If you’ve read my latest posts, you’ll have seen that I picked up some goodies to try from the Norwich Vegan and Yoga festival. Admittedly it was mainly food which is long gone now, but I also got my hands on some beauty products, and one of those purchased was a trial size gift set from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Whilst I’ve never used them myself, I’ve heard good things about Neal’s Yard, and this little bundle is the perfect opportunity to give their products a try without committing to spending your hard earned cash on full size products that you might not like. The set costs £20, and in it you get a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser which are all stored within a well sized attractive bag. With daily use you get enough in these samples to last around two weeks so I’d say it’s pretty reasonably priced. It also makes it the perfect gift idea, which four different bundles to choose from depending on your respective skin type and needs.
Having combination to oily skin, that seems a bit all over the place at the moment I found myself torn as to which set would best suit my current needs. I narrowed it down between Orange for oily skin, or hydrating rose for normal skin types. As mentioned, I have the challenge of combination to oily skin, so I’d have typically gone for the product for that type, however, I’ve had a few dry patches appear over my face that I wanted to try and combat. Between purchasing this set and it actually arriving my skin changed once again and I’ve had a bit of a breakout across my face, especially my chin, although the dry patches were still present, great. I’ll admit that because of this I did hold off a few days to allow my skin to calm a bit first.
My first impression when I tried these products for the first time was somewhat mixed. Whilst the packaging is beautiful to look at, I really wasn’t keen on the dispensary design for the cleanser and toner. You literally just remove the lid and pour the liquid out. When cleansing my face it made it difficult to control how much product I got out of the bottle especially as it’s a very thin fluid. Fortunately it was the evening so I could take my time with it, but in the mornings when I’m in more of a rush its simply not practical. What’s more, when using the toner I accidently knocked the bottle over while it was open meaning I lost more than half of it. Obviously it’s my own fault for knocking it over, but I feel with liquid products you do need a slightly more secure delivery method. The facial oil and moisturiser are a little more secure however, with the oil being dispensed through a pump, so this could have easily been replicated across the other two products.
All four products have the same subtle rose scent which is pleasant and not overpowering. You do get little wafts of it when you move around after you’ve finished the routine, which I personally like. After cleansing and toning my skin felt smooth and clean, although it was a little on the dry side. I don’t think you’d get away with skipping moisturiser, but I’m not sure a lot of people do anyway.
The facial oil is for evening use only, so it’s the only product of the four that you’d rotate out for your routine in the morning. Whilst it was lovely and felt very nourishing I could still feel it on my skin especially to touch a while after application, so I doubt you’d be able to successfully apply any make up over the top of it. The moisturiser was a nice consistency that was easy to apply and absorbed into the skin quickly.
When I woke the morning after my first use I was pleased to find no new spots had appeared overnight, something I’d feared a little with using an oil I hadn’t tried before. However my skin did have a little more of an oily sheen to it, especially around the sides of my nose and across the T zone. I proceeded with the morning routine of cleanser, toner and moisturiser and found that I liked the result far more having not used the oil.
The change of skincare products didn’t interfere with my makeup at all and my skin stayed fairly matte throughout the day. I’m always a little fearful that I’ll end up a greaseball by lunch if I don’t use products specific to combatting such an effect, but with these I was fine.
Following continued use my break out did start to clear, but I wouldn’t say that my skin felt any more moisturised that it would with any other product, less so in fact. With a name that has ‘rehydrating’ in it, I’d have expected a little more, well, hydration. In addition to this, I found that my skin felt like it had more texture than before I’d used these products, which I really wasn’t a fan of.
Whilst it didn’t do what it said on the tin and didn’t really work for me, it was still a lovely set to try out. Personally, I wouldn’t buy this same set again, but the products did perform well enough that I’d absolutely look to try out alternatives from the brand.
Have you used Neal’s Yard Remedies before? What did you think?