Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

Travelling Scotland last year, we returned to a favourite spot to stay, The Taybank.

On the banks of the River Tay with views of Thomas Telford’s famous arched bridge, The Taybank has a reputation as a place where musicians from far and wide gather to play. Scottish folk musicians bring a guitar or fiddle every Wednesday night and gather around the communal table to create something magical.

The bar remains as it always has, but the upstairs of the hotel has recently been renovated by Fraser Potter, a local who bought the pub in late 2019. The transformation includes a handful of individually designed bedrooms and apartments, painted with soothing earthy tones and furnished with reclaimed and handmade objects, refurbished mid-century furniture and comfy beds.

In the bathroom adjoining our room, we discovered Laura Thomas shampoos, conditioners and soaps. A sustainable and 100% natural luxury range, we felt pampered by these sophisticated blends. Weeks later, we visited Laura at her North Berwick farm. We discovered that as well as the Taybank, she also supplies some of Scotland’s highest ranked hotels as well as Wildland and has her own direct-to-consumer range.

Laura and her team are great people with a great workshop. During a “fika” in the workshop, we discovered we had many things in common; friends, values and a dedication to quality. For us, it was a no-brainer to have Laura supply Örum 119 with shampoo, conditioner and soap and lotions.

All of the ingredients in Laura’s products are good; all-natural and organic. The oils and scents complement one another to create a sublime range that reflects the personality of Orum. There are Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot hand and shower washes, Forest Pine and Lemongrass body lotions, plus Pink Grape Shampoos and Conditioners.

The whole range will be available both in our hotel rooms and shop.