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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Neals Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Wash. Review



Hi,

some time ago I purchased a few products from Neal's Yard Remedies. This London based company makes very nice natural and organic cosmetics. The products are expensive but I got mine cosmetics during major sale:).



This is what the producer says about the Bee Lovely Hand Wash :
"Gently cleanses hands and helps save the bees. We are donating 10,000 a year to bee lovely projects to Help Save the Bees.
Our natural Bee Lovely Hand Wash is infused with moisturising organic honey and fragrant, uplifting organic orange and mandarin essential oils, to gently cleanse and subtly scent the grubbiest of hands.
Gentle enough for the whole hive, including children aged 3 years and over."

Sounds great but  I couldn't really find any reviews from the internet about this product. However I decided to give it a go because saving the bees is a great idea and I wanted to support it. Another thing is that so far everything what I have tried from Neal's Yard Remedies has been great.



Unfortunately Bee Lovely Hand Wash is not good at all, in fact it is rather a bad product. Why? Because it will dry your skin. According to the manufacturer Bee Lovely Hand Wash will gently clean the hands and is suitable even for small children. Hmmm...I have to disagree. In my opinion this hand wash cleanses the hands in rather aggressive way. I think if you would use it only a couple of times a day then probably it shouldn't be such a big problem but repeated use of this hand wash will have a drying effect. I suspect that this is because of the denatured alcohol. If you have a look at the ingredients list you will see that alcohol denat. is in the 6th place (rather high).


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Potassium sunflowerate*, Potassium cocoate*,Coco-glucoside, Glycerin*, Alcohol denat.*, Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oilexpressed*, Mel (Honey)*, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil expressed*, Potassium chloride, Potassium citrate, Styrax tonkinensis (Benzoin) resin extract* Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
*Organically produced ingredient.Natural constituent of essential oils listed.
Made with 91% organic ingredients.

Of course I was aware that the denatured alcohol is drying on the skin but at the same time I was hoping that honey known for its moisturizing properties will balance the drying action. Sadly this wasn't the case. Because I didn't want to throw away the whole bottle I mixed the product with a bit of olive oil and that helped but still I wasn't able to use it on a regular basis. 

Benefits:
natural
nice citrus scent
contains organic honey
helps save the bees

Cons:
contains alcohol denat.
drying
expensive

I honestly cannot recommend Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Wash to anyone. Especially small children and people with sensitive skin should stay away from this product. Its formula definitely needs some improvements.

Greetings and thank you for reading.

Joanna

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate review

Hello,

today I would like to review another product from Neal's Yard Remedies. This time it is a Beauty Sleep Concentrate. I have read a lot of positive reviews about this product and decided to give it a try.

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Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate
According to the producer: "our luxurious, lightweight and easily absorbed Beauty Sleep Concentrate has been scientifically formulated to support your skins natural night time regeneration, while helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles".
This product should support your skin's night time recovery. It should also help to prevent premature skin ageing and refresh and replenish your skin.

For me the most important is that Beauty Sleep Concentrate is 90% organic, vegan and cruelty free.
It also has fantastic ingredients like: cocoa seed butter, grape seed oil, castor oil, aloe vera, ylang ylang, orange and patchouli oil, etc.

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I have combination, blemish- prone skin. I was a little bit afraid that this product will cause break out but luckily nothing like that happened. On the contrary I think that Beauty Sleep Concentrate actually speeds up the skin's healing process.
After using it my skin feels refreshed, looks radiant and plump. 

How I use it:
I apply 3 pumps of Beauty Sleep Concentrate on my face and neck. The texture is quite thick but it absorbs very quickly. It doesn't leave any greasy residue. In my opinion it actually could be also used in the morning.

Now, another important thing - the smell. Beauty Sleep Concentrate has an intensive and natural scent that is very different if compared to non organic products. If you don't have too much experience with organic cosmetics be ready for a small shock:). 
Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate smells strongly of ylang-ylang and patchouli. The scent is relaxing and I have read that they might help you to fall asleep faster:).

