Americans crave a taste of Britain as US tea and candy orders soar under lockdown and travel restrictions

British tea, cookies, chocolate bars and candy have topped a shopping list of food and drinks that Americans customers can’t live without during the pandemic, with millions of dollars of orders flooding a UK website.

Ever since many US States locked down in March, the website, that ships UK treats to customers all over the world, has been inundated with orders from the USA where demand for UK drinks and confectionary has risen dramatically.

The company is reporting record sales over the past six months as American nationals and British expats who have made their home in the States stock up on tea and biscuits to see them through lockdown. Sales of tea, biscuits and confectionery are filling care packages the UK-based website as favorite British brands such as Yorkshire Tea, McVities, Cadbury, Crawfords and PG Tips have all seen sales sky-rocket.

Almost 700,000 Brits currently live in the USA and bosses at the online business, which launched in 1999, estimates it sells its goods to a customer base comprising 75% expats and 25% US nationals who love British foods. The website offers over 12,000 British food and drink products from much-loved UK brands and products ranging from Ambrosia custard and Warburtons crumpets to Branston pickle and Heinz baked beans.

Sales of the most popular item – the ‘Brit Kit’ favorite British ‘biscuits’ collection are up a staggering 1,840%.  The heart-warming collection of cookies (known in the UK as biscuits) weighs in at almost 4 pounds, and contains brands such as McVitie’s Ginger Nuts, Rich Tea, Chocolate Digestives and Hobnobs, and Crawford’s Custard Creams and Bourbon Creams.

The Top 5 tea sales to the USA are:

  1. Yorkshire Tea Bags – 926% increase
  2. Yorkshire Gold Tea Bags -598% increase
  3. PG Tips Tea Bags – 367% increase
  4. Yorkshire Tea Biscuit Brew 40 Pack – 350% increase
  5. Tetley Tea Bags – 311% increase

Top 5 British biscuits in the USA:

  1. McVities Milk Chocolate Digestives – 332% increase
  2. McVities Digestives – up 324%
  3. McVities Ginger Nuts – 214% increase
  4. Crawford’s Bourbon Creams – up 165%
  5. Crawford’s Custard Creams – 120% increase

Peter Howarth, marketing director at British Corner Shop commented: “The demand we’ve experienced from America this year has been unprecedented meaning we’ve had to work around the clock to fulfil the influx of orders. Lockdown has prompted a huge surge in sales as many Americans haven’t been able to travel to the UK and stock up on their favorites or have visitors bring them over in person as would usually be the case.

“Demand shows no sign of easing as we are increasingly selling more produce to American citizens who have developed a real sweet spot for traditional British goodies. There’s no doubt that this year Americans and British expats have been craving their favorite British treats with tea, biscuits and chocolate bars the most sought-after items,” he added.

The Bristol, UK-based business specializes in hamper style ‘Brit kits’ – bumper packs of British brands which offer shoppers a comforting and familiar taste of home.  Total Brit Kit sales have leapt by a total of 800% indicating that a growing number of Americans are developing a taste for British brands together with many expats who are missing home more than ever in 2020.

Demand from those with a real sweet tooth have led to a 1,685% jump in sales of the Haribo sweets, many not available in the US Sales of so-called ‘retro sweets’ are also up 1,664% with a nostalgic variety of Swizzels Matlow, Barratt Candyland, Maynards and Chewits confectionery that were staples in the 1970s and 1980s in the UK. Visit to see the full range of items available.



Dealing with the hair problem is a forever tough mission, well, I mean it is tough but it is important too. Our everyday’s looks are always not only about outfits, but also about the hairstyles. I remember the days joining the New York Fashion Week, Heydoyou had been invited for backstage coverage a lot. The work for makeup and hairstyle is very crucial for a fashion line. How to protect your hair at home, since we can’t go to salon daily, but taking care of the hair should be a daily work.

Illustration by Lulu (@qululululu)

Let me introduce JOICE’s K-PAK, which is powerful reconstructive technology in a home care line, designed to help repair and strengthen hair precisely where—and when—it needs it.

