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 For lots of insight into Irie Star you can read our blog "From the Bathtub"

Irie Star is the creative and production source of Blissoma botanically active skincare, herbal therapies, and artisan perfumes.  We are endorsed by natural estheticians for functional, elegant, nutritive formulas and a true dedication to purity, efficacy, and honesty.


Blissoma is the elegant marriage of herbal form and function, created by the explorative mind of a scientific artist. When right brain meets left the result is botanical innovations that really work. I am proud to bring you the result of nearly a decade of my life's work exploring the healing and enhancing possibilities of plants.

I am formally educated in art and chemistry and have had a voracious appetite for self-education and creation. I now have more than 10 years of experience working with herbs and essential oils. I began this path at age 23 when I graduated from college and had to take care of myself while dealing with debilitating migraines that made it nearly impossible to retain a regular job.  I have slowly and steadily retooled my own lifestyle using botanicals to fortify and rebalance myself.  I have ingested and applied all manner of plant remedies in my quest for overall wellness.  To make the cut into my routines it has to work, and work well.  I bring that same mentality to the skincare and botanical products we make.

I have spent hours poring over research and breaking new ground in order to defy contract manufacturer's stock formulations. I am by nature a purist and perfectionist, which has helped create a sophisticated and unique collection of products that proactively heal and enhance your health.

Blissoma is different because our ingredients and our formulas are different. We have chosen to work with a much stricter ingredient palette than even most "natural" brands. An initial feel of our products demonstrates the difference as the texture, color, and smell all distinctly tell the story of the nutritive ingredients contained therein.

The entire line eliminates petrochemical ingredients, parabens, and synthetic colors and fragrances while maintaining a sophisticated feel. We do not use "vegetable emulsifying wax", pthalates, neuropeptides, or other artificial "beauty" chemicals.

Instead we choose active, potent ingredients that are based on nutrients, antioxidants, and advanced phytochemistry. Generally our ingredients are just 1 step away from the original plant material from which they came. We carefully research each of our botanicals to determine their most active principles and then each is extracted and added to our formulas in a way that preserves its most effective medicinal components. All products are 100% natural and almost our entire line is Certified Vegan, packed with certified organic botanicals, bioavailable vitamins, essential fatty acids, and skin-soothing seed oils.

In addition to whole herb extracts some of the products also contain cosmeceutical grade botanical actives like Resveratrol, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins, and Carbon Dioxide extracts from plants like German Chamomile and Carrot. These ingredients demonstrate Blissoma's dedication to groundbreaking, pure actives from natural sources. New technologies have made it possible to create totally clean, solvent-free extractions and science has proven the efficacy of the nutrient, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory compounds they contain.

You can trust our line because we control all production for all Blissoma products. This ensures the uniqueness of our recipes and the absolute purity of the final product. All ingredients are declared on our labels and nothing is hidden. We manufacture our own herb extracts and even juice fresh organic produce directly from local fields. Everything is made by myself and my production manager Frank Wilderspin.

Honors which we hold include:

All products certified Cruelty Free by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics and the SOLUTIONS skincare line bears the Leaping Bunny logo.

All products except for our deodorants are Certified Vegan by Action.

WINNER "Best Budget Friendly Line"  for the SOLUTIONS skincare range on Fig+Sage Best of Natural Beauty awards 2011, with several products taking individual category awards as well.

WINNER Organic Beauty Talk Best Natural Deodorant and Best Natural Facial Mask for All Skin Types 2011.

Endorsed by natural makeup artists.

Sheila Hansen of If a Goddess Wore Makeup

Meli Pennington of Wild Beauty

 Carissa Passerella of Hooked on Beauty

Rebecca Casciano, Makeup Artist and Holistic Wellness Consultant.

For more reviews and honors see our News and Press Page.

Our studio is located in a 100+ year old historic 2 family building in one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis City. My grandmother was born just blocks from where we are currently located. I am slowly and lovingly restoring the house by hand with my fiancee, the philosopher-carpenter-computer wizard, and my 7 year old daughter. We are using as many green building techniques as possible in the restoration including rebuilding all of our 20+ wooden windows by hand. I garden much of our personal food supply organically directly from our yard and neighboring vacant lots. All herb waste from our manufacturing is composted and used on site.

I am excited to share my work with you and am confident you will be as thrilled as other customers have been. We are an Inner Beauty Company, living by the principles of compassion, kindness, honesty, and effort. Welcome to Blissoma.

- Be Well -
Julie Longyear