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I have experimented with several Neal's Yard moisturisers over the years with varying levels of success. The products themselves are always of lovely quality, with organic, non-chemical, non-yukky ingredients that you know aren't in any way bad for your skin. My skin in particular, while approaching the need for anti-wrinkle products, is sensitive and spot prone, more so in my thirties than ever before. It is probably the various things I slap on to paper over the cracks, but with this cream I have never experienced any breakouts or irritation. This cream is meant to be quite the anti-ageing wonder and was very highly ranked in the Handbag Beauty Bible a few years back, which is pretty impressive for a natural product that doesn't boast of intergalactic biospheres cooked up by scientists in a Swiss lab somewhere as most of these anti-ageing creams do! It has a lovely, subtly sweet spicy smell (no doubt the frankincense or myrhh but it reminds me of nutmeg). I mostly use this one as a night cream as it is relatively rich and I tend to stick to light moisturisers in the day. That said this is a fairly light, easily absorbed cream that never leaves my combination skin with any greasiness, in fact it does seem to have a slight toning/de-greasing effect if anything. So it might not be rich enough for dry skin types. As for anti-ageing, well I do think this helps minimise fine lines. Frankincense oil is apparently the mack daddy of natural products for its anti-wrinkle/restorative benefits, among many other holistic uses. This product also contains myrrh which is also known for its healing qualities. I honestly am not too bad for wrinkles yet, even at my ripe old age of almost 38! But I do think this smooths and makes my skin tone look more even, and generally just glowier. And crucially for me, no breakouts or oiliness. This cream is part of a line of other Frankincense products, including a richer Nourishing cream, face wash, serum, toner, etc. Neal's Yard Remedies is a very successful brand that began as as small Covent Garden shop in 1981, basing their products on Apothecary/plant based natural, organic skin care. They support organic farmers and the environment according to their website, which is jolly nice of them. The products are bottled in heavy blue glass that preserves them for longer as they are not full of artificial preservatives like most (and they look rather pretty as well!). They sell everything from face to body and hair care, as well as homeopathic oils and such (which I have never tried but am sure smell lovely if their creams are anything to go by). Unlike some other organic brands, I don't find the scents of their products overwhelming, or remotely fusty as these sorts of things sometimes can be. They smell and feel luxurious. They are not particularly cheap, this cream retails at around £21 for 50ml but I do think it is value for money, there are probably many more actual beneficial ingredients in here than other more expensive creams. I for one would be very happy to find some Neal's Yard in my Christmas stocking, not holding my breath though as hubby doesn't stray far from The Body Shop! Their products are sold in stand alone shops and selected other shops including Boots and John Lewis. Also they have a website, of course - http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/ Ingredients list: Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl alcohol, Alcohol denat.*, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) flower extract*, Cetearyl glucoside, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil*+, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*+, Borago officinalis (Borage) seed oil*, Daucus carota (Carrot) fruit oil*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Potassium sorbate, Sodium hyaluronate, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrhh) oil, Limonene. *Organically produced ingredient. +Nut/Seed-based ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 91% organic ingredients. This is a vegan product.
Just in time for Christmas comes this review about Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense hydrating cream. I received a gift box of Neal's Yard remedies frankincense products and this was one of the items in the box. I love Neal's Yard Remedies products and have used a number of them over the years. 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. 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," I have used a number of their frankincense products, including the facial mist which I really love and its a very interesting smell but quite an intoxicating and special one. The smell is quite spicy and warm and is different than anything I have smelt before. Apparently, According to an article I read, Frankincense is a popular ingredient in perfumes, incense and beauty products nowadays. It is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. The nice thing is though the frankincense smell is not overpowering or too strong so you can wear it for day wear and not feel too heavy and smelly. This cream comes in a nice glass round tub and is in the familiar dark blue Neal's Yard Remedies colours with a twist on black lid. This makes it easy to get to the cream in my opinion and the packaging looks really classic and expensive. On the front of the tub it says this cream keeps all skin types soft and fresh. It contains frankincense which helps to reduce fine lines and also includes plant oils rich in vitamin A and E to revitalise a tired complexion. The cream is a natural white colour and is quite thick although when you rub it into your skin it really feels quite light and it soaks in well. I also find it quite cooling after I have applied it and it gives my hands and skin a wonderfully fresh light feeling. The cream has glycerin as one of its ingredients and you can really tell because you can see it in the formula when you rub it into your skin. For me this really works to make my skin feel really soft after I have applied it. Like I've said above I received this tub of cream in a gift box but if you were to buy it separately it would cost £24.75 for 50g, a bit expensive but a nice luxurious cream.
