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


15 comments:

Adele said...

The island sounds just perfect! I love mooching round these kind of places & if it's good enough for Malmaison then hey!
Have a fab Thursday Hun xoxo
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fluff and fripperies said...

It's gorgeous Adele - really beautiful scenery and very peaceful xo

PinkGlitter10 said...

It looks like such a beautiful place! I first thought you meant the Aran Islands but nope the aran islands are NOT as gorgeous as there! ha ha

fluff and fripperies said...

I have actually never been to the Aran Islands but they are definitely on my list! xo

Allsun Henderson said...

Looks absolutely stunning. I'd say their products are so natural and kind on the skin:)

Kiss and Make-up said...

This is the first I've heard from this brand, but it definitely looks good!

Nurse Fancy Pants said...

Your photos are beautiful Emma, I've never been but have always wanted to! That shop looks like heaven too!x

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It sounds like such a lovely and idyllic place! A cheese factory and a beauty store - what else do you need?

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

little t said...

So lovely- the pics look so similar to the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland too!

Miruku said...

I wonder why they're rebranding the range as Citrus Shores? I think it's an improvement, sounds a lot more luxurious and refreshing.

Eimear Mc Keown said...

It looks stunning! Another place to add to my travel destinations list x

fluff and fripperies said...

Miruku I think they're renaming some of the lines to make it more clear they're from an island - so including lots of references to the shore, beaches etc! xo

JenJen said...

I have seen this brand in TK Maxx before looks great!

Anonymous said...

I would love to travel to this part of the world!

LUXESSED

Emma said...

I've never been to Arran but it does look beautiful! I have however tried Arran Aromatics, their Lavender hand soap smells amazing. I would love to try m,ore but it's not a brand you see everywhere. Thanks for sharing your photos of the shop and factory!

Emma x