One of the first things we did after our cancer diagnosis here at Happy Mag HQ was bin all our existing skincare products and start again with natural alternatives. With the average Irish woman putting in excess of 400 different chemicals on their bodies every day, and a huge proportion of those chemicals being immediately absorbed into the body, we felt this was an important first step into creating our own anti-cancer plan.
Today we want to tell you about a fantastic natural Irish skincare brand that you may not have heard of yet – Green Angel.
Green Angel is an award-winning luxurious range of Irish skincare, hair care and bath care preparations based on the fusion of Irish seaweed and natural essential oils.
Green Angel was founded in 2006 by Chris and Mary Mitchell when they saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to develop a natural skincare brand that really works.
“Since my teens it was a mission in life to find a skincare product that suited my sensitive and dry skin”, says Mary. “I was constantly mixing various essential oils with various lotions and potions and soon became aware of the extraordinary healing and therapeutic benefits of natural plant oils. This led me on a journey into the amazing world of magical botanicals and many hours of delving and exploring”.
When Chris and Mary met in 1986, Chris already knew the massive benefits of seaweed. As a young boy he had spent many hours collecting dulce with Buster, his pointer dog, at Gibraltar Point (a salt marsh at the northern corner of The Wash, Lincolnshire). He remembers his mum telling him not to just pull the seaweed off the rocks as it would break the hold-fast (the section of the plant that attaches the seaweed to the rock) because the plant would not be able to re-grow. So his first lesson was to learn to cut the dulce just above the hold-fast with his penknife, leaving a little bit of the stalk and blade. His mum would dry it out then and make roasted and toasted snacks. Saturdays were seaweed bath time and Chris also helped to dress his father’s leg daily with a seaweed poultice after a motorbike accident. The powers of the seaweed amazed Chris as he was growing up.
So armed with Chris and Mary’s knowledge and huge amounts of research and lots of invaluable help from a superb chemist expert, two ancient therapies – Thalassotherapy (use of seawater and seaweed) and Aromatherapy (use of essential oils) were integrated together in a very unique way to give a 21st century superior range of skincare products. Chris and Mary gave the range the name ‘Green Angel’ and added a single symbolic gold angel wing as its logo.
“We are very passionate about our products. They all have a holistic approach that leaves the whole body revitalised and enriched. Our products are both luxurious and natural using only the finest ingredients. Our formulations needed not only to work well, but they needed to be phenomenal giving customer’s not just good results but amazing results”.
“Commitment, quality and service are very important to us”, says Chris. Using the very best quality natural raw ingredients has remained the very cornerstone of their business. The seaweed comes from the west coast of Ireland and is packed with vitamins, minerals, iodine, trace elements and iron and the natural essential oils are chosen for their individual qualities.
Feedback from Green Angel customers is also a fundamental part of their business. Immense significance is given to customer input, and is considered an essential component in the development of Green Angel’s products. True to form, Chris and Mary feel that getting out there in front of the customer promoting their products is essential to the on-going success of the Green Angel brand.
Green Angel has won many industry accolades and awards and 100’s of fantastic media reviews. A huge customer following, including artists, stylists and many celebrities keeps the demand going and as export markets emerge, the future for Green Angel looks very exciting.
Luxurious products for the whole body
Green Angel has an extensive range of products for the whole body. From their award-winning body smoothers to their must-have Seaweed & Collagen Face Cream, Argan Body Oil and everything inbetween, there is a perfect product for whatever your skin currently needs. They also have a range of bath, shower, soap and hair care products. None of the Green Angel range contains parabens except for the Green Angel Seaweed Mask which contains a very low concentration of the highest level necessary for product safety which for the moment is the most suitable preservative for the seaweed mask.
Cancer treatment can take a heavy toll on the skin of your hands and feet in particular. Green Angel has a number of products in this area which might be able to provide you soothing relief. Here at Happy Magazine, we purchased the Green Angel Seaweed Foot Cream with Peppermint and Tea Tree. It cooled our hot and burning feet right down and left our feet feeling soft and moisturised. It’s a luxury product which we absolutely love and continue to use regularly.
Green Angel also have an extensive range of gift sets, one of which could be the perfect present to yourself if you’re currently going through cancer treatment. Check them out here.
The team at Green Angel have very kindly sent us a hamper of products worth €95 to give away to one lucky Happy Magazine reader. Including their Argan Body Oil, Sunrise Body Smoother, Seaweed Daily Moisture Face Cream and a Seaweed Hand Cream, this hamper has everything you need to start your new natural skincare regime. Enter here on our Facebook page. We’ll announce the winner next Monday. Good luck!