Ahhh… the cleansing strength of lemon zest, the pleasing scent of cinnamon, and the recovery powers of magnesium sulfate…

Magnesium sulfate?

Celtic Naturals, a Dublin-based handcrafted soap company, is true to its name and its mission.  All of their products are based on natural essential oils, not synthetics, and every ingredient has a purpose.

Celtic Naturals- Aviary Soaps

Celtic Naturals- Aviary Soaps

I got the chance to sit down with Angela Buckley, owner and head soapstress of Celtic Naturals. Who better to understand the benefits of magnesium sulfate than an Ohio State graduate with an engineering degree?

“Your skin is your largest organ,” said Angela. “It’s important to keep it healthy just like the rest of your body.”

Before the birth of the one-year old Celtic Naturals, Angela was working at Ashland Chemical, headquartered in Dublin.

“I rode my bike to work every day, unless the weather would prevent it, and being in that outdoor environment can be hard on your skin,” said Angela. “I wanted to make something that would be helpful to all athletes. When you’re focused on your workout, it’s easy to ignore your skin.”

As a seasoned tri-athlete, Angela knows how distance running, biking and swimming can affect your skin’s health. Her passion for triathlons paired with her efforts for environmental activism created a series of products that are guaranteed all-natural and effective. Don’t worry–you don’t have to swim  laps all day to be a customer . Celtic Naturals is committed to crafting a product that is good for the environment and easy for everyone to use.

“I want my soaps to be useful,” said Angela. “Yes, they are more expensive than a 97 cent soap from a drug store, but Celtic Natural soaps don’t dry out your skin. So in the end you are using less lotion because the soaps are so effective.”

Celtic Naturals does carry a line of lotions as well as lip balms, bath salt-bombs, and hand sanitizer. There are three different product lines for what your skin may need:

Celtic Naturals- The Sport Soaps

The Sport Line - Chain Bite Citrus

The Sport Line : For the sport enthusiast. Keep your skin in 1st place with soaps like Wetsuite A-Peel, Chain-Bite Citrus and Re-Cycle Mint.

The Aviary Line : For the outdoor enthusiast. It’s hard to stay clean when you’re gardening- try soaps with names inspired by birds- like Orange Oriole, Western Scrub Jay, Cinnamon-Bellied Flowerpiercer, or Brewer’s Blackbird (uses coffee to remove odors and dirt stains!)

The Heritage Line : The newest line from Celtic Naturals. Each soap is inspired by a different region and all have an antibacterial property. Try European Winters!

So why is magnesium sulfate good for your skin?

“Celtic Natural bath bombs are made out of Epsom salt which is primarily a magnesium sulfate,” said Angela. “ Research shows that magnesium can effectively enter the body through the skin.  Magnesium has been proven to reduce muscle soreness and spasms.”

Bath Salts & All-Natural Sanitizer

You can find Angela’s products online at www.celtic-naturals.com or at Serendip, a unique store in Powell, Ohio. Your skin will thank you.

Angela Buckley

-post by Allison

Just checked out the Shoppes at River Ridge the other day and found some GREAT

Shopped at River Ridge Dublin, OH

Shoppes at River Ridge Dublin, OH

bargains. Not many people (outside of local Dubliners) know about this new gem of a shopping district … but they will. Montgomery Inn (the top-rated privately held rib and barbecue restaurant in the US in 2007) will open its first Central Ohio restaurant in the Spring of 2009, right here in Dublin, Ohio.  But, there’s more.


Did you know that you can find fun holiday gifts for $15 and under at Audacious? I found purses, bracelets & bangles, hoop earrings, scarves, sunglasses, wallets, key chains and even OSU items. You can even build your own charm bracelet.  Every Wednesday 5-8 p.m. is Girls Night Out … with great specials.  

I found a Vera Bradley tote for my daughter-in-law at Bliss. This new store is filled with designer brands, all created by women, including: Crabtree & Evelyn, Stephan Baby, Bambini Carini, Mistral, Bean Pod, Trollbeads, Chamilia, Lela Belle, She Beads, Staxx and Kameleon.

The Acorn has markdowns of at least 50%. And then there’s Coldwater Creek with all those fabulous, irresistible clothes. If you’re looking for a unique gift for your favorite munchkin, try The Learning Center for very cool stuff. Take a coffee/bagel break at Bruegger’s Bagels. Coming soon: The Wine Loft (Feb. 2009) and Simpure Aveda Salon (March 2009). The Shoppes at River Ridge is located near the southeast corner of 161/Dublin-Granville Rd. close to Riverside Drive.

-Post by Kay