The Scent of Stories

From Jane Austen's England to Jack London's Yukon; from a mermaid lagoon to an enchanted garden in bloom. Our natural skincare is inspired by fiction and handmade in Dublin, Ireland. 

Your skincare should be simple and honest. Good for your skin, and good for your environment.

Our scents are carefully blended to capture the essence of stories - whether it's a timeless classic or a contemporary novel. If you're a reader, a dreamer, a poet or a writer (or you're looking for a gift for one) - our products were made for you.

Skincare from Literary Lip Balms is

  • 100% free from synthetic ingredients. No artificial colour, fragrance, parabens, alcohol, or preservatives.
  • Cruelty-free. We use beeswax from local suppliers, and none of the products are tested on animals. Soaps, lip balm tubes, perfumes, bath salts and face oils are all vegan.
  • Sustainable. Our shipping materials are 100% recyclable or re-used, and the majority of our packaging are completely plastic-free.
  • Made by hand in small batches. Even our packaging is designed by us!

We are obsessive about books, supporting other small businesses, and being conscious about the environment. Did you know that buying local reduces environmental impact, benefits your local community, and fosters creativity? Check out this infographic!

Who makes these products?

All skincare are handmade by me (Vy). I'm the creator / designer / one-person assembly line behind Literary Lip Balms, which started as a DIY Christmas gift project back in 2015. Books have always been an important part of my life, and in a way every product is a physical translation of stories I've grown up with. Scent can evoke strong memories, and my hope is that they'll take you back to a place you once loved, or bring you on a journey to somewhere new.

I'm originally from Norway, but have been living in Ireland since May 2016. For the past 8-9 years I've worked in digital marketing, but left the field to pursue a certificate in arts in July 2019. I fully intend to write a book someday. I have an embarrassing weakness for chocolate, indie bookshops and Neil Gaiman. 

Thank you for supporting my business.


Vy Nguyen

Founder and designer