08 November 2012

Arran Aromatics and the Isle of Arran

Between the ages of 9 and 16 I lived in a small village on the West Coast of Scotland. Our house was beside the sea and overlooked the Isle of Arran, which is a mere 45 minute ferry journey away, and less than £10 for a return ticket. Despite that, I’ve visited the island a grand total of twice – once, aged about 11, and again just a couple of weeks ago.  

Arran is beautiful and if you are ever in that part of the world I would urge you to go. It’s just 19 miles long and 10 miles wide but it has the most beautifully diverse landscape – think dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains and picturesque wee villages.  There’s even a castle, a brewery and a small cheese factory – now what else do you need?!

Clockwise from top left: on the ferry; Arran Aromatics products; Arran Aromatics factory; scenery; local produce (ale, cheese and bath products, my kinda place!)

The island is also home to Arran Aromatics – a lovely bath and body range you may have come across in TK Maxx, Debenhams or the bathrooms of the Malmaison hotels. But you may not have realised that the products are all made on this tiny little island as part of a family business that has been operating here since 1989.

We paid a little visit to the factory and shop, where I loitered for as long as Himself would let me. There I learned that the brand now produces more than 250 items  across 6 separate ranges – my favourites being the beautifully packaged Apothecary range and the uplifting Just Grapefruit product line (which I believe is being renamed Citrus Shores).  

Our suitcases were already dangerously heavy so our purchasing was seriously limited. But Arran and Arran Aromatics will both be on our itinerary on our next Scottish trip, and I’ll definitely stock up then.

Have you tried anything from Arran Aromatics? f you’re interested, you can find them via their web store - where you can often bag a bargain - or from Debenhams Ireland here

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