<![CDATA[Blog]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:53 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Interview: Katy Biddulph, Striders Edge Founder ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/striders-edge/

We talk de-stress techniques and the great outdoors with Katy Biddulph, founder of women’s sportswear brand Striders Edge

Our campaign is focussed on de-stressing – what de-stress techniques do you use?
I find running the perfect way to de-stress; I have a very active mind and I find running outdoors really starts to put me back at peace. I like to focus on my breath and hit the zone. The business is so busy, so when I get to design it’s like a holiday, I find designing the products very therapeutic and calming. I’m also very conscious of eating healthily – I like to make sure my body gets its vitamins. I strongly believe that the body is like a bank and if you keep on taking without replenishing you’ll run out of steam. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t indulge now and again, I still eat chocolate; I love it! But everything in moderation.

We hear you came up with the business plan for Striders Edge while travelling around the world – do you think it’s important to have plenty of new experiences in life?
I think everyone should try to travel, it’s so good for the soul and you can do it on a shoe string if you plan carefully. I found myself travelling to the Far East with my job, but I didn’t actually get to see anything of the amazing countries I was in. When the recession hit it felt like time stood still, so I seized the moment, booked a round the world ticket and set-off to discover the places I had wanted to explore; I loved every moment of it.

With the warmer weather and longer evenings we’re finding getting outdoors much more appealing this month - which are your favourite places to hike and run?
Although it’s quite far from London, the Lake District is my favourite place for hiking, my mum is a walk leader and lives there so I’m quite spoilt on this front. I also love the Surrey hills which we’re lucky to have on the door-step. For running it has to be Richmond Park – this place is my heaven in London. I’ve lived near-by for the last ten years and love how it changes in the seasons and at different times of the day. The sun setting is the perfect time for me and I love this time of year when it’s still a little fresh but nice and bright. I think people who are new to exercising outdoors find it difficult to motivate themselves to train outside, after-all driving to the gym can feel easier, but the sense of freedom you get from being outdoors is simply incomparable.

www.stridersedge.com

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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:05:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Cocooning Ingredients: Mandarin]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cocooning-ingredients-mandarin/

All this month we have been celebrating the essential oils in our Cocooning blend and their awesome stress-relieving qualities - this week it’s the turn of our marvellous mandarin.

Imagine a sun-dappled fruit grove, the warm sunshine baking the earth and the delicious, fresh scent of mandarin drifting on a breeze lightly rippling the trees’ fresh green leaves.

It would be hard to feel stressed in the fields that our mandarin essential oil comes from, not least because the essential oil, when cold-pressed from the fruits’ peel, is a notable tension-reliever. We grow the raw harvest in two countries - Sicily and Brazil - to ensure we can always make Cocooning products whatever the time of year with the very best seasonal ingredients.

Light a Cocooning Home Candle, release the natural fragrance of a Reed Diffuser, and the fruity mandarin scent comes through intensely as a top note in the blend, enveloped by comforting florals chamomile, jasmine and ylang ylang.

This breath of mandarin was important to us when creating Cocooning since it helps to almost instantly take the weight off your shoulders and start the de-stressing treatment.

Known to soothe the nervous system, therefore releasing built-up tension, mandarin is a key stress-relieving oil. Citrus oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their uplifting and restorative benefits and, alongside the mandarin, Cocooning boasts two others; orange oil from Brazil and lemon from Sicily – both obtained by cold pressing and used in their purest form in Cocooning products.

A walk through our mandarin groves is a relaxing sensory experience but with the pure citrus oils in Cocooning we’re confident you’ll feel the stress ebb away just the same when you light a candle and inhale.

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Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:37:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Sam Hood - amara.com]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/sam-hood-amara/ >

Less Stress Starts at Home

For this season’s campaign we’re taking a holistic approach to reducing stress in all areas of our life and in all different ways. Sam Hood, creative director at designer homeware store amara.com, tells us why the home is the best place to start in order to stress less

We all lead busy and hectic lives so it is good to try to create and maintain a stress-free home that will hopefully result in enhanced mood, less stress and better sleep!

First impressions are key; the first thing you see when you come home should be something you love, whether it is a piece of art, a vase of flowers or a special souvenir that creates a feel-good focal point. Piles of stuff such as old newspapers on the floor give you thoughts of mess and chaos, not of relaxation. The same goes for bags waiting to be dropped at a charity shop, giving thoughts of obligation and then guilt. Have designated area for things entering and exiting the home, perhaps in chic containers - a tidy house is a tidy mind after all!

Anxiety can build in small spaces with too much clutter so a cleaner, tidier home can help. Reduce clutter to make the room feel larger offering a feeling of space rather than of claustrophobia, a table or bookshelf in the same colour as the wall can make it almost disappear to visually increase the space. Mirrors too are good at creating the illusion of more space. Think of mood lighting - switch stark standard bulbs to full-spectrum ones which mimic natural light better to give a soothing, natural atmosphere. Light up locations, not whole rooms, such as spot lighting next to the sofa where you read.

Simplify your colour scheme using restraint with patterns and bold colours and if you mix patterns, keep their colour schemes similar, and if you like lots of colour then keep patterns to a minimum. If you have too many bright colours or contrasting patterns in a room, your eyes will be drawn all over the place making it difficult to relax. Generally we find cool shades of blue and green and natural earth tones to be relaxing because they remind us of nature. If painting is too much of a commitment why not try adding a few accessories such as cushions, throws and lamp shades in calming colours.

Home fragrance is a quick and easy way to create atmosphere and maximise the mood. I love fruity and floral fragrance for refreshing and energising – I love Cocooning (with its fruity mandarin) and Enchantment for its sweet floral combo of bluebell and rose.

www.amara.com

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:31:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Cocooning Ingredients: Jasmine]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cocooning-ingredients-jasmine/

Fleshy white petals unfurl majestically as night falls to release a heady fragrance celebrated for its ability to lift the mood and dramatically reduce stress.

It was the combination of these admirable health benefits, as well as its exotic floral fragrance - great blended with citrus oils - which made us realise we just had to include jasmine as an ingredient in our Cocooning blend (mandarin, ylang ylang and chamomile).

The blend - the most citrusy and delicate of our de-stress portfolio - includes 6 essential oils all chosen for their ability to relieve stress and complement each other’s scents.

Like fellow Cocooning ingredient ylang ylang, jasmine flowers release their scent in the evening, meaning we have only a small window in which to harvest the petals at their fragrant best. We grow our jasmine in Egypt where the hot climate and soil conditions let the plant flourish and produce the finest flowers, the oil of which is extracted to produce the highly concentrated, and expensive, essential oil with the scent and therapeutic benefits we so covet. This ‘jasmine absolute’ is intensely floral, heady with honey notes.

A deep inhalation of jasmine will leave you feeling uplifted – it has been lauded for centuries as a remedy to help promote confidence and inspire optimism. It has even been used in the treatment of depression and for relieving stress during childbirth.

A wonder-ingredient of the highest order - although the packaging doesn’t give us enough room to list every essential oil in Cocooning - jasmine is one of those we thought deserved a bit of praise!

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:44:35 +0000
<![CDATA[The Stress Less Wallpapers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/stress-less-wallpapers/

Every campaign we create desktop wallpapers to help remind us, and any of you who download them, about what’s important. This time we’re focussing on reducing stress and these mantras are helping us to achieve just that here in the Neom office. We hope you enjoy them!

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:55:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog - Radiance Cleanse]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/radiance-cleanse/

It is not always easy to stay calm and focused in the busy world we live in, which is why it is important that we take care of ourselves in any way that we can.

Our aim at Radiance is to provide healthy, convenient juice plans that can fit easily into your everyday life. We are committed to certified organic, cold-pressed, fresh juices that nourish your body.


Here are our top five ingredients to include in your juices to calm and soothe the body:

  • Dark green vegetables: packed full of chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals it delivers a powerful dose of nutrients. (note: the darker the leaves, the richer the antioxidant content!)
  • Citrus fruits (lemon/lime): they stimulate the digestive system and relieve bloating.
  • Ginger: a powerful anti-inflammatory is a helpful remedy for indigestion, poor circulation, headaches, coughs, colds and nausea!
  • Celery: vitamin rich and powerfully hydrating, this green veggie helps to lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure and promotes overall health.
  • Cayenne: this super spice hero has endless benefits from cardiovascular health, improved immunity and digestion, to lowering blood sugar and enhancing metabolic function and weight loss.

Below are two recipes for a green juice, highly recommended and packed with ingredients that will help to calm and soothe your body from the stresses of day-to-day life. A nutrient-filled, daily green juice will also promote glowing skin and leave you feeling satisfied and less hungry, which is an added bonus.


For 250ml – 300ml of juice you will need:

25g spinach
¼ pineapple
½ cucumber
100g celery
1g mint
20ml lemon
10g ginger

or

½ cucumber
200g apple
70g celery
25g watercress
20ml lemon or lime
10g ginger
A pinch of cayenne or 7g parsley (optional)


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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:51:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Cocooning Ingredients: Chamomile]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cocooning-ingredients-chamomile/

If you’re anything like us you’ll rely on a soothing pre-bed cup of chamomile tea at the end of a busy day.

That’s because these little daisy-like flowers, swinging to and fro in the breeze on their lofty, bright green stalks, are a mini-hero when it comes to releasing tension and instilling a sense of calm. And it’s the reason we used them as a key ingredient in our Cocooning blend, the light, citrusy scent of our de-stress portfolio.

There are two types of chamomile – Roman and German – but it is the Roman variety that is the most aroma-therapeutic. We grow ours in Norfolk, employing traditional organic growing techniques while using the latest technology to steam distil the oil from the wonderful flowers – a process which produces an oil at first ink-blue in colour!

Chamomile is named after the Greek words for ‘earth apple’ for its slightly fruity smell, while the herb’s cocooning effect on the mind proved inspiration for the Neom scent name. So apart from working well on a purely olfactory level with the similarly fruity mandarin essential oil, chamomile’s calming properties are well-matched to the uplifting and restorative effects of the citrus in Cocooning, working to reduce stress levels and nervous tension.

Long-celebrated as a herbal remedy, chamomile has been used to overcome anger issues and is a well-known anti-sickness treatment, making it perfect for those times you feel under the weather, too.

So when it comes to winding down after a stressful day with that trusty cuppa, why not join us in lighting a Cocooning Candle and really feel the difference?

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:18:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Polly Noble: Living Consciously]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/polly-noble/

Polly Noble is a wellness writer, health coach and author passionate about helping people to make the upgrade to a healthier, happier life. Here she tells us the inspiring story of how she realized she needed to be kind to herself and embraced living consciously.


Not so long ago, I was living what I considered to be a pretty great life. Looking in from the outside, I had a great job, a nice place to live and a tonne of lovely friends but deep down I felt something was missing. I often found myself thinking, “Is this all there is?!” “Is this how my life is going to be?” The truth is, my life was a little out of control. I was living the city-girl London life burning the candle at both ends without giving much consideration to my overall wellbeing.

Then I started to feel unwell and visited the doctor, which is when my world turned upside down. The shock of being diagnosed with cervical cancer aged just twenty-four was the catalyst which sparked a huge health transformation for me. I decided to do everything within my power to help my body heal and that meant changing a lot of old unhealthy habits and transitioning to a calmer more holistic lifestyle.

I dumped the junk food, began juicing, took up meditation, visualization and yoga and generally began to live more consciously. By having awareness around the choices you make everyday, from what your first thought in the morning is to what you decide to eat for lunch to how you spend your evening, you give your body an opportunity to be its very best; because living consciously involves understanding what your best option is in each life situation and choosing to make the upgrade. So for example, rather than choosing chemical-laden beauty products, the conscious upgrade would be to use organic chemical-free brands who make safe products. By taking a step back from my life to reassess how I was living it, I realized that I really wasn’t caring for myself well.

Since that time, I have implemented an awesome self-care routine, which involves looking after all aspects of my body, mind and soul, practices which many clients have improved their life with. Meditation with my favourite Neom candle burning helps me to connect to a mental space which is warm, calming and helps me to manage anything that comes up in my day, including stress. When I consciously co-create my environment and how I choose to spend my days, I am able to focus better, achieve more and generally improve my overall wellbeing.

www.pollynoble.com
www.theconsciouslifeguide.com

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:23:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Be Kind To Yourself]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/be-kind/

This season’s Neom campaign is all about de-stressing and attaining that sometimes elusive stress less state.

Stress is the body’s response to stimuli, both positive and negative. It can be satisfying - a manageable deadline, a personal goal you want to reach - but all too often stress can leave you feeling out of control and down in the dumps.

It is worth noting the difference between stress and anxiety: while stress is the result of a particular stimulus - an important presentation, a family crisis, a house move - anxiety is fear-based so that the cause is often not so obvious.

If we pinpoint the stimuli we can all overcome stress. This idea of being kind to yourself and taking holistic action to combat stress (or perhaps more specifically, your response to the factors that cause you stress) was the guiding light in creating some of our best-loved scents.

All our blends boast pure, mood-enhancing essential oils and most therefore have natural stress-reducing qualities, but three in particular were designed as uplifting and balancing de-stress treatments: Cocooning (mandarin, ylang ylang and chamomile), Enchantment (bluebell, guaiacwood and rose) and Real Luxury (lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood).

There are actually three citrus essential oils in the Cocooning blend - mandarin, lemon and orange – proven in scientific studies to combat depression and boost immunity, while the chamomile and ylang ylang oils both have calming effects and have been used by aromatherapists to treat mild cases of depression.

Enchantment is a delicate floral scent. The actual bluebell smell is extracted from part of a corn kernel - a pioneering move by Neom to harness the scent without using synthetic materials – while the guaiacwood essential oil quells stress and rose has calming and confidence-boosting properties.

Real Luxury is a soothing floral blend perfect for pampering nights in. Lavender is well-known for its calming properties, proven to help with insomnia and deeply relax. Jasmine is similarly calming with uplifting and confidence-building qualities, while Brazilian rosewood has been used to lift blue feelings and soothe.

Over the next few months we’ll be delving deep into what makes the ingredients in these blends so good for de-stressing and asking experts to give their de-stress techniques on our blog – from diet changes, to home and beyond.

Together let’s make this the stress less season!

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:15:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Praise For Happiness]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/celeb-happniess-quotes/

 

One of our best-selling scents for spring Happiness includes a sparkling blend of white neroli, mimosa and lemon essential oils to lift your mood. Here's what some of our celebrity and press friends have to say about it...

 


My Neom candle smells of summers and fruity yellows... it accompanies an evening with friends very well.

- Katie Melua, Singer

 


Spring's sweet-scented optimism in the flicker of a flame.

- Eminé Ali Rushton, Psychologies

 


Neom’s Happiness candle – I love it. The lemon hints make it so refreshing and really does make me feel uplifted and well, happy!

- Rosie Fortescue, Fashion Blogger

 


The scent delivered as a clean, crisp and refreshing scent, completely void of any burning undertone. But the real test was the following day, when I came home from work and the freshness was still lingering on. It’s sort of like having fresh flowers in your room. Lovely.

- Emma McCarthy, Evening Standard

 


I love Neom! I have a few of the candles dotted around my flat and they make the whole flat smell so beautiful. My new favourite is the white neroli, mimosa and lemon.

- Pixie Lott, Singer

 


Happiness makes a perfect mood-booster. Who said scented candles were just for outside?

- Mary Norden, Art Director & Stylist for Interiors, Food and Lifestyle and former Red Magazine Interiors Director

 


Happiness in a box is presented beautifully by Neom Organics. Wafting white neroli, mimosa and lemon, it’s the perfect antidote to a stressful day.

- Carol O’Gallaghan, Irish Examiner

 

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:45:41 +0000
<![CDATA[The Beauty Bible Loves Tranquillity Bath Foam]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/beauty-bible-loves-tranquillity-bath-foam/

We’re so proud to tell you that our Tranquillity Bath Foam has this week won another award.

After being named Best Bath Foam in the Beauty Shortlist Awards and Best Bath Product in the Psychologies Positive Beauty Awards last year, Tranquillity has scooped a place in The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible.

Established by journalists Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey in 1996, the Beauty Bible has become the biggest-selling series of beauty books in the world.

The award - in the Relaxing Bath Treats category - means a great deal to us because it comes as a result of thorough trials by a panel of testers. It’s the largest consumer beauty survey ever carried out, with some 20,000 women involved!

A continual five star customer review product, the Tranquillity Bath Foam includes English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine essential oils, a calming blend designed to provide the perfect night’s sleep. We combine these oils with skin-nourishing marshmallow, aloe leaf, coconut and sweet almond oil and, as with all Neom products - and hailed by The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible - our Bath Foam is SLS-free with no petrochemicals, parabens PEGs, silicone or animal products.

Sleep Studies last year concluded that using the Bath Foam, alongside our Tranquillity Room Mist and Home Candle, resulted in a better night’s sleep for 91% of participants and all said they would recommend the Tranquillity scent to a friend.


www.beautybible.com

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:20:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Laetitia Maklouf - Happy Gardening]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/laetitia-maklouf-mar-14/

In the spirit of finding happiness in nature, we spoke to Laetitia Maklouf. Dubbed the Nigella of the plant world, Laetitia is our go-to expert for making the most of our gardens from bulbs to blooms. Here she tells us how she finds happiness in the garden and beyond.

March is the beginning of the year for most gardeners, when the weather becomes kinder, and exciting green shoots start appearing. This is when the tiny, woodland floor flowers come into their own, and it’s worth celebrating them before they get obliterated by larger plants. My absolute favourites are tiny iris reticulata, which come in the most delicious range of colours from palest grey to deepest, most sensual purple. You can buy these right now, enjoy them in containers either indoors or out, and then plant them out in the garden when they are over. Similar joy can be had in the same way from shop-bought snowdrops, primroses, muscari, and of course, daffodils.

I’m happy when I am clearing the garden in the early spring - a rather overwhelming task that always takes a fraction of the time I think it will. The thrill of seeing lovely fat buds of living tissue beneath the crispy dead stuff is indescribable. Geraniums and lady’s mantle, two of my favourite perennials are doing their bit beautifully in this respect, and the excitement of carpets of self-seeded annuals, like nigella and cornflowers get my heart racing too, particularly when I think about the warmer days to come.

I’m lucky to live in a neighbourhood that is dominated by a huge mimosa tree. Those gorgeous delicate leaves are augmented at this time of year by distinctive yellow pompom blooms, and their almondy, violetty scent is sometimes carried on the breeze towards my appreciative nose. Mimosa oil, obviously, has this beautiful scent in a much more concentrated form, and so even if I didn’t live in the sheltered south, within spitting distance of a vast mimosa tree, I would be able to enjoy it in Neom’s Happiness candle. The other key scent here is neroli, which comes from evergreen bitter orange trees. Its fragrance (sweetly floral with a citrusy hint) is sublime, and precious - it takes about a ton of flowers to produce just over a litre of oil.

With each year that passes I realise how true it is that the joyful stuff comes in small packages; a tiny bud, a moment of warm sunshine on the back of my neck, the whiff of new life from a flickering candle….

Happy Spring everyone.


Laetitia is the author of The Virgin Gardener and Sweet Peas for Summer. She blogs at www.laetitiamaklouf.com

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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:31:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom’s #30DAYSOFHAPPINESS Challenge]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/30days-march-14/

In celebration of our Naturally Happy campaign this month, we’ve been asking people to upload a daily ‘happy picture’ on Twitter with the hashtag #30DAYSOFHAPPINESS. We’ve had a lovely selection so far - from customers’ beloved cheeky dogs to family members and the simple pleasure of choosing a book to read – and we would love to see lots more. Here are some of the Neom team’s own happy pictures and the reasons behind them to give you a little inspiration. We’ll be running spot prizes for some of our favourites so make sure you get involved and enjoy feeling Naturally Happy this month!


“Happiness is time with the little ones who make you remember what is important in life.”
- Lucy Gill, PR Manager

“A smile from my little boy.”
- Oliver Mennell, Co-founder

“My beautiful cat Izzy is a constant source of happiness for me. She’s extremely affectionate and when I’m home alone she’ll keep me company whilst I busy around!”
- Nicki Wedgewood, PR and Online Media Assistant

“Happiness for me was Christmas on the beach with my family enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation after a stressful year.”
- Kate Morrell, Marketing Assistant

“Lately for me, happiness has come from connecting with my family. Having stimulating conversation and listening to all of the different points of view can be amazing (and frustrating). We're a diverse bunch, but we make it work. And lately my wife and I are hoping to extend our family with our first child soon, to add a new mind with a new point of view into the mix.”
- Adam Lappin, Web Manager

“This was taken at the cocktail bar on Dorada Beach in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote – my half term haven.”
- Cathie Rickwood, Customer Services

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Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:23:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Happiness Wallpapers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/happiness-wallpapers/

We’re making this month all about Happiness: that new season anything-is-possible feeling, the joy of doing things you love and of course the uplifting scent. To remind ourselves and our customers to embrace happiness every day, we've designed some desktop wallpapers with two of our favourite inspiring quotes.


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Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind the Blend: Happiness]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/behind-the-blend-happiness-mar14/

While we like to think we know all there is to know about creating beautiful fragrances, occasionally a scent comes along that stumps us. And this was certainly the case with our Happiness fragrance blend, which combines white neroli, mimosa and lemon essential oils for a fresh, grassy scent with a mood-lifting effect.

The cut grass scent that so many customers say they love about Happiness doesn’t come from grass at all. We knew it was an important element for our blend, but natural grass essential oil just doesn’t exist, so we started experimenting.

We pioneered a way of harnessing that beloved smell - impossible to recreate using actual grass - by using a particular part of a corn kernel. Unlike other ‘grassy’ scents, this meant that ours used only natural ingredients, no synthetics, and replicated that fresh spring garden scent we were hoping to create.

Ensuring the blend used essential oils proven to uplift your mood was also important to us, which is where the key ingredients of white neroli, mimosa and lemon come in. Speaking to people about our lovely ingredients, many are surprised that white neroli is in fact another name for orange blossom. Harvested from bitter orange trees on the sultry plains of Tunisia, neroli comes from the attractive white flowers, while petitgrain - itself an essential oil when distilled - comes from the trees’ leaves with orange oil predictably coming directly from the fruit.

Interestingly, there are rumours that a food grade neroli essential oil is one of those top secret ingredients in Coca Cola, formulated by pharmacist John Pemberton back in the late 19th Century, but that is for them to know…

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Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Finding Happiness - by Stella Photi, Founder of Wellbeing Escapes]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/wellbeing-escapes-mar14/

As part of our Naturally Happy month, we’re choosing happiness and to help us along, we asked Wellbeing Escapes Founder, Stella Photi whose company specialises in healthy holidays and experiences to share her secrets for living a stress free, happy and healthy life.


Living a healthy balanced life when you’re busy isn’t always easy. Myself and the Wellbeing Escapes team all understand the importance of the pursuit of happiness. It’s something that can get lost in our day-to-day lives and we do our best to keep morale high! Personally, the things that make me happiest are first and foremost my dog Louis, he is pure without any agenda. I appreciate a beautiful piece of music; I love classical music and find that Mozart can lift me out of anything. I love my Neom Complete Bliss Bath & Shower Oil - I am seriously addicted to it - it is blissful and makes me very happy during my morning shower. I love learning new things and, if it wasn’t obvious enough already, exploring new places.


Here are some of the ways in which we can all ensure every day is a good day.


  1. 1. I wouldn’t simply call it meditation...
    Having a healthy mind works in conjunction with having a healthy body. The opposite is also true but it cannot be achieved without an initial state of mindfulness. Sitting quietly and reconnecting with yourself is not easy for everyone but it is seldom that people actually do this. Fifteen minutes may seem like a long stint, but amongst what has to be achieved throughout the day, it is a brief window. Plus the benefits are numerous.

  2. 2. Hot water just got less boring...
    One of the most valuable things we can do for our overall system is to drink hot water, lemon and honey. It is an amazing detoxification supplement to have before your day starts. The lemon provides the vitamin C whilst the honey helps give anti-bacterial properties. It is great for preventing colds as well as being hugely beneficial for your digestive system. And who doesn’t want a happy tummy?

  3. 3. Don’t start your day without...
    We have heard it thousands of times over and yet so many of us still skip breakfast. If you don’t have the time to sit down and eat, ensure you bring healthy snacks to work. I usually eat a Bounce Ball to give me energy along with a piece of fruit. Most experts argue that eating 5 or 6 smaller healthy meals throughout the day will help you feel energised and at your best.

  4. 4. Workplace Wellbeing
    If we all had the choice to not sit at a desk all day long, I am sure the sane majority would opt out of this. Sitting down all day is obviously not good for our health. My yoga teacher taught me a trick that I now apply every day. Using a yoga belt (or scarf), hold it stretched between your hands behind your shoulders and move over your head back and forth to unwind the tension. A couple of times a day are enough. It reminds you to slouch less and can make gradual but effective improvements for your posture.

  5. 5. Laugh!
    I adore a good belly laugh. I am always trying to make my team laugh with anecdotes about my dog Louis. He is a regular at the office and we all share a soft-spot for him. He brings a lot of wellbeing into my life - through the walks we embark on to the way he defuses my stress with one look.

  6. 6. Get deep into relaxation with a massage
    After a particularly hard week or if I feel prone to some TLC, I book myself in for a massage. Your mind simply stops thinking and you are immersed into the silky relaxed aura of the room. It helps me unknot tensions and is ideal for banishing any built-up headaches. My go-to people in London are Yan Sophkleous and the gifted Claire Farman.

  7. 7. Keep Active
    I like to keep things varied. I take Louis for walks, get a little more toned before a holiday at Ten Pilates, giggle my way through a Zumba class and practice yoga.

  8. 8. Become the sponge and soak up all you can learn
    I really believe in boosting wellbeing through learning. Right now I am reading a book called Vedanta Philosophy, inspired by my trip to India. It’s full of practical content on how to live a contended, successful and happy life. I also love getting creative in the kitchen and learning new recipes, often adapting them to make them as healthy as possible. Learning can also be experienced in workshops and classes - as well as gaining new skills your social life will be on the up.

  9. 9. Nature
    Immerse yourself amongst nature as much as possible. City life doesn’t make this necessarily easy but we are not completely starved of it. Getting outside in your favourite park or personal space is something we shouldn’t lose sight of. I always feel so much more refreshed and alive after spending time outdoors.

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Everybody Loves Happiness]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/mar1-lovehappiness/

 

This month we’re embracing being naturally happy and no scent does the job better than Happiness, as these customer reviews attest.

 


Love this scent, its name suits it perfectly. It fills the room and beyond, really making a difference to your state of mind. Had lots of great comments from friends & family. We have tried most brands of candles in our home… Neom's are the best.

- Lu

 


I've tried 5 of the Neom range so far and whilst they are all fantastic this candle is my absolute favourite. The scent is gorgeous and as with all the Neom candles it burns evenly so you can get the last little bit!

- Kerry

 


Everything about this candle makes me happy!

- Keren

 


Happiness literally smells of happiness… and of springs in your step, and of fresh country air and of peace and calm… and reminds me of some of my favourite places in the world… it really makes me smile!

- Kate

 


This is a very fresh and calming scent. Reminds me of being abroad and smelling the sweet flowers and the fresh breeze. The scent fills any room I put it in, without being overpowering. I love it!

- Jodie

 


The beautiful scent lingers even the following day, and I am loving this 'fresh cut grass' scent… the scent is very natural and perfect for spring.

- Ann

 

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Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[What Does Love Mean to You?]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/whatislove-feb21/

 

We’ve been discussing what love means to us at Neom HQ – here’s what our Co-founder Nicola, and some of our friends, thought. We’d love to hear yours too – please feel free to comment below!

 


Love is being with your nearest and dearest on a Sunday and going for a long walk followed by yummy food.

- Portia Freeman, British model

 


It’s all about making the little things a bit more special. Impromptu champagne. Last minute stay in a boutique hotel. Making a lovely tea for no reason. Candles everywhere, every night!

- Nicola Elliott, Neom Co-founder

 


Love is hearing my twins play together when they don’t know I’m listening. Naughty Mummy!

- Cherry Menlove, blogger and owner of online homeware store www.cherrymenlove.com

 


The most important love is the love that you have for yourself, as soon as you truly love yourself you’ll have even more love to give to everyone else!

- Ella Woodward, Healthy eating blogger at www.deliciouslyella.com

 


LOVE is... emboldening, strengthening, renewing... and what makes us feel most human.

- Eminé Ali Rushton, Beauty & Wellbeing Director, Psychologies

 

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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:51:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Fragrance Focus: Sensuous]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feb21-sensuous/

It might be its rich and warming scent. Or it might be the happiness-inducing effect of its essential oils: ylang ylang, frankincense and patchouli. But our Sensuous fragrance has become one of our most popular, with customers describing it as ‘divine’, ‘luxurious’ and ‘intoxicating’.

The first of our Home Candles to feature chic black glass - our limited edition Love Candle, launched earlier this month, is the second - Sensuous became popular with beauty editors and interior design aficionados alike. And the Organic Hand Washes and Creams, Body Washes and Lotions in the Sensuous blend have become some of our best-selling body care products, too.

Like with all our blends, it was important to us to use only the highest quality ingredients and as much potent essential oil as we could get in. The idea was to make something, well, sensuous; a blend which would work as a relaxing and balancing treatment.

- Harvested from the striking yellow flower pictured on the box, ylang ylang essential oil has fantastic calming and anti-depressant qualities, and has been used to quell anger.
- Frankincense has long been used in meditation since it gently slows and regulates breathing.
- Patchouli reduces anxiety and lifts the spirits.

