Made in England
We design, test and manufacture all our own products at our eco-headquarters in Dorset, England. It's also home to our own team of experts, who create our award-winning products in the state-of-the-art labs.
Grow your own
We do. We know the origins of all our herbs and ingredients. We grow as many as we can in our gardens in Peacemarsh, Dorset and at Sheepdrove Organic Farm on the Lambourn Downs in Berkshire.
Greener by design
Our eco-factory uses solar panels on the roof, clay flooring and high-level windows to keep cool, and uses rainwater to flush the loos! We even compost the kitchen waste, which is mostly organic, of course!
Our blue jars are green
Our iconic blue jars are made in Britain - reducing our carbon footprint, are 100% recyclable, and come in just a few sizes - making production more energy efficient too.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle
We've followed this mantra for years. Everything that can be recyclable is.
10 ingredients to look out for when choosing natural & organic beauty products
At Neal’s Yard Remedies, we follow the Precautionary Principle – you won’t find anything in our products we believe could cause you or the planet harm, just lots of ethically sourced, natural and organic herbs, botanicals and essential oils.
We believe what you leave out of a product can be as important as what you put in – you’ll never find any of these in our products.
1. MEA/DEA DERIVATIVES - A type of surfactant used to produce a foaming effect, these derivatives are associated with known carcinogens. Look out for Cocamide DEA, Lauramide MEA, Linolemide DEA and Oleamide DEA when buying hand wash, shampoo and shower gel.
2. EDTA - A powerful metal ion chelator that strips impurities from products and balances the formulation to help prevent it from spoiling. As they don’t biodegrade readily, we use biodegradable alternatives with a similar effect. Look out for EDTA on ingredient lists.
3. PARABENS - Synthetic preservatives used in cosmetics, many have had concerns raised over their safety and estrogen-like activity. Look out for words ending in ‘paraben’, such as ‘methylparaben’ on ingredient lists.
4. PHTHALATES - Used as a plasticiser to create flexibility in hair sprays and nail varnishes or as a solvent to stabilise the fragrance of a product, some phthalates are very toxic and have been banned from EU products. We’ve decided to ‘ban’ them all, just in case. Look out for Dimethyl Phthalate and Diethyl Phthalate to avoid phthalates.
5. SILICONES - These synthetically produced emollients are often used in haircare and skincare products to create a smooth texture. To mimic the effect we use vegetable oils, butters and waxes instead. Look out for words ending in ‘-thicone’ and ‘-oxane’, to avoid silicones.
6. GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS - Not enough is known about the long-term implications. Many GM ingredients are designed to withstand high levels of pesticides, but we prefer to support organic farming, avoiding agrochemical traces and protecting wildlife. Look out for GM-free products.
7. SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES - Often hidden under the term ‘Parfum’ or ‘Fragrance’ on ingredients lists, some synthetic fragrances can trigger allergies and asthma. We use 100% pure essential oils to naturally fragrance our beauty products. Instead of listing our essential oils collectively as a ‘blend’, we choose to list them individually to show they’re all natural oils.
8. BHT - This petroleum derived ingredient is used to prevent products from oxidising. There are scientific debates with uncertain conclusions around its safety and possible link as a potential carcinogen. It’s also toxic to the aquatic environment. Instead, we use vitamin-rich ingredients to create a similar antioxidant effect. Look out for BHT on ingredient lists.
9. MINERAL OIL - Often found in baby oils and balms, mineral oil is derived from petroleum – a non-renewable resource from a polluting industry. Our baby products contain a nourishing sunflower oil base instead. Look out for Paraffinum Liquidum and Petrolatum to avoid mineral oil.
10. TRICLOSAN - An antimicrobial and antifungal preservative often used in deodorants/antiperspirants, mouthwashes and toothpaste. Some research indicates it may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. We use vegetable derived ingredients instead, such as cleansing shikimic acid in our roll on deodorants. Look out for Triclosan on ingredient lists.
We create our health and beauty by using the maximum organic, natural and wild-harvested ingredients available, making them kinder to the earth – and kinder to you.
We have never tested on animals, it is unnecessary and cruel. We’re certified by Cruelty Free International.
We Believe in Trading Fairly
Fair prices and decent working conditions in exchange for high quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients.
We use ethically traded ingredients throughout our ranges. Here are some of the fantastic organisations we are proud to support.
The Fairtrade Foundation is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
Fair for Life
Fair for Life aims to ensure fair and positive relations between producers and their cooperatives, workers and employers, sellers and buyers on the world market, while maintaining high standards.
Established in 2008, the FairWild Foundation promotes the sustainable use of wild-collected ingredients, with a fair deal for all those involved throughout the supply chain.
Our pure herb and plant extracts and essential oils are approved by the UK's Soil Association, who are internationally recognized for their high standards, though as we source globally, some ingredients may be certified at source by a number of similar international organizations such as USDA, NOP, Skal, etc. Foreign certification is always checked for compliance with Soil Association standards before being approved for our use.
More about the Soil Association
Formed in 1946 to address concerns over intensive farming practices introduced after WWII, especially the introduction of pesticides such as DDT, the Soil Association has an illustrious history of campaigning for the responsible, sustainable and ethical management of our resources.
With a reputation for upholding the 'gold standard' of certification, and representing 80% of organic goods sold in the UK, the Soil Association's strict criteria applies standards over and above the minimum legal requirements. It is considered one of the most stringent of organic certification bodies anywhere in the world.
Over 60% of the Neal's Yard Remedies product range is certified by the Soil Association. Even where a product cannot be certified, we still use organic ingredients that have been certified by the Soil Association or the USDA, to ensure the highest possible organic percentage.
We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Positive Brand’ status by Positive Luxury, the global award winning membership programme so look out for the butterfly! Positive Luxury’s Butterfly mark is the world’s first global interactive trust mark developed to communicate the transparency of sustainable practices enabling consumers to make informed choices at the point of sale.
Positive Luxury’s mission is to curate and champion responsible brands by awarding them with the Butterfly Mark. Their vision for the future is a world where people and the environment prosper together – where companies and brands are part of the solution. Companies and brands that commit to positive and ethical working practices undergo an assessment and verification process that has been developed alongside Positive Luxury’s advisory board. For more information, please visit positiveluxury.com
Look for the Zero
We have been running the 'Beat the Microbead' campaign since 2012. The objective of the campaign is to prevent plastic microbeads in personal care products ending up in the sea. We have asked consumers to stop using products containing microbeads. The Beat the Microbead app makes it easy to check whether a product contains plastic.
However, recent research (UNEP report 'Plastic in Cosmetics', 2015) shows that many more types of plastics are added to personal care products than previously thought. It also shows that some plastic microbeads are replaced with bio-based/bio-degradable microbeads which do not break down in water. On top of this, the use of nanoplastics in cosmetics is a worrying development. It makes it very difficult for consumers to choose 'plastic free' products.
This is why we change the burden of proof. Instead of consumers having to check and choose, we are asking producers to declare their care products free of microplastics. Plastic free products will be included in the new Zero category of the Beat the Microbead website and app. The brands that do not use microplastics can carry the 'Zero plastic inside' logo. In one glance, this logo makes it clear for consumers that a product is guaranteed 100% free of microplastics.
Neal's Yard Remedies is 100% free of microplastics:
For more information, please visit beatthemicrobead.org