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Dr Organic – Natural and Organic Skincare Products on the UK Highstreet

Please note – The Moroccan Argan lotion is no longer vegan, it now has beeswax (cera alba) in it.

Introduction

Dr Organic or ‘dr.organic’ is an extensive and attractive skincare brand primarily available at the ever wonderful Holland & Barrett, purveyors of more ethically friendly food and health items (e.g. vitamins and cosmetics) for those with special diets, health needs and just a general interest in improving/maintaining health with a purer quality of product. The ‘Dr’ is a British brand with an international reach in the ingredients they source (though I’m not clued up about their ethical policies for sourcing, fair trade, transporting etc), are enrolled in a number of organic standard certifications and have a plethora of awards.

They describe themselves as providers or ‘bioactive skincare’; bioactive basically means a substance that can be used to affect or promote a response from a living organism, and/or can extracted from a living organism. To me it sounds like a very general slogan which can be applied to any number of cosmetics and non-cosmetics alike however in conjunction with the ingredients lists I’ve seen it implies to me that Dr Organic are interested in conveying the beneficial properties of the items used without clashing or heightening/playing down some characteristics over others. I respect that because more often than not I come across products that use key words to promote products and then you find that the corresponding ingredient(s) is only included in a very minor percentage or as a topnote. Such disappointing advertising is also often accompanied by numerous filler ingredients both natural and synthetic but mostly synthetic and possibly some other ‘nasties’ that can cause skin irritation as well as other speculated undesirable side effects. That said the ingredients lists that I’ve noted are also quite mild in general so some ranges would definitely be worth checking out for sensitive skin.

http://www.drorganic.co.uk/about.asp

Our Promise…
Organic ingredients
We strive to use organically grown ingredients. Where an organic ingredient cannot be used we will always source sustainable natural alternatives
Bioactive ingredients
We use certified bioactive extracts to ensure each product is truly functional by nature.
Natural ingredients
Natural ingredients are used in all formulations.
No harsh chemicals
We do not use ingredients often criticised for their side effects. We never use parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), perfumes or artificial fragrances.
No animal ingredients
All our products are suitable for vegetarians. In some products we used by-products from animals, most of which revolve around honey, these include; honey, royal jelly, propolis and bees wax.
No animal testing
Our products are always tested on human volunteers to ensure they are completely safe and effective. No animal tests are ever performed on finished products or raw materials.
No mineral oils
Petro-chemicals such as paraffin and petroleum are avoided, plant based oils and extracts are used.
No GM ingredients
Genetically modified or genetically engineered organisms are avoided to ensure all formulations are as natural as possible.
Preservatives
Where necessary preservatives are used to guarantee product safety and shelf life. Only the highest grade broad spectrum naturally derived preservatives are used.

The ranges available are Aloe Vera, Pomegranate, Tea Tree, Vitamin E, Lavender, Manuka Honey, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Rose Otto, Coconut Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil and Dead Sea Mineral. All of the ranges are vegetarian friendly and most vegan friendly; the lotions in this review are vegan friendly and 200ml in size.

Each range has a variety of products available including the usual Lip Balms, Body Butters, Hand & Nail Creams, Face Masks, Face Scrubs, Soaps, Body Scrubs, Body Washes, Face Washes, Shampoos, and Conditioners etc. Some more interesting items are toothpastes, deodorants and items focusing on the foot care.

The directions on the four reviewed are as follows: ‘Apply liberally to the skin. Repeat as often as required. Suitable for use all over the body. Avoid contact with eyes. Due to the ingredients natural origin, colour and consistency may vary from batch to batch. This does not affect the quality of the product.’

Virgin Olive Oil

Olive Oil Lotion Dr Organic

Properties

Aptly described as ‘liquid Gold’ olive oil has extensively been used for health and skin care throughout the ages. It’s a thick, protective, light to dark Gold colour with a subtle aromatic smell and usually fulsome flavours (as should be expected from such piquant fruit 🙂 and even better for you when left to mature). It’s suitable for eating as dressing or cooked and unrefined varieties will solidify in less than room temperature. Along with its nutritional benefits it is known for protecting skin from signs of aging/weather beating and turning hair into a beautiful, soft, shiny mane. It is suitable for everyday use as well as top ups and deep moisturizing treatments.