All boast aphrodisiac benefits too, making this rich, aromatic blend a lovely one for indulgent nights in.

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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:36:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Wallpapers - Our Favourite Facebook Fans Love Ditties]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/your-fb-love-wallpapers-21feb/

All week we’ve been asking our Facebook fans to tell us their favourite love-inspired ditties. We had a great response - actually, it’s well worth heading over to Facebook to see them all - and we’ve designed a couple of favourites as desktop wallpaper for you to download below.

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Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:25:23 +0000
<![CDATA[We Heart Chocolate]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feb12-charbonnel/

 

This month is all about Love for us here at Neom as we celebrate the release of our limited edition Love Home Candle. Working behind the scenes at luxury British chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker, Melissa Braithwaite gives us the lowdown on chocolate history, the Queen and why we love to give chocolates to our loved ones.

 

How did Charbonnel et Walker start out?

Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s earliest chocolatiers. Encouraged by Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), our company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Mme. Charbonnel, the latter from the Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris. Our original shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and has remained in Bond Street ever since.

 

You make chocolate wedding favours and heart-shaped boxes – why do you think chocolate has become so associated with love?

Because chocolate is something which everyone enjoys, indulges in and shares.

 

Where do you draw inspiration from for new chocolates?

Our inspiration is driven by trends in the market.

 

You must be proud that Charbonnel et Walker hold the Royal Warrant to make chocolates for Her Majesty the Queen – can you tell us which chocolates are her favourite?

Yes, we are very proud to hold a Royal Warrant. Her Majesty the Queen enjoys all our chocolates and does have her own favourites, however it is not protocol to divulge her exact favourites.

 

Can you reveal any new products you’re working on for 2014?

We can indeed… we have some delicious new Dark Sea Salt Caramel Truffles and Raspberry Marc de Champagne Truffles launching later this year. Keep your eyes, ears and taste buds at the ready!

 

Be honest, do you eat chocolate outside of work or are you sick of the sight of it?!

One can never have enough chocolate in their life… but I do tend to indulge whilst in the office to keep me going through the day and what better way than to have some of the finest chocolates from around the world at your fingertips! It would be rude not to!

 

www.charbonnel.co.uk

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:47:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Where the Wild Tuberose Grows]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feb4-oliverstravels/

To celebrate the launch of our Limited Edition Love Home Candle - the first in our collection to use beautiful tuberose essential oil - we asked Oliver of luxury villa holiday company Oliver’s Travels to tell us where in the world we can find the luscious bloom…

There’s an old legend in France about tuberose, a beautiful white flower with a heady, enchanting scent. It states that young women should be especially careful around the plant after nightfall, as those who breathe in its sweet, distinctive perfume would find themselves rather more amorously inclined than was strictly good for them. Considering the plants were first cultivated in French monasteries specifically for their scent, we’re certainly hoping brothers who have taken their vows didn’t spend too much time wandering their gardens after dark...

Seeing as tuberose grows best in warm climates, it can be found as far afield as Morocco, China and Southern America. In France, however, it was mostly grown in the sunnier climes of the South. For those willing to risk the flower’s aphrodisiac effects, there are plenty of places throughout the region where an evening walk through beautiful countryside may well have you encountering the flower’s distinctive aroma.

The province of Languedoc boasts some of France’s most stunning countryside, and the area has literally thousands of countryside walks for lovers young and old to choose from. The foothills are ideal for a romantic ramble, foregoing the rather steeper mountainous areas for verdant, hilly valleys often brushed with the elegant lines of vineyards. There are some stunning luxury villas and chateaux peppering the landscape from which to begin to walks – as well as somewhere warm, welcoming and comfortable to return to after your excursion.

The well-known province of Dordogne is also a prime destination for those who enjoy mixing romance with a little walking. The region is criss-crossed with gentler walks, which can extend through groves of walnut trees and up to cliffside hikes. You may well find yourself stumbling into the kind of fairytale villages you’ve only dreamed of, and if you do, you’ll find nothing better than the food at the local restaurants. Dordogne is rightly praised for its gastronomical quality and variety, and those small, candlelit tables with a sprightly bordeaux and amuse-bouche can cause romance to spontaneously blossom in even the most most exhausted of ramblers.

But if you feel like hunting for the scent of tuberose in a slightly more rugged environment, what not swap the rolling countryside for something a little more windswept and interesting? Corsica is rightly famous for the GR20 trail, a true challenge for even the most committed hikers at 180km in length and taking roughly two weeks to complete – it’s often regarded as one of the most daunting walks in continental Europe. But that doesn’t mean that those who’d prefer a more leisurely pace aren’t catered for, with a wealth of trails that take in the stunning coastlines and the gulf of Ajaccio. The views really do have to be seen to be believed.

Yet the scent of the tuberose isn’t one that exclusively has be hunted out in the wild – it’s often found in perfumes and can be enjoyed everywhere thanks to the perennial popularity of tuberose in bouquets of cut flowers. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you about that old legend...

If you’d like to attempt your own horticultural ramble through the South of France, Oliver’s Travels has a stunning portfolio of quirky and luxury villa rentalsthroughout the region. Head over and see where your nose might take you!

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:23:31 +0000
<![CDATA[What makes the blend of oils in our Limited Edition Love Home Candle so special ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feb3-specialloveoil/

Last week Nicola told us about the inspiration behind our brand new Home Candle, Love, so we thought we’d let you in on what makes its three main ingredients - tuberose, mimosa and jasmine – so, well, lovely!

Tuberose is a beautiful white, lily-like perennial which grows wild in tropical climes. It’s similar to jasmine in its heady, deeply floral and creamy fragrance. The essential oils from both have long been used in aromatherapy for their aphrodisiac qualities and to treat ‘conditions of the heart’, inspiring a feeling of calm, peace and deep satisfaction – not unlike the feeling of love itself – in those who inhale them.

Jasmine and tuberose only bloom in the evening, giving our farmers a short window of time in which to harvest the plants at their most highly fragranced and distill the oil to use in our Love blend.

It takes something in the region of 800,000 handpicked tuberose and jasmine blooms to make just 1 kilo of their essential oil. They’re expensive oils, so some companies have sought to emulate the scent in a lab, but we’re interested in the therapeutic effects of the pure, natural ingredient… better get picking, then!

We’ve combined these lovely white flowers with the yellow blooms of the mimosa tree; a complementary green and woody scent used to treat anxiety and stress. Our mimosa trees grow in the South of France and our farmers harvest and distil the oil at the optimum time, in early spring.

Of course, as with all our Candles, Love is hand-poured in Britain using a blend of 100% natural vegetable waxes and pure essential oils. No paraffin wax, no synthetic scents and absolutely no artificial chemicals. Just another thing to love about Love, really!

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Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:58:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Our brand NEW 'Limited Edition' fragrance launches today ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feb1-introducelove/

The heady scent of delicate, white flowers drifts on a warm breeze as evening falls across a tropical island. A feeling of peace and utter contentment sweeps over you as you inhale deeply and, ah, exhale.

This is the feeling we wanted to inspire when we created our brand new Limited Edition Love Home Candle - presented in stylish black glass - which I’m really pleased to say is released today!

It’s the first time we’ve used tuberose as a main ingredient in a fragrance. We’d wanted to use it for a long time and saw our opportunity with this, a rich and creamy blend of florals, tuberose, mimosa and jasmine, warming with a hint of honey and spice, to appeal to men and women.

Known as the ‘night queen of the oils’ tuberose blooms when the searing sunshine drops in the sky in locations across India, Egypt and Morrocco; the relative cool of the evening coaxing its lily-like white flowers out.

The fact the tuberose blooms - and jasmine’s, as a matter of fact - are harvested at night give them a certain romantic quality and it is hardly surprising to hear that tuberose essential oil has long been used for conditions of the heart, bringing about a sense of calm and contentment in those who inhale it.

This is why we had to call our tuberose Home Candle Love. Whether for a partner, a family member or a friend, the feeling of love, and of being loved, is one of deep happiness, contentment and peace.

We hope you enjoy filling your home with Love.

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Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:00:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Wallpapers - Our Favourite Facebook Fans Happiness Mantras]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/your-fb-mantra-wallpapers-31jan/

 

As an extra way to spread a little happiness, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favourite feel good phrases with us. We were overwhelmed with the response and spoilt for choice when it came to selecting the winners! After much deliberation at NeomHQ, we picked the two mantras below and created beautiful desktop wallpapers to brighten up your computer.

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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:06:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Calgary Avansino’s Top 5 Tips for Feeling Good ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan29-calgary-avansino/

 

Last week writer and clean eating expert Calgary Avansino told us how to make the Healthiest Chocolate Pudding in the World. And it tasted good. So for this blog post we asked for her advice on how to feel happy and stay positive in 2014, too.

1. Aim to move your body more! However often you already enjoy physical activity – up your game. Try walking to meetings, hitting the gym with a friend one extra time per week, or giving a new exercise class a go. It is so important to vary our exercise routine – our bodies get lazy if we always present them with the same challenges. So this year aim to sweat more often, in new ways.

2. Make Sunday your prep – day. Set aside a few hours every Sunday to make a vegetable based soup or a pasta sauce that you can use a few different times throughout the week, chop veggies to have as snacks with hummous and wash your lettuce so it’s ready to use at a moment’s notice. No excuses then!

3. Stock your car, desk, and bag with healthy, energy-filled snacks that will sustain you. That way you won’t be as tempted to reach for the unhealthy option when it presents itself.

4. Order a veggie delivery box and start observing Meatless Mondays. Eating more plants is one of the best things you can do for yourself this year.

5. Clear your mind of “can’t” – our thoughts are a powerful force, so use them to your advantage. Think happy…..be happy!

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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:12:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Praise for Complete Bliss]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan24-praise-completebliss/

 

This month we launched our feel good campaign, focussing on those little things that make us feel happy. With its high concentration of mood-lifting Moroccan blush rose essential oil, our Complete Bliss range gives off the perfect feel-good fragrance, as these celebrity fans can testify.

 


I love Neom’s Complete Bliss. The smell of rose feels really romantic and soft to me, which makes me feel good and gets rid of any daily stress.

- Lucy Watson, Made in Chelsea

 


I’m in love with the Moroccan blush rose scent in everything! The smell is just gorgeous.

- Daisy Lowe, Model

 


The aroma from my Moroccan Blush Rose Candle fills the room so quickly and smells divine. Love it!

- Una Healy, The Saturdays

 


The scent is so calming and delicious.

-Katie Derham, Newscaster & Presenter

 


As a self-confessed beauty junkie I love Neom’s Moroccan blush rose Body Oil. I’ll use this straight out of the bath and it leaves my skin super-soft.

- Millie Mackintosh, Actress & Model

 

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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:24:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Beating the January Blues with a Country Break]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan20-sheepskin/

 

Time off at Christmas doesn’t necessarily equal peace and relaxation and we often start the New Year feeling more tired, sluggish and in need of a serious mood-boost. At Neom, we are all about making 2014 positive and seizing happiness in every possible form. Together with Sheepskin Life, creating bespoke holidays in some of the most stunning parts of the UK, we say that the planning starts now.

After the inevitable rush of year-end, chasing deadlines until dark, last-minute shopping in the crowds and squeezing in precious time to see family and friends, January is the month to take time out for you. Time not just to jump back on the treadmill and offset the festive excesses, but to plan some much-needed me-time and recharge your soul.

A break away in the UK, even in the depths of winter, can be a real energizer. Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway or a luxury cottage to share with friends, the team at Sheepskin can help you pick just the right place and plan your perfect escape. Don’t take time searching for places to eat, shop, walk or visit; let the team at Sheepskin take the hassle away with a tailor-made local guide and leave you with time for a little soul-searching instead.

Enjoy some crisp winter sunshine on a country walk, take time shopping in village shops for local produce and cook hearty winter meals to restore you back to health. Finish off the evening relaxing in front of a roaring fire or brave the cold for a little star gazing before a restful night’s slumber in a large comfy bed.

A winter break to reflect, rejuvenate and return refreshed and ready for all that 2014 has in store? Now that’s real me-time.

www.sheepskinlife.com

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:00:12 +0000
<![CDATA[The Healthiest Chocolate Pudding in the World ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan20-calgaryavansino/

 

Californian-born Calgary Avansino is contributing editor to Vogue and a clean eating expert who has been writing about health, fitness and wellbeing for a decade. Below she shares her recipe for the Healthiest Chocolate Pudding in the World!

INGREDIENTS

8 dates
1 ripe avocado
4 tablespoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 water
1 tablespoon grated orange zest

METHOD

Get out your food processor and blend together the first five ingredients. Then start slowly adding in the water until the consistency looks positively pudding-like. Then pour it into a bowl, mix in the orange zest (keep a little aside to sprinkle on top) and serve in individual bowls. Delicious and healthy! www.calgaryavansino.com

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:31:11 +0000
<![CDATA[A Question & Answer Session with Tessa Pearson]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan18-tessapeasron-qanda/

 

Here at Neom, we love nothing more than delving into beautiful interiors magazines and discovering the latest trends.With this in mind, we spoke with our friend Tessa Pearson, Homes Director at ELLE Decoration UK, Editor at ELLE Decoration Country and blogger at justalittlejoy.com, to discuss 2014 interiors news and home styling.

What interior trends can we expect in 2014?

Colour trends such as soft pink and forest green are big, but conversely, monochrome is still very popular. Metallic accents are everywhere and there’s a focus on mixing materials, as well as a lean towards timeless pieces that are built to last.

Our exotic scented, black glass Sensuous Home Candle has been hailed as an interior decoration key piece – why do you think it’s hit such a chord?

Black is always impactful, but I think people sometimes shy away from using it in their homes. Adding hits of black through carefully chosen accessories is a great way to bring a bit of depth and definition to a simple interior scheme.

How do you use scent to create an ambience in a room?

I like to choose a scent according to either the space I’m in, the time of day or the season. For example, something light and fresh tends to cut through lingering cooking smells in the kitchen, and a warmer, heavier, spicier scent makes a home feel cosy on winter evenings. And there’s nothing like a NEOM Tranquillity candle for helping you get to sleep at night!

Can you share any savvy ideas on using small, city apartment space wisely?

I think in any small home it’s important to edit your possessions and think about what you really need. An uncluttered house always feels more spacious than one that’s filled with stuff. Built-in and concealed storage will help to maximise the space available, and choosing items that are beautiful as well as useful means that that basic necessities will enhance an interior when left out on display.

How would you describe your own home’s style?

Simple and natural. I’m not a fan of bright colours in the home, and would always choose quality materials over anything synthetic. I like to add interest through texture and greenery. I love being surrounded by plants!

As a busy editor, what do you do to wind down at home at the end of the day?

If it’s light enough, I’ll go for a run in the woods, if not, then I’ll do some yoga. I’m training to be a yoga teacher so I’m always trying to squeeze in practice time! But stepping through the front door is normally enough to make me feel relaxed – a home cooked meal and a hot bath always seems to eradicate of the stresses of the day.

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Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:33:30 +0000
<![CDATA[The Neom team’s feel-good promises for the new year]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan16-neomnewyearpromises/

 

Happiness Is…

We asked some members of the team here at Neom for the feel-good promises they’re making to themselves and sticking to this year

 


I saw a great quote that I’m going to remember to make me mindful of living in the moment; ‘people wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness’. Why wait when it is here right now?

- Nicola Elliott, Co-founder

 


I took up roller derby last year and intend to carry that on. It’s quite an intimidating full contact sport, friends & family keep saying it’s not what they’d expect from a quiet person like me. But joining has made me a whole new set of friends and when I’m there the adrenaline overpowers any worries from earlier in the day. I can recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something unexpected!

- Ali Schofield, Writer

 


I love tennis so I’m going to make it my mission to find a tennis club with indoor facilities for over winter so I can play all year round. I think once you find an exercise you love it’s easy to keep it up.

- Kate Morrell, Marketing

 


I live by the adage that travel broadens the mind so my aim is to take a photo of myself in at least three impressive destinations this year. It gives me a goal to work toward so that I won’t feel guilty about booking the breaks!

- Adam Lappin, Web Manager

 


With a busy job and a two year old, I don’t get a lot of me-time and tend to let other concerns get in the way, so I’m setting myself specific dates and times for this - a half hour bath, an hour’s reading by the fire and so on - putting them in my diary and sticking to them no matter what. If anyone asks, I’ve got an appointment that I can’t change. It’s so important for your state of mind

- Lucy Gill, PR Manager

 

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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:01:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Natural Candles Always Smell Better To Us ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan16-naturalcandles/

 

There are huge differences between natural candles and synthetic ones. When Neom Luxury Organics launched in 2005 we were the first brand to produce 100% natural candles, scented only with essential oils. We visited countless manufacturers who said using natural wax and pure essential oils couldn’t be done, but we managed to work out a way.

There’s good reason for all this effort. Most candles on the market are made using paraffin wax, derived from petroleum and therefore releasing toxins like carcinogens when burned. Founder, Nicola Elliott says, “Just as I wouldn’t allow someone to smoke in my house, I wouldn’t want to burn a candle that emitted toxins.”

Neom candles are made with a unique blend of natural wax and essential oils sourced from sustainable and renewable annual crops from long-established farms in North America and Europe. Supposed performance enhancing glues and additives are avoided at all costs when making our candles, as are pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

Of course, the reason for a scented candle is to create a pleasant smell in the home but, as a qualified aromatherapist Nicola wanted to go one step further and for Neom products to work as a therapeutic treatment too, choosing natural, pure essential oils instead of synthetic scents.

The aromatherapeutic benefits of essential oils have been well-documented. Bergamot has antiseptic and healing properties, lavender is a natural sedative and oil distilled from rose petals has been used to ease tension, headaches and even hayfever. More than simply having a nice smell in their home, Neom customers were able to use the candles, and more recently all the other home fragrance and body care products, as effective treatments to refresh, uplift, build confidence and relax them on a daily basis.

Every Neom candle is expertly hand-poured around a natural cotton wick and left to cure for five days to allow the wax and fragrance to settle and even out.

By the time it’s packaged, sent out to the customer and lit, the candle will burn cleanly - with no soot - and evenly - right to the edge of the glass and down to the base (our home candles burn for some 55 hours). It will also make the customer feel better, which makes our expert team, from the farmers and botanists, through to the craft team and designers, really proud.

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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:41:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Winter Walks with Jorrit & Nicky, Co-Founders of Millican]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan13-winter-walks/

 

Everyone needs a bit of inspiration to get outdoors, and you’ll certainly find it if you cross paths with Jorrit and Nicky, Co-Founders of Millican, the Keswick Bag Company. We asked them to share their inspiring story and their love of the Lake District.

We first met as backpackers in the early 90s, somewhere on the border of Ecuador and Peru. We loved seeing the world, the sense of freedom… but a few years later we found ourselves back in the UK, working in the city. We felt swamped. We weren’t being ourselves. How did a pair of backpackers end up like this?

We decided we had to make a change. We moved to the Lake District and were inspired by the story of a local legend, Millican Dalton. Back in the 1900s, Millican Dalton swapped his conventional life in the city for a simple life outdoors, spending months of the year living in a cave in the Borrowdale Valley. He believed in sustainable living (way ahead of his time) and inspired others to respect and enjoy the outdoors - he made small amounts of money teaching mountaineering and outdoor skills, and making rugged, durable rucksacks to sell.

The story of Millican Dalton made us even more determined to embrace outdoor living and sustainability in whatever we would do next. He also inspired us to rediscover our own passions - we’ve always loved finding items of vintage luggage at auctions and in secondhand shops; possessions worn with years of use and loaded with memories. We love the truly functional designs that become part of everyday life, treasured companions.

All our passions combined to create the Millican brand. We might not live in a cave, but we’ve certainly found our own freedom. We live in a beautiful part of the world that we would encourage all to explore, with a wonderful local community. We make functional bags for outdoor living and travel, using sustainable materials (such as organic cotton canvas and vegetable tanned leather) and timeless styles that are made to last for life. We name all our bags after friends and people who have inspired us, and we know that our customers will be able to pass them down over generations. We really love what we do.

We always say ‘Carry what you need to be free’, because everyone needs something different on their journey. Our bags range from everyday shoulder bags to rugged walking rucksacks, writer’s bags to iPad cases, holdalls to travel washbags. As a tribute to the roots we’ve laid down in Lakeland, we even use Herdwick wool from our local farm in some of our bags and accessories.

Everything we make is designed for the outdoors - it’s our mission to inspire more people to enjoy the benefits of outdoor living. The wellbeing that comes from fresh air and exercise, but also the empowering feeling of being self sufficient in everyday journeys, wherever they are taking you.

The Lake District is a wonderful place to discover the benefits of outdoor living. The scenery is incredible, and there are walking routes to suit all abilities (as well as some of the best cycle routes in the UK). Having lived here for years now, and because we have dogs to walk, we’ve explored all corners of the region. But our favourite area for walking is probably on our doorstep in the Borrowdale Valley.

The famous mountain, Skiddaw, towers over us as a constant source of inspiration. It’s a serious climb to the top and you need to go prepared (especially in winter), but the views from the summit are mind-blowing.

If you’re walking in the Lake District, keep things simple and practical - a decent backpack, well fitting boots, waterproofs, map, compass, food, water and an open mind!

http://www.homeofmillican.com/

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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:25:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Feel Good Wallpapers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feelgoodwallpapers-9jan/

 

Our campaign for this season is all about happiness so we’ve created three beautiful wallpapers with inspiring, feel good mantras to keep you uplifted while you’re at your desk.

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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:59:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Fragrance Focus: Complete Bliss]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan9-fragrancefocus-completebliss/

 

Our campaign this season focusses on being happy, and as our rose feel-good fragrance, the award-winning Complete Bliss range therefore once again takes centre stage.

The rose is perhaps the most iconic flower in the world – a peachy head turned up to the sun, with thorny foliage beneath. Potent, sweet, musky, spicy, instantly recognisable and used for centuries as one of the earliest perfume ingredients.

It’s easy to think we know everything there is to know about the famous bloom. But when it comes to extracting the natural scent, there’s a lot to learn, as we discovered when we created our now acclaimed Complete Bliss fragrance several years ago.

As with all our scents, it was important to us to source 100% real essential oils, no additives, and find the best plant possible for both its scent and its therapeutic properties, of which there are many.

It is thought that rose was first used for its medicinal properties by monks as far back as the 1st Century and the essential oil is still used as something of an all-purpose healer. One of the greatest stress-relieving and depression-fighting essential oils, it uplifts the mood, builds confidence, calms, promotes feelings of wellbeing and has even been used to treat anger issues in patients. Complete Bliss indeed.

After sniffing hundreds of blooms, we chose a particular type grown in Morocco for its slightly fresher, cleaner, more modern scent. The flowers grown in our North African fields benefit from year-round sunshine and smell utterly divine for it. We harvest in the morning, from a vast carpet of pink velvety flowers some 35kms long, extracting the oil by carefully controlled steam distillation (too much heat can damage the aroma).

While the rose scent on its own is beautiful, we coupled it with a dash of black pepper and lime for a modern, unique fragrance with a refreshing kick to complement rose’s uplifting properties.

Here’s what some of our celebrity fans have had to say about our wonder-fragrance.

 


I’m in love with the Moroccan blush rose scent in everything! The smell is just gorgeous.

- Daisy Lowe, Model

 


Neom’s Moroccan blush rose candle. The scent is so calming and delicious.

- Katie Derham, Newscaster & Presenter

 

 


As a self-confessed beauty junkie I love Neom’s Moroccan blush rose Body Oil. I’ll use this straight out of the bath and it leaves my skin super-soft.

- Millie Mackintosh, Actress & Model

 

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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:18:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Saskia Gregson-Williams]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/saskiagregsonwilliams-jan14/

 

We spoke to Food Editor of Hipandhealthy.co.uk, Saskia Gregson-Williams to find out the best feel good foods and what’s going to be hot in 2014.

 

What are your new year's resolutions?
A lot of people use New Years to give something up, but I prefer to look at it as an opportunity to take something up! This year I'm using the New Year to take up meditation. I think most of us (I'm a prime culprit) can associate meditating with hippies, and be seen as a rather alternative practice. What I've come to realize, is taking a little time out of the day for yourself to relax and re-energise, a mere 15 minutes of calm, is incredibly healthy and refreshing.

 

What are your feel good promises?
I'd love to think that I could find time in the day to set aside to read a really great novel. I read a lot of non-fiction, whether it be The Top 100 Super foods or a dance anatomy book - so I'd love to find the time to read something more exciting and thought provoking.

As Food Editor of Hip & Healthy I try to be on top of all the gastronomic goings-on – what are the new healthy food trends we can expect in 2014 for example? I think plant based food is going to become much more popular, campaigns like Meatless Monday and Vegan before 4, started the trend last year and I believe it will further develop in 2014.

 

What healthy food do you cook in January?
I love to cook seasonal produce when I can, which means lots of root vegetables and leafy greens are on the menu. I love making my sweet potato, cashew & coconut korma, Butternut squash and black bean burgers with a Beetroot slaw. If I'm after something simple, a kale salad with avocado, maple roasted walnuts, pomegranates and a delicious orange- tahini dressing. I also love indulging in comforting, yet super healthy desserts, like my mini raw carrot cakes, banana bread and raw chocolate mousse! My recipes are Vegan, Dairy, Sugar, Wheat and Gluten free - yet super scrummy and indulgent! (These recipes are in my new Ebook, in the Hip & Healthy kitchen (Available to buy at www.hipandhealthy.co.uk from January 2014).

 

When did you go vegan and why is that important to you?
I stopped eating meat and animal products a year ago. Although it is a fairly recent change, I always tried to avoid eating it when I could, and being lactose intolerant, I didn't eat any dairy produce. Being vegan is so important to me, primarily for moral reasons. Meat farming, whether it is organic or not, is an extremely cruel process - just think of the gastronomic amount of meat you see in your supermarket, then times that by the amount of supermarkets in your town, country..etc. Now the figure is so extreme, you can understand why killing such a large amount of animals would be anything but ethical. It is not advertised on the plastic, so we seem to forget just what has happened to our food before it comes out hot on our plate. From a health perspective, meat is an extremely acidic food, which causes inflammation in the body, and increases the risk of illness and diseases such as cancer. Meat, and in particular red meat, is incredibly hard for the body to digest. Meaning all the goodness you think you are getting, the body cannot properly absorb. The word 'Vegan' doesn't have the best reputation, but the healthy plant based possibilities are endless! Brazil nut Parmesan, raw chocolate, cashew cream, coconut ice-cream with chocolate chips and a caramel sauce - all so delicious & so easy to make!

 

What's your favourite way to stay fit over the winter months?
I'm a ballet dancer, and train up to 7 hours a day. If I'm not dancing I love doing pilates and yoga.

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Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Julia Roberson Pilates]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jan4-juliaroberson/

 

London-based Pilates instructor Julia was trained by Alan Herdman who pioneered Pilates in the UK back in the 1970’.s

We spoke to Julia about the wellbeing benefits and philosophies of Pilates

 

How did you first get into Pilates?

I have always been active, running, biking, hiking, going to fitness classes and military boot camps! Although I felt I had high fitness levels, I never really felt confident with my body shape or posture. Then, I tried Pilates and it felt totally different.

Pilates changed me, it was like getting to know my body in a whole new way. I felt stronger and taller, my clothes fit better and my body moved more easily. Muscles started to lengthen and balance out and my body shape changed. I went down a jean size and felt more flexible than ever before. I also loved the relaxation and calmness that it gave me, I floated out of the session feeling taller, energised and in good shape. I was hooked.

Before teaching Pilates I worked in Fashion and then in the City. I used to rush out of the office to go to my Pilates classes. Now I run sessions in company offices as part of their ‘Employee Wellbeing’. It’s great for individuals to feel the benefits of unwinding and re-energising and the employers gain the benefits from helping their workforce stay healthy.

 

What are the benefits of Pilates on both mental and physical wellbeing?

Pilates focuses the mind and body together. Its so different from our fast-paced screen fixated modern world, it gives us time to re-link and experience a sense of calm and feel re-energised.

Pilates works toward a balanced body and posture by strengthening the weaker muscles and stretching out tighter ones, which helps us stand and sit straight, creating positive body language and improving confidence.

By working to strengthen what is often called the ‘corset muscles’ of our torso,it helps avoid back pain and can also help create a great waistline.

 

Can Pilates boost happy endorphins and help with relaxation?

In Pilates the breath pattern is used to focus and help with different movements, it’s also a great way for people to release tension from different parts of the bodies. Pilates activates the parasympathetic nervous system lowering adrenaline and cortisol levels, promoting a more relaxed state.

 

Is it an exercise that all ages and pregnant women can partake in?

Absolutely the great thing about Pilates is its low impact and suitable for all ages, I teach younger clients through to people in their 80’s.

Pilates can be really beneficial for pregnant women. There is a lot of strain on the body during pregnancy especially the lower back and pelvis, so working the muscles in a way to help support these changes is important.

 

What should you look for when choosing a class or teacher?

Its important to look into the training and background of the teacher. Working one-to-one or in small groups is ideal. For group Matwork around 10 people to a class means that the teacher has more time to spend cueing and correcting.

After that I think the key is to find a teacher that you enjoy working with!

 

Why does Pilates have such a large celebrity following?

Celebrities are scrutinised on their appearance and I think they turn to the method that works for them. Pilates is a great for working towards a longer and stronger body.

It’s also popular for celebrities post pregnancy wanting to get their bodies back into shape by strengthening their core muscles.

 

www.juliaroberson-pilates.co.uk

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Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom Christmas]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/christmas2013/

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Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Katie, Founder Atterley Road ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/katie-231213/

 

Atterley Road is the go-to online location for all the girls in the office. A perfect shop for beautiful, super-chic satchels to a gorgeous statement necklaces, Atterley Road is one of our favourite brands.

