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.
A NEW YEAR, A NEW PIZZA!
Chicago Town's first vegan pizza, Sticky BBQ Jackfruit, proved so popular that the company decided to launch two brand new vegan pizzas.
And this comes with a warning ...
be prepared for your love of pizza to get even stronger with Vegan Deep Dish Cheeezeburger.
Chicago Town has filled its iconic deep dish crust with plenty of the finest burger sauce to create the ultimate base. This pizza, although small, is indeed mighty. Topped with delish vegan mince, red onions, tomatoes, gherkins and sprinkled with mozzarella alternative, yum, believe me, the flavour is irresistible. What's more, it's tasty enough to attract non-vegans too, so don't let that vegan label put you off!
This latest Chicago Town pizza offering joins their existing Deep Dish Cheeseburger pizza. Now that’s what you call the ultimate pizza offering, an option for both plant-based eaters and those who still prefer a meaty feast.
Also joining Takeaway, the UK’s number 1 frozen pizza range, Chicago Town has launched Vegan Tomato Stuffed Crust Takeaway Smokey Bac’n and Mushroom. This indulgent sauce-filled crust gets baked in consumer’s ovens, so when it's ready, you have that authentic takeaway taste.
This pizza is topped with a smoked gouda alternative and smoky vegan bacon accompanied by red onions and mushrooms.
Chicago Town spokesperson, Rachel Bradshaw said, “We are really excited to expand our vegan offering in Takeaway as well as launching our first Vegan Deep Dish variant. We know that consumers love indulgent flavours in vegan pizza, our Vegan Tomato Stuffed Crust Sticky BBQ Jackfruit is the best-selling vegan pizza on the market in 2020. We’ve created Deep Dish Cheeezeburger and Tomato Stuffed Crust Smokey Bac’n and Mushroom for our vegan pizza lovers, but anyone can enjoy them - vegetarian, flexitarian, anyone who has a passion for pizza!”
Both new products, Vegan Deep Dish Cheeezeburger and Vegan Tomato Stuffed Crust Takeaway Bac’n and Mushroom are also registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.
Serin Price, Vegan Society spokesperson said, "We're so pleased to see Chicago Town expanding its vegan range after the successful launch of its delicious tomato stuffed crust pizza in 2020. We know the vegan community appreciates having quick meal options from brands they know and love and knowing that they have the Vegan Trademark gives people confidence.”
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PLANT POWERED BRAIN FOOD
Brainzyme® Focus brain food supplements are designed to improve focus, mood, memory and give a 100% natural energy boost. The fast-acting capsules are easily absorbed to help you achieve ‘flow state’, which allows you to work efficiently without becoming distracted or feeling under pressure. There are three products in the Brainzyme Focus ® range: Original, Pro and Elite. How do they differ?
Focus Original™ helps you focus and feel calm. It combines Guarana and Choline nootropic components including L-Theanine, EGCG and Polyphenols with a Brainzyme® blend of B-vitamins and minerals to support your body and brain. In short, it may help you get more done!
Focus Pro™ great for boosting motivation and giving additional memory support. 20 active ingredients include high levels of L-Theanine, EGCG and Polyphenols to help you focus on the task in hand, Guarana to keep fatigue at bay while allowing you to maintain alertness, Choline for brain function, Ginkgo Biloba to help support memory and increase blood flow to the brain while delivering vital oxygen to improve brain power.
[note: after only a week of trying these supplements, my energy levels have increased and I do not tire as easily as before.]
Focus Elite™ Enhances mood, helps memory, boosts focus levels whilst relieving stress. Jam packed with nutrients to support long-term brain health, it utilises Panax Ginseng to invigorate brain and body while supporting social functioning and mood. It also has Guarana, Ginkgo Biloba, Choline and Curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. L. Acidophilus, a live culture, is included as scientists increasingly find more links between gut health and brain performance. Acetyl L-Carnitine, a mitochondrial energy optimiser,supports energy production at the cellular level.
[note: when I take these Elite supplements, I find I am able to concentrate more easily without my mind racing off in several different directions at once which it normally tends to do!]
Brainzyme® Focus supplements are available from www.brainzyme.com
They cost £18 for a month's supply (60 capsules) of Original, £29 for Pro and £47 for Elite.
Brainzyme® was launched in 2016 by Edinburgh company Better Nutritional Science Ltd. as the UK's first ‘natural nootropic’ to help support brain function. Brainzyme’s brain food supplements contain plant-powered ingredients, vitamins and minerals that have been scientifically proven to support concentration, cognition, memory, mental performance and reduce tiredness. Brainzyme® is based on ingredient research from leading neuro-cognitive and nutritional experts, including the 18-member panel at EFSA. Better Nutritional Science Ltd. was awarded Scottish Enterprise’s Wider Innovation grant in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist and author of 12 books. Published credits include the Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Daily Express, Country & Town House, The Scotsman, The Sun, Woman's Own, Lonely Planet, etc