With such a large range of reasonably priced health and beauty products made in Great Britain, there really is no excuse for not buying British when it comes to looking after your skin.
Please also click the link in this sentence to see my favourite British made bars of soap.
And for shaving related products, please see Shaving products.
John Drury manufactures vegetable and tallow-derived soap base noodles (including RSPO soap noodles) and flakes for customers to blend in their own products. They also own M. Bedforth & Sons Ltd who they purchased in 1965. M Bedforth & Sons is a specialist contract manufacturer of finished, shelf-ready soap products developing and manufacturing customers’ private liquid and bar soaps and they have their own brands called Avoca, Superfine and Natural Extracts making bar and liquid soap including bar soaps, hand washes, cream baths, cleansing baths, guest soaps, and laundry bar soaps. John Drury / Bedforth Soap have a manufacturing plant located in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. They say they are “committed to delivering high-quality British-manufactured products” and “We also believe that Great Britain makes great products with the help of great people” –
H2k Skincare of Harrogate, founded in 2000, say on their website that whenever possible they “source ingredients and products locally”. No mention of country of origin is made on their website as such but at least some of their products are made in the UK, as in the photographs below. They sell hand wash, face wash, bath and shower gels, shampoo, candles and suchlike – https://www.h2kskincare.com
Beco hand wash is made in Britain. Their website carries the Made in Britain marque. BECO is owned by Clarity, and sister brand to The Soap Co. Clarity provides employment for blind people. Whether all their products are British made I don’t know – https://betterconsidered.org
Arnest International Limited of Irvine, Scotland aerosol products (spray deodorants, body spray, facial mist, and suchlike) are British made. It says “Made in UK” on their website and products. Their website is trade only but their products are available in shops and on the internet – http://arnestinternational.co.uk/
Out of Eden is a Trade Only supplier of hospitality products founded in 1993. I used their soap below in a holiday cottage in the Highlands of Scotland and was very impressed with it. No minimum order quantity. They seem to have their own soap making factory in Cumbria, formerly Buckingham Soap Ltd, also known as The Cumbria Soap Company which is also trade only. They supply soap bars and liquid soaps, shower gel, handwash and shampoos which are all made in the UK. As most hotel soaps are now made in China, it’s good to see companies like this offering a UK made soap. Whilst I suspect a lot of the other items this company supplies are foreign made I did find Bio-D cleaning products, Cole & Lewis soaps, Tiptree sauces, and Clipper teas on their website and I’d like to think they could supply items like British made bed linen if you ask them –
PAIRFUM by InovAir Ltd room fragrance, perfume and skin care is made in the UK. On their website they say “The company is entirely UK based and all of its products are invented, created, developed and manufactured in its ateliers in the UK” – https://www.pairfum.com
Southsea Bathing Hut of Southsea, Portsmouth describe them selves as “Manufacturers and Packers of artisan soaps, cosmetics and coastal interior goods”. On their website they don’t seem to discuss country of origin but they do talk about their products being hand made in small batches. On their Facebook about section though they do say “Made in Britain with love.” Soaps, soap dishes, steams, balms, raw coconut oil, shaving soap, bath and shower oil, scrubs, face and beard oil, cleanser, toner, etc – https://www.southseabathinghut.co.uk
Kay’s (Ramsbottom) Limited are one of the oldest soap manufacturers in the United Kingdom. They can produce almost any kind of soap and their customers include multi-national companies and high profile UK retailers. Trade only – http://www.kays-ramsbottom-limited.co.uk
“Dr.PAWPAW is the first UK made pawpaw based cosmetic balm” according to their Facebook page. Dr.PAWPAW products appear to all be made in the UK. There’s a review of Dr PawPaw Original Balm here – https://www.drpawpaw.com
