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Neal's Yard is a decent company from which I enjoy buying natural pure plant oils that I use for my complexion.
Over the years I have tried many types of Rosehip Seed Oils and I must say the Neals Yard is also very good. One of the reason that I particularly like it is dues to it's pleasant scent, I have noticed some others can have a slightly fatty rancid scent but it seems that Neal's Yard Rosehip Seed Oil is more on the less scented and lightly woody side though in time in can go also smelling a bit like fish and chips too. But no worries, I think you have to have a really fine nose to sense that, many people can't, is inevitable with vegetable oils eventually to change scent even though they are not expired.
This Oil has the benefit in being organic, this way I can be sure there are no chemicals within it trapped.
I personally love to use it on my face in particular, I love mixing it with Jojoba Oil. On it's own it can be a bit too heavy for my skin and I think Jojoba throws in a perfect balance because it is really light so they compliment one another.
I also love mixing it with pure essential oils, is perfect for that and also I get extra befits from the flower extracts.
I am using Neal's Yard Organic Rosehip Seed Oil daily for months now and my skin feels smooth and clear. It has been an fantastic aid this winter in the cold weather and I never got dry skin.
I also like keeping a small 10ml bottle in my purse when I travel and I apply a few drops on my hands if they are dried due to the weather. It really softned my hands with regular use gets absorbed quickly.
I have never seen this product in any shops, I have to order it over the internet all the time but that is ok as it always arrives quickly and well packed.
A few years ago, I walked into Neal's Yard Remedies attracted by the natural organic products, and enquired about products that would help my problem skin. I am quite spot prone and my skin scars quite easily from the spots. My skin has been a cause of irritation for many years, and I had tried so many things, I was really getting fed up!
I was recommended to try their Rosehip Seed Oil, which is a rich yet light oil, specifically made for use on skin, and would help me reduce my scars, regenerate my skin, and for my general skin health.
I don't really like the idea of putting oil on my face and then going to work, so I use this during the night or when I am going to be in the house all day.
The bottle is made out of thick glass, so is firm and is also easy to hold. There is no messy applicator nonsense, it is just an open bottle, so you just dab onto your finger as much as you want, and then massage onto your skin.
The smell is quite unusual, quite earthy and nutty, but not unpleasant. The oil itself is a slightly orangey colour, and gives a warm sheen to your face (don't worry, you don't turn orange!).
My skin has improved significantly after using this, and I think it really benefits the skin by giving it essential moisture and oil. A lot of focus is upon oil-free products, but I have read in a number of places that your skin actually needs oil, so it is good to give it oil. I think gently massaging your skin also helps circulation and tone. Adequate proof is when you have a massage and they slather your body in oils, how good does your skin feel after that!?
It is quite pricey at £16.00 a bottle, but it is really good stuff, and lasts quite a while. I do think its good to invest money into skin products, if the product is worth it! I know there are a lot of overpriced products on the market which are not really worth the price, and some cheaper stuff also works (I use Vaseline Intensive Moisture Body Lotion on my face during the day, cheap as chips, which has been another lifesaver, its brilliant!). Now I've finally found a skin care routine that works for me, I'm so happy!
Although I had acne and scar related problems, which this product helped me with, I am certain it is good for general skin health and regeneration. Please see the general product description at the end of my review.
There are loads of Neal's Yard Remedies shops in London, with a number of branches throughout the country. You can also buy online.
They have lots of other lovely products which are worth trying, and if you're not sure if the product is right for you, the people are really nice in there, and will give you good advice instead of trying to flog you things. (well the ones in the Covent Garden and Leeds branches are, not been anywhere else!).
From the product description:
Rosehip Oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which promote the production of the prostaglandins involved in tissue healing and regrowth. The fatty acids also help to promote cellular development and collagen synthesis, which is important for keeping skin smooth and supple.
* Encourages growth and repair of skin tissue
* Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and diminishes skin ageing signs.
* Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids
To use oil neat, wash and dry the area of skin to which Rosehip Oil will be applied. Apply a few drops to the affected area and massage in well using soft circular massage. Apply twice daily for at least three months.
Continue after this time as desired. Alternatively, add a couple of drops to moisturiser or body lotion: mix in palm and apply to face or body.
Rosehip Oil can also be used as a base oil with essential oils added to it for a skin-nourishing massage.