Think your mane is a lost cause? Meet JOICE’s K-PAK, the damaged-hair hero. Powered by Joico’s SmartRelease liposome technology that swoops in torepair, strengthen, and protect hair precisely where it needs it, JOICE’s iconic K-PAK collection helps repair years of visible damage and fight future breakage at the same time. With just one use, distressed tresses are rescued and restored to their shining,healthy-looking glory.


Lather in lustrous, more resilient hair. Formulated with damage-seeking Keratin and protective Guajava Fruit Extract, this gentle shampoo helps fortify weak strands and (bonus!) prevent future damage. Unlike traditional shampoos that can strip away what little joi remains, this power-packed formula gives and gives—instantly improving elasticity, strength, and shine.


On a mission to repair hair that’s seen one too many blowouts and color changes? This restorative daily conditioner zeroes in on damage and dryness with laser-like precision, instantly replenishingshine, strength, and manageability where strands need it most. With just one use, this high-powered conditioner helps rebuild and fortify breakage-prone strands, leaving damaged hair stronger, smoother, shinier—all-around healthier-looking than before.


This is it—the “holy grail” hair hero that started it all for K-PAK! Packed with a powerful combo of amino acids and Joico’s smart Keratin technology, this 5-minute treatment rebuilds and strengthens stressed strands to instantly restore hair to its healthy-looking greatness. It’s hair reconstruction so targeted, so transformative; it’s the fave of millions of stylists, and it has the awards to prove – Stylist’s Choice Award winner in 2001-2015, 2017.


This stuff is pure, liquid GOLD! With a potent cocktail of amino acids and smart Keratin technology that starts repairing and strengthening stressed strands on contact, this liquid reconstructoris everything you love about  Stylist’s Choice Award winning K-PAK Reconstructor turned into a lightweight formula that’s just right for those with fine, fragile hair.

Need next-level color protection and the power of K-PAK reconstruction? Here is something you need: K-PAK COLOR THERAPY COLLECTION.

Formulated with African Manketti and Argan oils and Joico’s SmartRelease™ liposome technology, this K-PAK® Color Therapy™ collection helps lock in stunningly beautiful color vibrancy and knock out hair damage in one powerful punch.

Having trouble keeping color vibrant and healthy-looking? Put it on lockdown, with formulas that help deeply lock in vibrancy and moisture while locking out fading and damage.


This color-preserving shampoo washes away dirt and debris while being gentle to color-treated hair. With its luscious lather formulated with antioxidant-rich African Manketti and Argan oils, you’ll actually help extend the life of your shade’s vibrancy and fight future damage every time you wash.


Choosing a shampoo that won’t zap the zing out of your new shade is obvious—but you’d also be wise to follow up with this color-locking conditioner. This extra-conditioning formula, with African Manketti and Argan oils, helps shield your hue’s vibrancy, while hydrating overtime to strengthen hair and reduce breakage.


Get ready for a chorus of oohs and ahhs, and literally everyone you know wanting to touch your hair. With just one treatment, this deep-repairing wonder unlocks out-of-this-world color vibrancy, mirror-like shine, and strands that not only look healthier but are 9X stronger. It’s no wonder it’s known as the “secret to lust-worthy locks.” If color care is self-care, then this hair-loving treatment is one of the kindest things you could do for color-treated hair that’s been put through the wringer.



Episode of Docu-Series, “Bee Sting Therapy,” Examines the Potent Use of This Extract in Beauty and Health Treatments, including Lyme Disease

Bee venom has been known to tighten, lift and firm skin while targeting frown lines and wrinkles. Now, the treatment is getting its moment in the spotlight in a new Netflix documentary that features its pioneer: Deborah Mitchell, the UK-based skin care expert and founder of the Heaven skin care line. Known as the celebrity aesthetician to celebrities and Royals, Deborah invented the ABEETOXIN serum, which uses a bee’s Melittin to painlessly trick the skin into believing it’s been stung, which then triggers “repair mode.” The body instantly increases blood flow to the face, stimulating collagen. That in turn strengthens connective tissue and elastin. The Netflix series “(Un) Well” follows people looking for alternative treatments and medicines after traditional healthcare did not meet their needs. The documentary follows Deborah as she treats clients with the serum and shares its benefits.

