News – ThistleandClay


New zero waste beauty shop set for Aboyne
20 November 2019

Local entrepreneur Mairi MacDonald, is looking to take her already popular online beauty store ‘
Thistle & Clay up another level and will be offering her beautiful handmade, planet-friendly soap, shampoo, skincare and other beauty products from her very own bricks-and-mortar shop, right in the heart of Royal Deeside.

When her mission to ditch the plastic and find some effective ‘nasty free’ skincare products for her family - that were also environmentally-friendly - failed, the mum-of three took tomaking her own beauty products, made from organically sourced ingredients. And thus, realising she was not alone in her quest, the concept for Thistle & Clay was born back in April this year.

After that, with the development of her product line, the creation of her online store, and her attendance at various local farmers markets, Mairi has seen Thistle & Clay grow from strength to strength, already achieving quite a significantfollowing over the last eight months.

The opening of ‘Thistle & Clay’ in Royal Deeside spells great news for eco-conscious consumers, both locals and tourists alike. All the beauty products are packaged in compostable, recyclable or re-usable materials, and are plastic-free. The vision for the retail store is that customers will also be able to bring their own containers or bottles to be refilled, as needed.

Mairi has great plans for the new premises, which will include a manufacturing/kitchen area, a retail area, as well as a social /community space, - where she plans to run various workshops for people who are interested in making their own signature soaps or perfumes.

This is a really exciting step for me! The new shop will, not only, enable me to increase my productivity, but will also help bring me closer to my customers. I aim to create a relaxing and welcoming environment for them to come in and browse,to have a chat and test some of the products.

When not in use, Mairi is also planning to offer up the social/community section for hire, to other small like-minded businesses or organisations that may not have a premises of their own - in a similar vein to that of Banchory’s community café ‘Number 1’ in Scott Skinner Square.

Regarding the shop’s renovation and forthcoming opening, Mairi adds “I am seeking to extend Thistle & Clay’s brand ethos of ‘sustainability’ by using reclaimed, recycled or sustainable materials wherever possible. It’s going to take some time, but we are raring to go and are aiming to be open at the start of December, just in time for Christmas shopping!”

Until then, for more information on Thistle & Clay’s fantastic products, or to buy online, please


High res images available on request. 


Thistle and Clay was born from a realisation of the impact plastic packaging and synthetic products were having on ourselves and (more importantly) our planet. From this came a burning desire to ‘do something’ rather than watching helplessly.

We strive to provide the highest quality, most effective products using planet friendly ingredients whilst reducing everyone’s plastic consumption, encouraging the reuse and refilling of existing containers.

At Thistle & Clay, buying certified organic ingredients ensures we are working with farms that work with nature through environmentally sustainable land management.

Our Aboyne zero-waste shop, opening soon, will stock a range of plastic-free beauty products, base formulations and raw ingredients, all in refillable, repurposed bottles and jars, to tailor your organic beauty and skincare to your preferences.

The shop embraces our zero waste ethos with its furniture, flooring and signage repurposed wherever possible and given a new lease of life.

Thistle & Clay are also able to offer wholesale opportunitiesfor retailers, with Balmoral Castle already on board. Please contact Mairi for more information.



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Eilidh Connolly E: M:07944218627

Thistle & Clay:

Mairi MacDonald E: M:07786121595