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Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
To me, these had always been the gifts that the Wise Men brought to baby Jesus but Frankincense is a popular ingredient in perfumes, incense and beauty products nowadays. It is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. I had never really used it before in a product so when I received some of the Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense hydrating Facial Mist I was excited to try it.
Neal's Yard Remedies is a British chain of cosmetics stores. Its main aim or focus should I say is on natural remedies and getting away from the synthetic chemical approach to beauty and skincare that most other companies out there seem to have. They say on their website that their vision was to bring the expertise of the apothecary and a holistic approach to health and beauty to local people and their communities.
They actually have the following statement on their website, "What matters to us are people, their health and their happiness. We're obsessed with discovering and delivering natural ways to improve health and well-being and delivering outstanding natural and organic skin and body care products. We also believe passionately that our environment is of vital importance, both in its own right, and as the source of many of the plants and herbs vital to our wellbeing. That's why we actively support and promote organic,"
The first Neal's Yard Remedies shop actually opened as far back as 1981. It was opened in a corner of Neal's Yard in Covent Garden, London, hence the name. The founder, Romy Fraser. was interested in alternative medicine and wanted to bring together all the varying natural remedies available in one shop.
Going into one of their shops you're met with a interesting smell of lots of weird and wonderful fragrances, it's a bit like stepping back in time into a proper chemist store with lots of lotions and potions. It has such a great look to it and to me, the packaging and the bottles are part of the product as well. The store actually attest to this as well. They say that way back in 1617 when apothecaries were the fountain of all knowledge when it came to herbal products, the distinctive features of their trade were the blue bottles filled with herbs and potions. They wanted to bring that kind of look back into their stores which is why now, a lot of their products are sold in gorgeous looking blue bottles.
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. The mist is described as, "A revitalising mist with the aroma-therapeutic benefits of frankincense oil - combining its toning and rejuvenating properties for the skin with its calming effect on the senses." The facial mist comes in a dark blue glass bottle and has a very cool old-time look to it. The bottle has a spray top cap so when you press down on it it sprays the mist on your face. The mist is said to support natural cellular regeneration and rehydrates your skin to keep it feeling soft and refreshed.
Before I used this product I wondered when you would actually use something like this. Well, I tend to spray it on my face when I'm a bit hot and flushed to cool me down or when I've come in from outside when it's been nice and sunny because it is incredibly cooling when you spray it on your face. Yes, you're spraying a light liquid on your face but what's nice is that it dries very quickly and does not make you feel like you've soaked your face in water. What I would also like to use it for is on an airplane when your face gets really dry but until they lift the liquids ban in the cabin I will not be able to do this although I think it would be a great use for the product.
I find the smell quite spicy and intoxicating. It stays on your skin for a few moments but after it has dried you don't really smell it which is nice. It is 98% organic and combines organic herbal extracts of gotu kola, mahonia and calendula with pure frankincense and neroli oils. I can't really tell if it's rejuvenated my skin or not as I only use it fairly infrequently but it's a nice product for a bit of refreshment now and again and also looks great on the bathroom shelf.
When spraying it on your face I definitely recommend closing your eyes and mouth otherwise you will get a nasty taste in your mouth and stinging eyes!
The bottle is 45ml and costs £8.80
A light refreshing blend of fragrant and toning essential oils, anti-oxidant and collagen stimulating herbal extracts, combined with moisture boosting hyaluronic acid /