I was lucky enough to get a recently get a goodie bag from Ocean Bloom, West Cork Seaweed Skincare Products. In the beautifully presented goodie bag, I received seaweed and stem cell moisturiser, seaweed and poppy-seed facial wash and seaweed and poppy-seed facial polish. I decided to use these products for two weeks and share my findings.
Cheryl Cleminson is an aromatherapist with over 20 years experience and she decided to create a range of organic seaweed skincare products and so Ocean Bloom was born. Ocean Bloom is an exciting range of organic seaweed skincare products from West Cork. They are based on the beautiful Beara Peninsular in West Cork, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way with its stunning mountain and coastal scenery.
Well? Have you heard of Ocean Bloom? If you haven’t, I’m about to give you the inside scoop on the brand and it’s wonderful products!
Ocean Bloom is a award winning brand from Bere Island, West Cork, which is very close to home for me as my family have a holiday home just across the water in Castletownbere. It all started when Leila Sidley started to blend seaweed from the crystal clear water in Beara with butters and oils from across the world. All their products are natural and organic. None of the products are tested on animals and don’t contain any SLS, parabens, plastic beads and other nasties that cause damage to our environment. All of their products are perfect for all skin types. I was sent 3 products about 2 weeks ago now and in today’s post, I will be talking to you all about how I got on with the products and what each product does.
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I’ve just discovered Ocean Bloom, above, a pure, natural, organic seaweed-skincare line made on the Beara Peninsula in beautiful west Cork, my home turf.
Creator Cheryl Cleminson told me she never had any intention of making a skincare range, but when Alfie, her second grandson, was born with baby eczema, he was quite poorly with it.
An aromatherapist with nearly 20 years experience, Cheryl started using seaweed and oils to heal him, with amazing results – since then, she has made oils and creams with seaweed to heal burns and help skin problems.
“My skincare is for people with lovely skin or sore skin; it’s gentle enough for babies or the elderly, and it’s pure and can be used if someone is undergoing treatment of any kind, as it’s free of parabens, SLS, petrochemicals and silicones,” she says.
I’m getting great results with the Seaweed Scar Oil, €19, on my C-section scar.
The second range I really like is called Ocean Bloom. It’s a seaweed skincare range from the Beara Peninsular in West Cork, and completely natural and organic. The products are not tested on animals, they don’t contain any parabens, SLS, silicones, sulphates, petrochemicals or mineral oils, and they’re even gluten free.
I’ve only just started using it, but so far I really like the facial oil to hydrate my skin before bed, and the hand cream, which now sits on my desk as having dry hands is a particular pet hate of mine! They both smell really good and help to hydrate your skin.
As a grandmother of four and a qualified aromatherapist, Ocean Bloom founder Cheryl Cleminson has always been interested in skincare. But it wasn’t until a member of her family was personally affected that she discovered the power of seaweed. “When my grandson Alfie was younger and suffering from baby eczema, we tried all the products on the market, even the natural ones, and he didn’t get ease from any of them,” she explains.
By chance, she got chatting to an elderly lady in the community, who mentioned in her day they would take the children down to the sea and bathe them. This was just the spark of inspiration that Cheryl needed. “I started thinking about it and I collected some seaweed and made a baby seaweed bath for him and his skin started healing,” she says.
She began experimenting by blending the seaweed with oils and created products for family and friends. They were a hit, and someone suggested she should make a business from it. She subsequently enrolled in a business course with her Local Enterprise Office and began an in-depth study into growing seaweed and its health-giving properties. It’s been a whirlwind adventure ever since.
Launching the Business
Cheryl confides that getting the business up off the ground was one of the bravest things she’s ever done. She’s bootstrapped it from the beginning, handling everything from product development to filling the containers. She notes: “To start a business, usually people save up or they have all these processes in place, I didn’t have anything in place. I would lie in bed and feel a bit panicky and think, ‘I’m too old for this’.” But hearing how her products work made it incredibly rewarding. “I think people coming up to me and telling me that the products have made a difference to their skin is the biggest highlight,” she says. “If I can carry on making a difference to even a few people, that’s the best reward.”
The Importance of Good Advice
For anyone interested in starting their own business, Cheryl offers the following advice: “I think it’s important to have a bank who knows you and has a good insight into your business. You can have a magnificent business plan but if you haven’t got a bank who believes in it, then it won’t work. I believe going to your local branch, to people who know you, is so important.”
It was the staff at her local branch who first told Cheryl about MyBusinessToolkit, a package offering access to a suite of five leading business tools, from Sage Accounting and Payroll to the bOnline website builder. MyBusinessToolkit is free for 3 months when you open a Start-up Business Current Account before the 31st of March 2017.
Having access to MyBusinessToolkit through AIB and in particular Sage has helped Cheryl to keep everything organised. She explains, “Since using Sage in MyBusinessToolkit, I can actually see how much I have in my account and how much I’ve spent on products and that gives me an idea of where my account is at.” The software is also a huge timesaver. “At the moment my time is so taken up with the business and Sage just frees me up.” Knowing that she won’t have to move to new software when the business grows is also a huge plus. “I know that Sage will grow with my business,” she says. “Some of the other packages can only cope with a small amount of money going through it, but with Sage there’s no limit so I can just carry it with me as I grow.” Being able to pick up the phone and speak to a dedicated customer support person from BCSG is also a huge plus.