 

What’s the story behind Atterley Road, how/why did you start up?
My inspiration for Atterley Road was born out of my personal frustrations with shopping in general, I found it increasingly hard work to find products that were relevant for me and my lifestyle, everything either felt too young, too cheap or too expensive - I wanted to create a one-stop-shop where I could shop and find exciting new discovery labels sitting alongside my already known and favourite brands at an accessible price. Curation is key for Atterley Road and I work very closely with my team of buyers to ‘cherry pick’ the best pieces from our labels and style them in a way that I know is relevant for our customer.

 

Do you have a go-to brand for work wear?
MiH for shirts - the quality of the cotton is just luxurious! And also Pyrus for smarter suiting - they always have a little attention to detail which makes their styles stand out from the crowd.

 

How do you relax at the end of a busy day?
I get home in time to feed my 11 month old his last bottle of the day and then have a cuddle with him before his bedtime, I then try and switch off with a large glass of wine!

 

What is your all-time favourite Neom scent and why?
Tranquillty - It is just so intoxicating! I have a candle at home and on my desk as well as the room spray - people never fail to comment on the scent when they walk into my house or office and it smells just like a spa!

 

Which Christmas scent from Neom is your fav?
The Christmas Comforting candle, I love the earthy tones in this candle and find it incredibly homely!

 

Do you have any festive family traditions?
I come from a very tight knit family and we always ensure we are together at Christmas - Last Christmas I was in hospital on the labour ward so this Christmas will be extra special!

 

What’s a typical day for you in your Chelsea office in the lead up to Christmas
Lots of chocolate and christmas tunes! At the moment we are all singing to Michael Buble and munching on Quality Street! We have our Christmas drinks on Tuesday so i'm sure they'll be some stories to tell after that!

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Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:00:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom Christmas Hints and Tips - Part 3]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/neom-christmastips-part3/

 

All month we’ve been passing on our favourite Christmas traditions. In this post some of our team share ideas for Christmas parties and New Year celebrations.

 


I use leftover roast potatoes, bacon and sprouts from the Christmas Day lunch in a frittata – just whip up eggs, milk and cheese, pour over the ingredients and bake.

- Adam Lappin - Web Manager

 


Classic nibbles with a luxury twist are a great success when guests come round. Try mini baked potatoes topped with caviar, vol au vents doused in truffle oil and retro cheese on sticks using vintage stilton and pickled chestnuts.

- Oliver Mennell, Co-founder

 


Christmas is when I take time to make classic cocktails for my guests. A Harvey Wallbanger looks really cool served in a jam jar decorated with a matching orange ribbon. I also discovered at a New Year’s celebration last year that hibiscus flowers look gorgeous in champagne and give it a lovely subtle flavour so I’ll be stealing that one for my parties.

- Becky Gale, National Account Manager

 


To try to ensure Christmas doesn’t just become a chocolate and sweet fest for the kids, as a treat I make up a big bowl of popcorn, cover it in a little oil and sprinkle edible glitter over it. The kids think it’s magic and it’s a much healthier option.

- Nicola Elliott, Co-founder

 

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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom Christmas Hints and Tips - Part 2]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/neom-christmastips-part2/

 

All this month the Neom team are passing on their tried and trusted Christmas traditions. Here’s four more to inspire ideas ahead of the big day.

 


When I was little, my mum used to put Christmas table gifts into a decorated box on the table with string and named tags leading from the box to each person’s place setting. This was the cause of great excitement when we were kids, so now that I’ve got a son of my own, I’m going to start doing the same!

- Vicky Bellerby, Marketing Manager

 


I pimp up brussel sprouts with a Jamie Oliver recipe, which involves smoky bacon, fresh sage and tons of Worcestershire sauce. There’s never room for it, but I love to make Nigel Slater’s Limoncello trifle as an alternative to Christmas pud, too.

- Nicky, PR Assistant

 


Every year I make reindeer buns with my son. They’re simple chocolate buns with faces on the top – we use red sweets for the Rudolph noses and mini pretzels for the antlers. Joseph loves attaching the antlers and eating the left over cake mixture!

- Richard Chambers, Accountant

 


I use vintage wallpaper to wrap presents with. You can pick up rolls and sometimes offcuts online and it’s much more stylish than the gaudy stuff the shops are selling at this time of year.

- Paul Salem, Product Development

 

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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Catherine Tough, Textile Designer and Business Owner]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/catherinetought-161213/

 

Catherine Tough is a British textile designer, well-known for super knitted woollies and gifts from cushions to hot water bottles. What better brand than to partner with this winter than a British brand to keep you snug and warm over the holidays.

We spoke with Catherine, to find out about what the run up to Christmas is like for a small British brand in its 13th year

 

What is a typical day like for you during the lead up to Christmas? Christmas for us is non-stop from October onwards. As soon as I get to the studio at around 10am, after getting my daughter to school, we pack the mail orders that have come in overnight and then start on wholesale production and preparation for Christmas shows. We knit most of our products at the studio in Hackney, so the machines will be running all day, so it's quite noisy. There is a team of 4 or 5 of us working on packing socks, machine sewing and hand finishing.

If we have a Christmas show or Broadway market in Hackney (in the heart of London's fashionable East End) next day, there is usually a long list of products to pack and things not to forget.

We try to plan production, but we always have lots of last minute requests and end up taking work home to finish in order to have everything out on time. After all of that is done its paperwork and time making sure our developments for new spring/summer products are running smoothly.

 

What product from Neom would be on your Christmas list? I get really dry hands from knitting machine maintenance and working outside on Broadway Market, the Neom Complete Bliss Hand Cream in Moroccan Blush Rose looks like a treat and I love the smell of roses.

 

What winter warmers would you not be without? I have a bright yellow coat from Lands End which makes me look like a sailor but is so warm, always topped off with one of our giant lambswool scarves and a pair of woolly socks.

 

What are your Christmas holiday plans? We are heading to my sister's house in the Cotswolds, planning to do NOTHING.

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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:00:48 +0000
<![CDATA[All I Want for Christmas…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/celeb-xmasgifts-101213/

 


For Christmas there is nothing more I would ask for from Neom than their Sumptuous Candle. This is my favourite scent; it makes me feel soothed and calm. In the very nature of the roller coaster that is life, every woman should have one of these candles in their ‘life tool box’.

- Lisa Faulkner, Chef and Actor

 


After my super hectic year of travelling, this Christmas, I would love nothing more than Neom's irresistible scent of Tranquillity; it’s full of powerful essential oils that really do make me feel utterly relaxed and calm during my time off over the holidays. And breathe.

- Poppy Delevinge, Fashion Model

 


What I’d really love most of all from Neom this Christmas is their lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood Real Luxury Body Scrub. All organic ingredients, it's truly delicious smelling, leaving your skin baby soft and with a heavenly aroma – it makes me feel truly pampered.

- Martha Ward, Fashion Stylist

 


Hosting Christmas for the first time, in a new house with my one year old daughter running amok I'll be in desperate need of anything from the Tranquillity range. I'm hoping Santa might pop the Tranquillity Bath Foam, and Tranquillity Home Candle into my stocking so that when I do get to take some time out, it will be unadulterated de-stress time.

- Thea Darricote, Retail Editor, Conde Nast Traveller

 


For Christmas I am asking for Neom’s Happiness Candle – I love it. The lemon hints make it so refreshing and really does make me feel uplifted and well, happy!

- Rosie Fortescue, Made in Chelsea

 


I love having the gorgeous Neom candles around me. The zesty lemon and grapefruit scents help keep me alert during the day. While at the night I love the Comforting candle, it’s got that slightly smoky, log-fire scent that makes me feel really festive and warm.

- Caroline Flack

 


I love this Harmonise scent – it’s crisp, warming and clears my head. In the design studio, in the lead up to Christmas, it’s like working in a pine forest!

- Matthew Williamson

 

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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:44:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Jane Lewis, Creative Director Goat Fashion]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/goat-janelewis-101213/

 

We’re huge fans of the iconic British brand Goat Fashion run by Creative Director, Jane Lewis. Originally famous for its incredible cashmere (a perfect Christmas warmer), the brand now offers simple silhouettes and classic pieces - perfect for the winter season ahead.

We spoke with Jane (the force behind Goat) to find out what it’s like running a super-chic brand and her plans for the festive holidays…

 

What’s the story behind Goat Fashion, how/why did you start up?

To create stylish beautifully cut clothes that were timeless and versatile. I started out because could not find clothes I liked to wear.

 

What is your typical day like in the lead up to Christmas?

The office is pretty manic at this time of year – we have a lot of deadlines to meet with our sample collections and production runs.

Lots of meetings, lunches and a multitude of school plays and concerts to squeeze in also…..

 

What is your most treasured item?

I don’t treasure one item alone. I treasure my children.

 

Which piece will you be 'cosying up in over the festive holidays?

We will be spending Christmas in Sussex with lots of family so I always make sure I pack my Saskia knit coat for layering, a few sunny cable crew necks to wear with jeans and lots of fine gauge knits make my holiday wardrobe.

 

How do you relax at the end of a busy day?

When all is said and done, kids tucked up in bed – a really hot (and relaxing) bath. It’s my favourite thing ever.

 

What is your all-time favourite Neom scent and why?

I love Tranquillity (who doesn’t) lavender, sweet basil and jasmine. So fresh and gorgeous!

 

Which Christmas scent from Neom is your fav?

Harmonise with pine, cedarwood and eucalyptus.

 

Do you have any festive family traditions?

In recent years we have tried our hand at a huge jigsaw puzzle (1000 plus pieces). Last year we completed it in one night save for the last piece. We searched everywhere… a year later my brother found the missing piece in his shoe. We will be wearing just socks this year!

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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:00:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Festive Wallpapers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/festivewallpaper2013/

 

We’re always drawing on inspirational quotes to remind ourselves of the most important things in life. For Christmas we’ve come up with three wallpapers for you to download.

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:00:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Cherry Menlove’s Cinnamon Rolls]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cherrymenlove-cinnamonrolls-09dec13/

 

The Homemaker blogger reveals her favourite Christmas Eve baking recipe.


INGREDIENTS

To make the dough:
250ml warm water
2 sachets dried yeast
1 teaspoon caster sugar
150g caster sugar
150g unsalted butter (melted)
250ml warm milk (semi skimmed)
2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs lightly beaten
900g plain flour

For the filling:
75g melted unsalted butter
225g dark brown muscovado sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
100g chopped walnuts (optional)

For the Cinnamon and Nutmeg Icing:
200g icing sugar
Heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Heaped teaspoon of ground nutmeg

You will need:
12 x 14 x 1 inch (approximately) baking tray



METHOD

Add yeast and teaspoon of caster sugar to warm water, mix together and set to one side. It will grow, don't be alarmed. In a large bowl combine milk, melted butter, sugar, salt and eggs. Add the water and yeast mixture. Stir in the flour. If you have a bread maker then use the dough program to prepare the dough. If you have a mixer with a dough hook attachment then place the dough in the bowl and knead for five minutes. If you want to knead by hand then you'll need to spend a good ten minutes on it, but it's nice doing it this way.

Place the dough in a bowl, the mixer bowl is fine, and leave to prove in a warm place for 90 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Ten minutes before the dough is ready prepare the filling and set it to one side.

Roll out the dough on to a floured surface into (approximately) a 15 x 20 inch rectangle. It's a sticky dough so you may need to use a good sprinkle of flour to stop it sticking to the surface but only use what you really need, no more.

Use a pastry brush to paint the dough with the melted butter you have prepared for the filling. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon, setting aside 25g of the sugar mixture for later, and sprinkle over the surface of the now buttered dough. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts.

Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll up the dough until it forms a sausage shape. Cut the roll, width ways, into 12 rolls. Coat the bottom of baking pan very well with butter and place the slices of roll into the pan, face up, so that they are touching each other. Leave to rise in baking pan in a warm place until the dough doubles in size (about 30 minutes.) Preheat the oven to 180c and bake for about 25 minutes or until the rolls are browned.

In a bowl add the sifted icing sugar, the remaining muscovado sugar and the cinnamon and nutmeg. Add very little water and stir together. The icing consistency you are trying to reach is a thick drizzle not a watery drizzle. You'll know it when you see it. When the buns are cool remove each individual bun from the baking tin and place on a wire cooling rack. Drizzle the icing all over each bun and then, when the icing has set just a little bit they are ready to be enjoyed. And I can tell you, they were certainly enjoyed in this house!

www.cherrymenlove.com

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom Christmas Hints and Tips - Part 1]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/neom-christmastips-part1/

 

Everyone has their own little Christmas traditions here at Neom HQ and we’re always passing ideas around the office, so we thought we’d let you know about them too. Look out for more from the rest of the team over December…

 


I love big honeycomb paper lanterns – they look so stylish hanging from my high, Victorian ceilings. This year I’m shunning a huge tree and gaudy tinsel altogether and relying on these and plenty of subtle, clear fairy lights strewn over the bannisters, along the mantelpiece and around mirrors.

Lucy Gill - PR Manager

 


My little boy finally understands Christmas, so this year I’m trying to be creative and get him involved. Wrapping paper will be a huge roll of brown paper made festive with good old-fashioned homemade potato stamps in the shapes of Christmas trees, stars, and reindeer.

- Abby Summerville, National Account Manager

 


I swap some of the pictures I have in frames for vintage Christmas posters. It takes no time at all to do but it looks like you’ve had an interior design overhaul just for the festive period – much better than dangling tinsel over everything!

- Kate Morrell, Marketing

 


I do a bit of internet research on Christmas trends before I update our decorations; they have trade fairs in Germany every year that reveal the fashionable colours just like the Fashion Weeks. This year it’s all about cool, muted tones – think pistachio green, ice blue and silver.

- Nicola Durrant, Treatment Developer

 

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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:47:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Christmas with Titanic Spa]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/christmas-with-titanic-spa/

 

The lead up to Christmas at Titanic Spa is magical. With our location at the foot of the Pennines in West Yorkshire, it’s not unusual for us to have a sprinkling of snowflakes at this time of year which makes our spa even more welcoming and cosy.

Throughout December we’ll be welcoming our guests with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies, underwater Christmas carols in our pool and a wide choice of relaxing and party preparation treatments. We also have our shop bursting to the brim with gift ideas so our guests can shop and spa with ease.

For the first time we decided to go all out with our Christmas decorations and have launched a Jingle Bells spa break package with the opportunity for guests to sleep in our Christmas grotto apartment. Not only is it decked with plenty of boughs of holly and mistletoe but our guests can look forward to lots of sparkle in the form of decorations, lights, Christmas trees, presents and even the odd friendly reindeer! The girls and I keep peering in as it looks so exciting!

Warming treatments combined with the Mud Chamber and Titanic Heat and Ice experience prove popular at this time of year. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting in a warm room, infusing your skin with all the goodness of organic mud. It’s also a really sociable experience so a good one to share with friends

When choosing treatments, popular choices are relaxing massages and hydrating or anti ageing facials for the party season. With the fast paced life we all live, de stressing is important and there’s nothing more rewarding for our therapists than to work out those muscle knots and see our spa guests depart looking radiant and relaxed. Keeping relaxed though isn’t always easy so to help anyone who’s feeling a little under pressure, here are my spa tips:

1. The scent of an essential oil can have an immediate uplifting or relaxing effect on both body and mind. Try a few drops of geranium or lavender oil in the bath and feel the difference.

2. On the subject of scent, burning a lovely candle can turn a cold room into a warm and inviting one, creating a special atmosphere. At this time of year, one of favourite NEOM home candles is the Pine, Cedarwood & Eucalyptus which transports you to forest trails and appeals to both men and women.

3. Breathe deeply. Most of us forget to breathe properly when under pressure so restrict the amount of oxygen we need. Taking some deep breaths helps to relieve tension and bring clarity of mind.

4. To relieve a headache, find the pressure point on your hand and massage. Align your thumb next to your index finger to find the raised area, just above the webbing. Using your other thumb and index finger, press down hard.

5. Find some ‘me’ time. Lots of people feel they have to be rushing around doing everything for everyone. It’s important to take time out to enjoy some peaceful time alone to clear the mind and enjoy the moment for what it is.

Wishing everyone at NEOM and all our spa visitors a very Happy Christmas.

Natalie x

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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Welcome to our Limited Edition Christmas Range]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/limited-edition-christmas-range/

 

Welcome to our Limited Edition Christmas Range

How we came up with our three festive fragrances: Comforting, Harmonise and Christmas Wish

This year we’ve come up with more festive products than any previous Christmas period with a never-before-smelt fragrance blend, Comforting and 12 new products to choose from.

Neom’s in-house Product Development Manager Paul Salem was there every step of the way and says, “This year we started work on Christmas as soon as we came back in January, although we had discussed the products prior to Christmas too.” He oversaw the design of the exquisite bronze, gold and silver packaging and worked with our fragrance house to source the natural essential oils, blend them and choose the perfect, mood-enhancing mix for the Candles and Reed Diffusers.

He says, “We’ve already started on Christmas 2014 and we haven’t even celebrated this one!”

Since 2007 we’ve been supporting the Make-a-Wish-Foundation®, donating £1 from the sale of every Home Candle and Reed Diffuser in our Christmas Wish scent to the children’s charity. For this we wanted to evoke the welcoming scent of a freshly baked Christmas cake with mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean essential oils. Neom Co-founder Nicola Elliott says, “The oils all work to uplift your mood in that really comforting familiar way.” Nicole Scherzinger is a fan, “Yummy Christmas Wish Candle, my dressing room now smells like the holidays.”

First created in autumn last year, Harmonise has been re-packaged in Limited Edition silver glass for Christmas 2013. Nicola says, “Harmonise isn't a traditional scent, it's fresher with pine, cedar and eucalyptus. It's full of green and silver notes and it just really fits with the clean, fresh silver container.” Fashion designer Matthew Williamson is a fan and says, “I love this Harmonise scent – it’s crisp, warming and clears my head. In the design studio, in the lead up to Christmas, it’s like working in a pine forest!”

As the name suggests, we wanted Comforting to evoke feelings of being cosy beside a crackling log fire. “I've wanted to work on a rich, woody scent for a while now, Christmas was the perfect time,” Nicola says. The cedarwood, vetiver and star anise essential oils combine for a spicy scent which is deeply calming and tension-relieving. Caroline Flack is a fan, “I love the Comforting Candle, it’s got that slightly smoky, log-fire scent that makes me feel really festive and warm.”

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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:53:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Santa’s Little Helper]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/santas-little-helper-18-nov/

 

A twist on the usual mulled wine offering, we love this winter warmer cocktail from the team at Belvoir Fruit Farms .

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Warmed cranberry juice (not boiling)
2 parts Warmed apple juice (not boiling)
1/2 part cranberry cordial
1 part Golden Rum
½ part Chambord

METHOD

Warm all the ingredients, being careful not to boil and ladle into a wine glass. Garnish with a string of redcurrants.
Please note this drink can easily be made in larger quantities for groups or parties by increasing the recipe.

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Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:32:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Sadie MacLeod on Christmas, fitness trends & going organic ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/sadie-16nov13/

 

Sadie MacLeod: This issue we talk Christmas, fitness trends and going organic with the editor of online luxury health and wellbeing magazine Hip & Healthy

How will you be celebrating the festive season this year?
I will be at my family home in the countryside where long walks and cosy Christmas films are mandatory. I got married in April, so this will also be the first year that I spend Christmas with my husband as we have always celebrated it separately in the past! I am probably looking forward to that the most!

What does an average Christmas Day look like for you?
I still get up exceptionally early with my sister (the novelty of early Christmas mornings wore off for my brother) and we open our stockings before breakfast. Then I go on a Christmas Day run. The air is always super crisp and on the occasion that you pass another runner (a rare sight but it happens) or dog walker (inevitable) you both tend to call out a very over-enthusiastic “Merry Christmas”. I love those moments. We then sit down to our Christmas lunch, which for my family will be a delicious fish dish with a vegan option for my brother and sister. Then we will walk in the afternoon, and settle into a good film like Elf or The Nightmare Before Christmas with a glass of champagne and usually warmed by some thermal stocks that have been unwrapped in the aforementioned stocking opening. I have just had a wave of excitement...

As editor of Hip & Healthy you're on top of all the health, food and fitness news - any new health trends we can expect in 2014?
I think we can expect to see a lot more fusion classes on gym timetables in 2014 - BoxingYoga, SpinLates, AquaSpin. Gyms are becoming much more open to offering classes that are new and exciting, which is great.

A huge trend we will see is brand new British designers launching stylish fitness brand labels. We will be selling some of these on Hip & Healthy so watch this space...

I also think CrossFit (which is all about mixing your workouts up and doing new circuits each time), which is predominantly popular in the US, will increase in popularity here. It is a very effective way of toning up and is becoming much more mainstream than ever before.

You're a keen proponent of an organic lifestyle, why is that important?
Organic is important to me on many levels. With regards to health, I like to know that what I am putting in and on my body doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, hormones or pesticides. In many cases the body is unable to break down or rid itself of these toxins so they just take up residence and slowly but surely make us sick. Plus, it is not good for the land or the people working with these substances. What could be better than good, healthy, well-balanced soil that produces plants that our full of nutrients, that healthy animals can feed off and that doesn’t pollute the air, land and people!

You're a keen proponent of an organic lifestyle, why is that important?
Organic is important to me on many levels. With regards to health, I like to know that what I am putting in and on my body doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, hormones or pesticides. In many cases the body is unable to break down or rid itself of these toxins so they just take up residence and slowly but surely make us sick. Plus, it is not good for the land or the people working with these substances. What could be better than good, healthy, well-balanced soil that produces plants that our full of nutrients, that healthy animals can feed off and that doesn’t pollute the air, land and people!

Do you have a favourite Neom scent?
I have fallen in love with the Tranquillity collection. It is so calming and spa-like, which I love! Bath time is the best time.

What healthy food do you cook at Christmas?
We still have our usual green juices but the cold often calls for something a bit more warming though like quinoa porridge or spelt pancakes! My sister, Saskia, is the cook in our family (she is also Hip & Healthy’s Food Editor) and she makes delicious nut roasts and, for pudding, chocolate orange brownies, which I look forward to. And of course vegan, sugar-free mince pies, which taste amazing.

What's your favourite way to stay fit over the winter months?
I am a runner by passion. So I run come wind, rain or shine (or even snow!). I love running - it clears my head and I often find that some of my best business decisions have been born out of a good run! Running in the winter requires kit though so before I get out the door I will put on long running leggings, a vest, long-sleeved top, jacket, running gloves, headband and good pair of proper running socks. It may look a little geeky but geek is the new chic haven’t you heard!

What are your new year's resolutions?
To not check my emails before I have gotten out of bed (terrible habit!).
To do yoga at least twice a week.
To moisturise after every shower!



Healthy Mince Pies

Hip & Healthy Food Editor Saskia Gregson-Williams reveals her recipe for delicious vegan, sugar-free mince pies



INGREDIENTS
For the Mincemeat:

2 gala apples, diced into very small pieces
1 cup (160 grams) raisins
1 cup (160grams) sultanas
1/4 cup (20 grams) blanched almonds
1/4 cup (40 grams) hazelnuts
1 /2 cup (70 grams) dried apricot, diced
1 tbsp ground flaxseed, optional
Juice and zest of 1/2 an orange
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup water

For the Pastry:

2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup oat milk (use rice milk for a sweeter taste)
110g vegan margarine (We use Pure, sunflower spread)

METHOD

Combine all the ingredients for the mincemeat in a pan, add 1/2 of the water, cover and leave to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add more water as necessary to keep the consistency gooey (and lovely). Whilst your mincemeat cooks you can prepare the pastry.

Preheat the oven to 180 celsius. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl, then add the butter and stir until it forms a breadcrumb-like texture. Slowly stir in the milk until it forms into a dough. Coat the side with flour and roll out half the mixture thinly. Depending on your cookie cutter size (if you don’t have any of these you can use the rim of one of your wine glasses) you should make 12-14 mince pie bases. Place bases in muffin tins (grease beforehand). Once the mincemeat has slightly cooled, place 1-2 tbsp of the mixture in each. Roll out the rest of the dough mixture and make your tops. Use a brush of water to help stick the sides together. Poke two small holes in the top, and place in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes (or until slightly brown). Serve straight away or reheat later.

www.hipandhealthy.co.uk

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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:17:46 +0000
<![CDATA[What the Celebs Say]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/what-celebs-say/

 

Celebrity Praise for Neom’s Limited Edition Christmas Candles and Reed Diffusers.

 

I love the Comforting Candle, it's got that slightly smoky, log-fire scent that makes me feel really festive and warm.
-Caroline Flack

I love this Harmonise scent - it's crisp, warming and clears my head. In the design studio, in the lead up to Christmas, it's like working in a pine forest!
-Matthew Williamson

Yummy Christmas Wish Candle, my dressing room now smells like the holidays.
-Nicole Scherzinger

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:43:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Make a Christmas Wish]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/xmaswish-laurafisher-2013/

 

Laura Fisher of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK on granting children’s wishes

As the winter is drawing in and our thoughts move towards Christmas, it is at this time of year when I get super excited as Neom Organics reveal a new version of their limited edition Christmas Wish Candle and Reed Diffuser, to be sold in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK. Neom Organics have been charity partners of ours since 2007 and children across the UK living with life-threatening conditions have been benefiting from sales of the Christmas Wish products since then. Whether a wish is to be a princess or a train driver for the day, to own the latest TV or computer equipment, to meet a favourite celebrity or to just enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish coming true brings so much to a child’s life and provides memories that last a lifetime for the whole family.

All the staff here at Make-A-Wish, including our very special wish granters, like to gather to experience the magical, warming and very Christmassy fragrance as it circulates around our office.

There are 20,000 children in the UK with a life-threatening condition and here at Make-A-Wish we would like to be able to grant a wish to every one of them. Your purchase of the Christmas Wish Candle and Diffuser will help us to achieve our aim – so sit back and relax this Christmas, knowing that you have helped us to keep granting our magical wishes.

One special wish was for three year old Allanya. Allanya loves dressing up and her favourite Disney princess is Belle. Allanya was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) after falling unwell a few months before her third birthday.

Treatment started quickly afterwards – she had a bone marrow lumbar puncture before undergoing a chemotherapy course, which made her lose her hair. “Allanya had long, blonde, curly hair before treatment started; it was beautiful,” her Mum Carolyn said. “She asked where her hair had gone and we told her that it had gone to the ‘hair fairies’!”

Make-A-Wish arranged for a day fit for a princess at Cameron House on Loch Lomond. Allanya started her wish with beauty treatments before putting on her special princess dress and walking the red carpet which led to a horse-drawn carriage. She enjoyed a ride around the grounds with her family before taking a trip in a yacht to have afternoon tea – which of course included a cake in the shape of a castle!

Carolyn continued: “Allanya’s wish came at such a perfect time – knowing we had the wish to look forward to got us through the seven days in hospital.”

To view some more of our wishes, please visit www.youtube.com/user/makeawishuk

Visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk to learn more about the wishes we grant and find out ways you can support us.

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:41:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Celebrity Nights In]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/celebrity-nights-in/

 

I lie on my bed and read a book, or soak in the bath with music on, and Neom Candles are always on. I love just having them around the house because they’re pretty and warming, even the glass they hold them in is gorgeous. That’s my ultimate way of relaxing, for sure.
-Jodie Kidd

A perfect night in for me as the weather grows chilly is to cook up a good batch of healthy, nutritious soup. At the moment, I’m loving a sweet potato and coconut cream one which I made a batch of the other day. Post soup there’s nothing like getting in to a warm bath listening to some India.Arie with some Bath Oil and Neom Candle, I’m all set!
-Madeleine Shaw, Nutritionist

My perfect night in is sharing a healthy home-cooked meal with my family, having a bath with my little girls and then hopefully they go to bed on time so I can watch whatever my favourite box-set of the moment is.
-Calgary Avansino,
Contributing Editor of British Vogue & Wellness Expert

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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:36:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Charlie Homberger of Create Cocktails]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/create-cocktails/

 

Cocktail expert Charlie Homberger of Create Cocktails has taken inspiration from our Complete Bliss and Refresh scents to create two exclusive Neom cocktails for you to try:

Kate Moss says “these guys know how to throw a party” whilst InStyle says “their cocktails complemented the event perfectly”.

So we asked Create Cocktails Co-director Charlie Homberger to give us two of the best dinner party cocktails with a Neom twist. The first is based on our Complete Bliss scent and includes rose, lime and black pepper and the second is based on our Refresh scent including lemon and basil.

 

MOROCCAN PINEAPPLE MARTINI

Muddled chunks of pineapple shaken with rose water, honey, golden rum and served with a light dusting of cracked black pepper.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 medium chunks pineapple (no skin)
  • 15ml runny honey
  • 10ml rose water
  • 35ml golden rum
  • 25ml pineapple juice
  • 1 squeeze of half a lime

METHOD

Muddle the chunks of pineapple in a cocktail shaker and add all the other ingredients. Shake hard with cubed ice and strain into a large, chilled martini glass. Garnish with a light dusting of cracked black pepper.

 

SICILIAN GINGER REFRESHER

Fresh wedges of lemon with sweet basil, vodka and ginger beer.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 wedges lemon
  • 4 large leaves of sweet basil
  • 35ml vodka
  • 120ml ginger beer

METHOD

Squeeze the lemon into a hiball glass and drop inside, add the basil and gently crush with a long spoon/muddler. Fill the glass with cubed ice and add the vodka and ginger beer then lightly stir. Garnish with a zest of lemon and basil leaf.