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Benefits:
speeds up the skin's healing process
moisturizes the skin
nourishes the skin
doesn't clog the pores
easy to apply
light formula
absorbs quickly without leaving greasy residue
smells nice
natural ingredients
cruelty free
vegan
organic


Cons:
price
availability


I can recommend Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate in 100 % to everybody. It will moisturize, nourish and heal your skin.

Greetings and thank you for reading,

Joanna


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Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycine soja (Soya) oil*, Glycerin, Cetyl alcohol,Cetearyl olivate, Cetearyl glucoside,Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter*, Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil*, Narcissus tazetta (Chinese sacred lily) bulb extract, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Sodium hyaluronate, Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) flower oil*, Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oil expressed*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Styrax tonkinensis (Benzoin) resin extract*, Alcohol denat.*, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf oil*, Salvia sclarea (Clary sage) flower oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Sodium levulinate, Levulinic acid, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Xanthan gum, Potassium sorbate, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.

*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 90% organic ingredients. This is a vegan product.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream. Review.


Hello,
today I would like to review a Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream. The Neal's Yard company has been my latest discovery in organic skin care. This is a London situated company where people "believe that beauty, health and wellbeing should be natural, not synthetic". They have said that they believe in nature (and who doesn't by the way) and customer's right to know what goes into the products he buys. I think that those statements sound great:).


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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream

Before in the shop I wouldn't pay too much attention to Neal's Yard Remedies products because I simply didn't like the packaging. I wouldn't find it too appealing. But because I always want to try some new organic skin products I got this Melissa hand cream when it was in promotion:)

Melissa hand cream has nourishing and protective properties. It is good for hard working and dry hands. The cream is rich and can also be used on the feet and elbows.

It contains fantastic ingredients: different types of oils and herbal extracts. for example: almond, jojoba and olive oil, rose flower extract, beeswax, citrus and mandarin peel oil, oils of frankincense and myrrh, comfrey extract, etc.

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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream

Because it contains essential oil of melissa (lemon balm) it has citrusy scent. I like this scent a lot and I think it has calming effect on me. This is like aromatherapy:). But I have also noticed that many people around me don't like the smell. I am actually not surprised because organic cosmetics do smell differently comparing to chemical ones. If someone doesn't have much experience with organic products then she/he may think that they smell bad. Anyway I have stopped using melissa hand cream when I am in the school and I apply it only when I am at home.


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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream
I apply in not only onto the skin but I also massage the fingers and the base of the nails. This is actually the first product I use for both hands and nails and it works great. Because I wash my hands a lot my nails are really dry and even split (cleaning, washing, household jobs, etc. contribute a lot). Luckily the melissa hand cream has improved condition of my nails a lot. Now they are nourished, stronger, and they look whiter as well:).
My hands are nourished and the skin feels softer and soothed but I would preferred a little bit more of moisturizng action


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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream

The cream is great for the winter time because it protects the hands from the cold, wind, dryness. It leaves a bit greasy residue and it takes a while to absorb.
I have been using this cream for about 3 weeks (but not every day) and about 60% of the product is gone. The tube is rather small - 30 ml so it will not last long.
It is also quite expensive.  

Benefits:
  • good ingredients
  • 82% organic
  • cruelty free
  • nourishing
  • soothing
  • softening
  • smells nice
  • good for the nails
Cons:
  • price
  • availability
  • doesn't last long

Aqua (Water), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil*+, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Alcohol denat., Rosa centifolia (Rose) flower extract, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside, Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) extract*, Zea mays (Corn) starch*, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) extract*, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil*, Litsea cubeba fruit oil*, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Vetiveria zizanoides (Vetiver) root oil*, Citrus aurantium amara (Petitgrain) oil*, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) oil*, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

*Organically produced ingredient. +Nut based ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 82% organic ingredients

I recommend this product especially during the winter and as a night treatment. It will repair your hands and nails when you sleep. And it will protect your hands from the cold weather.

Greetings and thank you for reading,
Joanna