Cold pressed olive oil is rich in Oleic Acid (omega-9 fatty acid) which is a powerful antioxidant and has the ability to sink in past the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to give a long lasting moisturizing and nourishing affect whilst improving the overall condition of the skin in general promoting a more youthful looking and supple texture.

Consistency

I’ve used 3 bottles of this and have found the look and feel to be consistent; the lotion is a thick White-Ivory cream which feels smooth and rich and has a subtle olive smell. It is somewhat greasy to the touch and takes a bit of time and massaging to sink in fully. It’s not heavy but does make an effective night cream and when used in a pea sized quantity it is fine for day wear underneath make up.

How Well It Works – Instant Tan?

As with olive oil in general I find that it makes my skin appear darker and continues to do so until I stop using it and switch to something else. I already have a medium skin tone and on top of that I tan easily even in the Winter sun so I find that this does make me look olive Brown. That could be advantageous to those wanting to look darker or top up their tans but as I don’t currently have two foundations for my skin when tanned and untanned I prefer to use this for my hands and body rather than neck and face.

In regards to moisturizing I find this gently and slowly ‘healing’/soothing in that it doesn’t hydrate in an instant and dramatic way but softens, tones and nourishes my skin in a gradual, long lasting way. It’s particularly good for ‘plumping’ skin so don’t be afraid to try it around the eyes and mouth :-).

As aforementioned this makes a good night cream if a sufficient amount is used but it can be worn (without makeup) either with a two pea sized amounts left to sink in or one at a time as a top up throughout the day.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Dicaprylyl Ether, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isocetyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol/Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ribes Nigrum, Parfum, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Citrus Medical Limonum Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Seed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal.

Price

£6.19 at Holland & Barrett 

Pomegranate

Pomegranate Dr Organic Lotion

Properties

Thought to have originated in Iran (née Persia) pomegranates have an interesting history for both cultural, health and food use e.g. from the trapping/separating of the beautiful Persephone and Demeter to medicinal use in ancient Egypt and India. Pomegranates have a high level of vitamins and antioxidants providing anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It has become very popular recently as a superfruit and as such can be found in all types of skin care products from moisturizers to sun protection.

In the Dr Organic lotion it sits complimentary amongst aloe vera, cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, and Irish moss and yet still stands out with a wow factor justifying the ‘pomegranate’ label.

Consistency

It is a very White thick cream with a silky feel and smooth texture but the first thing I noticed was the smell… Wow, it’s a very heady and invigorating smell with a powerful affect on the senses. It may have been partly because I hadn’t had any fresh fruit in many weeks at the time but the exotic and very fruity scent really elicited the satisfied sensation of having eaten fruit (akin to how the smell of pure cocoa butter can satisfy chocolate cravings). That said every subsequent time I used it the fragrance was still strong and revitalizing.

How Well It Works

The pomegranate lotion works well for day wear as it absorbs quickly and easily which is helpful for makeup wearers and for those who like to top up. As a night lotion it works well but would not see you through ’til morning so best to pair it a small amount of base oil.

Overall I’d say it’s not as moisturizing as the olive lotion but is super hydrating and helps to ‘wake up’ the skin. It softens the skin, makes it slightly radiant, slightly tautens the skin but doesn’t plump so I prefer to use this in warm weather.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glycerin, Isocetyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Punica Granatum Extract, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aroma, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Citric acid, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.

Price £7.19 at Holland & Barrett

Moroccan Argan

Moroccan Argan Oil Dr Organic Skin Lotion

Properties

I went into detail about Argan oil HERE and so was glad to see Dr Organic specifying their products with the locality ‘Moroccan Argan oil’ since it’s a protected and difficult process to grow and extract argan oil and the work done there is helping local humane initiatives and in particular the independence and respect of women and their place in home/society. Dr Organic was the first brand I saw doing this.

Argan oil has a long history in the Mediterranean as a wholesome and nutritious source of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids making it appealing for skin maintenance/improvement and culinary uses. Akin to the pomegranate it has made a modern impact as a cosmetic ‘wonder’ and is what I consider to be a ‘light’ oil in both colour and body yet still rich.

