Holos Skincare was never a plan, at least not until 2012. Creator Niamh Hogan left her job in Restaurant management in 2003 to pursue a career in Holistic health, beginning a full time 2 year course and qualifying in Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Chinese Medical Acupressure, Indian Head Massage, Yoga and Meditation and Exercise and fitness.
Niamh is passionate about healthy holistic lifestyles and helped many clients over the years, onto a more positive track. Niamh became a lover of aromatherapy using essential oils blends on her clients but also daily in her own life. She burns them in the home, makes cleaning products with them, uses them for first aid and even takes them internally under the supervision of a Clinical Aromatherapist.
While working in Health Stores in Dublin and Carlow from 2005 to 2008 and doing part time Holistic Therapy work, Niamh dreamt of running her own wellness centre and in 2008 took the plunge and moved from Gorey, Co. Wexford where she opened Holos Health and Wellbeing. This centre provided various holistic health therapies from 12 different therapists as well as 25 classes and workshops per week.
The name “Holos” had been saved on Niamh’s mind since 2003 when she read in a college textbook about the history of Greek Massage and saw the word, meaning “Whole” where the word holistic comes from. Due to recession, Niamh down-sized to smaller clinics in 2010 and continued to teach and provide therapies to her clients.
Niamh was inspired by her clients to create Holos Skincare and began planning in 2012. The massage oils and blends of essential oils she used on her clients became Holos Body Oils and she used the same therapeutic blends to create facial care creams. She made her first creams in October 2012 and with the help of her life partner Paul who designed the brand, Holos Skincare made its first appearance. Niamh took Holos Skincare to Christmas Markets and posted products on Facebook and they went down a treat. After Christmas, she knew she had something she could work on and spent the next 9 months researching, planning and developing products. With the help of funding from Wexford Local Enterprise Office, Holos Skincare officially launched in January 2014.
Below are some blog posts highlighting the exciting events that have happened along the way in the Holos story.