Joan Woods and June Housden

waters + wild

Joan and Junewaters + wild is an Irish certified organic perfume company based in Union Hall. The business grew from a shared desire of Joan Woods and June Housden to find a beautiful and glamorous, Irish contemporary perfume. One made by using only the finest ethically and sustainably sourced organic ingredients from around the world.


“We met through a mutual friend and realised we both shared a deep appreciation for all things natural.” Joan had success in two fashion retail shops that she owned and managed in Dublin; Platform and Platform Eile where she stocked collections made from beautiful, natural and raw materials. June’s lifelong interest and study of health and nutrition has driven her investigate the purity and healthfulness of products, especially those that we eat and apply to our skin.

“We were talking one day about perfume and how it would be wonderful to have a scent that was inspired by the pristine, wildness of West Cork where we have chosen to live with our families.” June and Joan went to France to study perfume making and on returning to Ireland decided to go back to the traditional art of perfume-making using only the purest and finest raw, natural ingredients. They spent the last three years exploring some of the most beautiful organic ingredients, oils, concretes and absolutes from exotic places around the world such as Madagascar, Cambodia, France, Italy, and India as well as using our local botanicals such as gorse, seaweed, rosemary and lavender. waters + wild is 100% plant based, using all natural and biodegradable, no animal testing, no genetically modified materials, no pesticides, no paraffin, no petroleum, no synthetic materials and no toxic materials

waters + wild’s products are aimed at women, both nationally and internationally, who want to indulge in the joys of using perfume and feel safe in the knowledge that the fragrance is healthy. There is growing consumer awareness about the chemicals and synthetics that are part of the lightly regulated health care sector. waters + wild answers the consumer need for a pure, beautiful, organic perfume.

“Our Local Enterprise Office in Clonakilty has been very supportive to waters + wild. We have taken part in various training courses to help our business get started and have received mentoring support.  We received an Online Trading Voucher for our website, which will be launched in the New Year and received financial assistance to help us grow our manufacturing business. Also through our Local Enterprise Office, we applied for and were lucky enough to receive a subsidized stand at Showcase 2016 in January. We are part of a team of Cork craft/gift producers who will all exhibit at Showcase, under the umbrella of the Local Enterprise Offices Cork.”

waters + wild will have their initial launch at Showcase (24th-27th January 2016, RDS Dublin). At the moment, they are busy preparing for this event and are very excited to be launching the product at this premier event. 

“If we can offer any advice to new business starts ups and to women in business it would be to spend time researching your idea and market, go to your Local Enterprise Office to see what support is available to you and find a business partner who complements your set of skills and knowledge.”