Friday, September 23, 2016

Getting Cold Weather Ready with Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil

[Product was provided by PR for review. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links.]
Every winter, I forget about rotating in heavier duty skincare items until it's too late - winter hits full force, and I'm left trying to repair wrecked, dry flaky skin. Never goes well.

THIS TIME, I WAS ON TOP OF IT.

(Because uh, the PR beauties are on top of it.)

Regardless. Here I am, all prepared, and you will be, too! Consider this your PSA. While you're tromping in the leaves (like Dennison, he LOVES tromping in the leaves!), and embracing beautiful, beautiful autumn, remember..
(I don't even watch GoT.)

While it's still fairly warm and humid here, winters can be brutal, and I want to be prepared in advance this year. I like to layer a facial oil in colder weather, and I've always gotten on with rose oils and ingredients in skincare, so I was really excited about the Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil ($40 for 1.01 fl oz). It's targeted toward normal skin (they have an Orange Flower version that's targeted toward dry skin), but even though my skin usually tends toward the dry side, I don't feel like it's lacking. Of course, it is still warm here.

It has a pretty trim ingredient list: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil*+, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

It's also labeled 99% organic, with other designations here on the product page (it's vegan and cruelty-free, for those of you who have those requirements). I don't shop exclusively cruelty free, but I appreciate the effort very much, and am trying to support those brands more. And, you guys, Neal's Yard Remedies has some great information on their website about ingredient transparency, what it means for them to be "99% organic," the role of "functional ingredients" (like emulsifiers), the certifications processes they adhere to...and they call out the emptiness of labels like "chemical-free." It's worth reading.

As for the product itself, I really like it and see it being a permanent addition to my regimen. The "damask rose" oil is meant to be rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and none of the carriers or additions here break me out. The scent is a pleasant herbal that doesn't linger (though it is strong initially, but that's to be expected, and I rather like these kinds of scents). The dropper packaging is sanitary and functional, with a dark glass bottle to prevent photo-degradation of the oil, and all of the packages have a bottling date. I apply 2-3 drops of the oil after serum and before my night cream moisturizer, for an extra bit of oomph, and my skin is really soft and smooth in the morning, a difference I noticed almost immediately after I started using it. I don't prefer oils for daytime use, because they can interfere with makeup application. At night, I can live with the feeling - it's initially oily upon application, as you might expect, but sinks in and the residue isn't really noticeable after a short period.

I'm really pleased with my first foray into Neal's Yard Remedies, and I'm looking through the rest of their line for other skincare products I might enjoy. The one thing I will mention, however is that in the US, you have to order through a "consultant" on their website, and I believe the consultant gets a commission. This kind of thing gives me the heebie jeebies, so I'm not sure how to feel about it. What do you think? Have you tried anything from Neal's Yard Remedies? What are your favorite winter skincare additions?