I’ve mentioned Neal’s Yard a few times before, I’m a big fan of their distinctively packaged, gloriously scented and usually highly natural products. When the chance came up to take a look at their new Beauty Elixir, which is part of their Wild Rose range – I already own the balm, and the facial oil in this range too! – I jumped at it.
Here’s what Neal’s Yard say about the product
A nourishing radiance boost for ALL SKIN TYPES
Luxurious new Wild Rose Beauty Elixir is enriched with wild rosehip oil, one of nature’s richest sources of antioxidant vitamin C, proven to help repair, firm and smooth the skin, ultra-moisturising hyaluronic acid, brightening turmeric, an anti-ageing peptide and the pure essential oils of frankincense and geranium. Use morning and evening after cleansing for radiantly glowing skin.
Then, once it arrived, I kicked myself quite thoroughly, as I realised I was already committed to trying out 42, 135,438,431,518 squillion other facial products so I did the decent thing and handed over the £42.50 bottle over to my friend Sarah. Here’s what she had to say about it:
“I’m not really one for make-up routines. My skin’s lucky enough to have the makeup washed off it at the end of the day. So when Lippie asked me to test this Neal’s Yard Beauty Elixir, I went a bit blank.
Me: “OK, I like Neals Yard. The bottles are pretty. What do I do with it then?”
Lippie: “It’s a serum”
Lippie: “Just put it on before you apply moisturiser”
Me: “That’s the greasy stuff in the jar that you made me buy, isn’t it?” <– well, I would have said that, except Lippie had THAT look on her face, so I nodded wisely instead.
Lippie: “Take a picture of your face before you start, then one about a week later, and tell me how you get on. Simple! Now pour me another glass of wine if you know what’s good for you…”
I do know what’s good for me, and arguing with Lippie isn’t.
I’m 43, with unevenly pigmented, ageing combination skin. It used be a zit factory; now it’s just slightly dry.
The serum comes in a pretty, blue, typical Neals Yard bottle. I couldn’t see an ingredients list, but the ads seem to imply that it has some kind of rose hip extraction. I suppose that means that it’s Good For You. A bit of explanation about what the rose hips actually did for my skin that other plant extracts don’t (apart from making it smell purty) would have been nice. I mean, does it calm the skin? plump it up? eliminate blotchiness and at least three of the Six Signs of Ageing?? (It’s 10 Signs of Ageing now, do keep up – Ed)
Eventually I found some instructions in a corner of the label, which said, “Apply with fingertips in a circular massage motion”.
There was no indication as to how much, so I experimented with two drops.The serum was cool and velvety on my skin, and absorbed after a few rubs. On the hand it felt quite rich, and smelled faintly of roses. My face looked considerably pinker after application, but calmed down after a few minutes. On went the usual winter face, and off I went to work.
Looking in the mirror after two weeks of daily treatment, I’d say that my skin is still unevenly pigmented, but ever-so-slightly pinker, clearer and smoother to touch. Clear smoothness: good. Extra pinkness: not so good. The pre-menstrual breakouts were fairly minimal too, though whether this was down to the serum or actually following a proper moisturising regime, I couldn’t say.
As for the price tag; £42.50 is more than I would pay for any kind of moisturiser, especially one that may or may not work. It smells pretty and didn’t burn my face off, so I’ll probably continue using it until the weather brightens up a bit and I only need a bit of tinted moisturiser to loosen up my face. But I don’t think I’ll be rushing to replace it when/if it finally runs out.”
Okay, whilst this possibly isn’t the most glowing review ever (and, I remember the conversation somewhat differently, iirc the wine reference came a LOT earlier!), but, I will say this, I had dinner with Sarah last night, and she was glowing. I could see the difference in her skin, even if she couldn’t! If I could guarantee my skin would look as good after a couple of weeks use, I’d have snatched the bottle back there and then!