Fresh Beauty Harvest

by Van Santos September 10, 2013

It has been almost a month since I’ve been given the amazing task of testing & curating UNIQ beauty finds just for you.  Here’s a sneak peek into our selection process…  We are constantly on the look out for products that more or less fit this criteria:

-       Are made with authenticity & integrity

-       Are really actually effective and of the best quality

-       Are well-priced whether they are luxury or consumer brands

-       Are packaged well, with fun & love

-       Are not readily available in Manila*

-       Are produced with natural, organic ingredients*

 *As much as possible

The latest brand we have discovered for you is called NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES.  When I heard that Commander-In-Chic Mikka was stopping by London on her latest seeking adventure, I begged & pleaded for her to take home some fresh beauty picks from this beautiful brand.  Needless to say, she (and my secret beauty buyer) have fallen in love with it too!!

NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES is a hidden beauty gem in a tucked away little corner of Covent Garden, London.  Mikka was lucky to have visited the place herself and discovered that aside from beauty remedies, they also sold cheeses, fresh produce, and other organic wonders as well.

A LITTLE HISTORY – The brand was born in 1981. The founders like to think of themselves as pioneers in “organic beauty”. When they opened their first shop in Covent Garden, NEAL'S YARD was one of the few brands pushing against the synthetic chemical approach to skin and health care that had been adopted by much of the industry.

THEIR VISION – “To bring the expertise of the apothecary and our holistic approach to health and beauty to local people and their communities.”  

Apothecaries had a deep knowledge of herb-based remedies, establishing their own Worshipful Society, way back in 1617. One of the distinctive features of their trade was the blue bottles filled with herbs and potions that lined their shelves.  Neal's Yard believes that much of their time-tested knowledge was being lost and the world could do with a strong dose of what they used to offer.

The brand is slowly growing and is now opening stores all over the Middle East and Asia.

We have selected three of their STAR PRODUCTS for you to try.  We chose these three products because they are universally acceptable for ALL SKIN TYPES, are perfect for Asian skin concerns, and they honestly really work wonders!

NEAL'S YARD Wild Rose Beauty Balm – 50g

Nurtures and revitalises ALL SKIN TYPES.

The award-winning Wild Rose Beauty Balm can be used as a rich cleanser, gentle exfoliant, or deeply nourishing mask. The exceptionally high levels of wild rosehip oil – a potent antioxidant proven to help repair, firm and smooth the skin – are combined with geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary seed oil, to help decongest and enrich the skin, restoring its natural radiance. Includes a free organic muslin cloth.

NEAL'S YARD Brightening Serum – 30ml

Diminishes appearance of dark spots for a more EVEN SKIN TONE

The concentrated brightening treatment targets dark patches and areas of hyper-pigmentation, while giving an overall more even, luminous complexion.

Infused with scientifically proven brightening African star grass with antioxidant vitamin C, moisturising tara and mineral-rich alfalfa to intensely brighten and correct uneven skin.

NEAL'S YARD Beauty Sleep Concentrate – 30 ml

Replenishes and recharges ALL SKIN TYPES

The luxurious, lightweight and easily absorbed Beauty Sleep Concentrate has been scientifically formulated to support your skin’s natural night time regeneration, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Infused with naturally regenerative narcissus tazetta bulb extract, a smoothing tri-peptide and antioxidant-rich nourishing grape seed oil, for skin that looks and feels beautifully moisturised, replenished and recharged. With a delightful blend of aromatherapy essential oils renowned for their calming, relaxing properties.

BEAUTY is a universal quest around the globe. Here at STU, we passionately seek for the best quality products  -- edited, tried & tested just for you.

Your Purveyor of Beauty,


Van Santos
Van Santos


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