The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum

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Some time ago I was persuaded to host a Body Shop party and as a result I ended up buying quite a few products having been convinced by the Body Shop advisor that they were worth buying. This as one of those products and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and benefits of this product.

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Prior to attending the party where I was persuaded to host my own party I had no idea there was a party plan side of the Body Shop. If you host a party you get extra presents provided your party buys more than £100 plus and if others book a party from your party then you get even more.
They say that they will always beat shop prices but I am not so sure as I bought some things on line at 50% off and used a money off code and they were much cheaper so I would say that it pays to shop around and check in store and on line prior to going to any party.

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Body Shop of course was one of the first companies to fight animal testing and create products using Fair trade ingredients etc when it was started by Anita Brodick . The Body Shop was previously owned by L’Oréal . It is now owned by Natura. While all beauty products sold in the EU are under the same ban and cannot be tested on animals and neither can any of their ingredients.

Body Shop now have removed all their shops and products from China and are working with the Chinese regulatory authorities to find other ways of testing that do not involve animals so things are improving slowly there which I am happy to learn. However they still do not have the official leaping bunny symbol on their products so obviously not PETA approved.

Body Shop are working on minimising their packing and state that their “pack-to-content ratio will never exceed 0.2 grams of packaging per gram of product” . They use paper and card that is from an FSC – certified source.

They do seem to be working towards reducing their impact on the planet by using low energy lighting in stores reducing heating and using more efficient technology. They aim to reduce their energy use by 50%.

If you look on their site they have a big article about their commitment to the planet which is quite interesting.

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“This lightweight, pre-moisturiser treatment boosts the skin giving enhanced all-day moisture and protection. Formulated with protective vitamin E and moisturising wheatgerm oil. Leaves skin feeling instantly smooth. Follow with our selection of Vitamin E day and night moisturisers, as part of your personalised skincare programme.”

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This serum comes in a neat plastic cylindrical container with an air pump dispenser which has a clear plastic lid covering it. The air pump is great as it keeps the contents uncontaminated and dispenses just the right amount per pump. It also dispensed every last bit too as I have just finished mine and it is really properly empty.

The serum was a light pinkish colour and more like a light lotion than some serums I have used. I applied this to my face skin after cleansing and toning. It is a very light feeling product that was easy to apply and gently smooth upwards onto the skin on my face. I found I didn’t have long to wait for this to soak into my skin and then I could apply my moisturiser.

The serum main claim is that it has a boost of vitamin E which helps the skin maintain its moisture and is what ageing skin needs extra help with in order to maintain its elasticity. This serum is suitable for all skin types and ages as it is never too soon to start looking after your skin, I wish I had started earlier as now I have left it until I already have lines and wrinkles and can only hope to slow any further damage.

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UV rays not only can cause skin cancer but also contribute to the skin ageing and does damage the skin’s natural reserves of vitamin E so using a product with extra Vitamin E should help your skin replenish its natural reserves and this also acts as an anti oxidant protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

I am of the age when my skin is described as mature but I do also have a greasy T zone with enlarged pores. I have not found that this serum has made my skin greasy at all on my T zone zone area but seems to adapt to both types of my skin and keeps it all equally moisturised but not greasy. My make up stays put when I use this and doesn’t slide off during the day either.

This has Community Trade honey from Ethiopia but this aroma doesn’t come through at all and this serum doesn’t have much of an aroma at all. It smells slightly like a freshly washed baby, sort of baby powder and quite pleasant.

It does however have some dubious ingredients such as Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Benzoate, Isododecane, and others including fragrances. I do prefer products that are natural and environmentally friendly as well as not tested on animals but having bought this I was not going to let it go to waste.

I do have sensitive skin which s prone to itchy rashes and eczema hence looking for more natural products having said that when I used this I didn’t have any skin issues at all. I can’t say I noticed any major improvement in my face skin but I always use good quality skin care products and I think the best I can hope for is that I stop things getting any worse and that my skin keeps eczema and rash free as well as looking healthy and feeling soft, smooth and springy.

This serum cost me around £12 when I bought it but I notice on line that it is now a different formula called Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil and for £16 you get 28 ml but this one comes with an eye dropper dispenser.

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The new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, Cool BB Cream, SPF 15 Moisture Lotion, Lip Care SPF 15, Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Treatment
Illuminating Moisture Cream, Eye Cream, Night Cream, Neck Gel, Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, Hydrating Face Mist, Face Wash, Aqua boost Sorbet as well as a number of others as well.

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I quite liked this serum but obviously buying it again is not an option. I have not tried the new product so can’t say what I think of that. I have a number of other serums to use before I need to look for another but the price is a fair one for a quality effective product so I might buy the new version in future.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

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I had small bottle of this micellar water in a beauty box some time ago. I usually use an oil based cleanser but am happy to try other products when they come in beauty boxes or from samples.

~~~~~~~~~ WHAT IS MICELLAR WATER ? ~~~~~~~

As you might suspect this is mainly water. But apparently they add some magic molecules to water to make it attract dirt and grease from your skin. These special magic molecules are a mixture of oils and some natural acids hat ar supposed to cleanse and tone our skin more naturally.

~~~~~~~ WHAT BIODEMA SAY ~~~~~~

“Sensibio H2O is the 1st and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin: its fatty acid esters, the constituent elements of micelles, are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes
and naturally help rebuild the skin’s hydrolipidic film.”

I don’t really understand the science and it may well be a big con but these with more scientific knowledge than I have may understand.

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~~~~~~WHAT DOES IT DO ? ~~~~~~~

This is not water for drinking but to cleanse your face. This particular one is created for sensitive skin . It claims to even remove waterproof make up which is pretty amazing as I struggle to remove waterproof eye liners and mascara as I don’t want to scrub at my eyes.

They say it is not only good for using on sensitive skin but it also soothes and clears up irritated skin.

They also say it leaves you feeling refreshed and clean and you don’t need to rinse it off after cleansing with this.

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This comes in four different sizes, five if you count my mini sample size which had around 30 ml in it . The sizes they sell are : Bottles with screw off lids and hole in the top to dispense in 100 ml, 250 ml and 500 ml. They then have one with a pump dispenser that holds 500 ml. The 100 l costs around £5.10, the 250 ml around £10.80

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Firstly my small bottle lasted me about a week so you don’t need a huge amount to cleanse your face. I took mine to the States last year and used it while away but didn’t get around to finishing my review till now. I write notes to hep me remember things !

It looks like water and smells pretty much of nothing too but does feel a bit different , as though it is softer and slightly oily but if you didn’t know and just looked at it you would think it was water.

I used this with cotton pads soaked it in this water. I then started with my eyes and gently wiped them then using an upward movement until I could see no make up around them Then I cleansed the rest of my face with fresh pads. Sometimes I did wash my face with my face soap/cleanser stuff first and finished off with this depending on how much make up I had on or sun cream and ow dirty I felt. We did spend time in deserts and they were windy and very dry and I found my face did feel dirty after a day out. Sometimes I showered first then used this stuff on my face after my shower o deep clean my face.

This was great for travelling as it meant I only had to take one bottle as opposed to a cleanser and toner as this did both .

There is no added fragrance to this so it really has no smell at all which is a good thing fr anyone avoiding artificial fragrances.

It is also alcohol free so great for sensitive skins. It is also free of those horrible parabens or no phenoxyethanol and is hypoallergenic too.

It is quite gentle and certainly I had no adverse reaction when using my sample bottle. The fat that is has no alcohol helps stop the skin from drying too much and is one less ingredient that can cause skin irritation. It does feel nice and cool on my skin which was nice as we were in laces where the temperature was quite high and my face had been out in the sun all day.

Sensibio H2O guarantees that their formula is not only gentle on the skin but also is safe for use around the eyes which is good considering it is supposed to remove even water proof mascara. It is PH balanced so matches the skin PH and is soap free hnce no stinging in the eyes.

I found it quite effective at removing make up. I kept on wiping with cotton pads until my face was no longer giving off any colour at all. Would I use this instead of my oil based cleansers and toners etc? Probably not as I do like how my face feels after using my oil based cleansers, it feels clean and yet not dry at all. When using this water stuff my face felt clean but slightly less moist or more parched and it felt like it was desperate for its moisturiser. It just wasn’t quite right, not having to rinse it off felt odd and it did have a very slight tacky feel to it.

 

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~~~~~ SO IS IT JUST WATER WITH A FANCY NAME? ~~~~~~

Well yes , it is basically water with some added ingredients but water is the first ingredient.

The next ingredient n the list is PEG-6 Caprylic/ capric glycerides which are derived from coconut oils.

The next is cucumber extract which is soothing and gentle and cooling.

Mannitol is next and that is actually a sugar alcohol so it does have alcohol!! This is added as it s a humectant which means it traps in moisture and is a skin conditioner.

Xyliol is another sugar alcohol often found in toothpastes but in this it is added because it is also a humectant and it is said to help the skin retain its natural moisture and boost levels of hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricant that assists in collagen production.

Rhamnose is naturally occuring sugar that is said to be an anti winkle agent.

Fructooligosaccharides are yet another natural sugar and are natural alternative to retinol. They are said to have the same benefits such as collagen synthesis and UV protection. They are also also natural emulsifiers and conditioners.

Propylene Glycol is a mineral oil based ingredient that absorbs water so not so natural really

Disodium EDTA is as a preservative, binding agent and stabilizer, as well as being the foaming and cleaning ingredient in this product.

Cetrimonium bromide is a ammonium salt it helps the oil mix with the water in this and also help the mixture form large micelles, or emulsion droplets. Oil-in-water micelles are clusters of molecules with an oily center which is what makes this product a micelle water I guess.

So it is not all natural and does in fact have sugar alcohol ingredients so not quite what they say.

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Personally I don’t think this is anything special and Garnier sell a similar product for lot less money that does the same job as I have tried it and used it before I used this sample. I would not buy this at the price it is selling for but obviously others think it is worth the money as one bottle of Sensibio H2O sold around the world every 5 seconds!

It does cleanse my face but I am not happy leaving it unrinsed on my face . I would not use just this and then not rinse and tone then moisturise my face. I prefer natural products so will stick to my natural plant based oil cleanser and natural floral water as my face feels better and cleaner with those.

