When I heard that Neal’s Yard Remedies were looking for bloggers to attened their Blogger Event at the Bristol shop on Whiteladies Road last night, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a huge NYR fan since being on the receiving end of a white tea face mask and jojoba facial oil from their range, which I now use daily before applying moisturiser.
The event, the first that NYR have run for bloggers, was to help promote two new ranges for the brand; Mother and Baby and their Bee Lovely range. I’ll confess that I wasn’t overly sure about the evening before I arrived – since I’m not planning on having children any time soon – but several of my friends have given birth in the last few weeks, so I figured I could learn a thing or two and pick up some gifts for them at the same time.
After bumping in to Bonny of Over Stuffed and chatting to NYR’s Social Media whizz, Jane, about the NYR make-up range and the colour of the crudités, we were treated to a history lesson of the brand and the importance of buying organic by PR Manager Nicola and Elisabeth Winkler.
Although I thought I was fairly familiar with Neal’s Yard, the talk and the event in general revealed how deep and rich the brand’s history is. For instance, aside from being beautiful apothecary style packaging, did you know that one of the reasons all the products come in blue bottles is that this shade of glass helps to filter out UV rays? Nope, neither did I! I also learnt the secret of how to use a product that had always baffled me – the Wild Rose Beauty Balm.
After trying out some scrumptious smelling lip gloss and signing up to the brand’s Save The Bees petition, I was also lucky enough to sample a 15 minute reflexology taster. The brand offers a range of treatments (again, something I didn’t really know about before last night) above the shop floor, and the wonderful Christine worked her magic on my neglected feet.
Since training for the Bristol Half Marathon my feet have been blighted with blisters but I was in expert hands with Christine and by the end of the treatment I didn’t want to put my shoes back on! Throughout the evening I was blown away by the knowledge and enthusiasm every member of the team had for the brand and their products and once I’ve run the half marathon I’ll definitely be back to treat myself to a massage!
Thank you so much to Nicola and Jane from NYR HQ, Elisabeth, and the lovely Bristol team for being so helpful and accommodating.
Unfortunately my camera wasn’t playing ball at the event, so apologies for some of the blurry photos! You can see more (far better) photos over at Tigerlilly Quinn.