Scottish business thriving during the pandemic

Me-Time Skincare collection

Scottish business growing through the pandemic article.

I have been featured as one of 10 Scottish-based businesses growing and surviving through the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 Scottish businesses growing through the Covid challenges

As Scotland takes its first tentative steps out of lockdown and reopens much of the economy this week, we’re taking a look at some of those who have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus and grown their businesses regardless.

These smaller Scottish firms come from a variety of sectors, but all show how innovation, determination, hard work and diversification can overcome even the most unprecedented of obstacles.

We’ve rounded up a range of entrepreneurial companies not just surviving, but thriving, through the pandemic.

Here are of course many more inspirational success stories of the last 12 months, but here’s a selection of the most interesting entrepreneurial stories we could find:

Me-Time Therapies

This wellness and beauty business was founded by 49 year-old Geraldine McCullagh 24 years ago.

Originally, as a massage therapist, she made her own range of balms on a small scale to use on clients. However, as McCullagh noticed the rise in demand for clean and eco-friendly beauty products, she wanted to make these products more widely available, and in 2017 started selling them online.

Me-Time Therapies’ handmade products are available through Amazon, which she believes has been imperative for growth, particularly during the pandemic.

“Last March, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to sustain the business as offering therapies wasn’t allowed in lockdown, but demand grew for my products online, so I was able to pivot my business and they became my main source of income.” explained McCullagh.

Her Make Your Own Body Butter and Lip Balm kits on Amazon UK became popular as a birthday gifts, or as new skills to learn in lockdown.

“In August, as therapists in the UK were allowed back to work, I added a Muscle Relaxing Massage Balm to the range, and sales are now coming back in as therapists are able open up once again in the UK,” she added.


Me Time Therapies Beauty Secrets Article

Beauty secrets by Me Time Therapies

Beauty secrets Green Parent Article – Sept 2020  

Extract from Me Time Therapies Beauty Secrets  Article

I started out offering Complementary therapies and over the years have branched out into teaching short courses in Indian head massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. In the past 3 years, I have trained as a Mindfulness teacher and now offering 8-week Mindfulness classes. I have also created a natural skincare range over the past 3 years .

The natural skincare products are

· Vegan Body Butter

· Relaxing Massage Balm

· Invigorating Citrus Massage Balm

· Make your own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit (Vegan)

Even though I have been in business for over 20 years, I only started to focus on my brand three years ago when I was creating my first product; Make your Own Body butter & Lip Balm kit.

By offering Wellness therapies, courses and products, my brand is about helping others and being of benefit to them by sharing my knowledge and skills.


1. An Epsom Salt bath with Neroli & Geranium Aromatherapy oils followed by lying on top of my bed with a cosy blanket and doing a Mindfulness Body Scan.

2. Getting out into nature either into my garden or a walk by the sea helps me calm down when I feel overwhelmed by my ‘To-Do List’.

3. I also use Hand Reflexology when I am feeling anxious by massaging the Diaphragm, Solar Plexus and Head reflexes. I can do this anywhere (travelling or at home) as my hands are easily accessible.


I am about to launch a Muscle Relax Massage Balm which is suitable for Body Massage, Indian head massage or for achy muscles post-exercise.

I teach a Self-Care Wellbeing Day and I am formulating a plan in how to create this as a Self-Care Kit to launch in October to sell as a Christmas gift.


1. Food – buying fresh ingredients, bulk buying nuts, pulses& rice and avoiding processed, over-packaged foods.

2. Organic gardening – having a compost bin and by avoiding pesticides it has encouraged bees & butterflies into my garden.

3. Making as many natural skincare products myself and buying natural skincare products that are free synthetic chemicals & preservatives.


Plastic free mission at Me-Time Therapies

Plastic free mission

My Plastic free mission when creating the Make your own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit in 2017  was to make it as ethical as possible and to help you cut down on 1-use plastic packaging.

Me Time Therapy Product Range

The kraft Cardboard Box:   you can reuse it  for e.g. store jewellery, hair accessories, craft accessories or Aromatherapy oils

The aluminium tins: you can reuse when you make a new batch of Lip Balms & Body butters. You can also them to use decant sun lotion, aloe gel, after sun when going on holiday.

Bottle: the bottle is 100ml so you can reuse it for lotions to put into hand luggage/handbag to meet airport restrictions of the size of liquid bottles.

Tissue paper:  you can reuse for wrapping presents.

