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Health and Beauty Products Made in the UK. British Made Health and Beauty Products and Cosmetics for Men and Women

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.

Also, please see British Made First Aid and Survival Kits – Survival Gear – Medical Kits – Medical Supplies – Ropes and String – Military Equipment

And for shaving related products, please see Shaving products.

For British made hairbrushes and combs please click the hyperlink in this sentence.  For magnetic copper bracelets click here.

Enliven Health and Beauty products are made in England. http://www.enliven.co.uk Enliven is available online at www.brandrefill.co.uk and from shops and and wholesalers within the UK and Worldwide.

Enliven Original Antibacterial Handwash. Made in England

Enliven Original Antibacterial Handwash. Made in England.

Enliven made in England liquid hand soap in use in a French restaurant (outide the UK).

Enliven made in England liquid hand soap in use in a French restaurant in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photograph by author.

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British Made First Aid and Survival Kits – Survival Gear – Medical Kits – Medical Supplies – Ropes and String – Military Equipment

If you’re buying or putting together a first aid kit for home or work, buying first aid supplies or putting together a survival kit, do try to buy British.

If you are ordering a first aid kit for your workplace, ask your supplier about the provenance of both the container and the contents and insist on getting British made for both.

It may take a bit of research to find British made.  Here is what I have found so far.  If you find more manufacturers and supplies please let me know.

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Some of my favourite British made bars of soap

Five reasons some people prefer bars of soap to liquid soap:

  1. It’s what they’ve always known
  2. Solid soap is more luxurious
  3. The feeling of scouring away the dirt in the shower
  4. Less packaging is better for the planet
  5. The bottles are fiddly.

Read the full article on the BBC.

These are some of my favourite made in the UK soap bars, in no particular order:

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Hotter Shoes

Hotter HAZE XS Ladies walking Boot.  Made in England

Hotter HAZE XS Ladies walking Boot. Made in England

Hotter Shoes – http://www.hottershoes.com – have a factory in Lancashire, England but some of their products are made abroad.  The company state a desire to increase production in the UK, so let’s hope they do that.  Their shoes are reasonably priced, but regrettably on their website they do not say which shoes are made in England.  You can ask or visit one of their shops and the shoes themselves state the country of origin.  I was in their Windsor shop yesterday (29.12.12) and every pair of shoes I picked up was made in England. They have a very impressive range of ladies and mens shoes, boots and slippers. They all look super comfortable and the prices are very reasonable.  This is a shoe brand that is well worth checking out and I will be back in their shop soon to buy some shoes I am sure.  Highly recommended.  Hotter are now (26.3.13) saying “all our shoes are designed and produced here in the UK”, however I understand some use Italian leather and some, despite this statement, are actually made in Italy. Hotter is now the UK’s biggest shoe manufacturer.

My new Hotter Cutlass shoes arrived today (14.2.13) – made in England – the box they came in is made in England too.  They even came with a free shoe horn.  Super comfy, very lightweight, great quality.  Fab.

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Hotter TOWN SHOE BLACK.  Made in England

Hotter Mens TOWN SHOE BLACK. Made in England

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Toilet Rolls (Toilet Tissue), Tissues, Wet Wipes, anti-bacterial hand gel, household clothes and Kitchen Towels produced in the UK

I noticed that on the pack of 4 Andrex toilet rolls I bought the other day (in October 2013) it says “Made in the UK and European Union”. It doesn’t say which!  In the past Andrex was always just made in the UK I think*. So, I suggest you buy a brand that is definitely made in the UK. Most still are, but you should check. The Waitrose own brand Essential range of toilet tissue for example is produced in the UK, as are the Tesco Spring Force and Tesco Luxury Soft ranges of toilet tissue in Tesco. Update 28/12/15 – the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissues are now marked “made in EU” – check what you are buying is British made each and every shop, because the supermarkets make changes.

Buy British made toilet tissue. Check the packaging carefully and make sure the tissue you are thinking of buying is made in the UK.

