Neal’s Yard Frankincense Hydrating Cream & Power Berry Moisturiser | Reviews

I’m going to be completely honest here and address the elephant in the room: these smell repugnant. There, I said it. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t good. I bought mine on eBay for a reduced price, but you can pick them up from the Neal’s Yard website and John Lewis.

As I’ve already mentioned, this stuff smells quite potent. It’s a very strong, musky sort of smell, which I imagine is the frankincense. I wouldn’t really know, to be honest, my knowledge of frankincense is limited to what I’ve learned from Primary School nativity plays. Come to think of it, I don’t even know what it looks like *TO GOOGLE!* oh, okay, so it looks like a bunch of rocks? Cool, I guess. I’ve also found out that it’s an “aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia”. Right, so it’s basically tree jizz. Well, whatever, it smells a bit gross, let’s move on, shall we?

Its consistency is very thick and goopy, while also being a bit greasy, so it makes a great night cream. Combine that with the aromatherapy from the tree jizz, and it’s a pretty relaxing moisturiser to use. I’ve patch tested it a few times and it hasn’t broken me out, so props for that. I’ve done some more Googling on frankincense (somebody stop me, I’m out of control) and apparently it used to be applied to wounds to make them heal, and it can soothe skin and stop itching. I haven’t noticed any of these properties, but it’s still a nice moisturiser. 

I’m not keen on the jar packaging ’cause even though it looks pretty, I find it gross poking my disgusting fingers into my moisturiser.

It hasn’t stung me, and it makes my skin plump and hydrated. Not convinced it’s worth the price tag yet, but we’ll see.


Consistency: Thick, a bit greasy. Stinks. Looks a bit green in colour.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Price: £24.75 for 50g from Neal’s Yard’s website.

Overall Rating: 8/10. Lovely moisturiser which hasn’t broke me out, but I’m not sure I’d pay £25 for it.

This one also stinks up the place, but not as much as the Frankincense one. It has a lighter scent which sort of reminds me of cornflour or something else floury. It’s much lighter in consistency, so it makes a great day moisturiser. I’d like a little SPF if I’m going to be using it as a day moisturiser, which is a shame because it’s so lovely and light, and great under makeup (probably due the lack of SPF; it’s a vicious cycle). I also like that it comes in a tube rather than a jar. Much more hygienic. It hasn’t stung me at all, which is great, and I think this one is much more reasonably priced.


Consistency: Very light, nice under makeup.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Price: £12 for 50ml, which is sort of reasonable, if you’re not looking for SPF.

Overall Rating: 8/10. I’d like some SPF in a day moisturiser, but it’s still great under makeup, so it could be used with an SPF foundation.