Who we are

“Karuna Essentials started with curiosity and a creative idea.  Each day when I would enter our poly tunnel the Happy Sunshine orange calendula flowers growing there would uplift my spirit.

I remembered using calendula ointment on my own children and those in the Kindergarten in which I was involved with many years ago, for cuts, bangs and bumps, for life’s little hurts. The healing was swift. So, could I make my own?

I began experimenting and was super happy with the results.  I then made a small batch to bring to a local car boot sale. Interest was great from the local community and I sold all I had there on the day. After a few more events. People started to get in touch with me telling me how they loved the product and how it had worked on, or helped improve, skin issues of their own and their family members. I then shared it with family and friends who came back with more positive comments and feedback.

And with that I got to work. Beautiful, simple, natural ingredients mixed and blended with some know how, a little magic and good vibration. I was very excited to produce and promote an Irish made, Natural, Calendula product. 

All my life, I have found solace in nature and natural materials. From as early as a young child, through later childhood and beyond I loved to wander through fields and hills picking flowers. When in nature I was, and am, always in awe of the beauty and divine perfection existing in every flower, plant and tree. There are unique properties attached to specific plants which we can harness benefit from. Calendula is one such flower.”

Karen Stewart

Meet Karen

Our Founder

Karen Stewart’s career and passions
have always been nurture based.
With a career background in
holistic health and
child psychotherapy, she is
passionate about and committed
to excellence in all that she does.

Our Mission

At Karuna Essentials we believe that the best quality, natural skincare products  should be simple, affordable and effective,  using active ingredients naturally found in plants to work in harmony with you and your skin.

Self-care isn’t selfish – so treat yourself!

100% natural ingredients

The Benefits of Calendula Skincare

Anti-Inflamatory & Anti-Fungal


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The natural occurring ingredients in the petal heads of calendula have anti-fungal and anti- inflammatory properties. It’s amazing for itchy, red and inflamed skin, as it soothes and softens. The active ingredient hyaluronan promotes cell regeneration which gives the cheerful calendula flower its signature note of rapid healing, hence it being the wise one’s choice for mending cuts, bruises and wounds, among many of its diverse application

100% Natural Ingredients


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Hand crafted in rural Ireland, Karuna Essentials grow, harvest and create our 100% natural skincare products to produce luxurious soothing balms and creams with diverse applications. 

You can be guaranteed that you are getting 100% quality, care and attention when purchasing any of our Calendula skincare products.

Never Tested on Animals


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Our products are never tested on animals.

Non-GMO & Paraben-Free


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No genetically-engineered ingredients in any of our products, and being paraben-free, they have no harmful chemicals and are gentler on sensitive skin.

Calendula Balm : I used it on my son when he got a wasp sting and it eased it straight away. It’s the magic cream in our house.

-Derval, Co. Monaghan.

Mangala Face Cream : "Simply put, Mangala is the best moisturising cream I have ever used. My dry, sensitive skin is hydrated and soft and feels completely rejuvenated. Many thanks."

– Rione Kilcullen, Co. Mayo

"I know this cream is pure natural goodness for my skin. When applied, it is easily absorbed and leaves my skin feeling moisturised, soft, supple and protected. As a woman of 46 I have noticed over the past few years that skin has become drier and duller. I have tried many skincare products to enhance the feel and appearance of my skin and have found it difficult to find a good moisturiser that works well for me. This works perfectly. Knowing that all the ingredients are natural and have been carefully selected and blended is a huge bonus and strengthens my belief that my skin is getting the nourishment and goodness that it need”."

– Anne Marie, Co. Roscommon

"I will never be able to speak highly enough about this product- a cream, at last, that satisfies and refreshes my skin. I have tried so many other products but found none as effective for the dryness and sensitivity of my skin. Mangala Face Cream has the “X factor”, leaving my skin feeling naturally hydrated and alive. The combination of calendula balm and cream has, I found, effectively cleared nasty spots faster.”

- Mary-Jo, Co. Donegal

"This is such an amazing natural product! Grown locally in Boyle by the inspirational Karen Stewart. We have used it daily for the last ten months on our little boys skin to prevent nappy rash and it works a treat… Great for skin irritations and burns too. We would highly recommend it."

– Patrick Kellegher, Author of Badger Books


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Boyle, Co. Sligo Ireland


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