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When the team quizzed me for my absolute favourite ingredients, I had to be strict, because nature really does offer some great ingredients. I have picked these ones for their super-powers. Here’s why…
I’m all over magnesium – it’s a bit of a wonder mineral which is vital to your health and wellbeing (and actually a mineral most of us are thought to be deficient in). It’s also absolutely brilliant for helping to calm and catch better zzz’s too. Find me in: Multi Mineral Bath Salts, Multi Mineral Body Butter
Super moisturising and hydrating, yet it’s not heavy or greasy. Leaves skin with a soft silky feel and healthy glow. It’s rich in beneficial linoleic acid which can help make the skin’s barrier stronger. All round winner! Find me in: Body Oils, Body Scrubs, Bath & Shower Drops
Sweet Almond Oil
What I call… ‘skin care super power’. Rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, vitamin A, fatty acids, protein, potassium, and zinc. It’s a powerful antioxidant thanks to the vitamin E content and the vitamin A that can help reduce acne (as the oil is easily absorbed by the skin), it cleans out dirt and oil which accumulates in pores. Find me in: Perfect Night’s Sleep Cleansing Balm, Perfect Night’s Sleep Face Oil
Rich and powerful stuff for three reasons.
1 – Rich in antioxidants which protects skin from free radical damage.
2 – Has a super high vitamin C content (6 times more than an orange) which helps with skin elasticity.
3 – It also contains vitamin A, D, E & F and all three omega fatty acids, omega 3, 6 and 9 making it excellent for softening, healing and regenerating properties. Find me in: Energy Burst Body Oil (and we have a few new products on the way which will contain this super oil too – watch this space)
Lavender Essential Oil
Finally, I can’t really leave this one out as it’s the first oil we began with and we still blend up with hundreds of other essential oils today. It’s the one essential oil for everything… blended with the right other essential oils it helps calm, reduce stress and anxiety, eliminates nervous tension, relieves pain, it’s antiseptic, antibacterial, it disinfects, prevents acne, enhances blood circulation, promotes wound healing, induces sleep, treats respiratory problems and on and on and on. It’s the most versatile of all essential oils. Lavender I HEART you Find me in: Scent to De-Stress and Scent to Sleep
We’re pretty relentless when it comes to banging on about the little moments. We believe in the little moments of wellbeing for EVERYONE. REAL wellbeing moments. It’s in our DNA. Not only do our products have to tick the box for 1 – efficacy, 2 – amazing-ness and 3 – wellbeing boosting, the NEOM team are passionate about giving YOU easy, kick ass, wellbeing tips, hints and advice too. The Neomologists in our stores are always ready with a cup of tea and smiles, on hand on live chat, PLUS did you know we have a bit of a NEOM wellbeing tribe too?
Our 20-strong tribe – the NEOM-ers – the ‘little moment’ advocates are also here to answer any wellbeing questions you have. They’re our tribe. They run workshops and events in our stores, they are around on instagram to help, inspire and have THE BEST wellbeing tips.
There’s Suzy Reading– our Psychologist extraordinaire (and resident self care advocate) who mantra is ‘self care is health care’.
Anya Hayes– our supermum myth buster, who says “If you break it down into small steps, you set an intention to move towards the goal, like strapping on your walking boots, taking one step at a time, and before you know it you’ll be halfway up the mountain and it’s not half as intimidating”.
Pip and Joan, Founders of Frame who like to deal those sweet endorphins say “Do something that makes you feel good. Make it your aim to ‘move your body’ every day, whether this is a 10 minute walk to the tube station, a full on HIIT class or a nice long stretch in front on the tv before bed”.
Why not head to one of our Ambassadors events in one of our stores Wimbledon Village, Leeds, Kings Road, Guildford, chat to our Neomologists in store and online or drop us a message on Instagram – We’ve Got You!
That saying about the gut being your second brain – it’s actually been proven to be true and anxiety and stress can cause your stomach to bloat just as much as a dodgy dinner. The good news is that you don’t have to have a lifestyle overhaul to make your gut happier – try these 3 simple switches that aren’t complicated, expensive or boring but are bloody good for your gut.
