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Gift boxes aren’t new, but have you ever thought about the brands behind each product and what they stand for. Our aim at Banilla Box is to introduce you to local businesses and tell you why they are so great at what they do.
Below are some of the amazing companies we work with and a little more about them.

Founded by Todd Whiteford and Courtney Brennan, The Good Coffee Cartel was built with a purpose: to cut new trails in the speciality coffee industry, with an environmental conscience and the intention to always do GOOD things.

Since they started in 2017, The Good Coffee Cartel have been at the forefront of zero-waste coffee packaging. Wholesale customers receive coffee in reusable pails while retail customers receive coffee in reusable (refillable!) tins. When these tins reach the end of their life they can be recycled infinitely.  In Scotland, they were also the first coffee shop to pioneer a reusable cup-exchange system.

When it comes to sourcing their coffee, they only partner up with green bean suppliers who actively put in place processes at origin to ensure sustainability for the farmer.

The Company was founded in 2017. This followed from their first ever chocolate making course, taught by World Chocolate Master, Ruth Hinks. After their first chocolate course, they were hooked on making, and all things chocolate. 

The Company has been awarded 5 stars by VisitScotland, as a tourist visitor attraction, the only chocolatier in Scotland to have this prestigious award.
LuxLife Magazine has awarded the Company, Best Emerging Artisan Chocolatier 2019. In the end though, the goal is simple. The more people enjoy who their chocolates, the happier they will be.

At the age of 20, founder Jared realised he had been missing out on yummy Hot Chocolate his whole life, he grew up with allergies and having searched high and low for quality, all natural vegan hot chocolate he couldn’t find any. So he decided to make his own using only high quality, all natural ingredients. Little did he know that there were many others that were craving it too.

Based in Glasgow, crafting creamy, indulgent, vegan, unrefined, organic, homemade, all natural ingredient packed hot chocolate is their thing.

Launching in 2020 they sold over 100 pouches in one week without any marketing budget and they are excited to see where it takes them.

Gillian Kyle started in 2009 just after Gilliam herself graduated from Glasgow School of Art and is proud to have created a unique Scottish gift company, dedicated to celebrating all things Scottish (with a wee touch of humour).  

From humble beginnings drawing and screen-printing at her kitchen table, things at Gillian Kyle have gone from strength to strength and they now sell globally, shipping all over the world.

Gillian Kyle have a diverse and growing product range including Scottish tea towels, mugs, baby clothes,  t-shirts, suitcases and tote bags (to name a few).

Glasgow Soap Company was founded by Aromatherapist Ashley in 2015 and became a family business when their son Finbar was born in 2018 and Sean left his career in dentistry to allow them to grow the business together and spend more time as a family.

The company handmake all of their products in small batches in their studio in Glasgow Scotland and have been featured in the Glasgow Herald, No1 Magazine and the Evening Times and work closely with Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity

All of their ingredients are sustainable sourced, cruelty free and locally sourced where possible. A lot of them are also Vegan and all are suitable for Vegetarians.

In 2018, after years of making cold processed soap with traditional ingredients, Dook added Himalayan salt to their recipe and realised we had something special on their hands.

Dook is a small, artisanal company based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  They make salt soap in small batches using organic ingredients, essential oils and natural colours.  Each batch is mixed and poured by hand resulting in distinctive, high-quality hand and body soap.

At The Scottish Fine Soaps Company, they blend gorgeous ingredients with contemporary Scottish style to create bath and beauty collections that will make you look, feel and smell fantastic.

A family owned business of 4 generations and manufacture 99.5% of their products from their site in central Scotland.

Since Scottish Fine Soaps was founded 45 years ago, they’ve been searching Scotland and the world for inspirational ingredients with unique fragrances and beauty benefits.

eteaket was started in 2008 when ex-lawyer, Erica Moore, had a moment of clarity and realised she wanted to do something more fulfilling with her life.

It was founded on a belief that we were all born to chase our dreams and find our passion. Erica had a passion for the power of proper leaf tea to make the everyday better through allowing people to connect and create moments. Believing that life’s all about recognising and appreciating those brief moments of joy and happiness. In every part of the world, tea has the ability to create a gentle yet vibrant atmosphere that brings people together and inspires them to live their best life seeking health and happiness.

Established in 1971 by Nigel Hesketh, Galloway Lodge Preserves has grown into one of the most popular and successful producers of high quality marmalade, jams, chutney, jelly and mustard in Scotland. 

Now run by Fiona Hesketh with help from her two sons Sholto and Ruaridh. A true family business that is obsessed with the quality of their product and ensuring that each jar that they produce is as good as the last. Only the finest ingredients are used and cooked in small batches using traditional methods – this guarantees a quality product with an authentic taste.

An independent, family-owned company with 60 years of beekeeping traditions. All of their honey is being sourced in the sustainable and responsible way, both from their own apiaries in Scotland and their family’s in Poland.

They specialize in rare, high-quality raw honey , that is hand-packed with recycled materials only and it is 100% plastic free. Their beekeeping tradition started with their grandfather Stan over 60 years ago back in Poland and are committed to living up to his ideas and their goal is to minimize their impact on the environment, 

At Blackthorn, they understand that Salt is the single most transformative ingredient of all time. Clean and unrefined, the taste of their Salt is everything a discerning palate requires – sweet, with a mouth-watering tang.

They use 100% west coast sea water and nothing else. There are no illusions: no adding, no seeding, no bleaching, just pure Scottish sea salt. When you taste Blackthorn Salt you taste nature – the sea, the winds and the thorns.

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