Last week, I mentioned that Irish skincare brand Elave had got a bit of a facelift. On thinking about it a bit, I realised that we have a lot of very underrated brands here at home, so we're showcasing another one this week!
I was aware of Bog Standard - based in County Down - mostly as a scented candle company. As with a lot of beauty enthusiasts, scented candles are an extension of my interest in cosmetics. Creating them involves just as much interesting chemistry, and they're a similarly lovely sense experience that you can enjoy at home.
I always have a stash of scented candles in the cupboard (I have a weird paranoia about running out of them), and when I recently tried the ones from Bog Standard, inspired by native Irish scents like Field, Moss, Hedgerow and Linen, I was transported by the loveliness. I've even got a few for my mom (so you know they're good). They're also pretty reasonably priced, though unfortunately the products are priced in Sterling.
A week or so ago, they sent me their Rosehip Lip Butter. At first, I was a bit alarmed by the bright corally pigment, but all the products from Bog Standard are so beautifully presented and lovingly put together, I persevered with it anyway. I opened the dinky glass jar and the fragrance was just divine.
The texture is even better.With shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil and beeswax, it glides on and feels like a hug on the lips. Thick but not waxy or overly glossy, it gives lips a bit of colour, but is really very sheer. You can wear it under lipstick or alone. You can see it on the lips in this Strobing Tutorial. You can get a generous but still handbag-friendly 64ml jar for £5.95, which is fantastic value. In fact, all of their products are very reasonably priced, which we can't but love.
The company describes their products as basic luxury, and that's really what you get. The lip butter is an everyday staple that feels special to use and genuinely nourishes the lips.
Do also look out for their scented room diffusers (the linen and rose fragrances are just perfection) and creamy soaps. They also do hand creams.
Do you like to buy Irish? And do you agree that we have a lot of lovely brands on this little island? Also, am I the only one here who keeps a stash of emergency scented candles? To the comments!