Eco-friendly, ethical hair care from Ireland and Scotland

I've been trialling some new haircare in the last few weeks - both independents, one Scottish, one Irish, and both eco-friendly and ethical. Moo Hair is Edinburgh-based, founded by mum and daughter team, Suzie and Olivia Gillespie, and We Are Paradoxx is Irish-based, founded by Yolanda Cooper. Both are ethical, natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, and have very similar product ranges. So let's have a look at them in more detail, starting with … [Read more...]

Wonder Balm from A Pony Called Steve

Confused by that headline? I'm not surprised! But let me explain. The product is Wonder Balm, and the brand is A Pony Called Steve. Simple. The Glasgow-based company is two women, and no pony -  just the imaginary one they used to envisage using as a mode of transport in the busy city! Emma and Aminah began their brand a few years back, selling bath and body products, mainly for the gift industry,  and created fun scents like green opal … [Read more...]

Sara Hill Makeup

This latest launch is a good one. It's the makeup range by lovely Glasgow makeup artist Sara Hill, who I have known for a good few years now, and who is one of the hardest-working and successful women I know! Sara has been a makeup artist for 17 years, worked on countless campaigns in the beauty industry and made up the faces of Melanie C, Emeli Sande, Grace Jones and even Kanye West! Her eponymous makeup brand launched this summer after five … [Read more...]

New from Scottish Fine Soaps

 New soaps - and a whole lot more - from The Scottish Fine Soaps landed on my desk this week. The company are branching out with a variety of new products in two new collections. You can unwind or uplift with Pink Grapefruit & Argan Oil, and Larch & Lavender. Following on from the 40th anniversary restyle of the iconic Au Lait and Sea Kelp collections last year, there are now these two new lovely ranges, again with distinctive packaging, … [Read more...]

Scottish Fine Soaps new look for 40

Who doesn't need a makeoever when they hit the big 4-0!? (I should know, been there, done that!) So, it's no surprise that The Scottish Fine Soaps Company has  relaunched its website, and given two of its best-selling lines a makeover to celebrate their landmark anniversary. Taking inspiration from contemporary Scottish trends in fashion, art and textiles, the company’s best-selling Au Lait and Sea Kelp collections have been restyled in a … [Read more...]

Scottish Beauty

Scotland is all over the news this week, and today we go to the polls to decide our country's future in the Independence referendum. Let's leave the politics behind, but celebrate our fantastic little country, by celebrating Scottish beauty! Here are a few of my favourite Scottish beauty brands out there. Who would you add to the list? 1. THE TRU BRAND SaraJane Lynch is the founder/creator/drivingforce/guineapig for her own beauty brand which … [Read more...]

Pure Lochside Best Sellers kits

If you're not familiar with Pure Lochside, then here's the lowdown - they're a luxury Scottish skincare brand, organic-rich, created by aromatherapist Fiona Tutte, and inspired by her experience creating bespoke oils for clients in her private practice. Fiona received incredible feedback on an anti-inflammatory blend she developed to ease arthritic pain, and this soothing blend formed the basis of the first Pure Lochside product Calm and Soothe … [Read more...]