Neal's Yard is a beauty company initiated in 1981. They use organic ingredients and do not test on animals. *~*Frankincense*~* The Frankincense range from Neal's Yard includes various skin, body and remedy products. This review discusses my use of the Hydrating Cream. This hydrating cream is suitable for all skin types and can be used as a day or night treatment. It is an organic cream which is enriched with rejuvenating properties from myrrh and frankincense. It also contains various plant oils and herb extracts. This combination of ingredients is designed to keep the skin soft and reduce any fine lines. *~*Ingredients*~* Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl alcohol, Alcohol denat.*, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) flower extract*, Cetearyl glucoside, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil*+, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*+, Borago officinalis (Borage) seed oil*, Daucus carota (Carrot) fruit oil*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Potassium sorbate, Sodium hyaluronate, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrhh) oil, Limonene. *organically produced The ingredients list is from www.nealsyardremedies.com and I deem it neccesary given the organic claims from the company. This product is 91% organic. *~*Packaging*~* The full size product is presented within a round, plastic tub with a screw top lid. The tub carries the same design as many of the Neals Yard products with a purple and white label a dark coloured tub. For the purpose of this review, I am reviewing a tube which is half the size of the tub. The cream should be used up within 12months of first opening. *~*Price*~* A 50g tub can be purchased from www.nealsyarkremedies.com and is priced at £23.50. Amazon and www.naturalcollection.com also stock this at the same price. Ebay offers it at £17.50. This particular range also includes serums and sprays. *~*My Thoughts*~* I received a 25g tube of this hydrating cream a few months ago. My tube came as part of a set and personally, I find a tube a lot more convenient for this type of product. I used this for a while and to be honest, I wasn't keen on it. I don't like waste and will use the tube up but I won't be splashing out over 20quid for a tub! *~*Where's The Gold?*~* The cream itself is easy to dispense from the tube. The cream is designed to be used after cleansing and this is exactly what I done. I cleansed and toned my face and used this as a night cream. It is quite heavy and thick and personally I do not consider it ideal to be used as a day cream. The main issue I had with this cream was the scent. Whilst I can appreciate its organic nature, the scent just wasn't appealing in the slightest. It had an essential oil aroma which is to be expected but it was mainly herby smelling and I didn't take pleasure in applying it to my face! The cream spreads easily and coats my dry skin is a greasy, thick layer of cream. It doesn't absorb particularly fast and sits on the surface of my skin. Whilst I haven't experienced any discomfort using this cream, I simply didn't like the way it felt on my skin. It felt sticky! The scent does linger and then changes to a plasticky type smell which is even worse. So the morning after..has my gold been delivered? Other than making my skin feel rather soft and smooth the next morning, there were no noticeable rejuvenating benefits obtained during the time I used this cream. It didn't have any impact on the small lines I have and was particularly hydrating or refreshing deep down. To be honest, it was no better than your average Johnson's day cream at 3quid. *~*Conclusion*~* As a small amount goes a long way, my half sized tube has lasted for around 12 applications and has a small amount left. I would estimate a 50g tub to offer around 30 applications which isn't value for money if using daily in my opinion. It isn't worth the smell and sticky face to gain minimal results so I cannot recommend this cream. It isn't worth the high price tag and you can do so much better for a cheaper price. Thanks for reading x
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Alcohol denat / , Calendula officinalis (Marigold) flower extract, Cetearyl glucoside, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil+, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil+, Borago officinalis (Borage) seed oil, Daucus carota (Carrot) fruit oil, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Potassium sorbate, Sodium hyaluronate, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrhh) oil, Limonene / Organically produced ingredient / +Nut-based ingredient / A light, organic daily moisturising cream enhanced by the rejuvenating properties of frankincense and myrrh to help reduce fine lines and keep skin feeling beautifully soft, fresh and youthful / With nutrient rich plant oils and herbal extracts to strengthen and rejuvenate the skin / Benefits: Revitalising / Reduces the appearance of fine lines / Helps boost skin's natural regeneration / Directions for use: Apply after cleansing / Can be used as a day or night cream /