Take a probiotic
The one we have all heard of. Live bacteria that helps to balance the microflora in your gut so your body can break down food, produce vitamins and fight germs. Probiotics are found in fermented food like yoghurt, kimchi and sauerkraut but you can also take supplements. Hands down the best one we’ve tried is Symprove, which has the backing of King’s College Hospital in London, who have been researching the gut for decades. They discovered that when taking a shot of this every morning, 57% of patients with moderate to severe IBS had fewer symptoms. It doesn’t sound vast, but for those who suffer every day, this is huge. We haven’t found anyone who’s tried it and hasn’t been impressed. Recommended for 12 weeks, a four week supply costs £79 and is available from symprove.com
Belly breathing has been part of the yogi world forever, but people are now using it to control and temper their tummies. By breathing deep (past your lungs and chest and into your stomach) it relaxes your organs. This reduction in tension means that everything from toxins to gas can then begin moving through your intestines easier, which equals less pain and discomfort. Especially good if your IBS is linked to stress. Just five minutes of breathing in for 10 seconds (make sure your stomach expands fully), holding your breath for 10 and then breathing out for 10 and you’ll not only find it refocuses your brain, but it really will help to reset your stomach too. And you can do it anywhere, at any time – although sitting down is probably best, and also somewhere where you don’t mind billowing out your belly!
So the science bit… Your body needs bacteria to function and because most of your body’s bacteria is found in the gut, if you’re not feeding it properly it will become off-balance and that’s when problems occur. The usual culprits like junk food don’t help but things like onions, garlic, apples and pulses can be a trigger too. We recently tried The Happy Pear’s Happy Gut course that cuts them out and then reintroduces them in a manageable manner. A six week online programme that’s full of tummy friendly recipes and quick two minute tutorials on how you can help your insides. It’s an education in and out of the kitchen. Helping you find your foodie triggers, they even have three cooking schedules to make things easy – once a week, three times a week or every day and there’s a Facebook group where you can share tips and experiences. While six weeks sounds like a long time, the recipes are delicious (hello Vietnamese Coconut Curry and Banana Bread) and because you don’t have to think about what you’re buying at the weekly food shop or cooking every night, it’s actually a lot less stressful and means more time to chill out in the evening. Plus, the two Irish twins who founded The Happy Pear (Dave and Steve) are pretty easy on the eye too! Watch them on YouTube or check out the course on thehappypear.ie. Did we mention they’re vegan too? It costs €149, but the wealth of information is worth it and it’s all been formulated with the help of a registered dietician and gastroenterologist, so it’s science-backed as well.
Look no further than the Wellbeing Pod.
The one that stole the show and continues to get you all ooh-ing and ahh-ing AND saying things like.. “I’m just obsessed”.
Did you know it’s a bespoke design by our founder Nicola? Hand drawn with gravure ceramic texture and hand craft finish. It took over a year for our team to develop, as Nicola was so passionate about making sure every detail was just right. It had to not only be super effective and powerful, and kick out those all important natural essential oil blends, it also had to have ALL THE AMAZING DESIGN details so it would fit into any home and look incredible too – our Product Development girls still dream about getting the perfect shade of rose gold today (check out Andrea from our product in our IGTV in our office tour – it’s about 5 minutes in).
Next, is our Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath Foam.
Two years in the making we are particularly proud of this bottle of goodness – it’s a bit of an unsung hero. It’s actually really hard to create a bath foam (with naturals) that actually, well, foams and not forgetting being free from SLS too (cue even trickier). SLS (which is added to so many products) gives the bubbles but boy it can be pretty drying and not to mention irritating to the skin too.
Oh and then start adding in a serious complex blend of 19 essential oils to this recipe (because what really is a bath foam with some serious oils to help you truly relax and unwind?) and you come under a whole load of other problems – too runny, to thick, no bubbles. But hey we got there in the end. Result? softening marshmallow and coconut oil. Soothing aloe and sweet almond oil. And utter relaxing with our essential oils blend too.
