neal's yard remedies rejuvenating frankincense firming neck cream

Reviewed by TIA Community Member on July 11, 2014


by Lynda

In my opinion, Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Firming Neck Cream (£40.75 or about $70) is, in a word, dreamy. I’ve been devouring a 50-gram jar of this stuff over the past couple months. It’s definitely on my must-buy list of skin care products now, potentially even replacing my all-time favorite neck firming cream that I’ve been loyal to now for more than three years — and that’s saying a whole lot, as I’m not the loyal kind when it comes to expensive skin care products. I’m very finicky and will toss any product aside if it doesn’t fulfill its price-tag — anything over $70 has got to deliver or else I’ll just stick to the cheap drugstore versions, thank you very much.

According to Neal’s Yard Remedies, this cream is a rich blend of rejuvenating Frankincense along with firming, nutrient-rich marine algae and elasticity-boosting baobab oil, with a smoothing, collagen-stimulating tri-peptide — all working synergistically to firm and tighten the skin around the neck, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and crepey skin.

It’s made with 89% organic ingredients and is also vegan-friendly. Neal’s Yard Remedies commits to making products with the maximum amount of organic, natural and wild ingredients while carefully selecting other functional ingredients (detergents, emulsifiers, surfactants, etc.) with a view to safety, efficacy and biodegradability. I appreciate that they have detailed information on their ingredient selection process on their website.

The Frankincense scent is strong, which I think would be obvious to any potential buyer, but worth mentioning anyway. I loved it, as it was very similar to an aroma therapeutic essential oil, rather than that mildly chemical skin care product preparation smell — a little pampering spa-like addition to a normally functional skin care routine. But for those who are sensitive to scents, this will not be your go-to neck cream.

The blue glass jar packaging is less than ideal for travel, but I expect it was specifically designed to maximize shelf-life of essential oil ingredients, so I’m willing to put in the extra effort to scoop some into a plastic travel container when required.

The cream has a luxurious texture, just like butter. It spreads on smooth and soaks up right away, so there’s no need to pause between application of this and other lotions or makeup. I felt a firming sensation in my neck instantly and within a couple days definitely noticed a reduction in the crepeyness of my skin. Of all the neck firming creams I’ve used, this one is nicer to apply, smells better and is more immediately noticeable than any other.

I was so happy with the experience of this cream that I even used it on my face on a few of those mornings when my skin needed some extra attention. While I certainly wouldn’t use it on my face on a regular basis (it’s a little too thick for that), I do feel it tightened up the bags under my eyes and made my face feel a little more supported.

I’m in my mid-40s, and while my skin is in need of attention for sagginess and wrinkles, it is not sensitive or prone to breakouts, so I can’t speak directly to that. I feel this is cream is not only high quality but more effective than others at a higher cost. I hope it becomes available for purchase in both Canada and the U.S. soon — I, for one, will be lining up waiting for the store to open!