Scottish Fine Soaps Company say on their website “We’re proud to create, design, make and package all of our products at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire”. Established in 1974, they make soap bars, body wash, bath and shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, body milk, body butter, body scrub, hand and nail cream, hand wash, bath foam, bath soak, face wash, shave gel, aftershave balm, moisturiser, and so on – https://www.scottishfinesoaps.com
Potions & Possibilities don’t tell us anything about country of origin or the company on their website, but all the products I have seen have been made in the UK so they are worth a look – https://www.potions.co.uk
soapNskin beauty products are made in England. They say on their website “Each of our products have been created, blended and bottled by hand, by us, right here in England.” Products include body butter, body wash, soap bars, hand wash, shampoo and bath salt – http://www.soapnskin.com
Jo Malone do not given any county of origin information on their website, but I believe some of their fragrances, candles and beauty products are made in the UK. You’ll need to check the packaging to find out – http://www.jomalone.co.uk
Fairfield Gardens describe their lip balm on their website as “Award-Winning 100% Natural, British Lip Balm. Made in Britain using British ingredients” and say “More than 75% of the ingredients we use have been grown or produced in the UK.” They also say “all of the lip balms are manufactured and packaged in Wales”. Their lip balm is competitively priced. Many of the other lip balm brands that you will find on the high street such as Burt’s Bees, Nivea, Chapstick and Lypsel are foreign owned and foreign made – http://www.fairfieldgardens.co.uk
Wilko (Wilkinson) sell a number of British made items including motor oil, bicycle cleaners and oils (lubes), paint, dustpan and brushes, plastic containers, washing-up bowls, sink drainers, rubbish bins, mops, DIY fillers, paint roller sets, hand cream, toner, etc – https://www.wilko.com
Tesco have many of their products made for them in the UK (but by no means all – check the label before buying) and in health and beauty this includes for example the products pictured below. Tesco is not the place to buy your solid soaps bars by the way. On19th October 2015, I could not find a single British made bar of soap in Tesco. All their own brand soaps were made in China and none of their brand name soaps were UK made.
Sainsbury’s Basics Roll On Deodorant os produced in the UK.
Asda carry their own brand UK made soaps such as the Asda Fresh Cream Sensitive soap bars 4 pack – https://groceries.asda.com/product/bar-soap/asda-fresh-cream-sensitive-soap-bars/910001786115
Rimmel (Rimmel London) is a cosmetics brand, owned by American company Coty Inc., but they manufacture some products in London . Rimmel is one of the world’s most popular make-up brands. Note not all Rimmel products are made in the UK – http://uk.rimmellondon.com/
Boots – For suntan lotion that is made in the UK, try the Boots Soltan range, most of which is made in the UK. With careful looking at the packaging, it is also still possible to find a few other UK made items in Boots too, such as their moisturising creams below and some of their own brand Botanics range. Boots the Chemist own brand solid soaps are now all foreign made. Boots UK Limited (formerly Boots the Chemist), trading as Boots, is now owned by American company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, as from 31 December 2014. Boots also stock Rimmel London (see above). Boots the Chemist have a long British history but I note many of their own brand products no longer label the country of origin. For example Boots multivitamins and Boots kitchen soap do not state the country of origin – http://www.boots.com