 

Create Cocktails offer bespoke and innovative event solutions. By combining first class assured service, with exciting and cutting edge products, Create Cocktails deliver all events with style and panache. Founded in 2004 they have grown to become industry leaders, earning a solid reputation for style and innovation, realising their vision to bring high-end drinks and quality service to the events arena.

www.createcocktails.com

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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:35:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Dinner Party Recipes from Abel & Cole]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/recipes-abel-cole/

 

Abel and Cole’s easy grazing dishes to impress at autumn gatherings

Dedicated to using the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, the good folk at organic veg box company Abel and Cole have come up with some simple but effective recipes for you to try at home. There are lots more on their website too, but these are two of our favourites to serve at autumn dinner gatherings.

 

Summer Beans with Basil, Peanut and Lime

INGREDIENTS

  • A bundle of runner or French green beans
  • A handful of salted peanuts (or cashew nuts)
  • 1 tbsp olive or sesame oil
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 spring onion or ½ a small white onion, thinly sliced
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • A handful of basil (or try mint or coriander), chopped

 

METHOD

  1. Top and tail the beans. If using runner beans, snip into 4-5cm pieces; cut each into matchsticks, if you like.
  2. Grind or chop the nuts. Toss in a bowl. Grate in the zest of the limes.
  3. Mix the oil, the juice of the limes (about 4 tbsp), honey and cider vinegar.
  4. Pop the prepped beans, garlic and onion in a large heat-proof bowl. Add a pinch of sea salt. Cover with boiling water. Pop a plate or lid over to cover and steam the veg. Drain after 3 mins, or after veg is crisp tender and glossy green. Refresh under cold water.
  5. Toss the veg in the lime dressing. If serving cold, pop the mix in the fridge for a bit. If you want to serve it warm, toss everything in a wok and sizzle until just warmed through.
  6. Finish the hot or cold dish with a scattering of herbs and the lime zested peanuts. Delicious with crispy-skinned fish and a bowl of coconut rice.

 

Peanut Butter Cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g dark or milk chocolate
  • About 6 rounded tsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 6 mini or 4 larger cupcake cases (silicone cases work best)

 

METHOD

  1. Break your chocolate into small pieces. Place in a glass or metal bowl. Rest the bowl on a saucepan, quarter full of boiling water. On a low heat, stir the chocolate till half melted. Take off the heat. Stir till fully melted.
  2. Spoon half the chocolate into the cases. Tilt them and use the back of the spoon to coat the sides of the cases, creating an outer shell of chocolate. Pop them in the fridge or freezer till set.
  3. Spoon peanut butter into each case, almost to the top. Smooth it down.
  4. Top each case with melted chocolate, covering the peanut butter. Chill to set.
  5. Delicious cold or at room temperature. Keeps for up to a week.

 

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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Natasha Davey - Raw to Door]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/raw-to-door/

 

At the change of seasons it’s really important to cleanse and I am really looking forward to my autumn cleanse.

An autumn cleanse gives your body a re-boot and a head start in preparation for the coming cold months when our immune system is not at its strongest. In addition, after a summer of drinking at summer festivals and Ibiza holidays in the sun our skin can tend to be quite dull. In fact this is the most common ‘in need of a detox’ reason I have heard all month from our clients. The hot summer days and our tans are fading fast but we can get that inner and outer glow from a cleanse and drinking green juices. Once you start you will be addicted! I know I am and my skin loves greens. Green juices repair the skin at a cellular level and provide super hydration which helps to combat lines and wrinkles.

Cleansing comes in many forms but the basic rule is to cut out the rubbish (aka toxins)! Yes, that means no booze for a while. You can go as deep, fast or slow as you like, fasting and cutting all solids from your diet and replacing with raw cold pressed juices is the quickest way to eliminate those toxins. If you’re the kind of person who can’t go without solids for 6 days then a gentler cleanse is also an option, juicing during the day and adding a plant based meal at lunch or supper. This meal must be nutrient dense and gentle on your digestion, always free from meat, wheat, dairy and sugar. Many people are uncertain about cleansing but we can honestly say the experience is enjoyable for 95% of people and the good outweighs the detox symptoms. It is a fantastic way of re-setting a healthy lifestyle and has a positive impact on many other areas of your life.

Natasha Davey is Founder of Raw to Door, a service which offers delicious, nutritious juice cleanses and combines juice and food programmes for a gentle cleanse.

www.rawtodoor.com

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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom treatment developer Nicola Durrant on creating a home spa]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/nicd-home-spa/

 

Whilst training the therapists at The Woodlands Spa at Crow Wood Leisure health club we talked about effective essential oils. They are the ultimate in multi-tasking products, working both emotionally and physically but also as amazing skin treating oils.

Healthy skin should feel soft and smooth to the touch, think round and plump like a grape. If in reality your skin feels more like a raisin – dry and uneven in texture - no amount of moisturizer will remove the dead skin cells. I really believe everybody deserves time to look after themselves, so think like you were going for a treatment and remember to remove all your jewellery to ensure you treat all areas.

My favourite product all of all time is Real Luxury Organic Body Scrub; mix the oil and sugar together thoroughly, take a small tablespoon sized amount of the scrub (any more is wasteful), apply the sugar to damp skin and massage while in the bath or shower. This sugar scrub buffs the skin and leaves it softer and smoother.

The reason a therapist uses an oil when performing a full body massage is that this enables them to work on a deeper level, but the added benefit of using an aromatherapy oil is that this really enhances your mood. At Neom we don’t use any thick textured mineral oils, only light textured but super powerful Safflower & Jojoba. I love to use an oil as a pre-bed-time routine, Tranquillity Organic Body Oil is perfect. Lavender is wonderful to soothe stress and used long term can be a great treatment for depression. Essential oils start to work through inhalation in minutes, so focus on deep breathing to enhance your own experience. When applied to the skin they work as a good boost but I feel more importantly they improve the tonicity of the skin and offer anti-ageing qualities.

In a Neom body treatment we combine the effectiveness of Body Oil with Body Lotion to super charge the hydration. This has been my inspiration to use these products together at home.

My last product to use on a night, before turning out the lights, is Inspiration Hand Cream. A good Hand Cream for me should treat the hands and cuticles and should absorb super-fast. For my own hands I follow this ritual: apply the Hand Cream to the back of my hands first as this is where the skin needs the most hydration and lastly massage all over. I have refused to wear cotton gloves to bed!

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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:53:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Dinner Party Centre Piece by Lucy MacNicoll]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/centre-piece-lucy-macnicoll/ Easy Dinner Party Centre Piece by Lucy MacNicoll

 

Lucy is Neom’s go-to florist for all our needs. Creating stunning displays for our events as well as for the home, we asked Lucy to give us the simplest way of creating a perfect piece for your dinner party at home.

Visit Lucy's website at www.lucymacnicoll-flowers.com

 

To create the display you will need:

Cube vase in a colour of your choice
Clear tape
Sharp scissors
12 stem roses in a colour of your choice - we have used Avalanche, Sweet Avalanche, Upper Secret and Quick Sand

Directions

1. Fill your vase with half water. Cut each of the 12 rose stems to size (make sure they are just a little smaller than the depth of your vase so the roses don’t sit proud of the vase).

2. Begin cutting the lines of clear tape - you will need 5 pieces the length and width of the vase.

3. Start placing and sticking down the pieces of tape (3 pieces one way and then lay the other 2 in the opposite direction). This will create 12 square holes to place your roses.

4. Begin placing the roses gently in the square holes. One-by-one, until the vase is full.

5. Lightly spray the design with water and then place as your table centre piece.

6. Make up 2 or 3 of these for a long table or choose a larger vase for a circular table and make up one for the centre.

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Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:53:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Your Best Dinner Party Yet]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/best-dinner-party-yet/ best Dinner Party Yet

 

Event Producer Pippa Davies has come up with her top ten tried and tested tips for creating the perfect dinner party

1. Lighting - get it right, everyone wants to look their best and glaring overhead lights are going to kill the atmosphere, instead think lots of lamps and candles creating a twinkling, soft light that is flattering and will get everyone in a sociable mood. Dig out the warm tone bulbs as well and try to avoid harsh blue white light. Think firelight and starlight, not hospital strip lighting!

2. Make the kitchen welcoming - as we all know everyone ends up in the kitchen so make sure you have a lovely bunch of flowers on one of the work surfaces if you have room and bring in a couple of lamps if you have more utilitarian lighting in this area. If there is room, drag in a sofa - let your guests really settle in while you finish off the meal.

3. Cheating - if cooking’s not your thing then don’t feel shy about using a cooking service to help you out on the evening; it doesn’t need to be that expensive, what about a big risotto you can heat up as guests arrive? All that remains to be done after that is discard all packaging and grate some parmesan!

4. Mix it up - whatever the size of the dinner party make sure you seat couples apart and get groups of friends split up, people will be happy to come away having met someone new and lots of us are lazy and might not stretch ourselves unless forced.

5. A good host/hostess will introduce people and give a little information about that person along with their names - give people something to get going with when they meet each other.

6. Music - not too loud, let people hear each other and ideally on a playlist so you don’t have to keep fiddling with it all night.

7. Candles on the table will work well to create the atmosphere - especially now we’re into the dark evenings!

8. Decorate the table - even a few hand-picked flowers in jam jars or pretty napkins makes people feel that they are your special guests.

9. Make sure your dining room chairs are comfortable. Hard benches or unforgiving chairs might need a cushion to make them somewhere someone would want to sit for a long time.

10. Keep it simple - what your guests will love is you feeling relaxed, so if that means less courses and a simpler menu then go with that. You're not a restaurant, people are there because they want to see you and socialise.

Pippa Davies has been organising events for over 10 years and has a wealth of knowledge of the industry.
www.pippadavies.com

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Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:04:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom Nights In]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/neom-nights-in/

 

I use the Tranquillity mist on the kids’ beds every night before they get in - I’ve done it since they were babies in their cots! Because the mist is so pure and the scent is just pure essential oils it’s gentle enough to use for them and helps them sleep.
-Nicola Elliott, Neom Co-founder

My all-time favourite Neom fragrance is the luxurious Sumptuous scent! I especially like to have a Sumptuous Reed Diffuser in the spare bedroom when friends come to stay, as the combination of calming wild rose and uplifting neroli is perfect for helping them to feel settled.
- Vicky Bellerby, Marketing Manager

Our house is small and I don’t like to mix scents. I use a reed diffuser to act as a subtle layer of scent then I like to burn the home candle to enhance. Invigorate aroma is perfect in the day time or early evening. I have learnt from past experience that you shouldn’t burn this too late in the evening, as it is super powerful and it has made me wide awake when I should have been asleep.
-Nicola Durrant, Account Manager and Treatment Developer

Working from home means that I don’t have the chatter and camaraderie in the office that a lot of people have, so to keep me bright eyed and bushy tailed I rely on my Invigorate or Happiness Candle burning for a couple of hours in the morning and afternoon for a gentle kick of energy! Once my two year old is in bed, to be wide awake is the last thing on our minds, so we light a Tranquillity or Cocooning candle, to slow things down a notch and get us ready for a good night’s sleep.
- Abby Summerville, National Account Manager



I love to use Sumptuous for my home gatherings which are quite low-key. Rose is soothing and the precious neroli gently uplifts so everyone is always in a good mood and often wakes the next day feeling more awakened, like they have really taken time to relax with friends.
-Lucy, PR Manager

I love to scent my gatherings with Happiness, to makes everyone smile and feel happy!
- Becky Gale, National Account Manager

I tend to light a Real Luxury candle when I have friends round for dinner as I find the scent to be luxurious but still light and calming without being overpowering. People always comment on how lovely it smells!
-Kate Morrell, Marketing Assistant

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Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:24:53 +0000
<![CDATA[The Perfect Night In with Honestly Healthy]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/pni-honestly-healthy/

 

We are big fans of a good night in at Honestly Healthy. Rest is so important not only for our bodies, but also for our minds. How often have you had a hectic day at work, and the only thing that keeps you going is that far off thought of a warm sitting room, a cozy rug and some proper down time?

A stressful lifestyle is highly acid forming – and stress is known to deplete the adrenal gland and subsequently the thyroid. As a result, those under constant stress will find that they are much more prone to illness. An Honestly Healthy alkaline approach to eating during times of stress is therefore paramount to making sure that you are functioning at your best.

So our top tip of the day would be to combine your cozy nights in with some of our delicious alkaline recipes. It’s a win-win situation! Your body is getting the rest it needs and it has time to switch off - all the while you are filling it with the healthiest immune boosting alkaline ingredients. Stress sorted. Health sorted.

Our cookbook ‘Honestly Healthy Eat With Your Body In Mind, The Alkaline Way’ is packed full of recipes that are perfect for a cozy night in. Not only that, but there is also a whole host of healthy alternatives to ice cream, brownies, cake and much more. In addition, if you don’t want to have to cook at all, our Fridge Fill service is just the thing for you. Delivering freshly prepared alkaline food to your door anywhere in the UK, we do all of the hard work so that you can sit back and relax.

"Love this healthy eating cookbook! X"
Victoria Beckham

To get you going though, here is an alkaline recipe to enjoy of a cozy night in – it’s a really warming comfort dish. Get your favourite music playing in the kitchen, candles on in the sitting room, your favourite pyjamas on and enjoy. You deserve it and so does your body!






Red Rice and Beetroot Risotto

Serves 4

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
180g (6oz/scant 1 cup) Camargue red rice
600ml (1 pint/2½ cups) hot vegetable stock, made with 1 tbsp. bouillon powder
160g (5½oz) beetroot (beet), cut into chunks
1 handful of parsley, chopped
100g (3½oz) feta


This might take a little more time than a normal risotto but my oh my, doesn’t it taste delicious? The vibrancy of the red rice along with the juice from the beetroot (beet) makes this dish look so beautiful.

Heat the olive oil in a wide-bottomed pan over a medium heat, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2–3 minutes, until softened.

Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute to coat the rice in oil, then reduce the heat and stir in 2 large ladleful’s of stock. Simmer, stirring gently, over a low heat until the rice has absorbed the stock, then continue adding the stock a ladleful at a time and stirring gently until it is absorbed before adding another ladleful.

After 10 minutes of cooking, add the beetroot (beet) chunks. After 25 minutes, add most of the chopped parsley, then continue to add the stock until the rice is cooked but al dente – this will take 30–40 minutes. At the last minute, stir in most of the feta to make the risotto wonderfully creamy. Serve garnished with the remaining feta and chopped parsley.

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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:25:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom’s 'Perfect Night In' this October]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/perfect-night-in/


This month the Neom team are celebrating the Perfect Night In with a campaign designed to make the most of your home time. The cold is nipping at our 70 deniers, the nights are drawing in and suddenly a pair of bed socks and a mug of hot chocolate seem a much more welcome prospect than going out for dinner. Or at least, inviting friends round for cosy dinner parties has climbed up the list for October.

We're serious about the aromatherapeutic qualities of the essential oils that go into our products, so the Perfect Night In for us means lighting an organic Real Luxury candle, running a bath and creating a home spa to soothe away our tensions and offer a little temporary hibernation. A girl after our own heart, Jodie Kidd has described her perfect night in: "I lie on my bed and read a book, or soak in the bath with music on, and Neom candles are always on."

The clocks go back later this month giving us all an extra hour in bed, but for all the other 90 odd days in autumn we've come up with a recommendation for autumn and winter scenting to keep you on top form.

The mornings are dark and drab so it's worth kicking off the day as you mean to go on with a shower using Refresh organic body wash - the Sicilian lemon will transport you to sunnier climes and the fresh basil is a natural mind clarifier. Moroccan blush rose is a mood enhancer and inspires confidence for tricky work tasks through the day; try a spritz of Complete Bliss room mist or a desk-top reed diffuser. Finally, make the most of the long, dark evenings by hunkering down at home with a bath enhanced by Real Luxury bath oil (scented with soothing lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood, it's been described as the 'cashmere blanket' of our range) and a cosy night of reading scented with a Real Luxury candle.

Let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter if our scenting recommendation has worked for you this month and what makes your Perfect Night In.

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Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:32:40 +0000
<![CDATA[My Perfect Night’s Sleep - Mandy Watkins founder of Hush]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/mandy-watkins-hush/


As huge fans of Hush - the go-to brand for luxurious (and super-comfy) lounge wear and PJ’s. We spoke to Hush’s founder Mandy Watkins who told us about her evening and getting the perfect night sleep.

I love a good night out, but (like most women, I suspect) I also relish a night in and getting that important sleep, particularly at this time of year when it is starting to get dark a bit earlier.

So the first thing I do when I get home in the evening is to change into my pyjama trousers – my hush lightweight cotton poplin trousers in the summer, and brushed cotton flannel in winter. That’s my statement of intent: I’m not going anywhere.

The true wind-down to sleep only starts, however, after my children are in bed. The environment is crucial. I love candles, so if I’m not reading I’ll light the sitting room exclusively with candles. And I’ll put music on...

If I’m really cold – and our house is very open-plan so it’s a bit of a nightmare to heat – I might have a hot bath to warm me up, but most evenings I’ll spend reading, watching a film or looking at blogs.

I never look at my emails in the evening because that’s work-work. Looking at blogs is fun-work. I get lots of design inspiration from blogs, particularly interiors blogs. And it helps relax me after what has often been a stressful day.

I’m lucky – I’m not a worrier and I tend to sleep very well. But to help me on my way I have my trusted hush eye mask and Neom’s Tranquility Room Mist. Ah, I can feel myself getting sleepy already...

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My favourite scent is Tranquillity, it brings a sense of calm to the house. The mix of lavender, sweet basil and jasmine is gorgeous.
- Lisa Snowdon

I absolutely love Neom products. I received the Tranquillity candle and room spray for my birthday last year, they smell like heaven! They are packed with essential oils which really helped me relax and focus, and it lasted for ages.
- Lisa Faulkner

Neom Organics home candle in Tranquillity is the best scent I've ever smelt. At the weekend or if I'm having a bath, I always light one. It just fills the air with the most gorgeous smell.
- Victoria Pendleton

I've just woken up from one of the best night’s sleep I've had in what feels like forever.
- Jennie May from Sailorjennie.com

Made up of the same essential oils as my long-time favourite room spray, the Perfect Night’s Sleep kit includes a luxurious Tranquillity candle, bath foam and pillow mist that smell of English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine - a long pamper-filled evening followed by a spritz on my pillow and I'm out like a light.
- Stephanie from Cocochic.com

Can I just say that I have trialled the Tranquillity sleep set and it is quite simply amazing! I don't usually rave on about things but when sleep is so important to me this is like a little piece of heaven! Thank you so much for introducing it to me, it is fantastic! I feel more relaxed and calm - (my husband says it's worth its weight in gold!). More sleep is a happier me.
- Julieanne Reilly via Facebook

Neom’s new Tranquillity Bath Foam really is a snooze enhancer. Its mix of lavender, basil and jasmine is remarkably soothing and leaves you ready for bed.
- Sunday Times Style

Unwind with the Tranquillity Bath Foam from Neom Organics. Potent essential oils English lavender, fresh basil and jasmine will leave you in a haven of calm.
- Conde Nast Traveller

We love Neom Organic Treatment Candle in Tranquillity.
- Marie Claire

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:21:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Inspiring Tranquillity wallpapers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/inspiring-tranquillity-wallpapers/

 

To celebrate this month’s Perfect Night’s Sleep campaign we’ve come up with these peaceful wallpapers to refurbish your desktop. Coupling inspiring ideas with tranquil images, they should have you feeling serene in no time.

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:18:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom's Great Lavender Bake off]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/great-lavender-bakeoff/

 

The Neom team decided to have great British lavender bake off. Each day for over a week the team was tasked with bringing in a lavender (home-made) bake.

From butter buns to shortbread, check out our fab lavender bakes and read the recipes we used.

Have you got a favourite lavender recipe. Head to our Facebook page and upload your bake for your chance to WIN one of our Perfect Night’s Sleep Tranquillity bundles worth £75.50 and includes a Tranquillity Home Candle, Bath Foam and Room Mist.

 

Lavender butter Buns

^ Click the banner to see Iain's recipe

 

Creme Brulee

^ Click the banner to see Richard Salem's recipe

 

Shortbreads

^ Click the banner to see Vicky Bellerby's recipe

 

Chocolate Fudge

^ Click the banner to see Zoe's recipe

 

Lavender Lemon Drizzle

^ Click the banner to see Marleens's recipe

 

Lemon Freeze Torte

^ Click the banner to see Vicky's recipe

 

Lavender and Blueberry Cheesecake

^ Click the banner to see Kate's recipe

 

Lemon and Lavender Madeira cake

^ Click the banner to see Lucy's recipe

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Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:10:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom’s Lavender: From Field to Product]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/tranquillity_fieldtoproduct/ from the Field to still to the finished product

 

Back in 2005 the idea was simple – to create the ‘Perfect Night Sleep’, by blending a balance of the most calming oils that work hard to relax whilst evoking a heavenly fragrance.

English lavender and French lavender – there is a huge difference. We select different plants, working tirelessly with the best farms, selecting their finest crops year in and out to create very different fragrances.

Lavandin from England is a hybrid plant, developed by crossing the true lavender plant with the ‘aspic’ or spike lavender, and creating the Lavandula Hybrida. This oil is chosen for its fresh, refreshing notes; we think it actually smells a little like the British fresh air has been blowing through the plants as they grow on the moors. The fragrance is greener than the French oils, herbaceous with a strong camphorous top note. We think it works better paired with notes like basil and in our stronger, more deeply relaxing scents like Tranquillity and Relax.

Lavender oil from the freshly cut flowers grown in the mountains of France smells quite different. We select plants from a very high altitude, because it is a key factor in producing a purer oil which we then steam distill. The scent is slightly more powdery, more floral, a little softer overall. It works beautifully in scents like Real Luxury where the gentle treatment we are working to create is all about pampering and cocooning.

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Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:31:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Your Perfect Night's Sleep Tips]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/pns-your-tips/

 

We asked you to share your hints and tips on how you get the Perfect Night’s Sleep. Below are our favourite top 5 comments and tips suggest by you!

1. I find a delightful restorative yoga practice helps
2. Toning down the mood of the house, turning off the lights, lighting candles... either a nice hot bath or shower or some relaxing and restorative yoga just before bed then some meditation lying in bed and sure enough when I wake up, it's the morning!!
3. Routine is always good. Limiting food after 7pm and no alcohol!
4. I turn off the mobile phones, have a cup of chamomile and lavender tea
5. Tranquillity Organic Mist works wonders

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Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:05:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Apple & Blackcurrant jam recipe]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/appleblackcurrentjam_14sep13/

 

A seasonal recipe perfect on toast and accompanied with mint tea this September

Ingredients:

  • 500g blackcurrants, fresh or frozen thawed
  • 500g bramley cooking apples
  • 2 tbsp British Cassis
  • 1 x 1kg pack preserving sugar
  • You will also need: 4 x 450g (1lb) jam jars with lids and 4 waxed discs

Directions:

Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks and place the fruit in a large saucepan. Add the blackcurrants and cassis along with 2 tablespoons of water and cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes until the apple and blackcurrants have reduced to a soft pulp – add a little more water if the fruit sticks to the base of the pan.

Add the sugar and stir over a low heat until it is completely dissolved. Raise the heat and bring to the boil. Cook the jam at a rapid boil, stirring occasionally to prevent the jam burning on the bottom of the pan. The jam should take 5-7 minutes to reach setting point – to test when it is ready spoon a small amount of jam on to a cold saucer. Leave for one minute and then, using the tip of your finger, push the jam and if it wrinkles then setting point has been reached. If it isn't quite ready, continue to boil the jam and test 2 minutes later.

Towards the end of the cooking time, sterilise the jars. Preheat the oven to 120C, fan 110, gas ½. Wash and dry the jars, place them on a baking tray and heat in the oven for 10 minutes.

Pour the jam into the hot jars, add a waxed disc to each one and seal with a lid. When the jam is cold, it is ready to eat!

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Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:18:29 +0000
<![CDATA[The importance of your bed linen to help get the Perfect Night’s Sleep.]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/fcc_14sep13/

 

Adults spend between a quarter and a third of their time sleeping, so it’s important that your bedroom is as comfortable, warm, properly aired and as free from chemical irritants as possible. Choose your bedding carefully to ensure the right temperature – make sure you have the correct tog duvet for the time of year and organic cotton sheets. If you are too warm in bed it can lead to a disrupted night’s sleep.

While you sleep your body works hard to regulate your temperature so by using cool, breathable organic cotton bed linen which is effective in absorbing moisture and perspiration, it becomes much easier. This high level of absorption helps to eliminate the excess sweating that some people can experience when sleeping in non-organic cotton or synthetic bed linens. Synthetic fabrics like polyester do not breathe well and do not aid heat regulation during sleep.

Organic cotton bed linen is breathable and pure, soft and gentle on the skin and is grown without nasty chemicals or pesticides. So when you buy organic cotton bedding you know it is of the highest quality and you can sleep without being exposed to any harmful chemicals or toxins thus providing a most comfortable sleeping environment. Organic bed linen gives your body’s defence mechanisms a chance to recuperate so it is a great idea for anyone who is at all sensitive to chemicals and toxins. Many chemicals such as fire retardants and formaldehyde are constantly seeping out of your non-organic sheets, duvet covers, and pillow cases. Formaldehyde is regularly used on non-organic cotton sheets to make them ‘non-iron’ and free from wrinkles.

Organic cotton bed linen can be very affordable and is also very durable and long lasting. Because they have been grown naturally, the organic cotton fibres reach their full growth and they are stronger than commercially grown cotton fibres. When you care for your organic cotton bed linens properly they last longer than commercially grown cotton or synthetic bedding.

So by buying organic bed linen you are not only ensuring that you have a long and comfortable night’s sleep; you are protecting your health and helping to ensure the long term health of our planet as producing organic cotton utilises sustainable farming practices.

“The best night’s sleep, since I was last in in a five star hotel. Please let me know what other beautiful bed linen you have” Cecilia

NOTES ABOUT ORGANIC COTTON

Commercially grown cotton is sprayed with pesticides and doused in chemical fertilisers. These harmful chemicals and toxins work their way into the cotton fibres and can remain in commercially grown cotton bedding even after frequent washing. However, organic cotton is grown in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner. Organic cotton is grown using materials and methods that have as low an impact on the environment as possible. The way that organic cotton is grown also replenishes and maintains soil fertility, and it also reduces the use of toxic and harmful pesticides and helps to develop biologically diverse agriculture. Soil erosion, which is a large problem in many parts of the world, is also reduced when cotton is farmed organically. Did you know that it takes around 500 grams of pesticides and chemical fertilisers to farm enough non-organic cotton to make just one bed sheet?

Organic cotton farming is a lot more ethical than commercial cotton farming, toxins and chemicals do not get into the local water supplies and it offers better working conditions and fairer remuneration for the farmers. Organic cotton picking is also safer for the farmer’s health, as they do not get exposed to harmful pesticides and fertilisers while working in the fields. Buying organic cotton is also great for recycling as organic materials decompose naturally into the soil without leaving harmful chemicals and toxins behind them.

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Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:09:44 +0000
<![CDATA[The Secret of our Tranquillity Fragrance]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/tranquillity_fragrance/

 

Back in 2005 the idea was simple – to create the ‘Perfect Night Sleep’, by blending a balance of the most calming oils that work hard to relax whilst evoking a heavenly fragrance.

Creating this fragrance took over two years however and huge vats of patience! we worked tirelessly twisting together many different variations of the most exquisite essential oils until we felt that the Tranquillity blend was ‘The One’…

At the heart of the fragrance of course is a steam distilled English lavender, widely known for its incredibly relaxing properties. We selected this particular crop because of its herbaceous almost balsamic undertones and it marries beautifully with an intense honey-like geranium, with a heady, floral aroma. Next, a little chamomile which adds a rich but fruity element and supports the calming treatment we are working towards. A touch of exotic jasmine, a precious oil which is known for soothing properties is lifted by top notes of fresh, crisp, green basil leaves we choose from France as we uncovered a particularly powerful, special crop there. It’s a nice note to include because it helps with anxiety and clears the mind – something we really believe helps pre bedtime. You may also notice touches of mysterious but incredibly soothing frankincense and base notes of smooth and woody patchouli and cedarwood oils that work hard on easing tension too.



"I am a sucker for a scented candle. NEOM Organics home candle in Tranquillity is the best scent I've ever smelt. At the weekend or if I'm having a bath, I always light one. It just fills the air with the most gorgeous smell"

Victoria Pendleton



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Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:55:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Secrets of a good night’s sleep]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/lisaartis-secretsofsleep/

"September marks The Sleep Council’s Sleeptember season – an awareness month that brings sleep into the spotlight - and in celebration of the month Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council lets us in on the secrets of a good night’s sleep….

Like proper nutrition and exercise, sleep fulfils a vital role in keeping us healthy and happy. We need a good night’s sleep to ensure we’re feeling fit, thinking sharply and generally to give us the appetite and enthusiasm to make the most of everyday living.

There are four R’s for good sleep:

1. Regularity – going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, all the time, programmes your body to sleep better.
2. Routine – routines associated with sleep signal the brain to wind down. Think baths, warm drinks etc.
3. Restful sleeping environment – your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible. Make it inviting.
4. Right bed – make sure your bed is comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on one that’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old.


