Saturday, 5 September 2015

Fave Freebies of the Month – Neal's Yard Remedies and Balance Me (Reviewed)

Choices, choices… It wasn’t as much the breadth of choice as the quality when it came to choosing one of the beauty products being bundled free with the lifestyle press this month.

In the one corner there was Instyle, with two Neal’s Yard Remedies body lotions to choose from, and in the other there was Marie Claire, with one of three Balance Me products. I couldn’t see much else covermounted on the October editions when I went looking on Thursday.

Hmm, decisions decisions. NYR and Balance Me are two of my favourite natural beauty brands - in the end I couldn’t choose between them and so decided to buy copies of both InStyle and Marie Claire! That just left the (rather big) decision of which products to get.

In the end I stumped for Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely body lotion, and Balance Me’s recently launched Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser. I was very tempted to buy multiple copies of each magazine and scoop up multiple products – just like my dear pal Sandra at Beauty Balm is planning to do!

Neal’s Yard Remedies – Bee Lovely (100ml sample)

This is so silky that it simply glides on the skin. I first applied it after showering at the gym, and although my skin is always warmed then (so product tends to sink in easily), I can’t think of another body cream I’ve used that has had better slip on my legs.

The aroma is a treat for the senses too. I didn’t bother to look at the ingredients’ list before I tried this – I just presumed it would smell of honey (a smell I’m not terribly fond of). But the honey is here for the moisturising as this features the most uplifting citrus scent, a fragrant blend of mandarin and orange organic essential oils.

You can buy a full 295ml tube of Bee Lovely for £21.50 here and help save the bees at the same time - Neal’s Yard Remedies is donating £10,000 a year to ‘Bee Lovely Projects’.

Balance Me – Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser (50ml sample)

I was kindly invited to the launch of this product back in May, and so got my hands on a tube early. What a treat! I declared it a triumph of a product in my review at the time, and I still feel the same way about it. It’s gentle on the skin, yet works like a trouper.

It removes all traces of make-up, even my stubborn Clarins Double Fix’ mascara (that’s stubborn in a good way as its purpose is to ‘fix’ mascara so it doesn’t budge, but there comes a point just before bedtime when you no longer want it to do that job!).

The scent here is glorious, a blend of neroli and frankincense essential oils, and magnolia leaf extract. It additionally contains softening butters rich in essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins. My skin after I’ve cleansed with this feels super soft.

You can buy a full 125ml tube for £18 here.


  1. I haven't tried any of the Neal's yard products yet, but I am a bit eager to!

  2. These are my two favourite cruelty free beauty brands, so I would have had a ball in my local Tesco! I s'pose it's not fair to others but when you are on a budget you need to get your skincare products where you can!

  3. That's really good! The two products sound really excellent and I love Neal's Yard, but never wore any of Balance Me. So in my case I would buy the one with it, Marie Claire. Although I like InStyle :) for reading. At the end I buy InStyle, but because of that nice freebie I would buy the other this month :) (You can't imagine how much I miss being there and getting freebies :) it sounds stupid from me, to say that, but why not, I love it :) I don't use body lotions, maybe a mistake from me, but I try to like them, but it never happened. But a cleanser that promises so much, collagen boots, plumper (replenishing), and for all skin types, wow, that is something I love! I will try to get it - I mean, to ask for that, to be bought immediately (it must be sold out!), so thank you so much for that!!! Hope you have a very nice weekend, dear Tracey! Hugs and kisses!

  4. NYR is one of my favourite natural brands too, I actually just reviewed their hand cream on my blog. I really need to get my hands on one of those magazines, thanks for sharing.

    Petra / Be Healthy Now

  5. NYR is one of my favourite natural brands too, I actually just reviewed their hand cream on my blog. I really need to get my hands on one of those magazines, thanks for sharing.

    Petra / Be Healthy Now

  6. I chose both of these freebies too. I think I may have to go and get more too x.

  7. Thanks for the mention! Defo going to get some more Bee Lovely x


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