Weleda Calendula Toothpaste

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en_calendula_toothpaste_rgb-mediumI first used this product after getting a tube in a goodie bag from a Weleda open day fr bloggers that I was invited to. I have mixed feelings about fluoride in toothpastes and do rather yo yo between them.

My dentist told me I should use a toothpaste with extra fluoride in it as my teeth are not great ad have weak enamel. When my children were very young I lived in Australia and we were encouraged to give our little ones fluoride tablets which I duly did. My daughter’s teeth are fine but my son’s teeth though strong are quite discoloured as a result and he has had to have then sorted as an adult at some expense.

~~~~~~ ABOUT WELEDA AND ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE ~~~~~~

Many people know Weleda for their baby creams and body and face creams but they were originally a natural pharmaceutical company and indeed when Rudolph Steiner started the company in Austria in 1921 that was his focus. Weleda’s products are created using the principles of principles of anthroposophic medicine. This is a holistic approach based on products made using ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature.

“A medical system that complements conventional medicine, anthroposophy takes a holistic approach and uses both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products……. The therapy method of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance between four organisational principles: the physical level; life forces level, or vitality; mental level and individual level or ego. The goal of therapy is to restore the necessary equilibrium when these four principles are out of balance.”

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~~~~~~~~ WELEDA AND THEIR IDEALS ~~~~~~~

Welda use only natural products and most are organic. They source their products from around the world and pay above fair prices for their ingredients.

They use no preservatives, parabens or any mineral based ingredients in their products. Thy do not test on animals or allow any of their ingredients to be tested on them either.

“Whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of our employees – sustainability is part of our roots.”

~~~~~~~ WELEDA AND PACKAGING ~~~~~~~

Weleda is committed to reducing packaging as much as possible but that has to be balanced with creating packing that gets the product to the consumer in good condition and that keeps it in good condition. They are constantly working on packaging solutions but they aim to create packaging manufactured from sustainable materials and be recyclable once its packaging life is over.

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They are also working to reduce their energy usage and use as much renewable energy as possible.
50.7% of their direct energy and 94.3% of the indirect energy used in Weleda factories came from renewable resources in 2013.

This toothpaste comes in a cardboard outer box and inside the tube is metal. Both are in an orange colour to suit the calendula name of the product. The metal tube is okay but quite heavy and sometimes if you squeeze careless ly it can end up crooked and crumpled and has occasionally cracked along a crease which is annoying. Weleda have changed some of their products in tubes to recyclable plastic but not sure if this one is due for a change or not. The plastic is lighter so makes it more eco to transport.

~~~~~~~~~ WELEDA TOOTHPASTES ~~~~~~

Welda have arange of toothpaste but as yet I have only used the Calendula one but as I do like this I think I will try the others in the future. There are for different 75 ml toothpaste which all cost £4.50 per tube. There is the Ratanhia which is root from Peru and has calming myrrh and refreshing essential oils of peppermint and spearmint, with calcium- based cleansers . The next is Salt toothpaste which has sea salt, extracts of ratanhia root, myrrh and chestnut bark as well as oil of peppermint . Next we have Plant gel toothpaste which is their most gentle toothpaste and this has extracts of myrrh and chamomile , silica to gently clean without damaging enamel and peppermint and spearmint essential oils for freshness, and ratanhia root extract . Finay we have the Calendula one I will be reviewing here.

There is also a children’s tooth gel which comes in a 50 ml tub and costs £3.50. This is very gentle and designed for first teeth. Like the adult version this also has extracts of organic calendula flowers , silica and natural flavours of fennel and spearmint. There is nothing harmful so it doesn’t matter if children swallow it and like the other Weleda toothpastes it has no fluoride either.img_72481

~~~~~~MY EXPERIENCE OF WELEDA CALENDULA TOOTHPASTE ~~~~~

I wasn’t at all sure what a calendula based toothpaste would taste like as calendula flowers have an odd sort of taste/fragrance in my view but I need no have worried as this tastes of fennel or licorice so as long as you like that flavour you will find this quite pleasant. I found it odd at first not to have a minty fresh after taste in my mouth but you do get used to it and for people who hate the taste of mint this is a perfect alternative.

