This month’s savvy and sustainable high-summer buys.
Karen Lavelle of Soilse Candles has a real knack — and a divine nose — for creating extraordinary scents that can completely transport you. Inspired by coastal walks along the Irish shoreline and bursting with a fresh marine fragrance, her apothecary amber jar candle in Strand, €18.50, is reminiscent of days spent at the beach, water lapping at your feet, combing for treasures in ragged rock pools and foraging for wildflowers in the sand dunes. Handpoured, the high-quality soy wax provides an impressive scent throw that will last long after the sun has set. Soilsecandlecompany.ie
Guilt-Free Gym Gear
While society’s penchant for pre-loved fashion is growing exponentially, it’s not something that extends to the world of Lycra just yet. It follows that we’re always willing to hero any activewear brand that works hard to be kind to the environment, and Conscious Concept Apparel is exactly that (bonus: it’s Irish too). Launching this month in time for the gyms reopening and founded by mum-of-three Nicola Fox, Conscious Concept manufactures its pieces such as the Sculpting Leggings, €60, and Aura Sports Bra, €35, using high volumes of recycled materials, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and saving the ecosystem from excessive waste. Consciousconceptapparel.com
Bronze Is The Happiest Colour
Famed for its flattering sheer finish and blendable texture, Chanel’s Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream, €44 has been released in a deeper shade, Soleil Tan Deep Bronze, which finally makes the iconic product accessible to darker skin tones. Part of this year’s new Les Beiges Summer Light collection, we suggest buffing your most suitable shade onto the face from the direction the sun would naturally hit for a glowy finish. No passport required. Shop Chanel at Brown Thomas.com
“Necessity is the mother of invention” certainly rings true for Rosanna and Christie Wollenberg, the sister-duo behind demi-fine jewellery brand Otiumberg. The stylishly understated source of pretty pieces was born when the sisters struggled to find the perfect pair of gold hoops that were well made and wouldn’t break the bank. Breaking down the barriers to traditional luxury while cleverly bridging the gap between fine and fashion jewellery, both in terms of craftsmanship and price points, Irish magpies can now shop Otiumberg at Brown Thomas. Shop Otiumberg at Brownthomas.com
Few summer experiences are as special as spending a long day in the sunshine before coming home to shower and misting your skin in a favourite scent. Previously, we’d have said a perfume with notes hailing from Calabria or Sicily might suit, but the scent of this summer celebrates Dublin’s Georgian legacy. Bel Étage, €130, is the new fragrance from Cloon Keen and for its creation, perfumer Meabh McCurtin revisited the 300-year old classic scent. Opening with citrus and herbs, a combination of moss, vetiver and vapoury musks makes it both nostalgic and utterly modern. Available from Cloon Keen, Galway and Dublin. Cloonkeen.com
Get In Line
Come summer, nothing beats a good nautical knit. For a modern iteration check out Laura Chambers’ new collection, in colours inspired by the Irish coast and the complementary combinations often present in fishing flies. Her relaxed silhouettes and handy travel wraps – hand-loomed in Dublin using the highest quality Scottish cashmere – make essential packing for any staycations. Prices range from €295, laura-chambers.com
Now that we can move around again, it’s worth making a trip to Kilruddery Estate in Co Wicklow. Apart from the house, gardens, delicious food and homegrown produce for sale, the market is also home to savvy fashion sets ups like Kate’s Sample Sale which handily ticks all the local business and ethical boxes. Selling a range of European, designer and sustainable labels including this printed jacquard dress with an underwater inspired print, €95. You can view all the styles in advance on her Instagram @katesamplesale.