Saturday, 21 April 2012

Arran Aromatics Haul
Hi everyone! Made it back to Glasgow today and am glad to be back to share some of the things I picked up whilst having a short break away in Arran. 
Arran Aromatics started making products on the Isle of Arran in 1989. It's a small island off the west coast of Scotland and everything is made right there using natural ingredients, another plus point is that all their cartons are recyclable, biodegradable and made of material from sustainable managed forests. Their website states: "Arran Aromatics produce some 250 items across 6 distinct ranges, including triple milled vegetable soaps, foam bath, bath grains, shower gel, body wash, bath oil, body lotion, hand cream and lip balm. The start of the 21st century saw the launch of Arran Candleworks, a range of 147 fantastically fragranced candles to match every mood, and the Arran Aromatics Web Shop came online in the summer of 2001."

 Anyway onto my purchases... The cottage we were staying in was a lovely luxury place that was part of a country hotel and they were kind enough to have some products laid out in the bathrooms, namely from the Just Grapefruit range.
These smelt lovely and were really fresh and sweet smelling, a must for anyone who loves their citrus smells. I ended up buying a full size of their shower gel in the store itself.
This shower gel has the fresh smell of pink grapefruit and is packed with Vitamin E and Vitamin Pro B5 to fuel goodness into your skin. it normally retails at £12.75 but is on special offer at the moment on the company website.
I also picked up the Fresh Fig shower gel which has a sweet honey like fruity smell. Delicious! Apparently this one is good for sensitive skin as it isn't drying and reportedly is good for muscle fatigue and stiffness. This is another one that is on special offer at the moment as well.
I also picked up a lipbalm (I'm a bit of a lipbalm addict and I couldn't resist the packaging on this with the hand written label, it added to the sense of the product being natural I think, this was just my personal view!)
The honey and lemon lipbalm is said to have a UV filter but I'm not sure specifically what SPF it offers, it does smell good and retails at £3.50.
Lastly, I picked up some vegetable soaps in two nourishing formulas.
 Honey and Oatmeal smells lovely as does the Aloe Vera, however they have quite a subtle scent and are not heavily perfumed if that is what you are looking for these may not be for you. They are triple milled and have added glycerin and essential oils to cleanse the skin without drying it. These retail at £2.75.  Aloe Vera, Oatmeal and Honey are very good for soothing and nourishing dry or irritated skin.
I also picked up a couple of mini soaps to try, including a pure vegetable soap with seaweed extract for soft smooth skin, which was 85p and a grapefruit massage bar with Shea butter, the grapefruit counteracts any oiliness in the skin and the Shea butter moisturises this was a bargain at 75p. Perfect sizes for popping in your bag for a weekend away.
The other items in the top picture were gifts for friends, just some extra soaps and a fragranced  room spray so left these out. I am pretty pleased with my haul of stuff. At the counter I was pleased to discover that some shower gels and soaps were on offer and it's nice to have some local products to remember my trip by. I will definitely be popping into the flagship store in town to check out what else the range has to offer.

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