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!
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:
Neal’s Yard Organic Defence spray has always been a popular item and a staple in many people’s handbags, baby bags, cars etc.
It has a 70% alcohol content which makes it a trustworthy hand sanitiser at any time. But unlike hand sanitiser gels, this fresh scented liquid does not dry out hands and I often feel leave mine feeling softer.
Using the powers of aromatherapy, the essential oils contained in this range have anti-bacterial, cleansing, immune-stimulating and calming properties, making it wonderfully soothing and uplifting for our mental health as well as boosting our protection.
People often ask me which is my favourite Neal’s Yard product and that’s a very difficult one to answer. You see it changes with the season or when I try something new or when I rediscover something I haven’t used for a while.
I should, however, be able to narrow it down to just one product a month! This product will be available to test in my treatment room, so please ask if you’re having a treatment and I’ll also be doing a quick review in my monthly newsletter and a slightly longer one here on my blog.
With shorter nights during the summer, every moment of sleep counts and this little beauty (no pun intended) is a double hit.
The blend of ylang ylang, orange, clary sage and patchouli oils within help evoke a feeling of peace and well-being. The aromatherapy of these oils creates space in the mind which allows for a restful and restorative nights sleep.
The light, serum-like moisturiser contains narcissus bulb and grapeseed oil which naturally help to lock moisture into the skin without leaving a heavy or greasy feeling. You can read more about it on the Neal’s Yard website here.
Apply 2-4 pumps after your evening cleansing routine (whatever that may be) and you can use after a serum or just on it’s own. I find that at this time of year two pumps is sufficient to cover the face and leave my skin fresh and hydrated in the morning. Don’t forget to hold your hands up to your face after you’ve applied it and breath in slowly and deeply to get the maximum effect of the aromatherapy benefits.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the products I feature so please feel free to leave comments below, but I’d also love to hear about your favourites so do get in touch and if you send a photo then I may feature it and send you a little thank you present.