From luxurious skincare to glamorous make-up, we have been trawling and testing to bring you the very best Scottish beauty brands. Whether you are looking to switch up your beauty routine or you fancy trying a new lip colour, give one of these amazing local brands a whirl…
The Best Scottish Brands
Glasgow-born beauty maven Sara Hill has become a well-loved name in the beauty industry for her range of unapologetic, non-conformist colourful products. Sara Hill creates make-up for all and her cruelty-free make-up bring a pop of colour and a hint of glitter to everyday. Designed to celebrate imperfections rather than cover them up, Hill’s make-up comes from a world where flawless doesn’t exist and everyone is beautiful just as they are. Having worked with celebrities such as Kanye West, Grace Jones and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, this independent make-up brand is a contender for even the biggest names in the industry.
The Beauty Kitchen
First launched in Glasgow’s Saltmarket, The Beauty Kitchen offers cruelty-free, 100% natural, affordable products using pure essential oils and pre-cycled or recycled packaging wherever possible. As well as stocking their own products, The Beauty Kitchen promote a DIY beauty range, with in-store help and kits to encourage customers to make their own products from home. They even offer the opportunity to sponsor a seahorse for four months with every purchase of their Seahorse Plankton #SaveStan Skincare Treasure kits.
Developed in the Ochil Hills, Siabann is a Scottish skincare brand packed with Scotland’s finest ingredients, including their secret re-balancing ingredient – thistle oil. Siabann also has a sister brand, Bearr Man, a collection including soaps, moisturiser and beard oils, especially for the man in your life.
Scottish Fine Soaps
Founded 40 years ago, Scottish Fine Soaps are dedicated to creating luxury bath and beauty products using natural ingredients and cruelty-free testing methods. Each product is beautifully packaged and include gorgeous scent combinations such as Thistle and Black Pepper and super summery Coconut and Lime. Indulge yourself and try their best-selling Au Lait range or give one of their new collections a whirl — we can’t get enough of the La Paloma Shimmer Body Lustre!
An award-winning aromatherapy beauty brand, Beatitude offer a range of luxurious natural products with effective, therapeutic results. Combining essential oils with plant oils, Beatitude products take you on a sensory journey of relaxation and rejuvenation. All products disperse in water and are fully biodegradable, natural, cruelty-free and the packaging is recyclable.
Ishga Skin Care is a range of organic Scottish seaweed products. Developed in the Isle of Lewis, Ishga harvest only local ingredients from the Hebrides to produce their 100% organic range. The Scottish seaweed is a natural anti-oxidant, and has healing and anti-ageing properties. Their products repair, tighten and tone skin, improve blood circulation and increase moisture levels. Seaweed is also used to help with skin conditions such as eczema.
Packed full of vitamins, minerals, omega oils and anti-oxidants, Ermana is a range of 100% natural skincare products designed to keep your skin happy and healthy. The only preservative used in their products is vitamin E, meaning that the natural products truly are natural. Their range of multi-purpose products cater to women and men, helping to improve the face, body and mind. They even have a range of soothing products exclusively for expecting mothers.
Arran Aromatics was founded by Janet and Iain Russell in 1989 as they sat in their kitchen. The brand, from the Isle of Arran, has grown into one of the best Scottish beauty brands with a following across the globe. Their products are infused with fragrances inspired by the landscape of Isle of Arran itself. Their best-selling fragrance, After the Rain, is designed to capture the imagination and have you thinking of the fresh smell of a garden after a summer rainstorm. All bottles and packaging are recyclable, all ingredients are natural, suitable for vegetarians and no product is tested on animals.
The Highland Soap Company
The Highland Soap Company are a family-run business dedicated to creating a range of handmade, natural skincare products. Taking inspiration from Lochaber and its surrounding landscape, each small batch of soap takes around four weeks to cure, ensuring that each product is made with patience and care.
Award-winning brand JustBe Botanicals is a range of products for the face, body and home dedicated to restoring emotional balance and enhancing a sense of wellbeing. Developed by Aromatherapist Gail Bryden, every JustBe product is packed full of therapeutic properties and has everything from make-up removing cleansers to treatment candles that burn with a gorgeous scent with the melted wax then serving as a luxurious body treatment.
A Pony Called Steve
Emma and Aminah, the creators of A Pony Called Steve, pack their 100% paraben and SLS free products in beautiful packages by hand. The two girls studied at Glasgow School of Art together before creating their brand and have since attended several Scottish beauty events, awards and pop-up shops.
The collection of balms, bath salts, solid perfumes, body washes and many more have unique scents like honeyed raspberry or candyfloss.
The brand’s Wonder Balm is made of three oils blended with beeswax for the perfectly clean skin. It removes make-up, dirt and even protects the skin. The ingredients promise to help with inflammation, scarring and anti-ageing while exfoliating and even reducing anxiety through its scent – an essential addition to your beauty bag!
This Scottish beauty brand went through a make-over and now the high performance skincare is available without parabens or palm oil. With the help of a research project with Robert Gordon University, Seaweed Organics skincare products have the perfect blend of ingredients. The ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly face oils, lotions and hair products are manufactured in Argyle and each product is made with care to ensure the best possible results.
The products are made with seaweed harvested in the coastlines of Scotland and full of minerals and Vitamins A, B, C and E to heal and protect the skin. As well as nourishing the skin, Seaweed Organics body products are even said to ease conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Written by: Emma Arthurs
Contributor: Dora Pongracz