Geraldine Quinlan

Geraldine Quinlan

Geraldine QuinlanAurora Natural Skincare, is a new skincare range specially formulated for sensitive skin using powerful natural ingredients. All our products are hand made using seaweed, harvested from nearby beaches around Kilbrittain and the Seven Heads and homegrown Calendula (Marigold) flowers.  I combine the seaweed and calendula with the highest quality natural oils, such as Rosehip oil, Jojoba oil and Evening Primrose oil, all carefully chosen for their healing qualities.

My name is Geraldine Quinlan.  I live locally in Harbour View, Kilbrittain.  I have been living here since I since I returned to Ireland in 2012.  It was while studying Sustainable Horticulture at Kinsale College of Further Education that I learned more about the healing power of plants and about growing plants organically.  This inspired me to start making creams for myself using only natural ingredients.

My inspiration for Aurora Natural Skincare came from helping my sister and her son.  My sister’s skin became very sensitive and dry during her cancer treatment.  It reacted to all the products she tried.  I first gave her a jar of my body butter and went on to develop the daily moisturiser to help her.  Both worked well, they cleared up her skin and gave her back her glow.

Her son, who is now 21, has had eczema all his life.  She asked me if I could make anything to help him.  I made a 100% natural balm combining seaweed and calendula with other oils including Hemp Seed oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E oil.  After using the balm for 2 weeks the eczema on his face cleared up.  This is what he said: “I suffer from eczema a lot, especially in times of stress. Using the Seaweed and Calendula Repair Balm it was fully healed in just 2 and a half weeks using it in the morning and evening. Great product.” 

My sister encouraged me to set up a business.  So with an idea and some great creams I did The Pink Programme at the Rubicon Centre at CIT in Cork.  This is a six week Start your own Business programme for women.  It gave me the tools I needed to make my idea into a business.  So Aurora Natural Skincare was born.

Since then I have completed many training courses with The Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West. I also received mentoring to work with a mentor on developing my brand. When the Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West were recruiting for limited places to exhibit at Showcase 2016, I applied. I was delighted to be selected by the LEO to exhibit at my first trade show, Showcase at the RDS on 24th-27th January. In total 12 small craft/gift businesses from Cork exhibited at the show under the umbrella of the LEO offices Cork.  

My advice to anyone with a business idea who is thinking of starting a new business is to contact their Local Enterprise Office. There are great supports available to small businesses including training, mentoring, business advice, networking and online trading vouchers.

I hope you will start to see Aurora Natural Skincare in local shops over the coming months.  In the meantime, you can find my online shop at www.facebook.com/auroranaturalskincare.

 

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