It’s really important to learn how to relax before bed. If you struggle to wind down properly then take a look at our top tips below:

• Run yourself a warm foamy bath an hour before bedtime – this raises your temperature and the sleep mechanism is triggered by the core body temperature cooling down. Use a scent such as soothing lavender to get you feeling relaxed.
• Prepare a milky drink or herbal tea for your late night cuppa – avoid caffeine such as tea, coffee or chocolate.
• Many sleep tips involve the use of lavender/lavender oil as a relaxant, while this does work it should not be used in pregnancy (like many other oils – check with a health care professional (GP/midwife/pharmacist)
• Don’t use alcohol as a sleep aid – it plays havoc with sleep patterns. It may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night. You will wake dehydrated and needing the loo!
• Regular, moderate exercise such as swimming or walking can help relieve the day’s stresses and strains. But not too close to bedtime or it may keep you awake!
• Deal with worries or a heavy workload by making lists of things to be tackled the next day.
• Resolve any arguments before bed. Ongoing conflicts are not conducive to putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep!
• When you get into bed, try to relax by reading a book, listening to some soothing music or even do some yoga - all help to relax both the mind and body."


For further sleep advice, visit www.sleepcouncil.org.uk or request our Good-Night Guide on 0800 018 7923.


The Sleep Council is a generic body that aims to:
• Raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and well-being.
• Provide helpful advice and tips on how to improve sleep quality.
• Provide helpful advice on choosing the right bed for optimum sleeping comfort.

The Sleep Council is funded by the National Bed Federation, the trade association for UK and Eire bed manufacturers and UK and EU component suppliers.

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Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:41:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Getting the Perfect Night’s Sleep this September ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/pns-this-sep/

During the month of September, the Neom team are excited to be launching our ‘Perfect Night’s Sleep’ campaign in association with The Sleep Council.

It’s well known that better sleep can have positive effects on health and maintain many vital functions in the body. In fact, scientists have found a direct link between anxiety and sleep. Couple this with research that is starting to confirm the sedative qualities of lavender, and the fact it’s been found to lengthen total sleep time, increase deep sleep and make people feel refreshed - we think now, more than ever, it’s time we concentrated on one of the basics of health – great sleep.

As part of the celebration of this campaign, we’re focusing on our Tranquillity range. After trialling over 200 blends, and expertly twisting together over 12 of the purest essential oils, we have developed this (now) multi award winning scent of the highest legal limit of pure English lavender essential oil blended with sweet basil and jasmine. The purpose of this blend was simple: to induce deep relaxation that would aid the best night’s sleep possible.

So whether you have a gruelling schedule, are a sleep-deprived new mum or simply need something to help you get a precious night’s sleep, try our 3-step guide here: www.neomorganics.com/sleepguide.html

Then tell us how you get on, on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NEOM.Luxury.Organics

Or Twitter: twitter.com/NEOMOrganics

We are also celebrating this campaign by launching a special competition with Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Abaca, The Wool Room, The Fine Cotton Company, Hush, Amelia Freer Nutritionist and Pukka to give you the chance to win a deluxe perfect night’s sleep package worth over £2,300! PLUS, FREE Good-Night Guide in association with The Sleep Council with every entry.

Enter here: www.neomorganics.com/sleepcomp.html

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Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:27:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Cherry Menlove]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cherry-menlove/

 

It’s easy to tell that we’re heading in to autumn because of the chill in the morning. Towards the end of August there's just that hint of a nip in the air and occasionally a mist settles in our back garden. I’m not going to lie to you I’ll miss this summer terribly. Not only has the weather been absolutely glorious but it’s been the first summer that my kids have been old enough to take part in real activities. We haven’t gone crazy but I have tried my best to keep them busy. We’ve been swimming more times than I care to think about ( a real tonic when the house is hot), we’ve been to local farms in the area and picked our own fruit, we’ve been to a couple of theme parks and also just visited friends that have had paddling pools filled to the brim in their back gardens.

Next week the house will be very quiet as the kids won’t be here all of the time. They will be back at pre-school and as they are getting older and their sessions will become more frequent. Of course this will give me more time to work on my own projects but there’s something about having the kids in the house (no matter how annoying they may be at times) that leaves me utterly bereft when they are no longer there. It becomes not just quiet, it’s almost deathly silent and that takes me a day or so to get used to. Of course once I’m used to it I’m right back on track and it has to be said I’m looking forward to the time of year when it all turns cosy.

So what will I do to fill the void when my Smalls are at pre-school?
Well, the question is what won’t I be doing! I’m incredibly lucky to be still attending events and book signings for my first book – The Handmade Home – and I am also renovating my home almost single handedly. I’m absolutely determined to have all Christmas presents wrapped and stashed away by the end of November whilst also trying to work on and keep a top secret project under wraps for as long as I can stand it.

But this Autumn I do want to take time to relax. The early part of this year taught me an awful lot about just stopping for a moment. It showed me the importance of switching off all computers, giving up all of my plans and just allowing life to unfold in front of my eyes without me poking my nose in. So although I’ll be busy I’ll also be doing my best to ensure that I’m balanced. Because in balance I’ll find all I’m looking for, whether the kids are here and screaming or the house is silent and empty, I’ve a good feeling that all will be well this autumn.

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Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:58:32 +0000
<![CDATA[JASMINE WINDOW BOXES FOR LATE SUMMER]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/lucy-gill-jasmine-window-boxes/

As the daughter of a gardener (and whose great great grandfather was also a gardener) I seem to have picked up a green finger here and there. Although I am no Laetitia Maklouf, I do like to dabble from time-to-time with my favourite plants, mainly in pots, but of late my summer obsession has been window boxes.

As my bluebells have come and gone, I keep pots of vibrant geraniums, dusky blue hydrangeas and lavender around the garden. The fence hosts a weave of honeysuckle for fragrance but it’s the climbing summer jasmine vine in a homemade (although the balcony gardener have some great ones) window box on my shed, which is also peppered with a trailing lobelia, that is the star attraction at the bottom of my garden.

This jasmine is a climber, so it’s beginning to cover (the not-so-pretty) shed windows. The beautiful, delicate white buds and petals have popped up and offer the most precious and pretty fragrance, which becomes more intensely sweet as the temperature drops each evening, setting the scent of calm over the garden and making my garden a little sanctuary.

A couple of tips for getting the most out of potted Jasmine.

1. Jasmine can grow quickly but it needs frequent pinching – so cut back the plant after it’s finished blooming and during summer to control growth and prevent tangling
2. Apply fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during growing season
3. Water jasmine in the morning, soaking the base of the plant
4. Plant near your home to enjoy the fragrance and get a good view of the butterflies it will attract!

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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:27:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Stunning Jasmine inspired wallpaper's]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jasmine-wallpapers/

 

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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:05:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Glamping]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/glamping/

 

It’s no secret we are in love with all things wild and natural at Neom, with a healthy dollop of style of course. So, making the most of the last few weeks of summer, we will be booking a cheeky weekend away, glamping. Here’s our pick of the best places to visit.

 

Feather Down Farms
Thirty small-scale farms are host to these cool rural retreats. Chicken coups, wood fired ovens and pony rides to boot!

 

Canopyandstars.co.uk
Brilliantly edited collection of the most breath-taking glamping sites UK and abroad.

 

Jollydays Luxury Camping
200 acre woodland is home to the most gorgeous collection of tents. Every part of this experience is stylish.

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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:03:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Hero Product - Home Candles]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/home-candles/

 

We’re incredibly proud of our candles; they really are second-to-none and we’d like to tell you why.

Each-and-every-one is made in the UK and hand-poured by our expert team. Our candles are gently blended with unique wax (that we make ourselves) which is 100% natural and sourced from sustainable and renewable crops from long- established farms. We never use off-the-shelf candle wax and you will never find things like chemical fertilizers, pesticides or artificial binders, additives or glue in them (which are used by others for better performance) - we don’t need these. Our blend has been especially formulated to achieve an exceptional (and perfectly clean) burning performance.

 

In each candle you will also find at least 10% pure essential oils (which equates to over 3 of the standard bottles of essential oils you can buy). Our ethos to only ever use essential oils means we have to spend more time creating a scent which not only smells amazing, but we have to make sure it blends well in natural wax which, unlike aroma chemical fragrances which are easy to formulate and blend, is often difficult to achieve.

 

Because our natural wax burns at a lower temperature than paraffin wax (approximately 43 Degrees Celsius rather than 85 Degrees Celsius) it means it uses significantly less energy in production, which is great, however it does mean it needs a bigger dosage of scent to ensure a fabulous fragrance throw. So we make sure there is plenty thrown in.

Because our blend is so unique and uses ingredients derived from nature, these ingredients can often react differently and can vary season to season, crop by crop. This means we love to monitor each wick in every candle as sometimes the oils can react with the cotton wicks (no tin strands which is common in a lot of other candles) so we make amends as we go. We must also make sure we cure our candles for at least 5 days to allow the ingredients to settle, and then we perform diligent and copious burn testing to ensuring every candle burns flawlessly and provides the most perfect scent possible. It’s not like working with chemical mixes and a man-made product with a consistent formula where you just press a button and you can churn out as many as you like. At Neom we take our time to make our candles - we blend then re-blended, trial then test to bring you a product which is incomparable and truly unique.

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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:31:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Ekaterina Igumentseva co-founder of Organic Burst]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/ekaterina-igumentseva/

Mood Foods
An unreasonably bad mood, an afternoon of zero energy, a night lying awake making lists in your head may be common to us all, but who says we have to put up with regularly feeling rubbish? Many people don’t realise the vital link between how we feel mentally and our eating habits, so we’ve put together a quick glance guide to boosting your mood:

How to switch off
Try breathing exercises, which work wonders for energising the body and clearing the mind. Combine healthy carbohydrates with protein - fruit with some nuts, brown rice with fish to help reduce stress hormones. Nuts, seeds, beans and lentils contain both protein and carbohydrates and therefore are good anti-stress foods.

Clamber out of the energy slump
Relying on addictive stimulants such as coffee, fizzy drinks, chocolate, etc. will deplete the body of nutrients and make you feel even more tired. Eat low GI foods, avoid stimulants and flood the body with nutrients. Try a Superfood like nutrient-dense spirulina, which provides B vitamins, and complete protein to help maintain a stable sugar balance.

Banish bad moods
Go for a walk, listen to upbeat music, phone a friend. Ensure you’re eating good quality protein (eggs, spirulina), essential fatty acids (fish, seeds, oils), B vitamins (whole grains) and vitamin D (fish, butter) in food or in supplement form. These all help us to build neurotransmitters which regulate mood and energy.

Focus on this
Meditation nourishes the mind. Fifteen minutes a day is all you need: set aside time to sit in silence, focus on your breathing, let go of thoughts. Drink herbal tea to stay hydrated – important for concentration – ginseng tea is good for focus.

Supercharge me
Constant pressure reduces your body’s ability to deal with stress. At this point, it is important to nourish the adrenals. Try maca: a superfood used for thousands of years, which can help rebalance levels of cortisol and insulin and encourage the thyroid to work more effectively.

Ekaterina Igumentseva is a co-founder of Organic Burst, a multi-award winning UK brand of superfoods. Organic Burst superfoods are grown using the purest methods of organic cultivation for maximum nutritional benefits and are sourced directly from small ethical producers. These superfoods have become the first choice for leading nutritionists, fitness experts, beauty experts and athletes.

Visit Organic Burst for more information.

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Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:06:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Editor of hipandhealthy.co.uk, My Feel-Good Summer Rituals]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/sadie-macleod/

This week we speak with Sadie MacLeod who is Editor of Hip & Healthy (www.hipandhealthy.co.uk), the online magazine that promises to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Here she shares her feel-good summer rituals that keep her feeling fit and fabulous as the temperature rises...

In summer, I always start the day with a green juice. It’s a sure fire way to get all the greens (aka goodness) and lots of vitamins and minerals you need for the day ahead. I believe that the key to beauty often lies in the blender (mine’s a Vitamix - in case you’re asking).

Throughout the day I drink tons of coconut water and especially when it’s hot. I find that it’s essential in keeping my skin healthy and glowing. No matter how much water you lose through perpetration this is brilliant at putting it back to keep skin spot-free and glowing. Jax Coco is my absolute fave!

I also love to freeze slices of banana. They make the best cooling snack and keep me from diving into the biscuit tin instead. The perfect heatwave 4pm nibble.

Then, I take my exercise outdoors. British people are particularly low on the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D (thanks to our extra-long winters), so I take advantage of the good weather in the summer months and spend my free time running, playing tennis (not very well) and cycling.

For my body, aside from making sure I have goodness on the inside, I make sure I treat my skin on the outside with goodness. It’s so important in summer to use a good body scrub and especially before time away. Removing all the dead skin cells not only treats and repairs skin it makes for a much more even tan too. My fave is Neom’s Lavender, Jasmine & Brazilian Rosewood Organic Scrub. The scent will transport your mind to much more exotic locations before you even get there.

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Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:56:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Stress Busting Rose]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/stress-busting-rose/ Dusky pink seas, tight buds and full floppy heads bursting with heady aroma - the rose oasis is one of the most beautiful sights in the world and the scent needs little introduction. But the purest rose oil (with no synthetic additives) is incredibly powerful for treating stress related conditions.

Because we are religious about including the highest content of essential oils possible in all our products, our rose blends work hard to increase vitality, act as natural anti-depressants, and promote a state of relaxed well-being.

The roses we choose are so precious they require a very specific soil and climate to grow. We pick the buds from a vast Moroccan oasis which is 35km long, you can only imagine the rich, floral, petally aroma.

Our two rose blends are very different. We couple Complete Bliss with a little black pepper and lime for a modern twist and Sumptuous with Neroli (orange blossom) for a decadent, heady aroma.

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Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:34:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Rose Iced Tea Recipe]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/iced-tea/

 

A lovely refreshing drink to enjoy in this weather.

Ingredients

  • 3 large roses (petals only, white bases removed)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • 1 drop pink food coloring (just a TINY DROP)
  • 3 green tea bags
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions:

Bring the 3 cups of water to a boil, add the rose petals and lemon juice, then turn off the heat and allow it to sit for 8-10 hours.

Strain the 'rose water' into a large jug. Remove petals & discard.

Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and place in the tea bags. Brew for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, and add the granulated sugar to the tea, then stir.

Allow the tea to cool then add 2 tsp of rose water, the food colouring and stir. Serve chilled over ice.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:10:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Stress busting (and beautiful) Wallpapers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/wallpapers/

 

We’ve coupled some of our favourite ditties with beautiful, inspiring images for you to save.

Simply choose the image size you would like, right click and click "Save As" to download the file, then save it as your desktop.

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All good things...

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:19:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Neom Organics is hand-picked to scent the prestigious Camp Kerala]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/camp-kerala/

 

Vogue calls it "one of the most unquestionably glamourous places to stay in the UK" and we could not agree more!

From its £10,000 price tag to stay for a long weekend during the Glastonbury festival, to the helipad on site, Camp Kerala is ultra-exclusive. The site provides chic, luxurious and romantic Indian-inspired tents - it’s glamping with that added sprinkling of luxury. And Neom (of course) were asked to scent the camp with a special range of our heavenly candles that oozed essential oils to revive frazzled celebs and VIPs alike.

Happiness with its sparkling, natural grass scent and green hibiscus notes greeted campers on arrival with each guest receiving a Neom Organic Hand Cream to keep hands rejuvenated throughout their stay. Tranquillity and Real Luxury (with their lavender bases) were selected for the all-important ‘chill out’ area which overlooked the festival, whilst Neom’s best-selling citrus fragrance; Refresh (lemon & basil) was chosen for the bar - which fitted just perfectly with pop of champagne corks each evening!

Guests were also soothed in the Kerala Spa haven with an Indian head massage using Neom’s body & massage oils - the perfect morning relaxing treat (after a night of partying at the festival). If glamping is cheating…well, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 


 

Neom spoke with its organiser Georgia Broughton (and daughter to the founder of Camp Kerala, Jennifer Lederman) to hear all about the 2013 camp which is home to the rich and famous throughout the Glastonbury festival.

 

Tell us about Camp Kerala?

Camp Kerala is the luxury camp site at Glastonbury festival with guests paying over £10,000 to stay with us. Each guest truly has all they desire guaranteeing the best weekend ever. Camp Kerala is a heaven of luxury beyond luxury!

 

What was new for this year?

This year we had a fabulous florist company called Tattie Rose Flowers -who create some amazing wild flower displays. We were also thrilled to offer incredible Indian head massages with the beautiful Neom oils. Plus it was The Rolling Stones last gig so all our very loyal clientele that come every year were particularly excited!

 

Why did you choose Neom to be a part of it?

They say it's the small things that make the bigger things special. For Camp Kerala it's Neom. Whether it is the unique complexities of the beautiful candles or the enchanting oils which transport you away, we are not entirely sure, but either way it's very special. Neom undoubtedly contributes to making the Camp Kerala experience that little bit more unique and special.

 

Who was your favourite band/act you heard from camp?

Rolling stones/ Mumford and sons/ The XX. There’s always a great atmosphere when the main acts of each night play.

 

Did anyone comment on Neom during their stay?

Nearly each guest, the smell throughout camp was Neom = gorgeous! They said they loved the candles buy also the scent of the hand creams was a huge hit. Someone said that they absolutely loved the scent and they "needed it now at home in their bedroom, office and world".

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Thu, 04 Jul 2013 16:32:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Conde Nast Traveller, Retail Editor (and mum to 6 month old Sienna) Thea Darricote shares with us her lifestyle tips…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/thea-darricote/

 

This month we have teamed up with Conde Nast Traveller to offer a free Neom Organics Complete Bliss (blush rose) hand cream which comes with the July issue. In celebration Thea Darricotte, Traveller’s Retail Editor gives us some lifestyle tips on staying healthy and how she relaxes...

How do you relax?
When I have a chance I'll book myself into a yoga class, Mercedes from Yeotown has classes at the Bulgari Hotel which are unadulterated bliss. I particularly like Vinyasa Flow for the repetitive movements which challenge you whilst also channeling all your concentration into breathing and movement. If I don't have time for yoga I'll rush home to put the baby to bed and unwind with a Neom scented candle and a cup of lemongrass and ginger tea… or a glass of wine!

What are you favourite Neom scents?
My current favourite is the Enchantment scent; the bluebell is wonderfully lifting and reminds me of the blankets of bluebells covering the woods near to where I grew up. I also love the Relax fragrance; the combination of French lavender, geranium and juniper never fails to help me unwind and de-stress after a busy day.

How to do stay healthy?
I walk to-and-from work through Hyde Park which takes an hour each way so it really clears my mind pre-working day and helps to de-clutter it afterwards. I love watching the park change with each season. I also try to make time for yoga but am failing miserably at the moment!

What are your favourite recipes?
At the moment it’s a James Duigan recipe for Seabass with Leeks and Shitake mushrooms.

What Neom products you love & why?
I adore any of the candles, I'm just candle obsessed and make sure to light one every evening after the baby is in bed, her bottles are sterilised and dinner is under way. It is the best start to the evening! And I also love the Complete Bliss Body Oil. I always apply it to damp skin and instantly feel like I've just left a spa – even if it’s in a hurried moment stolen between nappy changing (the baby) and getting dressed (me) for the day!

Do you have any lifestyle tips you can share with us being a working mum?
Don't listen to anyone else – you'll have so much advice pushed your way its mind boggling so I take it all with a pinch of salt and just go by what feels best for me and the baby. Also make time for yourself – even if it’s just half an hour a day to have a bath, light a candle and breathe. Time flashes past when you've had a baby and it’s all too easy to put everyone else first and forget yourself.

How do you use your handcream?
I always have a tube of it in my handbag and also by my bed. But my best trick is to multi- task – before you do the washing up run a deep, hot sink of water, saturate your hands with the cream and put those gorgeous yellow gloves on! By the time you've drained the sink, the cream will have sunk into your hands beautifully leaving them super soft! Although that trick dates back to the 1950s, and thankfully now washing up is a shared task!

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Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:11:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Our Enchantment story, inspired by walks in ancient bluebell woodlands]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/our-enchantment-story/

Bluebells, ah the fragrance of bluebells, there’s nothing quite like that unmistakable, wild scent which enchants you whilst on a walk in an ancient bluebell wood in early summer. There has always been something about seeing a beautiful; delicate (not-like-any-other blue) carpet of bluebells that always instils to us how important nature is and how it really is central to what Neom is all about.

It is estimated that half of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK and the Woodland Trust, The UK's leading woodland conservation charity founded in 1972 says that “bluebells are a timeless example of the antiquity of our ancient woods” and we could not agree more.

In the creation of our bluebell scent, Enchantment, we teamed up with the Woodland Trust to help them reach their goal of creating England’s largest newly planted native forest, Heartwood Forest, which is the biggest woodland creation site in England covering over 850 acres. Their mission is to make this a forest of 600,000 new trees, miles of footpaths and bridleways, wildflower meadows and open spaces. And the Neom team went down to volunteer.

Our team of 12 boarded a mini bus extremely early one (very snowy) March morning from Harrogate to St Albans. Packed with waterproofs, wellies and spades, we descended upon the forest and spent the day planting sapling trees (over 900 actually) before taking a walk ourselves through this fabulous woodland. Heartwood Forest will help improve our national heritage of precious ancient woodland where bluebells thrive, and because we are truly in awe of this mission, with every Enchantment candle or reed diffuser we sell, Neom also donates £1 to the Woodland Trust.

Back home in Harrogate we have been potting-up and sprinkling bluebells seeds in our gardens and have been on the hunt to see bluebells popping up around Britain. Get in touch if you see some and tell us where:

Twitter: @neomorganics
Facebook: facebook.com/NEOMLuxuryOrganics
Email: info@neomorganics.com

We hope you’ll enjoy seeing our pics of our (rather wet & muddy) day with the Woodland Trust and hearing our story about the bluebell flower which enchants us here:
http://www.neomorganics.com/enchantment.html

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Thu, 30 May 2013 13:56:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Seasonal Recipe]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/seasonalrecipe/

 

Being fans of local sourcing and fresh, healthy food, we’ve been scouring the amazing (local-sourced-ingredient) recipes from Hello Fresh. They deliver all the required fresh ingredients along with inspiring new recipes direct to your door.

Tonight we are cooking this Butterflied Mexican Chicken with Homemade Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 Hass Avocado
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle
  • A splash of Tabasco
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • ½ cup of coriander
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Can organic mixed beans
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper

Recipe

  • Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees. Chop the peppers, coriander and onion, then drain the beans
  • Cover the peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes until they're soft and crispy round the edges
  • Start to cook your onions in a tsp olive oil on a medium-low heat. After 5 mins add beans, cumin, tomato puree, 5 tbsp water and as much Tabasco as you dare
  • Pre-heat your grill to a high heat and put the peppers on the middle shelf. Butterfly your chicken (make a cut on both sides and pull the sides so they lay flat like an open book
  • Coat the chicken in the chipotle and the zest and juice of half the lime
  • Cook the chicken on the top shelf for 6 mins on each side
  • Take 2/3 of the bean mixture from the pan and mash. Mix the rest of the beans in
  • Cut the avocado lengthways
  • To serve, cut the chicken lengthways and place on top of the beans. Mix your roasted peppers and serve on the side with your avocado.

We have also teamed up with Hello Fresh to offer you £20 off your first order. Click here www.hellofresh.co.uk/neom20 to see what you could enjoy when you order this week and to redeem your offer.

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Fri, 17 May 2013 11:15:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Easy Pots For April - Part 2]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/easy-pots-2/

 

Continuing our series of ‘Spring Pots’ blogs, Laetitia Maklouf gives Neom followers some of her best tips for instant, seasonal loveliness you can plant in pots.

 

For summer clouds

Go quickly! and find some verbena x hybrida or nemesia (which will be out on the shelves just as soon as the weather stops being naughty). A wide, shallow terracotta container is best and plant masses together. You’ll eventually get a gorgeous pastel puff of froth for your trouble which, when it gets straggly can be brutally chopped and fed with liquid seaweed, to make it come back again and delight you for even longer. I love it passionately.

For the promise of bliss

Of course, at this time of the year, you must sow or plant sweet peas. Wait until the weather is warm enough if you want to start them from seed (and I’m talking about the sort of whether that allows you to bare your neck and throw out your arms). Or, you can simply buy seedlings from the garden centre and plant them in a nice deep container, making sure they have a wigwam of canes up which to scramble when the time comes. For amazing scent, go for Spencer hybrids or the old favourite ‘Cupani’…but then you don’t need me to tell you about scent; you’re Neom lovers.

The lowdown on planting in pots

For Summer Clouds, and for the ideas in last week's blog, I would use a half and half mix of ordinary peat-free multi-purpose compost and John Innes no 2. You can just use multi-purpose but you’ll need to be a bit more attentive about watering as it is less good at staying moist.

For Sweet Peas I use one quarter multi-purpose, one quarter John Innes No 2 and half well-rotted manure. These are really hungry plants.

For feeding pots, I use liquid seaweed or tomorite regularly (whenever I remember), although I would never feed thyme or mint.

And remember to make sure your containers are as large as possible, and have saucers to catch excess water – making watering much easier

Enjoy
xLaetitia

Laetitia is author of two books: ‘The Virgin Gardener’, and ‘Sweet Peas for Summer: How to create a garden in a year’.

She blogs at www.laetitiamaklouf.com, tweets @laetitiamaklouf and face-books at Laetitia Maklouf, where you can seek her out and ask her absolutely anything you want.


Photos: Jill Mead

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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:27:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Easy Pots For April - Part 1]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/easy-pots-1/

 

It’s still chilly outside... not even a hint of apple-blossom (which always, for me, heralds April in style). But a delayed spring holds the promise of glory, because it means that we may well get wonderful combinations, like blossom AND daffodils all at once. Anyway there’s no reason not to start gently playing with a few things outside, and pots are perfect for this, as they are small, and separate from the garden, and somehow tinkering with a pot does not require any firm commitment to the rest of a space (which can feel overwhelming, particularly at the beginning of the season).

For instant loveliness

Look no further than what’s on the shelves at your local garden centre right now. Because of the weather, that probably means a wonderful array of primroses, cowslips, tulips, daffodils and muscari. Snap them up and put them in large shallow containers, adding the odd hardy fern, and you have instant Spring beauty that you can plant out in your garden proper (if you have one) when they finally go over.

For cheery, smiling faces

It’s got to be pansies (or viola if you want to be proper about it). Armies of beauteous colours and textures, from fruity, frilly bright yellows, to sultry bruised blues are hitting the shelves right now. Again, for these, I like to use large shallow terracotta bowls, and I always stick to one colour, but if you’re short on space, then have a go at creating a cascade of them in stacked pots (for how-to, see my book Sweet Peas for Summer). Treat them well and these will last you well into the summer, particularly if you dead-head (remove spent flowers) regularly.

For fragrant feel-appeal

Go and gather some small pots of herbs. Thyme is a real winner, and garden centres are full of masses of different varieties, from trailing to variegated. I like to plant up a mish-mash of different terracotta pots with these lovely hummocks of scent and mass them together in one corner. You can do the same with different varieties of mint – it looks fabulous and improves your cooking no end. For Thyme and mint I use just John Innes no 2 compost as these are long-term plantings.

Oh, and one last thing; make sure your containers are as large as possible, and have saucers to catch excess water – this makes watering much less of a chore.

Enjoy
xLaetitia

Laetitia is author of two books: ‘The Virgin Gardener’, and ‘Sweet Peas for Summer: How to create a garden in a year’.

She blogs at www.laetitiamaklouf.com, tweets @laetitiamaklouf and face-books at Laetitia Maklouf, where you can seek her out and ask her absolutely anything you want.


Photos: Jill Mead

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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:27:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Spring Scenting]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/spring-scenting/

 

Scents this month become a backdrop for a rise in temperature and cheery yellows and pink blossom colours peeking through the windows but still need a degree of comfort.

Contentment has been a fantastic launch for us this month, there is something about the balance of juicy berry notes combined with a warmth of spicy notes that we still need at this time of year - so I'm using a Contentment Reed Diffuser in the hallway and up the stairs. I've found it mixes beautifully with the light, sparkling scent of Happiness which typically I use during the day, but will make a lovely backdrop for my Mother's Day evening meal too.

Mimosa with Lemon and Neroli is crisp but pretty, perfect for this time of the year. If you prefer something fruity, Cocooning is a fantastic scent for those in need of a little me-time, we developed it for pregnant ladies (the kit is a beautiful gift for new and soon to be mums) but I use it as a treat if I’m tired and so many people have told me they think it really improves their mood – packed with Mandarin, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang it is a nice balancing scent to take you between seasons too.

I would love to hear which scents you are using and what changes you make. Tweet me @nicolaelliott or @neomorganics we really do love to hear from you.

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Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:47:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Spring Flowers]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/spring-flowers/

 

With spring just around the corner, we asked florist Lucy MacNicoll to show us how to create a beautiful display inspired by the ingredients of the scent of Happiness that will, excitingly, transition you into the spring season.

Visit Lucy's website at www.lucymacnicoll-flowers.com.

To create the display you will need:

Gold fish bowl vase.
1 block of oasis floral foam.
Florists' knife to cut the foam.
1 small plastic circular dish (to place the foam in) approx. 12cm diameter (this should sit on top of the vase) you can purchase from your local florist.
approx. 12cm diameter
Florists pot tape.
Sharp scissors.
5 stems white Lilac.
10 stems Mimosa.
5 stems Guelder Rose.
5 stems Wax Flower.
10 stems Craspedia.
5 stems Bupleurum
8 Lemons.

 

 

Directions

1. Soak the oasis foam in water.

2. Cut to size to fit into the circular dish. Secure foam with florists pot tape.

3. Begin by placing the stems of Bupleurum, Mimosa and Wax flower to fill the foam and start to create the outline of the design.

