I can now reveal that I will be having a stall at the gorgeous outdoor Christmas Market at The Plough at Bolnhurst on Saturday 5th December. With lockdown restrictions officially being eased on 2nd December we are delighted that this event can definitely go ahead.
You can find full details of this exclusive event are on their website and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
The Plough wants to ensure safety of all concerned and so the events are ticketed. With two lunch and shop sittings and a twilight shopping period with hot drinks and mince pies there will be plenty of opportunity to join us.
This is a great way to support local businesses, in a beautiful setting and with a gorgeous festive atmosphere.
There will be all manner of gifts ideas yet so don’t worry if you haven’t even started your shopping, this will be the place to do it in a relaxed and civilised fashion.
I will be having my Neal’s Yard Remedies stall at this unique outdoor Christmas market. It will be packed full of natural and organic skin and body care. I will have many of the gifts from the brochure and will still be able to place orders if I don’t have what you would like in stock. You can browse through the range in advance here or you can watch my video where I show you some of the gifts in more detail. Towards the end of the video I also give you ideas for bespoke gift boxes I can make up for you too.
You can follow us all and more details of the event on Instagram @plough_at_bolnhurst
Many of us don’t want to visit the high streets or retail parks for our Christmas shopping this year. Even if you wear your mask, use sanitiser and keep the recommended 2m distance, it’s really not going to feel the same is it?
I know many of you are still only going out for essentials only and with so much available online why would you do otherwise, this year in particular?
It’s also becoming more apparent that you want to be more thoughtful in the presents you give. You don’t want gifts sets with lots of single-use plastic packaging. And you do want to consider the impact on the environment, something more natural, more connected to the earth even. If these things are important to you, why don’t you consider joining my Facebook group?
Well if you know me, you know where I’m going with this – the Neal’s Yard Remedies Christmas gift range is stunning this year! I have been so excited by it in so many ways. It’s beautiful, nature-loving and thought-provoking design, the re-usable ‘plant pot’ packaging and the variety of the range.
As always the products are completely natural and never tested on animals. They are predominantly plant-based, a few have honey or beeswax in (do talk to me if you’re looking for vegan products). They also use essential oils not just for the gorgeous fragrance but also for their amazing healing properties.
Below you’ll see the video I made to help you with your Christmas shopping as I show you around the brochure. But we all know sometimes the sets don’t fit the people we want to buy for so I also showed a few bespoke gift sets I could make up for you.
But I’d also like to highlight a few of my favourites…..
MEDITATE Aromatherapy Duo I use this aromatherapy blend when I run my meditation group on a Thursday evening. It’s gorgeous smell – frankincense, orange, cedarwood, vetiver – happy, relaxed and focused. Perfect!
REVIVE Shower gel collection People visiting my stall often can’t decide which shower gel to choose. They are all so gorgeous my favourite changes each time I open a new one! This gift set means you don’t have to choose.
Seaweed & Arnica BATH SALTS These salts are perfect for after gardening or exercise as the oils sooth aching joints and muscles. A wonderful gift or necessary treat for yourself.
RADIANCE Wild Rose Collectionthis gift set contains the beautiful new items in the Wild Rose range that were launched earlier this year (click here to see my video launch). They have been so popular and this box is so so pretty!
There are many ways you can do your Christmas shopping. You can contact me through any of the usual channels on my contact page or order directly through my Neal’s Yard Remedies website. Or why don’t you make it special and have get a few friends together for a Zoom shopping party? I can send out catalogues and samples to try, set up a Zoom meeting then we gather together with a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate and our slippers for an hour of laughs and loveliness. Book your shopping evening now!
Why have one favourite product when you can have a whole range!
Last month was World Bee Day and there is so much in the news and on social media about saving the bees that I just had to give the whole Bee Lovely range a shout out. Not only that this range is divine and I regularly have at least two items from it on the go at home. As you can see from the photo those currently in use are the hand wash and the all over balm.
