Micaela Nisbet discovered the magic of natural oils at an early age. Born and raised on the serene beaches of Australia, Micaela moved to England to pursue her music career, bringing the natural ethos of her homeland to the smoggy streets of London.
By her mid-twenties, the touring lifestyle began taking its toll, with the late nights and constant travel making her skin dull and lacklustre. Keen to regain her aussie glow, she frittered away her pay checks on mainstream skincare, irked to find many products packed with plastic fillers or carrying eye- watering price tags. Intent on finding an affordable solution, Micaela returned to blending her own raw oils and extracts, and the results were immediate.
She took an Advanced Diploma of Organic Skincare Formulation to complement her home-grown techniques, and founded Neighbourhood Botanicals - a range of no-BS natural oil-based skincare with solid results.
A life-long perfume devotee, Micaela carefully designs each blend to incorporate aromatherapeutic properties alongside a harmonious scent profile. A sound engineer and oil alchemist, her career in live music sees her mixing skincare by day and hits by night. Combining her expertise, 2018 will also see more ‘NBx’ artist collaborations, following the success of Rejjie Snow’s 2017 sellout skincare collab “Young Luv”.
What’s more, all the handsome packaging is fully recyclable, the range is vegan and natural, and there’s no animal testing, no big-pharma, no crazy markups, and no dicey ingredients.
Just pure skincare rock’n’roll.
Some info on the ingredients:
Cucumber Seed Oil- A soothing, cooling and refreshing oil used to liven up the complexion and keep skin fresh. Super high in vitamins E and C, for preservation and restoration of skin. Also high in phytosterols, omega 3, and tocopherols, all important nutrients.
Evening Primrose Oil – This ancient plant is rooted in the history of Native American healing. Evening Primrose oil contains one of the highest concentrations known of GLA, a long chain fatty acid essential for cell structure and elasticity by reducing the water lost from the skin’s surface. It’s also high in anti-oxidants, making it great for smoothing out rough patches, reducing fine lines and lightening dark spots (or heavy eyes from the night before!) Commonly used for it’s eczema and anti-ageing properties.
Cypress - Woody spicy oil to promote flow in your life. Improves blood circulation. Restores calm and soothes anger.
Black Currant Seed Oil - Derived from the seed of European black currants. Rich in vitamin-C, omega-6 GLA and omega-3 fatty acids. Used in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory due to the high GLA content. Good for repairing damaged tissue and minimising the appearance of fine lines. Helps to treat psoriasis and eczema.
Fennel - Stimulates courage and strength. Beneficial for digestion, oily skin and wrinkles.
Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil, also known as the “Gold Of Desert” is produced from the seeds of jojoba plant. It has a very similar structure to our skin’s own sebum, making it an excellent natural emollient, cleansing and restoring moisture. Coats the skin and hair with a protective barrier. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The rich linoleic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants present in jojoba oil help in protecting andregenerating the skin’s cells.
Lemon - Clean and refreshing. Improves concentration. Cuts down acidity in the body, assists digestion and skin problems.
Argan Oil - This precious healing oil is made from the fruits of an ancient species of tree from Morocco. Contains Squalene, a unique compound said to protect against skin cancer, due to it’s anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting properties. It’s essential fatty acids are also rich in anti-oxidants like Vitamin E, regulating the pH balance of the skin, and in turn protecting against sun exposure and other damage. Contains Ferulic Acid, a photoaging preventative antioxidant which increases in potency when exposed to sunlight.
Grapefruit - Boosts lymphatic system and stimulates digestion. Uplifting and refreshing. Clears congested skin
Black Pepper - Increases warmth of the body and mind, boosts immunity and digestion.
Rosehip Oil – A fairly new wonder oil, cold-pressed from the seeds of wild Chilean Rose bushes. This ‘oil of youth’ is used for healing and regeneration of damaged or weathered skin. Used to reduce sun damage, scarring and wrinkles, so restoring the skin’s natural colour and tone. Soaks in quickly and creates a protective barrier. The oil is high in beta-Carotine, essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, and is an emollient and antioxidant.
Sweet Almond Oil - Centuries-old Sweet Almond oil, cold pressed from almonds, works as a natural emollient for the face, helping to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of healthier skin. It prevents structural cell damage from UV rays, maintains elasticity, promotes better circulation and works as an anti-inflammatory. Regulates the PH balance of the skin. Boosts circulation to the eye area to help treat dark circles.
Bergamot (FCF free) - Creates a relaxed and carefree feeling. Antiseptic. Boosts digestion and fights skin conditions.
Wheatgerm Oil- Thick and rich Wheatgerm oil (extracted from the heart of the wheat kernel) is known as one of the best oils to support collagen production and maintain even skin tone. Dry and mature pores will drink this oil up. Very high in vitamin E, this oil promotes cell regeneration and growth, and acts as a natural preservative to fight free-radicals. Excellent anti-ageing ingredient.
Chamomile - An excellent natural skin soother. Calms redness, rosacea, windburn and irritated tissue. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Juniper - Helps to strengthen the nerves and boost spirits. Clears blocked pores, and helps with all skin conditions.
Macadamia Nut Oil - One of nature’s best kept secrets, non-greasy but extremely moisturising for dry or sensitive skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, Palmitoleic and Oleic acid, and Phytosterols. Great for parched skin that has difficulty retaining moisture. Potent anti-oxidant.
Apricot Kernel Oil - Used since ancient times, high in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E, Apricot Kernel Oil is light, gentle, non-greasy, and absorbs easily into the skin. Especially ideal for mature skin due to its tightening and astringent properties. Great emollient, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant.
Moringa Seed Oil - Moringa oil comes from the seeds of Moringa Oleifera Tree. These are extremely rich in phytonutrients and can make a great impact on your overall health. Super high in anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Brilliant for split ends and dandruff. A great natural emollient, lifting dirt and pollution from the pores.
Lavender - Stills the mind and is amazing at healing, revitalizing, and nurturing red, parched skin. It works as an astringent on oily skin.
Kukui Nut Oil - Oil from the fruits of the kukui nut tree, native to Hawaii, is high in linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, resetting the balance of skin sebum. Native Hawaiians use this ancient oil as a staple for skin protection and conditioning after exposure to the sun, salt and wind. Packed with Vitamins A, C and E and essential fatty acids. Readily absorbed, helps reduce transepidermal water loss and increases the smoothness of skin.
Cedarwood - Cleansing and calming, balances energy. Cleans respiratory system, purifies oily skin.
Marula Oil - Marula oil is made from the fruit of the native African Marula Tree. Marula oil is pH balanced and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. Its proven anti-microbial properties mean it can actually help heal acne blemishes and prevent new breakouts. This multipurpose oil contains powerful antioxidants, nutrients and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, help reverse photo-damage, boost cell regeneration, hydrate deeply and repair the skin.
Petitgrain - Elevates the mind and consciousness, calms anger and panic. Helps insomnia. Clears and tones skin blemishes.
Rose Geranium - Balances both the nervous system and the skin, relieving anxiety and keeping sebum levels normal. Assists in healing.
Meadowfoam Oil - A strong anti-oxidant and nourishing oil extracted from the seeds of the Meadowfoam flower. This oil is prized for it’s natural UV protecting properties, and for this reason is very popular in natural SPF products. Not only that, but the vitamins and fatty acids in Meadowfoam oil form a protective barrier to retain moisture balance in the dermis throughout the day.
Ylang Ylang - Uplifting and nurturing calm. A powerful aphrodisiac. Antiseptic. Balances skin, controls sebum.
Palmarosa - Clears a muddled head, uplifts and invigorates the spirits. Excellent skin care properties.