* Andrex (part of Kimberly-Clark) inform me that “all ANDREX toilet tissue are manufactured in the UK, except the Andrex Eco which is manufactured in Switzerland”. Good news then it seems for people who like Andrex toilet roll. The labelling is nevertheless very unclear. The same unclear labelling is used for Andrex wet toilet tissues.

Whereas some Kimberly-Clark products, such as the commercial toilet tissues below, are clearly labeled. The commercial toilet tissue below is also made in the UK.

Kimberly-Clark Scott Brnad Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the Uinited Kingdom. Front View.

Kimberly-Clark Scott brand Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the Uinited Kingdom. Front View. Photograph by author.

Kimberly-Clark Scott Brnad Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the United Kingdom. Rear View.

Kimberly-Clark Scott brand Performance 320 toilet tissue rolls. Made in the United Kingdom. Rear View. Photograph by author.

Also, are your KITCHEN TOWELS made in the UK? The Waitrose Ultra Kitchen Towels I purchased today are but a lot of the kitchen towels on supermarket shelves is not. Please check before buying. Some other Waitrose tissue products are made in the UK, such as the Waitrose Essential Toilet Tissue mentioned above and those items pictured below, but do check carefully before buying – http://www.waitrose.com

Waitrose ultra kitchen towels, white - pack of 2. Made in the UK.

Waitrose ultra kitchen towels, white – pack of 2. Made in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK.

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view.

Waitrose Ultra strong multi purpose cloth. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Front of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Front of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Waitrose essential 50 all purpose cloths. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view.

Essential Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging view. Photograph by author.

John Dale Limited is a privately owned manufacturer of a range of high quality branded and private label baby wipes, wet wipes and facial tissues products in the UK – Anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) wipes, baby wipes, wet wipes, facial cleansing wipes, skincare wipes, self tanning wipes and facial tissues. Their modern UK production facility is in North Wales. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK, but the website does strongly suggest this is the case. Marketed under names such as John Dale, JD Protects, Cherish, Skin Deep, Baby Dream, Mucky Faces, Duet, Soft, Fleur, Viscount and Countess. Available in good supermarkets and chemists, on their website and elsewhere online (for example on eBay) – http://www.johndale.co.uk

John Dale Anti Viral Hand and Body Sanitising Wipes. Kills 99.99% of Bacteria, alcohol free, dermatologically tested, contains added moisturiser. Manufactured in the UK. When no soap and water is available, sanitises hands.

JD Protects Anti Viral Hand and Body Sanitising Wipes by John Dale. Kills 99.99% of Bacteria, alcohol free, dermatologically tested, contains added moisturiser. Manufactured in the UK. When no soap and water is available, sanitises hands and cleans generally.

Deb, founded in 1941produce 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

Deb Stoko Instant Foam Alcohol-based foam hand disinfectant. Made in UK.

Deb Stoko Instant Foam Alcohol-based foam hand disinfectant. Made in UK. Label detail.

Kimo Enterprises Ltd of Ascot, Berkshire make their Big D Travel Wipes in the UK. Strangely they don’t seem to have a website.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK. Rear of packet label view.

Big D Travel Wipes. Made in the UK. Rear of packet label view.

Cuticura anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) hand wipes are made in the UK, as are some (possibly all?) of their other products such as bar soap and the Cuticura Hand Hygiene range. Cuticura is owned by Keyline Brands Limited, which is itself owned by the Indian Godrej Group.

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Cuticura anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) hand wipes. Kills 99.99% of bacteria. Made in the UK. When no soap and water is available, sanitises hands and cleans generally.

Boots antibacterial cleansing handy wipes are made in UK, as are their small pocket tissues.

Boots Cleansing Handy Wipes. Made in UK.

Boots antibacterial cleansing handy wipes. Made in UK. Photo by author.

Boots Soft White pocket tissues, 4 ply tissues. Made in UK.

Boots Soft White pocket tissues, 4 ply tissues. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

You should also buy anti-bacterial hand gel (and soap) that is made in the UK.  For example, and I am sure there are more, Cuticura anti-bacterial hand gel, Enliven hand sanitiser, Bio-D hand sanitiser and Tesco anti-bacterial hand gel.