When I was living in Australia I use a lot of homeopathic medicines and if you are using these you need to ensure you are using an all natural toothpaste. I really struggled to find any in Australia at the time and eventually found an Aussie brand in a health food store. This toothpaste would be perfect it is free of any peppermint and has a pleasant and fresh-tasting fennel flavour and is 100% natural and indeed suitable for vegans too.

In all Weleda products all ingredients are there to do something useful and beneficial to the body. This calendula toothpaste every ingredient contributes towards fresh breath. The calendula is anti-inflammatory and helps to soothe sensitive gums. The calcium mineral provides the scrubbing ingredient and is gently abrasive while the natural essential fennel oil ha a nice fresh, pleasant licorice like taste.

The toothpaste is a lot less abrasive than most high street brands and certainly doesn’t tingle in your mouth like some minty fresh ones do. It feels creamier on the teeth and doesn’t froth up like most commercial brands. I find that when using a Colgate toothpaste for example my mouth is so full of froth that I end up feeling like I have a mouth full of suds!

I use an electric toothbrush and find that this toothpaste is great when using that but with a normal toothbrush I do kind of feel that I need to brush a bit more but maybe that is because I have used commercial brands for many years so I was used to a more abrasive tooth brushing experince.img_72491

This has been certified as natural dental care and is also free of sugar, artificial sweeteners, surfactants, synthetic preservatives, flavours, colourants, or raw materials derived from mineral oils.

I clean my teeth at night last thing before bed and after my breakfast every day but also after lunch if I feel like my teeth are feeling furry or my mouth tastes not very fresh. Weleda say use this regularly to avoid plaque build up and helps to keep gums healthy and your mouth and breath fresh .

The actual paste is not white but a more cream coloured thicker paste than most toothpastes. I like the flavour and the fact that it doesn’t fill my mouth with froth. It does kind of tingle in my mouth in the same way as some tooth and gum numbing powders and gels do but very subtly.

Although this is a bit more expensive that many brands of toothpaste as it is an all natural product from a company with high ethical standards that does not test on animals and pays its supplies fairly I am happy to pay for this product.

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I usually buy mine either from the Weleda website or from their shop in Ilkeston which is in Derbyshire or from other natural beauty or heath websites if I want to make up an order to the amount needed for free shipping.

Weleda also have wellness advisers who can sell you products. They will do a party to demonstrate the products and you can ask for specific things such as products for the body or baby products etc as the theme if you want to. They are all very well informed and can advise on the benefits of each product. My step daughter has a friend who is an adviser and I also order from her or a small health shop in our local town also stocks Weleda products so I have no problem buying any of their products.

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Yes I would indeed. It is pleasant tasting ( provided you like fennel) and is effective to use leaving my mouth feeling tingly fresh and clean. It is a bit more expensive but I don’t find it gets used any quicker than other toothpastes so for the fact it is 100% natural and everyone involved in creating this has been paid fairly for their contribution I feel the price is fair.

Weleda White Mallow Nappy Change Cream

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It may seem strange to have this on my beauty blog but Weleda make such fantastic products and this can also be used on chapped lips and any sensitive dry skin as wll as on baby!

 

en_nappy_cream_white_mallow_rgb-mediumI am fortunate and have connection with someone at Weleda who sends me samples of their lovely products and invites e 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.

$$$$$$$ —- ABOUT BABY WELEDA —-$$$$$$$$

img_7167Weleda 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 this White Mallow one and the Calendula one and they say this White Mallow one is for the most sensitive so suitable to use from birth.

 

 

 

$$$$$$$ —- ABOUT WHITE MALLOW’S BENEFITS —-$$$$$$$$

The Greek name for this plant is Althaea which means ‘curing’ and has been used as a healing plant in ancient times in China, Syria, Egypt and Greece.mallow

The flowers are pale creamy white and the roots are packed full of a kind of gel which is what is used in the products. This is has calming , emollient, protective and moisturising qualities so is perfect for babies’ skin.

