By Suzette McKenzie
The Highland Soap Co. is a wonderful family-run business which makes soap and skincare products. The company is based in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, its products are among my guilty pleasures and they are one of my favourite Scottish brands. I love their amazing products which are handmade in their workshop which looks out across The Great Glen, and the shadows of the north face of Ben Nevis.
As the brand states on its website “...the soap is handmade by a centuries-old, traditional process using only the purest and finest natural ingredients.”
I recently purchased my favourite hand wash, Lemongrass and Ginger. The delight of ordering this during the recent lockdown certainly warmed my heart and made me feel that although no shops were open and I couldn’t drive down to Fort William due to quarantine restrictions, in just a few clicks my favourite hand wash was en route to me.
When my parcel arrived quickly and safely, I was really impressed how carefully and neatly packed my order was. Even the packaging was plant based to protect my order. Really eco friendly.
In this new normal we find ourselves in, where we’re told constantly to wash our hands, what better time to dip your mitts into this luxurious and indulgent soap.
When you apply even a small amount onto your hands you’re immediately greeted with the sweet and calming smell of the lemongrass and as you work up a lather it’s followed by generous hints of ginger. The soap leaves my hands not only moisturised but baby soft. If you’re looking to indulge yourself and make hand washing time that little more special or you can’t find the right gift for someone, I would highly recommend this company’s products.
Exciting times for the company which is finally able to re-open today following the COVID-19 lockdown. To learn more about my favourite Highland Soap Company check out their website here:
By Suzette Llewellyn-McKenzie
This perfectly-paced book instantly made me feel I had been transported to Paris. The young Simone leads a double life. A life in the footprints of her spy mother.
Add the delights of her father’s generations old patisserie and the wonderful array of french delights.
One minute Simone is dusting eclairs amid the smell of sweet chocolate, candy, pastry and cakes and the next she is answering her younger sister Mia with her relentless questions.
All the while the analytically minded Simone pays attention to every detail and her record of keeping time is impeccable. She seems to be juggling everything, ensuring the family and customers are happy. Meanwhile her diplomat spy mother is off grid.
The book is a wonderful melange of chocolat, musique, the family dog GiGi, wonderful art galleries and a thief (yes you read that correctly a thief) this story keeps me on my toes as it routes me through the many fine streets, running against the clock not only to keep up precisely with word on the whereabouts of this famous Thief, but to follow the excitement and intrepidation of buying a dress for the prestigious Chocolatiers Ball.
Paris’s wealth of art, music and chocolate provides the perfect backdrop for an aspiring, intelligent and book loving young girl.
Simone will captivate you and she is the new young heroine we’d all loved to have been.
A magnificent read.