When a couple of beauties from the Neal's Yard Remedies London team were in town a few weeks ago, we met over coffee to chat about the Wild Rose collection that is relaunching in June 2016. While the collection has been popular for quite some time, its packaging has recently been revamped by British artist Alice Shields. Each product bares the same lush scent, and each product utilizes the collection's namesake--wild rosehip seed oil--which contains essential skin food: antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids.
What it is: a lightweight, hydrating, nourishing, antioxidant radiance serum
I fell in love with the wild rose beauty balm (cleanser/mask/lip balm/eye balm/moisturizer/aromatherapy for pulse points) first, and the beauty elixir was quick to follow. It boosts radiance, brightens, protects and provides essential nutrition + lightweight hydration. This is one of the best products of its kind I have come across in a while, simply because it "handles" so much and is easy to use. I love its lightweight, watery texture that immediately sinks in, and I also love the way it makes my skin look and feel. I have used it as both a serum in addition to a lightweight moisturizer, as well as on its own. During the summer, it will be just the right about hydration alongside the craved antioxidant protection.
Key Ingredients in the Balm / Beauty Elixir / Body Elixir / Hand Cream:
Beauty Elixir Ingredients (the order on my box differs from the order online): Aqua/water/eau, glycerin (humectant), cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, sodium hyaluronate (salt of hyaluronic acid), cetearyl glucoside (emulsifier), curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract, levulinic acid, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil*, xanthan gum (emulsifier/thickener), sodium levulinate, pelargonium (geranium) graveolens flower oil, boswellia (frankincense) carterii oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, potassium sorbate (preservative), cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil*, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, ascorbyl palmitate (stable Vitamin C), palmitoyl tripeptide-5 (peptide-collagen synthesis), citral, citronella, coumarin, eugenol, farnesol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.
From essential oils
No parabens, synthetic colors or fragrances, animal testing, GMO
Wild Rose Beauty Elixir: $77.00 / 1.01 fl.oz (New packaging available June 2016)
Wild Rose Beauty Balm: $70.00 / 1.76 fl.oz (Includes organic cotton cloth)
Wild Rose Hand Cream: $15.00 / 1.69 fl.oz (delicious)
The US NYR's website is a bit strange to work with, as you have to enter your zip code and choose a consultant to be able to shop online. Londoners have it much easier with the historical shop in Covent Garden. Entering your zip code / choosing a consultant is not difficult (I went through the process to test it out), but it's not your classic online shopping experience.
A couple of examples of how the Beauty Elixir has been used in my routines :