Neal's Yard Remedies Deliciously Ella Skincare
Switching to an organic, all-clean lifestyle has its challenges. Thankfully, Deliciously Ella has a few solutions for us
Ella Woodward has been taking the world by storm one big step at a time. From the launch of her all-natural, all organic lifestyle and cooking website Deliciously Ella four years ago, to having her own app, cookbook and deli space, fans followed and loved Woodward's approach to a clean diet and lifestyle. It's hard not to – Woodward's website feels friendly and informative without being preachy. Her glowing skin is testament to what a healthy lifestyle does for the body, and it was only a matter of time before a beauty deal came knocking, and who better to collaborate with than a brand well known for its all-natural, organic skincare line, Neal's Yard Remedies?
The collaboration sees the launch of skincare products using superfood ingredients such as turmeric, rose, cucumber and avocado. We had the opportunity to hear from Woodward herself on all things beauty and this exciting collaboration.
Walk us through your beauty routine.
I wash my face, moisturise and use a bit of natural makeup for the day. A couple of times a week I exfoliate and then moisturise , adding a few drops of organic argan oil to intensify it for night time. I really like getting home and putting on something really hydrating; it's like you're giving love back into your skin. A couple times a week, I also use Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, which is dreamy at night.
What's the one beauty product you can't live without?
Coconut oil – it's my desert island product, I use it for everything from a makeup remover to after sun, a hair mask, a moisturiser and even mix it with brown sugar as an exfoliator!
Describe the process of creating the products with Neal's Yard Remedies.
In our first meetings, the NYR team asked me what I wanted from a skincare range. Radiance and a natural glow were key, but I wanted the products to smell great and feel great on my skin, as well as being easy to use in a simple everyday skincare routine. I spent time with formulators mixing up products. We created products that make my skin feel great, using ingredients that I love. I loved being involved in every decision from the fragrance to the ingredients right through to the packaging (the blue bottles look great on your shelf!).
Neal's Yard Remedies Rose, Lime & Cucumber Facial Wash, RM119; Rose, Lime & Cucumber Moisturiser, RM179
How did you decide on the ingredients for the products?
The ingredients I chose are all my favourite beauty foods – I use them in my cooking for their nutritional benefits, but they also have amazing benefits for the skin when used topically. Turmeric is great for radiance, acai and blueberries are packed with antioxidants, cucumber is really moisturising. I am also obsessed with the scent of roses, if you open my bathroom cabinet it's rose everything – I just find it the prettiest smell in the world.
What was it like making the switch to using natural, organic products and ingredients in your lifestyle?
About five years ago I was diagnosed with a condition that affected my autonomic nervous system. I spent a long time in hospital and then a long time in bed taking a lot of medication. When I realised that wasn't working for me, I started researching how diet and lifestyle can help manage illness and it all started from there. It took me a while to learn how to cook and it definitely made the transition to eating well so much harder, as I'd always relied on eating out and ready meals from the supermarket. Thinking about what I was putting into my body made me more interested in what I was putting on it too. I started doing research and over the next few months, I slowly started swapping products that I finished to natural alternatives.
Do you have any clean eating or skincare recommendations for clear, radiant skin?
I try to get in lots of fruit and veg, so a delicious smoothie is a really easy way of taking on lots of amazing skin-boosting ingredients. My go-to smoothie recipe would be one frozen banana, a big handful of spinach, a tablespoon of oats, a tablespoon of nut butter, a handful of frozen berries and some almond milk – so simple and so delicious!