“Laura Thomas Co has evolved from my love of nature and creating all natural chemical free products for our homes”. Laura Wilson, Founder + Creative Director.
LT Co Aim
Laura Thomas Co aims to provide products for chemical free living and well being. Energised by the natural coastal surroundings of North Berwick, Scotland where we are based, we’re inspired to create home fragrance, soaps and textile ranges made from natural ingredients and fibres.
The LT Co Story
About the Founder
Laura, a former hospitality industry entrepreneur, found her love of interiors and natural homewares while buying and selling eateries in the UK and New Zealand. It was the process of transformation that inspired Laura to create spaces that flowed, were simplistic and decorated with natural products and fibres.
The seed that was planted
In 2012, while walking through a local market in Nelson, New Zealand, Laura found pure cotton embroidered bedding from Vietnam that was not readily available on the high street. That encounter planted a business seed.
Laura, then an expat Scot living in New Zealand, found while residing in the Antipodes a distinct lack of choice when it came to 100% cotton goods. Laura Thomas Co was then born. Based in Auckland, LT Co. first started trading suppling all white, embroidered bedding made from 100% pure cotton.
From New Zealand to the UK
In 2014, for personal reasons, Laura Thomas Co relocated to Scotland.
There was then a dramatic shift. The UK market was saturated with white bedding. Being that this was the product that LT Co. was solely focused on along side a newly created all natural Lavender Soy Candle which had been launched just before leaving New Zealand, Laura decided to change the LT direction. Inspired by her 10 years of coastal living in New Zealand which had sung to Laura’s core. The sun shone, kids walked to school barefoot, the simple beach life and slower pace of the day resonated with Laura.
Laura decided that her love of the slower pace of living in New Zealand would be the mindset and the ethos of her life in Scotland. She set up camp as a single mother, by the beach in Gullane, East Lothian with her two little girls then aged 4 and 6.
Image: Laura and her girls on Gullane Beach wearing LT Beach Ponchos
At a time when the UK began to take note of recycling, no plastic, healthy eating, yoga and buying locally and buying natural products, which New Zealand was light years ahead of, Laura decided that LT Co. would focus on only products for the home that were 100% natural.
Back in Scotland, the early days
Inspired when out walking along the coastal paths of East Lothian, Laura’s desire to steer LT Co. to create products that were purely sensory for our homes became a very clear vision.
Laura found the smells and colours of her local coast line extremely uplifting, energising, calming and forced her to be mindful and present in that moment.
It was on those walks that Laura realised that scent and colour are very important to well being.
The LT Co product offering began to expand. An all natural candle range was created using 100% pure soy wax, essential oils and cotton wicks and later a matching scent diffuser range.
Thereafter, the range expanded again to offer pure cotton and very colourful blankets, towels and beach wares.
LT Co. Product Growth
Starting in 2012 suppling all white 100% cotton bedding, the LT Co product offering has grown substantially since it’s beginnings.
An all natural soy candle range came next, followed by a complimentary all natural scent diffuser range. Other product ranges include Toweling, Blankets and Beachware.
In January 2019 LT Co. launched a new Coastal Range inspired by coastal living in Scotland which includes 4 elemental candles, hand wash, shower wash and bath salts.
LT Co. Values
Laura believes in a good product, at a good price with a good service. She has grown LT Co. with exceptional customer service and top quality all natural products.
Every online order receives a hand written note of thanks together with a tea bag and biscuit (if in stock) asking our lovely clients to take 5 minutes to sit and relax and have a cuppa on us. We believe in the importance of self care and like to think we are helping our clients do this, not only when the buy our all natural products but also in our after care service.
LT HQ North Berwick, East Lothian
In March 2018 LT Co. moved from an office in Laura’s home to a unit within The Lighthouse in North Berwick. A minimal space designed by Laura. The interior includes white washed flooring, wooden tables and sheepskin rugs, all reflecting the natural vibe of the LT brand. This work/shop space acts as both a ‘work’ space and a public walk in ‘shop’ whereby clients can drop in to buy.
LT Co ‘Made in Scotland’ Production
At LT all production is done in house and can firmly be claimed as ‘Made in Scotland’.
All soy candles, scent diffusers, hand wash and shower wash are handmade and hand poured and all ingredients sourced for production are sourced from the UK. Laura’s soy scented candles have been recognised as some of the best candles in the UK, being interviewed and photographed for ‘The Times’ newspaper in December 2017 for a feature about LT Co. all natural candles.
LT Co. also designs all homewares in house and works along side hand picked suppliers in Portugal, Vietnam, Turkey, Greece and Morocco. Working directly with suppliers allows for passing on good prices for quality homewares. As well as strict quality control checks. Laura would never work through an intermediary company nor middleman.
LT Co Packaging
At LT all paper packaging is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable, from creation in 2012 Laura decided not to use plastic where possible and most products are filled in glass.
LT Co Refill Concept
In 2018 we introduced ‘Refills’. We are still working on making every single product refillable. Clients can refill the original bottle or jar with our refill pouches and will reduce recycling waste on local recycling plants, which, in turn is better for the environment.
LT Co Suppliers
Proud suppliers to; Ballintaggart in Perthshire, Scotland. Estate Agency Knight Frank. The Bonnie Badger of the Tom Kitchin Group. NB Gin. Exclusive Accommodation Williamstone Farm Steading, North Berwick (see below). Archerfield Walled Garden. Boutique Accommodation Dod Mill. Jolly Nice Farm Shop in Gloucestershire and more…
LT Co Team
The Team consists of Laura, Creative Director, and an ever-expanding team of eco enthusiasts.
LT Co Motto
Simple is our style. Chemical free is our philosophy.