The whole range smells of honey and orange but not in an over-powering sickly way, more of a fresh happy way. And for every products sold from the range Neal’s Yard give 3% to bee friendly charities, raising £120,000 to date. They always have done and as far as I’m aware they always will do, so passionate are they about ecology in general and saving the bees. Have a look at their bee saving campaign here.
I love using the shower gel first thing in the morning, the orange essential oil makes me smile and really sets me up for a happy start to the day. Having done a Facebook live in my group (Medulla Holistic Living) about various moisturising products, I re-discovered the All Over Balm. I use it mainly as face mask but it is quite heavy and I do find I need a facewash to remove it – though it feels amazing afterwards. But I also like it as a heel balm particularly at this time of year when we’re in flip flops and sandals. As I say it’s quite oily so pop it on with some old socks and head for bed or pop your feet up for half an hour.
Neal’s Yard promote the Bee Lovely range as our family friend range because of the happy fragrance and yellow packaging. The essential oils will brighten up children and are perfectly safe for them.
Because it is safe for children most of the packaging is plastic, we don’t want the wee ones dropping the glass bottle of handwash! And all our shower gels come in plastic bottles for the same reason, we don’t want them slipping and breaking in the bottom of the shower. However, and it’s a big however; ALL the plastic that Neal’s Yard use is already recycled and if you live close enough to a store then you can return all your empties to be further recycled. If you live locally to me then you can return all your empties to me directly and I am finding lots of ways to use them.
If you are on social media do give us a shout out using #savethebees and if you purchase something from the range pop up a photo too please. Don’t forget you can find me mainly on Facebook and Instagram but also on Twitter and Linked In all using the same handle @medullaspace – come and say Hi!
To all of you who purchase Neal’s Yard products from me, you might be wondering what to do with your old blue bottles and jars. You could do what Mum and I do and use them as vases……
or candle holders……
But if you don’t want them any more and are local to me would you be kind enough to let me have all your old blue bottles and jars back when you have finished with them please (if you’re local I’ll be able to collect from you)? If you don’t live nearby but live near a store, then they are also taking all empty blue bottles and jars back too.
Apart from adding to my collection……..
I am also using the containers for my own creations as part of my aromatherapy course.
I will also be able to pass them on to Tarn who has just launched the Refill Van, so if you have other attractive containers that she can use then you can pass them on through me too.
So do get in touch through the form below if you don’t want your empties – we have plenty of ideas for them! And if you have other ideas then please share them with us on my Facebook page. Thank you.
This month I’m focusing on the brand new Frankincense Intense Cleansing Melt. Sometimes we all need a boost, a treat, a pick-me up and this gorgeous melting cleanser is exactly that. This multi texture cleanser feels soooo indulgent and not only is amazingly good for the complexion but also our mental health as it’s packed full of frankincense, bergamot, mandarin and turmeric for good measure! I first tried this at the Neal’s Yard Conference at the beginning of March – when life was very different, just before lockdown, and fell in love with it then. Of course, I already knew (and loved) the Frankincense Intense range with all its magical anti-aging goodness but the feel of this is completely different.
When I squeeze it out of the tube it comes out as a thick clear gel, which I then apply to my face and gently begin to massage in. As it warms with my skin temperature it melts into an oil which is much easier to massage and much better for cleaning the dirt and pollutants from my pores. (Keep an eye out for my online facial workshops where I will show how to apply this and how to cleanse effectively.) When I feel I’ve enjoyed enough of a massage and cleansed sufficiently, I remove it by adding a little water and the oil turns white and milky so that I can wipe it away easily without leaving an oily residue. It does however leave my skin feeling really very soft and moisturised.
Whilst I have used the Calendula Cleanser for many years, this has now become my special cleanser – you know, for days when it’s all been a bit of challenge or I’m not quite feeling myself. The smell of the frankincense and mild citrus background is automatically uplifting and soothing on the mind and I know that my skin will benefit from the Boswellia Sacra essential oil that will sink in deep and ease out some of the fine lines gathering around my eyes and mouth.
At the conference I was given a pack of sample sachets and asked in a previous newsletter for volunteers to try it out for me, so I could gauge what everyone else felt about it too. Here are some of the comments I received back: