Many moons ago when I was a features editor on a daily regional newspaper, I introduced a tried and tested feature whereby I had people trialling everything from Champagne and mince pies at Christmas to make up, hold everything in knickers and hair products.
And by far one of the most coveted brands was Neal’s Yard.
The credentials, the ethos, the smells, the packaging, the way it makes you feel; there was always a little swarm of people around my desk whenever their products were delivered.
So quite frankly I’m happy to shout about anything they’re involved in.
Which today is saving the bumble bee. Their Bee Lovely campaign aims to highlight the alarming decline of the UK’s pollinators and to raise awareness of the campaign they have a range of ‘bee’-inspired products and also a petition to ban the use of pesticides and nasties on plants, which attack the nervous system of inspects feeding off them.
Last year 92,000 people across the globe signed the petition. This year it will be taken to Downing Street when it reaches 100,000.
You can either sign it in store or online at the Neal’s Yard Facebook page. The total currently stands at 15,000 and a bit. Or 15,000 and a bit and 1 now I’ve been over!
And a 5% donation from the sale of the Bee Lovely range – Soil Association certified goodies oozing in organic honey and orange and mandarin essential oils – goes towards four bee-friendly charities.
So, I asked Neal’s Yard if I could share their Bee Lovely range with my readers. I’m currently using the luscious hand cream which has a USE AT YOUR PERIL sign blazoned over it so the kids don’t touch it.
But I have something even better for you lot.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED: Winner Iota.
HOW TO ENTER
I’ve teamed up with Neal’s Yard to give you the chance to see what all the fuss is about. You can win everything in the photo above.
And if there is a slim chance you don’t like any of it SEND IT RIGHT BACK TO ME.
I’ve got a set of the new Bee Lovely range, worth £57, to give away to one lucky winner.
1 Bath and Shower Gel
1 Hand Wash
1 Hand Cream
1 Body Lotion
Packets of bee-friendly flower seeds.
All you have to do for a chance of getting your paws on all of this is answer the following fun question.
A winner will be picked totally at random after the closing date so your comment can be as serious or daft as you like; it’s all just a bit of fun.
Q: What’s your ideal back garden?
There is no right or wrong answer, just the one that makes me chuckle/smile.
For an extra entry you can Tweet: I want to #savethebees so am entering @tara_cain’s Neal’s Yard competition http://bit.ly/U9yudC
Rules n stuff
The competition is open to residents of the UK only (sorry rest of the world).
No cash alternative offered.
The prize is 1 bath and shower gel, I hand wash, 1 hand cream and 1 body lotion worth £57.
To enter, leave a comment on this blog.
Make sure your contact details are available.
The winner will be drawn at random from all blog comment and Twitter entries after the closing date.
The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
The winner will be asked to provide their email address for the prize to be sent to.
The winner’s details will be passed on to the PR company which will be sending out the prize.
If a prizewinner does not respond within a week of being contacted, the prize will be re-drawn and a new winner will be contacted.