Having secured a foot in the door in the world of wellbeing, Alexandra Dunhill, the great-granddaughter of the luxury goods brand founder, Alfred Dunhill, is launching her own range of CBD intimacy products.
After seeing how much CBD was helping her son Piers, Alexandra Dunhill became “fascinated” with the cannabis plant.
“Growing up Piers suffered from anxiety. He had trouble concentrating and was at times a challenging child. ” says the mother-of-three.
“We’d been to a few different doctors who tried him on various medications, none of which worked for him.”
After school, Piers moved to Los Angeles and began working at a cannabis publication. It was whilst visiting him in 2017, that Alexandra was first introduced to the potential health and wellbeing benefits of CBD.
“I noticed the difference in Piers and how much CBD was helping his anxiety, general health and therefore I started on this journey,” she says.
“It was very early days, but I attended various conferences and events over there and wanted to share this amazing experience back at home in the UK.”
After spending time sourcing the right manufacturer and suppliers and perfecting her branding, her CBD wellness range Lady A, launched at the end of 2019.
Following in her great-grandfather’s footsteps, Lady A is a cut above.
Where Alfred Dunhill designed luxury menswear and accessories, Alexandra has created a luxury, female-focused range of tinctures, gel capsules, balms and vapes, that she would be proud to pull out of her handbag or display on the dressing table.
She wanted the brand to be void of any stigma still associated with cannabis and ultimately aim to help people live a happier, healthier and balanced life whatever their age or background. And there is no reason why men can’t use the range too.
“I noticed there was a gap in the market, a lot of brands were very masculine and sports-focused,” she explains.
Alexandra has been taking CBD herself since returning from America saying she has never liked taking pharmaceuticals unless absolutely necessary.
“I’m quite an active person and believe if you can find a natural route to health issues that works for you all the better.”
When people comment on how well she looks she always puts it down to CBD, believing it may even have helped prepare her body to beat coronavirus last year.
“I’ve been taking it for quite a long time and people always comment that I look so well and calm, so it must affect your overall balance,” she says.
“I caught Covid last year and didn’t even know I had it. I never know if it’s just being healthy or maybe it’s the CBD.”
Increasing numbers of women are finding that CBD is helpful for complaints such as stress and anxiety, period pain and stomach cramps, as well as regulating hormone levels and managing some of the symptoms of menopause.
The latest addition to Lady A, launching this spring, is an intimacy range called After Dusk – including a CBD lubricant, massage oil and silk eye-mask – designed to be “fun and a little bit sexy” while also having potential benefits for both partners in the bedroom.
“Sex is an important part of life and overall wellbeing. As a female focussed wellness brand this is an area that I couldn’t ignore,” says Alexandra.
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are thought to help if there is any discomfort and pain during sex, as well as increasing blood flow and sensitivity in the area.
A few drops of CBD oil beforehand may also reduce any anxiety and aid relaxation so the whole experience is more enjoyable for everyone.
“Intimacy can be quite a barrier for some, so I wanted to create products that people may find helpful,” she adds.
“The range has been designed to look beautiful, discrete and not embarrassing to have lying around or to receive as a gift.”
The business is still very much a family affair, with all helping out to get things off the ground and the children haven’t been too embarrassed by their mother bringing out an intimacy line.
Lady A launched in Selfridges last year and is stocked in it’s new in-store dedicated wellbeing space which opened on 26 April.
Alexandra is currently looking at extending the cosmetics range further, she adds: “Covid has probably helped with the popularity of the wellness industry, we’re all stressed and worried and the pandemic has given us more time to concentrate on our wellbeing.”
Find your balance with premium, vegan and cruelty-free CBD patches
Una Patches is an innovative CBD patch brand. Here, its founder reveals what makes it unique.
Una Patches is an innovative CBD patch brand offering premium patches that are blissfully simple to use and truly sustainable. Here, its founder reveals what makes it unique.
Una Patches focus on doing CBD differently. With patches, CBD is absorbed through the skin, releasing CBD over a 24-hour period, which avoids any fluctuations that may arise from other delivery methods.
The patches boast an impressive rap sheet; they are biodegradable, waterproof, vegan & cruelty-free. Plus, Una Patches are small, discreet and comfortable to wear- you won’t even realise you have one on.
Una Patches is a WOC-owned business, founded by Annu, a medicinal chemist by training.
Annu speaks openly about her background and experience within business.
“I’m proud to be a WOC-owned business. I’m from a family of entrepreneurs so it feels very natural and fulfilling to step into this space,” she said.