Malibu Health Products Ltd of St. Albans, AL2 2DB tell us on their website “Malibu is a private UK company and has been trading for over 20 years with its primary business being the provision of Sun Care and related products which are manufactured in the UK. Our tag line “Sun protection for every body” reflects our intent to provide families with quality protection at prices they can afford.” Their range includes sun cream, aftersun and sun tan lotions, bronzing butter, sun protector sprays, kids sun protector lotion, lip balms, oils, ski sun protection products, factor 50+ protection and the Morny range of moisturisers, soaps, and talc in Aloe Vera, citrus orange, English rose, fern , lavender, lily of the valley, Royal Bouquet, Sandalwood and White Heather. The only Morny moisturiser is their Aloe Vera Moisturising Cream which is perfect for dry, aged and sun damaged skin and is particularly good for use after skin exposure to the sun due to its natural cooling properties. Products are available from their website, elsewhere on the internet and in shops (for example Superdrug). No county of origin is given against individual products on their website, so I advise you to ask where a product is made or check the labelling on the packaging, to be sure of getting British made – http://malibusun.com – http://morny.com
Richards and Appleby Ltd of Gwent, NP22 5RL are a privately owned manufacturer of cosmetics and toiletries, based in the UK. Their website is just a front holding page and gives no information about manufacture. I have seen their Cyclax Aloe Vera Revitalising Cream (pictured below) and that is made in the UK, but I don’t know about their other products, so you’d need to ask. Wholesale only I assume – http://www.richardsandappleby.co.uk
Monroe London are a luxury men’s skincare brand founded around 2015. They describe themselves on their website as “Quintessentially British and developed in collaboration with The Harley Street Skin Clinic our luxurious, dual-purpose skincare and grooming products are hand-crafted here in the UK” – https://www.monroeoflondon.co.uk
Deb, founded in 1941, produce occupational skin care and hand hygiene products, including their Swarfega brand (hand cleanser and other products) and anti-bacterial hand disinfectants. The company have skin care manufacturing plants in Denby, Derbyshire, UK and in Germany, Canada (2 factories), the USA (2 factories), Australia and Russia. Also they have injection moulding dispenser manufacturing plants in Little Eaton, Derbyshire, UK and one in Canada. So, some Deb products are still manufactured in the UK, whilst more are foreign made. Deb products made in the UK are clearly labelled as such. Look for the UK made products – http://www.debgroup.com/uk
Initial are a company that provide Washroom Hygiene, Vending, Floor Mat Solutions and Clinical Waste Management Services throughout the UK and elsewhere in the world. They are an American owned company. Their hand soap dispenser refills are made in the UK. I saw one in a bathroom at a Harvester in October 2017. I don’t know how many other Initial products are made in the UK though – https://www.initial.co.uk
Robinson Healthcare – According to their website almost all Robinson Healthcare products are produced at a large UK manufacturing facility in Worksop, Nottinghamshire so there is a good chance that the product you want will be made in the UK, but do check before buying. Robinson Healthcare make things like first aid kits, sticking plasters, bandages, tape, micropore tape, dressings, anti-septic wipes, excellent cotton wool products and disposable gloves. They also make heat pads, ear plugs, moist wipes, maternity pads and breast pads, a forehead thermometer, nappy sacks, dry wipes, adult bibs, continence care products and magnetic therapy plasters. Unfortunately some Robinson Healthcare products, such as their ear plugs, do not state country of origin on their packaging. Robinson’s Hush Plugz foam earplugs are manufactured in China and packed in the UK. Robinson’s Hush Plugz silicone earplugs are manufactured and packed in the UK. Robinson Healthcare products are available in local chemists, at Amazon and elsewhere online, via the Robinson Healthcare Telephone Mail Order Service and via their website (in bulk only) – http://www.robinsonhealthcare.com
Sheila’s Natural Creams, which are available from one of my twitter followers, Janiro, are all made in the UK. I read that “Sheila’s Natural Product range is lovingly made right here in the UK and has the added bonus of being packaged in reusable, elegant glass jars” and Janiro tell me “Vegan/Vegetarian friendly plant based Sheila’s Natural products … are 100% British, with only the finest ingredients sourced from Scotland and manufactured in Wales making this brand truly home grown”. Additionally Janiro also sell another brand called Marili Skincare (see below) which is another innovative product range specifically formulated for children from the best organic ingredients handmade in the UK. The other products Janiro sell are foreign made.