“I have been using Bee Venom for years and the results speak for themselves,” says Deborah, whose Heaven skin care line features face and eye creams as well as masks that contain the extract. “This revolutionary ingredient is a powerful weapon is keeping skin looking healthy, relaxed and natural, repairing tissue and elastin through collagen.”

Otherwise known as apitoxin, bee venom is an odorless liquid released from a honeybee when it stings. It consists of more than 20 known compounds, most prominently, the peptide, melittin. Melittin boasts powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The extract cannot be created synthetically: beekeepers collect the venom through an elaborate process that keeps the bees safe.

In addition to skin care, bee venom is being used by wellness practitioners for ailments including Lyme disease.

Debora enjoyed participating in the documentary and sharing the serum and technique.

“Netflix did a very good job in showing bee venom treatments from all angles,” says Deborah. “It was a great opportunity to talk about this incredible ingredient and the benefits to your skin care regimen.”

Otherwise known as apitoxin, bee venom is an odorless liquid released from a honeybee when it stings. It consists of more than 20 known compounds, most prominently, the peptide, melittin. Melittin boasts powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The extract cannot be created synthetically: beekeepers collect the venom through an elaborate process that keeps the bees safe.


Heaven by Deborah Mitchell is a luxurious range of anti-ageing, skincare containing organic, natural and results driven ingredients, which have been developed for a radiant, flawless complexion and to help heal skin conditions, from blemishes to eczema.

Deborah Mitchell began her career as a beauty therapist, creating her own organic, natural and results driven product range to accompany her beauty treatments over twenty-five years ago. From its roots in local business, Heaven is now a worldwide success, with products and treatments available nationwide and around the world in Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Dubai and America to name but a few.

Throughout the years, Heaven’s award-winning skincare has amassed a celebrity following for its range of products and treatments, including Dannii Minogue, Emilia Fox, Michelle Pfeiffer and even royalty who love the mixture oforganic, natural and results driven skincare & treatments.

Now the winner of more than 25 Stevie Awards and patent owner of Bee Venom ‘Abeetoxin®’ products, formulated for any skin type, Deborah has created products that offer the potent power of nature in perfect harmony with the latest breakthroughs in beauty technology.

Heaven’s extensive range of products for face, body and hair include cleansers, toners, moisturisers, and face and body oils. All developed with the best ingredients nature and technology has to offer and without the controversial Methylparaben which can cause allergic reactions.

Deborah has created an oasis of calm in her flagship salon in Shifnal, which houses her elite beauty therapists and her natural products. She has recently acquired Morgan House; her coveted Covent Garden sanctuary where she treats London’s elite and some of her longest-standing clients.


These Fun Halloween Gift Baskets Are Sure to Make Someone’s Halloween Spook-a-licious This Year!

Halloween can be a scary time, but not always because of crafty ogres, skeletons, and hags. To some people, October 31st signifies really bad candy. When you’re working your tail off running around the neighborhood and ringing doorbells, nothing is worse than getting stuck with subpar treats. (Guess whose house is getting toilet papered later…) So, this year, leave the scaring strictly to the trick-or-treaters and send Halloween gift baskets from that are stocked with all the best sweets.

No Tricks…Only Treats Halloween Gift Basket Pumpkin w/Lid

A perfect mix of chocolate and fruity candy treats, this Halloween gift basket is sure to please everyone with a whole lot of their favorite Halloween candy. Trick or Treating can be a mixed bag, but this “No Tricks…Only Treats” Halloween gift basket is a guaranteed winner! Tucked inside an adorable orange pumpkin basket they’ll find everyone’s favorite Halloween treats including Snickers, Twix, Starburst, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, and Skittles.

