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At the start of winter I bought the Neal's Yard Frankincense Nourishing face cream. It is for dehydrated skin and I thought it might help see me through the winter months. This product is also supposed to help with aging skin. Neal's Yard produce natural products and are an established brand.
The cream is sold in a glass jar. When I bought the jar, the assistant said that I would get a small amount of money back on the jar if I brought it in for recycling.
This cream is quite thick and it's a white colour. It is absorbed into my skin quickly and isn't greasy. I use it each morning though I think you could use it as a night cream if your skin wasn't quite as dry as mine. There is almost no scent to this product.
I think that using this cream has helped my skin through this winter. My skin has been soft and looks good. I haven't had any spots, dry or flaking patches which I often get in the winter. I think I will buy another jar for next winter.
After using Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense facial mist for a number of years I decided to purchase the nourishing cream as I recently had a voucher for the store. I love what the facial mist does for my face, it leaves it really hydrated and fresh, so I was excited to ry the cream and was hoping for the same effect from a cream.
All of Neal's Yard products in my opinion are of quite a high quality and are based on natural remedies rather than synthetic chemicals found in other products. I think this is why they have frankincense as one of their products as
Frankincense is said to have a deeply meditative aroma and to be very calming and can evoke an emotional balance in cases of anxiety and stress. It is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. Having used the mist for a while now I would say this is true. It's almost like an aromatherapy tool as it has quite a strong smell and can make you feel relaxed and calm. The smell is a hard on to describe. I find the smell quite spicy and intoxicating and strong. It is a fragrance that lasts but it is not overpowering and it does not give me a headache like a lot of strong fragrances do.
This cream is said to have rejuvenating properties and is boosted with anti-ageing frankincense which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and keep skin feeling soft and fresh. The cream is quite thick but goes on nicely and does not feel heavy or sticky on my face. I like the way it feels after I have applied it and my face does feel nice and fresh after using it. It has 41% organic ingredients and it is a vegan product if that is something that interest you. I just like it for its interesting smell and the way it makes my face feel. A 50g tub costs £20 which in my opinion is not too bad as it will last quite a while with daily use. I can be purchased in store or online.
Neal's Yard is a very interesting and controversial British company specialising in homeopathic and alternative remedies and cosmetics. The controversy comes from claims the company made last year regarding the ability of their homeopathic remedies to cure serious diseases including malaria. They have refused to reply to difficult questions posed to them by the press and I personally find their claims quite questionable indeed, especially if they are causing anyone to forgo care by a qualified physician in favour of these natural remedies.
However, quite apart from these natural remedies, I had always heard very good things about Neal's Yard beauty treatments, so when I picked up a magazine that gave out a free sample of this Frankincense cream, I was excited to try it.
Neal's Yard Frankincense Cream claims to be suitable for all skin types. I am often suspicious of this "one size fits all" approach because my skin is very dry and generally needs special care and products made for it specifically.
Neal's Yard Frankincense Cream is made from 91% organic materials. It comes in a pretty purple and lavender container with a certification from NYR Wild and Organic printed on it. The cream is free from synthetic fragrances or colours, mineral oils, and parabens. So far, so good!
To apply the cream you put a small amount onto your fingertips and rub gently onto your face. I use this as a day cream but someone with oily or normal skin may wish to use it as a night cream. The cream is pleasantly thick and goes on smoothly, but it quickly sinks into my skin leaving it soft and smooth. The smell of this product is very unusual and very difficult to describe. I don't know what frankincense smells like but I can only assume this is the scent this cream gives off. I can't say I particularly like or dislike it. It is a bit woodsy, perhaps slightly grapey (although this may be the influence of the purple container making me think so!). The smell is fairly strong as you apply this but fades quickly.
The cream does moisturise my skin adequately for daytime and I love the way it makes my skin feel so fresh and soft.
A 50g container of this nourishing cream is currently selling for £17.80 at John Lewis. I think this is good value for a cream of this quality.
I love this moisturiser - particularly as it ticks all the right boxes for me being derived mostly from organic materials. Its also a British company and I love being able to buy a high quality product produced over here!
The moisturiser is thick in texture but is non-greasy and leaves my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. For me, the smell is the best bit of the moisturiser though. It really is amazing and makes me feel relaxed and calm - perfect before a busy day in the office.
The cream (at the moment) comes in a glass container which is great for recycling.
Its not bargain basement cheap, but I don't find this an expensive option, particularly considering the organic content of the cream.
Although using this means that I have to plan my moisturising in advance (I have to order it online as it isn't in most local stores) its worth the extra effort!
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of a magazine which had a free sample of this cream attached to the cover.
I think I have dry skin, although my beautician describes it as 'dehydrated' whenever I go in for a facial. I've found it difficult to source products specifically for dehydrated skin, so I go for dry skin products and hope for the best. More often than not, I end up with something that is too rich and heavy, and which occasionally brings on an outbreak of spots.
I was pleased to discover that the Neal's Yard Frankincense cream had none of these problems, and I can honestly say my skin felt more nourished and rehydrated after using it.
As an added bonus, the Neals Yard range of products contain no parabens or other chemical nasties - something that I strive to avoid whenever possible. This product is highly recommended.
I have been using Neals Yard Frankincense Nourising Cream for 3 months now, and have definitely noticed a visable improvement in the firmness and texture of my skin. There are various oils in the cream which nourish and condition your skin, these are:- jojoba, wheatgerm, almond, apricot kernel and sunflower. These are combined with the pure essential oils of frankincense and myrrh, which are renowned for their moisturising and rejuvinating properties. The cream itself is quite rich, so I'd recomend it's used as a nightcream only, although it does say on the jar that it can be used as a daycream also. It is suitable for dry or mature skins, so not if your skin is greasy as it will only make the problem worse. It doesn't leave a greasy film on your skin, and only a small ammount is needed, so the jar lasts ages (I'm still on my first one). After a few weeks of regular use, your face starts to look and feel firmer, younger and brighter. Of course dont expect miracles, no cream can do that, but expect to see an improvement. the jar comes in 2 sizes, 40g - £9.50 or 100g - 16.50. The only downside I can see is that some people may not like the smell of the cream, which isn't strong, but you can definitely smell the essential oils in it. You can buy this wonderfull product, along with many others on the Neals Yard website (nealsyardremedies.com). Unfortunately the only other place you can buy the Neals Yard products is in Covent Garden, London.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Polysorbate 60, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil+, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil+, Boswelia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Sorbitan stearate, Tocopheryl acetate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene / Organically produced ingredient approved by Soil Association / +Nut based ingredient / A revitalising moisturising cream for tired, ageing or mature skin / A combination of nourishing base oils are blended with essential oils renowned for healing, rejuvenating and revitalising tired or ageing skin / Benefits: Reduces the appearance of fine lines / Encourages regeneration / Extra rich for drier skin / Directions for use: Use as a rich, deep moisturiser during the day or at night /