Monday, 9 November 2015

Wild Rose Beauty Balm


This is my very first foray into the realms of beauty blogging so I thought I'd start with a product I would find very easy to wax lyrical about. And that product is a little pot of something wonderful called, TaDa... Wild Rose Beauty Balm by  those clever people at Neal's Yard Remedies (www.nealsyardremedies.com).

I first encountered it when I treated myself to a box of their Award-Winning Skincare Kit range of minis (a snip at £20 and a fab way to try out their range) which I picked up whilst browsing the beauty aisles at John Lewis in York. My skin is quite sensitive so minis are a good way of trying out new products before I splurge on the full-size item.

Having hands as dry as sandpaper - especially in the colder months - I was already a fan of their hand creams, but I'd never actually got round to trying out their skincare range. And, whilst all of the products in the kit were amazing, it was the beauty balm that really made the biggest impact. So, as soon as the mini was empty, I scurried off to the Neal's Yard Remedies shop in York and snapped up a full-size pot. At £38 it doesn't sit at the cheap end of the high-street beauty spectrum, but it's a good investment as you only need to use it sparingly and it lasts for ages.

What makes it so good? Well, apart from the fact that it smells absolutely heavenly and comes in a very pretty 10th Anniversary Edition box that just leaps off the shelf at you, it contains this impressive list of ingredients that effortlesly work their magic on your skin:
  • Rosehip Oil - oozing with antioxidant goodness in the form of vitamin C. This little multi-tasker not only keeps wrinkles at bay, it keeps skin smooth and supple which tots up to making your skin look radiant.
  • Shea Butter - another work-horse replete with nourishing properties that are easily- absorbed whilst providing the skin with a protective barrier.
  • Jojoba Oil & Beeswax - blended together, these two natural goodies work as a mask that eases the way of the essential oils (mentioned below) as they penetrate the skin's layers.
  • Borage & Hemp Seed Oils - these guys play an important role in soothing and nourishing, too.
  • Geranium & Rosemary Essential Oils - apart from smelling amazing, these work wonders as a skin decongestant.
  • Frankincense & Patchouli Essential Oils - these oils smell luxurious and have useful skin-toning properties.
  • Palmarosa Oil - despite being an oil, this skin saviour is actually equipped with oil balancing properties.
I'm sure you'll agree that's a pretty impressive list of ingredients!


The balm, which has the appearance and texture of a wax, really is a multi-tasker and can be used as a cleanser, a balancing mask or a nourishing balm and comes complete with its own muslin cloth. However, if you fancy a bit of 'me' time you could run yourself a nice hot bubble bath (Neal's Yard, naturally!) and really go for it with a full-on facial experience by combining all three steps. I can guarantee you won't be sorry and your skin will truly thank you for it, especially now the weather has turned a tad autumnal.

Does is Make a Difference?

Yes it does, and pretty quickly too.  I initially started using the balm as a cleanser and within the space of 4-5 days my skin started to look clearer. As I was so impressed by the speed of the results I then thought I'd try it out in place of my usual moisturiser (NYR Rejuvinating Frankincense Refining Cleanser took over the cleansing role) and I wasn't disappointed. After only 3 days I noticed that, not only had my skin-tone begun to even-out and look smoother,  it looked plumper too. Texture wise, it felt very smooth and all pesky dry patches had been banished! And, if that weren't enough, despite its waxy texture, it didn't clog my pores. What's not to love?



So, several months down the line I'm still using the balm and am still as passionate about it. I'm regularly out in the fresh air whether it be gardening, walking or running and a quick slick of this on my face provides my skin with a shield against whatever the  North Yorkshire weather throws at me.

Extra Uses:

Hand Treatment - Daughter No 2 gets eczema on her hands so, come bedtime, I slather a generous amount of the Beauty Balm all over them then she pops on a pair of cotton gloves. By morning the eczema and all its irritation has disappeared. The soothing smell helps her relax and wind-down to a restful night's sleep, too.


Lip Balm - a quick swipe keeps any chapping at bay and tastes good, too.

Minor Burn Treatment - I burnt the back of my hand whilst ironing (there's a message in there: don't iron!) so gently massaged a small amount of the Beauty Balm into it which soothed it straight-away, and by the following morning the burn was barely visible.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed reading my first ever beauty blog post and have found it useful. Have you been tempted to try Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm for yourself?



2 comments

  1. Yes Eliza, I actually been temped to try it! I've got sensitive skin to and I'm impressed on how many good ingredients this balm have and I love that it can be multipurpose! Xx

    Federica

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  2. You really won't be disappointed Federica, and the best part is you see the results so quickly :) x

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