Energy Burst Eau De Parfum
Another little natural challenge that also delivers your a shot of wellbeing. It’s a 100% natural perfume. We still can’t quite believe it. Took us a pretty long time to make (and psst we’ve been working hard since to create others that will join its gang!). We’re not taking ‘naturally derived’ either. It’s 100% natural ingredients with only our style of pure essential oils like grapefruit, lemon and rosemary. With 600 energy boosting spritzes in one bottle – why not nail your day the natural way?
April 1st and it’s Stress Awareness Month. Meaning our social committee (yep we have a gang who book and make the NEOM team do cool stuff and feel good) got us doing three, easy little moments of wellbeing for us at HQ to make sure we all stress a little LESS (even Ivan in the Ops team, who you met in our office tour on IGTV).
1 – We never forgot when the Huffington Post reported that dark chocolate can reduce stress by lowering cortisol – so first up, what better way to treat the team than a table full of the good stuff on a Monday morning. The email sent to all said… “Happy Monday gang – get stuck in and feel less stressed!”. Nothing easier.
2 – Second on the agenda was feeling good with Turmeric. We got hooked on a mug of the warming spicy Turmeric Latte from Wunder Workshop (anyone see it in our January Wellbeing Edit?). Turmeric is said to have a tonne load of wellbeing benefits like anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and supposedly good for mood and stress too. We’ll take that. With a bit of honey, whipped up with oatly as an afternoon coffee switch with it’s creamy taste and comforting vibes.
Andrea, Product Developer
“I’m always on the go, I can never sit still for too long and I feel quite guilty if I’m not doing something or being productive… So when I NEED to really relax I use the excuse of a bath and drizzle in the Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath Foam – it’s the only time I feel like I can really relax and properly unwind. Afterwards I FEEL totally and utterly calm, my skin feels great, I smell amazing and it’s far easier for me to drift off to sleep.”
Natalie, Customer Marketing Manager
“I heard the hype about the Great Day Body Scrub. I would never normally buy a body scrub, I think a good exfoliating sponge is suffice. How wrong I was. I first used the Body Scrub after a night out with the girls (which does not happen often now I’m a mum of two children) and I’d opted for the high heels (which I love, but my feet don’t). I didn’t have time for a bath so I thought I’d try the Body Scrub on my sore feet. Hallelujah! The smell! Wow! So uplifting. The best hangover cure ever!”
Charlotte, Customer Service Manager
“Mornings are ALWAYS a struggle for me, I’m just not a morning person and I never have been. I wake up in a bit of a grump and it takes me a while to become human again.
I got into the habit of getting up a little bit earlier and spritzing the Energy Burst Perfume and breathing it in before I leave for work. It’s now a vital part of that routine, I am obsessed!”
Rachael, Customer Relationship Manager
“I’m a typical over thinker! I analyse everything that happens through the day which leaves me feeling stressed, so when the going gets tough I light up the Real Luxury Candle. The scent fills my room so quickly and I always take time to sit, let the load on my mind lift. It’s a bit of a ritual now.”
Let us know which one NEOM product is your fail safe to feel good, on Instagram @neomorganics!
When the NEOM team asked me to write something about how I feel energised, I thought if energy equals natural power, when do you feel your most powerful self?
I feel powerful when I get the balance of life right and top up my energy bank (to use a phrase from our fab Psychologist Suzy Reading). Which means… a good night’s sleep, a body full of the right nutrients, in a regular pattern with my exercise (I like to run outdoors when the weather gets better), working enough to stimulate me but not too much I feel frazzled (mmm, sometimes I don’t get that balance quite right!) and my home life happy. It’s a bit of a list, but that’s good. It means I don’t just rely on one thing, but a cocktail of elements to make it up.
Top 3 things I rate which work on top of that are:
1 – Move. The thing is, exercise can really help our body release and create more energy into our cells, and so even though it can feel counter-intuitive, exercise can actually help us feel more energised.
2 – Saying No. My favourite quote I put on Instagram is ‘Listen, I still want to be invited but I am not coming.’ Doing all the things, all of the time zaps our energy.
3 – Calling in the big guns (and probably a wellbeing cliche) BUT it’s a bit of a smoothie. Ok it’s green but it’s easy and not righteous. AND it has heaps of health boosting ingredients and powerful antioxidants to naturally boost your energy – Just place all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink straight away. Job done.