The white mallow in this cream helps the skin hold its moisture and stimulates the skin to develop its own protective layers.

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In the White Mallow baby range there are three products all packed in the same colour scheme of pale white and subtle pink.

img_7174There is a bottle of White Mallow Body Lotion which holds 200ml and costs £9.95. The White Mallow Face Cream comes in a tube of 50ml for £9.95 which is not only for babies as this is perfect for anyone with super sensitive skin and finally this nappy cream which come in a 50 ml tube and costs £7.95.

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 in this.

 

$$$$$$$ —- A BIT ABOUT WELEDA AND PACKAGING —-$$$$$$$$

Weleda work together with the environment and their raw ingredient providers to create products from ingredients that do not harm the environment so all their ingredients are img_7173natural and organic.

They are also constantly looking to improve their packaging to make it not only user friendly but environmentally so as well. They have to balance the packaging between being environmentally friendly and packing that keeps the contents fresh and easy to use.

This comes in an outer cardboard box which is made from recycled or sustainable cardboard and the actual tube is a metal one like a toothpaste tube which is recyclable. Weleda are gradually looking to change the metal and glass packs to a recyclable plastic which is lighter so more eco to transport and also I find the plastic tubes easier to get the contents out and I cut mine with scissors to get the last bits of the product out in the end.

$$$$$$$ —- ABOUT WHITE MALLOW NAPPY CREAM —-$$$$$$$$

img_7176This lovely gentle nappy cream is a thick white cream and it is fragrance free but the dominant smell to me is of the zinc in the cream. This cream not only has zinc and white mallow but also has the benefits of pansy, which is soothing and healing, and also organic beeswax, coconut oil and sesame oil to nourish and moisturise the skin intensively.

Weleda say that : “Even for neurodermitic and acutely sensitive baby skin, the irritation-free ingredients are highly suitable.”

 

$$$$$$$ —-OUR EXPERIENCE —-$$$$$$$$

We have used this or the calendula nappy cream on both my grandsons since birth as they are bot prone to eczema and have very sensitive skins. One grandson is just two and the other just six months old and neither have suffered from nappy rash for any length of time. They have both had rd bottoms at times because of teething , vaccination reaction or having eaten something but it has very quickly righted itself by using thee nappy creams.

We are very careful to change nappies as soon as we can and always use sensitive wipes to thoroughly clean the nappy area before drying then applying this cream generously over img_7175all the nappy area.

We also use this on my older grandson’s cheeks as he does suffer from eczema there , especially in winter and it seems to help his cheeks to keep from getting really dry and sore. They still look quite red at times but at least they are not too dry and itchy for him.

Other places where eczema seems to plague them is behind their knees and so after any bath time where we use no soap and natural products with no added nasties specially for babies we then dry them off really well and apply this cream in all those eczema prone areas as well the nappy area before dressing them in cotton clothes washed in sensitive washing powder .

According to user feedback studies:
“95% said the skin was intensively cared for -Parents’ assessment after 28 days
95% said that this soothes the skin -Parents’ assessment after 28 days”

$$$$$$$ —-AND MORE REASSURANCE —-$$$$$$$$

Weleda has won numerous awards from many natural beauty and health sites over the years and has been a health or pharmaceutical company since 1921 and is a well respected company making natural health and skin car products. If you visit their factory in Derbyshire there are o many awards on the wall to see.

img_7171All Weleda product 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.
They are also cruelty free so no animal testing anywhere long the process.

Weleda products have been inspected by independent certification companies and the non-profit organisation NaTrue and the first Weleda products, featuring the NaTrue label came on the market in the spring of 2009.

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Yes I certainly would and I think this would make very useful and thoughtful gift for any new mum and is going to be on my gift giving list for new Mum’s in future as baby’s skin is so delicate it is not worth risking damaging it and new Mum’s get so many baby grows it would be nice to have something not only useful but something that may save both Mum and baby sleepless nights.

My grandson’s both recommend this nappy cream as neither have suffered any bad nappy rash at all and any redness is soon soothed with this cream.

