Five Brands You May Not Know About, But Definitely Need To

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
range online.

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? 



  1. Rose Paddington
    November 13, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    I love the blusher, it looks stunning!I really like a brand called Catrice, but it's really hard to find their products in the UK xxRose

  2. Madeleine S-B
    November 13, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Sophie La Girafe sounds so cute but also perfect for my skin type – definitely going to check out those products!

  3. Gilly Mixture
    November 13, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    I have heard of Zoeva and will now plan on purchasing some brushes since reading this. thank you x

  4. Annabel B
    November 13, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Scottish fine soaps sound wonderful, especially including the real milk.Annabel ♥Mascara & Maltesers

  5. liloo
    November 14, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Such a pleasure to read. Thank you for this write up. 🙂 🙂 :)Definitely need to welcome some Zoeva and Arran Aromatics into my life. I need to have to word with Santa!

  6. Korina
    November 14, 2014 / 11:56 am

    What a great post! I second liloo, such a pleasure to read and thank you.I noticed a nail polish brand called Londontown Lakur had been added to the selection at a larger Boots store I visited recently. Don't know if they're a new brand or if I'm just behind the times! Duo chrome polishes are my absolutely fave and the brand had a good selection of those. Possibly even some of dupes for Bad Fairy, Formidable and Mean Green from the MAC Disney Villains collection. Although the £14 per bottle price point is higher than MAC's £10 a pop. A quick search has just informed me that two of the MAC colours have been reincarnated in the Rocky Horror collection, and one of them has joined the permanent collection, so they're all still available when I didn't think they were…Oh dear, went a bit off topic there didn't I?!! Ramble over! ;o)

  7. Laura Black
    November 14, 2014 / 11:56 am

    I love discovering new brands, and you pretty much sold me with the pictures, the packaging is gorgeous! xxBlog With Laura

  8. Kate Wo
    November 14, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    I have fell in love with the Sophie La Girafe lotion.. even thought I am a little bit older than 3..

  9. Beauty Balm
    November 15, 2014 / 9:17 am

    Only one I've not heard of is Delilah. Check out AS:AP, Just Be Botanicals, Lyonsleaf x

  10. Danielle LeShea
    November 15, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    I've purchased a few of the Scottish Soaps and they are heavenly. They smell wonderful, and last a very long time. I would usually have to break it in half but the size of the soap.

  11. Anonymous
    November 18, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    The blush is sooo pretty, and these soaps would make perfect little gifts or stocking fillers. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    November 20, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    This is such a great post idea! I adore Zoeva brushes and definitely some of the best out there. I'm definitely going to have to check out these other brands! Chloe Andrews | Beauty Posts & Nail Art Tutorials

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