WHEN it comes to fabulous beauty brands it is hard to beat the best of British.
Sourcing the finest natural ingredients, make space in your bathroom cabinet for these affordable yet high-quality names.
Ethical organic health and beauty is at the heart of Neal's Yard Remedies, set up more than 30 years ago in London's Covent Garden. They are driven by a passion for transforming people's lives by empowering them to live more healthily through the power of nature. Neal's Yard Remedies believe in encouraging people to lead a more natural, holistic way of life and have become a global organic leader.
Bestseller is the Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense moisturiser, £55, powered by plant stem cells from gardenia and a peptide complex to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, firm, tone, boost skin's suppleness and hydrate.
A 17th century botanist called John Evelyn and the English crab apple tree, used in home apothecary, inspired the name of the company set up in 1972 by Cyrus Harvey. Initially a small, family run business, Crabtree & Evelyn specialised in fine soaps sourced from around the world. Now it features flower waters and toilet waters, shower and bath gels and men's colognes featuring fruit, flower and plant essences.
Much-loved Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy, from £5, is a bestseller worldwide with 17 fragrances including honey and coriander, rose, lavender, lily and pear and pink magnolia; all formulated with shea butter and macadamia nut oil to moisturise and soften skin.
A friendship turned into a multi-million pound business partnership when Liz Earle and Kim Buckland put their heads together: beauty editor Liz's in-depth research made her a specialist in botanical ingredients, natural health and wellbeing, while Kim gained an in-depth understanding of the industry and developed expertise in the formulation, packaging, retail and marketing of cosmetics.
A small range of products was launched to appeal to all ages and skin types, with the integrity of the ingredients paramount. A must-have is the award-winning Liz Earle Cleans & Polish, £13.25. Free from mineral oil it has a rich, creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up.
Molton Brown was born in 1973 in London with the moniker a fusion of the street name and the cutting-edge fashion boutique established by founder Caroline Burstein's parents nearby.
Expertly blended, the range features skincare, haircare, fragrance and grooming. Many of the ingredients are sourced from all over the world and the products are never tested on animals. Standout product is the Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash, £18, with coriander and basil.
A more recent launch is Burberry Beauty, which arrived on counter in July 2010. Created by Burberry's chief executive Christopher Bailey, it encapsulates the classic trenchcoat and creates a minimal yet elegant look. Try the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, £34, to give natural luminosity. Anti-agers restore skin elasticity and wild rose extracts increase hydration. Use under foundation for a radiant glow or as a highlighter.
Closer to home, Arran Aromatics was founded by Janet Russell and her husband Iain in their cottage on the Isle of Arran, making soaps and body creams infused with original fragrances inspired by the island's landscape and scents.
Bestseller is Arran Aromatics After The Rain Collection, from £1.50 to £40, capturing the fresh, scent of a garden in the calm moments following a summer rainstorm.