Neal’s Yard, the organic beauty company born in (and named after) a pocket in Covent Garden, London, touts its Wild Rose Beauty Balm as a customer favourite thanks to its multi-purpose nature. The claim: it’s a cleanser, moisturizer, lip balm and eyebrow tamer — and even provides relief for sunburns. The list goes on. Before trying it I was intrigued … and skeptical. Has Neal’s Yard written a cheque that its balm can’t cash?
Nah. The company knows what it’s doing. Rich with rosehip oil (nectar of the gods, in my opinion), shea butter, jojoba oil and rosemary essential oil, among other serenity-inducing ingredients, the balm soothes, cleanses and tones the skin. A little goes a long way, too, so while the balm may seem thick on first touch, I was pleasantly surprised to find my skin feeling light and nourished after using it as facial moisturizer. And not one to take to fragrance, I was apprehensive about using it as lip balm, but its gentle scent acts more like aromatherapy than perfume.
I was particularly thankful to have it during a recent sailing trip when I had no moisturizer and an unanticipated sunburn. I dipped into the little tub of balm, barely making a dent in the supply, as sun relief and to hydrate my skin from toes to top. I did not feel greasy and my pink arms were grateful for the aid.
The balm comes packaged with a muslin cloth and instructions on how to give yourself a full facial treatment, useful pre or post flight (or both), and the 50g tub fits easily in toiletry bag. Frankly, you wont need much else.