My FeelUnique 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

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I was lucky enough to win this wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Advent calendar from Beautyontrial and thought I would share my experience with you.

1On the First Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me …..
Today my door number 1 opened to reveal 50 ml Roger & Gallet shower cream in a fleur de figuier scent.
This is a lovely sweet fruity smelling creamy shower product. It is a white colour creamy texture that dos lather up when applied with a bath sponge or scrubby thing. My skin smelled fresh and the scent did linger subtly on my skin after drying. My skin feels soft, clean and not at all tight or dried out.
This is a sulfate and soap free product that has shea butter to moisturise the skin as well. All their products are made with up to 95% natural ingredients and 100% distilled precious essences with beneficial properties.

 
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On the Second Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me …….
Day two door presented me with a Decleor Hydra Floral medium multi protection BB cream with SPF 15. The tube holds 10 ml but a full sized tube is 40 ml and costs around £20 so this is good amount to try it out.
Luckily the colour matched my skin tone perfectly and gave a good balance coverage. I applied this after cleansing, toning and moisturising and it spread easily and stayed put all day long after I applied a little loose powder.2

It smells gorgeous, sweetly floral and makes my skin smell lovely. I can smell it for a while on my face but after a short time it does fade. I like the coverage and also like the fact you get sun protection of SPF15 which all helps to keep those damaging rays away.
It has five benefits: 1. Moisturises skin for 24 hours, 2. Illuminates and evens out the complexion
3. Refines the skin’s texture and corrects blemishes, 4. Contains SPF15 to protect against UVA/UVB rays and 5. Protects against pollution and environmental factors .

 

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On the Third Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

Door three’s offering was a 50 ml Coconut Oil Body lotion from Palmer’s. This has no 3sulfates, phthalates mineral oils, gluten, parabens or dyes.

This is a lovely creamy coconut smelling body lotion that makes my skin feels lovely soft, smooth and well misturised. It says it keeps skin moisturised for 24 hours and I would say that is true as my legs still look moisturised and feel soft the next day after I have applied this in the evening after my bath.

 

 

 

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ……

Behind door four was a hair product from Percy & Reed. This was a tube holding 30 ml of Perfecting Wonder balm which is a lovely leave in balm, conditioner that helps to make your hair style more easily , smooth it and also condition it. The full sized product holds 75 ml and costs £18.

4The product looks a bit cloudy but colourless like some face serums but it is the consistency of a lotion. It smells lovely fresh and sightly floral so make my hair smell nice too.

It is not sticky or tacky at all and my hair combs through still and it does feel as though there is only conditioner in my hair and not heavy at all. According to the company it will add moisture, shine, smoothness, definition, softness, light hold, high humidity protection and manageability to your hair and I am certainly happy with mine.

 

 

 

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ……

5Opening door five and I saw a neat little glass jar with screw top lid. This was tricky to get out and once I managed to get it out I found something from a brand I had never heard of. This was Ole Hendriksen – Truth Sugar glow polishing mask in jar that held 15 mls. The full sized product comes in the same jar but bigger and holds 100 ml and costs around £30.
I think this is a polishing mask for the face but may be wrong. It has lost of lovely natural ingredients including, Raw Sugar for polishing,Pomegranate seeds to deeply cleanse and exfoliate ,Honey which is a natural humectant and soothes the skin,Rosehips full of Vitamins A and C & omegas 3,6 and finally Pumpkin extract with natural enzymes which exfoliate dull skin and help to smooth skin’s texture.
It looks the colour of honey and is a similar consistency but it smells fruity and fresh. It feels really gentle on my skin and after using it my skin felt smooth, looked more alive and felt clean and fresh.

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ……

Day six door was hiding a Balance Me Instant Lift Pore Minimiser in a small 5 ml tube which sells for £10. The full sized version holds 15 ml and costs £22.6

This is a 99% natural product that is a kind of primer which minimises pores and smooths fine lines so giving you a smoother pallet to apply your make up on to. It also boosts the skin’s collagen givinga plumper smoother look.

