Tuesday, 29 September 2015

On The Quest For Beauty Sleep

I am a notoriously bad sleeper - usually linked with bad bouts of anxiety or depression - I don't often struggle to get to sleep, but I wake up at least a solid three times a night and I'm more often than not wide awake at 5/6am; thus, I often then struggle to stay awake during the day. It's a rough, daily catch-22. So, when I saw that Beauty Expert were looking for bloggers who have issues with sleep - I was more than happy to become a guinea pig for them and one of their brands Neom, after all I had very little to lose. I opted for one sleep promoting product - their Perfect Night's Sleep Bath and Shower Oil* - and one energy boosting product - their Intensive Energy Boosting Treatment*.

scents to give you energy

When these arrived through my door, I fell in love with the packaging before I'd even managed to read the boxes or take out the products. I love the clean, whimsical look of these boxes - and it's really nice to see a company that doesn't put less into the packaging just because these are the travel sizes of their products. I looked online and was pleased to find that these are only £8 each too - which is a lot cheaper than I'd imagined and pretty reasonable for the sizes that they are; a product that works is great, a product that works and is affordable is something entirely different altogether. You also only need a capful of the oil and a couple of rolls of the rollerball and so even these small sizes will give you a decent amount of uses, in my opinion.

Okay - I'll admit that when these arrived, I worried that I might have made a grave mistake. Remember that I literally hate lavender? It didn't click in my entirely stupid head that most things that are designed to help you sleep usually contain the devil herb - and this is no exception. It's made with 100% natural ingredients including Safflower Seed Oil, English Lavender Oil, Sweet Basil Oil and Jasmine Oil amongst 16 other specially selected pure essential oils, and in the bottle smells like straight up lavender; cue impending dread. I have to say though, in the bath this smells ominously minty and fresh and left my whole bathroom smelling amazing (I made Katy come in and give it a good sniff), and I was pleasantly surprised with it; I'm now admittedly a little bit obsessed. 

scents to make you feel goodScent to boost your energy

So did it work? Well, yes and no. I sat in the bath and breathed deeply for the longer side of the recommended time (15 minutes) and I really did feel more relaxed, and Katy informs me that I did manage to fall asleep within approximately 26 seconds of telling her that I was going to sleep now - so we'll definitely consider that bit a success. This is supposed to promote a perfect night's sleep - which I'd say was a little bit of a stretch, although I wasn't expecting a miracle. I did feel better rested after using this, even after waking a few times in the night - so I'm putting this in the success column.

As for the rollerball - I'm on the fence. I loved this smell at first sniff - it's a heady mix of Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Oil, Rosemary Oil and 14 other specially selected oils and it's gorgeous and subtle in all the right ways. I actually also really like the idea of this - when I used to get stressed as a teenager in Spain I used to lie with my wrists on the cold tiles of the floor and that's what this reminded me of. I even love the feel of the rollerball against my wrists, and the smell lingers for a solid few hours in my opinion - so where's the problem? Okay, well - the instructions for this say to roll on pressure points to activate the smell, which is fine, and then breathe in through your nose for 7 seconds and out through your mouth for eleven and then repeat three times, which is really only fine if you're alone and in your own house.

Basically, I love both of these products - I simply think that the rollerball would make me look a little strange if I did it in public (and in fact Katy thinks it's hilarious to watch me doing it - rude). I do think that both help to do what they say on the tin (bottle), the rollerball definitely helps with focus if not energy directly, and I do think that the bath oil at least helps to provide the mindset for a good night's sleep, and for £8, I figure they're worth a go; I'll definitely be picking up a few more of their offerings.

Have you tried any Neom products? What could you recommend?

Sammy xo.
*Products marked by an asterisk(*) were sent by BeautyExpert in consideration for a review, however this has not influenced my opinion and all views expressed are completely my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.

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