Marili Skincare, which is available from Janiro (see above) or directly from the Marili website, and is inspired by its founder’s childhood in Zimbabwe, say on their website “Our products are handmade in the UK and we strive to support local trade wherever possible.” They make “gorgeous” smelling products for kids such as hair and body wash, face wash and lip balm – http://mariliskincare.com
Honest Skincare on their instagram tagline say “Skincare & Apothecary products for both men & women, all handcrafted in Birmingham England, in small batches using the finest natural ingredients.” Candles, home scents, beard oil, body lotion, etc. Not all products are labelled made in England and I assume those that are not are foreign made, including some of their cosmetic products, wooden products and towel products – http://www.honestskincare.co.uk
Faith in Nature, founded in 1973, sell a range of natural products for bath, body, baby and home, which are mostly made in England, in Manchester. I am not sure if the buy in or make themselves, but they do say some of their products are imported. It’s hard to tell which from their website, as no country of origin information is given against individual products on their site – https://www.faithinnature.co.uk
Queen Cosmetics for sensitive skin are all made in England – toning lotion, day cream, night cream, eye cream , anti-wrinckle cream, body and hand cream, shampoo, suntan cream, foundation, mascara, eye shadow, blusher, powder, lipstick, etc. They say on their website “All our manufacturing takes place at our own premises to ensure the highest and most rigorous standards of quality and safety.” They also say “We source the 90% our ingredients, packaging and labelling from UK-based companies instead of from cheaper mass producers abroad.” Products available on their website and in John Bell & Croyden chemists in London – http://www.queen-cosmetics.com
Bayliss & Harding do a great line in bath and body products. Some, but not all, of their products are made in the UK – check the label on the packaging before buying. The handwash in the first picture is affordable and nice, as is the Funky Farm bath and shower gel for kids in the second picture – http://baylisandharding.com/
Cole and Lewis of London toiletries are made in the UK. Hand wash, hand lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion. On their website they say “Cole and Lewis of London is an exclusive range of luxurious toiletries made in the UK from a subtle combination of botanical extracts to great effect, and found in hotels, restaurants, art galleries and cruise liners” – http://www.coleandlewis.co.uk
Molton Brown, founded in 1973 blend their bath and body products in England with the finest ingredients from around the world; iconic shower gels, hand washes, lotions, men’s grooming products and luxurious bath and body gifts. Stores throughout the UK. By Royal Appointment. Also available online – http://www.moltonbrown.co.uk/
Simple make and sell bath and shower products, soaps, facewash, cleansers, shampoo, men’s grooming products, cleansing wipes, a range for teenagers, a baby range, sun protecting products and so on. Simple’s parent company is Unilever UK Ltd. Some Simple products are made in the UK, but not all, so please check country of origin before buying. Others are made in places like Turkey – http://www.simple.co.uk
Chain Bridge Honey Farm (W.S. Robson) products appear to all or mostly be made in the UK and include beeswax shoe polish, furniture polish, leather polish, honey, honey mustard, lip balm, skin care creams, ointments, soap, moisturiser, hand cream, propolis products, beeswax bars and candles – http://www.chainbridgehoney.co.uk
Cuticura Hand Hygiene range, soap and anti-bacterial wipes are manufactured in the UK. Cuticura is owned by Keyline Brands Limited (now known as Godrej UK) which is itself owned by the Indian Godrej Group – http://www.cuticura.co.uk
Waitrose Pure range of products are produced in the UK – cleansing wash, hand cream, eye make-up remover, facial wipes, face polish, face cream, beauty balm, shampoo. Waitrose have many of their products made for them in the UK (but by no means all – check the label before buying – Waitrose have a give no country of origin policy for many of their products and you’ll have to assume something in Waitrose is foreign made if no country of origin is given) and this includes other products for example Waitrose Essential soap is made in the UK, as is their essential deodorant – http://www.waitrose.com
Lush Cosmetics have shops on the High Street and an online store selling quality handmade soaps, perfume, bath products, bath bombs, shaving cream, deodorants, make-up, toners, cleansers, moisturisers, toothy tabs, lip balm, spot treatment, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, styling gel, etc. and spa treatments. The Lush factory is in Poole, Dorset, England and pretty much all their products are made here. Their philosophy is make local, so Lush products on sale in the UK are made in England for example and Lush products on sale in Australia and New Zealand are made in Australia – https://uk.lush.com
