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. 

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.

Literary Lip Balms is

  • 100% free from synthetic fragrances and 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.

Read more about our sustainability ethos.

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 and one-person assembly line behind Literary Lip Balms. Books have always been an important part of my life and every product I make is a physical translation of stories I've grown up with. Scent can evoke strong memories, and my hope is that they'll either take you back to a place you love or on an exciting journey to somewhere new.

I'm an expat myself, having moved to Ireland from Norway in 2016. I've worked for almost a decade in digital marketing, but found it difficult to balance a tech career with my passion for entrepreneurship and creativity. In 2019 I left the field to focus on the business and my studies in visual arts at NCAD.

What else is there to know? 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.

Much love,

Vy Nguyen

Founder and designer