BUY ME Neal's Yard Remedies

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With so many beauty problems to solve rarely do you find any genuine miracle cures. Neal's Yard Remedies' aromatherapy-based products, however, do not pretend to be miracle workers, but their products do aim at a purity that is almost impossible to achieve from other "designer darling" beauty labels. Founded in 1981, Neal's Yard was inspired by pharmacies in France that sold a range of natural remedies. The first shop opened at Neal's Yard in London's Covent Garden, stocking an extensive range of herbs, essential oils and homeopathic remedies along with a broad range of literature available. They now have more than 12 shops in the UK and additional stores in Japan and Brazil.

If you do, however, happen to live in the Outer Hebrides or somewhere equally far-flung, then their new mail-order catalogue means that you can now witness the results without venturing from your front door. Hot buys include the legendary Honey and Orange Facial Scrub, and jetsetters must have the Travel Roll including eight of the most commonly used remedies. Also included is the new suncare range recently tested on a fair-headed Irish man in Miami. He says he usually burns like the devil, but he swears by this suncare range. A lot of the ingredients are organic but prices remain surprisingly reasonable, starting from pounds 3.95 for the Travelling Light kit, pounds 32.50 for the Travel Roll and pounds 6.25 for sun lotion. Available from 15 Neal's Yard, London WC2 and mail order 0161 831 7875.