Making your own skincare helps with going plastic free

By learning to make your own natural skincare, you are cutting down on purchasing one-use plastic skincare containers and bottles.  By following the Recipe Cards and video tutorials, you will see how easy it is to make your own natural skincare in your kitchen. You can reuse the aluminium jars provided in the kit over and over again for your Body Butters and Lip Balms.

I also teach Make Your Own Natural Skin Care Courses throughout the year to small groups who are interested in only using natural ingredients on their skin and also reducing their own plastic waste.

The group learn how to makeCreate your own skincare

  • Intensive Hair Repair Conditioner
  • Anti-ageing Aromatherapy Face Night Cream
  • Aromatherapy Body Scrub
  • Aromatherapy Skin Repair Body Butter
  • Foot Bath Himalayan Salt and Seaweed Soak
  • Refreshing Foot Gel

All the skincare products will be put into aluminium jars to take home. The group participants can then reuse the jars to more natural skincare products with the six recipes provided in the ‘Make your own skincare’ class.

Massage Balms & Vegan Body butter

In 2018, I added to the natural skincare range and now offer

Relaxing Massage Balm Relaxing Massage Balm / Reflexology Balm



Invigorating Massage / Reflexology Balm



Invigorating (Citrus) Massage Balm



Vegan Body Butterhandmade Vegan body butter for dry skin




I use aluminium jars for the Massage Balms and the Body butter rather than hard plastic containers or 1-use plastic skincare jars/bottles. Once the balms and body butters have been used, the aluminium containers can be washed and reused or repurposed e.g. storing seeds to sow in the garden, storing paper clips or coins.


Lavender flowers – how to use

Lavender flowers

Lavender flowers

This short video demonstrates how to use Lavender flowers from your garden in three different ways.

When to pick Lavender flowers?

Pick the flowers on a warm, dry day. Damp flowers deteriorate rapidly and lose their potency.

Tie in bunches and leave hanging to dry and then strip off the flowers or leave on dehydrating trays to dry.

What are the best Lavender plants to use?

English lavender isn’t from England. It picked up its common name because it’s the kind of lavender that grows best in the UK. The plant is actually from the Mediterranean.

English lavender
This is the Lavender to use



lavender flowers not to use
This is the incorrect Lavender to pick flowers/seeds from







The group in the  Aromatherapy Course: How to blend Essential oils will be using the dried Lavender flowers from my garden in their personalised Bath Salts. They will create their own Aromatherapy blend and then decorate with dried Lavender & dried Rose petals. They will also learn how to add Lavender Aromatherapy oil to Lip Balms, Body Lotions,  Massage Balms and Body butters.

How to make Lavender sugar


100g Caster Sugar

1g Dried Lavender flowers

Place the dried Lavender flowers in the bowl of a food processor and blend it for 10-15 seconds to chop it into small pieces. Add the caster sugar to the processor and blend well, for 15-20 seconds, until the Lavender flowers are finely ground and mixed into the sugar. Put the Lavender sugar in a Kilner jar to allow the Lavender flavour to further infuse into the sugar. When you are going to use the Lavender sugar for shortbread, then sieve the sugar to get rid of any larger pieces of Lavender.

Alternatively, finely grind the 1g of Lavender in a coffee grinder and mix with the caster sugar.

Recipe for Lavender Shortbread

Ingredients                                           (Makes about 20)

225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

90g Lavender sugar (see Lavender sugar recipe)

225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

110g cornflour

Lightly butter 2 baking trays or line with baking parchment.

Put the butter and Lavender sugar into a large bowl and cream together, using an electric hand-held whisk or wooden spoon, until light and fluffy. Sift the flour and cornflour into the bowl and mix together until smoothly combined. Tip the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to a soft dough. Don’t overwork.

Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of baking parchment to a thickness of 1cm. Prick the dough all over with a fork and cut into triangles or whatever shapes you like, using a knife or biscuit cutter. Re-roll the scraps once to cut more (if you re-roll too many times the dough may start to get greasy.) Put the shortbreads on the prepared baking trays and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat your oven to 170C.

Bake the shortbreads for 20 minutes, until just turning golden brown at the edges. Leave on the baking trays for a few minutes to firm up slightly; then lift the shortbreads onto a wire rack and leave to cool. Sprinkle over Lavender sugar if you wish to have a stronger Lavender flavour.



My quote as an Aromatherapist in ‘The Mirror’.

