I’m so excited to share this brand. Firstly, because it’s an absolutely fantastic company I can’t say enough good things about. I’ve been using the products everyday since I got them and I noticed the difference in how my skin looked and felt within a few days. And secondly, it’s my first interview on Redhead American! Kasia, the owner, is a really interesting and inspirational woman. I’m delighted to share her insight into her Irish brand.
Sana Naturals are handmade in Ireland and based in Cavan.
What I Tried:
The products are all natural and smell divine. I’ve incorporated them into my daily skincare routine, which says a lot! What I really loved was that they have such various uses. That’s a massive perk of natural products. And Sana Naturals gets even better, they are eco-friendly.
– Serum: it can go on your face, a drop in your foundation (really makes a difference!) and as a cuticle treatment.
– Balm: this can be used on your lips as moisturiser, your hair for styling, and even on a pregnant belly for preventing stretch marks.
The Interview with Sana Naturals creator Kasia O’Reilly:
Where did you find the inspiration for your brand?
The love for nature has been passed down by women in my family for generations. Growing up I’d spend days in my granny’s luscious garden picking wild plants, digging clay from the rich Polish soil and making herbal potions. This passion has naturally developed into natural skincare, especially as I struggle with problematic skin. It’s dry and oily in places, easily irritated and prone to breakouts. Years ago I didn’t realise that additives in skincare may cause these skin problems.
Straying from the trend of a complicated skincare routine with endless list of synthetic laden products I took a back to basics approach and I started formulating with the Earth’s treasures such as wild plants, botanical oils, healing clays etc. After all they’ve been cherished by women since ancient times for their healing and beautifying properties. Sana Naturals eco-friendly skincare was born out of passion for nature, offering highly concentrated botanical products so you can have a healthy glowing skin with fewer products and fewer steps involved in your skincare routine. The formulas are free from nastiness and are handcrafted to be kind to sensitive skin and kind to the Earth. It’ s a win-win for both our skin and the wellness of our planet.
Where do you want Sana Naturals to be this time next year? Any specific goals?
Getting positive feedback from ladies who tell me that my skincare treats helped them feel good in their skin again makes me incredibly happy. It’s an inspiration and the motivation for what I do. Of course, I’d like to sell more products nationwide and start exporting abroad but the main goal is to share the beautifying magic of plants and minerals to help women heal and nurture their skin, bring them joy and a peaceful mind and inspire them to reconnect with the healing powers of nature.
What has been your biggest milestone so far with starting Sana?
To finalise launching Sana Naturals was the biggest challenge. I worked in a corporation before and didn’t have much time to focus on pursuing this dream. I was working on it at weekends and nights. Everything was ready in 2015 but then my little boy was born with reflux that seriously affected his sleep therefore the project was further postponed. The products were finally released in 2017. This was my major milestone.
How has the experience of starting a small business in a place like Ireland been for you?
Starting a business isn’t easy as you take a huge leap of faith stepping into the unknown. I pour my whole heart into every jar and bottle and receiving support and positive comments from clients is incredibly encouraging. The help and support of the Cavan Enterprise Office has been absolutely invaluable and I find Ireland very friendly and supportive of small businesses.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give a new Irish brand just starting off?
To be honest I’m not yet an expert by any means as I’m still learning, but I would say to just follow the dream, move one step at the time while enjoying the journey and and hope for the best.
What’s your favourite product from your range? Tough to pick I’m sure!
Tough to pick indeed. I spent years perfecting that velvety texture and divine scent of the Heavenly Balm that offers the ultimate, luxuriously self- indulgent replenishing skin treatment. It’s my first product and an all over saviour for dry skin and hair.
The multitasking Serum is a lightweight cocktail of botanical oils and for me it’s an absolute skin saver that helps heal and restore the natural healthy glow. All the products are versatile and designed to compliment each other but these are the two that I can’t live without.
Thank you so much, Kasia! I can’t recommend her products enough.
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