The Bulldog range of men’s grooming products are mostly made in the UK. Shaving gel, shaving cream, face wash, deodorant, Beard Shampoo and Conditioner, Beard Oil, etc. Whilst most Bulldog products are made in the UK, some are foreign made. For example their foaming shave gel cans are made Belgium, although all the other Bulldog products I have seen are UK made. They do not give country of origin on their website, so you’ll have to ask or look at the products themselves. They say on their website “We work with two main factories here in the UK in Frome, Somerset and in Preston, Lancashire. They make all of our skincare line. We also manufacture a small number of our products through specialist factories outside of the UK where they have unique skills” – http://meetthebulldog.com – https://www.bulldogskincare.com
Yardley and Woods of Windsor – Select the soaps, talcs, and the like that are made in the UK by checking the packaging – some products from Yardley and Woods of Windsor are foreign made (in places like Turkey) and country of origin information is not given against individual products on their website. Established in 1770, Yardley of London is apparently the world’s oldest cosmetics company. They make a lovely range of soaps, perfumes, bath products, talcum powder and the like. Yardley holds 2 Royal Warrants. On the Yardley website it says:- “True to our heritage, we feel that it is important that as many of our products as possible are sourced in the UK and as of 2012 a large proportion (90%) continue to be manufactured in the UK with the majority of remaining products being made in the EU.” Also, established in 1770 (as a chemist), Woods of Windsor now sells soaps, fragrances, bath products, hand cream and the like. I think there products are (at least mostly) made in England. They have a shop near Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England. They also sell Yardley products in their shop. As far as I can work out (and it is by no means clear!) Yardley London and Woods of Windsor are owned by the Indian company Wipro. Yardley London is run as a disctinct entity, based at the Woods of Windsor shop in Windsor. However, another Indian company Lornamead owns Yardley in the Americas, Germany and Austria (they have a separate website – http://www.yardleylondon.com). There is no indication on their website of where Yardley Americas, Germany and Austria make their products – http://www.yardleylondon.co.uk – http://www.woodsofwindsor.co.uk
Nelsons is the UK’s largest manufacturer of natural healthcare products, including RESCUE Remedy and Nelsons Tea Tree Cream. Their products are manufactured in Wimbledon, England – http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/
You may find British made soaps and other products at Crabtree and Evelyn. However, shop carefully as many Crabtree and Evelyn products are foreign made. Check the packaging. No country of origin information is given on their website. Crabtree & Evelyn are an Anglo-American company owned by a Malaysian company! – http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
It’s the same story with Pecksniff’s too. No country of origin information is given on their website, but if you check the packaging some of their products (fragrances, cosmetics, soaps, candles) might be made in England. The Pecksniff’s soaps I have used were made in England. They have a shop in Brighton – http://www.pecksniffs.com
Some Body Shop soap bars and other products are made in the UK, but please check the packaging carefully to see where a product was made. Many Body Shop products are still made in the UK, but many are made abroad these days too. Country of origin information is not given on their website. The Body Shop is owned by French company L’Oréal. Pretty much everything in the Body Shop used to be made in the UK, but these days much of their range is foreign made, so shop carefully and with careful shopping you can buy lots of British made Body Shop products still – http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Neal’s Yard make and sell organic natural health & beauty products. They use “high quality organic, natural and wild, plant-based ingredients with a view to safety, efficacy and biodegradability” and they also say on their website ” We use recyclable packaging, sourced wherever possible from the UK to reduce transport miles”. They have a “purpose-built eco-factory in Dorset”. The company was founded in 1981 in Neal’s Yard, near Covent Garden, London. The blue bottles are being made in the UK too now, in Yorkshire. Pretty much everything from Neal’s Yard is made in England. On their Facebook they say “Our Skincare is scientifically formulated and products made in our own Eco factory in Dorset.” On their YouTube channel they say “At Neals Yard Remedies we design, test and make our own products at our eco-headquarters and physic garden in Gillingham, Dorset” and they manufacture the majority of their products at their own factory in Dorset, UK – http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/made-in-england