4 leaves kale
2 slices of cucumber
1 handful spinach
1 cup of coconut water
4-5 fresh mint leaves
Of course, we all have the times you drank too much at the weekend, didn’t sleep, the kids are fighting in clumps and work dumps something unexpected in your lap… I could go on… but just stop, try and make your way back to the ‘good zone’. Cook something healthy, take a bath, wake up early and go for a walk. It’s all about small steps, that make a big difference.
I would love to hear from you. What small steps do you take to feel energised? Get in touch with me on Instagram @nicolaelliottmoss.
Sometimes self-care and downtime can seem like a distant dream. One of those things we promised we’d do but that slides down the priority list when schedules (aka real life) get too demanding. It’s why we’ve become partial to the odd app. A bit like the breadcrumb effect, they can be great for pointers and guidance when we’ve lost our way. Whether that’s going to the gym, improving our bedtime habits or boosting our motivation, read on for the three hot apps we rate that are keeping us on the straight and narrow right now:
Takes no longer than five minutes, it’s like a HIIT version of Headspace!
There’s nothing worse than doing a cardio class when you’re knackered or weights when you want to be anywhere else but, in a crowded sweaty gym, right? BUT then there’s the guilt thing and the frustration that we haven’t moved our bodies (which we know is good for us). It’s a mental minefield. That’s where Fika steps in. With an aim to improve your ‘emotional fitness’ its mission is to leave you feeling upbeat and ready to take on whichever form of exercise your mind and body needs at that moment in time. Drawing on research from sports psychology to help improve confidence and mindset the idea is that to optimise your performance, you need your brain and your body to be in synch. Log on and choose your desired result (eg achieving your goals) and after answering a series of questions such as ‘what’s zapping your energy this week?’ it will prescribe some timed ‘emotional’ exercises that will help you with your physical exercise habits.
HAPPY NOT PERFECT
We’re all about easy, no BS apps that understand that we can’t always just close our eyes to meditate or truly get that we only have a limited amount of time and it’s not first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Which is why we heart Happy Not Perfect. A practical, no nonsense mindfulness app that’s been developed with neuroscientists but that calls to our fun side too. Choose an emotion from a list of 13 – things like wobbly, in love, happy, meh – and it will dish out a breathing exercise, a ‘burning’ ceremony to help you let go of what’s niggling away at you, offer up the chance to fill in a quick gratitude diary, set yourself a challenge, send some good vibes to a friend and finish with a two minute ‘cool down’ guided meditation. 400 meditations keep it fresh and the quirky games and chatty tone means it’s not a chore to log on every day. Think of it as a far more productive Candy Crush!
Hands up who’s guilty of wanting to fast track EVERYTHING? Shopping, work, workouts, the entire week just so we can get to the weekend… well now you can fast-track your meditation too. Using MetaMusic (story-telling tunes with specific frequencies that speed up your journey into deep relaxation), the Freemind app then gets to work focusing on what it believes to be the three pillars of happiness – Peace, Power and Purpose. Promising listeners years’ worth of meditation in a matter of months. While we can’t confirm or deny this (yet); topics such as managing stress, changing habits and being healthier make it relevant to everyday life. Plus, the meditation options come with or without guidance so if you just want a quickfire relaxation session minus a voiceover, the choice is yours.
Their books are loved by the likes of Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Jools Oliver, and Nadia and Katia talk about ‘bringing more spark into our lives’, getting ‘stressed and over emotional unnecessarily’ and how much they both LOVE our De-Stress fragrance Real Luxury.
Define good wellbeing for you?
Nadia – When I do all the things I need to do to look after myself, mentally, emotionally and physically. Katia – Giving myself time on my own to recognise my feelings rather than everything happening in a rush, and I realise it’s 4pm and I haven’t eaten yet.
Describe a day of good wellbeing?
Nadia – That’s dependent on whether I’m working or have a day off. On either day, I make sure I spend some time meditating, eat well and get some movement in my body. Katia – Waking up early so I’m not rushing, and can get the kids organised so they are not rushing. Walking for an hour to declutter my mind, eating a healthy lunch ( I’m not a breakfast person), then having a little time before picking up the kids to switch from work mode back to mum mode… and limiting my time on my phone.