Enliven Hand Sanitizer Original 500ml. Made in England.

Enliven Hand Sanitizer Original 500ml. Made in England.

Evans Vanodine International was established in 1919 and the company has a factory at Walton Summit, just outside Preston. They manufacture cleaning & hygiene chemicals and have a wide product range. Whether all their products are made in the UK I don’t know, but I have seen their Hands hand sanitiser and it said on the label that it was made in the UK. Check before buying. Products are available through distributors and on sites like ebay and Amazon – http://www.evansvanodine.co.uk

Rose Tissues produce toilet tissue and kitchen towel products in the North West of England. Branded, unbranded & private label. Supplier to wholesale businesses. Possibly all their products are UK made, but do check – http://www.rosetissues.co.uk

Splash Kitchen Towels. Produced in the UK by Rose Tissues.

Splash Kitchen Towels. Produced in the UK by Rose Tissues.

Freedom Paper Converters Ltd are manufacturers and distributor of soft tissue and disposable paper products (kitchen towels and toilet tissue), both own branded and private label. (All?) products are produced in the UK – http://freedompaper.co.uk

Freedom Luxury Kitchen Towel. Produced in the UK.

Freedom Luxury Kitchen Towel. Produced in the UK.  Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Rear view with country of origin detail. Photograph by author.

Best-In kitchen towel. Made for them in the UK. Rear view with country of origin detail. Photograph by author.

Huggies Soft Skin wipes (baby wipes) by Kimberly Clark are made in the UK.  They packets I have seen say “Made in the UK” on the rear – http://www.huggies.co.uk/wipes

Huggies Soft Skin wipes. Made in the UK.

Huggies Soft Skin wipes. Made in the UK.

Some Tesco tissue products are made in the UK, such as the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissue mentioned above (Update 28/12/15 – the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissues are now marked “made in EU” – check what you are buying is British made each and every shop, because the supermarkets make changes) and those in the pictures below, but do check carefully before buying. Tesco products are clearly marked with country of origin and often country of origin information is given for products on their website too – http://www.tesco.com

Tesco Everyday Value tissues. Made in the UK.

Tesco Everyday Value tissues. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Teco Luxury Soft Spring Frrsh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Front view.

Tesco Luxury Soft Spring Fresh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Teco Luxury Soft Spring Frrsh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Rear view.

Tesco Luxury Soft Spring Fresh wet toilet tissue. Produced in the UK. Rear view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Kitchen Towel. Made in the UK.

Tesco Kitchen Towel. Made in the UK. Photographed by author in Tesco Flitwick 15 January 2016.

Ora Kitchen Towel, Mighty Giant Kitchen Towel, Tesco Ultra Absorbant Kitchen Towel - all made in the UK. On display in Tesco Flitwick 15 January 2016.

Ora Kitchen Towel, Mighty Giant Kitchen Towel, Tesco Ultra Absorbant Kitchen Towel – all made in the UK. On display in Tesco Flitwick 15 January 2016. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Front of packaging view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Front of packaging view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value toilet tissue, 6 rolls, produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Luxury Soft Wite toilet tissue, 9 rolls. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Kids flushable toilet tissue wipes. Made in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Kids flushable toilet tissue wipes. Made in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Co-op own brand Soft White Bathroom Tissue is made in the UK – http://www.co-operative.coop

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Co-op Soft White Bathroom Tissue. Made in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Ora kitchen towels are made in the UK. On their website it says in response to the FAQ “Where are Ora kitchen towels made?”, “Ora is proudly made in Britain, right from the early design stage all the way through to manufacture!” – http://www.ora-home.com

Ora kitchen towels, with their inovative cone design, round shape and compactness, are made in Britain. They even double up as coffee filter papers and snack holders and can be grabbed with one hand with no need to tear off.

Ora kitchen towels, with their inovative cone design, round shape and compactness, are made in Britain. They even double up as coffee filter papers and snack holders and can be grabbed with one hand with no need to tear off. Photograph by author.