  • Fun Size Mixed Fruit Flavored Candy – 1 or 1.5 lbs. – Fun size bags of chewy fruity favorites.
  • Fun Size Mixed Chocolate Candy – 1 or 1.5 lbs – Includes mini brand name candy bars like Milky Way, Snickers, Three Musketeers, and Twix.
  • Halloween Pumpkin Bucket – A sturdy plastic Halloween pumpkin-shaped bucket with a black handle and orange pumpkin stem.

Sugar, spice, and everything nice! Inside GourmetGiftBaskets signature vanilla cookie crust, which is combined two delicious treats together to create one incredible Fall-themed dessert! This blissfully smooth cheesecake is infused with sweet pumpkin puree, a hint of vanilla, and dusted with fresh ground cinnamon.

* 9 Inch Serves 10 to 14 people

THREE TOP FAVORITES flying off the shelves at this family-owned company already…
Nothing feels better during the fall than some fresh baked goods, and some great items in this very affordable gift box. This includes delectable, chewy chocolate chip cookies, fudge brownies and Candy Corn crispy rice treats (shaped like Candy Corn). You need to see it to be sure your eyes aren’t tricking you. Anyone would love this gift for Halloween.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – 2 qty. (2 pack) – 2 oz. – Ooey gooey cookie deliciousness!
  • Fudge Brownie Cookies – 3 qty. (2 pack) – 2 oz. – Tastes just like a brownie, but creates fewer crumbs!
  • Candy Corn Crispy Rice Treat by Selma’s Cookie Company – 1 qty. – A trip to your favorite bakery wouldn’t be complete without one of these nostalgic treats!

Only the cookies in this gift box are Kosher OU-D certified.

Here is my favorite basket, because I think treats are not only for kiddos, but also for us!
– I mean those adults who love beers.

Hey, given this challenging year, parents sure need something to make them happy this Halloween and THIS GIFT is a step in the right direction. Beyond delicious treats like handcrafted Kettle popcorn, peanut butter cups, and Halloween Junior Mints, the fun & functional black cauldron pail holding everything is loaded with 6 great drinks. And most of them have Halloween themes: Magic Hat #9, Crisp Apple Hard Cider by Angry Orchard, Oktoberfest by Sam Adams, and Pumpkinhead among others.

Double, double, toil, and trouble! That’s exactly what you’ll get with our Eat, Drink & Be Scary Halloween Beer Bucket. This black “cauldron” pail is filled with the best Halloween treats any ghoul or goblin could want. It has classic chocolate and sugary candies such as peanut butter cups, chocolate M&Ms, candy corn, and more. This gift also includes Halloween themed kettle corn and a festive gift tag. Last, GourmetGiftBaskets has paired each of these treats with a complimentary beer, see the basket contents for the treats & brews pairing suggestions. A perfectly frightful holiday-themed gift!

  • Chocolate Skulls by Palmer – 4.5 oz. – Extra crispy cereal mixed with creamy milk chocolate.
  • Halloween Caramel Apple Popcorn by – 4 oz. – Popcorn coated in the flavors of fall. A sweet autumn treat, just in time for Halloween!
  • Halloween Kettlecorn by – 1.3 oz. – No added flavors, just the salty-sweet taste you used to love getting at the county fair!
  • Plain M&Ms by Mars – 1.69 oz. – Rich milk chocolate coated in bright-colored candy shells.
  • Sour Skittles by Wrigley – 1.8 oz. – Original Skittles alter ego. These fruit candies have a devilishly sour flavor!
  • Candy Corn by Jelly Belly – 1 oz. – This Halloween classic candy is unique in its colors as it is in flavor. Seasonal deliciousness!

