In the middle of London it’s quite hard to find a garden of any kind, let alone a secret one. However, last week I trotted down to a secret location (the secret is that it’s just off Shaftsbury Avenue, very hidden away) to take in the beauty of an overgrown and super wild garden. I wasn’t just trying to channel my inner Mary Lennox, this was to celebrate the re-launch of one of Neal’s Yard’s most successful products ever. Originally launched in 2011 as a limited edition, the Bee Lovely Hand Cream is now a permanent fixture on the Neal’s Yard shelves.
The Bee Lovely Hand Cream is not only softening, nourishing and
gorgeously scented, but it’s also enriched with conditioning
organic honey and deeply moisturising organic Fairtrade Brazil nut oil. The scent of organic orange essential oil also gives this a really beautiful zing – honey and orange are two of my favourite fragrances, so this is almost worth eating! (Please don’t actually eat it though… It won’t do you any good.) The formula is light and non-greasy, giving you instant relief without being left with excess residue.
The real reason for the hand cream though is a little more serious. Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to the dramatic loss of
honeybees around the world. British beekeepers have lost up to 80% of
their hives in recent years, more than any other country in Europe. Neal’s Yard are campaigning to get these harmful pesticides banned in an attempt to save the bees that are a vital part of our ecosystem (as well as being super cute.) Each hand cream sold will also generate a £1 donation to help save the bees, so you can have luscious hands while doing some good. You
can sign the petition here to get the British government to join France,
Germany, Italy and Slovenia in banning these powerful pesticides, and
help protect our precious bees.
The fab people at Neal’s Yard have also created Neal the Bee, using the wild flowers the bees love the most (hence the wild flower garden location.) Neal will be doing a tour around the country, parking up in boutiques across the land with the aim of raising awareness of his fellow bees’ plight. I heart Neal the Bee and hope you can help to do a little bit to help him too.
For more info visit the Neal’s Yard website. Available in store mid August but online now.