Rockface range of men’s grooming products are made in the UK – moisturiser, face wash, shave gel, shave butter, body spray, face and body scrub, post-shave balm, deodorant, shower wash. I don’t know if all Rockface products are made in the UK, so check the packaging before buying – http://www.rockface4men.co.uk
The Sheffield Skin Company appear to make their products in Sheffield (not sure about the origin of their packaging or items such as shaving brushes, so you will want to check) and their range includes shaving soaps, aftershaves, and face packs for men; and balms, moisturisers, toners, face masks and soaps – http://sheffieldskincare.co.uk
Chulo Naturals (creams, bath bombs, scrubs, oils, etc) skin care, mineral make up, massage and home aroma candles and beer soap products are made in Britain. In their FAQs in response to the question ‘Is it actually handmade in Britain or does it just say so?’ the response is
‘It really is, you can visit our workshop and see it being made at 12 High Street, Brompton, Gillingham, ME7 5AE.’ Own branded / white label (wholesale) only – http://www.chulo-naturals.co.uk
Seascape uses some ingredients from local producers on the island of Jersey. Their product cartons and gift wrapping are made in the UK. Bath & body collections. At the bottom of their webpages it says “Made in GB” and “100% British” and “Buy from GB” but they do not say where their products are actually made, so it would be wise to check before buying – http://www.seascapeuk.com
Aldi Mamia Baby Bath is produced in the UK. You may also find some other British made products in Aldi – check the labels before buying. Aldi is a German company.
Mibelle Group, a Swiss company, have 3 production sites in the UK with the takeover in 2010 of Hallam Beauty in Bradford, Pure Spa Products Ltd (UK) of Crowthorne, Berkshire in 2012, and QBC Quantum Beauty Company UK of Wokingham, Berkshire in 2015 (their brands include The Great British Grooming Co, Salon Science, and Lee Stafford). Essentially this company does contract manufacturing of personal care products and branded beauty products – https://www.mibellegroup.com/index.php/en/about-us/The-Mibelle-Group
I’m not big on shower gels personally, but if you like them please find yourself some British made shower gel. Check the label on the back to see where a product is made.
Some, PZ Cussons shower gel is British made, such as the Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry shower gel which is clearly labeled “Made in UK” on the rear label and which I got in Tescos on 18th October 2015. Sadly, Imperial Leather soap also by PZ Cussons is now made in Turkey. http://www.originalsource.co.uk/products/shower/vanilla-raspberry-shower-gel Also, Imperial Leather Japanese Spa body wash is labeled on the back “Made in England” http://www.imperialleather.co.uk/japanese-spa-jasmine-and-rice-milk-body-wash
Not many toothbrushes are made in the UK anymore. The few ones I know of are The Handmade Classic, KB42L and Smokers (and only these ones) from Kent Brushes which are made in the UK and D.R. Harris bone handled toothbrushes which are made in the UK.
I used to always buy Wisdom toothbrushes because they were made in the UK but sadly they are not manufacturing toothbrushes in the UK anymore. Their factory is in Haverhill, Suffolk is now closed. Wisdom have told me “All Wisdom toothbrushes are now manufactured outside of the UK”. Oral B, part of Procter & Gamble make some of their products in Southern Ireland, some of which such as their dental floss are labelled “Made in Ireland” – but here they are referring to Southern Ireland which is not part of the UK. Sensodyne, park of GSK GlaxoSmithKline, do not give country of origin on their toothbrushes but they are foreign made.
Toothpaste made in the UK is still available.
Colgate may still manufacture some toothpaste in the UK but often USA company Colgate-Palmolive do not bother to label country of origin on their products so we don’t really know.
Arm & Hammer by Church & Dwight, an American manufacturer of household products do label country of origin on their products and some are made in the UK like their Advance White toothpaste and Batiste dry shampoo. On their UK website Church and Dwight say it “has a factory located in Folkestone which manufactures the majority of the product portfolio” – http://www.churchdwight.co.uk
BENZ and BLANC charcoal teeth whitening powder is made in England. There’s a review here – https://www.benzandblanc.co.uk/store/BENZ-and-BLANC-Charcoal-Powder-LARGE-p76739586