Accrol Papers Ltd, established in 1993, make branded and private label tissue paper products – toilet tissue, kitchen towels, facial tissues. They have a factory in Lancashire. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK, so do check. Their Mighty Giant multi purpose wipers pictured above are made in the UK – http://www.accrol.co.uk

British Made Shoes and Boots: 100+ footwear brands still made in Britain – UK Made Shoes

The words "Made in England" on the sole of a Hotter VICTOR MEN'S GORE-TEX BOOT. Photograph by author.

The words “Made in England” on the sole of a Hotter VICTOR MEN’S GORE-TEX BOOT. Photograph by author.

British made footwear is still the best quality in the world. There are still plenty of British footwear makers. You can still buy British made shoes – why not do so and keep the industry alive. Here are well over 100 quality UK footwear brands still manufacturing in the UK (in no particular order):

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Companies that unfairly trade on their so called Britishness

Companies that unfairly trade on their so called Britishness. In other words, companies who actively market their British Heritage but actually manufacture abroad.

There’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in a way that misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK.

Lonsdale London (boxing) clothing is all foreign made, despite the name and the prevalence of little Union Flags on their products.

Christy Towels emphasise their long British heritage on their website and somehow give the impression of the towels being British made, whereas in fact this Indian owned company now makes all its towels in Gujarat, India having moved its operations there in 2010.

Clarks and Start-rite were both made in the UK, but sadly not anymore. Judging by some of the comments I have had, people think these shoes are still made in the UK when this is not the case.  Neither company has gone out of its way to tell customers that their shoes are now foreign made and are more than happy to mis-lead their customers. Start-rite ceased production in the UK in 2003. Clarks ceased production in the UK in 2005.

Boden (clothing) emphasise their “great British style” and somehow give the impression of their items being made in the UK, whereas everything Boden sell is actually foreign made.

Some Charles Tyrwhitt formal shoes are made in England. Regrettably all the other products (shirts, etc.) they sell are foreign made; this despite them using the name Charles Tyrwhitt Jermyn Street London, having a store in Jermyn Street, talking on their website about their British charm and about how Jermyn Street is famous for its craftsmen making shirts.

Hotpoint was a British manufacturer of domestic domestic appliances (white goods).  It is now owned by Italian company Indesit who have since closed down most Hotpoint UK factories. Hotpoint products are now generally imported, but I understand that some tumble dyers are still made in the UK. I asked Hotpoint / Indesit about this and they were less than forthcoming about where their products are made, but did confirm that some production still takes place in the UK and in Europe. They also stated that they are unable (read unwilling) to tell their customers where a particular product is made. There is a separate Hotpoint company in the USA making similar products but independent from Hotpoint in Europe and these products are not made in the UK.

An old Hotpoint made in Great Britain refrigerator, still in full working order in August 2013. Sadly Hotpoint do not manufacture in the UK anymore.

An old Hotpoint made in Great Britain refrigerator, still in full working order in August 2013. Sadly Hotpoint do not manufacture many of their products in the UK anymore. Photo by author.

Hoover (vacuum cleaners) is another company who have closed all their UK factories.

Dyson now make all their products abroad too.

Anglepoise (formerly Herbert Terry) used to strike me as a very British brand and they used to manufacture everything in the UK, but sadly no more. Anglepoise now only make the Giant 1227 lamp in the UK. All their other lights are made in China under license. Interestingly new Anglepoise lamps are very expensive to buy, whereas you might expect otherwise now that Anglepoise are cheaply made in China.

An old Anglepoise desk lamp, still in full working order in August 2013. Made in England. Sadly Anglepoise desk lamps are now made in China.

An old Anglepoise desk lamp, still in full working order in August 2013. Made in England. Sadly Anglepoise desk lamps are now made in China. Photo by author.

Price’s Patent Candle Company – Is a company I assumed still made their candles in the UK, however all their products are now foreign made. In 2001 Price’s Patent Candle Company filed for administration. An Italian company, Cereria Sgarbi Sp.A., bought the company before, in turn, being bought two years later by SER Wax Industry in the summer of 2003. Production was subsequently moved to Italy. In fairness to Price’s they, unlike many companies, do not attempt to circumvent telling people their products are now Italian made.