If you are interested in trying a micellar water then check the ingredients and compare and you will find that High street brands like Garnier offer a cheaper and equally effective option.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream

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Just before we went away on our latest holiday I was in Boots checking out the various products. While browsing the Bare Minerals counter the young lady there offered me a chance to try their new foundation and applied this on to my face to colour match me. After this she gave me a few samples to try at home for myself. I took these away with me as they were flat and light and had an SPF in them which would protect my face even when I forgot to apply any sun protection.

~~~***~~~ABOUT BARE MINERALS ~~~***~~~

I have to admit I have tried a few of their products but as they are quite expensive I have baulked at actually buy any so far.

Their slogan is “ Be Original, Be Natural, Be Good” which I like as it says a lot in very few words.

Bare Minerals is part of the Bare Escentuals family which includes Buxom and MD Formulations, neither of which I have herd of before. They are in turn under the umbrella of Shiseido . The company is based in San Francisco and their products are based on natural minerals .

I am also happy to know that this company are cruelty free and not just “Unless the country laws require testing” they are genuinely cruelty free.

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I feel that is a fair price for a high quality, natural product that is both pleasant to use and effective and does what it promises.

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*** RECOMMENDED? ***

Yes I found this to be a decent quality and effective moisturising foundation which suited me as I don’t want a thick coverage. It matched my skin perfectly and should imagine with 16 shades most skin tones would be served well. There are certainly some very pale, almost alabaster ones and others pretty dark – one called Sienna looks to be fairly dark but as you can go and test it in store I would suggest doing that before buying.
My samples came in foil sachets each holding 0.75ml of the product which was plenty for two applications on my face I found.

The full sized version holds 35 ml and comes in an upside down plastic tube – it stands on its lid so that the contents are down where you want them even when I gets emptier . I like these tubs as I have discovered that if you cut the end off with scissors when it is “empty” I can still get around five or six extra uses from the tubes. I just cover the end with cling wrap at that stage!

The tube can be recycled through any plastic recycling scheme.

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~~~***~~~ ETHICS ~~~***~~~

As I mentioned before this is a cruelty free company and this is their statement which I have checked with various animal rights sits and have found to be correct :
“Please feel at ease when using bareMinerals products as we do not test any products on animals. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
bareMinerals natural haired brushes are made of Goat and Pony. Please note that no animals are harmed in the process of making our brushes. For our customers who chose not to use animal haired brushes we do offer a variety of high end synthetic brushes.”

They do not use child labour at all either or do business with any company that does.

I cannot find any information about their use of recycled materials or if they are energy conscious in manufacture.

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~~~ ABOUT THIS PRODUCT~~~

This comes in a huge sixteen shades and the one I as colour matched as best for me was “Natural 05” and I have found it really is a great match and is almost invisible whilst at the same time giving my skin a naturally even tone.

This is one of those great combination products as it is not only giving the skin moisturiser but is also keeping it hydrated and giving a simple natural looking foundation as well. It is a BB cream, a CC and a tinted moisturiser all in one so perfect for those who do not ant to spend hours applying make up.

This product is made with: “olive-derived squalane, marine botanicals, hydrating humectants trehalose and glycerin, and coconut-derived ingredients to replenish, hydrate, nourish and

condition. While unique water-encapsulations give skin that instant burst of hydration.”

~~~&&&~~~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~***~~~

I don’t like heavy foundations and usually opt for a BB or CC cream as I find they keep my skin hydrated and do give a decent coverage or balance out uneven skin tones quite well. I do also use a mineral based powder when my T zone gets a bit greasy in summer but I don’t layer on a thick undercoat at all. I wanted something simple and quick to use while on holiday as my husband likes to get going and out and about early so we miss nothing!

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The young lady applied this with their special complexion brush but I used my fingers while we were away but I do sometimes use a special make up sponge when at home as it does blend it better than fingers.

I found that I did still cleanse tone and apply a bt of moisturiser which I did before breakfast then applied this hen we can back to our hotel room after breakfast before I cleaned my teeth. I did sometimes mix some sun protection into the moisturiser if we were going out on sunny days but this does have SPF30 which does mean a small amount of protection which is handy.

I liked that this was so smooth and creamy to apply and that a little gave me a decent level of coverage. As it so closely matched my skin colour I really didn’t need to use much at all. I have five samples and these gave me round 10 to 12 days of use which I thought as excellent. By that sort of reckoning a 35 ml tube should give you at least 70 days but it dos depend of how much you personally want to use in order to get the depth of coverage you want.

The temperatures were pretty hot where we were and at times my face did get a bit shiny so I did apply a bit of extra powder to absorb the shine but apart from that this product stayed put and lasted me all day long.

If you were wanting to go out at night then I would suggest a re application but we are past night clubbing and we find that in America and Canada dressing up to go out to eat is not something they do unless you are going very high end and we don’t go high end especially since the £ has dropped in value so much! I applied this in the morning and cleansed my face at night before bed.

The young lady who applied the test product in Boots a that this was the only make up that you could seep in and nit damage your skin. I didn’t test that claim as I always cleanse my face before bed but this might be useful to those who live it up at night ad are too tired after a night out to cleanse their skin.

The nice thing about this product is that you can layer it to give a sheer to a deeper coverage so suits those who like a full coverage as well as those like me who prefer a lighter coverage. Obviously if you want a deeper coverage you will use more product and by using the special foundation brush you can blend it into different parts of your face s maybe you get a deeper coverage on your T zone and less on your cheeks or you cn apply a bit more over any skin blemish to cover that too.

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Apparently they found that there was an average 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week in an independent U.S. clinical study of 62 participants. I never know what to make of these studies as I m not sure ho they measure this r if I is just the participant’s obsevations so I take this with a pinch of salt.

