I love Neal’s Yard products, that much is obvious to anyone I talk to about them and it’s why I became a consultant in the first place. It’s not because I’m a skincare therapist or beautician but because I have always loved skincare and beauty products.
In recent years I have become more and more concerned about the contents of many high street beauty and skincare products. When I was a teenager we were concerned about animal testing but these days we’ve also become aware of the chemicals that are used in the most basic of face creams. I don’t like the idea of putting petro-chemicals on my skin – the fastest absorbing part of our body. But I do want to feel good and look after my skin – oh, and if it happens to smell divine too – I’m sold.
I’m sure over the coming months I will write several blog posts on the different Neal’s Yard products that I love but thought I’d start with one of our largest and most popular ranges. Why start with one product when you can cover a whole range!!
I had obviously heard of Frankincense and liked it as an essential oil in a burner and the resin in natural incense but had no idea of its incredible properties. It wasn’t until I joined NYRO and discovered the jar of Frankincense Hydrating cream in my starter kit that I really began to appreciate it. That summer I took that small jar of cream on our many camping trips as my one-stop go-to cream for everything – face, body, hands etc. It smelt beautiful and went a very, very long way – that jar lasted me a good year. And it had great moisturising properties – otherwise I would not have carried on using it.
After that I was hooked and my collection now includes the cleanser, eau de parfum, facial mist, frankincense and mandarin body lotion and the newest most indulgent addition is the Frankincense Intense Concentrate. I bought some sample sachets of this new product for sample baglets or to pop in with customer orders and of course, had to try one myself.
Just a side line here without getting scientific or salesy, but I found the explanation on how they discovered the new active ingredient in the Intense range really interesting and inspiring so here is a link if you’re interested in reading it for yourself.
Like most people I have doubted the claims of creams to tighten and firm the skin, or certainly to an extent that was actually noticeable. However I have a tried a few things over the years that have convinced me there is something in some of the ingredients. Now I’m an advocate of growing old gracefully, I would never consider surgery and botox injections. But if there is something out there that is natural and will help tighten up the areas I’m noticing are becoming a little saggy (I really want to put a tearful emoticon in here)…………… Well, I ask for help from the Universe and Mother Nature in others areas of life – why not this one?
So, I tried the new Intense Concentrate sample sachet – (you’ll get two (maybe three) applications) and I noticed a difference within an hour or so. Yes, REALLY!! Of course it didn’t last more than a few hours – but nice for a special occasion or when I want a pep-me-up.
I then tried it for a whole week – morning and night – by the way, did I mention how good this little treasure smells? Slightly spicy, woody, a little background citrus and delicate floral all rolled in to one – how can it have all those notes? I don’t know, I’m not an expert but I do smell all these and I do love it. It’s like a serum in texture, quite silky and not at all greasy but also spreads really easily. I digress – well after a week the tightened, brightened skin was more noticeable and lasted longer than the one off test had done – result! And although others might not know why I looked different, people did comment on how well I looked at this time – double result!!
However it’s not the cheapest product in the Neal’s Yard arsenal and I hope I’m not saggy enough to need that lift continuously yet. So I have decided to keep it for when I really need it – those days when I want to feel extra good or confident. So I might use it as a one off or for a few days leading up to something special, but all products have a shelf life and I don’t want to waste this so I am using it – it will not go to waste. It doesn’t matter whether others notice it or not – I will know and I will feel special when I use it.
After months, no years, of talking about it I have finally handed in my notice and will be leaving the construction industry and the job that sucked so much out of me.
I can’t believe how much I have changed, just in the few days since the seed of the decision has been sown, before I acted on it. I feel lighter, free-er, happier than I have in years. This is a new type of happiness, the happiness that comes from regular meditation and Reiki practice. I have had glimpses of it in the past and read much about it but it always seemed elusive. I now realise that it was hidden behind the job – poking its head out occasionally to tease me but hiding again until I was ready to drop the veil of the job. A job I thought I needed so badly, the income, the travel, the flash dinners, the confidence of winning the latest contract. But over the last few months I had begun to see it for what it really was, fake, superficial and so much of it utterly pointless.
But those of us who have to go through a period of loss to gain more (and this is not everyone’s journey) will know the feeling when enough is enough, now is the time. For some it is forced upon them – redundancy, divorce, bereavement, losing the house. Then for some they are lucky enough to get to choose. Lucky? I’m not sure about that now that I’m writing this. The pain of the dilemma, weighing up the pros and cons, is this the right thing to do? Is this the right time to do it? It goes round and round your head. Aaaargh!
But then some small thing triggers the decision and makes it feel right – for me it was a conversation with my boyfriend’s sister – who said of the job “if it’s making you ill then you HAVE to get out”. Whilst I knew my health had suffered slightly (here I am playing it down again!) it took someone else to switch that light bulb on. But now I’ve got back to yoga classes and walks in daylight, getting in touch with friends again and already feeling creative again – the things that make us feel happy and help us enjoy life.
I know that now the hard work really begins though. I will probably need to get a part time job but for now I can concentrate on building my practice to help others. Introducing others to the benefits of meditation and Reiki (and soon reflexology), encouraging them to develop their own meditation practice and using the Reiki and reflexology to help them on their journey and to aid their bodies in healing.
I can also use the time to grow my knowledge of Neal’s Yard Remedies beautiful products and share these with others through parties and open days. I love the enthusiasm with which they create these divine skin and body care products and then share it with others – “one blue bottle at time”.
So if you are in need of a social way to discover gorgeous plant-based organic products, are in need of quiet space for meditation or would like to discover the balance or energy of Reiki, then please drop me a line. The easiest way is on 07779 088281 but there are other ways too which you can click here to find.
For the first time in a long time I really feel positive about my diary, not threatened by it……..and it is such a beautiful diary this year!
Love and light
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