While staying at the gorgeous quaint The Manor Hotel, New Delhi, I walked into what I found to be one of the cosiest and chicest spas Zehen. Rows of blue apothecary style bottles that unmistakably have to be NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES. A company that believes in community welfare and eco-conscious manufacturing and selling practices.
The blue pigment reduces the light reaching the contents, helping to protect the delicate natural fragrances and herbal properties, that allows NYR skincare products to be made with few, if any, preservatives. These recycled bottles also do not contain phthalates or bisphenol-A, a non-bio-degradable material, toxic material. As the company ethics go -"Making sure the blue bottle stay green"
"We believe that our mission to enhance and protect people's health and wellbeing starts at the planting of the very first seed, long before our ingredients even arrive at our eco-factory."
1981 Romy Fraser opens the first Neal’s Yard Apothecary store.
1983 A classic is born: the iconic Frankincense & Myrrh Skin Cream (later Frankincense Nourishing Cream), is still a favourite today. Romy Fraser opens the first Neal’s Yard Apothecary store.
1987 Store in academic Oxford is opened.
1990 By the seaside: store in Brighton opens.
The biggest highlight of this brand in my opinion is the story behind the ingredients they source from across several continents and regions.
Here are some of the ingredients that feature in some of their top selling products and their socio-economic impact.
Organic Argan Oil - Boosting independence in Morocco, being one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world, argan oil is an incredible beauty, skin, hair and nail saviour. Sourced from Morocco, it is fairly traded and helps the women Tighamimine Women’s Cooperative.
Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil - Sourced from Nanyuki, Kenya farming project supports over 500 families with a steady income.
Organic Rose Essential Oil - Farmed in Kerman Province, Iran helps raise money for the families to build schools for children.
So how does a brand that is socially-responsible, uses highest quality ingredients sourced right at the source, 'thinks local and acts global', and is free from silicones, paragons, GMs, EDTAs and other nasties sound?
Do I hear a resounding - "perfect"??
The Couture Grey featured in the collections since 1947, the Grey Emotion of Christian Dior’s family home in Granville, Pearl Grey like the facade of the boutique on Avenue Montaigne....
bergamot, rose, patchouli, amber, cedarwood, sandalwood and oakmoss
Gris Montaigne created by Dior perfumer François Demachy, is less like the archetypal earthy scents in the dior line but more sheer, modern and contemporary. Its been described as a mossy-woody yet floral chypre with strong references to the Dior's affinity to the iconic sombre grey that has showed up in several of his creations since 1947. With the refined structure of Miss Dior playing inspiration to it, Gris Montaigne channels the spirit of this house's first perfume creation but with a more radiance and boldness.
Powdery accords of the beautiful Turkish rose waft through my nose upon initial spraying, but soon take the quality of something more classic and aged. Patchouli really heightens this experience and is of the highest quality as is evident in all of Collection Privée scents, particularly Patchouli Imperial. The sweetness is contributed by amber that lingers softly in the background, but what really creates the 'grey' vibe in this scent is the mossy-woodsy notes that feature in Gris Montaigne. I absolutely love the effect of a moss accord in scents, which i find to be so enchanting, evocative and haunting so I was not surprised to learn that this scent did feature these particular nuances in a floral composition since I fell in love right from the first sniff.
Sandalwood and cedar are both woods with softer and more sensual aspects which add to an effortlessly secutive vibe in the base of this scent.
Overall Gris Montaigne is really intriguing, powdery without smelling antiquated, elegant and classic but also current much like the house itself, its a new interpretation of a concept of femininity which is characteristic of house of Christian Dior.
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