I was happy with how this felt, lasted and looked on my face. I would buy this and might well do when I have finished some of the many bits and samples as well as full sized products I seem to have collected.

~~~***~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND PRICE ~~~***~~~

I found this in Boots and they sell the 35 ml tube for £27 Bare Minerals site has it for £28 and I suspect postage is extra. Debenhams and House of Fraser also have it for £28 while Escentual.com sells it for £23.80 with, I suspect extra for postage.

AVEENO DAILY MOISTURISING BODY YOGURT

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a sample sachet of this body moisturiser through the post from Aveeno. I have used Aveeno products in the past and so has my step daughter to help her eczema. Aveeno products are based on oatmeal which is calming for the skin.

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Aveeno makes a variety of products for the skin for babies through to adults. Their products are all based on naturally active colloidal oatmeal or oat extracts.

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The Aveeno brand started way back in 1945 by the Musher brothers in the USA. They worked with the Mayo Clinic experimenting with raw cereals . They discovered that using 100% colloidal oatmeal as a natural bath additive those with dry and irritated skin had great improvement. Colloidal oatmeal is known for its ability to hold in moisture and relieve dry, irritated skin naturally. They developed the Aveeno range based on 100% colloidal oatmeal and other ingredients have been added as thy discover more.

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“Formulated with colloidal oatmeal and nutrient rich yogurt concentrate, the AVEENO® Daily Moisturising Vanilla and Oat scented body yogurt will provide an enriching experience that is as good for your skin as it is for your senses.”

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I do only have a sachet of this which holds just 10 ml of the product so my experience is based on that. As I mentioned I have used a number of Aveeno products before and been very happy with them all. One I am using at the present time is a spray which is great as I can apply it to my back myself but tat is another review!

This product has not only the 100% colloidal oatmeal but also has yogurt which is also soothing and repairing for the skin. It smells subtly of these two ingredients which sounds a bit off putting but is actually quite pleasant and not at all like a breakfast meal. It smells slightly sweet and of vanilla, not at all strong so really nice for anyone to use.

It feels quite light and not at all greasy but once applied to my skin it soaks in quickly and leaves it feeling very soft and and well moisturised. At times my skin actually feels a bit like dried up paper and when I applied this straight away the cream was absorbed and my skin felt smooth and looked healthier and I have found that my back doesn’t itch now I can apply the other Aveeno product myself. I used this sachet on my body and arms after my evening bath and the 10 mls was used in that one application.

140470958My skin quickly absorbed this as my body was warm and slightly damp from my bath so this moisture was then trapped by the cream. I slept well with no night wake up to scratch and in the morning my skin still felt normal rather than dry and papery.

I have found that as I have got older my skin seems to need lot more help than it used to in order to keep looking healthy, feeling soft an smooth and to stop this weird itching that I get from time to time. I like using products that smell nice so have to choose these carefully hence opting for more natural choices when I can. This Aveeno yogurt moisturise has a lovely almost newly washed baby aroma, subtle, clean and comforting.

When I used this I found my skin stayed looking healthy until my next bath the following evening. I have stopped having showers each morning as my skin was drying out too much and only shower when I wash my hair. In my bath I can add moisturising oils to help keep my skin getting overly dried out and I find a bath a relaxing treat while showers are functional to get clean and wash my hair.

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Research has proved that colloidal oatmeal is beneficial to the skin helping to restore the skin’s natural barrier this preventing moisture loss. Oatmeal is also soothing.

When the skin becomes very dry then rashes, itching and eczema etc can be caused. I constantly moisturise my skin these days in order to prevent the dryness and itchiness but do sometimes have to resort to anti histamines for the itching. I have had many skin tests and thy cannot work out what is causing it so it seems to be something I have to just deal with as best I can.

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Aveeno have developed a way of processing this oatmeal and other naturally active ingredients derived from nature in such a way that the beneficial skincare properties are preserved.

Jennifer Anniston seems to be the advertising face of the brand I wonder if he uses it or if she feels the way Helen Mirren does despite advertising for L’Oreal and just takes their money!

Not so good to know is that this brand is a Johnson & Johnson company and they do test on animals. Their products do not claim to be free of animal testing and they do not carry the leaping bunny symbol.

This does not claim to be an all natural product which when you look at the list of ingredients you can see why. The top ingredient is water followed by Glycerin which may be natural products such as vegetable oil, or may be synthesized from propylene alcohol.
Distearyldimonium Chloride which is an organic compound classified as quaternary ammonium salt and is a softening agent.

Isopropyl Palmitate is derived from coconut oil and is a lubricant making skin softer.

Petrolatum is a petroleum based product like Vaseline

Cetyl Alcohol can be from this ingredient can be of either animal or plant origin and originall came from Sperm whales and is a fatty acid lubricant and moisturising agent.

Dimethicone is a silicone based polymer and crates a barrier of protection on the skin and can give a healthy gloss and plump skin to make it look less old.

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Avena Sativa Kernel Flour only now do we get to the oatmeal ingredientan this is followed by the Yogurt Powder

The rest of the ingredients are as follows and I leave it up to you if you want to know more : Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl A.

It is disappointing to see how low down the list the two active natural ingredients in this product are but as I said it doesn’t state that it is a natural product only that it contains naturally derived ingredients.

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You can buy Aveeno products from a number of Highstreet pharmacists including Boots and Superdrug. There are a number of online sellers too including Amazon. It is also sold in supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and others but they may not all carry the full range.

This specific product in the 200 ml screw top tub costs £4.11 from Amazon, £4.33 from Tesco and that is their reduced price, the usual one is £6.50 which is the price in Boots as well. Superdrug don’t have this particular product from Aveeno but have others. So as always shop around and use your loyalty points cards and cash back to save that but extra.

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It is a reasonably priced and quite effective moisturiser but if you are concerned about animal testing or the use of natural ingredients then you may want to do a bit more checking yourself. I tend to buy this brand when thy are reduced and I do like the after shower mist as there are not many products that spray moisturiser so that I can apply moisturiser to my back by myself.

Personally I won’t be rushing out to replace the sample pack. It was nice enough but I do prefer to support British companies and companies that are actively against animal testing . I also prefer to use those with natural plant based rather than petroleum or animal derived ingredients too when I do buy my own products.
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Weleda Rose tinted lip balm

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Weleda released these beautiful all natural lip balms about a year ago and I have the rose one. There are two others, Lip Balm Berry Red and  Lip Balm Nude.  I have it on good authority that that the berry on is gorgeous but I have only had experience of the rose one.

Weleda say : ” The creamy-light lip care with a hint of colour and a subtle sheen enhances the natural beauty of your lips.”

These natural lip balms come in pretty plastic tubes with sloped ends and a small hole to dispense the product.

