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This product was featured as a 'gift with purchase' on one of the women's magazines earlier this year. I snapped up this variant and the rose hand cream as I know they are always excellent product.
I can’t remember a time when Neal’s Yard weren’t around but they’ve actually only been around since 1981 when they set up their first store in Covent Garden. Their positioning is quite simple and they’ve built their reputation on products that are rich in plant extracts, have a lot of natural and organic ingredients, packaged in old-style blue glass apothecary bottles and jars. They do cool things such as making their offices, shops and production sites carbon neutral and they have ‘ethical company’ status with the ‘Good Shopping Guide’
Price wise, I consider Neal’s Yard products to be pretty good value for money but never cheap. Compared with hand creams from companies like L’Occitane or Molton Brown, they are cheaper and (to my opinion) better quality. The scents are nicer and more natural than Molton Brown and ethically I think they beat both companies.
But is it actually any good?
The first thing to be aware of is that this is a really rich - almost too rich - cream and you need a lot less than you could imagine you would. Dispense a tiny blob, about half or a quarter the size you’d normally go for. If it’s not enough you can add more but if it’s too much you’ll end up rubbing it all over your forearms and wishing you’d not wasted it by using too much.
The cream is very thick and it doesn’t soak in quickly - that’s another reason to be really careful with how much you use. The scent lingers for a very long time - several hours after each application - and it makes my skin feel really soft and indulged.
The big surprise in the formulation for this stuff is that it really does feel like it ought to contain lots of shea butter but it doesn’t. Instead the oily ingredients are soya oil, almond oil and beeswax. It’s also full of natural essential oils and extracts including lemon peel oil, bergamot peel oil, and of course Mentha spicata (aka spearmint) oil.
This stuff smells so wonderful and feels so good that I really would be quite happy to pay full price for a tube of Garden Mint and Bergamot hand cream from Neal’s Yard. Though the danger is that I spend far too much time sniffing my hands because I like it so much.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycine soja (Soya) oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil, Cera alba alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl glucoside, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder, Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil expressed, Litsea cubeba fruit oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) herb oil, Melaleuca viridifolia (Niaouli) leaf oil, Vetiveria zizanoides (Vetiver) root oil, Mentha spicata (Garden mint) oil, Levulinic acid, Sodium levulinate, Potassium sorbate, Xanthan gum, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Organically produced ingredient / Natural constituent of essential oils listed / Made with 92% organic ingredients / Neal's Yard Remedies Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Cream deeply nourishes, moisturises and softens with the energising scent of freshly picked garden mint and zesty bergamot essential oil / Benefits: Deeply nourishing / Energising / Softening / Protecting / Directions for use: Apply Neal's Yard Remedies Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Cream to dry skin / Keep on you for instant energising skin softening / Re-apply as needed, particularly after washing hands /