Thistle & Clay

Handmade organic skincare. Environmentally conscious family business.

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Thistle and Clay is an environmentally conscious family business based in Aboyne, Royal Deeside, specialising in hand made organic soap, shampoo and conditioner bars and skincare.

All our products are made locally and our ingredients carefully sourced to ensure their quality.

All our packaging is compostable, biodegradable or recyclable and completely plastic free.

My business was born out of a desire to address the effect on us and the planet, of plastic packaging and synthetic products.

I have 3 young children and have always used natural products on their skin, and so my love of all things “skincare” led to me develop my own range which ticks all my ideals and meets my own high standards and expectations.

Who We Are…

We are a family business and our own manufacturers. We don’t buy the soap base elsewhere just to add our own scent, unlike the majority of soap retailers. By taking ownership of the research, development and production process we ensure the highest quality product at each step of the soap making process. By producing our natural soap in small batches we ensure product quality and freshness.

What We Make…

We design unique traditional Cold Process handmade soaps, using the finest, ethically and environmentally sourced natural raw ingredients. All our recipes are naturally influenced using Organic and sustainably sourced skin loving oils, purifying clays, botanicals, mineral pigments and scented with the purest of essential oils.

Soap Bars are high in skin loving minerals and antioxidants, as well as botanicals to promote clean, healthy, supple skin and are available in different formulations depending on skin type.

Exfoliating Clay Facewash is made in the shape of tiny hearts, and has a gentle coconut foaming agent to lightly exfoliate and draw out impurities and remove everyday dirt and excess oil.

Moisture Balm is a facial moisturiser to regenerate and revitalise your skin and is available in four different formulations depending on your skin type.

Nourishing Cleansing Melt is a facial cleansing balm that removes dirt and makeup effortlessly, which can also be used as a moisturiser for sensitive skin.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are plastic free, for clean, smooth, shiny, detangled locks. Scents match, and also complement our skincare range, and are available in different formulations depending on your hair type.

Make Up includes a range of foundation, bronzer, blush and highlighter in a variety of different shades to suit your skin tone.

Wholesale Opportunities…

We welcome enquiries from businesses interested in stocking our products in their store. Please contact us here

Collaboration Opportunities…

We invite you to contact us to discuss this with you! Please let us know more about you and your audience and we will let you know if we think there is a good fit.

Zero Waste Coffee House…

We would love you to visit us at our coffee house and shop in Ballater.

We serve breakfast, lunch, cakes and bakes including a range of vegan friendly options too. We use the finest organic coffee, ethically sourced and freshly roasted by Dear Green Coffee Roasters in Glasgow.

Our zero waste arrangement means that the coffee beans arrive in large bags which are emptied into vacuum sealed drums and the bags are returned and refilled.

We do not offer takeaway paper cups but we do offer “sit in”… “bring your own cup”… or “borrow and return” one of ours when you are finished. Our favourite options are the first two because that means that we get to hang out with you.

Come by! We are open every day 10am – 5pm

Beautiful skin begins with exceptional skincare


Q What are your opening hours?

Although we are open most days, we do not have set opening hours and so you are best to call first to be sure we are open if you are travelling especially to see us. We would hate to disappoint you.

Q Do you test on animals?

The short answer is no! It is illegal in the UK and Europe to test finished products on animals and we don't do it. We have also not registered our products for sale in mainland China, as animal testing is required by local authorities.

Q Are your products certified organic?

Not at the moment, but our products are formulated in line with recognised organic standards and we are working towards certifying them. Our small manufacturing unit is still relatively new and a lot of paperwork and tracking is required for certification, which we are putting in place.

Q Can I return a product even if I have tried it?

We offer all customers a no quibble return if you are not happy with your order for any reason. Please contact us at and let us know your order number and the reason. We will send you out a returns form to send back with your order.

Q Are your products safe during pregnancy?

We have formulated our products to be as safe to use during pregnancy as possible. However, some of our products do contain essentials oils or fragrance allergens coming from our 100% natural fragrance blends, most of them in infinitely small quantity. Please let us know which product you are interested in and we will provide the exact breakdown of allergens contained in the formula so that you can check with your physician/doctor if you are concerned.

3 Reviews for Thistle & Clay

C.Russell42 1 Reviews
I cant recommend these products highly enough!

I can’t recommend Thistle and Clay highly enough! I struggled for years with sore hands and an itchy scalp until I switched to their products. Steroid cream didn’t work but their products did within days! I now refuse to use anything else. The soaps smell lovely and also look nice at the sink, whilst the shampoo and conditioner bars are like a miracle product. I also use their nourishing cleansing melt to take of my makeup, which is a great product and lasts for absolutely ages. Their makeup products are also fantastic! I could go on and on about each individual product that I use but I would be here all day. Suffice to say they are all excellent and you should try them!

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B.Redmond74 1 Reviews
Their products are so gentle on my skin

I have been using the deodorant, shampoo bars and soaps from the beginning and I love them! My hair feels soft and looks shiny 🙂 my youngest has trouble finding a soap he didn’t react with but the oat and honey one is great! I find the deodorant works brilliantly, I find it gentle on my skin but effective- what’s not to love.

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C.Padgham92 1 Reviews
Love this place!

I went to see my friends at Thistle and Clay today. It’s a happy place full of laughter. Can’t remember when I last had such a good giggle! Amazing soap too, obviously

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