I have to admit it. In my quest for really good skincare products that don't cost the earth, I hadn't happened upon Hada Labo products. The Japanese brand isn't so widely known across here, but that may well change soon.
All Hada Labo products are fragrance free so are suitable for most skin types. Fragrance is the main cause of adverse skin reactions.
I was sent two of their products to test, a pot of the Repair Night Cream, which contains four different kinds of Hyaluronic Acid and the Eye and Mouth Area Cream. They are both super light and a pleasure to use. All of their products are formulated specifically to replenish dry skin by promoting moisture retention and are suitable for every age group.
Hada Labo isn't Japan's number one skincare brand for nothing. Oh and in case you're interested, the brand’s name is inspired by its roots in creating original formulas: in Japanese, Hada means skin and Labo stands for laboratory. I understand that the company were not allowed to sell the original formula here in the UK because of EU regulations, however now that we are no longer part of the EU, that may change. Some users felt that these 'amended' versions are not up to the original Japanese equivalents. You can order the Japanese products here but it's worth mentioning that the packaging is in Japanese.
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ARRAN Sense of Scotland
was created in 1989 by husband and wife, Janet and Iain Russell. They started production from their home on Scotland's isle of Arran. Formerly known as Arran Aromatics, the range features gorgeous bath, body and home fragrance products.
Inspiration for their product ideas is drawn from the land and seacape - after all, it is one of the world's most beautiful places and a part of the country which I totally love. I also love perfume. Whether it comes in the guise of a shower gel, body lotion, soap, hand cream, home fragrance or scent that I can lavishly scoosh on myself, I can honestly say it makes me feel better. After all, isn't it true that scents tap into something in the subconscious ?
During World War 11, some soldiers took handkerchiefs scented with their loved one’s perfume abroad with them. It helped them feel closer during the terrible and often searingly lonely times. So you see, it's things like this that help us understand the power which perfumes have on our mental well-being.
One of the most popular scents from ARRAN Sense of Scotland is the After the Rain collection and that's the one I'm using. It has a big personality. Best described as fresh and floral, this is a fabulous blend of lime, rose and earthy sandalwood. It's light enough for daily wear, making the wearer feel reawakened and ready to tackle the day ahead but also subtle and seductive enough to wear on a glam night out. How clever is that?
If you're not sure which perfume to choose, or which of the range would suit you best, why not visit ARRAN's online fragrance finder ? Besides being fun, you can match a perfume to your personality by answering a few questions.
Current offers include 3 for 2 on ALL Shower Gel and FREE Delivery on Orders over £40. Besides that, you can save 20% of your first online order. Head over to ARRAN Sense of Scotland website for these and more.
ARRAN Sense of Scotland shares the public’s concern that animals should not be used to test cosmetics and toiletries. None of their products have been tested on animals, nor have they ever commissioned suppliers or any other company to carry out animal testing on their behalf.
I received a bottle of After the Rain eau de toilette free for the purpose of this review. However, this does not sway my judgement, I give honest opinions.
Hate your frizzy hair but find salon based Keratin treatments too expensive? Never fear, help could be at hand for you in the shape of OWOW, a recently launched home salon beauty brand which can transform your locks for up to three months with one home application.
Unpredictable weather can spell disaster for frizz-prone hair but when instructions are followed properly, Owow can leave your hair looking immaculately sleek.
Owow's smoothing treatment emulates salon Keratin treatments and is already an instagram hit.
A power-trio of shampoo, conditioner and smoothing treatment, the Owow kit (RRP £54. 90) enables frizz-free hair at-home, results can last up to three months, with minimal maintenance required in between. The makers say that the Owow signature treatment, comprising gentle acids paired with natural ingredients, rivals expensive salon Keratin treatments.
Made in Brazil, the product is the brainchild of entrepreneur Georgiana Grudinschi who launched Owow in August 2019 to fill a gap in the market. She explains, “I created Owow as I wanted people to be able to emulate salon quality treatments at home. Owow enables frizz-free hair, with healthy, simple and cost-effective products.” The 27-year-old regularly had Keratin hair salon treatments but grew tired of the cost and time that the chemical-filled process entailed.
The Estonia based entrepreneur - pictured below - created Owow with $1,000 in the bank.
"The aim was to develop a product that would deliver a shiny, after-hairdresser look in an accessible at-home format and with long-lasting results."
She disliked the fact that most keratin treatments - a smoothing treatment that seals the hair cuticle with a coating of protein to eliminate frizz while adding shine - contain formaldehyde, which may be linked to chest pain, coughing, and nose and throat irritation. Owow say that their all-inclusive smoothing kit containing a sulphate and paraben-free shampoo, conditioner and treatment serum, delivers the same results as a traditional Brazilian Blowout.
Georgiana says, "Sales keep increasing. In the past 30 days we have sold 6,000 units which is $521,000 in revenue." Can't be bad. She goes on, "With the current sales volume we are on track to make $5million in revenue for the first year of operation which feels surreal."
Note: As is the case with traditional Keratin treatments, this does not suit every hair type. Remember always follow instructions to the letter when trying a new product.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist and author of 12 books. Published credits: Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Daily Express, Country & Town House, The Scotsman, The Sun, Woman's Own, National Geographic, etc