This particular Dr Organic lotion has an extra abundance of amazing ingredients including Kigelia fruit extract, Roselle flower extract, baobab fruit extract, orange fruit oil, clove leaf oil, Geranium oil, lemon peel Oil, Patchouli oil, cinnamon leaf oil, Rosewood oil, wild mint oil, mandarin peel oil, vanilla fruit extract and spearmint oil. Can you say powerhouse? A list like that paints a picture of the best of both worlds, exotic and local in an evocative yet comfortable dance.

Consistency

True to form/brand I found the lotion to be a thick White cream, soft and smooth in texture and this time with a less discernible smell which I would hazard to say is an acquired taste. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t like it either. Unfortunately I found the absorbency of this lotion to be very poor, not only taking a long time but being very uneven.

How Well It Works – Instant Face Lift?

I was quite surprised at the use of citrus and strong/’refreshing’ herb oils in the ingredients list and so had uncertain yet hopeful expectations and found likewise the results to be mixed.

Personally I could not use this on my face, a sad realization after numerous fruitless attempts because even though it really tightens the skin and ‘lifts’ the forehead/eyes with a surprisingly good hold it just would not sink in evenly. I had to use less than what I would normally just to be ‘safe’ but even when it finally sunk in it would leave patches all over regardless of how evenly I tried to put it on. The patches were random as well, changing each time I tried it so I wouldn’t think that the T-Zone is a factor. Strangely it absorbed just fine elsewhere on the body.

In places other than the face and neck (where it leaves less visible but still noticeable residue) the lotion sinks in ok and softens nicely. I would say it softens similarly to the olive though not long lasting and not as invigorating as the pomegranate but still refreshing hence it was a happy medium.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Aqua, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, Glycerin, Coco-caprylate, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 dicitrate/stearate, Sodium magnesium silicate, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Xanthan gum, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Kigelia Africana fruit extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, Adansonia digitata fruit extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) leaf oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Citrus limon peel oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Cinnamomumzeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) oil, Mentha arvensis herb oil, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit extract, Mentha spicata herb oil, Sodium phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium dehydroacetate, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric acid, Limonene, Eugenol, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Benzyl benzoate.

Price £6.99 at Holland & Barrett

Vitamin E

Vitamin E Sunflower Dr Organic Skin Lotion

Properties – What is Vitamin E?

I find the use of names/terms like Vitamin A & E (ahem) to be somewhat vague as product titles and even with the rampant use of such in the cosmetics industry I still find the idea ambiguous because on first impression I’m not sure what I’m getting. That said with healthier options such as Dr Organics I first assume (before reading the ingredients list) that the ingredients have a higher level of said ‘ name’ and in their combination contain or will produce more of the said ‘name’ than the other products from the same brand. I generally know the term ‘Vitamin E’ to apply to a group of health promoting compounds rather than a single vitamin, it’s also a fat soluble nutrient and an antioxidant. That infers to me that it’s a healthy fat (obviously if consumed consciously as part of a lifestyle/diet read up on the possible effects of large quantities and remember that fats are used for many functions in the body not just affecting weight) which is easily broken down and helps prevent oxidization in the body which can lead to degenerative effects such as the ever dreaded aging but also health maladies. With a little research I’ve found that Vitamin E is linked to a healthy immune system, hair and eyes.

As a now common term in the skin care industry Dr Organic describes it ‘as a moisturiser it helps combat premature skin aging and also protects and soothes dry dehydrated and sun exposed skin. It also restores elasticity and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections by increasing hydration.’

Consistency

It is a pure White thick cream which once spread on the palms of my hands looks and feels slightly oily but ‘instantly’ absorbs, yes it’s very fast. I can use it and then type in practically no time at all without leaving grease stains or feeling sticky. This is an excellent quality for daily use and traveling.

I noticed that the Dr Organic website points out that this lotion is fragrance free and usually I see that as meaning not artificially ‘enhanced’ with fragrance/perfume and hence relying on the natural scents of the ingredients or having a mild/subdued smell. However that could apply to all of the lotions of theirs I’ve tried so I’m not sure why it’s described as fragrance free especially as it does have a smell, and a lovely one at that. It’s hard to describe other than it is pleasant and not too strong, almost like a sweet citrus smell.