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The each cost £6.99 and hold 10 ml but I have found mine has lasted well as you don’t need to apply loads and each application sinks into my lips and laves my lips feeling nourished and not in need of constant applications.

 

The rose on is a subtle pink colour that barely shows on my lips but it ‘tastes’ of rose and makes my lips and mouth smell lovely and of fresh roses.

 

Weleda only use natural ingredients and never test on animals and are a really ethical company. I find their products are fairly priced for items of such high quality.

Many of their products are suitable for vegans and all suitable for vegetarians. This is a vegan friendly product.
small-wildroseIngredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mica (Cl 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*.  *from natural essential oils

 

Welda say their tinted lip balms can directly be applied on the lips, for a natural care and a subtle sheen.

Weleda’s Tip: For very dry lips, our Everon® lip care can be gently applied as a foundation prior to the tinted lip balms, for an additional care and natural lips.

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I love my rose tinted lip balm and my next purchase will be the berry one I think

 

 

Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo

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For some time I was a member of a site where you got products at a reduced price in return for writing a review on amazon. This was one of those products I was lucky enough to get at a vastly reduced price. Sadly that site is no longer

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Prior to joining this great site for amazon products I had never come across this brand but since then I have become an ardent fan of every one of their products I have tried. The company is based in LA California and they only sell on line. In this country you can order most of their products through amazon which is good news as postage from the USA is expensive. They believe “To fuse the beauty and art of nature to harvest affordable, eco-friendly, health-conscious products for your skin, hair, mind, body and spirit.” They use only natural ingredients and these are sourced from where they grow best so argan comes from Morocco while the Melaleuca from Australia and their products contain the highest-quality oil extracts. They do not test on animals either and no products contain parabens while this shampoo is also sulphate free.

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>< BUYING THIS ><

As I mentioned you can buy this from amazon in this country and from their website but e aware that postage from the USA will add to the cost quite a lot. On amazon if you buy one bottle you pay £19.95 for the bottle which holds a whopping 16 fl oz or 473 ml so nearly 500 ml. If you subscribe then you can get it for £14.20 but you would have to use a lot to get the benefit from that. Our bottle lasted us around 3 months as it is very rich and so you need just a small amount to wash you hair thoroughly although my hair is short and my husband doesn’t have much – short and thin! Postage is standard amazon prime so if you are member it is free otherwise you need £20 to get it free.

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< PACKAGING ><

This comes in a brown cylindrical plastic, recyclable bottle with a flip up lid which reveals the hole through which you squeeze the contest out. I found this quite hard to hold in the shower with wet hands and the bottle was so round and smooth and heavy initially. It could do with some grippy stuff on the side or an indentation or shape with a waist. Once it become less full it was not so hard as it was lighter. The plastic is brown and you cannot see through it so you have to gauge how much is left by how it feels. I would say the bottle is functional but not that user friendly in shape. It is also very tall so it only just fits on on metal corner shower shelf in the shower which is an additional challenge when you have wet slippery hands.

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< WHY BUY THIS SHAMPOO? ><

Well firstly it is an eco friendly cruelty free company so that is a good start. It is also an all natural product full of ingredients that are beneficial for your hair health not just to get it clean. This is a lovely gentle shampoo for all hair types but especially good for lifeless, damaged and dry hair. The Moroccan argan oil is now well known for being a fantastic ingredient for hair and skin and it helps to deeply hydrate, soothe and heal the hair which may have suffered damaging effects from blow drying or time in the sun. Jojoba oil is also great hair product and it helps to replenish the hair’s natural moisture and also promotes healthy hair growth. The peach, avocado and almond oils all also add even more hydration, helping to calm frizz and heal split ends. Many high street brands claim to have these same oils though not n such numbers or if you look on the ingredients list they are way down meaning it may only have a drop or two per bottle of shampoo so look at the ingredients list to see and the ingredients listed first are those they have the most of. The ingredients that cleanse in this shampoo that create the lather are all made from natural ingredients, mainly coconut which is also gentle on your hair.

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< MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ><

This shampoo is not coloured but opaque so cloudy looking and quite thick. It smells pleasant but not that strongly sort of sweat and clean but not of anything I can really pick out, maybe the peach oil. I found that I needed to use just just a small amount, about the size of a fifty pence piece in my hand. I applied this to my wet hair and massaged it well reaching my scalp and giving it a good massage and making sure it had a chance to reach every bit of my hair and head. I then rinsed it off. Sometimes I used the Art Naturals shampoo and rinsed that off and sometimes I use their leave in conditioner after I have towel dried my hair and both left my hair pretty much the same , nice and soft, feeling healthy and no itchy scalp.

I never wash my hair and do not use conditioner so I am not sure how this would be with no conditioner except my husband never uses conditioner and did comment that he liked this shampoo as his hair felt cleaner and not heavy at all. His hair smelled nice too – it is hard to smell your own hair! A word of warning, it still stings your eyes so be aware and keep your eyes closed! My husband’s hair is fine and thin while mine is thick, course and curling with a tendency to frizz. He used this daily while I try not to wash my hair daily as it is so dry. I also apply argan oil to my hair on the day I wash it as that helps to tame the frizz and protect it from the bashing I give it with the hair dryer and straightener. I use the straightener each morning and my hair looks shiny and healthy so my regime of this shampoo, conditioner and extra argan oil obviously is doing the job as at one time it was full and frizzy and twice the size! As well as all the lovely natural oils in this shampoo it also has Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins to give your hair extra help. Not only is my hair softer, shinier and healthier looking but my scalp is also not itchy either and at one time it would drive me made with an eczema rash in the back just above my hair line. This shampoo has really helped and the jojoba oil in this is a natural emollient,it soothes the scalp and also uncloggs hair follicles,. This helps to promote healthy growth while also moisturising and conditioning your hair and scalp.

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< RECOMMENDED ? ><

Yes indeed I would and I have bought it since at full price as I love this shampoo and the results I get using it. My husband likes it too so we can bot use one shampoo so saving a clutter in our very small show cubicle. I used to buy one for fine hair for him and one for dry brittle hair for me plus a conditioner so we are a bottle less now!

This a great quality, natural shampoo from an ethical, cruelty free company. The only thing that would make it better for me is if they were a British company as I like to buy British when I can.

WELEDA CITRUS HAND AND NAIL CREAM

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This is the hand cream I have sitting in our little family room which is where we spend a lot of time as we have the main computer which is also one of our TVs connected to our Virgin box. I have hand cream in so many places, in the kitchen by the sink, in the sunroom, in our family room, in the car and in my handbag. My hands get quite dry and so I like to apply hand cream after doing chores and washing my hands generally.

