Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Neal's Yard Remedies - Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser

If you’ve paid a visit to my blog before you’ll already know that this is my second blog post on a product by those lovely people at Neal's Yard Remedies ( This time I'll be spilling the beans on their wonderful Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser. So, if you’d like to hear all about it, then read on…

As with the Wild Rose Beauty Balm, my first encounter with this cleanser was a sample size in the form of a sachet included in the ‘try me’ Award Winning Minis set (£20). Initially I was impressed by its rich and creamy texture and the fact that a little seemed to go a long way. And it didn’t exactly hurt that, thanks to the luxurious essential oils it contains, its fragrance was rather divine too.

So, once again, I was smitten and at the next available opportunity snapped up a full-size tube (£20 for 100g), this time from the rather swanky John Lewis at Monks Cross on the outskirts of York.

What Makes It So Good?

Oh, where to start? I hope you’re sitting comfortably ‘cos there’s a whole load of organic goodness jam-packed into each and every tube. Here goes…

Frankincense Oil – this essential oil really is your skin’s best friend as it helps reverse the signs of aging by promoting cell renewal. Its moisturising qualities help alleviate dryness and can also assist in the healing process. It has the most luxurious fragrance, too.

Bergamot Oil – this multi-tasking essential oil has a wonderful citrus aroma which blends well with the spicy tones of frankincense. Bergamot plays a useful role in cell rejuvenation and can also help heal blemishes, reduce scarring and even out skin-tone. What’s even better is that, although it has moisturising properties, it’s also rather good at oil balancing. So that, combined with its antibacterial qualities, means it can zap any spot-causing nasties before they get started. How good is that?

Mandarin Peel Oil – a zingy essential oil that assists cell regeneration and smells rather wonderful, too!

Baobab Oil – as well as moisturising it’s also good for protecting the skin from extremes of temperature (which is rather handy with the fickle UK climate!). It aids cell rejuvenation and wound healing and its antioxidant properties help protect the skin from free radicals. As if that weren’t enough it’s also an anti-inflammatory.

Aloe Vera Oil – another oil with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also moisturises and helps promote cell renewal and, as it’s an anti-oxidant, it helps protect the skin against free-radicals. It can penetrate the skin quickly and easily which is great for transporting essential oils so they can get to work straight away.

Turmeric – is a powerful antioxidant and is getting a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties at the moment. And rightly so. It’s also a dab-hand when it comes to the skin’s healing process as well as calming redness.

Sunflower Oil – oozing with antioxidant vitamin E and fatty acids makes this a wonderful moisturiser and an ally when it comes to fighting wrinkles.

Brown Algae (Alaria Esculenta) – another little multi-tasker loaded with antioxidants, it has moisturising properties that help keep the skin supple while preserving its elasticity and even plays a role in maintaining skins moisture levels.

Castor Oil – rich in ricinoleic acid making it another oil that can penetrate the skin easily. It’s a great moisturiser and can also help reduce scarring and pigmentation.

Coconut Oil – another goodie getting an awful lot of hype at the moment. It contains proteins and vitamin E which both play an important role in nourishing and regenerating the skin.

Cocoa Seed Butter – loaded with antioxidants which kick ass when it comes to fighting the dreaded free radicals which are no friend to your skin. Its high concentration of fatty acids means it can quickly soak into the skin and start moisturising straight away. It can also reduce the appearance of scars. Anything to do with cocoa is a friend of mine!

Cetereayl Olivate – another ingredient full of antioxidants to fight off the dreaded free radicals. It contains both vitamin A and E which have wonderful healing properties. This ingredient can also help soothe skin irritations.

Phew! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s an impressive list of goodness squeezed into a tube of cleanser. And it’s proof that NYR really do have your skin’s best interests at heart when it comes to their products. I probably don't need to mention that their products contain only the best organic ingredients and won't entertain the notion of any of those harmful, artificial nasties!

How to Use It:

This is a two step cleanser and comes provided with a nifty little muslin cloth.

So, using a pea size amount, massage into dry skin then dampen the muslin cloth in tepid water and, using a circular motion, use it to remove the cleanser. Finish with a quick splash of cool water and gently pat dry.

Again, like the Wild Rose Beauty Balm, I found a little goes a long way as the cleanser is quite thick and rich. This, combined with the luxurious fragrance (which smells like a spa product), made it feel like I was treating my skin to something superior to the cleansers I’d previously used.

Did it Make a Difference?


Frankincense Intense Cleanser is recommended for all skin types, but particularly so for mature/dry skin. I chose this one as I thought it would be good for mine which has dry patches but can also be oily around my nose and chin. It also has a tendency to be sensitive, so I have to be pretty careful about what I use. And, come the colder weather, it can feel tight and a little bit itchy.

Well, I can honestly say yes, this cleanser did make a huge difference. After use, my skin felt nicely cleansed and I was very pleased to find that there was none of the usual dry, tight feeling I’d get with other cleansers. And, what’s even better, the oily areas around my nose and chin seemed to start behaving themselves – I even noticed a reduction in the dreaded blackheads (or comedones to give them their proper, technical name!).

From the start, I’ve been using this NYR cleanser in conjunction with their amazing Wild Rose Beauty Balm and I can honestly say that I can’t imagine switching to any other combination or brand for these purposes. As I mentioned in my Beauty Balm blog post, my skin tone has evened out, redness that had previously been a problem has noticeably reduced and my skin in general is a whole lot happier!

So why don’t you give it a go yourself? You could do as I did and go for one of the ‘try me’ Mini Kits before you take the plunge. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

What Neal’s Yard Remedy products would you recommend?

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