How Well It Works

I find it moisturizes the facial skin very well with a nice softening both visual and felt. It does the same with the hands but in this weather it takes quite a bit or repeated use to make them visibly softer. I can tell from the way it softens and makes my hands feel smoother/silkier that if formulated as a hand cream specifically I would buy it and it would probably become a staple. As it is I would absolutely love it in warm weather where it would probably make my hands look years younger but right now it’s being hampered by the cold.

It is thick enough to be worn by itself without adding a thin coating of oil and for those wearing make up a thin layer will suffice and dries quick enough to wear foundation or powder over it without it interfering and making lines/runs, blobs or pushing up dry skin. If applied liberally it can also make do as a night cream. On the face I find it has a mildly toning and lifting effect and overall is it very refreshing/hydrating.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glycerin, Isocetyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aroma, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.

Price £6.29 at Holland & Barrett 

The packaging – Mainly a Disadvantage

For the packaging junkies and connoisseurs out there for whom the casing can make or break a decision, the images and overall look of Dr Organic products (in my opinion) is very professional, clear and sleek. Just the right balance of minimalist and vibrant/vivid colour as well as informative so not embarrassing to have displayed in one’s home ;-).

On the downside I find their packaging to be quite heavy/bulky and for some products less could be more making it easier on you and recycling. The lotions come in the form of squeezy containers, very thick plastic which is very secure against damage and spillage but a pain once you’ve used half of it and have to put more effort into getting the product out. I generally find that for hand/face use a bottle will last approx 2 months and 1 month with body use and when I get to the point where squeezing the bottle yields nothing and it feels much lighter in weight telling me it’s ready for the bin it’s actually concealing a lot more. Thankfully my suspicious mind aided me into checking the first bottle I bought. Be prepared with a strong pair of scissors as the lid will just not come off, not even with consistent effort lol so I always have to cut off the top half to reveal at least 1-2 week’s worth of lotion throughout the innards that would be an absolute waste to unconsciously throw away. Note – remember to cover the chopped bottle halves or place them in a container to prevent the lotion drying up and going hard before you can finish it.

Conclusion

In the last year I’ve noticed that The Dr Organic products have pretty much taken over and extended (and arguably enhanced though monopolized) the cosmetic shelves at H&B. What has dwindled in brand variety though has increased in product type; from memory H&B have not had such a wide range of skincare products before and upon speaking to staff in smaller stores I’ve learned that they had to make space for them by decreasing or removing less popular products which is of course a nuisance for those reliant on them (I now have to shop purely online for some items that were on the hitlist) but helpful as an alternative to pharmacy and department store aisles of cosmetic chemical craziness.

To be honest I started purchasing Dr Organic lotions out of necessity when I didn’t have internet access or was outside of cosmopolitan circumstances within which I could hunt down products in local shopping districts. Thankfully in my experience there is always a Holland & Barrett in a town or on a major highstreet and despite my initial reservations I resorted to buying a couple of the above lotions but was surprisingly and increasingly impressed and pleased with the results. The regular ‘buy-one-get-one-half-price’ or ‘buy-one-get-one-for-a-penny’ sales also helped in swaying where I spent my proverbial pound 😉 but overall for the size and quality the prices are very competitive anyway.

One thing I like about these lotions is that the first ingredient is aloe vera and not water; I have no problem with water of course but in this day and age it’s hard to know where it’s coming from, what’s in it and how/if it’s been filtered even in organic products. The additional use of coca butter and shea butter for the base help make these lotions thick and reliable. The ones I’ve tried all sufficiently moisturize and hydrate especially in the freezing weather, both as a barrier and boost for the skin making them a helpful and convenient highstreet alternative to hunting down appropriate lifestyle products on foot or online.

I look forward to which one I’ll try next!

Weleda Products Review – Oils and Body Wash

Weleda Goodies – Mini Oils and Creamy Body Wash

Weleda is the world’s leading producer of anthroposophical medicines and natural cosmetics. We exist to serve humanity and the world as a whole. We believe that every human is a unique individual, connected to the world in body, soul and spirit.

For the past ninety years we have been working in harmony with nature and the human being, using the purest natural ingredients to create meaningful products that enhance your body’s own vitality and the ability to nurture and heal.

100% Pure and Natural. All our products are certified natural by Nature and we aim to use only the purest wild-crafted, biodynamic or organically grown ingredients.
– No petroleum derived ingredients
– No synthetic chemicals
– No synthetic preservatives
– No synthetic fragrances
– No GMOs
– Never tested on animals

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent these sample size goodies by Weleda PR but all thoughts and opinions are my own after having tested the products. All of the products tested are vegan friendly.