~~~~~~~~ ABOUT WELEDA ~~~~~~~

The Weleda company was originally started as an alternative pharmaceutical company by the Swiss philosopher and educationalist Rudolph Steiner and some others in in 1921. Steiner believed in healing the body using natural products and healing the person not just dealing with the symptoms. It is all about balance, in the body and with the earth. The method of healing Steiner created is known as Anthroposophic Medicine and it aims to stimulate the healing process of the person by bringing mind , body and spirit into balance. Weleda products are also used in homeopathy as well as they are all natural plant based products that contain no preservatives or petroleum based products .

Weleda continues with these founding principles to this day and create their products working in balance with nature. They always pay over and above fair price to their suppliers and also grow a lot of their own ingredients in their organic gardens in Germany, France and here in Derbyshire.

Their products are 100% natural with no added fillers or preservatives or petroleum based oils in them at all.

~~~~~~~A BIT ABOUT PACKAGING ~~~~~~~

Weleda don’t make posh packaging. They continue their ethical approach with their functional and practical packaging. They are concerned with the environment and are constantly working on improving their packaging to be more environmentally friendly while at the same time protecting the contents and keeping them fresh.

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~~~ WHAT WELEDA SAY ~~~

“ Intensive care for dry hands and brittle nails.
Rich and refreshing daily protection for hands which need extra care.”

“The lemon tree lives a long time, and it has a unique ability to flower, fruit and grow all at once. Weleda knows this makes organic lemon oil the perfect ingredient for a cream that replenishes while it refreshes. The invigorating citrus scent is entirely natural and the rich cream protects your hands from dryness, softens skin and protects brittle nails with carnauba wax and lanolin. Hands up who feels better!”

~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~~

This comes in a metal tube like a toothpaste tube which keeps the contents safe and is meant to be better for recycling than plastic though it is heavier in weight for transporting. The tub is inside a cardboard box which prevents the tube getting damaged and rectangular shapes are easier to store and transport . Personally I find metal tubes harder to use that plastic as they crease and with a plastic tube I can store them on their lid and the contents is always at the open end. I also cut my plastic tubes when thy are ‘finished’ as I find a lot left in there which I can then use.

This smells great really fresh and uplifting and that is the first thing that strikes me when I use this the next thing that hits me is how rich this hand cream is. You need the smallest amount as it is thick and quite hard to massage into your skin. I find a small amount less than a petit pois is the right amount to give me beautifully moisturised and protected hands, any more and I am there for ages massaging it into my arms as well.

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Once it is all soaked into my skin I can really feel how soft my hands are and they feel rally well moisturised and this feeling lasts for hours even after washing my hands . I apply this before tackling chores like hand washing clothes, hand washing dishes and cleaning the floor as well as gardening as it protects my hands from the harsh chemicals . I apply again after cleaning up from those tasks.

Your hands can show your age even more than your face as they are constantly exposed to the elements and also we do so much with our hands and tend to neglect looking after them. While I cannot turn back the clock on all the damage already done I can try to stop things getting any worse and delay further damage by applying protection and moisturiser to y hands as often as I remember.

This hand cream is super rich and some may find it makes their hands feel greasy but they are not if you apply just a small amount and work the hand cream in properly. Because all the ingredients are natural oils they will soak into the skin rather than sitting on top like petroleum based oils do so they sort of ‘feed’ the skin and help it to rebuild itself rather than just applying a ‘raincoat’ to the surface.

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~~~~~~ WHAT IS IN THIS HAND CREAM? ~~~~~

As I said all ingredients are natural and none of them nor the hand cream has ever been tested on animals.

Sweet Almond Oil which one of the most valuable skin care oils for helping to soothe irritated skin, enveloping it with a protective layer. It is one that I often used in aromatherapy as carrier oil as very few people have any adverse reaction from this gentle and effective oil.

Lanolin is a rich fat which is obtained from wool and is also an emusifying agent.Lanolin has long been regarded as great protection for the skin for those working outdoors.

Glycerin is a natural ingredient in vegetable and animal fats and oils. It is used in beauty products as a moisturising because it is hygroscopic -water-attracting.. It is also great as it smooths and protects the skin.

Hydrolyzed Beeswax from beeswax is a great protective wax component and also a natural stabiliser.

Viola Tricolor Extract forms a moisturising and protective layer on the skin so great for dry and sensitive skin.

Carnauba Wax is a light yellow to greenish colour and is a very hard natural vegetable wax. It is protecting for the skin.

Rosemary Leaf Extract has a tonic effect and are great for tired pale skin.

Chamomile Flower Extract is calming and soothing

Calendula Flower Extract. Calendula is one of Weleda’s main ingredients as it has so any benefits. In this hand cream it gives smoothing and supports the regeneration of the skin.

,Lemon Peel Oil is uplifting and smells wonderful.

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~~~~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~~~~

Wleda products are not hard to find and you can buy them from amazon, ebay, weleda on line an from any of their advisors or their shop in Derbyshire and a number of other natural beauty sites.
Prices do vary but be careful of the very cheap ones as they can be short dated products which is fine if you are going to use the straight away but will have limited storage time.

This hand cream costs £10.50 and comes in a 50 ml tube which lasts a lot longer than most 50 ml hand creams as it is so rich. In fact this usually lasts me a lot longer than most 100 ml hand creams.

