When I used to think about British beauty brands, I thought of Yardley or Penhaligons—the kind of old-school brands that have been around for hundreds of years. But did you know that the British beauty scene is awash with some of the coolest brands out there? This year has been notably hard for the industry, with the pandemic meaning hairdressers and beauty salons have taken hits due to the lockdowns. Now more than ever, it's a great time to support home-grown businesses. Luckily for beauty lovers in the UK, there is much to choose from. After all, the UK is one of the leading homes for cosmetics, boasting globally sought-after names such as Charlotte Tilbury and Jo Malone.
There are plenty of other British-born independent brands that offer new and exciting experiences in luxury skincare, makeup, wellness, fragrances, and much more. Britain boasts cult skincare brands like Neighbourhood Botanicals, which designs clean-beauty products, right on our doorstep. Upcoming brand Liha skincare, which offers a collection of shea butter and soaps, is also made and produced in London. As we said, we're spoiled for choice. From luxury makeup and cosmetic line Kjaer Weis to cult haircare brand Bouclème, we've found 26 British beauty brands to celebrate before this year is through.
SHOP 26 BRITISH BEAUTY BRANDS
Haekels is all about showing people the value in using products from the ingredients of the sea. Seaweed is a big component of this brand's products (it has vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory), and every one of the products is carefully packaged in gorgeous glass bottles.