Natural beauty and well-being

20 September 2011

Neil's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Product description: rich cleanser, gentle exfoliant or deeply nourishing balm
A fine organic muslin square is supplied with the Beauty Balm.

Certified: Soil Association (UK)
For: all types of skins
Presentation: pot
Texture: balm (irregular yellow colour)
Price: £ 35.25 for 50g

My opinion

The Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a multitask miracle balm, formulated with a blend of fantastic replenishing and soothing plant oils combined with a Neal's Yard Remedies "savoir faire".

I love the richness and the pureness of the fomula. The smell is natural, a bit in between herbs and roses. The balm gently melts once you warm it up in the plams of the hands and is very easy to spread and massage on the skin.

However, I do prefer it as a night treatment rather than as a cleansing melt.The reason is that because of its richness I find it a bit hard to completely wash off - even with the cloth provided and recommended warm water. I have a combination (sensitive) skin and for my cleansing routine (morning and evening) I personally prefer lighter textures.

As a night beauty balm, I think the Wild Rose Beauty Balm does wonders for me: my skin is soothed, rejuvanated and calmed the morning after. It really works! Night time is an ideal moment to use a cream or balm. Not only the skin is "at rest", but the cellular regeneration phase is at its best. The skin is then very receptive to nutrients and nourishing plant oils.

In regards to the packaging, the pot is perhaps a bit heavy when it comes to travelling. However tinted glass is thought to preserve the integrity of the formulation, as it increases shelf life by protecting better from light, heat and other external factors.

The value for money is excellent as you only need a tiny amount per use.

A must-have in your beauty cabinet!

Overall rating: 8/10

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Product composition: Rosa canina (Wild rose) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter)*, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Borago officinalis (Starflower) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
The * means that the ingredients have been organically produced.

Ingredients have been carefully selected for their wonderful properties and include (from the highest proportion in the product to the lowest):

Wild rose seed oil has the highest concentration in this product. This oil is particularly used for its toning, nourishing and regenerative properties, ideal for dry and sensitive skin. It has an exceptionnal high content of essential fatty acids such as oleic, linoleic and linolenic acid. In addition, it is very rich in Vitamin A, an anti-wrinkle and line softener by excellence.

Jojoba oil is often used as a carrier oil. It means that it is a basic component for creams, balm etc...This does not undermine its superb repairing and calming effects leaving the skin suppled and smooth. Interestingly, sebum and jojoba oil are very similar which makes this oil very penetrable in the skin.

Beeswax is naturally produced and secreted by bees. This texture agent helps to prevent skin deshydratation but also increases the filmogen power of the balm. If used af the right propertion, beeswax is not comedogenic.

Shea butter is one the top classical raw ingredient used by skincare product manufacturers. Rich in unsaponifiables, shea butter is excellent to soothe, moisturize and prevent skin allergies. Super ingredient for dry and cracked skin.

Hemp seed oil is reknowm for its high content of skin-nourishing essential fatty acids. The oil reduces inflammation leaving skin soothed and calmed.

The Beauty Balm is also enriched in Frankincense and Palmarosa oil which contributes to the light and delicate smell.

What do you think? Have you tried it?
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