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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!