What’s the one REAL WELLBEING or ritual you do each day – the failsafe thing that is in your toolkit?
Nadia – Mediate. Katia – A walk in the woods and time on my own.
Who inspires you the most? And why?
Nadia – Katia does. When we were writing the books and I saw how much she had to juggle to run her home, the kids, and her business, it kind of blew me away. I had no idea how much she has to manage and do in a day. Katia – Hahaha Nadia (not just saying that because she said me!), she is even my husband’s go-to. He calls her his ‘moral compass’… she always has good advice and helps me see things in a different light.
Tell us about your new book?
Katia –Self Care for the Real World is about why you should take of yourself and Rituals is how you can do that. Rituals for every day gives you recipes to help you pause, pay attention and give intention. It’s not woo-woo, or religious; just lovely rituals we can all do to bring a bit more spark into our everyday lives whilst deepening our relationship with ourselves.
What other books do you recommend to feel good?
Nadia – I read a lot, so there are lots of books that make me feel good, depending on what is going on for me in the moment. I’m on holiday right now and refuse to succumb to a Kindle so I was a little overweight with books! Katia – Right now I’m reading How to Own a Room, by Viv Groskop and it’s so inspiring. I’m quite shy and just her simple posture techniques make a difference.
Nadia – We both run our own businesses so we are unfortunately on the phone more than we would like to be, but try and keep it off in the morning and in the evening – and definitely no phones in the bedroom. Katia – I have to try and be super disciplined – to not be scrolling and zoning out on the phone, because I have to lead by example with the kids.
What’s your wellbeing challenge?
Nadia – I can get stressed and over emotional unnecessarily so I need to check that I eat well and sleep well, especially when going through busy or emotionally challenging times. Katia – Being snappy with the kids and low energy… I really try to make sure I get space in the day where I’m not working or with the kids. That helps me stay calm, and I always try to get to bed by 10.30pm.
Nadia – The NEOM Real Luxury Reed Diffuser is both of our favourite products. We are big on aromatherapy oils not just for the smell, but also for the therapeutic properties. Lavender to calm at the end of the day. Lemon if we need to stay clear and focused. So the diffuser is pretty much on all day long! Katia – Also love the Bath Oils!
1. Go to mood lifting indulgence and why?
Movement. I love to move! So whether it’s walking, running or stretching, I know that moving my body will always lift my mood instantly.
2. Best feel good book, movie or song?
You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye
3. Top mood lifting tip?
Try something new. Doing new things is always fun! You’ll have zero expectations because you’ve never done it before. You might discover a new place / person / recipe / experience. Mix it up and stay open to chance.
1. Best indulgence to feel good?
A little treat here and there is good for the soul and shouldn’t be held against ourselves as a failing. I treat myself to fresh fruit – cherries, redcurrants, strawberries that I used to view as far too pricey to allow myself to have. This stops me from feeling deprived in some way, which helps limit them amount of times I feel the need to binge on high sugar items.
2. Best feel good tip?
I make sure I have a bath, if not every day then at least every other day. I play a few of my favourite songs and I allow myself to be calm. I’m a total completer finisher. I hate leaving a to do list for the next day and so I will always busy myself. A bath ensures I stop and nurture myself.
3. Favourite NEOM products to feel good?
I have been very fortunate to enjoy NEOM Body Scrubs and the Candles. The scents of which have really helped my mood. I am also in love with the Reed Diffusers.
1. Top book to feel calm?
My journal! Okay, so it’s not a book as such, but it’s the best tool for getting things out of my head.
2. Top tip to relax before and after work?
I try to stay off my phone in my room, and switch off my laptop in the evening. It’s still a work in progress, but I always notice a massive difference when I do. Also, staying off my phone for the first few hours of the day is a game-changer. I try to keep early mornings to myself before letting the world in.
3. Favourite NEOM product?
I love the Perfect Night’s Sleep Body Oil. I use it in my savasana classes, as well as before I sleep. It’s like a fast track to relaxation and feels wonderful on the skin too.