The Case For Irish brand Kinvara Skincare: Absolute Cleansing Oil, Rosehip Day Cream, Rosehip Face Serum; Feckin' Great!

We’ve been talking skincare and by jaysis we all need something good to help us in these Arctic conditions. So I’ve been looking forward to telling you about an exciting, new-to-me brand: Kinvara Skincare. I know skincare and exciting don’t usually go hand in hand, but bear with me while I present the evidence.

Exhibit A: It’s Irish. Not only is it Irish, but it’s created by an Irish woman for Irish women. The founder, Joanne Reilly, developed the range because she needed ‘serious rehydration and moisturisation’, and couldn’t find anything else to deliver what her skin required. And isn’t that JUST what we were saying the other day? She knows what we want – because she’s one of us.

Exhibit B: Joanne might be one of us, but she also happens to be a scientist. A scientist with qualifications in cosmetic formulation, and experience in Asia where she saw firsthand the amazing potential of plants in skincare. How’s that for a kickass back story?

Kinvara Rosehip Day Cream

Exhibit C: The line is oil based, and aren’t we always banging on about how much skin loves oil? Yes, even oily skin, don’t be worrying. The right type of oils will dissolve the oil on your skin, while also cleansing, nourishing and repairing.

Exhibit D: It’s simple and easy. It’s about using less products – so far there are three main ones in the range – but making sure they’re the right ones.


Here there’s the Rosehip Day Cream which is anti-aging, and contains plant oils, vitamins and natural hyaluronic acid to plump up and moisturise the skin.

Then there’s the Rosehip Face Serum, my favourite product in the range. We reviewed this back in 2011 when lots of you got the chance to try it too.   Described as ‘mega hydrating’, it smells of citrusy deliciousness and is crammed full of omega rich oils. My skin literally drinks it up and Principessa loved it, too.

Kinvara Rosehip Serum

The last product in the range is the Absolute Cleansing Oil and it’s another gem. Just warm a few drops in your hands, massage into a damp face and remove with a hot cloth. It takes off every scrap of makeup and leaves my face feeling clean and soft. Which brings me to…

Exhibit E: The products are lovely to use. After one week, my skin feels more plumped up and hydrated and I’ve developed a mild addiction to the serum – it’s so uplifting! I really rate this stuff, and will be buying it again. And there I rest my case.

Kinvara Absolute Cleansing Oil


You can get your hands on Kinvara Skincare from the website or from healthfood shops like Nourish or Evergreen. The cleansing oil is €20, the day cream is €24 and the serum is €28 which is all very reasonable – so tell me, will you be giving them a whirl? Or maybe you already have?

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