Ethical Brands - Neals Yard Remedies

I have been thinking about my blog a bit recently and the sort of things that I want to share - and although my main focus is going to be graphic design and all things creative, I want to share more lifestyle bits and pieces here too, as I want my blog to be about living a creative life not just about the things that I make or that inspire me.

One of the things that I feel passionately about, is having a positive impact on the world that I am living in, and sometimes that can be a really hard thing to do. I think I have mentioned it before, but I used to work in a Fair Trade shop and used to give talks in schools and at conferences on the topic. While I was in London I got so distracted by starting my career and relationships and just life in general, that Fair Trade and making good choices while shopping sort of fell off my radar a little bit. 

Anyway I have started to think a lot more about it - and with minimalism and capsule wardrobes being all the rage at the moment and talked about a lot, it has made me think that I want to be making fewer purchases but maybe paying a bit more money for quality, but also trying to choose brands that are doing good things and having a positive impact. I have been growing my list of ethical brands that I love and support and so I thought I would share them here with you too in a series of blog posts.

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First up I want to share a bit more with you about Neals Yard Remedies. I have been a big fan of Neals Yard Remedies for about 7 years now - probably since I moved to London and discovered their lovely shop. I have been using their face creams for ages and have a particular favourite that I buy. They last for ages so although it can feel like a lot of money to spend on a face cream, for the amount of time they last me it feels worth it. 

I was pretty excited when I checked on the good shopping guide and they got a score of 100. That is the perfect score and shows that being ethical and sustainable in all areas really is at the heart of their business. The only issue with them really is the cost - they are quite pricey - but since I am attempting to streamline what I consume that hasn’t put me off. 

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Everything they produce contains the maximum organic content possible, and so you are not getting any of the emulsifiers, surfactants or detergents that you will find in other skin products (and yes I had to google surfactants!) - They believe that organic is better for people but also for the planet. I have definitely realised that there are a lot of products out there that promote themselves as being organic but aren't always as organic as it would first appear and so it definitely pays to read the ingredient list on products you use on your skin. Neals Yard are pretty up front about their products and what is in them. They are aiming for things to be as organic as possible but not everything can be 100% organic because not all products can be based solely on agricultural ingredients. A lot of their extracts are 100% organic though and it is something they are constantly working on. All of their products are free from animal testing, and one thing that I am really pleased about is that they have a packaging strategy. This means that they have plans and aims to make sure their packaging has a minimal impact on the environment. As a designer too I like that despite all that their packaging is still attractive and really good quality. (I am actually planning to save the glass jars the face cream comes in to make my own candles with). A lot of their products are accredited by the soil association.

I thought I would share a couple of my favourite products but there are so many more that you can explore. 

1. Body Butter

 I was given this body butter as a gift and I love how it makes my skin feel. It is quite thick but makes my skin feel really soft and well moisturised. I have mainly been using it on my legs but it is good for all over. It smells amazing and so feels like a very relaxing treat to use. I find with all the products I have used that they go a long way too. You don't need to use much each time and so the pots really last. 

I was given this body butter as a gift and I love how it makes my skin feel. It is quite thick but makes my skin feel really soft and well moisturised. I have mainly been using it on my legs but it is good for all over. It smells amazing and so feels like a very relaxing treat to use. I find with all the products I have used that they go a long way too. You don't need to use much each time and so the pots really last. 

 I started using their shower wash recently and again just really love the smell and how it feels on my skin. It feels nice on my skin and it's something very simple but makes me happy in the mornings.

I started using their shower wash recently and again just really love the smell and how it feels on my skin. It feels nice on my skin and it's something very simple but makes me happy in the mornings.

 I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that make up wipes are not great for your skin but these ones are full of good things non of the nasties - and I love them for the ease! Perfect for travelling and just getting rid of all the make up and grime at the end of the day. 

I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that make up wipes are not great for your skin but these ones are full of good things non of the nasties - and I love them for the ease! Perfect for travelling and just getting rid of all the make up and grime at the end of the day. 

 I never really considered Neals Yard for make up and they don't have a huge selection - but I was on the hunt for a new mascara and decided to give this one a go. If you like big dark chunky eyelashes then this is not the mascara for you though. It is really good at elongating the lashes, and it keeps them very separated rather than clumped together. It has a very natural and elegant look which I like. If you don't wear much make up but just wanted to add a touch of mascara to lengthen your lashes then I think this would be a great choice for you. 

I never really considered Neals Yard for make up and they don't have a huge selection - but I was on the hunt for a new mascara and decided to give this one a go. If you like big dark chunky eyelashes then this is not the mascara for you though. It is really good at elongating the lashes, and it keeps them very separated rather than clumped together. It has a very natural and elegant look which I like. If you don't wear much make up but just wanted to add a touch of mascara to lengthen your lashes then I think this would be a great choice for you. 

 Now this is the sort of product that I would have scoffed at in the past. My face regime was definitely minimal, but I started trying this facial mist out recently and I am actually quite a fan. I am often tired (thanks to a toddler) and sometimes just need a bit of a lift. I have found that a bit of a spritz of this actually helps a bit. Its a nice refresher and as with all the Neals Yard stuff I have tried it smells so lovely. I would definitely recommend this as a non essential treat item, and would probably be great if you were travelling and your face just needed refreshing every now and then. 

Now this is the sort of product that I would have scoffed at in the past. My face regime was definitely minimal, but I started trying this facial mist out recently and I am actually quite a fan. I am often tired (thanks to a toddler) and sometimes just need a bit of a lift. I have found that a bit of a spritz of this actually helps a bit. Its a nice refresher and as with all the Neals Yard stuff I have tried it smells so lovely. I would definitely recommend this as a non essential treat item, and would probably be great if you were travelling and your face just needed refreshing every now and then. 

I have some other Neals Yard products that I am excited to try, and if any of them are really good then I will share them. One that I am really excited about is this diffuser and some of their essential oils. I am hoping they will help me relax better in the evenings and hopefully sleep better too. 

This post is not at all sponsored by Neals Yard but because I love the brand so much I did sign up a few months ago to be an independent consultant. It means that I have my own shop front with them which I can promote and if you buy from there then I get a percentage of the sale. (All of the product links above go to my shop front). So if you have been thinking about trying any of their stuff then head over to my shop and check it out. You can also get in touch with me directly if there is anything you want to order and I can place the order for you. If you do that I can send little samples of other things for you to try or you can also combine it with an order from my stationery shop to save on shipping. Just let me know! I really do love this brand and so am very happy to shout about them.

Keep an eye out for my next ethical brand feature, and if you have any questions about Neals Yard just let me know, I would also love to hear if you already shop with them what your favourite products are?