Skincare for Everyone
Since launching in March 2015, the brand has gone from strength to strength. Within a year, Ocean Bloom was an award winning skincare brand, with their Seaweed Serum Pouches being shortlisted for Natural Beauty Skincare Product of the Year 2015. Cheryl’s products have since earned a cult following in the beauty industry, with famous names like Triona McCarthy and Rosanna Davidson counting themselves as fans.
Sourcing the very best of everything is important to Cheryl. As it turns out, her hometown of Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula has some seriously superior seaweed. “We have some of the cleanest waters in the world,” she explains. “They’re classed as Grade A waters, which means they’re crystal clear and there’s no pollution.”
Looking to the Future
As for the future, there’s no sign of Ocean Bloom slowing down. Cheryl already has plans for expansion into the UK and European market: “At the end of next year, I want to be in the UK. In five years – Europe. Then world domination!”
Ocean Bloom based on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland with its stunning mountain and coastal scenery. At the heart of Ocean Bloom’s organic seaweed skincare lies the long known natural therapeutic power of the seaweed gathered from clear and pure Atlantic waters that surround the Beara Shores.
The inspiration for the range came from the use of seaweed in remedies made by the founder firstly to treat her youngest grandson who was born with baby eczema in 2013, she collected seaweed to help his sore, sometimes bleeding skin. He was bathed in seaweed and within a short time she saw a huge difference in his skin (Healing & Beautifying Seaweed Bath).
A year or so later in 2014 a little boy was scalded on his face, she made a blend of seaweed and oils for his mum to put on his skin (Scar & Skin Rejuvenation Oil) and now both little boys both have beautiful, soft, scar free skin. The founder is an an experienced aromatherapist of over 15 years and after treating these little boys and other people asking for her products she decided to create a range of organic seaweed skincare products for wider use and Ocean Bloom was born.
All the products are made using carefully selected organic, natural and exceptional ingredients from around the world, packed with health promoting minerals, nutrients and antioxidants, which they hope you will find make a real and positive difference to your skin, could help you fight disease, lose weight and give you shiny healthy hair.
Cork company’s seaweed-based products can ‘treat eczema, burns and stretch marks’
Ocean Bloom is a newly-launched range of organic skincare developed by west Cork-based aromatherapist, Cheryl Cleminson. The products are based on seaweed harvested from around the Beara Peninsula. The idea for the business came from Cleminson’s success in treating her grandson’s infant eczema with seaweed baths.
“When my second grandson was born in 2013 with baby eczema, my daughter tried all the creams available to no avail,” she says. I also made up oils for his skin but they didn’t help him either. Then one day an elderly lady mentioned the benefits of seaweed and I started collecting small amounts for my grandson’s bath.
“His skin started to heal and he is now three with beautiful skin. Around the same time a young boy in the area received bad burns on his face and I made up a blend of oils and seaweed serum for him. After six months his little face was scar-free. From then on, people started asking me to make creams and oils for them. That’s how Ocean Bloom began.”
Cleminson started researching the healing properties of seaweed in 2013 and describes herself as something of a “seaweed anorak”. She attended a course on seaweed at the BIM training school in Castletownbere and points out that not all seaweed-based products are necessarily as wholesome as they are made out to be.
“During our research we came across producers that were buying in seaweed from around the world which makes it difficult to know the true provenance and to manage the quality,” she says.
“For us, the quality of the seaweed is paramount so we hand harvest from the local pristine waters of Beara. Once harvested the seaweed is washed in filtered rain water and dried very slowly to preserve the cell structure.”
The first of the company’s products went on sale last year and there are now 14 items in the range. The products do not contain parabens, silicones, sulphates, petrochemicals or mineral oils and are gluten free.
They are suitable for normal skin and for all ages and both sexes and can also be used to treat skin problems such as burns, weeping eczema, dermatitis and stretch marks.
Ocean Bloom is a bootstrapped start-up self-financed by Cleminson. So far she has spent about €15,000 in hard cash for equipment and packaging along with countless hours of research and development.
The business has been supported by the west Cork Local Enterprise Office with a priming grant of €7,000 and a €2,500 grant towards website design. Cleminson initially made all the products herself, but as sales are now beginning to grow she has subcontracted some of the blending involved. Everything else is still done by hand.
A key breakthrough for the company has been an order from the duty free shop at Shannon Airport and the products are also in a growing number of Lloyds Pharmacies. The aim now is to get full national distribution before looking towards the United Kingdom for further growth.
In November last year, Cleminson was accepted on to the women in business programme, Exxcel, at Cork Institute of Technology’s Rubicon incubation centre.
“This course was a huge help in terms of getting me focused about how to plan for the future and how to drive the business forward,” Cleminson says.
“I was a complete novice when it came to running a business and one of the hardest parts is having the confidence to get yourself out there and start promoting your product when you’ve never done anything like that before.
“There are so many skincare ranges on the market now that pitch themselves as ‘natural’ yet the ingredients are anything but. This is why Ocean Bloom is truly different and that’s the message I need to get across,” Cleminson says.