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.
Inspired by G&T but without the alcohol, Sea Arch Drinks produce delicious ready to drink cocktails in cans. Crisp and oh-so refreshing, they are a sensible alternative for times when people want, or need, to be alcohol free.
There are two flavours to choose from. One is Sea & T the other Rose Sea & T and both contain a double measure of Coastal Juniper spirit. Sea & T is topped up with lightly sparkling Indian tonic, while Rose Sea & T is topped up with a delicate rose and raspberry infused tonic. They are designed to be served chilled in a tall glass over ice, garnished with a slice of citrus or fresh raspberry. I tried them both and can say that they are indeed very tasty!
Inspired by the sights and sounds of the glorious Devon coastline, home to founders Sarah and Geoff Yates, Sea Arch Coastal Juniper blend is a healthy, alcohol-free drink that doesn’t compromise on taste. Made from 11 different botanicals the resulting distilled spirit is clean, refreshing, crisp, dry and complex, providing a non-alcoholic alternative for gin lovers.
Case size for trade purchases is 12 cans per case
Stockists include Ocado; Amazon; The Wise Bartender; Sea Arch online shop
Sea Arch Drinks co-founder Sarah Yates says, “Bursting with seaside botanicals, our Sea & T has all the deliciousness of G&T with none of the alcohol. It’s a great addition to the Sea Arch range as the convenient format of a ‘ready to drink’ can means people can simply snap it open and serve, ideally over ice and a slice. This makes the Sea & T an easy and delicious option for occasions when you might be driving or working, or you simply don’t want to drink alcohol. As we like to say, it really is more beautiful without!”
Sea Arch non-alcoholic distilled spirit is crafted using traditional distillation techniques and created with complex, natural botanicals including sea kelp, samphire, cardamom and blood orange with the alcohol gently removed. Sugar free Sea Arch can be enjoyed with a clear head, a clean conscience and – always – plenty of ice. It’s as uplifting as a walk on the beach… and just as good for you.
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 include the Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Daily Express, Country & Town House, The Scotsman, The Sun, Woman's Own, Lonely Planet, etc