One of the best parts of my job as a beauty blogger is discovering brands, products and concepts that are unknown to most. With so many brands being so visible on our high streets, in our department stores and within much read magazines, it’s sometimes hard to turn your attention to a product that’s somewhat understated. Although hundreds of brands are launched every year, with most claiming to revolutionise your life or provide a magic formula that will wipe years off your face, very few are actually worth switching to or parting with hard earned cash for – however, I’ve found five that really are. You may not have ever heard of any of these brands, but all of them need a little space in your life… A space that you won’t regret giving up.
1. Arran Aromatics
by a husband and wife duo within their cottage kitchen on the beautiful
Isle of Arran, Arran Aromatics focuses on making beautiful body
products that are infused with original fragrances inspired by the
landscape and scents of the island. They offer everything from bath oil,
body lotion, lip balm and face cream to some incredible gift sets and
home fragrances, all packaged up with a ‘home made’ feeling that ensures
they remain close to their roots. I’m astounded at the quality for the
price point, with many products starting at only a few pounds. Although
they’re only available online, it’s easy to spend an hour perusing the
collections and filling up a basket with goodies.
2. Sophie La Girafe
you’ve got a small child, or have any friends with a small child, then I
guarantee you’ll be familiar with the little rubber giraffe named
Sophie that everyone under the age of three is obsessed with.
(Apparently it all started with Harper Beckham parading the toy, making
it a must-have.) Sophie has now branched out into skincare products,
providing certified organic lotions that are suitable for both babies
and grown-ups; the formulas are incredibly soft, perfect for sensitive
types and leave skin feeling supple. There’s not only a body lotion, but
face cream and oil that can be used by beauty enthusiasts of any age in
multiple ways. With the most expensive product being £14.99, the range
is incredibly affordable and great for those concerned about putting
nasties on their skin.
3. Scottish Fine Soaps
over 40 years ago, this Scottish brand makes the most delightful soaps
and body products that look way more expensive than their price. Their
cult classic Au Lait collection blends ‘the goodness of real milk with a
tocuh of French chic’, offering a range that would look fabulous in any
bathroom. The soaps are full of goodness and don’t dry out the skin,
while the body lotions and hand creams provide a hit of hydration
accompanied by delicious scents. They have the most delightful gift
sets, holiday packs and mini products that would make a fab introduction
into their brand, as well as soaps filled to the brim with olive oil
and shea butter. You may have spotted their ‘soaps in a tin’ in gift shops, but it’s well worth checking out the full
4. Zoeva Makeup Brushes
new to the UK, Zoeva is no doubt going to be one of the biggest makeup
brush brands this time next year. With prices starting at £5.95 and over
40 different brushes available, the super soft combination of natural
and synthetic bristles helps to create flawless finishes and really aids
makeup application. The density of the hair also ensures product can be
picked up and buffed into the skin effectively, making everything from
blusher to smokey eyes super simple. Every brush feels like fantastic
quality, with the wooden handle offering enough weight to ensure a
comfortable experience, while the designs and tapered bristles are truly
unique. I’ve got so much love for this brand that I’m going to revisit
them later, but suffice to say you need to have a look at their
portfolio and add something to your Christmas list!
3. Delilah Cosmetics
brainchild of three friends with a huge passion for makeup, Delilah is
one of the most beautiful brands I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing
with. Packaged in delightful metallic cases, all of the makeup within
the collection has been well thought through – providing practicality,
performance, pigment and pleasure. The formulas are so soft, so finely
milled and so long-lasting that they make applying your morning slap an
absolute pleasure. I love the delicate creamy cheek compact, as well as
the lipglosses which offer a rich texture without being overly sticky.
The range is quite expensive, but the product quality is phenomenal and
well worth a little investment ahead of the party season if you’re
looking for a little self-indulgence.
Do you love any brands that are somewhat under-the-radar and worth shouting about?