I must apologise for the slightly misleading title today… What I really would like to review today are a couple of lovely body care products from an environmentally-friendly and ethical brand that I love – Neals Yard Remedies. The Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Body Cream and Melissa Hand Cream have become my best friends as my skin has turned horridly dry from the Southeast Asia Smog currently plaguing Singapore.
#XTheHaze is a movement appealing to consumers to take an active stance against this hazardous air pollution that happens every year, affecting our lives and health. I borrowed the hashtag as it is so much more elegant than “Beat The Haze” or anything else I can think of at the moment. One of the more immediate effects of that smog is acute respiratory and other related problems – we have been trying to keep my little 3 year old out of the haze as much as possible, yet despite our best efforts, he is suffering from eczema and his eyes turned swollen and red yesterday when the Pollution Standards Index hit 400 (fyi, the index doesn’t go any further). For years now, I’ve been abstaining from purchasing products originating from Indonesia unless they bear the ECO or FSC certification. And in my line of work, I’ve refrained from investments that are linked to Indonesian companies without proper ESG monitoring. Yet when I tell people about my beliefs, I’m often met by derision and a general passivity even when these same people would lament the deteriorating air quality. While I’m not about to advocate a complete boycott of all things Indonesia, I do believe consumers need to be a bit more thoughtful about what and where they are spending their money on, and make wiser choices. To sign the pledge to campaign for sustainable palm oil production (a major contributor to the air pollution) and to find out more about what you can do to make a difference, head on over here.
With that in mind, Neal’s Yard Remedies is one such company that I’ve been loving with strong eco-consciousness and with a holistic view on health and beauty. You can read more about the company and their offerings here and here, but for today, I’d like to focus on 2 body care products that have helped me immensely with my dry, sensitised skin.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Body Cream is a rich, silky cream for the body. It is formulated with a bunch of skin-loving plant-based oils such as Sunflower Seed Oil Apricot Kernel Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, and Honey. Jasmine Oil soothes and calms the senses, whilst helping to balance the moisture balance in skin and aiding in skin’s immunity. Ylang Ylang Oil is very good for helping combat stress and anxiety, perfect for how I’m feeling these days. View the list of ingredients here.
This is a relatively rich cream which is better suited for the night-time ritual. When I first received this back in April, it had felt too heavy for the summer nights. However, now that the haze has turned the air dry and the temperature has dropped a little, it actually feels very nourishing and pampering. Sometimes I even get my hubby to slather on a bit more and massage my aching shoulders and back with it! 😉
Neal’s Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream was a surprise find for me… I was digging around in my massive beauty warehouse at home recently and chanced upon this. It is a smooth, silky cream that is extremely nourishing and soothing to my severely chapped and eczema-ridden hands. It is formulated with Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Cocoa Butter all to moisturise and soothe. Hawthorn Extract and Marshmallow Extract have regenerative properties, whilst Comfrey Extract and Frankincense Oil promote healing. For the full list of ingredients, read here.
Prior to this, I had been living on the Radical Skincare Hand & Nail Multi-Repair [reviewed here], and when it was completely done, I was crushed. Nothing else I tried came close to the soothing and healing properties, until I tried this Melissa Hand Cream. It is a slightly heavier cream though, and takes a bit longer to be completely absorbed, but it does eventually and does not leave any stickiness behind. I probably would not recommend this to those of you with soft, supple hands… but for anybody else who has chapped winter hands or just sensitized from washing, this is the one for you! Use at night with gloves, and wake up to brand new baby soft hands!
I hope I have left you with some interesting things to think about this weekend. I am going to be having an exciting one… join me on my adventures over on Instagram, and have a blessed weekend!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions are my own honest and unbiased views.