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Wild Rose Beauty Balm... Where do I begin? If it didn't came in my Neals Yard Remedies consultant starter kit, I probably would never tried it. In fact that was the sole reason for signing on the dotted line to become a consultant for me, but let's start from the beginning - this was the one of the very few things that my skin tolerated when my dermatitis was at it's worst, (I was sent a sample) so I knew I had to find a way to get it, but the frugal side of me was bawling at the cost! I mean it costs an arm and a leg for a tiny jar that it is, but now I come to think that it is worth every penny. It is actually very economical and there are so many uses for it. So let's dive into the review portion of it, shall we?
Let me start from the worst part. It costs 53.50€ for a 50ml jar. Apart from that, there is no downsides to it! It is very economical, I can attest to that, because I have had it for a year and I am not even done with it, far from it. It might expire sooner than I will be able to finish it off. (covers my eyes in shame). It has many uses for it, and I really like the fact that it has clean ingredients and it is so soothing to the skin. Let's look into the ingredients, shall we?
Rosa canina (Wild rose) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter)*, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Borago officinalis (Starflower) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. *Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed.
Made with 99% organic ingredients.
It is rosehip seed oil based (along with some other beautiful oils and butters) and that explains the price point. There are many other balms on the market, but if you look into the ingredients, they are either mineral oil based or some cheap oil based. And this is what sets NYR balm from the others. I know, shock horror, but you would be surprised! I am not shaming any brands, all I am saying you should read the ingredients before parting with your hard earned cash. No matter how good the official blurb is, promising you amazing things, always flip the box and peruse the ingredients list! There is a lot of greenwashing out there, and the products may have good active ingredients and/or nice oils and butters somewhere down the ingredients list, but if the first ingredient aka base for the product is mineral oil, you might be doing more damage to yourself. Sorry, let me correct myself - if you are using anything that contains mineral oil, you ARE doing damage to your face and body! It is a petrol by product after all! I don't care what anyone else says, for example I found articles on Paula's Choice website saying that mineral oil is good for sensitive skin (what??!) and Lisa Eldridge apparently also "does not have a problem with it" if it's cleaned well. Well, I do have a huge problem with it! Please go to your bathroom and throw away Johnson's baby oil and anything else that has mineral oil. Yes it might make your skin appear softer, but don't be fooled by it, it is doing so by closing the pores and the skin can't breathe! And because it can't breathe, it doesn't know what to do and it's bringing all the moisture for the deep skin layers, and that is exactly why it appears more soft, it is crying out for help, crying out for moisture and air. Think of taking a plastic wrap and coating your entire body with it and keeping it on for day after day, would you do that to yourself? of course not? Well that is exactly what you are doing to your baby and yourself if you are using mineral oil based oils/balms etc. It is not natural, not sustainable and totally bad for you. Please don't!
Includes a free organic muslin cloth.
I have to agree on all counts, and as you can see, I forgot to add that it also comes with a free organic cotton cloth. The packaging will also look different from mine, since then NYR decided to keep the label they had designed for their exclusive limited edition range they had a while back, so now it has flowers and butterflies on it. I don't mind either way, all I care is the good product inside of the jar. They also came out with the wild rose hand cream, body elixir, beauty elixir, and wild rose SPF 30 moisturiser, all of the things I am dying to try, and since I am due my annual order, you might see these products on my Instagram feed and blog later on.All in all, I am so happy with this product I would include into my TOP 10 and I would most definitely include it in my desert island kit. I am really impressed with almost all my NYR products I had, if you want to see my stash and what I think of all of it, please click here. (clarification, they are all great products, but my sensitive skin could not tolerate the essential oils in some of the face products).
How to use this product? Well, it has multiple uses, you can use it as a mask (my fave way of using it, every time my skin is irritated, red and splotchy, I reach for it and it guaranteed to calm and nourish my skin), you can also remove your make up with it, and I have done a few times, works well, removes all of the make up, including mascara really well, but I feel it would be too expensive to use it this way as it would run out way too fast. Using muslin cloth afterwards also provides gentle exfoliation. The website also says to use three step program with it, as in remove your make up, use the cloth to wash it off and thus exfoliate the skin gently, and then use the same balm as a mask. I have done this and I am happy to report it does not clog pores and your skin is happy and amazing afterwards. I highly recommend it. I also use it for many other things too, as in as a lip mask if they are particularly dry and chapped, on my cuticles and elbows, I put this on to soothe mine or kids noses after a cold, you know, when your nose is all raw and red after blowing your nose too many times. Tame your eyebrows in a pinch. Add this on the high points of your cheeks to give you that luminous glow. I also once mixed it with the powder mineral foundation as per Sarita Coren recommendation for dry skin gals (if you are not reading her blog Edible Facial, you are seriously missing out!) and it worked awesome. You get the idea. Ask your consultant for a sample and I guarantee you will fall in love with it. Yes, 53.5€ seems like a lot of money initially, but it will last you a year, and divided by a monthly basis it is not that much? Plus it is 99% organic product, so I will have that please :)
So there you go, that is my post for today. Have you tried this balm? How do you like it? What is your favourite NYR product if you have tried this brand? Please share with me, I would love to know!
That is all for now,
Lots of Love,
*Disclaimer. I bought the product with my own money. That never affects my judgement of the product.