For a WOW experience, is a great place to find a fun Halloween gift for your family and your friends. For over a decade, has aimed to stand apart from the competition. From a seamless order experience, to an unparalleled selection of gift baskets, their #1 goal is to wow all the customers. At the very heart of is the core value of providing you gifts and gift baskets with exceptional gourmet ingredients. They carry only the finest quality ingredients for their handcrafted baskets from trusted brands like Ghirardelli Chocolate, Stonewall Kitchen, Cabot Creamery, and Lindt & Sprüngli. knows how important gifting is; you want only the best for your recipient and you need the package delivered on time. The customer service team is there for you whether you want advice on a gift basket, assistance with tracking, or if you have any questions at all – is with you every step of the way. was founded with family values and the desire to provide exceptional handcrafted gifts for all of life’s special occasions. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a nationally recognized gift brand that remains true to its roots.


Quality Skincare Should Be Stress-Free

I always think myself is a super positive person, I love my life, I enjoy doing art, I laugh a lot, and I keep exploring… But this year makes me feel depressed a lot – why I can’t travel to visit my family, and why I have to wear masks to go anywhere. Although I didn’t say wearing masks isn’t right, I totally agree to keep safe for yourself and others by wearing the face coverings. I just feel stressful all the time, and realize a face – even I will still keep being positive, but I admit Life Is Not That Easy.

Because life is crazy enough, your skincare routine should be easy, quick, and effective. Life’s too short to waste time on multiple skincare products every morning and evening.

Clef’s revolutionary copper peptide mask combines the functions of nine different masks into ONE for a stress-free solution. This mask moisturizes, brightens, repairs, smoothes, tightens, nourishes, and heals your skin in one simple step.  Some great benefits you’ll see from these masks; fades acne scars, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation, visibly evens skin tone and improves texture and enhances skin for a luminous bare-faced glow. Use 2 boxes every month to achieve flawless skin!


  • Fades acne scars, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation
  • Visibly evens skin tone and improves texture
  • Enhances skin for a luminous bare-faced glow
  • Minimizes large pores
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Nine different benefits, in one mask
  • 5 pieces in one pack

  1. Stimulate Collagen with Copper Peptides – A naturally-occurring complex that increases collagen and elastin to repair damaged skin, increase skin firmness and elasticity, refine large pores, brighten complexions, and reduce wrinkles and pigmentation.
  2. Antioxidants with Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – A botanical ingredient naturally rich in antioxidants and other youth enhancing compounds. It reduces redness, inflammation and irritation. It has antibacterial, healing, UV protection properties. It helps to reduce puffy eyes.
  3. Reduce Acne Scars with Centella Asiatica Extract – Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals. This super blend of nutrients offers fantastic benefits for the skin, including powerful anti-aging properties. For acne sufferers, it speeds up healing, helps to prevent scarring, and prevents future blemishes.
  4. Regenerate with Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extracts – It contains numerous active components such as phytosterol, azulene and bisabolol. It has healing, anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties. It is also rich in Vitamin B-Complex—a soothing and calming ingredient.

CONSUMER TESTING RESULTS – After using three boxes of our Copper Peptide Mask.

  • 96% found skin looked healthier and felt nourished
  • 94% found pores size minimized
  • 93% found acne scars, dark spots and hyperpigmentation faded significantly

One very important thing is please don’t forget cleaning your face thoughtfully before putting the Copper Peptide Mask on. I recommend Clef’s HYDRATING CLEANSING GEL.


Start your skincare routine right with Clef’s multifunctional cleansing gel that deep cleans pores while imparting moisturizing, repairing, anti-aging, and firming benefits to the skin. This cleanser was carefully formulated to deliver multiple benefits in a single step for a simple, stress-free experience.


  • Moisturizes and repairs skin
  • Improves skin function
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Anti-aging and firming
  • UV-repelling
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Suitable for daily use

*1 bottle can last for 30-45 days.

