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Alternatives to Microbead Exfoliators

Microbead Ban in Ireland

Ireland is soon to follow the UK and France’s lead and introduce it’s own leglislation to ban harmful mircobeads.

Mircobeads are tiny beads made of plastic which are added to cosmetic products as an exfoliant.

These microbeads absorb chemicals such as pesticides and flame retardants which are ingested by marine animals and so the harmful substances can work their way up the food chain.

These tiny plastic beads are harmful as they not biodegradable and once they enter the marine environment they are impossible to remove.

What can you do?

Check your skincare product ingredients for polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, polylactic acid, or nylon— these are the most common plastics that make up microbeads.

Check out more information on the microbead ban at

Natural Alternatives to Microbeads

Whole Oats


Oats are a gentle natural exfoliant which is suitable for sensitive skin.

Oats are beneficial in skincare products as they soak up excess oil from the skin.

We have a wonderful Oatmeal Soap in our range of cold process soap products.

Our Unscented Manula Honey & Oatmeal Soap contains oatmeal which gently exfoliates the skin leaving it smooth and soft.

Check out our oatmeal soap here


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