Today on the blog we are highlighting Susan Curtis, who is the Natural Health Director for Neal's Yard Remedies in the UK. Susan brings with her a wealth of information on how we can all live more natural, healthy lives, and we're so excited to be able to share this interview with you!
Read on to learn more about Susan, as well as her take on natural skincare and one of her favourite products, our Wild Rose Beauty Balm.
Could you give us an introduction of who you are, what brought you to Neal's Yard Remedies and your role within the company?
My background is in natural health and I passionately believe in the benefits of plants to enhance our health and wellbeing. I have worked with Neal's Yard Remedies since the early days in the 1980s and am proud to be a part of the growth in awareness in natural and organic health and beauty. My role in the company is in product development, training and helping to ensure the ethical supply chain of our herbs and oils – so I am lucky enough to visit many of our fair trade and organic projects all around the world from Ylang Ylang oil production in Madagascar, to frankincense in Oman to cinnamon oil from Sri Lanka.
What is your personal philosophy on natural skincare?
I have always been a fan of natural skincare because I love the gentleness of the products and the natural perfume created by essential oils; and I’m really pleased that nowadays clinical trials and research is backing up what we have always known – that natural and organic works as well as synthetic chemicals for it’s benefits to the skin and its anti-ageing properties.
What sets Neal's Yard Remedies products apart from the rest?
The care that we take with every aspect of our products from the recyclable packaging, to the suppliers of our fabulous natural ingredients, to the fact that we actually make all of our products in our eco-factory, and of course the quality and efficacy of the products – they are really lovely to use.
Being such a multi-purpose product, what are your favourite ways to use the Wild Rose Beauty Balm?
This is everyones favourite because it is so multi-functional and smells gorgeous. Because I travel a lot visiting many of our suppliers around the globe it’s really useful to have a ‘one pot wonder’ - and I use it as a body balm, facial cleanser and moisturizer and a hair conditioning treatment – and people are always commenting on how lovely it smells.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for asking me – it’s always a pleasure to talk about how we can all contribute to a healthier and more ethical world by choosing natural and organic skincare.