Seaweed firm on to a shore thing with skin lotion supply deal
Seaweed collected from the shores of Co Antrim will be transformed into a skin lotion for export abroad.
Ballycastle-based Roonivoolin Naturals Ltd has recently secured a distribution agreement with Sangers (NI), the pharmacy and healthcare distribution business, and has secured new business in Scotland with its Caraderm Skincare brand. Roonivoolin was formed in 2011 by Liam McBride to develop the natural lotion from an old family recipe. The seaweed is sustainably hand harvested from the north coast of County Antrim and Rathlin Island.
The tradition of using carrageen moss for skin treatment is well documented as being very effective in treating a range of skin condition including rashes, bites or stings, acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Mr McBride said Caraderm has been found to offer skincare benefits because it is made from a single plant, carrageen moss, the healing properties of which have been recognised for centuries.
"The lotion is produced from seaweed which we harvest, cure and then rehydrate using other completely natural ingredient," he said. The company has received support and advice from Invest Northern Ireland.