1. Arran Aromatics
Founded 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
If 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
Founded 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
Relatively 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
The 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?