The wellness and CBD space can be very whitewashed and often adopts eastern teachings for the benefit of others. I hope that Una Patches can continue to bring representation to this space and begin to educate and expand people’s knowledge.”
Annu wanted to launch CBD products with a difference. As a result, she delved into the science and conducted extensive market research. In doing so, she learnt all about the benefits of transdermal patch delivery versus other delivery methods which usually waste large amounts of CBD.
This meant there was a quicker, easier and more convenient way for people to get more from their CBD. Plus, they have the credentials to back it up – with 3rd party lab tests and medical device rated patches to ensure quality and purity.
As well as their commitment to quality, sustainability is a core belief for Una Patches. Not only does their unique delivery method mean they have a zero-waste product, but they are also the first climate positive CBD brand.
The patches are completely biodegradable, and their packaging is fully recyclable. Their supply chain has also been designed to minimise carbon emissions by choosing local manufacturers wherever possible.
Climate positivity means the brand doesn’t just offset their unavoidable carbon emissions, but they go above and beyond to contribute towards projects that positively impact people and the planet.
This year, Una Patches chose to contribute towards the Kasigau Corridor project. The project, based in south-east Kenya, protects over 500,000 acres of forest. Whilst safeguarding the forest and wildlife, the project has also led to the creation of over 300 jobs, 15 new schools, safe drinking water and the formation of hundreds of women’s groups.
Whilst only being launched in April 2021, Una Patches are already making waves within the industry, having won the ‘Best CBD Brand’ at the Marie Claire Sustainability Awards.
Annu speaks on the successes of this year: “I’m excited and proud when I reflect on this year. For Una Patches to enter the market as a new brand and win the Marie Claire Sustainability award is so rewarding and still a big pinch me moment for us! I know we can continue to make waves as a small independent brand.
“Getting customer feedback is my favourite part of it all. It makes everything worth it and I hope to keep raising our voice to reach more people.”
So, whether you’re looking to ease away daily stresses, relax for a peaceful nights sleep or calm your aching muscles – Una Patches may be your new best friend.
A pack of 30 patches retails for just £29.99, they make for the perfect gift… or as a little treat for yourself!
You can find out more about the brand here: unapatches.com
CBD guides: How do these unusual CBD products actually work?
We’ve rounded up some of the more unusual products out there to see how and if the science stacks up
Some of the more unusual CBD products make us wonder, how does that work? We examine the science and just how effective they actually are.
There is so much more to CBD than just oils, edibles or capsules. While the marketplace can seem completely overwhelming, some methods of taking a dose can be a bit more difficult than others. We examine some of the more unusual options out there from shampoo to sports bras to see if they could really work.
Some people, especially athletes, chew on toothpicks for different reasons such as oral hygiene, habit or quitting smoking. What if your pick could actually help you to stay calm, especially in the middle of a game?
The idea behind these toothpicks is that as you chew or suck the pick, it releases CBD into the mouth. The CBD then enters the bloodstream through the tissues in the mouth.
Some brands will add other herbs to the toothpicks including spilanthes which induces saliva. The more saliva you produce, the quicker the CBD will get to work. The toothpicks can also be flavoured too meaning there may be no strong hemp aftertaste in the mouth. Perfect for those who aren’t a fan of the flavour.
There are some suggestions that CBD toothpicks may help with preventing gum disease. This could be because CBD is thought to be antibacterial helping to destroy bad bacteria in the mouth. It could also be because toothpicks in general are used to remove bits of food stuck between the teeth that can cause cavities. It may help those experiencing dry mouth as a side effect of medication as it helps to produce more saliva.
It’s ideal to use the pick for between 20 to 50 minutes before discarding it.
CBD pillows hit the headlines in 2020 after discount store B&M released their own version for UK£10. Sadly, the original CBD pillows appear to be a bit higher in price starting at US$100 per pillow.
But how do they work?
CBD pillows work using a technology called ‘microencapsulation’. They are filled with millions of tiny little capsules containing CBD which burst under your head as you roll over in your sleep. It is thought that the CBD is then absorbed through your skin and hair follicles.
There are some positives to the CBD pillow in that it could be a great option for those who are struggling with poor quality sleep. It allows the user to keep a steady dose of CBD going throughout the night in comparison to edibles or oils which may wear off after a while.
But there are also negatives to consider too. It is impossible to know how much CBD you are absorbing. It is worth noting that your pillowcase will need to be washed which means the CBD will fade over time meaning you may need to invest again or buy a top-up spray or pillowcase cover.
