Edinburgh is famous for a reason. It Is one of the oldest cities in Europe, steeped in history with Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse, Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Mile and Carlton Hill. If you’re searching for brands local to Edinburgh which aren’t just known for tartan and shortbread, look no further! Here at YouK, we’ve compiled a list of the brands designing & making their products in the Scottish capital.
Bon Accord Drinks
Established in 1903, Bon Accord is a family business with strong Scottish roots. Their iconic, home-delivered soft drinks and cordials came in iconic glass bottles that were a familiar sight on doorsteps for generations. Today, Bon Accord offers five refreshing soft drinks, including tonic and cloudy lemonade; they can be drunk individually or used as tasty mixers. 100% naturally sweetened for guilt-free sipping!
A third-generation family company established as a butcher’s shop in Edinburgh in the 1950s, Macsween Haggis is passionate about making great-tasting traditional Scottish foods; mainly a huge range of haggis. Macsween prioritises environmental sustainability and recognises the importance of its people and place within the community.
The inspiration for Pekoe Tea came to Jon Cooper whilst he was a student in Glasgow, spending his free time drinking tea in local teahouses. PekoeTea first opened in 2010 in Leven Street, Edinburgh, as a concept store for experimentation in tea retail and serving. The teahouse now stocks over 100 high-quality loose-leaf teas and infusions from around the world.
Real Food Source
Based in East Lothian, Real Food Source discovers the best foods from around the world and sell them for the best possible prices. The health-conscious brand also creates unique, highly nutritious and convenient food products from the same real food ingredients that they source and sell. It’s a win, win for nutritious, organically and minimally processed food.
Rebel Roots creates hair oils for afro and natural hair, made with 100% natural ingredients. The company was created by Bonita (from Tanzania) and Angie (From Namibia) who grew up together in South Africa and eventually, moved to Edinburgh together. The idea stems from their struggles of finding good products for their hair and Rebel Roots recognises that one product does not work for everyone. Rebel Roots wants everyone to be proud of their hair and have confidence in its health.
Nuts about oats and passionate about porridge, Stoats bake porridge, oat bars and healthy snacks in their Edinburgh bakery. All Stoats products are still handmade, with dedicated bakers combining wholesome, natural ingredients with many years of experience to create delicious goodies. Stoats have a green mindset; they use British butter, no palm oil and recycle 94% of their waste, aiming to have fully recyclable or compostable packaging for all products by the end of 2019.
Edinburgh Natural Skincare
From their dedicated Studio Labs in East Lothian, Edinburgh Natural Skincare makes skincare to suit all skin types. Their range includes over 40 products, all made in a dedicated Studio Labs in East Lothian. All products are 100% natural and will look after you from top to toe.
Every JustBe product is lovingly handmade in Scotland using purely natural ingredients with the sole purpose of making the user feel consciously alive. Their range for the face, body and home aim to restore your emotional balance and enhance your a sense of wellbeing. JustBe’s core values are authenticity, passion and positive intent.
Genius are renowned for their gluten-free bread that tastes every bit as good as a traditional loaf. The Edinburgh brand has three simple rules: great taste, great quality and gluten-free. Today Genius creates everything from pies to Pain au Chocolat, all from its Edinburgh home.
Aster & Bay
Erin Hammond founded Aster & Bay, a plant-based care brand, in 2012. What began as an experimental project is now an international company, run from an old biscuit factory in Edinburgh. Aster & Bay believes in whole plant ingredients, minimalism, and craft; they source local herbs from the Highlands or sea salt from the British coastline for their range of beautiful products for the face and body.
It is important to remember the impact of buying locally made goods on our community. It helps local economies to flourish, supports job creation for locals who are able to retain and develop skills. Buying local also reduces your environmental footprint as goods travel less far to reach you. So when you’re shopping online or in your local high street, check YouK to see where the goods are made. You never know, it might just be in Edinburgh!