Whittard of Chelsea stress their British heritage but as far as I can tell all their teas are packed in Germany.  Some of their products do not state the country of origin.  They do though sell some British made tea pots and the like in their shops.

Lyle & Scott stress their British (Scottish) heritage, but nearly all their clothing is made abroad in countries such as Romania and Turkey, even their jumpers. Lyle and Scott in fact have two ranges at the moment all made in the UK (Scotland). These are the 140 range celebrating 140 years, and the 1960 range. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue, and they bring all their production back to these shores.

Hunter Boots (Hunter Wellies) are another company deceiving the public who naturally assume they are made in the UK (in Scotland). After all they are an iconic bit of British kit with a long British heritage. Not so. Although at least Hunter, unlike many brands, have the decency to admit making their wellies abroad on the website (unlike many others!). Anyway, Hunter boots (Hunter wellies, Hunter wellingtons) are not made in the UK.

As one of the best known stationery brands in the UK, the long established Basildon Bond stress their so called Britishness, but in fact their writing paper and envelopes are now “made in the EU”.  In other words their products are NOT made in the UK anymore.  Basildon Bond are now part of Hamelin Brands Limited.

Richardson Sheffield is a major supplier of kitchen knives and scissors to the UK market. It is owned by the Dutch Amefa group. Their knives used to be made in England (I have a set of Richardson kitchen knives that were made in England) but production is now in the Far East. The company retains ‘Sheffield’ in its name which is an outright deception of British consumers and should not be allowed.

Mason Cash – These were top quality bowls made in England; sadly now they are made abroad :-( – I asked the company and they responded as follows “Many thanks for your enquiry; please be advise that none of the Mason Cash range are made in the UK.”

Cornishware by T.G.Green and Co. is no longer made in the UK, since 2007 when the factory closed after its original parent company went into administration. Whilst you might expect pottery with the name Cornishware to be made in the UK, it is in fact now made abroad.  The new owners have been careful to avoid mentioning this on their website, although they were  very helpful when I asked.

Jack Wills Fabulously British Chinese – In fairness Jack Wills do sell a few things that are made in Britain, but not very many. They do for example sell a limited range of British made shoes made for them by NPS. Most of their products appear to be made in China though. Jack Wills actually have the audaciousness to say on their website “Britishness anchors all that we do”.

Barbour – I think there is an assumption among consumers that everything Barbour sell is made in England. Not so. Only their classic waxed jackets are made in England (and a few hats and scarves are made in Scotland). Everything else is made abroad. Even some wax jackets are now made abroad. If there is no made in England label on a Barbour, then it is foreign made.

Belstaff are worse though.  Belstaff talk about their proud British heritage, but non of their products are made in England anymore.  They do however state the origin of their products on their website (most are made in Italy).

Marks and Spencer – In 1999, Marks & Spencer became the last major high-street retailer to transfer its production overseas, despite sustained pressure from the government to stay in Britain. The company buys 70% to 80% of its clothes from factories in three key “hubs”: Turkey, China, and a hub that includes India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Is it just a coincidence that since M&S moved their manufacturing abroad UK manufacturing has been in decline and M&S themselves have been struggling to survive? I think not! Interestingly autumn/winter 2012 saw the introduction of a small collection of items 100% designed and made in Great Britain, at M&S. See – http://social.marksandspencer.com/fashion-2/made-in-england-menswear/ and autumn 2013 saw the introduction of their Best of British Collection.  Interesting moves from Marks and Spencer, a company that was almost single handedly responsible for the demise of British clothing manufacture.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK. Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK. Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

Marks and Spencer food halls still have lots of great British made foods to choose from.

I was looking at gifts in M&S last Thursday (22.11.12) – lots of Chinese tat but I did find these great made in England mugs and the wrapping paper I got in there was made in the UK 🙂

Made in England mug from M&S 22.11.12

Burberry – Burberry do still make their raincoats in the UK (they have 2 factories still in the UK in Castleford where it makes raincoats and a smaller one at Keighley) but Burberry has been shedding British jobs and closing British factories of late. Most of its clothes are made abroad. This article is interesting – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/16/burberry-china-british-carole-cadwalladr

The Body Shop – Body Shop products were always made or packaged in the UK but lately many of their products seem to be made abroad. Check what you are buying is made in the UK. That said many Body Shop products are still made in the UK.  Check the packaging and only buy British made Body Shop products.