You can use this alone or use it before applying your make up. It doesn’t fill pores but the Acacia Gum helps to plump and tighten the skin and blur enlarged pores. The Acemlla Oleracea Extract relaxes muscle contractions so helping to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles . The Hyaluronic Acid instantly smooths and plumps for a smoother skin surface.

I found this really did give my skin a smother look and made my make up last better and stopped it going into the pores and fine lines on my face.

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

7Behind door number seven was a golden coloured box with a glass screw top jar inside. This was a jar of Nuxe “Reve de miel” lip balm with 15 g of this honey coloured rich fruity scented balm. This is the full sized product and usually costs around £9.50.

I love this balm as it feels rich and healing on my lips. It doesn’t slip off after a short time so is perfect for when out and about in cold weather to keep your lips from the cold.

When you apply it to your lips you get a slight tingle and really feels like it is feeding my lips and returning them to smooth chap free state. I love this and will certainly be buying this again.

 

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

Moving on to door eight I found an golden coloured eye shadow which is perfect for Christmas social events. This is a Laura Mercer eye shadow and the official name for the eye shadow shade I have is “Gilded Honey”. I see on the House of Fraser site these eye 8shadows cost £21 so this is a great little gift.

I found that this eye shadow goes on best with a brush and gives a lovely sheen to the part of my eyes just under my eye brows while I wear a darker colour closer to my eye lashes.

The colour lasted well and didn’t go into the creases of my eyes at all so I was very happy with this door’s prize.

 

 

 

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

9Behind door nine was full sized Rimmel lipstick in a beautiful deep red colour. The shade is number 510 and is called “The Best of the Best” .These sell on Boots for £6.99 and it is a current shade too.

I love the slanted or pointed end as it allows me to get a nice finish. The colour lasts well on my lips and it feels nice and soft and smooth, leaving my lips looking healthy, well coloured but it doesn’t feel gloopy or sticky at all.
This is a perfect colour for Christmas and gives a good strong colour, not subtle at all.

 

 

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

10This was not the best door for me as this opened to give me a couple of hair ties. My hair is short so despite the fact that these were seasonal colours of red and white I won’t get any use from these.

I think my granddaughter will be befitting from these Popbands. They are soft and stretchy and hold your hair but don’t leave it with kinks.

 

 

 

 

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

11Behind door eleven was a Bourgois eye shadow in a very similar shade to the Laura Mercer one except this one is more glittery than that one. This once again is a full sized product and the shade is “Originale” 03 which once again is a great shade for parties so perfect for this time of year but just a shame it s so similar to the Laura Mercer one.

On Boots these little pots of Bourgois eye shadows sell for £5.99. thy are beautifully packed with a silver knob on the front which you use to lift the lid which closes with a magnet nice and securely.

Again this goes on easily using a brush and I find that if I layer this over another colour I get a nice glittery finish over the colour blending to just using this under my eyebrows.

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my calendar gave to me ………

My final treat hidden behind door twelve was a tube of Pur correcting Primer in a 10 ml tube. I can only find this on a US site and find that a tube holding 30 ml costs $33 so it is not a cheap one.12

I love this as it has a great radiance to it and apply this onto my cleansed , moisturised face and think it looks great alone with no foundation. I have taken to using his mixed with my BB cream so that I get the full benefit from the lovely sheen in this.

This product is coloured and blends with most skin colours and it is a light texture so feels as though you are wearing nothing. It has a nice, pleasantly subtle clean sort of smell.

So there you have my Twelve Days of Christmas Advent calendar which I have thoroughly enjoyed. It was such fun to have a littl treat each day and I have found myself some great new products that I will be buying again when these finish.