~~~~~~~ WOULD YOU BUY IT AGAIN? ~~~~~

Oh,Yes indeed! This is about my fourth tube of this great hand cream and the only reason I have not bought more is that I have a number of other hand creams to use up before I can justify buying any more!

It is a great smelling, very rich and nourishing all natural but not vegan as it has lanolin and beeswax in it.

Weleda Baby Calendula Bath

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I think I have tried most Weleda products over the years and I can honestly say they are some of the best natural beauty products around and I rate the company ethics as one of the highest too. They don’t pack in fancy expensive looking packaging as they concentrate on creating the best quality product by using the best quality all natural ingredients. I am fortunate and have connection with someone at Weleda who sends me samples of their lovely products and invites me to visit Weleda events from time to time in return for sharing my experience on my blog . When my latest grandson was born my lovely contact sent me samples of Weleda baby products to use on him. This was one of the products she sent in the pack.

~*~*~*~*~*~ WELEDA ETHICS AND PACKAGING ~*~*~*~*~*~

I try to buy products that are not only natural and not tested on animals but that are also made by a company that has good ethical policies and cares bout the earth as I would like my grandchildren to live in a word that still has clean air and natural unspoilt places to visit .

Weleda are constantly trying to reduce their carbon footprint and make packaging that is not only environmentally friendly but is al light so that transporting products from place to place also uses less energy. The packaging also has to protect the contents and ensure that the product arrives in the best condition to the consumer.

Thy source the best quality natural ingredients from around the world and pay above fair trade prices to their growers.

Needless to say none of the ingredients nor any product has ever been tested on animals and many of their ingredients are organic, many grown in their own organic orchards.

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~*~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT BABY WELEDA ~*~*~*~*~*~

Weleda always use 100% natural ingredients and their baby products are no exception. They use the gentlest of ingredients, no fragrance and no additives at all so they are suitable for the most delicate of baby’s skins. They have two baby ranges the White Mallow one and the Calendula one and they say the White Mallow one is for the most sensitive so suitable to use from birth.

*~*~*~*~*~ THE BENEFITS OF CALENDULA ~*~*~*~*~*~

Weleda use calendula in many of their products from this baby range through to toothpaste and others. In fact calendula tinctures and oil extracts are in about 30 of Weleda’s products. Calendula has been the lead ingredient in their baby and child care range for fifty years now.

Calendula is more than just an easy to grow pretty flowering plant, it is also a great medicinal plant and has been used for many centuries as such.

Calendula is used to combat inflammation and help new tissue growth. It is full of carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils strengthen the skin against any damage from outside. So it is soothing and healing for skin that is damaged or dry or inflamed.

Calendula is perfect for the delicate skin of babies and toddlers. Young skin is more sensitive and delicate and needs extra protection and care and so the soothing extracts of calendula work to help develop the resistance and protective role of skin in the very young.

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*~*~*~*~*~ THE CALENDULA BABY RANGE ~*~*~*~*~*~

There are twelve products in this range all packed in the same orange colour scheme which is very easy to pick out on the shelves.

First of all there is Calendula Body Lotion in a 200ml bottle which costs £8.95.
Calendula Cream Bath 200ml for £8.95
Calendula Baby Oil (Fragrance Free) 200ml for £9.95
Calendula Babycare Gift Set for £12.95
This product the Calendula Bath 200ml for £12.95
Calendula Body Cream 75ml for £8.95
Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash 200ml for £7.50
Calendula Weather Protection Cream 30ml for £8.95
Children’s Tooth Gel 50ml for £3.50
Calendula nappy cream 50 ml tube and costs £6.95.
Calendula Baby tummy oil 50 ml for £11.95
Calendula Top to Toe gift set for £22.95

Personally I think the prices are very reasonable considering that these are 100% natural organic products suitable for vegetarians – not vegans because of the organic beeswax and lanolin in this. If you look around at other natural products Weleda compare favourably.