CONSUMER TESTING RESULTS – After using our Hydrating Cleansing Gel for 2 weeks:

  • 99% found skin felt clean with no irritation
  • 98% found skin felt plump, renewed, and hydrated
  • 95% found skin did not feel stretched, dry, or tight

At CLEF, they want to empower you with straightforward skincare solutions that are clean, regardless of your current skin concerns. Please checking more information out at


Start The Magic Bokksu Journey with Me

Are you ready to experience Japan from home? My answer is a hundred percent yes. 2020 is not a good year for traveling. But how about just have a wonderful journey for Japanese snacks at your own home? Why not. Bokksu can make your dream come true so easily. As a real Asian, I can tell you how much I would recommend you to try out the authentic Asian snacks. Don’t say you have a lot of Asian supermarkets in the city, they only curate the foods are fit for American market. We have a tons more options at our own countries.

Bokksu sources their snacks in Japan from a mix of local and well-known makers, and are committed to building lasting partnerships with these makers to bring the Member the best Japanese snacks available.

When you join Bokksu, every month is a new gourmet adventure! After your first box, immerse yourself in Japanese culture with fun monthly themes from festivals to seasons to prefectures.

Let me show you what I got from this season’s mysterious snack box. With this first box, get the best taste of what a year in Japan is like across all four seasons! Bokksu’s team handpicks each snack that goes in the snack box to bring you an authentic taste of Japan.

Members get more than just an amazing box of Japanese snacks. You also get a Member-exclusive market discount, exclusive in-box content, member-only sales, and more!

Bokksu offers a unique way to learn, taste, and experience Japan and its vibrant culture right from home. There is a map of Japan in the booklet inside your box to tell where does every single snack come from. Each snack have a sweet story behind. I can see how careful the team curate the snacks. They put a lot of effort to make sure all the snacks are worthy to ship overseas and let the customers have wonderful experiences.

You can see the full nutrition fact and ingredients, as well as how it tastes for every single snack. Here are some of my favorite items that I want to share with you.

White Strawberry

Manufacturer: Bokksu
Common Allergens: Milk, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Nagano Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This is the world’s first chocolate-infused strawberry! Strawberries are harvested, freeze-dried, infused with white chocolate, and cooled, for a chocolate with all the flavor of a fresh strawberry!

Tottori 20th Century Pear Fromage Biscuit

Manufacturer: Kotobuki Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tottori Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This delicate biscuit is a luxurious blend of 20th Century Asian Pear (nijiseiki-nashi), rich cheese, and decadent white chocolate.

Matcha Chocolate Stick Cake

Manufacturer: Nakajima Taishodo
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Tree nuts, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Osaka
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

This soft cake uses matcha from Uji, Kyoto, which is known for its high-quality matcha. Pairing earthy matcha with bittersweet chocolate chips gives this cake a rich, subtly sweet flavor.

Aomori Apple Caramel Yakkoi Sable

Manufacturer: Ragueneau Sasaki
Common Allergens: Wheat, Eggs, Milk, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Aomori Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: No This cookie uses apples exclusively from Aomori, Japan’s “apple prefecture.” The addition of sweet apple-caramel butter gives this sable-style cookie a “yakkoi” (soft and chewy) texture.

Uni Rice Cracker

Manufacturer: Bonchi
Common Allergens: Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Mollusk shellfish, Alcohol
Product of: Kumamoto Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: No These delicious fried crackers pull their lovely umami flavor from uni (sea urchin) and soy sauce. It’s savory and salty without being overly fishy, and the cracker’s oblong shape even looks like the actual sea urchin.
Pairing with a cup of black coffee in my own designed mug, I can’t imagine a better way to start my day. This is my heaven of breakfast. Guess what? The motivation to go to sleep is for a good start of next morning, for me is all about the breakfast.
Meow Meow totally agrees with me. Of course I will share nothing with him, but it’s always nice to have a cat watching you while you eat. It adds the happiness double. Life needs sweetness, and you can get the yummy sweetness from Japan! How cool it is. With new themes every month, Bokksu’s monthly snack box delivers Japan-exclusive snacks, candies, and teas to your door! Subscribers save 10% on all market orders too!

How it works

  1. Subscribe and receive a monthly box of curated snacks, rewards, and more.
  2. Receive authentic snacks packed with care and delivered to your door.
  3. Experience the many flavors of Japan one snack, candy, and tea at a time!

Now it’s your turn to experience Japan right from home.