Neals Yard Remedies Review: Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Mother’s Balm and Beauty Balm

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I love supporting small businesses so I was really happy when the lovely Carolyn, who is an independent NYR consultant, contacted me and asked if I would like to review some products.

Not only am I a huge fan of supporting small businesses, I love organic and natural products and I am always looking for new products to try that are ethical and environmentally friendly!

It’s safe to say that I was overwhelmed when the package of goodies arrived. I was only expecting a couple of products to review but she sent me loads of different samples along with some catalogues, her business card and some notes she had written out herself about how to use certain products.

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As cheesy as it sounds, for this point alone, I highly recommend shopping through Carolyn’s website. Receiving lovely products is always nice, but when they are well presented, personal and you can see how much time she spent on preparing the products it’s really lovely to see.

The day I received them I decided to try out some of the products.

I used the shower gel sample and it also says on the front that it can be used as a shampoo too so I decided to test that out!

I was really impressed with it as a shower gel but I probably wouldn’t use it as a shampoo again, simply because I’m fussy with shampoos and I didn’t feel it did the trick! But I highly recommend it as a normal shower gel, the smell was lovely. I have to admit, I used all of the sample sachet in one go, but I am a bit generous when it comes to using shower gel!

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You can buy a 200ml bottle here for £14.00, that means on average you will get about 28 washes from it, and probably even more if you use it wisely, unlike me!

After my shower I used the body lotion, this was also a 7ml sample packet, yet I only had to use half of it which covered my legs, body and arms! I’m really fussy about creams as I have eczema and I can react quite badly to creams, but this one was lovely and left my skin feeling really smooth.

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You can also buy a 200ml bottle of this here for £21.50. I must admit, it sounds a little pricey for a bottle of body lotion BUT in theory this could hold at least 60 applications! So this is around 2 months worth of body lotion (assuming you will use it once a day!) So in the grand scheme of things I don’t think it’s a bad price at all considering how smooth it left my skin feeling, not forgetting that NYR are a company based on natural, organic and ethical ingredients.

Next, I decided to try out the Mother’s Balm. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t holding out much hope for this one as it says it prevents stretch marks and I already have loads from when I was pregnant! I don’t feel like I can really give an honest or accurate review of this product because of this, but if and when we have another baby I think I will definitely invest in some of this Mothers Balm purely because of how lovely it felt on my skin! I hate the feel of my stretch marks and this made them feel lovely and smooth, so I think I would definitely invest in some with any future sproglets.

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You can buy a 120g pot here for £20. Carolyn is actually out of stock of this at the moment due to how popular it is but if you message her she can order some in for you when she has more stock! A 2g pouch lasted me two generous helpings all over my belly, so this pot would have around 120 uses on average! Absolutely bargain if you ask me.

 

Lastly, I used this beauty balm which again was a 2g sample packet. This actually had enough for 4 uses on my face! It was lovely to use and made my face really soft, I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of beauty balm is but I would definitely purchase some simply because of how soft it made my skin and for the first time in a long time I felt comfortable leaving the house without any make up on, and no one screamed either! Lol.

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For a 50g pot, it is quite pricey at £38 BUT considering 2g lasted me 4 times, a 50g tub would last about 100 times on average, give or take. And considering a pot of something like Clarin’s face cream is £33.80 for 50ml which would last around a month, I think this is a really fair price if you’re into moisturisers and creams. You can purchase this here.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed reviewing these samples from Carolyn and I’m looking forward to reviewing the rest of the samples she sent me. I will be making another blog post reviewing these in the next week or so!

Please be sure to go and like her Facebook page and visit her shop!

You can also email her at carolyn.nyr@btinternet.com

 

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Matted and thick hair… and how to tame it!

Okay, so my hair is ridiculously thick, like you could make a rug out of it kinda thick. I hate it. When I was pregnant it got so much worse and I ended up just shoving it back in a bun and I think I went about 3 months without brushing it!

Do you want a picture of the result of neglecting it for so long? Well, you’re getting one anyway.

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You are looking at completely matted roots, they had literally turned into dreadlocks! (I actually love dreadlocks, but these were not stylish or cool by any means) It was disgusting and I am ashamed of how badly I treated my hair!

Enough was enough and I contacted a mobile hairdresser to come round and tame my hair. She was mortified when she arrived, she gave me a good telling off and proceeded to sort my hair out. She had to cut big clumps out in order to get it back to a good condition. This was the end result.

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As you can see it was a massive difference and such a huge relief. I nearly cried! It’s been hard work keeping it in good condition and admittedly I have had weeks where I don’t even get time to brush it! But I have since discovered a fabulous product that was 99p at our local Buyology discount store! Or it’s £3.99 on eBay

Moroccan Argon Oil conditioning hair mask!

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Seriously I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this product is. (No, I’m not getting paid to say this!)

I try to use this product about once a week.

It’s so easy to use, you wash your hair as normal, towel dry until hair is damp and you then cover your hair in the mask and leave for 10 minutes. There have been times when I’ve left the mask in for up to 45+ minutes and it’s made my hair a lot softer! While the hair mask is still in, brush through your hair. I know this is a scary thought for anyone with matted hair but honestly this product makes it so easy for you to brush through! Once it’s all smoothed and sorted you can then wash the hair mask out.

It is so simple and I’m so glad I discovered this product. Brushing my thick hair is no longer a scary thought and I’d recommend it to anyone.

I hope this has helped, leave a comment telling us your tips, tricks and reviews on a hair product that has helped you.

See you soon! xoxo

 

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