What Ive been up to!
teacher – carer- maker
I create moisturizers for those who want products full of skin benefits with natural botanical plant origins.
In a confusing world, especially around skincare, I want to keep it simple, fresh, effective and part of wellness and self care. So many things can influence the health of skin and how we feel, hormones, medicines, diet, environment, pollution, to sleeping habits, and much more. Some we can control, others we cant, skincare we can…….
Harnessing the power of plants into skincare, making it as close to plant’s rawness and essence as possible.
My big motivation is to …………
Make happy skin.
Make gentle effective potions which are made local
Use plant resources which support other female communities.
Bring to you a host of benefits and properties from plant extracts.
Make plant based and free form skincare as much as possible.
Caring, empathy, compassion and nurturing is in my genes.
When I was eighteen years of age, I had my pre university summer job as a Nursing Auxillary in the Geriatric block, Wakehurst, in the Belfast City Hospital. It was hard work with 12 hour days. At first I was shocked and sad at what faced me every day, and as the summer went on grew to love the patients, their stories and care for them. These ladies were resilient in their lives . The nursing staff were dedicated and very gentle. It was here that I learnt to respect skin, it was cleansed, dried, moisturised, medicated and cared for with tenderness.
I became friends with one nurse who took me under her wings. She was middle aged and had the most beautiful soft skin. On the evening shifts her skin had a sheen. I wondered about her skin and one evening asked her about her face and what beauty treatment she used. I thought Ponds, Olay, Nivea which were popular at the time. Her answer Almond Oil, full stop. Nothing else. This stuck with me. Oil OMG, oily skin with oil, who would think. Move on twenty five years.
After 23 years of teaching and rearing a boy and girl, something steered me towards naturalness in skincare. I thought of kindness, gentleness and caring. You can read more from my Journal “Making Natural Skincare”
Out of my curiosity, passion, love of being your best and simplicity, Berry and Blossom Skincare was born. From a need for a moisturiser to treat dry, irritated, sensitive skin, which leaves your skin soft, smooth, pliable and nourished, without the ingredients which causes sensitivity from commercial brands.
With the help and guidance of Cosmetic Scientists in INVEST NI and London, I now make a common sense phyto range of Beauty Basics skincare products for sensitive skin. Providing skin with balance, strength and natural conditioning. Each product is hand formulated, professionally, in small quantities for quality, freshness and sustainability. If your skin feels good, you feel good.
The Creamery is located in Saul (Irish for Barn, the place where St. Patrick had his first meeting) on the slopes of Saul Mountain near Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. We are surrounded by drumlin hills dotted with sacred spring wells, ancient sites, ruins and tiny stone churches. Strangford Lough straddles the coast.