In Neal’s back yard

I preach to the heavens to make sure everyone cleanses, tones and moisturises every day. It’s such an important part of your regime and can make such a difference to your skin as you need to get rid of all those nasties that clog up your pores, making your skin appear dull and lifeless. Toners can be quite astringent and not very pleasant to use, but if you find a good one you need to hang on to it. I’ve been using Liz Earle’s skin boosting tonic for ages and didn’t think I would find anything to match it at all.

However, Neal’s Yard have their own Orange Flower toner which is designed for dry skin. They say: “Neroli oil, distilled from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, tones and clarifies the skin to encourage a fresh, glowing complexion.” I like my toners to basically feel and smell like distilled water with a bit of ‘something’ in there to smell great and really refresh my skin – this is basically what the Orange Flower toner is so it ticks that box very easily. The clear water smells deliciously of oranges, but it’s so subtle and delicate that it doesn’t last for long. It really works well around your face to refresh and remove any last traces of make-up or nasties from the day. It doesn’t tighten the skin or sting the eyes and it creates the perfect canvas for applying your serum or moisturiser.

Neal’s Yard is another new brand to me, but I really love the ‘apothecary’ feel of the glass blue bottles and the sense that there’s goodness inside them. It’s a pleasure to use this, and although I’m not sure if it’s having any additional effect on my skin, it’s a great addition to my skin care routine and a great alternative to the Liz Earle skin boosting tonic I’ve been using for so long.


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