Souvenir Shops – Pretty much any souvenir shop in the UK sells tat that is made in China. Now if you go to say Poland and buy a souvenir fridge magnet it will be made in Poland. In the UK it will almost certainly be made in China! When you travel you should buy locally made gifts I think and I would encourage tourists in the UK to do the same. My personal pet hate is anything with a Union Flag on it or anything celebrating events like the Queen’s Golden Jubilee that is made abroad. If it has a Union Flag on it, then it ought to be made in Britain! If it has a picture of the Queen, then it should be made in Britain or the Commonwealth! If you are buying such products, please check they are British made.

WHSmith have a long British heritage but everything I have seen recently in WHS has been expensive and made abroad (even some of their books!).  WHSmith now no longer label their own brand products with their country of origin which means they are are NOT made in the UK anymore.

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.  If their products do not say made in the UK on them we can assume they are made abroad. Some Boots own label products, such as some Boots moisturisers, Boots suntan cream which is made in the UK and their Botanics range some of which is made in the UK, are still labelled with the country of origin and they sell other UK made products such as Rimmel London too some of whose products are UK made.  When shopping in Boots check the packaging and only buy British made products. Boots themselves are now an American owned company.

Boots essentials moisturising cream cucumber 100ml. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Boots essentials moisturising cream cucumber 100ml. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Boots essentials moisturising cream cucumber 100ml. Made in the UK. Photograph by author. Bottom of tub label view.

Boots essentials moisturising cream cucumber 100ml. Made in the UK. Photograph by author. Bottom of tub label view.

Alan Paine have now closed the last of their UK factories. On their website they talk about their proud heritage supplying knitwear to Edward VIII, making sweaters during the war for the navy and being worn by George Mallory. No-where do they mention the factory closures and subsequent impact on people’s lives or the fact that all their clothing is now made abroad. Although some Alan Paine knit fabrics come from Z Hinchcliffe and Sons in Yorkshire, Alan Paine knitwear is made abroad, in places such as Madagascar.

Heinz HP Sauce is made in the Netherlands! Don’t think they should be allowed to call it British or for that matter to have the Houses of Parliament on the bottle.

Start-Rite children’s shoes bang on about their British heritage on their website, but since 2003 they have outsourced all their manufacturing to companies in India.

D.C. Thomson and Co annuals have discontinued great comics like the Topper and the Sparky and the only comic books they now sell, the Beano and the Dandy, are now printed in Italy.

Double Two shirts no longer manufactured in the UK. To quote from the companies website:

“In more recent years, production in the UK has become extremely expensive and the Group has gradually moved its production offshore and now manufactures throughout the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. Only repairs and alterations are now done at Wakefield, although some garments also have embroidered logos added there.”

At least Double two are honest and open about where they make their shirts on their website, unlike many heritage brands and all credit to them for that.

Wilkinson Sword were a British company, but they no longer make swords and their razors are now made abroad. You can find a brief history of the company here in my article about razors.

Aspinal of London – Despite the name, Aspinal of London products are nearly all foreign made. On their Facebook page they say “Aspinal of London’s covetable contemporary classics are all handcrafted in the finest factories in Europe. Some families of bags and all of the brands stationery and notebooks are made entirely in England, some with English hardware, leather and fabric linings.” Their diaries for example are made in England but most products are foreign made.

Radley London – Again, despite the name, Radley London purses and bags are foreign made.

Links of London jewellery – made in Thailand, despite the name!

Beatrix Potter products  – the books (sold by Penguin under the name of Frederick Warne and Co.) are now printed outside of the UK – the pottery by Wedgwood is now made outside the UK – Penguin are spoiling the name of Beatrix Potter’s creation Peter Rabbit by having everything associated with it made abroad. I suspect Beatrix Potter would not approve.