WELEDA POMEGRANATE FIRMING NIGHT CREAM

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I think it is no secret to anyone who regularly reads my reviews that Weleda is a brand I rate very highly as they are an eco friendly, all natural brand made by a company that is honest and with employees that are friendly and helpful.

~~~~~~ ABOUT WELEDA THE COMPANY ~~~~~~

Weleda was started by Rudolph Steiner way back in 1921 in Austria as a pharmaceutical laboratory, with its own medicinal plant garden. Today Weleda is a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics as well as pharmaceuticals for anthroposophical therapy.

They make 100% natural products using as much organic ingredients as possible and add nothing nasty to any of their products.

They treat their producers with respect and pay fair prices for their ingredients.social

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Packaging has to be a compromise on being eco friendly and how to keep the contents of each product fresh and in top condition..

They have also been changing from the recyclable glass bottles to eco friendly recyclable plastic as it is lighter so better for the earth as less fuel is used to transport the products.

 

Packaging is a work in progress and they change for the better when a better option comes up.

This product comes in a recyclable cardboard box in the deep red coolour of the pomegranate range. Inside the box is the product packed in a recyclable upside down plastic tube so it sits on the lid and the contents are always down the right end to come out.

The tube allows you to get most of the cream out but I always cut my tubes at the end and get at least three more day from what is still in the tube!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pomegranate is an expert in balancing extremes, stimulating and regenerating life and some of the pomegranate trees have been found to be over 200 years old.

Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti oxidant and has regenerative properties as it has a high polyphenols content. Pomegranate seed oil helps to revitalise skin cells. Skin appears tighter and smoother and is fresher and moisturised as well.
Weleda say :
“From the age of 40 we benefit most from the positive properties of the pomegranate. At this life stage….as we grow older our skin changes – its vitality diminishes, the regeneration processes slow down and hardening tendencies can no longer be automatically counter-balanced overnight.
Pomegranate mediates between the young and mature opposites, allowing them to flow into one another, developing a framework for dynamic and regenerative effects on the individual. So the pomegranate’s seed oil stabilises and relaxes the skin in times of transition, bringing inner and outer beauty into harmony and encouraging us to look towards the future with serenity.”pomegranate

~~~~~WHEE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH? ~~~~~~

You can buy this from amazon, Weleda on line or from their shop in Derbyshire and a number of other sits on line. You can also buy from one of Weleda’s Well being advisors around the country.

You get 30 ml of this night moisturiser for £24.95 which for an 100% naturl product is actually a very decent price.

~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~~~~~

This range is actually created for someone younger than I am but the Evening Primrose range is a more recent addition and I had this before I had the Evening Primrose range available. I do still like this range and use it from time to time as it has such a lovely fresh aroma and it is a great moisturiser.

The contents of this tube are a white or pale cream which is a reasonably thick moisturiser and quite rich. It is a night moisturiser so a richer version of the day moisturiser in the range.

I always apply mine after cleansing and toning. I then apply my serum and once that is dry I apply my moisturiser. Weleda recommend that use you the pomegranate serum but any good all natural serum will work I am sure as I use a different on. I find this one spreads easily onto my skin without any puling at all and is absorbed quickly into my skin. It almost melts into my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth and really nicely moisturised without leaving a greasy feel or tacky feel on my skin.

I like the smell as it is quite fresh but not too overpowering. It feels nice when applied to my skin, sort of cool and slightly tightening and sinks in pretty quickly into my skin. Initially I though I should apply more but I have been told that I need only apply what my skin will readily absorb so I was happy with that.

Apart from the lovely pomegranate oil this also has borage seed and argan oils. These not only moisturise your skin but also help “to stimulate cell growth, reduce wrinkles and improve skin bounce and tone. Awake to newly fresh and radiant skin, smoother, softer and as young as you feel.”night-cream

This is all natural as I have mentioned but it is also suitable for vegans as all ingredients are plant based. This product has not been tested on animals and has no petrochemicals or GM ingredients and has no filler ingredients either.

By using this at night it gives the skin a chance to rejuvenate while relaxed and away from the stresses of daily life.

This cream won the CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) award in 2012 so has been found great by a number of women who know about these things.

In the morning my skin looks healthy and feels soft and not at all tired and grey looking.

Weleda use only natural ingredients and absolutely no petroleum based products or parabens etc. this product is actually suitable for vegans as well.

