Win a Celtic Herbal Exotic Wood & Ylang Ylang bathtime bundle

Celtic Herbal has been on a mission this Autumn to revive good, old-fashioned bath night. The natural soap and skincare specialist even launched the Great British Bath Night campaign (28 October – 6 November) to help remind people what they were missing – and, in the process, unearthed some little-known facts about bathing.

Did you know, for example?

  • Most people believe a shower saves more water than a bath, but with more powerful, longer-lasting showers this is not always the case. An average bath uses 80 litres of water, while an eight-minute power shower uses 136 litres.
  • Research conducted by Loughborough University found that lying in a 40 degree bath also effectively reduces blood sugar levels.  The study suggested an hour spent in the tub can also burn around 126 calories – that’s as many calories as 30 minutes out walking.
  • Whole-body immersion bathing in warm water (~40°C) is common in Japan and exerts sufficient hyperthermic action to induce vasodilatation and increase blood flow, supplying more oxygen and nutrients to the periphery. Cross-sectional studies report better subjective health status with an immersion bathing habit.
  • Visual analog scale scores were significantly better for fatigue, stress, pain, and smile and tended to be better for self-reported heath and skin condition after bathing intervention than after showering intervention. The SF-8 Health Survey showed significantly better general health, mental health, role emotional, and social functioning scores.
  • Profile of Mood State scores were lower for stress, tension-anxiety, anger-hostility, and depression-dejection. Immersion bathing, but not shower bathing, exerts hyperthermic action that induces increased blood flow and metabolic waste elimination, which may afford physical refreshment. Immersion bathing should improve both physical and emotional aspects of quality of life.
  • Habitual hot water bathing protects cardiovascular function in the middle-aged to elderly.
  • We spend a total of more than six months of our lives in the bath or shower.

Win a Celtic Herbal bathtime bundle

Holistic Scotland Magazine has a Celtic Herbal Exotic Wood & Ylang Ylang bathing bundle from the brand’s Wellness range to give away to one lucky winner to help their bathtime become more relaxing and therapeutic.

The prize includes:

  • 1 x Exotic Wood & Ylang Ylang Soap 100g
  • 1 x Exotic Wood & Ylang Ylang Bath Oil 100ml
  • 1 x Exotic Wood Bath Salts with Ylang Ylang 350g

To be in with a chance of winning, just fill out your details below and we’ll enter you into the prize draw. The closing date for entries is 12 noon on 31 December 2018. Good luck!


For great herbs to use in the bath, pick up a copy of the December/January issue of Holistic Scotland Magazine. Or, to find out more about Great British Bath Night and why bathing is so good for us, head to the Celtic Herbal blog.


Win a Breathe List Journal to help achieve your goals and dreams!

This month, we are loving the new series of Breathe Journals from Breathe magazine.

The series includes the List Journal, Mindfulness Journal and Wellbeing Journal – all of which are pocket-sized, interactive and offer a taste of Breathe magazine, which is designed to help you make time for yourself.

Each of the journals, which are published by Ammonite Press, make great gifts too.

The Breathe List Journal, for example, helps you explore the past, present and future. With space to record personal reflections and aspirations, you can use it as a ‘been there, done-that and got the T-shirt’ journal, as well as a ‘would-like-to’ guide to help achieve your goals and live your dreams.

The Breathe Mindfulness Journal is filled with simple exercises designed to help calm the mind, rejuvenate the body and restore balance to busy lives. It’s ideal for discovering easy ways to bring mindfulness into the day-to-day.

Last but not least, the Breathe Wellbeing Journal is all about positive thinking, creative escapes, eating well, spending time outside and regular exercise. This clever little book explains how to incorporate these techniques and activities to  establish a slower pace of life and a healthy self-awareness which can work wonders for physical and psychological wellbeing.

To celebrate these great new releases, we have one copy of the Breathe List Journal to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, all you have to do is email the team at with ‘Breathe Journals’ in the subject line and tell us what inspired you most in our latest issue.

Alternatively, head over to our Facebook page, track down the competition and leave your entry in the comments. 

The closing date for entries is 12 noon on 30 November. Good luck!

About Breathe magazine 

Breathe magazine is the original mindfulness title for a calmer and more relaxed you. This body-and-soul guide to a happier, healthier life includes five sections – wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape. Each issue includes beautiful illustrations, craft projects, and inspiring features, such as how to achieve relief from stress, increase resilience and find greater happiness. Find out more here


Win a year’s subscription to Holistic Scotland Magazine!

Fancy winning a year’s subscription to Holistic Scotland Magazine for you or a friend? To enter, all you need to do is help us out with some feedback for our friends at Feel Good Pass.

Feel Good Pass is a new wellness pass designed to make wellness more affordable and accessible for people in Scotland. But before they can launch this fantastic pass and bring you some seriously good offers, they need to know what you would like!

If this sounds like a great idea to you and you’d like to get involved in shaping the future of Feel Good Pass, as well as be in with a chance of winning a Holistic Scotland Magazine subscription, just follow the steps below.

If you run your own wellness business, it would be really helpful if you could also complete this second survey to better understand how Feel Good Pass could help you.

Good luck and thank you for your support!


