I recently spent an interesting evening with some fellow bloggers courtesy Neal's Yard, so we could find out about their organic products and the massage services they provide. I was even lucky enough to receive a pregnancy massage on the night. No, thats not an announcement, there are no more babies on the way. I was just interested in how a therapist might work around the bump, getting comfortable and what oils could safely be used - so I got a practical demonstration. I also found out that they offer massage for breastfeeding mothers, a fact I wish I'd known about a couple of years ago; just think, I missed out on the opportunity to lie back (on a big cushion on the floor) having a massage whilst I fed my baby to sleep next to me.
We are all becoming more aware of the population crisis in the bee world and how much we will suffer without their pollinating abilities, which is why I was very excited to see Neal's Yard "Bee Lovely" range and save the bees campaign. The campaign has 3 parts; firstly a petition to ban neonic pesticides which have been shown to harm bees (click here to sign it online). Secondly they are encouraging us to plant bee friendly wild flowers to provide bee food and any purchase of a Bee Lovely product comes with a free packet of seeds to help achieve this. I've planted mine and (provided my slugs don't get there first) I'll post a picture next summer. Finally they are raising money through the purchase of the Bee Lovely range to support charities such as the Bee Cause campaign run by Friends of the Earth.
Usually I can't use fancy smellies in my bath or shower, most of the ones that come in pretty gift packaging will bring me out in a rash. I am however rather happy to announce that after 2 weeks of using the Bee Lovely shower gel my skin is happy. I wonder what it is in normal products that affects me? The pretty blue bottles from Neal's Yard mean light can't get into the bottles so chemical preservatives aren't needed. So not only do the bottles look nice enough to give as a gift it means they don't give me itchy skin (a hint to anyone who fancies buying).
Disclaimer: I was treated to this blogger evening and some Neal's Yard products to sample for the purposes of this post.