4. Add in the white Lilac and the Guelder Roses.

5. Then add in the Craspedia helping to define the loose dome shape.

6. Fill any remaining gaps with the rest of the Bulpherium and Wax flower.

7. Place on top of the gold fish bowl with lemons placed inside the vase.

8. Lightly spray the design with water.

9. Make sure you top up the floral foam with water every few days.

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:02:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Relax Featured in Goop]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/featured-in-goop/ When the beautiful Goop newsletter popped into our inboxes last evening (the weekly publication curated by Gwyneth Paltrow, where Gwyneth shares the best of lifestyle) we were expecting the usual fabulous read and soft-and-stunning photography. Whilst scrolling down, we saw ‘I’m loving’ where Gwyneth shared a few things she’s loving and what did we see but the most lovely shot of our Relax candle - it’s so lovely and thrilling that we just had to share this with you. Seeing such things makes us really proud and has caused many, many smiles here at Neom HQ on this snowy Friday.

 

If you’re not signed up to Goop we really recommend it: www.goop.com

 

Happy Friday everyone and hope you enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend at home or building snowmen in your back garden.

 

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Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:46:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ginger Bread Men]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/ginger-bread/


Gingerbread is not just for before Christmas. It is also a failsafe way to keep younger children entertained in that time between Christmas and New Year. Get them busy with the cookie cutters and the icing and you can have a mini Gingerbread dessert table, made entirely by your kids for New Years Eve.

Pre-heat oven 180c
350g, plain flour
100g self-raising flour
125g dark soft muscovado sugar
125g butter, room temperature
1 large egg
125g golden syrup

Sift the flours in to the bowl of the mixer and add the sugar. Combine with a spoon. Add the butter, chopped in to pieces and mix, using the paddle, until resembles breadcrumbs. Making a well in the mixture add the egg and the syrup, mix together on a slow/medium speed until the mixture forms a ball. Roll out and cut out the shapes you want, bake on a lined sheet for up to 15 mins.

Revive the Gingerbread by warming gently for a few moments in the oven, sandwiching two gingerbread men together using a good quality ice cream and drizzling with salted caramel and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon! There is no finer way to see in a new year and your kids will feel very pleased that they baked up storm for such an important occasion.

These delicious gingerbread men are a perfect accompaniment with our Restore Home & Travel Candles - with a blend of Jasmine, Ginger & Sandalwood.

Ginger bread men by Cherry Menlove, Homemaker, Author of The Handmade Home and owner of Picketfencebaking.com

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Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:01:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Fill your home with the scents of our Harmonise with this Pine, Cedarwood & Eucalyptus wreath]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/xmaswreath/

To make this beautiful wreath you will need the following:

A 35cm (14 inch) wire wreath ring.
1 box of Sphagnum moss
2 bunches of Baby blue and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
Approx. 15 Pine cones
Long strong wires for attaching Pine cones
A reel of mossing wire
Strong scissors

1. Attach the end of the reel wire to the outside edge of the ring. Make compact clumps of the moss and bind on firmly with the reel wire.

2. Continue this process until the whole ring is covered.

3. To make a hook to hang it, bend a strong piece of wire in half and push it through the top of the wreath so that both ends comes through evenly. Twist wire together to make a loop.

4. Cut the Eucalyptus into lengths of approx. 15 cm. Take groupings of the Eucalyptus and place them on top of the moss binding them on with the mossing wire. Make sure all the foliage is placed in the same direction and positioned close together so there are no gaps and it looks compact.

5. To attach the Pine cones, wire the base of them with a strong wire leaving two ends which you can push through the ring and secure on the back of the wreath.

6. Add the Pine Cones in groups dotted around the wreath.

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Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:01:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Cosy Night In]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cosynightin/


If I make it out for a bracing Autumnal walk this October, I'll have been lucky. It's more pea soup and drizzle in Yorkshire right now. Nevertheless it's still my favourite time of the year. I love the indoors just as much as being outdoors and making our home cosy and warm.


On days like this, we bake cakes and oaty flapjacks and the house is infused with beautiful scents and candles that flicker prettily against a greyish backdrop.

My must-have fragrance right now is Harmonise. Combining Pine, Cedarwood and Eucalyptus, it warms yet revives, green notes blending so well with woody undertones. It's the kind of fragrance that works as well on a gloomy Saturday morning as it does whilst entertaining that evening.

If I've kept my Saturday night free (my idea of bliss), then I combine organic hot chocolate with the 'cashmere blanket' of our scent collection; Real Luxury. When the children go to bed, I take a long bath in our heavenly Tranquillity Bath Foam and retreat to bed early with a huge pile of books and the soothing scents of English Lavender, Sweet Basil & Jasmine filling my room in the form of my Tranquillity Home Candle. Perfect weekends, whatever the weather.

View everything by visiting our shop page here.

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Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:59:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind-the-scenes making Neom’s NEW Bath Foam]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/bath-foam/

Since we launched our bodycare range, I’ve been pestering the product development team about making organic Bath Foam…but it’s probably one of the trickiest products we have created at Neom and has taken us over two years. Our philosophy is to never use SLS (something which creates the foaming effect) because it can irritate the skin, so we had to take an alternative route to make sure our Bath Foam actually, well, foamed!

We eventually went for an alternative way of manufacturing and blending coconut oil and vegetable oils which offered us a safe ingredient that gave our Bath Foam those all-important bubbles in the tub. Then came adding the scent, this was another challenge. The blend of essential oils we added made the formula really watery and just glugged into the bath. So, I spent hours and hours adding in and taking out a mix of over ten different essential oils until we found the right balance of scent which made the bath foam stable, a joy to use and smell divinely tranquil.

I am thrilled to say it’s one the most successful bodycare launches we’ve had (perhaps it’s because it’s so ground-breaking! Not to blow my own trumpet or anything) so it makes all the hard work really worth it. Hats-off to our hard-working PD team too! May this pic be a reminder of all your hard work and the many, many baths we’ve had at testing the hundreds of formulations!

Enjoy our new Bath Foam made with 74% organic ingredients & 26% natural ingredients with ingredients like soothing Aloe Leaf, Marshmallow, and Sweet Almond.

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Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:00:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Jemma Kidd]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/jemma-kidd/

We recently caught up with Jemma Kidd! She’s the sister to supermodel Jodie, celebrity makeup artist and mum of two-year old twins. Jemma shared with us what her favourite NEOM products are…


Baths are the few moments in a day I have to myself, so I cherish them. NEOM’s are my absolute favourite. It’s the scents I like most – so strong and instantly relaxing. They last for hours too! If I use them in a bath in the morning, my bathroom will smell like that for the rest of the day. I have so many bath oils and the smell disappears quite quickly. NEOM’s are really good quality though. The Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood in their Real Luxury fragrance smells particularly luxurious.


When you have two kids to take care of and a business to run, life is pretty hectic. Juggling everything is hard and it’s about striking the right balance of work, the children and husband at home and time for myself, which means relaxing with a good book and a delicious candle. I like NEOM’s Cocooning candle full of Mandarin, Ylang Ylang & Chamomile.


I do love a good body wash. My favourite is NEOM’s Complete Bliss fragrance which is Moroccan Blush Rose. Again, it’s just super-luxurious. The quality is fantastic - it smells of proper rose, not artificial. Everything in my life is organic and I’m quite strict about it, so authentic products all the way.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:32:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Laetitia Maklouf]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/guest-blog-laetitia/

Laetitia has been named the ‘Nigella Lawson of the Gardening World’, and is a self-confessed plant geek after discovering her mother’s plant encyclopaedia and a packet of seeds at the back of a cupboard one day and grows the most beautiful and deliciously scented plants. We caught up with Laetitia and got some insider hints on plant scents and how to grow-your-own…


Up until now, I’ve always favoured Spring over Summer – mainly because of the sense of newness and hope that it brings. But this year has been different – we haven’t really experienced ‘Spring’ – the weather has shunted us straight from Winter into Summer, and I am simply drinking in the glorious bounty of it all.


If you know me at all, you’ll be aware that I am extremely keen on scent, and a plant without any has got to be pretty special to deserve a space in my life. It’s impossible to name a favourite combination really, but in general I always find that putting mint or nepeta with any deeply floral scent will add a touch of freshness to it and create a knockout partnership. Perhaps my favourite scent of the summer is that of gladiolus callianthus (sometimes called acidanthra). You can grow these lily-like blooms in a container and the scent is quite simply out of this world.


As far as gardening goes, this time for me is one of lazing around doing as little as possible in terms of hard labour. I want to flit around picking flowers and scenting my home. As I write, there’s a posy of roses (a David Austen one, called ‘The Alnwick’ is my absolute favourite right now), nepeta, pinks, lady’s mantle and lavender to keep my olfactory senses satisfied.


But fresh flowers aren’t always available, and there are certain places (like my very dark entrance hall) where they won’t get appreciated, so I’ve got a NEOM Violet, Chamomile and Cedarwood reed diffuser to scent my comings and goings. Violet flowers have a particularly special fragrance – it is so powerful that it actually numbs the sensors in your nose and stops you smelling anything after a while, so mixing the essential oil with other fragrances overcomes this problem and gives you the best of both worlds.


I like to tinker with plants, making everything from my own rosewater to sweet ciceley custard. Today I’m preparing for hot weather by putting sprigs of mint and rosemary into small misting bottles with filtered water. If you put these in the fridge they make a wonderfully refreshing spritz for scorching days. But there are certain plants I can’t grow, so when I want something exotic I love Neom’s organic body wash, and the Happiness scented candle with White Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon. On a warm night you can close your eyes and get transported to another world…such is the power of scent.


You can find ‘recipes’ for all the tips above, and more inspiration in Laetitia’s book ‘Sweet Peas for Summer’ and on her website, www.laetitiamaklouf.com

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Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:54:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Savannah Miller]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/savannah-miller/

We know her sister Sienna has been using NEOM’s new Cocooning products during her pregnancy; however we recently caught up with Sienna’s sister Savannah to find out her top-tips to de-stress…

I get up at around 6am, depending on when my baby, Bali, does. She usually wakes up pretty early because of the light streaming through the window. The first thing I do is take a lovely deep bath in aromatherapy bath oils which wake me up and leave me smelling great for the day. NEOM’s Real Luxury version is perfect – I love the Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood essential oils – it’s a real anytime bath oil.

After breakfast I head to my studio on Savile Row in London, where I have started a new clothing label (I recently left Twenty8Twelve, the line I started with my sister, Sienna). We always burn the NEOM candles. It really keeps the office feeling gorgeous and smelling amazing. There’s something about burning candles which really help me to de-stress – important in the fashion world! When things get really full-on I will listen to some African music to get my team smiling and feeling calm. It really works! If I have time, I love to go to Jivamukti Yoga after work for a class, but since having Bali six months ago it has been put on the back-burner a bit, I just want to get home to her as quickly as possible. I have another bath in the evening with Bali and add some lavender. I find it really helps her to sleep better. That’s my working day, but if I had a free day to do exactly what I liked, it would have to be with my family on a beach somewhere hot and gorgeous!

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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:09:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Abigail james]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/abigail-james/

 

Abigail James is a holistic therapist and facialist who specialises in a more natural and organic approach to beautiful skin and health. Abigail has over a decade of experience in natural beauty and is fast becoming the go-to therapist for London’s Elite who are in need of a relaxing, healthy treatment.

Here at NEOM, we’ve known about Abigail’s healing hands for a while as she loves NEOM. But we thought we’d ask her to give us a little insight and a handful of remedies and rituals most important to do at home.

I have been working as a therapist for many years. I personally felt I wanted to make the move from using synthetics to more natural beauty for the simple fact I was reacting to so many products and so were my clients. I found that the main skin irritants are synthetic fragrance and lab-created ingredients which the body just does not like or recognise. This often results in a skin reaction – it became that I was treating sensitized skin to product ingredients rather than actually treating the skins natural state. So I decided to switch – believe me once you do, you’ll never go back!

I often find I get asked about what you can do at home to help with your beauty regime. I always say my favourite home ingredient perfect for treatments which I am sure everyone has is their kitchen cupboard is honey. It’s so amazing at healing the skin. Apply it while in the bath with your hair tied firmly back, leave it on the skin for 10 minutes then add a bit of warm water and massage it deeply all over the face. Why not mix in a smudge of natural yoghurt to this too - (really, I do this at home!) It’s great. Also, keep your eye cream in the fridge; the coolness helps freshen up the eye area, keep it next to two teaspoons, then apply these cold to the whole eye area after applying the cream for bright sparkly peepers!

I also think everyone should invest in a good facial oil - especially at night, they can absorb easier than a cream and are great for re-balancing and nourishing the skin rather than overpowering it which some creams can do at night time, especially for a skin that is prone to blockages and oiliness.

I am very sensitive to scent, it is so important to me and often my mood affects how I respond to a particular smell. I recommend having a variety of candles around my home to use. Dependant on my mood, I often opt for more lemony fresh scents like the Refresh candle, I find these sort of scents help give me clarity when I am working from home. But my all-time favourite is NEOM’s Happiness candle – it’s just beautiful. White Neroli and Mimosa are my absolute favourite scents; I have individual perfume notes of both of these along with Jasmine. A twice weekly Body Scrub also makes me feel amazing, I will often do this after my morning hill-run when I am in the Cotswolds, really gets the circulation going, and lashings of Real Luxury Body Oil while my skin is still wet, with the feminine scent it’s a touch of pampering at the beginning of the day, start as you mean to go on is my motto!

www.abigailjames.com

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Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:52:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Katie Derham]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/katie-derham/


Katie Derham is the Radio 3 broadcaster and presenter of The Proms for BBC 1 and 2 and is a very busy mum of two daughters. We had a quick chat with Katie recently and asked her how she likes to relax and escape her hectic life (if only for an hour) – so we wanted to share with you...

When you have children – a 12 year old and six year old in my case – you’re ALWAYS busy. Take today, for example, I had the day off work and, after a morning of admin catch-up, I carted our family pet rabbit, Buster, off to school as my youngest was ‘giving a talk’ on him.

It’s clear I don’t have much time for myself, however when I get the chance my favourite way to relax is with a luxurious spa treatment or massage, which I sneak in from time-to- time when I’m feeling particularly stressed! In an ideal world, I’d have a full-time masseuse in my home (what a luxury that would be!). The more realistic and a more attainable way to relax is waiting until the kids have gone to bed and sticking on a Homeland or Borgen box set – I’m obsessed. I’ll also light NEOM’s Moroccan Blush Rose candle. The scent is so calming and delicious and reminds me of a trip to Morocco I took with my husband, John, recently. Also, now that we’ve moved to the countryside out in the sticks the candles come in extra handy to prevent the house smelling of dog!

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Wed, 30 May 2012 15:13:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Perfect For Warm Weather, To Gently Diffuse Your Favourite Scent Through The House]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/warmweather/

Home Scenting when the sun comes out? In my mind this is the perfect finishing touch to a house streaming with sunlight...it's just about choosing the right scent and the right way to diffuse it.

I write this from my kitchen, where an Inspiration Reed Diffuser accompanies the gentle warmth of this amazingly sunny spring morning perfectly. Violet, Chamomile and Cedarwood is perfect in this weather and the diffuser fills the home, gently, as a gorgeous backdrop in my new sunny rooms.

Tonight I'm hosting an informal dinner for 6, and hopefully we will have a couple of my infamous Mojitos in the garden first, so I will light a Complete Bliss candle, which tinged with Black Pepper and Lime will fill not only the conservatory with the scent of freshly cut roses but gently float into the garden too. Have a lovely, sunny, weekend!

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Fri, 25 May 2012 09:48:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Organic Luxury Hand Cream]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/neworganicluxuryhandcream/

I am super excited to launch our ultra-pampering Organic Hand Creams. Packed with anti-oxidising extracts which are great for anti-ageing, they include Acai extract and nourishing Argan oil, known to aid collagen production and tighten the skin. It penetrates rapidly, leaving hands super-soft, smooth and non-greasy, and leaving your hands velvety soft. For perfect hands look no further...

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Tue, 22 May 2012 15:49:51 +0000
<![CDATA[NEOM Founder Nicola Elliott Talks About Scenting Her Home]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/scentingyourhomewithnicola/ Nicola Elliott

A lovely NEOM customer said something to me the other day that really made me smile, "I decorate my room with the different scents of NEOM, depending on how I’m feeling, what I’m doing and the kind of mood I’m in." I know exactly what she means.

On a cold rainy morning I crave a warm lounge and a flickering Sumptuous Home Candle (Rose and Neroli) followed, a bit later, by a hot bath in Tranquillity Bath Oil (English Lavender with Sweet Basil and Jasmine).

Tomorrow though, I am preparing a special ladies lunch for my good friend Lucy (no children, no men, bliss!) and I will make sure my new Happiness Home Candle (White Neroli with Mimosa and Lemon) is in the hall, and Inspiration Travel Candle (Violet, Chamomile and Cedarwood) are dotted about the dining room.

Scenting your home, just like lighting or furnishing it in the right way, is important to get the mood right.

Nicola, NEOM Founder


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Tue, 22 May 2012 15:36:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Treat yourself so some organic pampering]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/treat-yourself-so-some-organic-pampering/ There’s nothing better than being able to treat yourself. Whether you’ve had a hard day at the office, have been running around after the kids or simply feel the need to relax, you can’t beat a bit of “me” time. With the right products and a bit of TLC you’ll be able to have a spa in your very own home, giving you an evening (or perhaps an entire weekend) that’s built around you.

Get pampering the organic way

Of course, if you really want to make the most of all that relaxation then there’s only one thing for it—you need to go organic. By choosing natural beauty products you’ll be able to get all the beauty benefits with none of the drawbacks, because who wants to slather a load of chemicals all over themselves? Going organic means you can reduce your chemical count no end, and if you choose our products here at NEOM you’ll get added holistic benefit. Our gorgeous products contain high levels of essential oils to bring you treatments that work, adding something extra to your day of pampering.

Organic luxury—the best of both worlds

Here at NEOM we fully believe in the power of nature. We’re actively encouraging people to reduce their chemical count because with many of these harsh, synthetic ingredients doing more harm than good it’s important to make the change, and with our products you’ll be able to do luxury the organic way. Our products offer the best of both worlds—the beauty of natural ingredients combined with the luxury of truly indulgent products—because we think that beauty should be about spoiling yourself. With fabulous scents and a huge range of luxurious products you’re bound to find something that fits the bill, letting you relax on a wave of organic bliss for a pampering session of pure indulgence.

Have the night in you deserve

Just take a look around to find the products you’re looking for and you’ll be able to treat yourself to the night in you’ve always wanted. Light a few aromatherapy candles, run a bath and pour in a generous amount of our bath oil to surround yourself in aromatherapy gorgeousness, and combine it with our body scrub to slough away those dead skin cells and let your true beauty shine through. Finish it off with a good layer of our award-winning body lotion and you’ll have soft, smooth skin that defies expectation, and because all of our products contain usable levels of essential oils you’ll be treating yourself holistically as well.

You’ll be able to relax and unwind in the best way possible, combining the luxury of pampering with the benefits of organic beauty and aromatherapy, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and ready for anything. If you include a glass of wine, a good book or a great film into the mix you’ll have the perfect evening, so what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to some organic products and you’ll get beauty benefits and luxurious pampering in one. What could be better than that?

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Sat, 19 May 2012 10:42:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Vicki Edgson]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/vicki-edgson/


Vicki Edgson is passionate about making sense of healthy living. She co-founded the health brand The Food Doctor, runs her own prestige nutritional therapy clinic in London as well as the award-winning Vital Energy retreat in Ibiza – what a place to retreat, we say!

Vicki is big fan of NEOM so we recently caught up with her to get some easy and quick tips on what’s good to eat this time of year to help boost your mood.

We’re into May. This is one the best times of the year for feeling full of Vital Energy! Cherry Blossom abounds, the street markets are full of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and everything smells so fresh. Why not pick plums and apricots to nibble raw, or try poaching in apple juice. Choosing cinnamon and star anise is brilliant at boosting immunity against hayfever. I recommend asparagus (fat and juicy) or chard and purple sprouting broccoli to add raw to your favourite salad, or simply roasted in olive oil along with a dash of fresh basil and rosemary, to tickle your tastebuds, and raise your energy.

As a nutritionist I often find women are frequently low in magnesium. This is due to stress, anxiety and monthly cycles, so I always encourage them to increase their daily intake of dark green vegetables. The prime candidates for this include broccoli, chard, savoy cabbage and watercress. Rocket and parsley is also good in salads and a great source of iron too! Brown and red rice also provide abundant magnesium, and make a good base for delicious risottos.

Like essential oils I believe food is also good at helping your mood. Cutting down on carbohydrates is most definitely NOT good for a mood, as these are the foods that boost serotonin - the happy feel-good hormone that we all need more of! Choose buckwheat noodles for salad and stir-fried vegetable dishes, polenta for slimmer pizza bases, and rye breads for open sandwiches - the Swedes and Norwegians live on these grains, and they are all healthy, slender, beautiful and HAPPY!

I believe that we need all our senses to be titillated in order to feel alive, well and thriving. I always have the NEOM Refresh (Lemon & Basil) travel candles in the guest rooms on my Vital Energy Retreats in Ibiza, to stimulate mind and body. Their beautiful, fresh organic scent is so pure, it emulates the very principles I share during the retreat - to surround ourselves only with those elements that are taken from nature - fresh, seasonal food, clean air and pure water. Join me there - you won't regret it!

www.vickiedgson.com/retreats

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Wed, 09 May 2012 09:01:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Kelly Hoppen]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/guest-blog-kelly-hoppen/


I always feel amazing when I’m spending time with my family and close friends. We have the best time together and always laugh a lot. I have an incredibly busy lifestyle and travel a lot so the time I spend at home with my loved ones is a time I cherish.

Because of my lifestyle, I like to eat well and look after my body and mind. I love eating my daughter’s food, she has a company called Honestly Healthy and she makes delicious alkaline fridge fills so I live off her food pretty much every day and I’m so grateful for it. I exercise regularly, too, which it makes me feel great and energised.

I also like to look after my skin and hair. I’m really into all things organic and use as many organic products on my hair and skin as possible. I try to get a manicure once week and use the NEOM Morrocan Blush Rose hand lotion everyday, it smells heavenly.

When I’m not working in London or abroad, I absolutely love to spend my weekends in the country and just chill out watching romantic comedies and listening to music – it completely recharges my batteries and gets me ready for the week ahead!

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Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:05:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Spring Scenting with NEOM]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/spring/

When the sun is shining it signals a shift in so many things....

I am suddenly desperate to dig out my most wafty, chiffony blouse and start buying bunches of wild-looking, brightly coloured flowers every week. Isn't there something amazing about opening the windows every morning as soon as you wake up? I love musing over what new and interesting salad to prepare for tea every night too and, keeping our fingers crossed, we can eat in the garden!

It's the huge shift in the day to day things that makes me really happy come spring time...but so many people ask me how to scent their homes at this time of year. Heavier, cosy candle scents suddenly don't feel so right, so I asked the NEOM team to divulge their personal tips for scenting their homes in this weather. Here's what they said...

Nicola, Account Manager, on her Real Luxury Reed Diffuser...This light, gentle but sophisticated scent is beautiful in a reed diffuser for spring, the minute I open my front door I feel relaxed and calm. It's my personal favourite and always goes down well as a gift too.

Becky, Account Manager, on her Real Luxury Body Scrub...I have never used a scrub like this; we've had a few bloggers recently saying it's life changing! I have to agree! You only need to use it once a week and your skin is totally transformed into butter -soft -sundress -ready -loveliness!

Elaine, Account Manager, on her Body Oil...I've worked at so many of the big name beauty houses but I have never ever come across a body oil like the NEOM one -it's not just an amazing anti-ageing body treat that leaves your skin feeling about 10 years younger! But it's also great cuticle oil and the only thing I'll use as an after sun on me and my kids.

Zoe, Accounts Co-ordinator, on her Mini Room Mists...Our new mini mists in Inspiration or Sumptuous are going down a storm....I personally adore the Sumptuous one made with Rose and Neroli, I spritz the curtains every day and the scent lingers, its light and pretty.

Claudia, PR Manager on Travel Candles...Travel candles are gorgeous in summer, great for decorating a table when you've got friends round for (usually an indoor) barbecue! Inspiration is floral and pretty, and I really love Serenity too. The vanilla gives it a warm, beachy scent that makes the room smell yummy.

Nicola, Founder, on her Inspiration Reed Diffuser...The scent of summer is summed up in my Inspiration reed diffuser...Violet Chamomile and Cedarwood is a perfect accompaniment to sunny, breezy days and the best bit is it smells all day long! I have one in the hall, kitchen lounge and my wardrobe too so my clothes smell fresh!

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Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:27:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Guest Blog: Estelle]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/guest-blog-estelle/


When I’m home, a perfect night in for me will be catching up on my favourite TV shows. I travel often for work so I make sure I have plenty of Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl and Downton Abbey to keep me occupied when I come home! I find it so relaxing to just curl up in front of great TV.

It always helps to have candles on too for a really relaxed atmosphere. I don’t have the time to spend taking ages in the morning, so keep my beauty and skin regime pretty basic. I do love a nice body scrub though, like NEOM’s Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood scrub. It smells amazing and I love that it’s organic, too.

But what makes me feel most amazing, more than anything else, is listening to music. And dancing to it! Whether I’m by myself, dancing around the kitchen with the radio on full volume or out in a club with all my mates, having music blasting just makes me feel incredible. Especially reggae. Growing up in west London, my mum would always have reggae on so it had a huge influence on me and really shaped my musical tastes now.

Estelle’s album, All Of Me, is out 12 March

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Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:03:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Creating the new scent of ‘Happiness’ ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/creating-happiness/


So it’s finally here, possibly the trickiest, most time consuming scent we have ever developed….‘Happiness’ with White Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon.

The brief seemed simple enough back in early 2011…we wanted something fresh and clean, evocative of spring gardens, a beautifully dewy smell of bright green grass and pretty little white flower heads popping up. We yearned for something to take us out of the long dark winter, heralding new beginnings and serious positivity. The reality was so much harder! It’s difficult to blend something fresh but new, something that balances a simplicity with a sophistication you’ve come to know and love with NEOM scents. But, as they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and it led us to a very clever way of creating a new way of adding scent to this blend.

For the first time we experimented with using a unique way of releasing scent from a part of the peppermint stalk that smells exactly like (and is the same composition as) actual blades of grass. The result is a characteristic fresh, green, grassy note which when combined with essential oils of White Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon creates an amazingly evocative, crisp spring garden scent I had really wanted. The process of extracting 100% natural scents in this way is a really exciting and will push us into new ways that we can create fantastic new natural scents. Into the blend goes a stunning Mimosa oil, which is great for relieving tension, precious Neroli with its healing and balancing properties, and then Lemon gives it that little extra perkiness.

Like all our candle scents, Happiness is 100% natural and the high concentration of essential oils provides an aroma-therapeutic treatment, boosting your mood and putting a spring in your step. I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this scent…and can’t wait to hear your thoughts, if you’ve had a sniff, please do tell me your thoughts, I’d love to hear!

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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:54:38 +0000
<![CDATA[February blues (still?)]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/february-blues-still/

Surely not? But if this cold, dark weather is leaving you feeling a bit flat right now, I thought I’d tell you about some of the things that are cheering me up and what I’m raiding from the NEOM stock cupboard this month.

I still think that the two most unsung NEOM hero’s are our Organic Body Oil and Organic Body Scrub. A winters night is just not the same for me if I haven't had a long soak in a Tranquillity bath followed by slathering myself in Real Luxury Body Oil. People always tell me they worry about oil being greasy or sticky – and I have used all those horrible oils in the past! I know what you mean. But they are so greasy because they contain silicones (plastics) which sit on the surface of the skin. The NEOM Body Oil, packed with organic safflower and jojoba is literally my best beauty secret, it sinks into my skin in a minute and makes me feel so soft plus the scent lingers and sends me into a heavenly sleep.

The scrub was something we originally developed for professional use only but after much ooo-ing and ahhing from the countries top therapists we decided to offer it to everyone. I was never a huge fan of scrubs – it seems like a fiddly thing to include into my (very pared down) beauty regime – but my, does this transform the feeling of your entire body. If you have ever tried a scrub, contemplated using one or even written them off because you didn’t find one good enough – I’d really urge you to try this one, it’s amazing!

Oh, and of course I’m lighting candles. All the time. My current favourite is Sumptuous; Neroli and Rose is all about comforting and indulging and if I can get a bit of this feeling into my home on a dark night I’m a very happy girl after all.

Body Oil, Body Scrub, and Candle Range ]]>
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:31:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Organic Beauty Products Make The Perfect Gift]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/organic-beauty-products-make-the-perfect-gift/ Selecting gifts for loved ones can be tricky. After all, events like birthdays, Christmases and so on come around every year, so you might find you run out of inspiration. Buying products that you are not happy with simply because you have to hand something over to mark such events can be frustrating and seem like a waste of money.

However, when it comes to choosing gifts, you might well find the perfect ideas by perusing our website here at NEOM. Our luxurious candles and fragrances may tick all the boxes for the recipients you have in mind.

The fact is, women love to be pampered and our sumptuous products are ideal for this purpose. They provide the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday life and are superb in any season. Also, because our natural beauty products are precisely this - natural - they are ideal for health conscious individuals who want to cut back on their exposure to chemicals

Sourcing gifts from us couldn't be easier. Rather than having to dash to the shops when you get a spare few minutes, trying to avoid heavy traffic, checkout queues and so on, you can simply order the items in a matter of moments over the web. Perfect if you lead a busy life and only have a moment to spare.

Whether you opt to buy luxury candles, organic hand wash, bath oils or another luxury for your friends or family members, you should be more than pleased with your purchases - as should the lucky recipients of the items!

