It has been QUITE some time since I’ve been active on the blog.
Our schedule has been absolutely insane – we’ve bought a home and are working on selling another. Between speech therapy appointments, school, and life – my time has been very limited!
Honestly, I haven’t even been DIYing as much as normal… gasp! There’s just been NO time in our schedule for anything but survival these days.
So what does a natural minded person do when they can’t DIY their normal natural personal care products?
They go searching.
Over the last few months I’ve been searching for a company who makes somewhat affordable, natural and organic products for everyday life. I need something that works for my husband, my kids, and for myself.
I tried several different deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, bar soaps, liquid soaps, natural face wash, and natural cosmetics. Some worked well, others gave us rashes (yes, that really happened!), and still others turned out to be “green washed” products that claimed to be natural but actually weren’t.
Finally I saw someone mention Neal’s Yard Remedies in an essential oil group I belong to. It piqued my interest as Neal’s Yard Remedies (I’ll call them NYR from here on out), is a UK based company that has been around since 1981. How have I never heard about them before?!?
NYR sells organic and natural products with the philosophy of, “when in doubt, leave it out.” Meaning, if there is any question about the ingredient, they are left out of the products. Their herb extracts, plant extracts, and essential oils are certified organic by the UK’s Soil Association, who are internationally recognized for their high standards. It’s pretty much the gold-standard when it comes to organic certification.
Not only that, but being a UK company I automatically know their products are free from over 1400 chemicals that are banned in cosmetics in the European Union. (Did you know that the US only has 11 banned chemicals?!)
One of the MAJOR things that I respect about NYR is that they do not use any synthetic ingredients to perfume their products, only essential oils. This cause has been near and dear to my heard over the years and is the reasons why I wrote posts like Fragrance Oils: Are You Playing Games With Your Skin? and Fragrance Oils Vs. Essential Oils.
Why would you ever want to put something on your skin when you don’t know what’s in it?
So I fell in LOVE with NYR Organics. I went to place an order and learned that while they do not currently have stores in the United States, they do have direct sales opportunities here.
I knew this was something that I wanted to be a part of, so I signed up! Maybe it was the 25% discount? Maybe it was because I love the opportunity to share about natural and organic beauty? Maybe it was because I believe wholeheartedly in this company and their mission?
I think it was all of those things.
I wanted to be a part of a company that values our pollinators and has donated thousands of dollars to save and protect them. I value certifications like certified FairWild, Fairtrade, Fair for Life, and Made Safe. They are a BIG deal.
But mainly – I value a company that has been dedicated to providing a quality, organic, GMO-free, natural cosmetic solution since 1981. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of.
I did a lot of research and a lot of soul-searching before I joined. I don’t take business lightly and I’ve been burned in the past. But after some prayer, we decided it was the right step for our family.
I’ll be talking more about this opportunity, but if you want to know more please email/message me here or on Facebook. I’ll be happy to share more information with you!
Want to see the products that Neal’s Yard Remedies offers? Here they are.
Also- if you want to actually see some of the products that NYR offers – check out my kit unboxing video below.