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Orgánachs Farm to Skin spreads holiday cheer through Staples community


Megan Brown ’17

Orgánachs Farm to Skin is hosting a Holiday Shopping Party on December 11th from 1-4 p.m. specifically organized for young women at Staples.

Siobhan McKinley, founder and owner of Orgánachs, was inspired to put together this event because of her desire to educate young women on the benefits of using organic makeup and skincare products. “I want to inform them that there are gorgeous products available that achieve the same desired results as conventional beauty products but without the toxins!”

Orgánachs offers makeup lines that are favorites among beauty editors and bloggers, and will be launching a new makeup line, Rituel de Fille, which will be available for testing at the party with makeup artist, Kristi Allen. Allen will also be giving touch ups, color matching, and giving mini tutorials.

The party will offer discounts including 10% off purchases of $75 and up, complimentary gifts with $75 purchases of Orgánach’s makeup brands, sampling on select brands, and beverages and snacks.

McKinley grew up in Ireland and has always brought out pieces of her Ireland roots, wherever she goes; this includes bringing it to her business, as “Orgánacs” is the Gaelic spelling for “organic.” McKinley is pleased to have incorporated the beauty and purity of nature in Ireland into her skincare products. “My search for authentic organic skincare with the purest ingredients led me to find an abundance of products that I feel every woman should have the opportunity to discover.” McKinley believes that “only the most natural ingredients should be absorbed into our skin.”

“My inspiration for the business originated from a book that I read about the personal care industry and how unregulated it is. I was astonished to learn how few laws there are to protect consumers when it comes to their personal skincare and beauty products,” McKinley said.

McKinley also mentioned how “the cosmetic and personal care industry industry allows hundreds of toxins in our personal care products that include carcinogens and hormone disruptors which young women need to be aware of so that they can make a healthier choice.”

“Eighty percent of the chemicals in personal care products have never been tested for safety. It’s an unconscionable fact, and we all deserve better,” McKinley said.

McKinely isn’t the only one who is aware of the detriments behind some average skincare products. Gillian Birk ’17 is well aware of the harmful effects of certain foundations and creams, and does everything she can to avoid them. “Most people don’t know that you’re everyday brands, despite looking healthy and clean once applied to your skin, contain extremely harmful chemicals that you can’t see just by looking.” Birk states that she would rather not buy products at all than buy products that contain harmful chemicals, and “although completely organic and natural products tend to be more expensive, it’s completely worth it.” “You save paying the price of dealing with the aftermath later in life by paying a little bit extra for healthy products that work just as well” Birk stated.

Located at 15 Post Road West, Orgánachs is open Tuesday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more detals, visit the website at

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