Aromatherapy oils

‘Best aroma diffusers to refresh your home and calm your senses.’ Article in The Mirror

I am delighted to be featured as a Clinical Aromatherapist in an article in The Mirror discussing my favourite aromatherapy oils.

Geraldine McCullagh, a registered Clinical Aromatherapist at Me-Time Therapies, says:

“When we breathe in a scent, it triggers a reaction in the part of our brain (limbic system) and sets off a reaction in our bodies such as feeling calm or energised. The limbic system also associates smells with emotion and memories.

“People tend to like the fruity-floral aroma of bergamot, which can result in feeling relaxed and their spirits uplifted. Lavender reduces muscle tension and is regularly used to aid sleep. Geranium helps us to feel emotionally balanced and helps to reduce anxiety caused by stress and overwork. Citrus scents are associated with an uplifting mood… For example, orange is sometimes called ‘sunshine in a bottle’, due to making people feel joyful and positive. Frankincense can create a sense of peace, helping people have time to breathe and be still.”

You can see the full article (26th April 2020)  if you click on this link aroma diffusers to refresh your home and calm your senses

Sharing my knowledge an Aromatherapist

I offer 1-day Aromatherapy courses where you get the opportunity to smell and blend Aromatherapy Essential oils. I have been working as a Clinical Aromatherapist for 23 years and I share my knowledge of which Aromatherapy oils work best for e.g. headaches, muscular pain or anxiety.

The 1-day Aromatherapy course is run throughout the year so here is a link to the next course and more details about the Aromatherapy class – Aromatherapy Course: How to blend Essential oils


Aromatherapy scents article in House Beautiful

smelling Aromatherapy scents

Scents that will make you feel calm and less anxious, according to science.

Here is the part of the article where I am quoted on ‘how scents can affect our mood’.

Geraldine McCullagh, a registered Clinical Aromatherapist at Me-Time Therapies, commented: ‘When we breathe in a scent, it triggers a reaction in the part of our brain (limbic system) and sets off a reaction in our bodies such as feeling calm or energised. The limbic system also associates smells with emotion and memories.

‘People tend to like the fruity-floral aroma of bergamot, which can result in feeling relaxed and their spirits uplifted. Lavender reduces muscle tension, and is regularly used to aid sleep. Geranium helps us to feel emotionally balanced and helps to reduce anxiety caused by stress and overwork.

‘Citrus scents are associated with an uplifting mood. For example, orange is sometimes called “sunshine in a bottle”, due to making people feel joyful and positive. Frankincense can create a sense of peace, helping people have time to breathe and be still.’

Geraldine says to stop anxiety from escalating, we can ‘train’ ourselves each time we feel anxious. ‘We can breathe in a smell and start to associate that smell with making us feel calm,’ she adds.

Full article 31st March 2020 –

Learn more about the benefits of Aromatherapy scents

I teach 1-day Aromatherapy courses throughout the year where you get to smell 15 different Aromatherapy Essential oils. I will also guide you in how to blend Aromatherapy oils and how to create blends for the scents that you love. You will make your own personalised Lip Balm, Bath Salts and Body lotion. This will give you the confidence to then create your own natural beauty products at home.

The maximum attending an Aromatherapy course is 6 people so that allows you to ask questions regarding which Aromatherapy oils would help with emotional, mental and physical health problems.

For more details of the 1-day Aromatherapy Blending course click on this link – Aromatherapy Course: How to blend Essential oils


Article in Happiful- Mindfulness & Aromatherapy to feel calm

calm - breath meditation

How scents can help root us to the present moment and help us feel calm

I am interviewed about how I blend Aromatherapy and Mindfulness together to help me feel calm. I also find this is the most popular meditation when I teach this to participants in my 8-week Mindfulness classes.

Here is the article – A short-cut to mindfulness

Meditation is the usual go-to mindfulness technique, and is highly recommended, but it can also be helpful to find quick ways to anchor yourself throughout the day for those moments when you can’t really drift off into a meditative state.

A tool that’s been helping me recently is so simple, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner – scent.

Why does scent help us feel calm?

The reason aromatherapy can be so powerful in helping us feel calm is because it triggers our limbic system, the part of the brain linked to emotions and memories. Speaking to Cosy Owl following their survey results, clinical aromatherapist Geraldine McCullagh expands on this.

“When we breathe in a scent such as an aromatherapy oil it triggers a reaction in the part of our brain  and sets off a reaction in our bodies such as feeling calm or energised.