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Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:11:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Sink Into A Luxurious Natural Oil Scented Bath]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/sink-into-a-luxurious-natural-oil-scented-bath/ At the end of a stressful day when you feel like you have no more to give and simply want to relax and unwind, there is no better feeling than sinking into a warm, sweet smelling bath. This is the perfect way to ease your muscles and soothe your mind.

And to enhance the experience even further, invest in gorgeous natural beauty products such as the superb range of bath oils we provide here at NEOM. These chic and sophisticated products not only look great in their bottles, they also work fantastically when used in the tub.

They contain 30 per cent essential oils, meaning you only need to use a capful in order to fill your bathroom with sumptuous scents that work perfectly as a holistic treatment.

Creating your very own sanctuary within your home, this can help you take your mind off the trials and tribulations you have faced and bring you to a much calmer and pleasant state of being.

During the winter such indulgent baths can be even more pleasurable. After battling your way home through the elements, you can finally enjoy total warmth and comfort.

Also, there is evidence that relaxing in hot water can have a positive impact on health. It can help to enhance circulation, and lower blood pressure.

Of course, we not only specialise in bath products. We have created a superb range of aromatherapy candles, natural hand wash products and much much more. Indeed, with our help you can transform your home into a haven for the senses.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:01:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Feel Amazing With Jodie Kidd]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feel-amazing-with-jodie-kidd/


What else makes me feel amazing, more than anything else in the world, is waking my four-month-old son, Indio up in the morning. He’ll have the biggest smile on his face and it's possibly one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. He’s such a brilliant baby; he sleeps through the night, is happy and content. Of course I might not be so lucky when the teenage years kick in!

Being a mother has just changed me completely. The world I was in before was quite selfish really, but now my world is him. I’m still a typical first-time Mum and freak out occasionally, but it’s a learning process. I didn’t even know how to change a nappy at first!

My party-days are well and truly behind me and - I sound just like my Mum here - but I’m happiest just staying in with a crossword and glass of wine. And my NEOM candles, of course. My routine is regimented. After I bathe Indio and put him to bed, it’s ‘me time.’ I lie on my bed and read a book, or soak in the bath with music on, and NEOM candles are always on. I love just having them around the house because they’re pretty and warming, even the glass they hold them in is gorgeous. That’s my ultimate way of relaxing, for sure.



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Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:19:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Benefits of Organic Skin Care Products]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/benefits-of-organic-skin-care-products/ Organic beauty products offer a healthier, more natural alternative to skin care products which contain synthetic chemicals. Indeed, the fact that they do not contain any potentially damaging ingredients at all means that organic products are far more likely to furnish you with healthier and better looking skin.

The true benefits of organic skin care products can be contributed to the healthy, natural ingredients which they typically contain:

Natural plant oils
Natural plant oils such as grapeseed, walnut, olive and almond help to reduce inflammation and acne by providing antioxidants and moisturising your skin. The application of organic and natural facial moisturisers can soothe and strengthen your skin in a way that synthetic products simply cannot match.

Herbs
As well as helping to repair damaged skin tissue, herbs like calendula, green tea, lavender and rose can also act as an antiseptic and calm itchy or sensitive skin.

Essential oils
Essential oils such as cedarwood, ginger, patchouli, and tea tree can be used to help treat dry skin or dandruff, tone the skin and increase circulation. Furthermore, they can also be used as a moisturiser and work as an anti-bacterial or anti-viral.

For every moisturiser, hand wash or facial cleanser made with synthetic ingredients, there is a natural, organic alternative that is healthier for your skin. So, if you want to feel the benefits which these wonderfully natural yet extremely luxurious products can offer, make us here at NEOM Organics your first port of call.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:05:33 +0000
<![CDATA[The Real Value of Luxury Scented Candles]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/the-real-value-of-luxury-scented-candles/ Some people believe that a candle is just a candle and therefore they are happy to buy their scented candles from supermarkets and discount shops. However, those who have a true appreciation of quality know that there are several reasons why it pays to buy luxury candles.

Luxury candle products have better scents
The aromas which emanate from generic scented candle products tend to be quite syrupy and plain. By contrast, luxury candle scents are far more elegant as luxury candle makers pay the same kind of attention to their scents as perfume masters pay to theirs. Luxury candle products are richly scented and the aromas they produce are truly unique and innovative.

Luxury candle products offer better value
Although a scented candle bought at a supermarket or discount shop will cost you less, luxury candle products still offer better value in the long term. Indeed, these high-quality candles are specifically designed to produce less soot and burn more evenly so that you can enjoy extra-long burning times. In addition, richly-scented luxury candle products are also designed to make sure that the scent remains rich and strong all the way to the final drop of wax. Discount candle products on the other hand are sometimes only dipped in scent, so a lot of the fragrance simply disappears after they have been burning for a short while.

Explore our pages further to find out more and view our exceptional range of luxury products in greater detail.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:22:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Reasons Why Room Sprays are so Popular]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/reasons-why-room-sprays-are-so-popular/ There are many reasons why luxury room sprays have become so popular in recent years:

They are 100% safe
Although candles are always a very effective and popular option for adding scent to an indoor space, they are not without their limits. Naturally their open flames make them a less than ideal option when you have small children or energetic pets running around and many workplaces will be understandably reluctant to have them burning on their premises. Sprays on the other hand are 100% safe so they can be used to great effect just about anywhere.

They are effective
Because candle scents typically provide only light aromas, they can sometimes struggle to overpower strong odours. Concentrating a luxury spray burst in one specific area however can make it strong enough to take on even the most steadfast smells.

They come in a wide range
There is an incredibly wide range of luxury sprays available these days. Indeed, the sheer number of sprays which can be obtained means that there are scent options on hand to suit all tastes, moods, needs and environments.

They can vanquish odours which cleaning cannot beat
Although household cleaning can take care of many different odours, there are some smells which aren't so inclined to surrender when the air freshener comes out. Indeed, the smell of cooking can often stand up to an industrious cleaning session, but thankfully; it will soon surrender when a luxury room spray is brought in to bat.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:15:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Helping You In Your Bid To Enjoy A Healthier 2012]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/helping-you-in-your-bid-to-enjoy-a-healthier-2012/ Like many people, you might have kicked off this month with a pledge to lead a healthier lifestyle. This is one of the most common new year's resolutions. However, it can be hard to keep, particularly given the pressures you may face during everyday life.

But there is one simple rule you can stick to that is not only easy, but also actively enjoyable and that is using natural beauty products rather than versions packed full of chemicals.

These days, many of the soaps, bath oils, home fragrances and other such offerings available for you to buy contain a strange cocktail of synthetic ingredients and no one really knows the long-term effects of prolonged usage of such offerings.

At NEOM we feel strongly about this issue. After all, why should you have to expose your body to such products when there are natural alternatives at the peak of luxury?

All our products are the ultimate in luxury. They smell and feel fantastic and aim to lift your mood and invigorate the soul. We achieve all of this without using chemical additives and preservatives.

With NEOM you can help to make your home a healthier place and you can achieve greater peace of mind when it comes to looking after not only your own well being, but also that of your household.

Going au naturel and investing in our organic candles, natural hand wash products and room fragrance is far from a chore - it is a genuine pleasure. Reducing your use of chemicals may be one of the easiest resolutions you ever make.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:53:36 +0000
<![CDATA[An Indulgent Night In with NEOM ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/an-indulgent-night-in-with-neom/ Sometimes, there is nothing better than kicking back and enjoying a good old fashioned night in. Getting the opportunity to relax and make the most of some pampering may be a relatively rare event, so grab the opportunity and make it worthwhile.

The great news is, there is now an array of fantastic organic beauty products that can help you to boost your mood, body and spirit. /p>

To set the atmosphere for your evening of indulgence, start by lighting some aromatherapy candles. These are perfect mood-setters.

A night in wouldn't be complete without a long soak in the bathtub. This can help to ease any aches and pains you have and it is the ideal way to soothe your mind, helping you to forget your troubles and focus on the present moment.

To enhance your bathing, add a capful of our luxurious bath oil. By choosing versions that contain a high content of essential oils, you can ensure that your bath will be perfect.

And once you step out of the tub, make the most of our superb range of organic body lotions and oils available. These are great for your skin and can help you to feel radiant and youthful.

Here at NEOM we are experts when it comes to all these products, and many more besides. So, if you want to get kitted out for the perfect night in, why not take a look at our luxury candles, bath products?

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Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:35:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Your Body Deserves Some Pampering This Winter]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/your-body-deserves-some-pampering-this-winter/ The winter can take its toll on your body. One of the worst things is the extremes you may face between warm and cold. Frequently, you might find yourself stepping out of well heated buildings into freezing conditions outside. This can play havoc with your skin and leave it feeling dry and damaged.

All this can leave you feeling bedraggled and in need of pampering. Now there are many fantastic products available that can help to revitalise your body and mind.

Here at NEOM we are passionate about providing healthy and effective natural beauty products and by perusing our online store, you should be able to find the perfect items for you.

Make the most of our indulgent aromatherapy candles to help relax your mind when you get back home. You can purchase gorgeous bath oils that are ideal when you want to take a long, hot soak in the tub.

And to reinvigorate and hydrate your skin, you can make use of our fantastic body scrubs, lotions and oils. These can help to make your skin feel smooth and silky and can undo the wear and tear of winter.

Also, to make your home a more welcoming and inviting place, you can take advantage of our home fragrance spray and mists.

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Thu, 05 Jan 2012 09:01:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Reduce Your Chemical Count]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/chemicalcount/

Happy New Year! So…New Year, new leaf, new promises – yes, we all know that one! But this year we’re committing to some real positive change here at NEOM.


Did you know that the average woman is putting some 250 chemicals on her skin every day? From shampoo and conditioner, to shower gel and bubble bath, body oils and lotions. And let’s not forget washing up liquid, liquid soaps, washing powders...the list goes on. Often there is further exposure to unborn babies and children in the house. The cumulative effect of these chemicals, used by women over decades, is slowly coming to light - but much remains unknown. We’re challenging you to do one easy thing…REDUCE your count. We understand that you can’t live a completely chemical-free life, we want to offer everyday alternatives to help reduce your chemical count and that of your family…

Why This Matters:

  • 1. In an exclusive NEOM poll of 100 women, 95% did not correctly recognise ONE ingredient on the back of their beauty products. This means many of their buying decisions are based on a fundamental trust of the industry and of the claims they make.

  • 2. There is nothing to force EU cosmetics manufacturers to test their products for long-term use, or to effectively predict the effect on humans when used alongside dozens of other chemicals.

  • 3. Toxic chemicals find their way into our bodies - up to 60% of them are absorbed into the skin, into our bloodstream, our breast milk…and our children. And diseases linked to the absorption of synthetic chemicals – including breast cancer, testicular cancer, kidney damage and reproductive problems – are on the rise.

  • 4. Many chemicals in everyday products, such as propylene glycol and SLS, actually quicken skin-ageing, the very thing most brands claim to reverse!

My 3 Easy Swaps to Make Today:

  • 1. Organic Hand Wash and Lotion – an everyday family product. Our range offers the organic and totally luxurious alternative, with more scents coming in March.

  • 2. Organic Body Wash and Lotion – applied to the largest surface area every day.

  • 3. Organic Candles – toluene and benzene (found in paraffin wax) are the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. NEOM’s new Happiness candle, blended from pure vegetable waxes, is launching in February as the latest addition to our candle library of 11 amazing scents.

Some great reading:

  • 1. Not Just A Pretty Face – By Stacey Malkan

  • 2. Cosmetics Unmasked: Your Family Guide to Safe Cosmetics and Allergy-free Toiletries – By Dr Stephen Antczak

  • 3. Toxic Beauty: The Hidden Chemicals in Cosmetics and How They Can Harm Us – By Dawn Mellowship

  • 4. EWG – Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep)

  • 5. Campaign For Safe Cosmetics (http://safecosmetics.org/) Articles 300 & 682

  • 6. The Facts About (http://www.thefactsabout.co.uk)

GOOD LUCK and let us know how you’re getting on!

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Tue, 03 Jan 2012 13:24:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Feel refreshed and inspired with home fragrances]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/feel-refreshed-and-inspired-with-home-fragrances/ Smell is a hugely important sense and it can be very evocative. Often, when you are going about your daily life, you might suddenly pick up a scent and immediately be transported in your mind to memories of another place or time.

The power of fragrances over the imagination is truly incredible. This is partly what makes aromatherapy candles and other products so popular. They can help to changes people's moods dramatically and almost instantly.

If you are keen to create the perfect relaxing environment at home that puts you in a positive frame of mind, invest in some of the fantastic scented products available today.

At NEOM we take this one step further. Unlike many other companies, we do not use chemicals in our home fragrance spray or mists. We use completely organic ingredients. Meaning you can concentrate on making the most of the experience and unwind in the gorgeous aromas.

As well as helping you feel at peace, these natural beauty products can also inspire you, taking your thoughts to different places and helping you to enjoy a positive frame of mind.

Of course, we also provide a variety of other products, including bath oils, body lotions and much more. To see the full range, take a look around our website now.

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Sun, 01 Jan 2012 15:17:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Zara Martin, MTV presenter, actress and NEOM fan guest blogs for us...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/zara/


Christmas is a busy time for me.

I DJ for big fashion brands and have the Mulberry Christmas party coming up which I’m really excited about. Music and fashion are my real passions. I’ve just signed to Models One and have been in Las Vegas hosting a show for an American network about the I Heart Music Festival. It’s a big music festival in Vegas with a line-up including Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas, so it’s fantastic to be involved with that. I am now hosting the Style Studio at the Clothes Show Live. So, yes, it’s pretty full-on!

Travelling is part of the job, and I love it, but living in hotels so much of the time, I definitely miss my home comforts. I never know what the places will be like so there are things I always have to have with me... good cleanser, moisturiser and NEOM travel candles. No matter where I am they make me feel at home.

What else makes me feel amazing? Watching TV (I’m obsessed with the US X Factor at the moment), Vinyasa Yoga and eating! I love Mediterranean foods like falafel in pitta bread. Delicious. I’m a big fan of Pizza East in Shoreditch, too. Going there for dinner with a bunch of friends is my ideal night out. People often assume I’m some party-girl but I’m so not! We joke that my party trick is actually being the first person to leave!”

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Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:36:48 +0000
<![CDATA[What makes me feel amazing… Author Ali Harris ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/aliharris/


Nothing makes me feel happier or more rejuvenated than when the kids are sleeping peacefully upstairs and I’m curled up in front of a roaring fire reading a good book, surrounded by flickering candles - like the Neom Organics Christmas Wish.

It’s funny because I’m sure if you’d asked me three years ago what made me feel amazing it would have been completely different (wine, shopping, the gym) But these days wine gives me a hangover that is literally unbearable when combined with an 8 month old baby and a 3 year old, the shopping is always a rushed, stressful affair (unless it’s on the internet, hello Net A Porter and neomorganics.com ) And the gym? Well, I can literally think of a thousand things I’d rather be doing than pounding a treadmill.

Nowadays the things that make me feel amazing are simple. Making my 3 year old boy squeal with laughter, watching him cuddle his baby sister, her gurgles of pleasure when I come into her room when she wakes up in the morning, bouncing with my boy on our trampoline in the garden (an instant endorphin booster better than any gym equipment) and of course, the fundamental feel- good essential: sleep.

You never realise how much it governs your mood and wellbeing until it’s snatched away by a squawking baby for months on end! Luckily, we’re over that hellish bit now, but still, a 7am wake up every. single. morning means lie ins are a thing of the past. So on the nights when I’m too tired to do anything else I have a reverse lie-in. I go to bed as early as possible so I can wind down in a calm, soothing environment. Our bedroom has a big, antique super king size sleigh bed, heaps of big hotel quality pillows and soft rugs underfoot. And candles. Lots and lots of Neom Organics candles. My favourite is the Complete Bliss with its gorgeous rose scent. I simply light the ones that are lined up on the mantelpiece and the bedside tables and lie there, reading my book in my own personal nirvana.

Miracle on Regent Street is available now, published by Simon & Schuster.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:26:33 +0000
<![CDATA[The ‘Other’ NEOM Christmas shoot...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/lexie/ Ahhh…my little girl Lexie giving her godmother Lucy some NEOM goodies for Christmas. This is the ‘other’ NEOM Christmas shoot that didn’t quite make the cut but we thought you might like to see anyway.

It was a great afternoon for getting first hand reviews on what everyone would like to see under the tree…

Lucy found it hard to give the Luxe Bath essentials and Christmas Wish Candle back. At first she thought the bath oil wouldn’t be for her on account of the fact she prefers showers, but once we explained this oil is an amazing shower experience too, she was holding onto it tight. You simply rub a capful across your décolletage then step into the warm shower, when the hot steam mixes with the oil is creates an amazing spa experience.

And this super cozy wood panelled room just didn’t seem right without a Christmas Wish Candle lit, it somehow changed the feeling of the whole home…so much so we put a few old Carols on and watched Lexie do her best Christmas dancing….ahhhh family Christmas’s are the best.

By Nicola xx

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Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:28:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Christmas Inspiration...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/christmasinspiration/

We thought we'd give you a little shot of inspiration early on by asking six stylish ladies what they would be buying this year and why.


When we ask you about buying NEOM goodies for gifts, we notice that so many of you tell us that you buy NEOM because you aren't just buying a cream, an oil or candle but because you're actually buying a treatment. I think it really does mean you’ve thought about your gift so much more. People are always touched when I have hand picked a treatment that I think will suit them, it's more personal somehow.


My sister works so hard I think she needs something to really help her sleep this Christmas and will treat her to some Tranquillity body oil, my best friend has been a bit down the past month so I'll treat her to a Sumptuous home candle, which will really lift her mood and my husband always thinks it's thoughtful when I fill his bath with Refresh bath oil after he’s been playing sport – it soothes his aches and pains away in five minutes flat! The Luxe Bath kits we've launched this Christmas are brilliant for giving someone an 'intense treatment' – we've worked out that a capful of the oil and half an hour of the candle lit will work as a very deep treatment.


And I have to remind you that the Christmas Wish candle is flying out – I know we won’t have any left very soon so if you like our signature scent of Christmas cakes baking (and £1 goes to the Make A Wish foundation for children) you need to snap yours up now...Please drop us a line on our Facebook page and tell us which gifts you are buying, who for and why, we'd love to know.

Happy Shopping!
Much love, Nicola


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Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Laura Tenison tells us what makes her Feel Amazing...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/lauratenison/

Being a full time mum and full time managing director of JoJo I really have NO ‘me time'. I don't mind one bit, but sometimes I remember the days when I would curl up in front of the TV with the fire crackling merrily. Or even better get into bed nice and early after a hot bath to read and read and read. Those days are pretty much on hold at the moment. I never seem to get through the long list of commitments and I am not often in bed before the early hours. Whilst I don't have much time for pampering, Neom's body lotion is fab and I'm a huge fan of the Neom scented candles, which have the most delicious aromas. As for a beauty regime - well it's a quick scrub and off I go, hair often wet.

 

But who cares about filed nails and blow dried hair, I'd far rather be laughing with my kids over their latest antics at school or trying, and generally failing, to help with homework. Weekends are spent on the side lines of numerous sporting events which is thankfully quite rewarding since they have inherited an athletic disposition from their dad. I'm not a competitive mum and I never shout from the side-lines .... but I do like to see them win!

 

As soon as I'm through with my parental duties there is just SO MUCH TO DO ... always. Literally hundreds of emails to answer a day, dozens of little issues to trouble shoot, a new JoJo Maman Bébé store each month to negotiate, design, fit out and open, international JoJo to get off the ground, plus all the everyday issues which go hand in hand with running a growing company. And to top it all ... people keep asking me to do things like write this blog! I'm hopeless at saying no ... and of course I love helping out.

 

So how to stay sane? How to relax? How to not become a control freak and go with the flow when things invariably go a little wrong? The answer is simple - cycle and cook! Yes my two passions in this mad busy stage of my life involved getting fatter and getting thinner. I love cooking and as soon as I get home from work I head for the kitchen and spend 30 minutes knocking together something that can bubble away till supper time. It's the gathering (I have herbs and veg in my tiny London garden), chopping and mixing that I love. I never use recipes preferring to experiment and taste as I go along. This way of relaxing is practical and efficient - we get to eat yummy home cooked food each night, I am in the house with the boys and my little one can do his homework at the kitchen table. Since I insist on a family dinner I make sure we get at least 30 minutes of conversation. Then I'm afraid it's back to the computer for me.

 

My second passion for relaxation is equally practical. By cycling I can guarantee that I get everywhere on time, I take the exercise I need to burn off all that food I have been making and better than anything I'm told I save 9.4 tonnes of CO2 per annum! I travel a lot and by cycling to the station and taking the train I can work during the journeys instead of wasting time and getting stressed out in traffic jams. And the very best thing of all is that I adore the fresh air, I relish the peace, I see the sunrise over the Serpentine on the way to Paddington and de-stress after a busy day in the office before I get back to my boys. So all in all - cycling is fabulous, great for the soul and brilliant on the pocket ... all the more money to spend on delicious food! "

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Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind The Scenes Developing NEOM's Christmas Gifts]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/christmasproducts2011/

Since January (seriously – we work that early) we’ve been racking our brains as to what would make the most perfect gifts. We always like to push the idea of gift-giving that bit further and make things even more special.

 

We came up with the idea for Luxe Bath Essentials after a conversation in the office about what amount of essential oils would absorb/inhale perfectly to create the perfect treatment. NEOM's founder, Nicola, likes a particularly strong treatment bath with 2 capfuls, I prefer just 1, but somewhere between 1-2 capfuls and an hour of a lit candle should provide you with the perfect treatment.

 

Hand wash and lotion kits are something we're always asked for, but we're working on a fantastic ‘reduce your chemical count' campaign next year and we think if you are going to change even just one product in your home to an organic version, it should be the hand wash or lotion, especially because the average woman uses over 250 chemicals on her skin every day and every member of your family uses these products. So we've created Organic Hand Wash & Lotion Collections in three scent variants.

 

My personal favourite gift this year is the limited edition Christmas Wish Candle… yes we make these every year, but this year we plumped for sparkling paper boxes with luxe black ribbons and gold candle glass and I love them – you have no idea how many different sparkly papers and prints I’ve looked at to find my perfect version in this twinkly gold number! The matching limited edition Christmas Wish Reed Diffuser is fabulous too, with a limited edition gold cap.

 

We try to make our distinctly Christmassy scent different though – I think this smells of Christmas cakes baking… and to achieve that with just 100% essential oils is really something we are proud of, plus £1 from all the Christmas Wish Candles & Reed Diffusers goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They will be launching on neomorganics.com in the next week or so, even though I’m now focusing on summer 2012...(!)

 

If you have any questions as to how we make the products or you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to email me at development@neomorganics.com.

I can’t wait to see what products become your favourites!

Much festive love, Vicky Bellerby, Product Development Manager.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:22:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Variety Club Golden Jubilee Ball at Harewood House]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/varietyclubgoldenjubileeball/

Wow did you see the amazing picture of Princess Charlene of Monaco receiving her NEOM goody bag at the Variety Club Golden Jubilee ball at Harewood House?

 

It was an amazing night raising over £200k for under privileged children…and NEOM was invited!

 

Princess Charlene looked beautiful in her gold dress and was very relaxed even taking part in bids during the auction (auction lots included celebrity chef Rosemary Schrager whipping up dinner at your home or three nights in the Capri Palace Hotel…how fabulous). It was HRH's first official event since her wedding and she looked stunning.

     

All the ladies at the event were gifted one of our Inspiration candles with Violet, Chamomile and Cedarwood and the Princess was very excited when we gave her hers.

 

 

We popped some specially chosen bits in there for her including Complete Bliss Body Lotion, Real Luxury body oil and an Inspiration Home candle which she adored.

 

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Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:59:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Victoria Pendleton tells us what makes her Feel Amazing...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/victoriapendleton/

I started cycling at a very early age but my first cycling memories are of riding on the back of a tandem bicycle with my dad as a six year old. I needed wooden blocks attached to the pedals so that I could reach them, it felt very adventurous and grown up. I used to go cycling with my dad a lot and he would talk about the wildlife, naming birds, trees and flowers, at the time I wouldn't have thought I would remember any of it but I still do I have always been interested in nature and natural history, which not many people know about me!

 

When NEOM asked me to write about what makes me feel amazing every day, I would say cycling through the countryside (which is almost every day) is amazing. I love being outdoors, it’s what I grew up on and fortunately it’s part of my job! Don't get me wrong though, it is much more pleasant in the summer months! I prefer the more remote country lanes so you can cycle undisturbed, if the surroundings are nice it makes the fact that my legs are aching from training easier to manage. I am lucky where I live as there are so many country lanes and villages to choose from which keeps training varied as I train 6 days a week I also have three physiotherapy appointments, my schedule is crazy, which leaves my body pretty tired out.

 

     

When I have the chance, I love a long soak in the tub with some NEOM bath oil, it is absolutely gorgeous. Jumping in and out the shower after training sessions tends to leave my skin a bit dry and dull, so a bath oil feels so nourishing and leaves my skin luminous and revitalised.

 

I have the NEOM Tranquility candle in my bedroom too, I was given one as a gift a while ago, which is how I learned of NEOM Organics. I was reluctant to burn it at first as it is literally the most divine scent ever! I am a smell-aholic. I am really attracted to essential oils and perfumes, I have a scented rose in the garden as well as Lavender, Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint and Basil.

 

My fiancé Scott thinks my sense of smell is hypersensitive and can't understand my excitement of a wonderful smelling product, which I instinctively and immediately shove into his face, as to share it with him (Sorry Scott, I can't help it). I would like to add he did mention totally unprompted that the candle in our room smells nice.

 

I am looking forward to the London Olympics as it is the biggest event I will have ever been part of, I feel there are high expectations of the cycling team after the success is Beijing, we only have ourselves to blame! Which can only be helped by one thing...... more relaxing baths?

 

 

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Thu, 25 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[How Massage helps me Feel Amazing…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/howmassagehelpsme/

by Jac Kneebone, Spa Manger at the Agua Spa, Sanderson Hotel, London


I was 21 and in the middle of a degree in Landscape Architecture, when I abandoned my original plan, to study Aesthetics and Complementary therapies instead. Aromatherapy was the first modality of massage that fascinated me and the passion grew from there.

Massage continuously demonstrates to me the basic human need to give and receive. I always see very positive physical results after I've given a great massage, and occasionally experience clients that cry. This is generally associated with aromatherapy and energy work and although people might find this alarming, therapists really encourage it, as it can be a very strong release of emotional toxicity created by a build up of everyday stress or trauma.

 

There is a misconception though that massage is only good for the receiver, I learned the benefits as a therapist, which is why I very quickly changed paths in life. Massage is the medium in which we can communicate all the positive emotion and care that we are all too often unable to articulate to others. Circulation is life and this is the fundamental goal of massage, along with countless benefits from increasing joint flexibility, reducing mental and physical fatigue and stress to improved posture. By providing these life enhancing benefits to your loved ones or unknown guests, the rewards and emotional satisfaction is priceless.

Massage is also a much more sustainable way of keeping healthy rather than having to resort to medication and surgery in the future. I was always very impressed by the fact that Traditional Chinese Doctors are paid when their clients are healthy and not when they are ill.

 

After training for 3 years working as a therapist for various spas and progressing to management, I finally got a fantastic call in 2010 asking me to become Director of Spa and Retail at Sanderson in London. Working for them has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. The basic concept of their hotels is to create an engaging but dynamic guest experience. As part of our green initiative, every brand we source has to have a green action plan and commitment to sustainability. Ingredients such as parabens and synthetic fragrances are no longer acceptable.

It means NEOM is a perfect partner. The brand was introduced in 2008 – I was very impressed with their organic consistency and they are very much an extension of the Agua concept – Classic, Pure, Elegant and Goal Orientated. The sounds guests make when they smell the NEOM products is the best, I often hear, – ‘aaahhh – I have to have that’.

 

We are constantly being bombarded with chemicals in every shape and form so adding more to the mix really contradicts with good health principles. People are striving to simplify their lives. We absolutely live far too stressed out lives these days - and this is only going to get worse. This is why education on stress relieving therapies and a more balanced lifestyle and diet are essential to coping with this. I must say, Bikram yoga helps me, but if I’m honest, I am too lazy to do this too often, so a long bath with essential oils is the next best thing, Bergamot is my personal favourite.

 

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Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Scenting Camp Kerala at Glastonbury...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/glastonbury2011/ We have just about recovered from an amazing time at Glastonbury and being blown away by the uber-exclusive Camp Kerala. If you haven’t heard of this VVIP secluded site, raised ever so slightly away from the madness but with views to die for and dotted with romantic Indian-inspired tents, you need to get yourself on the guest list for 2012! NEOM scented the chic camp with a range of our heavenly cult candles, oozing essential oils to revive frazzled celebs and VIPs alike. The spa was a haven of bodies soothed and scrubbed to perfection with our scrubs and oils. If glamping is cheating... well, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

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Tue, 05 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[My daily bread]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/mydailybread/

Al, Buyer at Planet Organic tells us about his favourite organic recipes & how he loves to cook.

 

"I have been making bread for a couple of years, and now find that I have become a complete bread bore. If you were to sit next to me at a dinner party it would not be long before I was trying to explain the deep sense of joy and satisfaction at a well risen loaf, and encouraging you to roll your sleeves up and get your fingers in some wet dough. If you were unlucky enough to still be next to me for dessert, I would by then be waxing lyrical about the notion of craft, and what it means to the soul to hand make something in this digital, disposable culture of ours. So imagine my delight when NEOM offered me their blog as my very own soapbox. "What would I want to talk about" they asked. Well, I said, I am sure I can think of something...

