I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
It’s not very often I write product reviews. I’m bad at sticking to new habits long enough to determine whether or not something has worked, and fibromyalgia is so unpredictable that if I feel for a better day I can’t work out if it’s the new product, or my diet that day, or the weather.
I am part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers network and when the network offered me the chance to review The Fay Farm Serenity Lotion I figured, why not. I like lotion, I like feeling serene, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
I’d never heard of The Fay Farm before so, naturally, I did some digging on the company before accepting the opportunity to review the lotion. In these days of corporate greed and political cynicism, company ethos is getting more and more important to me. I was delighted (and ever so slightly envious) to read that The Fay Farm was set up by a couple who wanted out of the office cubicle life and into the rural farming life, with more time to spend with their seven children and the natural landscape. These days, Stacy and Michael are making natural body care products that treat psoriasis, eczema, itching skin, sore muscles, rheumatoid arthritis, cluster headaches and migraines.
You’ve got to admit that, round about now, this is all sounding pretty good.
The serenity lotion is aimed to relieve anxiety and stress and to do this it includes hemp oil, grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, chamomile, green tea oats… and lots of other things that are all healthy and good for you. The ‘CBD’ version of the lotion also includes 200mg of cannabidiol, which has been known to soothe nerve pain as well.
For those who don’t already know the ins and outs and cannabidiol (ie. me) I did a little research. Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in cannabis but is not the part of the compound that gets you high – that’s THC. CBD is being used in medical trials across the world and has so far shown positive results when used as an anti-inflammatory amongst other things.
Now, I’m a cynic. What’s more, I’m an exhausted cynic. I do not approach new products with a spring in my step and my arms open wide; more often than not I am likely to try it for a couple of days, notice no difference and carry on living my life of pain whilst the product gathers dust in my bathroom.
But for three weeks, the serenity lotion has stayed on my bedside table. For three weeks I have used it every night, rubbing it as instructed on my neck, my stomach and the soles of my feet. The lotion is light; it doesn’t leave an oily residue and yet it’s thin enough to spread without feeling like you’ve had a twenty minute workout trying to rub it in.
Not only have I used it every night, but I’ve forced R to use it too. He is a bit more stressed than I am at the moment and he’s a lot more cynical so I figured, if it works on him then it’s definitely worth the money. And so far, he hasn’t told me to bugger off with my hocus pocus lotion – which is normally the response.
Has it worked? Well, it’s tough to say. I’m not sure it’s had a lasting impact on pain or stress, but it has certainly had an instant calming effect in the moments when used, and that is exactly what’s needed. At night, when it feels like the world has stopped spinning and you’re left with nothing but your thoughts, turning to the nightstand and knowing there’s something soothing to help you calm down is comforting. When the silence gives room for your thoughts to speak more clearly, the serenity lotion helps to muffle those thoughts.
But there’s one other interesting change I’ve noticed. I suffer from nightmares – most nights I’ll have at least one, sometimes more. Always scary enough to remember, often scary enough to wake me. I recently reduced my pain medication in case that’s what was causing the hallucinations and overactive brain activity, but at the same time I started using the serenity lotion. I don’t know which one has worked, maybe it’s a bit of both, but it’s safe to say that I can’t remember a nightmare from the last two weeks so, if they’re happening, they’re certainly not as terrifying as they were.
Overall, I would definitely recommend The Fay Farm lotion. I can’t say my test is particularly scientific, but I’ve spent the last few weeks feeling comforted by it and welcoming the smell and relaxation I feel when I use it. I think it’s fair to say that, based on how this test has gone, my new recipe for relaxation is serenity lotion and pancakes with maple syrup. Perfect.
If you fancy trying it, you can benefit from 10% off by entering “LESSPHYSICAL” at the checkout.