Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense

Reviewed by TIA Community Member on October 25, 2014


by Phyllis

Wow! When Truth in Aging offered me a choice about which beauty product to review next, I jumped at the chance to try Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense. Not because I knew anything about the company, but because it had the ingredient frankincense in the name. Back in the days when I had time and energy and experimented with creating my own skin care products from essential oils, frankincense was one that had a great reputation for us "women of a certain age" who wanted to improve skin and nail health. Frankincense, also, continues to remain a relatively expensive oil – not as expensive as essential rose oils, but not as inexpensive as a bergamot (also included in this cream), for example.

But I digress. This cream is fantastic. It is luxurious, feels great, sinks in quickly, never makes me feel greasy, doesn't cause breakouts, fills in fine lines, and makes me glow. Darn near perfect, to be quite honest. I couldn't believe how much I liked it, so I checked other reviews – just in case I was letting my own enthusiasm blind me. The reviews I found were all uniformly positive.

I used the cream morning and night for three weeks and then, just during the day, mixing it with my Suntegrity sunscreen (because the Suntegrity product is too dark for my pasty winter face!). I stopped using it twice a day to make it last longer, frankly. At 55 pounds (UK) for 50 grams (or, as close as I can figure out, about $86 for 1.8 ounces), it's well-priced for what it does, but, for my pre-tax return budget, not cheap.

Although frankincense is listed in the bottom third of ingredients, that's to be expected as frankincense is not an oil that requires vast quantities to do its magic. Besides, that other two-thirds of the list includes a lot of beneficial ingredients, such as argan, grapeseed, and baobab oils, as well as gardenia plant stem cells, a peptide complex, and relative newcomer to the natural health world, turmeric.

Finally, I do have to mention the scent: to me, it's the epitome of luxury (sorry, for that word again, but it defines this cream!), but some might find it a bit heavy. It is more noticeable and lasts a tad longer than most natural products, but I find it heavenly. And it does dissipate eventually, but again, some might find it too heavy.

All in all, I am delighted with this product and will be looking to purchase it when this sample runs out. I may even check out some more of the Neal's Yard products, although the company is UK-based and it's not easy to find a lot here in the US. But if the other products are as delightful as this one, perhaps we'll see even more in the Truth In Aging shop!