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I Just Love It Whisky Gift Set Review

I think it’s fairly safe to say that everyone has someone in their lives who is tricky to buy for. Mine is my Husband. My ‘very good at buying gifts’ Husband, which makes my job so much harder around Christmas and birthdays because you can guarantee that he’s bought something amazingly sentimental and perfect for me (like the Teddy Ruxpin I’d been coveting for 25 years that he bought for my last birthday)! Enter ‘I Just Love It‘, a website which makes personalised gifts for people who can be a real pain to buy for.

I noticed they had a whisky gift set, which is labelled as a Fathers’ Day gift, but is actually perfect for Husband for Christmas. He’s a huge fan of whisky, with 16 year old Lagavulin being his usual tipple of choice. However, this gift set contains a whisky which is distilled on the island of Islay, one of the inner Hebrides, somewhere that Husband has been planning to go for a few years, so it seemed serendipitous to see it in the set.

Here’s the info:

Exclusive to I Just Love It, this Father’s Day Whisky Gift Set includes single malts from three of Scotland’s most famous whisky regions, including a limited release from one of Scotland’s sadly closed distilleries. Presented in a gorgeous hand-finished gift box with a personalised sleeve, it’s the ultimate way to compare and contrast the different characteristics of single malt from the Scottish Island, Speyside & Islay regions.

The set itself comes beautifully boxed with a personalised sticker on the outside which you can add your own message to and really is a lovely looking gift.

The set also comes with tasting notes and a tasting mat, allowing the recipient to really get involved with the whisky sampling process (rather than just glugging it down before it hits the sides!!).

The set costs £29.99 (plus P&P) and makes such a lovely gift for anyone with an interest in whisky, or even a complete beginner who you feel might appreciate learning about whisky and its origins. The girls and I were really impressed and can’t wait to give Husband his pressie!

Thanks again to I Just Love It, who sent us the set for review purposes.

Essence of Arcadia Aromatherapy Oils Review

When it comes to alternative medicines and therapies, I’m something of a skeptic. When I had acupuncture suggested to me whilst pregnant with BB, I couldn’t quite get past my doubts enough to bring myself to do it, however, aromatherapy is one thing that I’m quite open to. I think that smells can have a really powerful effect on moods and feelings, so when the guys at Essence of Arcadia got in touch and asked if I’d review their range, I agreed. I was sent the set of 6 and 14 oils, which retail for £19.99 and £34.99 respectively.

Essence of Arcadia

One of the things I loved when I opened the parcel was how neat and sleek the boxes containing the bottles looked, and it struck me that either set would make a really good gift. The smaller set contains cinnamon, lavender, frankincense, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus, whilst the larger set contains those six, plus orange, ylang ylang, grapefruit, lemongrass, bergamot, clary sage, rosemary and one called ‘Healing Blend’.

The first one I tried was ylang ylang, which is a beautiful, rich flowery smell and made our living room smell amazing. Cinnamon is the most fantastically Christmassy smell and we also tried blending it with orange, which was (if it’s possible) even more Christmassy; like a garland made of dried tangerines and spices. I used an oil-burner with a tealight as I already had one in the house but Essence of Arcadia also offer two different diffusers, which are an even better way to use your oils.

One of the things I love about both sets is that they come with what is, essentially, a recipe book for your oils to give you inspiration for how to combine them. My favourite was “Liquid Sunshine” which is made as follows:


Refresh yourself and boost your energy with a combination of:

– 3 drops grapefruit essential oil

– 3 drops lavender essential oil

– 2 drops lemon essential oil

– 2 drops spearmint essential oil

All of the oils have a really rich, full fragrance which lasts for ages and I’d definitely recommend them to anyone with an interest in aromatherapy, or even just as a lovely gift for a dear friend or relative.


Project B – Pregnancy Wellbeing Boxes Review

Now that I’m officially ‘in the family way’, the reviews on this blog are starting to get a little different and today’s review is the first of many pregnancy related products that I’ll be testing over the coming months.

Project B is a month subscription box which starts during month 4 of pregnancy and goes right up until month 10, when you’ll receive a ‘Congratulations’ box after giving birth. The idea of the boxes is to give pregnant women a monthly gift, full of pregnancy-friendly treats, which promote wellbeing and give her something to look forward to.

I really like the idea behind these boxes; pregnancy can seem like the longest nine months of your life and if you’re having a nice, uncomplicated pregnancy, the bits to look forward to (like scans) can seem few and far between. Having a box land on your doormat once a month full of nice little treats would be a great distraction from ten months of waiting.

My box arrived yesterday and this is what was inside:

Project B Month 1

1. A bottle of WaterBaby Pregnancy Care drink (retails for roughly £1 per bottle)

2. Nakd Strawberry Crunch bar (average of about 70p per bar)

3. FemFresh Deodorant (retails at about £2 for a 125ml can, this was a promotional 50ml size)

4. Pai Bergamot Lipbalm (£7 from Amazon)

5. Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (the 50ml size would retail for about £1)

6. Pregnacare Pregnancy Vitamins (a 90 day supply would cost £7.77 from Amazon, this was a sample of a weeks supply, so would cost roughly 60p)

Because of my diabetes, a couple of these products were off the cards for me entirely; the Nakd bar was very high in sugar and although Sausage enjoyed it, it didn’t represent much excitement for me. The water also contained 11 grams of sugar, which meant that it was also off the cards. The WaterBaby water was a good idea in that it gives you all of the vitamins you need every day, but I’m not sure that I’d spent around a pound a day when there are pregnancy vitamins for far less, which contain more. Also, the taste of the water itself was odd; Husband compared it to the 90’s alcopop ‘Metz’ and from the tiny sip I had, I felt it has a rather bizarre, oily texture to it.

The vitamins were a nice inclusion, but a weeks worth in a monthly box seemed a little spartan. The Palmers Cocoa Butter is a great product and I’ll definitely use it, but I suspect the bottle will last a very short time, especially as my belly expands! I won’t even mention the FemFresh, other than to point you towards this post, which will give you my full and frank opinions on this type of product!

My favourite part of the box, by farwas the Pai Bergamot Lipbalm. It’s clearly a premium product and the price of it makes up for 50% of the total cost of the box. It’s a lovely product that will last me over the winter. There were also a few information cards included with useful information about pregnancy at the stage the box is intended for.

So, would I, as a pregnant woman, subscribe to the Project B boxes? If I’m honest, I’m not sure.

The products come nicely packaged and the overall idea is a good one, but if I had spent £14 on this box I fear I would have been rather disappointed. I reckon you could buy the contents for around ten or eleven pounds, and although the information cards are nice, there’s nothing on them that a very quick (and essentially free) Google wouldn’t tell you. Sure, the packaging is pretty, but again, isn’t worth £4.

I’m trying not to be overly negative about the boxes as I do actually like the idea and concept, as I said above. It would be a great gift for a friends or relative and as a pregnant woman myself, I’d love someone to subscribe for me, but I still think the contents of this box leaves a little to be desired.

Subsequent boxes may hold untold treasures, who knows? But based on box one, I’m not overly enamored. I know that my diabetes is an issue and that the Project B folk can’t please everybody, that’s fine, but a little more thought into the products would have gone amiss.

What do you think? Am I being too demanding? Would you be happy with this little package? Let me know.