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I was recently invited to attend an healthy beauty products events hosted by SERENE social at Neals Yard (one of my favourite London-based organic & ethical beauty companies!) in Notting Hill. In all the years I've lived in London and walked down the infamous Portobello Road, I'd never noticed this specific Neal' Yard location tucked away around the corner from all the bustle. On this particular warm evening as I strolled over for our gathering, I felt happy and relaxed. It is a rare occasion where I take some time out for a little 'pampering'. But this was an exceptional treat because not only we we here to learn about beauty products, we were being educated about holistic and natural products, which is an important piece of information for all of us to have. The night included both talk and trial! Leslie Saglio who is the SERENE representative in London was the first to greet me at the door. Leslie, originally from California, has an open and friendly personality and I immediately felt at like I was being welcomed into her home. Our small group of 6 ladies then headed downstairs to one of the therapy rooms where two representatives from Neals Yard (two of the most knowledgeable women on the subject of healthy & organic products that I have ever met!) walked us through a range of products. Many times our conversation came back to the same concern - people are less and less willing to accept a product at face value and are very concerned at what ingredients are inside of these creams, toners, and other beauty products. I had to laugh at how many times we all remembered some 'potion' an old grandmother had told us about or a 'herb' we'd learned of while holidaying in a remote exotic location. A definite theme arose...everything we need to feel & look good is provided by good ol mother nature! We just need to take the time to find it! Of course, we're all "too busy" to take the time to learn from our ancestors and other cultures more connected to the earth. But I challenge all of us (myself included) to try to change that just a little! Throughout the demo, everyone was given a chance to get a face, neck & shoulder massage. And at the end of our chat, we headed upstairs for a little tea or bubbly & biscuits to snack on while we shopped at 20% off that day...not bad! I ended the night feeling hopeful for the beauty industry and thankful there are passionate professional women like the Neals Yard ladies who are educating their clients and thankful for Leslie who had the wonderful idea to pull a group of women together in such a relaxing and lovely environment.