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This particular Neal's Yard product is labelled as a 'beauty balm' and i am sure some people will not recognise that term so i can only explain how i interpreted the phrase and what i used this product.
I have previously used the Neal Yards deep cleansing mask- so i was interested in finding a moisture mask or an overnight product i could use purely or moisturising purposes.
The lady in the shop recommend this balm- she said it was for ALL SKIN types and it's one of the best products out of the entire range.
The product feels very waxy- it's a balm so it's not going to feel like a moisturiser. It then easily crumbles in your fingertips and you put it all over your face- remember a little goes a long way with this product.
When i use this product my skin drinks the moisture but it does leave my face looking a little greasy. For this reason- i choose to wear this product at night- i think that it would be too heavy in the daytime and even for ladies i think if you put makeup on over this product it would literally just melt off.
Although it does have good ingreidents and a nice smell too it. It is expensive but i actually think the product is worth it and if you only use it as a 'booster' or 'nighttime' treatment- then what's what i consider a beauty balm to be in my opinion of the product!
I bought this a few years ago as a luxurious treat for myself. Unlike many products that go off, this still, years later, smells divine. To be honest i forget to use it much, and you only need a tiny bit, which is why it had lasted so well.. I also wasn't sure if I could use it whilst pregnant due to the essential oil content, turns out you can, as the helpful staff in neals yard remedies informed me.
This is a multifunctional potion. You can use it as a moisturiser. It's a thick, waxy consistency that smells lovely, due to the Rosehip oil. I'm not a big fan of the classic rose 'Turkish delight' smell and this is different. It also has geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary seed oil. You can use it as a cleansing mask, and wash off with the muslin cloth provided. It's a very nourishing treat, you wouldn't want to use it for daytime, but it's a real treat at bedtime and I wake up to soft skin, an added bonus is you can smell the essential oils all night!
It is pricy at £37 for 50g, but it's a pampering treat with good quality ingredients. A must have for winter dry skin.
Product Review, Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Suitable for all skin types
This has to be the most versatile skincare product in the range. The key ingredient being organic wild rosehip oil - this is a fantastic natural source of skin nourishing antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids. Proven to help repair, firm and smooth the skin. An award winning product, having won an awards from The Green Beauty Bible and The Natural Health Magazine Beauty Award.
Wild Rose Beauty Balm is comparable to Elizabeth Arden' s highly successful Eight Hour Cream. The consistency is not the same, as this is a balm and not a thick liquid, it does smell a lot nicer than than Eight Hour Cream, and has more uses. A little goes a long way, so although it is £35.25 for 50g, it will last you for a long time.
It can be used as a cleanser, moisten the skin with warm water, gently massage on the balm and rinse off with warm water. My skin felt very hydrated and smooth, as you massage onto the skin, cup your hands and take a deep breath and enjoy the gorgeous aromas.
The Wild Rose Beauty Balm comes with a muslin cloth, which can bee used to exfoliate dead skin cells. As above, gently massage the balm onto moistened skin, the wipe away with the muslin cloth in a circular motion.
Wild Rose Beauty Balm can also be used to nourish the skin, especially dry areas, knees & elbows. It makes an excellent lip balm and is great for the cuticles. If you smooth it generously over your face before you go to bed, you will wake up looking refreshed, with a glowing completion.
As well as rosehip oils, the other ingredients are, geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary seed oil, which help to decongest and enrich the skin.
If I could only choose one product from The Neal's Yard Remedies Organic range, this would have to be the the one.
To order online and to see the rest of the range, go to www.nyrorganic.co
I was a long time fan of Liz Earle's cleanse and polish but after the ingredient change and the sell-out to Avon, I decided that I would hunt out a new holy grail cleanser. I have done a bit of testing for the Beauty Bible and so I looked up my 'Green beauty bible' for a recommendation.
The Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm scored very highly with the beauty bible testers as a cleanser and all-in-one balm. I'd always wanted to try the brand and I like the rose fragrance, so I decided to give it a go. It's quite expensive at £34.50 but seeing as it lasts for ages it seemed a reasonable purchase.
I ordered it from the Love Lula organic website so I can't comment here on the Neal's Yard website or shop service although it is also available from both. Any time I have visited the Neal's Yard shop I have found the staff to be helpful and happy to order in out of stock items, let you test things and give you any advice you need.
The product comes in the trademark blue glass jar with screw lid and purple labelling. It comes in a cardboard box with an instruction leaflet and a beige coloured muslin cloth. The leaflet explains the multiple uses of the product, namely as a cleanser, as an exfoliant and as a skin treatment.