Weleda Oils Body Wash Rose Lavender Sea Buckthorn Pomegranate Sweet Almond

Oils that do the business! 10ml

I am a big fan of natural oils, for food, skincare and healing so I was more than a little excited to try these and I have to say that I was and continue to be very impressed. They are packaged in small yet solid glass bottles/vials, with a leaflet inside a cardboard box.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Ingredients – Sesame Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Fragrance* Limonene*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*. (*From natural essential oils)

This was the first oil I tried and even after having used many oils, I was still a Sea Buckthorn oil newbie and for the first time in a long time I had a ‘Wow’ feeling after using this. I hadn’t really moisturized that much during the Summer heat especially not with oils but with the change in temperature my skin was ready for some pampering nourishment and it got it, and then some, with this oil.

It is a bright Orange rich/heavy oil with a subtle (and imo lovely), slightly heady smell. I primarily used it overnight, first cleansing my skin and then putting a little on before going to sleep, and when I woke up in the morning had the pleasant surprise of glowing and ultra soft skin. For the first week I woke up to these lovely results and my skin also looked a little fuller (alas with age the face tends to get more defined and the ‘rounded’ face of youth becomes a memory). After that my skin stopped glowing and the youthful look wasn’t as pronounced but my skin was still extremely soft whilst looking and feeling well nourished. I also found it especially helpful to use after steaming e.g. having a bath, when the skin needed moisturizing more this oil really stepped up to the plate and my skin did not feel like it lost anything through the exposure to water.

Overall I’d give this product a 9/10 because it does what it says on the packaging though I would have liked the initial reactions to have lasted a bit longer before my skin got used to it. But anything that naturally makes my skin both look and feel younger has my appreciation!

Sea Buckthorn Body Oil. Intensely nourishes and revitalizes. Helps skin regain its natural vitality.

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil

Ingredients – Jojoba Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Millet Seed Extract, Fragrance*, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Sunflower Petal Extract, Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Coumarin*, Farnesol. (*From natural essential oils)

As you can see this particular product is like an oil powerhouse. I don’t usually use so many in combination as I find, even with the best ingredients they can have different effects and some ingredients will downplay or overwhelm others hence it’s hard to get the full range of benefits. However, using this product showed me that the recipe was balanced and complimentary in its effect.

This oil is the more traditional Yellowish tone and has a strong scent that reminds me of sweets/candy but with a sourness too. I used it mostly as an overnight product due to its ‘richness’ and because of all the different oils included I was slightly worried about how long it would take to absorb. It turns out that I was right and that it served best overnight on my ‘normal’ skin (not too dry or greasy), as well as an after-steam moisturizer.

It didn’t have the same ‘Wow’ factor as the Sea-Buckthorn but I was still more than pleased with it – I had the initial (though shorter lasting than the Sea-Buckthorn) ‘glow’ that I tend to have when trying new products and deeply moisturized feeling but the difference was that with product the softness lasted all day. I’d top up my skin’s condition with cream/lotion after washing, but overall the skin was still soft so I didn’t need to use as much. With long term use I’d guess that I wouldn’t need to top up with lotion as much because the oil would improve the overall condition of my skin.

Overall I’d rate this as 8/10 – it does what it says on the box and over time I think would be good value for both younger and mature skin but with the combination of oils might noticeably work differently for different people.

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil. Promotes skin renewal. Helps to increase appearance of skin firmness.

Almond Soothing Facial Oil

Ingredients – Sweet Almond Oil, Plum Seed Oil, Blackthorn Flower Extract

When I read the ingredients list on this one I thought ‘now this is my kind of product’ – I like such lists to have few and whole ingredients, though that is just my preference and I’m not adverse to longer lists as long as they show quality over quantity.

As many of you will know sweet almond oil makes an excellent base for other oils that need to be used more sparingly and as such it is quite mild and suitable for many skin types. I therefore knew that I could use it more casually than the Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate oils and was happy to see it combined with what I’ve read as ‘super’ nourishing and beneficial ingredients. It has a very light Yellow tone and very subtle smell that I can’t quite figure out what it reminds me of – but nevertheless should please those who dislike fragrant products.