Win two VIP tickets to Glasgow Vegan Festival!

The second Glasgow Vegan Festival is set to take place this year on 10 and 11 November at Trades Hall – and you could be heading there for free!

Holistic Scotland Magazine has two VIP tickets worth £30 to give away to one lucky winner and a friend.

It means that, if you’re our lucky winner, you’ll be heading to Glasgow’s Trades Hall  in November to enjoy a feast of mouth-wateringly delicious food samples from world food caterers, more than 100 fantastic stalls, exciting cookery demonstrations, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and lots of kids’ activities.

The food on offer includes an exciting array of hot and cold plant-based dishes, including traditional Asian, Mediterranean, Indian and Greek specialities, as well as hotdogs, burgers, street food, and raw and gourmet delicacies.Vegan Events UK Logo

And, with pies being a staple at football stadiums, they’ll be making an appearance too – courtesy of Cool Jerk Vegan Pies, whose range includes Hamish’s Haggis & Mash Pies, Mince & Gravy, Mac & Sheese and Gluten-Free.

Pasties will also feature galore, as well as cakes from Captain Cakeman, chocolates, Mariners Fudge, cookies, doughnuts, sandwiches and salads to take away, not to mention alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, juices, smoothies, tea and coffee. Plus there will be lots of exciting foods and other products not available in the shops!

Non-food stalls will be selling a variety of items covering fashion, footwear, jewellery, beauty and skincare products, candles, crafts, clothing, footwear, homeware, gifts and charity merchandise. Add to that live music and lots of interactive workshops and you have the perfect day out!

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“With the vegan lifestyle really starting to go mainstream there’s a massive demand for vegan-friendly events,” says festival organiser Victoria Bryceson.

“The Scotland festival is set to be a fantastic day out whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply vegan-curious. The idea behind the festival is to educate and inform everyone about the vegan lifestyle and offer support to anybody who would like it.”

Victoria, who is launching the event to help promote animal welfare and showcase how to live a healthier and more ethical lifestyle, says going vegan has transformed her life.

“I’ve never felt happier and healthier,” she says.

“There will be several animal welfare charity stalls raising awareness of their causes. For anybody who would like to get involved with volunteering this is an ideal place to talk to lots of different charities and gather information, and all the stall holders are happy to talk to people and answer any questions.”

Hosted by Vegan Events UK, the festival is being run in partnership with animal welfare charity Miracle’s Mission.

“It’s all about trying new things and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities,” says Victoria.

“Cutting out meat and dairy from your diet is easier than you may think and many people are increasingly looking for alternatives as they want to live more healthily and ethically. They want to find out more about the new innovative foods and recipes now available and want to do it affordably. Our festival will educate people on how to do all of this.” New Image Vegan Burgers

And the festival is set to help local homeless people too, while helping to reduce food waste. Stall holders are being asked to donate any surplus food at the end of the festival, for example, and a group of volunteers will distribute it to homeless people after the event.

To be in with a chance of winning two VIP tickets for you and a friend, head over to the Holistic Scotland Magazine Facebook page, where all you need to do is track down the relevant post, and tag who you would like to take with you in the comments. Good luck!

Event details
Glasgow Vegan Festival takes place on Sunday, 10 and 11 November 2018 between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Trades Hall, Glasgow.

Entry is just £3 (under 16s go free) and this includes entry to all areas and activities. Standard tickets can be purchased at the door on the day. VIP tickets are £15 each and include fast-track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers. These can be bought in advance but are likely sell out quickly. Find out more at Vegan Events UK or over on Facebook.


Win a spa break with Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection has launched a competition for one lucky winner to land a well-deserved spa break as part of National Spa Week 2018 (10-17 September).

It’s inviting people across Britain to nominate a friend, family member or themselves to win a spa day experience and overnight stay at a Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection hotel.

Emma Leadbeater, Macdonald Hotels Spa Director, said: “There’s no better cure for something getting under the skin than a facial! If someone you know just can’t catch a break –  if they keep missing their bus or their computer crashed, and they’ve lost a big piece of work, then this is your chance to make their day by entering our competition.”

The Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection is a group luxurious retreats, providing rejuvenation and relaxation in tranquil surroundings, where highly-trained staff use the finest professional products from ELEMIS as well offering bespoke treatments which are as individual as each hotel.

Nominations can be made by using the hashtag #CatchASpaBreak on Facebook or by emailing to explain the reasons why someone you care about really deserves a special treat.

Regular spa visits are used around the globe as an effective way to combat everyday stresses, whereas in the UK a spa treatment is still regarded as a rare treat – that’s why spas across the UK have come together during National Spa Week 2018 to provide an antidote to life in the 21st century.


On Monday, 1 October, five lucky winners will be informed that they have a free spa day in store, including lunch and an overnight stay for them and one guest.

Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection covers more than 20 locations across the UK and winners will be able to choose from any of the following participating hotels:

  • Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, Ascot
  • Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Southampton
  • Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, Peebles near Edinburgh
  • Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel Spa, Chester
  • Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort, Hampshire
  • Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle
  • Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, near Stirling
  • Macdonald Manchester Hotel
  • Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windemere
  • Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa, near Chester
  • Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

Find out more here