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Neal’s Yard Remedies – Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil


I have been using NYR’s Rehydrating Rose for a few weeks now and I am very please with the product.

About the Product
Neal’s Yard Remedies or NYR was first set up in UK as Neal’s Yard Apothecary in 1981 by Romy Fraser. They launched their classic product, Frankincense & Myrrh Skin Cream (later Frankincense Nourishing Cream), which is still a favourite product today. From its website, NYR make their products with “the maximum organic, natural and wild ingredients, and carefully select other functional ingredients (detergents, emulsifiers, surfactants etc) with a view to safety, efficacy and biodegradability.” Their “entire range makes use of high quality organic plant-based ingredients, and we fully disclose our ingredient information with [their] customers, both online and, where space allows, on [their] packaging.” NYR products do not contain the following:

  • No silicones – they coat skin, and impede its natural function
  • No mineral oils – derived from petroleum, and have a tendency to block the skin
  • No parabens – these are linked to hormonal imbalances
  • No GM ingredients – not enough is known about possible long-term implications
  • No phthalates – it’s reported they have toxic impact on humans and animal life
  • No propylene glycol – derived from petroleum
  • No animal testing – unnecessary and cruel
  • No DEA – associated with known carcinogens
  • No EDTA – (powerful metal chelator), and doesn’t biodegrade readily
  • No acrylates – derived from petroleum
  • No nano – not enough is known about its long term implications
  • No BHT – linked to breathing and lung impairment

On the ingredients in Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil (marked as vegan product):

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil*+, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

Using the Product

After toning your face, place 2 to 3 drops in the palms of your hands to spread before applying on your face. This helps to warm the oil to increase absorption by your skin. Spread the warmed oil on your face, always starting from the center and gently spread outwards. I usually will start from the tip of the nose and then the cheeks towards the ears. For the forehead and chin, i will place one of my warm hands with oil on either sides and apply the product before massaging in: horizontally left and right for forehead, upward motion to either side of the cheeks from the chin. As i work in air conditioned room everyday, i may take one more drop than my usual dose so that I can use the product like a mask to hydrate my skin further. If you do just like me, remember to use a tissue to dab off the excess oil on your skin before applying a light moisturizer over your face to seal in the moisture.

If you use the oil at night like me, you should find that your face brighter and more dewy in the morning. I just love this product!

Where to Buy the Product
All NYR outlets! There is only one NYR outlet in Singapore at Millenia Walk Level 1. Its a small outlet with limited products compared to the outlets in UK. Alternatively if you are into online shopping or daigou you can check out Taobao, Amazon or Qoo10 to see if anyone carries the product into your country.

Please let me know if you are currently using any of the NYR products and what you think of it! 🙂

Karen Murrell – Lipsticks

KarenMurell Lipsticks.jpgI chanced upon Karen Murrell (KM) lipsticks when I was shopping on Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon and Korean Gmarket. It caught my attention because several vendors who are selling this product claimed that this is a “可以吃的口红” or “lipstick that can be eaten”. They also claimed that this lipstick is safe for pregnant women. I thought that products which are safe for mothers should be very safe, so I did a run of the product background and found the KM website.  I did eventually grabbed what you see on the left from the Taobao website, if you’re wondering if I had bought it from KM website directly – coz I was buying a lot more from Taobao and I though it would be a lot cheaper to just ship them back together with my other purchases via my favourite agent, 65daigou.

About the Productwpid-wp-1422669510518.jpg

Based in New Zealand, the KM Lipsticks are made from natural based ingredients. They do not contain any mineral oils, animal-based material, parabens or preservatives. And because of the fusion of Mother Nature’s miracle ingredients, the more you use KM Lipstick the better condition your lips will be in. This high-quality formulation means KM Lipsticks are long lasting on lips, and they smell and taste great. For green warriors out there, you’ll be happy to know that the packaging of the KM range, with its original artwork, has been designed with sustainability at the forefront. The outer packaging is a 100% recyclable and renewable box made from New Zealand trees and printed with soya ink. (Source – KM website).  The KM lipsticks are moisturizing and nourishing because of the natural ingredients used in making them.

KM Sand Storm.jpgUsing the Product

I love KM lipstick because of its ingredients and the lack of “nasties” in the lipsticks. I am using Sand Storm currently (yup, you heard me, I am using a NUDE lipstick and I have asian skin). Sand Storm active ingredients are:

Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera)

The candelilla plant grows in the semi-arid environment of northern Mexico. Plants growing in the hottest and driest areas produce a protective covering, which yields a hard vegetable wax of superior quality after processing. Candelilla wax is yellow, and is celebrated in lipstick production for its hard, brittle, glossy and slightly tacky properties.

Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
Rich in omega-6, soothing and very moisturising.

Castor oil (Ricinus communis)
Excellent emollient properties and a high-acting pigment dispersant. Due to its high viscosity, castor oil also helps to suspend pigment in the manufacturing process to avoid settling when hot. KM Lipstick pigments are milled into castor oil in a ball mill. The milling process reduces particle size and ensures even suspension and distribution.

I love how Sand Storm glides over my lips, and I like the NUDE look when I have my blusher and eye lines. I may look a tad pale (I am fair skinned with slight yellow undertones and dark brown hair) but it gives a rather fair faced look when I wear Sand Storm *muack!*. The only surprise I had was the scent, which might seem a tad too “waxy” because there are no fragrance used – but get pass that and you’ll love the lipstick just like me. Overall, still like KM lipstick coz “I don’t like nasties on my lips”! Nothing beats having a piece of mind when you use lipsticks! 🙂

Where to Buy the Product

You can purchase KM lipstick from:

1) Karen Murrell Official Website – And I wish to congratulate the KM team for bagging another nomination in NZ!

2) Taobao – if you are a frequent online shopper like me!

Drop me a comment on your experience if you have also used Karren Murrell Lipsticks and loved it just like me!