Edwina Ings-Chambers: ‘I’m loving these bonny brands’

They’re all made in – or inspired by – Scotland

I like to think of this week’s column as a bit of an ode to a Scottish urn – or, more accurately, a pot and some pump dispensers. It’s not that I’m setting off on a Prince William-style charm offensive up north – though, of course, if called on to do so by my industry (and country) I’m very happy to book a train ticket. Just say the word.

Scottish beauty brands
Photograph: Pixeleyes

But there is a nod to Scotland in beauty at the moment. Firstly, there’s Ishga, an organic seaweed brand based in the Hebrides and enjoying a pop-up residency at The Bamford Wellness Spa at London’s Berkeley hotel. I experienced their Immune Boosting Ritual (£160 for 90 minutes, the-berkeley.co.uk) and it was excellent. It deployed one of my favourite products of theirs – the Hebridean Sea Salt Scrub (£16) which uses local sea salts blended with jojoba, thistle and almond oils. Also great is its Hydrating Hand Cream (£28, both uk.ishga.com) with seaweed extract, argan oil and aloe vera, which isn’t greasy and lives up to its name.

New on the scene from Chanel’s haute fragrance line Les Exclusifs is Paris-Edimbourg (£112, chanel.com). Inspired by Coco Chanel’s life, this takes us to the 1920s and the Scottish Highlands where she enjoyed holidaying when dating the 2nd Duke of Westminster. It’s a lightly smoky yet crisp mix of bergamot, juniper, and cypress – understatedly sexy.

On the fragrance front there’s also Kingdom Scotland, Scotland’s first official fragrance house. It has four fragrances, the latest of which is Kingdom Botanica (£120, kingdomscotland.com). It has been created to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and, as they put it, is ‘inspired by the adventurous Scottish plant hunters of the past, present and future’. The ethically sourced ingredients, from spice plum blossoms to jasmine and lily, have a global feel. But there are also more home-grown elements including pine needle and blackcurrant stem as well as wild herbaceous vegetation. The result is green, floral and sumptuous.

Seilich produces very lovely cleansers and moisturising lotions, with the majority of its sustainably harvested ingredients grown in its wildflower meadows in the Lothians. Availability depends on harvest so sign up for the next drop if anything is out of stock; these are all produced with dedication and soul. Try Mint & Chamomile Gel Cleanser (£16), the Rose & Mallow Moisturising Lotion (£38) and Rose & Mallow Face Mist (£20, all seilich.co.uk).

Lastly, try Scottish Fine Soaps and its Oatmeal or Heather soaps in a tin (both £6.50, scottishfinesoaps.com) – a little bit of luxury all the way from its factory near the Ochil Hills.

Clean face, clear conscience

I feel ever more guilty whenever I use a cotton pad. Though there are plenty of reusable options, I’m currently plumping for this new set from The Body Shop. The Clean Conscience Reusable Make-up Remover Pads (£10, thebodyshop.com) are made from bamboo and organic cotton and come in a pack of seven, labelled with the days of the week. They are machine washable and come in a mini laundry bag so that you can pop them in the washing machine without having to peel them off the side of the drum when the cycle finishes.

ByTerry Balm

A balm for my dry lips

Fans of the By Terry tinted Baume de Rose lip balms may be disappointed to learn that they’ve been discontinued (the classic balm lives on). But I’m a big fan of their new lip launch – though not like the balm exactly, it may provide a good alternative. The Hyaluronic Hydra Balm (£29, spacenk.com) really is the bee’s knees and great for my always-dry lips. Packed with hyaluronic acid, this is a very hydrating and lightweight balm with a light sheen finish. It comes in six shades, from a Sexy Nude light toffee (my favourite, right) to reds. It’s also vegan.