Meet the Maker - Ruth’s Palm Free Skincare
Meet Ruth from Ruth’s Palm-Free Skincare who produces her rainforest-friendly soaps, lip balm and hand sanitizer from her studio in Dun Laoghaire in Dublin.
We caught up with Ruth to find out how she got started in natural skincare, what her top skincare advice is and why she’s so passionate about protecting the rainforest.
Hi Ruth, can you tell us how you got started with natural skincare?
I first became interested in natural skincare ten years ago when I began working part time in a health shop. While researching the ingredients in all of the products I was using, I became aware of a need for more palm free alternatives and started experimenting with my own recipes. I quickly fell in love with the craft of soap making.
Why is ‘rainforest friendly’ so important to you?
We need the rainforests to absorb carbon dioxide, produce clean air, stabilize the climate and house millions of plant and animal species. I believe we have a responsibility to protect our planet for future generations.
What’s your favourite product from your range and why?
Naked Soap is my favourite product in my range. It’s so versatile and I use it for absolutely everything, shaving, washing my hair and body wash.
What’s your favourite ingredient and why?
Lavender is my favourite ingredient because I find the scent so comforting. It also has natural antibacterial and skin healing properties making it a perfect addition to my soaps and balms.
What’s the best piece of skincare advice you’ve received?
“Don’t eat sugar!” This is because sugar breaks down the elastin in your skin. I’m a big believer that beauty comes from the inside out and that your health has a huge impact on the appearance of your skin.
Who is the person, dead or alive, that you’d most like to have coffee and a conversation with?
I’d love to meet Wim Hof (The Ice Man). I started sea swimming during the pandemic and have found the Wim Hof method amazing for my mental health. He’s got such an infectious energy and I’d just love to meet him in person.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love that I get to do something fun and creative while providing a basic service (everyone needs soap!). I also get to network with like minded people who are passionate about protecting the environment.
Why we love Ruth's Handmade Skincare?
What's not to love? We love that everything Ruth makes is plastic free and used all natural ingredients.
Ruth’s natural lip balms are vegan, palm oil free and made with only natural ingredients.Lip Balms are available in both beeswax and vegan versions, in a range of fragrances, made with organic essential oils.
Ruth’s ‘Naked Soap’ bars are multipurpose bars that can be used as body wash, shampoo bar, hand soap or shaving soap so they save versus buying everything separately.