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  • Behind Our Brands - Q&A with Tanaka

    January 06 2021 – Mercantile London

    Behind Our Brands - Q&A with Tanaka

      Here at Mercantile London, we are fortunate to work with some amazing small brands, designers, and craftspeople that are helping to change the way we consume and impact upon the planet. Tanaka is an apothecary brand whose sustainable formulations and zero waste products are rooted in nature.  The chunky, tacile bars are made with a unique blend of butters...

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  • Guest Edit - Tanaka's Seasonal Wish List

    December 15 2020 – Mercantile London

    Guest Edit - Tanaka's Seasonal Wish List

    Founded in 2019 by Leonara Manyangadze, TANAKA is a handmade soap brand. Tanaka (n.) [tah-nah-kah] is a Zimbabwean Shona name, meaning 'we are good', and it is this sentiment that guides their mission. TANAKA make bars of soap to benefit skin health and boost wellbeing and, in doing so, rid the world of plastic waste. Being fans of her beautifully...

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  • Our new award winning, vegan apothecary brand - Join

    November 08 2019 – Mercantile London

    Our new award winning, vegan apothecary brand - Join

    Join London is an independent fragrance and lifestyle brand founded in early 2017. Cruelty free and vegan, the brand began in London where they first started handcrafting organic vegan candles in small batches by the River Thames. Drawing inspiration from the British coast and countryside the unique fragrances are inspired by Cornwall where the founders grew up. All of Join’s...

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  • The new season scent // Q & A with Plum & Ashby

    November 05 2019 – Mercantile London

    The new season scent // Q & A with Plum & Ashby

    Plum & Ashby create beautifully designed, high quality apothecary products for the home with an aesthetic that is clean and considered. Their home and body collections are inspired by and celebrate their love of the British countryside. The majority of their products are made in England and enriched with natural ingredients.We caught up with co-founder Freya Nicholson to discover a...

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  • Hunker down

    November 05 2017 – Mercantile London

    Hunker down

    With the days getting darker there is nothing as relaxing as the cosy glow of candlelight. Parkminster Products is a company with a very home-spun origin. They have been making candles and home fragrance products since the beginning of 2010 when Krystyna Patey quit her day job to follow her dreams of making her own fragrance products. After several years...

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  • Raise your well-being game.

    October 07 2017 – Mercantile London

    Raise your well-being game.

      The award winning apothecary collection Abahna was founded in 2005 by Claire and Ed Croft who took inspiration from the exotic bathing ceremonies and spas of India and the Far East. Priding themselves on product formulations and design aesthetics they carefully choose English suppliers who can meet their high standards. Abahna is dedicated to a philosophy of nature, which...

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  • The niche perfume to know.

    September 19 2017 – Mercantile London

    The niche perfume to know.

    Born in Västerås Sweden, Maya Njie (pronounced 'Maia En-jai') moved to London in her late teens. Her background lies in surface design and photography, which she studied at the University of the Arts London. To further communicate her work, she began experimenting with the sense of smell as an added medium.     Inspired by an old family photo album...

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  • Introducing - L:A Bruket

    December 13 2016 – Mercantile London

    Introducing - L:A Bruket

    Building on the principles of design and ceramics, L:A Bruket co-founder Monica Kylén began exploring skincare out of necessity. As a trained ceramic artist, Monica was creating a line of homeware products and needed a wholesome, natural soap to demonstrate the functionality of her design. Unable to find any that met her philosophy for design and quality, she set out...

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  • Brand Focus - Ortigia

    December 06 2015 – Mercantile London

    Brand Focus - Ortigia

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  • Focus on...Priddy Essentials

    November 06 2015 – Mercantile London

    Focus on...Priddy Essentials

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