Neom Organics is a London-based maker of luxury skincare and well-being products.
Founded in 2005 by Nicola Elliott and Oliver Mennell, the range currently contains bath oils and foams, body washes, lotions, oils and scrubs, aromatherapy treatments, pillow mists, room fragrances and candles.
Everything is formulated without synthetic fragrances, preservatives, parabens, SLS, PEGs, silicone, phthalates, dairy and gluten. However, the Real Luxury Hand & Body Lotion, Real Luxury Body Oil, Real Luxury Body Scrub and the entire range of candles all include a small amount of beeswax, making them unsuitable for vegans.
I caught up with Nicola to talk aromatherapy, the importance of taking
time for relaxation and what will come next for Neom.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START NEOM ORGANICS?
I was working long hours as a journalist down in London, surrounded by women who were really stressed – they were either having problems with lack of energy or sleep, or were just generally in need of a mood boost. I was training as an aromatherapist after work, so I started creating little blends and tinctures for them and it all went from there!
WHY DO YOU FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT TO USE NATURAL INGREDIENTS?
It was really obvious to me from the beginning that my products had to be 100% natural and 100% organic where possible, because that's where you get the efficacy – from the essential oils. It's also so important that we try and reduce the number of chemicals that we put on our bodies on a daily basis to help improve our general well-being.
FROM WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?
We source the finest ingredients from all over the world for our 100% natural fragrances; from our Sweet Basil in India to our Mimosa in the South of France.
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR PRODUCTION AND PACKAGING PROCESSES ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE?
We work really hard on trying to keep Neom as green as possible. We make all of our products in the UK and always have conversations with our suppliers about how we can maximise sustainability. All our packaging is recyclable, too.
YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT IN THE LINE:
It's so difficult to choose a favourite because each of our blends work in different ways to help with either sleep, stress, mood or energy, so it depends what I need most help with at the time! Our Scent to De-Stress range is always a firm favourite though.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR NEOM ORGANICS?
We're all about the importance of making time for yourself at Neom and helping people to realise that it isn't a luxury, but a necessity. We'll be focusing on this even more in the coming months, providing tips and advice from the Neom Wellbeing Board.
THE SECRET TO RADIANT SKIN IS...
Sleep! Nothing affects how you look or feel more than sleep, or lack of it. Our super relaxing Tranquility Bath & Shower Oil is one of our best-selling products to help boost those zzz's.
WHAT IS YOUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY?
Eating clean. It's not about counting calories, but making sure that I make smart choices and avoid anything processes as much as possible. That doesn't mean that I won't allow myself the odd treat though, but if I want to eat a slice of cake I'll bake one myself at home with my daughter so I know exactly what's in it.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING?
I always try and make time for exercise – it's such an important part of health and happiness. Classes just don't work for me as I'm always running around trying to balance work and my home life and I can't always commit. So, instead, I love to run. I find that it clears my head and really allows me to unplug and take a bit of time for myself. I live in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside so take advantage of this and try and get outdoors for a run most mornings with my husband.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
My children, my husband, my work.