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*~*~*~*~*~ WHAT WELEDA SAY ABOUT THIS BATH PRODUCT ~*~*~*~*~*~

This is one of three bath products in the calendula range as you can see from above. One is the cream version but this is more like bath gel.
“Helps to calm, soothe and relax your baby after an active day
Your baby’s skin is precious – so to bathe baby after an active day choose nothing but warm water and the precious natural plant extracts in Calendula Bath”

They also say : “A relaxing bath at the end of a busy day is even more important when skin is brand new. Baby’s skin needs to be clean, but is still learning how to resist the outside world. Help develop the gentlest protection with organic calendula extract to soothe skin and organic thyme to warm and comfort. Calendula wraps a caring shield around your baby while the warm water helps encourage sleepiness and calm. A peaceful bedtime ritual for you both.”

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My step daughter’s children have sadly inherited her eczematic skin hence we are very careful what we use in the bath, on their hair and what creams and lotions we use on their skin. She has gone through many bottles of this and the nappy cream in the last year or so. Luckily she has a Weleda adviser who is a friend so she can easily get her supply.

This is not a product with extra scent in it and the natural fragrance is gentle and pleasant and makes the children smell lovely and naturally clean.

We used this in their baby baths and just put a squeeze into the bath as it filled and it did give a slight froth but not a bubble bath. It must be the thyme that makes it smell nice as really calendula is not that great a scent .

Calendula has all the benefits I explained above but I also has thyme which not only smells nice but is also a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory so gently healing and cleaning baby’s soft young skin.

We found that both this and the cream bath were excellent at both cleaning and soothing baby before bed as part of a relaxing bedtime routine. We still use the cream bath and the combination shampoo and bath product on the children even though the youngest is now 13 months old and the next youngest is three in December.

As we use natural products on our own skin it was obvious we would choose the same for the little ones and we have found this Calendula range reliable and none of the children has suffered a negative reaction from using any of the products. Initially we did use the Mallow range when the youngest was first born but we found this range has been fine after the first three months or so.

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*~*~*~*~*~ RECOMMENDED? ~*~*~*~*~*~

Yes I would certainly recommend this range. You can use the products from birth and they have been recommended by midwives for many years. Weleda say that : “Midwives agree we’ve been offering an exceptional product for nearly 30 years!”

Weleda have won many awards over the years for their products and All Weleda products carry the label “NaTrue” which guarantee the highest standards using only natural and organic ingredients, a sustainable production process with environmentally-friendly practices . “Natrue” also guarantees they use no synthetic fragrances or dyes, no silicone oils, no ingredients from petrochemicals and no irradiation of end products or herbal ingredients.

Opulentia Organics Bergamot & Patchouli Uplifting & Spicy body oil

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Opulentia Organics Bergamot & Patchouli Uplifting & Spicy body oil

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Opulentia Organics is a brand not tested on animals. They create specially blended oils for those who are allergic to synthetic fragrances and some essential oils. They have unscneted ones and others with beautiful blends of essential oils like the one I am  reviewing.

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The unscented one is  pure, untouched organic  body oil is totally unscented, gentle, effective and luxurious and  leaves your skin soft and hydrated. This is perfect as it is nourishing and restorative and so perfect for use during pregnancy, when undergoing chemotherapy or if suffering from dry, itchy skin prone to eczema.

The Opulentia Organic Body Oil uses only ingredients  certified as organic apart from the Vitamin E, which is wheat free, GMO free and one of the highest grades available. It is also certified by the Soil Association for use in organic products.

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My travel sized oil comes in  lovely simple brushed metal silver bottle. The label around the bottle is green and dark green with the name f the product on the front. There is also and a  tag attached with the Union Jack design.It is nice to have a UK company creating such a great high quality product.

 

This travel sized bottle has a secure screw top lid but the full sized product comes with  a pump dispenser which is useful.

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This smells divine. the bergamot comes through strongest but the patchoui adds a nice woody and earthy quality. It is a beautifully moisturising oil and really uplifting aroma. It makes a great massage oil but can also be used as a body oil you apply yourself .

 

Being natural it is quickly absorbed and you are not left feeling greasy or oven ready at all.

Weleda Christmas Event

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Weleda Christmas Event

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This is a wonderful chance for anyone near Derbyshire to come and visit one of the  actual Weleda factories.

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You not only get to try some of their lovely products but also get to see all the wonderful Christmas gifts they have for this year and do some Christmas shopping.

You can turn up anytime from 3 m till 6 pm but remember to get there with enough time to enjoy  relaxing hand massage from one of their advisers.

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While there you can also enjoy a warming cup of Weleda’s Blackthorn Elixir – made with organic sloe berries – the perfect pick-me-up for the cold and ‘flu season. Or you can choose to enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie!

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You can buy all Weleda’s products while there or look for something different that is only on sale for this Christmas season the limited-edition Rosemary Soap . To get you in the Christmas mood you could treat yourself to a Pine Reviving Bath Milk.

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My personal favourites for gifts would be Welda’s tinted lip balms which are so moisturising and smell/taste great too . they would make make great stocking fillers.

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If you know someone who likes natural smells then Weleda make four gorgeous perfumes, rose, pomegranate, evening primrose and sea buckthorn. I have all four and they are all great and very different.

 

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If you have not tried any Weleda products this i a great chance and if you have you will know how fabulous they are so if you are nearby do go along. Check on their facebook page and you can say you are coming.