Neal’s Yard Remedies Blogger Event, Leeds
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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Neal’s Yard Remedies store in Victoria Quarter, Leeds, to their blogger day. Their aim was to educate bloggers from around the Yorkshire area about their natural skincare and bodycare products. I recently reviewed their amazing Mothers Bath Oil but I have to admit that this was the only product from Neal’s Yard Remedies that I’d tried so I was looking forward to finding out more.
I was welcomed to the store with a glass of fizz and a selection of superb vegan canapés…
The event was very informal, first of all I chatted to one of their staff (really sorry I can’t remember her name!) and she told me about the background of Neal’s Yard Remedies – starting off in the back streets of Covent Garden 30 years ago and developing into a national brand. We then discussed my skincare regime and which of their products might be right for me. One of the products she recommended was Wild Rose Beauty Balm – this is one of their hero products, a multi-use natural balm that can be used as a moisturiser, mask, cleanser, hair tamer….. the list goes on! I love multi-tasking products and this has definitely been added to my list of products to try.
I had a good look round the store, Neal’s Yard Remedies offer a wide range of essential oils and carrier oils, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. All of their skincare is made from natural and organic ingredients and contains no parabens, mineral oils or silicones, plus everything is cruelty free. I like the fact that there were testers available for all of their skincare products too so you can try before you buy.
I was then invited downstairs to the treatment room where I was treated to a relaxing hand massage from Kiran. She used a range of products from the Bee Lovely collection, made from nourishing beeswax and moisturising organic honey, combined with natural essential oils. Through sales of this range, Neal’s Yard Remedies are donating £10,000 a year to projects that Help Save the Bees. I really enjoyed chatting to Kiran and it was really lovely to spend 10 minutes out of my busy day just relaxing and having a nice treatment.
Following my hand treatment I got chatting to some of the other bloggers who were attending the event, including Saira from Through The Glitter Glass and Foxxtailz who, I found out, lives not too far away from me! It’s always nice to connect with other beauty bloggers, it’s such a friendly community and everyone is so supportive of each other.
All the liquid products at Neal’s Yard Remedies come packaged in their signature dark blue glass bottles, not only do they look stylish and traditional they also protect the contents from light damage (this is particularly important for essential oils and other products that contain natural ingredients). The bottles are recyclable too which not only supports the Neal’s Yard philosophy but they’ve also made them into a funky chandelier for the store!
I was sent home from the blogger event with a very cool goody bag which contained the ingredients to make ‘Super Feel-Good Golden Berry Cups’. Initially I was a bit disappointed that the goody bag didn’t contain skincare or bodycare items as this was what my discussions with the Neal’s Yard Remedies staff had been about and they hadn’t really touched on the food supplement side of things, however I do think that this is a great idea for a goody bag as so often these bags are padded out with samples of things that you’ll never use. I haven’t made my Golden Berry Cups yet, but I plan to do so this week. Plus I’m hoping there’ll be some Organic Virgin Coconut Oil left over as this is an amazing multi-tasking product that can not only be used for cooking but also for skincare too – I’ve heard it’s great for removing mascara!
I treated myself to a bottle of Neal’s Yard Remedies Rosehip Oil too. I’d recently run out of a bathroom cabinet staple – Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – so I thought I’d try the Neal’s Yard version. This oil is full of anti-oxidants and can be used as a moisturiser or as a base oil for aromatherapy.
Now that I know a bit more about Neal’s Yard Remedies I’ll definitely shop there more frequently, probably for their essential oils and possibly for their herbal supplements. If the ‘Super Feel-Good Golden Berry Cups’ are a success I’ll be going back for some more ingredients to make more of those too!
If you like natural skincare and have a Neal’s Yard Remedies store near you I suggest you go in and have a browse. Or have a look on the Neal’s Yard Remedies website, they’ve recently released a new bath and massage oil collection that’s perfect for Valentine’s day! My local store is in York so I’ll definitely be visiting soon.
I’d love to know if anyone has any great skincare recipes that use Coconut Oil?
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