“The limbic system also associates smells with emotion and memories. For example,  the smell of Lavender can trigger a memory of a summer holiday in France and associate that memory with feeling relaxed.”

Geraldine goes on to say that because of this link between scent and memory we can effectively train ourselves to associate a certain scent with feeling calm.

“The next time we are starting to feel anxious, we can smell the essential oil and our minds will associate the smell with feeling calm. It means that we can stop the anxiety from escalating.”

So, next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with worry, find a scent you adore and breathe it in for a few long, slow breaths. Focus on the scent and being exactly where you are.

You can read the full article here – 3rd March 2020 in Mindfulness/

Here is a short meditation using Aromatherapy & Mindfulness to feel calm

For more information on the 8-week Mindfulness class, click on this link – Mindfulness Course for Beginners


Christmas Gift Vouchers– a gift experience

Christmas gift voucher experience

How about Christmas Gift Vouchers for a loved one who is creative or prefers something unique? I have a choice of gift voucher experiences available this Christmas.

Continue reading » “Christmas Gift Vouchers– a gift experience”


East Lothian Gift Card accepted by Me Time Therapies

East Lothian gift card

I can now accept the East Lothian Gift Card for

  • Therapies: Reflexology, Aromatherapy Massage & Indian Head Massage
  • Mindfulness: 8-week Mindfulness for Beginners classes in Musselburgh
  • Therapy courses: Aromatherapy course, Hand Reflexology course, Indian Head Massage course & Make your own natural Skincare course
  • Products: Make your Own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit, Relaxing Massage/Reflexology Balm, Citrus Invigorating Massage/Reflexology Balm & Vegan Body Butter.

What is the East Lothian Gift Card?

The Gift Card is the perfect present for friends, family and colleagues. The  Gift Card is a MasterCard-based gift card which can be used across East Lothian.  The East Lothian Gift Card is accepted only at independently owned businesses throughout East Lothian. Me Time Therapies can found  inthe Health and Beauty category (Where to Spend heading)

The card works in the same way as department store /shopping centre gift cards but for the whole county of East Lothian. East Lothian is the first county in Scotland to launch a dedicated gift card.

Read more about the East Lothian Gift Card »
(look for Me-Time Therapies under the Heading ‘Health & Beauty’)

How to use the Gift Card?

Presently, you will need to be present to use the Gift Card as it is swiped through a card reader. You are unable to purchase therapy courses or products online but that may change in the near future. You can pay full or part payment for the therapies, courses or products.


Glasgow Herald feature ‘Pamper yourself with these wonderful beauty products’

Glasgow Herald -amper yourself with these wonderful beauty products

The Glasgow Herald online has featured Me-Time Therapies as one of the five Scottish based skincare companies. The ‘Make Your Own Body Butter & Lip Balm’ kit is included as a 100% natural beauty product.

The ‘Make your own Body Butter & Lip Balm’ kit is a wonderful starter kit in learning to make your own 100% natural skincare. The ingredients are 100% natural so that they are kind to your skin. By making your own skincare, you are also being kind to the environment as you are cutting down on single-use plastic beauty products. This also leads to saving money.

As I stated in the Glasgow Herald feature, the kit is proving popular with:

  • Eco-conscious – they are cutting down on plastic waste by making their own natural skincare. They can also re-use the jars, bottles & box.
  • People with sensitive skin – they are making fragrance free Body Butters & Lip balms and which are also free from toxic chemicals.
  • Vegans – they are making their own Lip Balms without using Beeswax.

The Lip Balms and the Body Butters are easy to make. Recipe cards and video tutorials are included with step by step instructions. Options are also provided if you wish to fragrance your Lip Balms and Body Butters with Aromatherapy oils.

Amazon review: This little kit came with lovely ingredients and clear instructions. The body butter we made has worked really well, leaving us moisturised. It’s all natural stuff, so great for our sensitive skins and it’s eco-friendly. Best of all, now we know how to do it, we can continue to make our own toiletries and experiment with different oils etc. This part of being eco-friendly is very easy!

10% of the profits of the ‘Make Your Own Body Butter & Lip Balm Kit’ go towards buying more medical equipment and beds in a Medical Centre in Ghana.

This kit allows you to make their own natural Lip Balms and Body Butters in your own kitchen hence the Motto ‘Created By Me, Made By You’.

The Make Your Own Body Butter & Lip Balm Kit can be purchased and shipped by Amazon. The cost is £20 plus free delivery from Amazon.