CBD sportswear works with the same technology as the pillowcases. The knitted fibres contain millions of microcapsules of CBD which break as you move applying it to the skin where it is absorbed.
It has much the same problems as the pillowcases too in that it is impossible to know how much we absorb this way if any at all. Also, the clothing will need to be washed far more frequently than the pillowcases meaning the CBD may wear off faster.
The idea behind the CBD infused sports bras and leggings, is that it works as a preventative method stopping muscle pains before they happen.
Out of all the items listed here, CBD or hemp toothpaste may actually be the one with the most promise.
It is difficult to find CBD toothpaste in the UK although this may change soon. Colgate recently moved into the hemp toothpaste market by purchasing the American brand Hello. They have since filed three patents for CBD toothpaste formulas.
A study from Queensland University and Botanix Pharmaceuticals revealed that CBD may have strong antibacterial properties. The study examined CBD’s ability to penetrate and kill bacteria such as Neisseria gonorrhoea, yes gonorrhoea. It can do this because of its ability to break down biofilms to kill bacteria within. Plaque that gathers on our teeth is also a biofilm.
Also, toothpaste and mouthwashes that contain just hemp extract have a lot to offer. It is thought to naturally whiten teeth, prevents decay, and prevent gum disease. The anti-inflammatory properties may be the reason why it could help to prevent gum disease. It could also help to reduce the swelling, redness and pain of gum disease or gingivitis.
Shampoo or conditioner containing CBD may have some benefits when it comes to hair loss. While some hair loss happens naturally every day, there are some people who lose greater amounts than others. There are many reasons as to why this may happen including increased stress, hormonal changes, traumatic events or even genetics. There are also conditions such as alopecia where the hair falls out naturally.
A study from 2021 revealed that people who applied it to their hair and scalp for six months saw successful regrowth. The results were more promising in men than women.
It’s also worth noting that CBD may have an effect on sleep quality and anxiety which contribute to stress. If hair loss is caused by these factors then it could have an effect. Although it’s impossible to know how much CBD we absorb through our scalp or hair when we wash it with these shampoos.
Excite CBD on the benefits of a daily dose of gummies
The team at Excite CBD explain why their tasty gummies are perfect for a daily dose.
The team at Excite CBD explain why their tasty gummies are perfect for a daily dose – and why CBD remains controversial despite its benefits.
Excite CBD has been created to provide customers with a wide range of high-quality products at affordable prices.
All our products are lab tested for purity and potency, so guarantee customer satisfaction every time.
CBD is a natural substance extracted from the cannabis plant, it has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems.
CBD is the latest trend in health and wellness. It’s a natural substance that has been shown to help with anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and more.
In recent years, however, CBD has become increasingly popular as an alternative treatment for anxiety and depression. The use of CBD oil in treating these conditions remains controversial, but there’s no denying that many people swear by its effects.
Many people are familiar with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis that gets you high when you smoke marijuana or use it in edibles. But not everyone knows about CBD (cannabidiol). Unlike THC, which can make users feel stoned or euphoric (depending on the amount consumed), CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. In fact, many people report feeling relaxed after taking it for a few days – but there’s no getting high involved at all.
So why isn’t everyone talking about this?
One reason could be that most products containing CBD aren’t legal everywhere yet. Another reason might be fear of what your friends will think if they see you using something like an oil or gummy bear infused with CBD. However, CBD is fully legal in The UK since January 2017.
Excite CBD strength
Most brands offer one or two strengths of CBD oil which can be difficult to choose between when you’re not familiar with the product. Excite offers three different levels (500mg/1000mg/2000mg) so users can find their perfect strength without having to commit to one particular flavour or brand.
We understand not many people enjoy taking CBD via the oil option, so we offer our hugely popular fruit flavoured gummy sweets with added CBD. Each gummy contains 25mg of CBD and is probably the easiest and most delicious way to get your dosage of CBD.
Excite CBD gummy
It’s no secret that CBD oil is a great alternative to pharmaceutical medications. But the truth is, taking pills and oils can be messy and inconvenient.
The good news is there’s an easier way! Excite CBD gummies are made with all-natural ingredients like organic fruit juice, raw honey powder, and pure CBD extract. These delicious little candies come in five flavours – orange, lemon & lime, strawberry & kiwi, blue raspberry and watermelon – so you get your daily dose of cannabinoids without any fuss or muss.
Our gummies contain 25mg of zero spectrum hemp extract per piece (that’s about one serving), so they’re perfect for everyday use as a maintenance supplement or for when you need some extra relief from pain or anxiety. Plus they taste great!
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