 

As a child I used to help my Mum make cakes, which meant I would get in the way, make a mess, wait impatiently to see the miraculously risen cake emerge from the oven, and be first in line for a slice. Making bread involves reliving all of these childhood memories, from the soft flour between my fingers and working at the sticky dough to the sense of wonder when the dough has risen. There is then the feeling of satisfaction when contemplating a beautifully baked loaf fresh from the oven. The feeling that I made something. For some reason this is different to any other cooking. I might cook a great chilli, or bake a lovely looking apple crumble, but bread is different. It feels like a craft, like throwing a pot or knitting a sweater. Neither of which I can do.

 

I am lucky enough to have a job I enjoy, in an industry that I believe in. But I don't make things. Not many of us do any more. We build spreadsheets, or write reports, or sell things, or whatever it is that we do, but we don't make anything. And making something beautiful, or even something a little lopsided and funny looking, is a deeply, deeply satisfying experience, and fundamental to our nature. And you can have it for the price of a bag of flour, and half an hour's work.

 

Making bread is not difficult. It takes about five hours from start to finish, but only half an hour of that is actual work. The rest is reading the paper on a Sunday morning, or taking the dog for a walk. The last five minutes is enjoying a crust of fresh bread, simply spread with butter, and thinking about how clever you are.

 

If you are inspired top give it a go, I cannot recommend highly enough a book in the River Cottage Handbook series by Daniel Stevens simply called "Bread", which after several false starts was the book that finally got me baking. Go on. Roll your sleeves up, throw some flour around and make something for a change."

 

Planet Organic is the UK's leading organic supermarket, and they stock everything for the home-baker including 30 different types of flour, from stone-ground bread flour to a huge range of gluten free flours with everything from chestnut flour to coconut flour to quinoa flour.

www.planetorganic.com

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Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[That daily Feel Good Factor...]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/dailyfeelgoodfactor/

Beauty Director of Psychologies Magazine Emine Ali Rushdon tells us what gives her that daily Feel Good Factor: The power of the ritual with a long soak in the bath...

 

It’s the simplest things in life we so often take for granted. Waking up in a comfortable bed. Washing our faces with warm water. Curling up with a cup of tea and sinking into a good book. These are the things that balance us, that allow us to reflect, that soften the blows of our busy lives and without sometimes knowing it, make us feel our best every day.

 

Since having my little girl, 8 months ago now, my home rituals have taken on a sacred importance they never possessed before. My daughter likes order – if dinner is late or bath time is missed, she gets a strange, withdrawn look in her eye – she’s off-centre – and then, of course, the wailing begins.

 

     

It’s taken us a long time to realise, but with a day that runs in an ordered, but easy-feeling, unrushed, way, everything becomes more pleasurable.

 

From waking up, the 3 of us, all in one bed – my little one slapping our faces until we’re fully conscious, then giving us a big gummy smile as we turn our attention to her – to preparing some semblance of a family breakfast, which, of course, isn’t the lashings of tea and fresh bread and piles of eggs and sweetest jam it used to be... But is still a breakfast, around a table, feeding the little one, fielding her needs, tickling jammy hands and enjoying – despite the ungodly hour – the morning, another morning, all together.

 

The day takes various forms, but some things remain the same. A lunchtime nap (which can top the two hour mark if we’re lucky) allows the rest of the family to settle down with the paper, brew a pot of tea, enjoy a good lunch, and occasionally grab some extra winks on the sun-flooded sofa.

 

Bath time, however, is when the smile really spreads... With a generous glug of NEOM Complete Bliss Bath Oil – which soothes her, and me – and I step into the water, babe-in-arms, and let her splash her cares away with her toys, while I lean back and take her, and everything else, in.

 

Once she’s deeply asleep, a sip of wine, a home-cooked meal, a lit candle to help me feel relaxed (I rotate NEOM Relax and Tranquillity), and a couple of hours watching favourite DVDs (anything by Aaron Sorkin; any good period drama, anything set in Paris) sets the evening’s mood.... And a couple of hours later, off to bed, another early night, in preparation for another, very early, start.

 

 

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Fri, 20 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[The scent of a wedding]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/scentofawedding/

 

Ever since Zoe our sales coordinator recently got engaged, team NEOM have been in wedding fever.

 

You’re the bride to be. You have your dress and secured the venue of your dreams. Your honeymoon’s booked, the cake is on order and the flowers are set to be utterly spectacular, but have you considered the first impression that’ll stay with you and your guests forever?

 

The scent of your venue...

 

We offer a bespoke organic scenting service to give your special day the ultimate atmospheric touch. Surround your church or venue with an organic scent to subconsciously relax both yourself and your guests, whilst providing an individual and memorable backdrop to your big day.

 

We’d love to share with you some fabulous feedback from customers, friends and some of the NEOM team on their NEOM wedding scenting experience...

 

“I decided to gift a Refresh (Sicilian Lemon & Fresh Basil) travel candle to every female guest as a gorgeous favour at my wedding. Everyone thought it was a lovely surprise”

Vicky married in Harrogate, 2009

 

“I loved the fact that this beautiful scent created a most memorable backdrop for my big day. Everyone commented...it was the ultimate atmospheric touch”

Cecily married at Claridge’s, London, September 2010

 

“The minute I walked into the venue, I was overwhelmed by the most beautiful scent. Later, we all received a Travel Candle of ‘their scent’, how perfect! Forever when I smell that scent I’m reminded of their big day.”

Jane, wedding guest at Yvonne’s wedding, Marquee in Somerset, June 2010

 

“I wanted to create a relaxing atmosphere at my wedding to make everyone feel at ease. I used the real luxury scent with candles dotted about the marquee. The Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood combination really off-set the roses which were my choice of flower during my big day”

Yvonne on her choice of scent at her wedding, June 2010

 

“My wedding was in the spring so we wanted a really fresh scent which was zingy and zesty. I chose invigorate. The fabulous grapefruit was so punchy everyone commented on the light, clean fragrance. Now my spring isn’t the same without a touch of grapefruit in the house.”

Collette, married in the North West, 2008

 

“I got married in a marquee in my parent’s garden. It was a pretty hectic affair so I thought it would be nice to create a little chill-out zone in secluded corner. We scattered cushions and lit tranquillity (English Lavender, Sweet Basil & Jasmine) not too woody that it would send them to sleep, but just enough strength for that half hour respite away from the champagne and dancing!”

Nicola, married in Yorkshire, 2006

 

Get in touch with us at weddings@neomorganics.com if you’d like help deciding which candles or scent would suit your wedding style or venue.

 

 

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Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Gruelling schedule? In need of the perfect nights sleep? Busy working Mum? We have something that will change your life. Tonight…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/tranquillity/

If you’ve desired a good night’s sleep for a long time (whether you have an early morning start for that board meeting or are awaken by the little one at 5am) you’re probably wishing you had a magic potion to get you to sleep!

 

Well, we’re going to let you in on a little secret. NEOM Tranquillity Bath Oil (which won BEST BATH OIL in the 2010 Essentials Magazine Beauty Awards) uses the highest legal amount of essential oils (Lavender, Jasmine & Sweet Basil) within a fabulously indulgent organic base so it not only smells divine but it’s so potent that it REALLY works to deeply relax your mind & body, after just ten minutes of soaking in one to two capfuls.

 

     

Jemma Kidd, mother of little twins and make-up artist to the stars who uses NEOM’s Bath Oil says "I adore NEOM; such wonderful products. My new favourite is this bath oil, so relaxing it’s perfect to use just before bed for a great night’s sleep"

 

Sarah Beeney, businesswoman, presenter and mother of four has the NEOM bath oil on her bathroom shelf and says "I am a huge fan of baths and this NEOM Bath Oil is perfect for relieving my tired muscles at the end of a busy day".

 

Claudia Schiffer, super model and mum of three says "I’ve really enjoyed using the NEOM Bath Oil", Emma Crosby evening news presenter who works late into the night says "this NEOM Bath Oil takes pride of place around my bath. I don't think I ever smelt a bath product quite so beautiful before!" and model Olivia Inge says "I can’t live without the NEOM bath oils", whilst Victoria Pendleton world champion cyclist uses it in the lead up to the Olympics to soothe those muscles.

 

So, as Glamour Magazine says “turn your bathroom into a warming wonderland” by adding a drop or two into your bath this evening and get ready to have the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have!

 

 

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Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[NEOM at London Fashion Week]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/londonfashionweek/ One of our favourite up-and-coming fashion brands Irwin & Jordan (the brainchild of Zoë Jordan, the daughter of F1 boss Eddie Jordan) opened London Fashion Week last week. The likes of singer Natalie Imbruglia, the lovely model Poppy Delevinge (pictured below), Fashion Editors, Bloggers and buyers all gathered in the Haymarket hotel in London to experience the show and see the new collection – designs which have recently been favoured by Kate Middleton.

 

As a little treat, NEOM thought we would spread a little NEOM ‘Feel-Good’ love to all the front-row-at-the-show guests with our fabulous Handbag Essential kits (brilliant hand lotion & our cult multi-balm) – perfect to keep in your bag whilst on-the-go and all you need to keep hydrated whilst going from show-to-show!

 

See our pics below. Click to see our album on Facebook.

 

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Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[How violet works to motivate]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/howvioletworks/

 

We are so excited to launch our beautiful Inspiration candle this month. Working with violet (I just named my new baby girl after this scent) has always been a dream of mine – the oil is so rare and precious but it really is a beautifully inspiring and uplifting scent, perfect for spring and all the new possibilities that come with that sunnier state of mind.

 

As you know, we’re mad about our feel good ditties at NEOM, and since the brand was born we’ve always sent little feel good cards out with the candles – the one that really seems to fit with this scent is:

 

"Life is always about choices, even when it doesn’t feel that way. Attitude is a choice."

 

For every order this spring you’ll receive a complimentary fridge magnet with this ditty – to keep you feeling chirpy from the minute you wake up!

 

Love Nicola xxx

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Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Red Magazine Competition]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/redmagazine/

We love Red Magazine here at NEOM so we're particularly pleased that in December they decided to launch Redonline.co.uk – a beautifully designed and functioning hub where we can now get a daily dose of all things chic.

 

To celebrate with Red, NEOM decided to offer one of their lucky readers the chance to win a NEOM pamper pack worth over £300. So, why not sign up too and enter to be in with a chance to win!

 

http://www.redonline.co.uk/comps/neom

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Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Little ways of making January a brilliant month]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/littlewaysofmakingjanuarybrilliant/ Following much indulgence and staying up too late, this January team NEOM would like to share with you some brilliant little helpful tips & hints to make January a feel-good month!

 

“I’m a sucker for accessories, so I love to hit the January sales and pick up a gorgeous new handbag which I know I will use all year long. It’s always a winner at making me feel good!” Vicky

 

“I’m afraid my saviour in January is throwing an online shopping night in. Getting the girls round to drink some Presecco whilst eating meze and scouring the sales online – a new pair of sparkly shoes or a great deal on our favourite nail polish perhaps, either way it does the trick in pepping us all up when the January blues hit!” Lucy

 

“January for me is always about rest and recuperation. I try and up my hours sleep from 7 to 9 hours per night after a hectic party season. The new Perfect Night Sleep duo is perfect for totally reviving me by putting something extra back into my body all month.” Yvonne

 

“Each Christmas I always ask for a new handbag or I treat myself to one in the sale! It gets a January clean-out and the contents get reorganised – you wouldn’t believe how therapeutic it is! I always add in a little something new like the new Handbag Essentials from NEOM. It makes me feel ready for the year ahead.” Nicola

 

“I love to read and because I love technology I recently invested in a Kindle. This January I am going to be filling it with lots of new books for the year ahead – sounds boring but it is has a become a little obsession.” Adam

 

“A bit of a cliché, however in January is my detox month! Hot water with a dash of lemon, getting my running kit on for a fresh morning run as well as stocking up on lots of fresh vegetables makes me feel really good. If I’m lucky I head to my local beauty salon Beauty Within in Otley Leeds is great for a day of pampering.” Beth

 

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Tue, 04 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Clink your glasses with us to remember a fantastic 2010!]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/2010roundup/ We've been flat out this 2010. From launching two new scents, new fab Reed Diffusers to scenting Glamour Woman of the Year, Camp Kerala at Glastonbury, Cartier Polo and a celebrity carol service in Knightsbridge to name a few.

 

We have also won 'Best Organic Body Skincare' for our Body Lotion in Bazaar Beauty Hot 100, ‘Best Bath Oil’ in the Essentials beauty awards and have been commended for ‘Best for Candles Online’ in the Sheerluxe.com Online Shopping Awards.

 

We’ve bumped into the likes of Louise Redknapp, James Corden, Dizzee Rascal and mingled with fashion world with the girls from Alexander McQueen, NET-A-PORTER, Matches, Julien Macdonald, Irwin & Jordan and Joseph.

 

Make up artist Jemma Kidd, model Poppy Delevinge, Sarah Harding & Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud alongside Sienna Miller & Lisa Snowdon have also been loving a bit of NEOM this year (Sienna recently has been burning Complete Bliss and Nicola Roberts chose Tranquillity to use during her busy schedule at London Fashion Week)... phew.

 

In a bid to take a well-earned break & get festive in the last few days of the year, team NEOM have been dressing their trees, making their homes festive and taking some time to east delicious food and drink a couple of cocktails. See our tree pics.

 

"I'm rather minimalistic and like to reuse bits and bobs from my craft cupboard (aka left over's from studying fashion at uni) so decided to use some beautiful 100% natural Peruvian wool and create a pom pom tree! This Christmas I'm wishing for a gorgeous gold feather ring from designer Daisy Knights."

Lucy (PR Manager)

 

"I invest in one special Christmas decoration every year so our tree is a mix of lots of odd little pieces – an amazing wooden soldier (with only one leg these days) a beautiful glass bauble from Liberty, some uber sparkly fairies... the list goes on! This is the first year my little boy is really aware of what's going on so we're all very excited (and praying Santa brings a big Buzz Lightyear!)"

Nicola (Founder & Director)

 

"My 11 year old daughter loves Tinkerbelle, so my tree is covered with Tinkerbelle and Disney baubles. Not my personal choice however it’s very colourful!"

Elaine (National Account Manager)

 

"White and Silver is my theme this year. I love adding bows to my tree which I spent my Sunday night creating by the fire!"

Vicky (Sales & Marketing Director)

 

"I love sparkle. So my tree incorporates lots of glimmer globes. They look really great when on a night when the fairy lights shine of them."

Collette (Northern Account Manager)

 

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Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Day in the life of Lucy]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/adayinthelifeoflucy/ Every now and then team NEOM thought they would share some of their day-to-day life with you and what happens when you’re part of the UK’s fastest growing organic beauty brand!

 

Lucy recently went to Dublin for a whistle stop tour! Lucy looks after the PR and promotion side of the business – from working with fabulous magazines to visiting journalists to making sure everyone is in the know about what NEOM are up to!

 

Catching the flight at 6.30am I was in town by 8.30am ready for the day. I got a chance to meet some lovely Dubliners including Kirstie from Beaut.ie who has a brilliant beauty blog and Niamh from the Mail on Sunday who I got to chat to about the new & exciting NEOM products like our Christmas Wish & the Ultimate Candle. I then got a spare hour to check out the city. The café opposite my hotel on Fleet Street proved a great place to chill out and Butlers Chocolate Caf&aeacute; is an absolute must - they offer the best chocolate croissants I have ever tasted.

 

Around 7pm I wander down Grafton Street and headed to Brown Thomas to attend the celebratory event for the second edition of Brown Thomas Living Magazine. I met the buying team and saw their fab Christmas display before sampling the gorgeous champagne and heading back to my hotel to sleep before my 5am pick up to catch the plane back to the office!

 

Check out the pics here and look out for the rest of the updates from team NEOM in the coming months...

 

 

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Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[TATLER Spa Awards, London ]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/tatalerspa/ This month, Tatler Magazine released their annual Spa Guide. The dedicated team at Tatler has once again scoured the world to produce a guide that highlights their 101 best spas around the world as well as bringing us insider, at-home tricks and treatments. “Wind down pre-bedtime in the tub with NEOM’s Tranquillity Organic Bath Oil” says Tatler – we love it over the winter months for that much needed TLC too!

 

To mark its launch, Tatler threw a glittering cocktail party at the elegant Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane to award their top 5 five spas from around the world, and NEOM went along. Entering the Crystal Suite (after passing by many afternoon-tea diners) one was struck by the reason it’s called the Crystal Suite. A mirrored piano and gigantic crystal chandelier were certainly a statement. Guests, insiders and old friends mingled around the small stage and beneath the crystal ceiling, taking sips of champagne or delicious lemonade before Daisy Finer (the Guide’s Editor) took the stage to announce their winners.

 

We all crave that time away, so why not get in touch to find out where you can get yourself a NEOM organic top-to-toe spa treatment? info@neomorganics.com

 

 

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Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Brown Thomas Living Magazine Event]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/brownthomes/ As one of our most valued stockist in Ireland, NEOM were delighted to attend the launch event of the second edition of Brown Thomas Living Magazine.

 

VIP customers and press gathered at the Grafton Street store in Dublin on the beautiful home-ware floor full of the most beautiful products. NEOM candles were burning, subtly scenting the floor whilst guest mingled taking advantage of the chilled champagne and delicious canapés.

 

We were very impressed by the amount of Christmas trimmings on offer and were particularly a taken with the over-the-top Christmas tree filled with baubles, corsages, reindeers, beads and more! Customers picked up some decorations along, sipped champagne and enjoyed listening to the string quartet. We had a chance to catch up with all the employees who were thrilled by the success of the evening as well as letting us know that the NEOM Serenity Candle was the scent of choice on the evening.

 

See the pics here and stay tuned for more of team NEOM’s ‘out-and-about’ updates.

 

 

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Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[How we use our NEW Reed Diffusers…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/reeddiffuser/ As you know team NEOM like to get creative once in a while. This Autumn we’re thinking about our NEW Organic Reed Diffusers and thought about how we would use ours…

 

Elaine, who is a new addition to our Sales team, loves to keep her new Reed Diffuser right by her front door. “After a long day, the rose scent which hits you when you walk in the door is so divine and pampering” says Elaine

 

Angie, (as we have said before) is our social butterfly, so it’s no surprise she has friends to stay most weekends. Angie loves to keep her Refresh Reed Diffuser in the en-suite bathroom. “After travelling the lemon & basil mix livens up our guests ready for the weekend ahead” says Angie

 

“I have the Reed Diffuser on my mantel piece which looks so pretty, it really adds to my living room decor! The Real Luxury is also my favourite and the beautiful fragrance which I used to scent my wedding last month - every day I’m reminded of the most magical day of my life” says Yvonne

 

NEOM’s Founder & Director, Nicola moved from London back to her home town of Harrogate 12 months ago. Loving the countryside but missing her London friends she often invites her pals up for a girly weekend. Juggling running the business with little Alexa (almost 4 months now) and cheeky Charlie (2, who can often been seen drawing on the bottom of his Converse pumps!) Nicola pops the Reed Diffuser in the guestroom for fuss-free scenting. “The girls always comment on how amazing the room smells and I didn’t need to do a thing!” says Nicola

 

Vicky Bellerby NEOM’s marketing guru loves her weekends away so couldn’t wait for the launch of the Reed Diffusers. “If you’re going on holiday or away for the weekend and still want that lovely familiar scent when you return home – the Reeds are a great substitute for our candles when you don’t want to leave a naked flame burning – they look great too!” says Vicky

 

Lucy, decided that her vintage closet (which was an awfully good find from the local charity store) along with her favourite dresses could use a little freshening up. “The Real Luxury scent oozes subtle scent which hits you when you open your closet. I am starting with all reeds in the pot for a real pep then leaving in 2 or 3 for a slow releasing scent for this small space” says Lucy

 

Beth, who (as it's leading up to Christmas) has become our workaholic, has decided that to try and keep her tired eyes open (even at 7pm in the evening) so she’ll be keeping her Refresh Reed Diffuser in the office. “The lemon & basil revives me brilliantly when I come in the morning or if I have to stay late without having to lift a finger!” says Beth

 

Adam and his wife Niki, have just moved to the historic city of York. Come the weekend they love to invite their friends for cocktails. “What better way to gather in the kitchen to try a zesty Margarita than surrounded by the zingy scent of Refresh with your friends” says Adam

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Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[NEOM at the GQ Awards]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/gqawards/ NEOM has been the scent and product of choice throughout many 2010 parties. From scenting the Cosmopolitan Fashion Awards, Glamour Woman of the Year to Camp Kerala at Glastonbury and Cartier - last night saw the glam GQ Men of the Year Awards 2010 and NEOM's Oliver went along too!

 

A-list actors, pop icons, business, fashion & sport figures such as Giorgio Armani, Ed Sedgwick, Louise Redknapp, Hayley Atwell, Mark Ronson, Saffron Aldridge, Lily Allen, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe & Jon Hamm gathered at the beautiful Royal Opera House in London for the Awards & a tipple champagne before they all were whisked home with a zesty Invigorate (Grapefruit & Bergamot) NEOM candle – the ultimate uplifting scent. Check out our behind-the-scenes pics and watch this space for more fabulous events. If you’ve got a party on the cards let us know if you need help choosing the right scent for you...

 

 

 

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Wed, 08 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[NEOM Scents the Cartier International Polo Day]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cartierpoloday/ NEOM candles in the delicious scent of Real Luxury were burning around the beautiful bar tent at the Cartier International Polo Day within the prestigious Smiths Lawn enclosure. VIP guests took a break from the activities by sipping on champagne surrounded by the utterly pampering scent of Lavender, Jasmine & Brazilian Rosewood. See our pics...

 

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Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Cosmopolitan Fragrance Awards 2010]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/cosmopolitan/ Yesterday morning NEOM (yet again) scented another fabulous event! NEOM Home Candles in our newest scent Sumputous (Rose & Neroli) lit up the room at the fabulous 2010 Cosmopolitan Fragrance Awards.

 

Beauty Editors & members of the fragrance industry gathered at the prestigious Claridge's Hotel to claim their awards. It made perfect sense that NEOM was the interiors scent of choice. Check out Sumptuous in action.

 

Click on the photos below to see our Facebook gallery.

 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Camp Kerala photos]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/campkerala/ The lucky Camp Kerala guests at this years Glastonbury not only had the chance to experience the world’s greatest festival in ultimate style, but they were also treated to a taster of NEOM in their luxe tents as well as being surrounded by the most beautiful NEOM scents of Complete Bliss (Moroccan Blush Rose) & Relax (French Lavender, Geranium & Juniper) around camp.

 

Check out our photos on Facebook by clicking the images below!

 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Scenting Camp Kerala at the Glastonbury Festival]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/scentingcampkerala/ Glamour

We’re super excited today at NEOM HQ about the start of the 40th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival. NEOM are scenting the elite Camp Kerala at Glastonbury - hailed by British Vogue as “Unquestionably one of the most glamourous places to be in the UK”. Camp Kerala guests will be about to enjoy the most incredibly powerful NEOM scents of the award-winning candles and room mists around camp as well as try out our organic massage treatments in the Camp Kerala Pamper Rooms – Bliss! Watch this space for pics!

 

For more information on Camp Kerala, please visit campkerala.com.

 

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Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Glamour Woman of the Year Awards 2010]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/glamourwoman/ NEOM’s cult organic scented candles were the product of the moment at this year’s Glamour Woman of the Year Awards at Berkley Square in London.

 

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With the likes of Cheryl Cole, who won Woman of the Year, Nicole Richie, Dannii Minogue and Zoë Saldana dining around the glow of NEOM’s Home Candles, the luxurious scent of Real Luxury filled the whole marquee with the fabulous aroma of Lavender, Jasmine & Brazilian Rosewood. At the end of the evening, the celebrities got to continue their NEOM experience at home by taking away their very own NEOM Luxury Organic Candle in their goodie bag.

 

Lucy, NEOM’s PR Manager and social butterfly, went along to mingle with the stars and chat all things NEOM with the people from NET-A-PORTER.COM and Alexander McQueen. She also managed to bump into Dizzee Rascal (who has just released a new single for the World Cup) and the lovely Dolce and Gabbana model, David Gandy, making the Cinderella girls at NEOM HQ very envious!!

 

Click here to see NEOM at the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards 2010.

 

NEOM scenting is a celebrity party must-do. Why not add a touch of sophistication to your own party, wedding or event with a NEOM scent. Email us as at info@neomorganics.com, and we’ll help recommend the perfect scent for your event.

 

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Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Recycling challenge part 2…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/recyclingchallenge2/ Thanks to all those Facebook and Twitter fans who got all creative & entered our recycling competition. Here are the three winning ideas:

 

Claire writes "Apart from Neom's lovely candles and bath oils, my other little indulgence is the odd bottle of champagne (!). In fact, a lit Neom, a bottle of champers and Russell Crowe would be pretty much my idea of heaven on earth. Anyway, I save my champagne corks, and write on them the date on which they were popped, or the occasion, if relevant. I then stash them in Neom jars, sprinkle of few drops of lavender oil on them and put them in the bathroom or other rooms as air fresheners. As well as being a lovely reminder of all the parties and special occasions, it wafts a lovely smell all around the house."

 

Gemma writes "I'm a Science teacher and I've found your packaging perfect for loads of things!!! Here are my uses so far:

 

  • growing copper sulphate crystals
  • growing germinating beans in to look at the life cycle
  • using them to make bath products (such as bath bombs, etc) in lesson which the kids can then take home
  • as pretty plant pots for plants such as cacti (when we study adaptations)"

 

 

Katherine writes "My idea for recycling the glass container is to fill it with different shapes, sizes and colours of bars of soap and keep it in your bathroom. It looks good and means that there is always soap to hand!"

 

Below are the rest of our staff ideas.

 

Yvonne, National Accounts Sales Manager at NEOM is getting married this summer so has been obsessing over the most beautiful flowers. The conclusion – it’s got to be the rose. The prettiest way to use your Home Candle container is to add in delicate short stemmed roses.

 

Lucy looks after NEOM's PR. After studying Fashion & Marketing at University, you will often see Lucy wrapped in a home knitted snood (in winter) or making cushion covers over the weekend. It really wasn’t hard to see what Lucy uses her containers for – ribbon & thread.

 

Another yet simple idea from Gemma, Sales Account Manager at NEOM, our resident beauty therapist and lady from the South is to re use her Home Candle container in the bathroom. Try out using for cotton wool like Gemma or for any beauty bits & bobs you have lying around your bathroom.

 

If you want to share your use of used NEOM containers & packaging, why not send us a photo or simply email us details of your ideas? The best of them may be featured on our blog.

 

Email: info@neomorganics.com

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Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Team NEOM’s recycling challenge…]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/recyclingchallenge1/ We’ve got our creative hats on at NEOM Towers this May. In addition to being obsessed with getting your chemical count down, we are also big on recycling our NEOM containers & packaging. This doesn’t always mean throwing your finished NEOM goody in your green bin, at NEOM, we like to get imaginative and reuse them around the home.

 

See how resourceful some of the ever growing NEOM team have been with their fun & fabulous ideas and tips which not only save you that trip to the bottle bank, they’ll make your home unique!

 

 

NEOM’s Founder & Director, Nicola (former journalist & qualified aromatherapist) who you’ll know well, is renowned for loving a hot bath at the end of the day, even in the midst of summer! Nicola could never bear to get rid of our precious Bath Oil bottles so decided to keep it simple by adding a single rose to brighten up her bookcase.

 

Beth, NEOM’s Sales Coordinator, is a healthy green eater & our travelling guru most recently returning from Malaysia. Beth decided on a sunny evening that the Body Oils would make great home made salad dressing holders – brilliant!

 

Next is Adam who looks after the fabulous website, – the techy side of the business. The NEOM girls like to ask him A LOT of questions about their computers, mobile phones, iPods, etc!

 

Adam loves the outdoors and you’ll find him on a road trip most weekends. Check out his latest idea of growing cress – easy but effective.

 

Angie, Finance & Operations Manager, is our resident girl from the North West who loves her numbers & is our social butterfly. Always determined to travel light, Angie’s ingenious idea of filling our mini Bath Oil bottles with her most favourite perfume to throw into her clutch bag got the girls in the office wishing they had thought of this sooner.

 

Last but not least, Oli, the other half behind the brainchild that is NEOM. Oli heads up Product Development & Operations and thought up an amazing use for our 1 Wick Candle holders – salt and pepper holders – a brilliant addition to any dining table.

 

Watch this space for more ingenious ideas from the rest of the team…

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Thu, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Two NEW SCENTS]]> http://www.neomorganics.com/blog.html/2newscents/ This month we’re all very excited at NEOM Towers about the launch of our two NEW SCENTS!

 

 

 

Serenity: Home Candle

 

Sumptuous: Home Candle

 
     
 

Serenity (Vanilla Sandalwood) is our first attempt at Vanilla… pairing it with a deeper Sandalwood note makes the fragrance smoky, a little woody and sexy and perfect for men and women alike – it’s certainly not too sweet, and perfect for peaceful nights in we think - and it comes in a limited edition black box which is super sleek.

 

Sumptuous (Rose Neroli) is the most indulgent, luxurious scent we have enveloped ourselves in for a very long time….my own current favourite, this really is a beautifully indulgent rose. As the world starts to become a little cheerier place (well the ‘R’ word doesn’t seem to be being mentioned quote as much right now does it? Plus the sun is definitely shining so much more!)

 

 

 

We at NEOM wanted to start celebrating feeling good again, luxurious treats and all things pampering, so if you agree have a think about which scent would indulge you most… I’d love to hear your thoughts on our Facebook page to tell me which you like!

 

Much love,

Nicola x

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Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000