling soft and silky smooth.
In addition to all of these beauty treats, I've also been hearing very interesting feedback that this Softening Body Oil is supposed to be very good for those with eczema - which is a skin condition that unfortunately can be very hard to treat and clear up in some cases.
I have a friend who suffers quite badly from eczema so I'll definitely be giving her a bottle of this to try out and see how she gets on. It's not billed as an oil to treat eczema but the feedback I've been getting sounds fantastic, so I can't wait to see how she gets on with it also.
You can get Pixy products from here: http://www.pixy.ie/
They currently offer free shipping in Ireland on all orders over €50, and if you sign up to their newsletter you can also get an additional 10% off your next order!
Alternatively, you can pick up Pixy products from stockists all over the country - see here for more details;
I've been eyeing up all manner of potions and lotions on their site, everything sounds delicious, almost good enough to eat! This is definitely a brand to keep an eye out for - I would even go as far to say that they are Ireland's answer to Lush - high praise indeed!
Have you tried any Pixy products before? Got any favourites in particular?