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Across the capital, these businesses bring personality to our high streets and choice to our online life but many have struggled through lockdown.
Whether you’re treating yourself (go on!) or someone else support the local independent beauty brands that are so essential to capital life and London style.
Consider this this your ultimate guide to shopping all things beauty – and enjoy.
This curated edit of consciously minded beauty ranges makes eco-minded shopping simple. With sections dedicated to your ethos - whether vegan, organic or plastic-free - and a try-before-you-buy option it is impossible to go wrong. Stock up on everything from essentials such as the Ginger Green Company’s set of 10 facial rounds that can be thrown in the laundry and reused to indulgent treats to lace the bath with.
Renowned for its skilled doctors, nurses and aesthetic practitioners this London clinic offers everything from non-invasive facials to injectables and cellulite-smoothing Velashape, allowing for a complete roster of facial and body treatments should you want it. Their pro-approved selection of skincare is a must to browse with brands such as Skinceuticals, IS Clinical and Obagi.
Fable & Mane
Set up by two siblings who wanted to share the age-old tradition of Indian hair oil massage, this beautiful range is formulated with with potent Ayurvedic herbs. The nourishing Holiroots Hair Oil, £29 can be massaged onto the scalp and through the lengths of hair and left in for an hour or better yet, the day.
The destination boutique where in-the-know Londoners can indulge their senses, the flagship store in the Royal Arcade, Old Bond Street is a quiet, scented haven. The choice of unusual blends using rare ingredients ensures that no one else will be wearing your signature scent. If you can’t visit in person – whether due to lockdowns or logistics - the Discovery Set, £42 is full of temptations.
Championing a gentle but effective take on mouthwash, Waken is alcohol-free, vegan-friendly and recyclable thanks to the aluminum packaging. Blended with natural mint and other botanicals like eucalyptus, the formulations gently refresh and care for your whole mouth.
These candles look good, smell good and do good too with 10 per cent from every candle sold going to charity. The evocative scents are married with quirky illustrations so once you’ve enjoyed the candle you can keep and reuse the jar to store pencils, trinkets or even an Instagram-worth cactus plant. Reading Books is a favourite conjuring the moment when you order a coffee and croissant in a café and open your book to enjoy a chapter or two – the stuff lockdown dreams are made of.
How many times have you only used one or two shades in a make-up palette? Probably too many to remember which is why this bespoke service is so brilliant. You can pick your own palette, choosing from a collection of fifty high-pigment shades, and finish customising the compact itself.
Cosmetics a la Carte
Not only does this beauty brand have a great in-house range, but the stand-out bespoke service allows you to mix your own shade of foundation, concealer, blush or lipstick. Perfect if you can never find the right tone of foundation or are still on the search of a lifetime: the perfect orange-red lip.
The French Pharmacy
When in Paris, beauty editors head straight for the local pharmacy to stock up on little-know essentials. This Parisian outpost in Marylebone delivers all those beloved French favourites such as brilliant haircare from Klorane, La Roche-Posay skincare and Nuxe, which has particularly lovely body treatments.
Jacqueline Kusamotu and Abi Lawrence-Adesida created Candour Beauty to offer a curated selection of the best and most sought after beauty products created by and for black women and women of colour. Everything has been stringently tried and tested by Jacqueline and Abi who champion some of the best black-owned brands such as Black Girl Sunscreen, Epara Skincare, The Afro Hair & Skin Co as well as their edits of brand ranges such a Dr Barbara Sturm and Olaplex.