I used this particularly after the temperature/climate significantly told us ‘Winter is here’ when my facial skin was feeling sensitive and a bit sore. I found the oil to be gentle and soothing like a light barrier, and it absorbed quite quickly with some massaging. It didn’t act so much as a preventative or very protective shield for the cold as it did a soothing balm but it isn’t supposed to be – it worked well for what is was/is, all day mid-level to cold (but not too cold) weather conditioner and buffer for sensitive to normal skin. Coupled with warm clothing it did the business.

Overall I’d give this a 7.5/10 because again this product does what it claims is a gentle general/all purpose oil but does not have the extra noticeable benefits that many are looking for nowadays like regained youthfulness, extra softening, sustained results over time, firmness yet elasticity etc. (Note – the full facial oil product size is 50ml, whereas the body oils reviewed are 100ml.)

Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Calms and nourishes sensitive skin. Ideal to use an eye makeup remover.

Lavender Relaxing Body Oil

Ingredients – Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Lavender Oil, Fragrance*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*. (*From natural essential oils)

Lavender is well known for its relaxing yet uplifting properties for both the skin and the mind. What is lesser known about it is that it has anti-sceptic and anti-inflammatory properties – two things that I gladly welcomed when for the first time in years my lips were invaded by cold sores! Perhaps its age combined with life and the quick change in whether we experienced in the UK recently but whatever the reason(s) I was not happy about them and was glad that I had a helper, in the form of Lavender oil on hand. In addition to using it as a shield on the more exposed parts of the body (hands, face and neck) I carefully used it around the cold sores (both when fresh and after having dried and turned into scabs) and noticed that even though the cold sores were still present and stayed as long as cold sores do, there wasn’t any actual ‘soreness’ to the skin. It didn’t hurt or later itch when using the oil and most importantly they didn’t spread or resurface in later infections.

The oil has a barely Yellow tone and doesn’t have as strong a smell as other branded Lavender oils I’ve used but that may be because there are two oils before the Lavender in the Weleda version whereas I am used to one base/carrier oil.

Overall I’d rate this as an 8/10. The oil isn’t as softening as other oils but it’s special in its soothing/calming properties and health care value, also a little goes a long way and it absorbs quicker than heavier oils. The main point I’m unsure about is based on people’s preferences – if you prefer a bigger dose of lavender this may not be for you as it is more subtle than others I’ve tried, but on the other hand a milder version might just be what you are looking for.

Lavender Relaxing Body Oil. Soothes and calms. Helps to reduce tension and harmonize the mind.

Wild Rose Body Oil

Ingredients – Jojoba Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Fragrance*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*. (*From natural essential oils)

I had’t been too impressed with many other rose products that I’d tried so far but that was until I tried this rose oil…

The first things I noticed was that this oil has quite a strong Yellow colour and the smell, wow the smell – The first time I opened the bottle and got a waft of the scent I thought ‘beautiful’ and then when I put it on the palms of my hands to put on my face and it warmed with the temperature, only then did I realize fully how beautiful the aroma is. It is enchanting and I can see why rose oils have been used since ancient times to attract one’s love interest. It really is like walking into a rose garden every time I use it.

The oil is fairly absorbent and doesn’t take too long to sink in with massaging so I was able to use it during the day (hands, face and neck) as well as overnight. I noticed that not only was my skin very soft, it was also smooth and more taut. There were a few nights during the testing period where I was too tired to moisturize before bed and where I didn’t sleep in good positions i.e. I ended up sleeping on my face but the following mornings I noticed that the tautness remained from the day use of the rose oil, all the way through the night and to the next morning. My skin would be drier than when I’d first applied it but as soon as I got up it went straight back into place rather than leaving sleep lines.

Overall I’d give this 10/10 – again it’s a Weleda oil that does was it says on the box, but it also has everything my skin needs. It’s moisturising, nourishing, improves the skin’s aging condition, is absorbent, long lasting and smells heavenly.

Wild Rose Body Oil. Pampering care. Helps improve skin’s suppleness and elasticity leaving it smooth and radiant.

(From advertising received) Musk rose oil is rich in skin-caring essential fatty acids, and helps stimulate the skin’s natural functions. The Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Care range contains a selection of products to protect, moisturise and care intensively for delicate skin. The scent is uplifting, refreshing and feminine. It takes three tonnes of fresh rose petals to make just one litre of precious essential oil of rose.