As I had bought the product as a cleanser this was my primary use of it initially. I found it to be quite greasy and heavy on my skin. It is claimed it can be rinsed off, but I found this difficult without the muslin cloth. I liked the fragrance but I wasn't overwhelmed with its performance as a cleanser or exfoliator.
It comes in to its own as a balm, however. I started putting it on my skin as a night treatment, melting it in my hands and spreading it over my facial skin and lips. The next morning I awoke with plump healthy skin. It is also very good for rubbing into nails and any other dry patches of skin.
As it didn't meet my cleansing needs, I am unlikely to buy it again. It is a good overall balm, but there are many similar balm products on the market, many of them much cheaper. The beautiful natural rose fragrance is a bonus as it is a nice smell to have on your skin.
At the moment, it is in my 'use this up' pile rather than my holy grail. Unfortunately it has not performed as well as other Neal's Yard products I have tried.
Ingredients: Rosa canina (Wild rose) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter)*, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Borago officinalis (Starflower) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 99% organic ingredients.
I always enjoy poking around in a Neal's yard shop, sniffing the soaps and generally soaking my poor dry hands in as many hand creams as possible until my paws are sliding off the jars. Unfortunately an embarrassment of choice generally paralyses me, as do the prices. However, during one of the aforementioned pokings around, a staff member mentioned in passing that she was 40. Now, perhaps she was lying, and she was really a 25 year old. But the fact that her glowing skin looked younger than mine was enough to convince me that this "natural" malarkey is where it's at.
Unlike Lush, where the delicious smells are distinctly sugary and pretty (for the most part), Neal's yard products actually smell like the plants they came from - and sharp, rooty, earthy scents can be a bit of a shock when you're used to sniffing sanitised, chemically pots of goodness from Boots.
I decided to try the Rose balm, which is just about the most expensive (and lauded) product in the shop. I figured it would haunt me until I did buy it, and if I was going to get it at some point in my life, why not now? (Yes, I can rationalise any purchase. Don't let me into a puppy shop.)
The assistant waxed lyrical about all the different ways you can use this popular product; it has the triple benefits of being a cleanser and "deeply nourishing" balm, and when used in conjunction with the organic muslin cloth provided, is a gentle exfoliant.
Generally the method is to massage it into your skin and then either rinse it off (good luck) or wipe it off with the cloth (this method seems to be "all the rage," as my mum would say - most high end cosmetics lines have copied the original Eve Lom / Amanda Lacey method of producing a sticky, cold cream style cleanser to be used with a mildly exfoliant cloth. Cotton wool is sooo last decade). You can also use it as a moisturiser - presumably only at night (unless you're a fan of the shiny look, or work on a farm in the Scottish Highlands, in which case I would guess this would be fantastic to slather all over your face to protect it from the elements).
Neal's yard also recommends you do ALL of the above steps, "as part of a full facial treatment to decongest and enrich the skin." I can't help thinking this might be over egging the pudding a bit; could it possibly be a ploy get you to use up tons of the stuff? It does, after all, cost £34.50 per 50g.
The balm boasts "exceptionally high levels of wild rosehip oil" which is an antioxidant proven to help repair, firm and smooth the skin. It also contains geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary seed oil, which can help to decongest skin. (If you do ever have half an hour to spare and are near a Neal's yard shop - the assistants generally really know their stuff and can give you fascinating info on the amazing qualities of various essential oils; whatever problems your face / body may present you with, there is an essential oil to fix it, guaranteed.)
It is a bright yellow, waxy substance, which smells pleasantly medicinal, with a whiff of rosiness. It feels nice and smooth as it goes on, rubs in easily, and like most "balms," feels reassuringly rich as it coats your skin and leaves it soft and slightly tacky afterwards. As a leave-on moisturiser, it feels vaguely warming and oily - pillowcases may need to be changed on a regular basis if this is your night moisturiser.
But is it worth it? I have to say, I have not been blown away by the product. It leaves skin nice and soft and clean, but then, so do plenty of cheaper products. I am glad I've tried it - if only to know that it ISN'T a miracle worker which leaves every other product in the shade.
It's lovely to use, with a comforting smell and texture, so if you have cash to splash, it's worth a try. But if you don't - don't worry. It's simply a nice, effective balm, with great ingredients, not the holy grail of skincare.
Wild Rose Beauty Balm / Nurtures and revitalises all skin types / This award-winning Wild Rose Beauty Balm can be used as a rich cleanser, gentle exfoliant or deeply nourishing balm to quench areas of dry or dehydrated skin / The exceptionally high levels of wild rosehip oil a potent antioxidant proven to help repair, firm and smooth the skin are combined with geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary seed oil, to help decongest and enrich the skin, restoring its natural radiance / Includes a free organic muslin cloth / Benefits:; • Rich cleanser • Gentle exfoliant • Deeply nourishing balm.