Weleda’s European beauty consultant, Lilith Schwertle, explains: “In our 30s the skin retains still its youthful resilience and elasticity but is also starting to show the fist signs of ageing, mostly around the eyes. Our unique facial characteristics are beginning to form. The skin may not glow as much as it used to in our 20s, and may be drier. At this time it’s important to support the regenerating processes in the skin with ingredients high in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Rosa Mosqueta seed oil. This helps skin stay elastic and firm, strengthens the skin and builds up the protective barrier functions. Rose seed oil has also been traditionally used to counteract and reduce scar tissue and pigmentation, and to stimulate skin cell renewal. This nourishing oil contains vitamins A and E which help minimise the signs of ageing. Rosa Mosqueta helps the skin to maintain a harmonious balance.”

Shower Special

Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 20ml

Ingredients: Water, Coco-Glucoside, Sesame Seed Oil, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Glycerin, Fragance*, Carrageenan, Macadamia Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Millet Seed Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid (non-milk, plant based [confirmed by Weleda PR]), Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*. (*From natural essential oils)

For those special minutes showering each morning that I need to wake me up properly, I also worry about losing skin moisture. I’ve tried a number of shower cleansers and have liked very few. In this case as the name said it was creamy, and soft – but not only that, it actually felt somewhat revitalizing. I say somewhat because in general I use just enough and don’t lather up in soapy way but it’s enough to make me feel more awake and alive lol.

My skin felt instantly softer underneath it and retained some of that softness after toweling dry, unlike a number of other products I’ve tried where none of the softness stayed once washed off. The smell wasn’t one I particularly cared for as it was a tangy sweet smell that generally reminded me of lozenges but as I no longer use anything with artificial perfumes/fragrances, I appreciate that it’s the smell of natural ingredients and it doesn’t last after the wash. However my skin quickly got ‘used’ to this product and the post-towel softness decreased.

Overall I give this product a 6.5/10 because I have products that moisturize more, are more creamy and luxurious feeling and I personally enjoy the smell of more (which hence serves to enhance my mornings). The product also doesn’t really say ‘pomegranate’ to me, but it does clean and softens well whilst washing. The full size product is 200ml (in recyclable plastic) and this sample lasted just over a week so it would have been long last and value for money had I bought a full sized squeezy tube.

Here are choice quotes I found interesting from the advertising I received:

Enjoy this ultra-creamy cleanser with the confidence that the eco-friendly ingredients are as gentle on the planet as they are on skin. In standard shower gels the foaming agents – tensides – can adversely affect the environment as well as upset your skin’s natural balance. But the genuinely natural cleansing agents in this Weleda body wash are especially mild, are made from sugar and coconut, are quickly and entirely biodegradable and ecologically-sound even for aquatic life. Unlike many shower gels which can irritate delicate skin due to their high alkali content, this creamy body wash is naturally pH balanced, and it’s also free from sulphates (SLS/SLES) which are known skin irritants.

Weleda’s organic pomegranate comes from the fertile valleys in the coastal region of Icel in southern Turkey. This thriving fair trade farming partnership ensures Weleda has a top quality supply of organic pomegranate, and guarantees the farmers a reliable income. Harvesting begins just after dawn, the crop is hand picked, carefully and laboriously, to ensure the best quality fruit. The juice is extracted (for Weleda’s new hydrating Pomegranate Facial Serum) and the seeds are then dried before they are cold pressed to extract the valuable oil for this Creamy Body Wash. To produce just 1kg of the precious oil requires 500kg of pomegranates.

As aforementioned, Weleda caters to people in general, not just specific target groups and so they also offer cosmetic lines for Mother and Baby Care, Mens skincare, Oral Care (for all people) and natural Medicine (helping issues like muscular pain, stress, upset stomach, first aid and coughs/colds) and homeopathic remedies. One particular line I’m interested in are their additive free, sugar free (diabetic friendly) juices and elixirs – some of which are also honey free (vegan friendly). So if anyone has tried them please let me know!

I hope, dear reader, that you have found this review helpful and interesting; my thanks to you and to Weleda PR for giving me the opportunity to review these products.

All the best!