This night cream has been dermalogically tested and they found that it reduced the appearance of wrinkles, improved elasticity and actually encouraged skin regeneration. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

“Dermatological test shown that after 28 days of use depth of wrinkles reduced by 35%” According to Weleda website.

I did honestly find my skin looked fresher and the lines less obvious after using this for some time.

Even though Weleda use all natural ingredients they are quite powerful and they suggest that you do a test on a small area for a few days when using something new. I have not had any issues with any of their products and I have skin that is prone to allergies and eczema but best be on the safe side.

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Yes I would certainly recommend this especially if you are in your forties as this has been specially created for this time in a person’s life when their skin is beginning to need bit more help as this is a great moisturiser which helps the skin rebuild itself.

Weleda Evening Primrose Body Lotion

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evening_primroseIt is now pretty well known that evening primrose oil helps ladies cope with menopause symptoms better and that it is also an anti ageing ingredient as many other companies also use Evening Primrose oil in their products.

Weleda uses plants that balance the body’s needs. It is quite complicated to explain but basically we are like upside down plants so roots tend to aid the head and issues there while flowers and stems and leaves assist other parts of the body. It is more complex than that but suffice to say you don’t need to understand the theory completely to make use of the products and get the benefits from them.

Weleda explain all the benefits very well on their website and put this very well so I will quote them.box

Evening Primrose grows on dry rough soil and flowers at night into the dawn “In her growth and blossoming, the evening primrose connects the old day with the new.”

Native Americans use it as a nutritional and medicinal plant as a tea, in hot water and to heal wounds, skin problems and other ailments.

“The oil from evening primrose seeds contains high concentrations of essential linoleic acid and y-linolenic acid, which our body produces for itself less and less with increasing age. Both fatty acids play a considerable role in the epidermis and are absolutely essential for formation of the skin barrier. Evening primrose seed oil protects the skin against moisture loss, removes rough patches and promotes cell growth and regeneration.”

Evening primrose works with women going through menopause by offering “ mature skin, which can tend to dryness, substances and impulses which stimulate the metabolism and support the development of unique, individual radiance.”bottle

I do love the Evening primrose range as it smells so beautiful.

This comes in a recyclable plastic bottle and is the same deep purple colour on the label as all the range of Evening primrose products.

It costs £21.95 for 200 ml so it isn’t the cheapest body lotion around but it does compare favourably with other all natural body lotions I have bought.

The actual body lotion is a white coloured lotion, not too thick, a bit like pouring cream consistency but I find that a little does go a long way as it spreads easily and is very quickly absorbed into my skin and instantly I feels smoother and softer to touch.

Once my skin has absorbed the lotion it not only feels soft and smooth to touch but also feels
comfortable and nourished . I have very sensitive skin prone to allergies, itches and rashes and this has never caused it to become irritated and has in fact calmed it when feeling dry and itchy.img_6965

It smells gorgeous, so good that Weleda have in fact made it into an EDT. It is fresh and floral but not in any cloying or heavy. The scent stays on my skin for hours and I often find myself sniffing my arms to enjoy the scent during the day. I am not sure that Evening primrose has a scent but I think that the scent comes from the precious fragrance of cardamom, magnolia and sandalwood. All of which I love an I always know I will like a perfume that has those aromas in them. Cardamon has to be one of the most evocative scents I think.

The Evening primrose oil has been blended with the really moisturising shea butter and olive oil. There are no parabens or sulfates in this it is 100% natural and vegan friendly too.

I was advised to give the bottle a good shake before each use as the contents settle a bit. I always apply my body lotion after my evening bath. This is my little luxury as I use my own home made bath salts or just essential oils and have a lovely relaxing soak before I get dry and apply my lotions and potions. My husband kindly applies my lotion to my back as my skin gets very dry and then I do the rest while he enjoys his bath.img_6966

This lotion not only really soaks in and nourishes my skin but also the scent makes the whole bedroom and my bed smell lovely too and I slip off to sleep beautifully relaxed, smelling great and y skin is moisturised and the lotion works its wonders overnight.

I can’t say I look years younger but my skin isn’t bad for my age and it feels lovely and soft and looks healthy and not crepey and wrinkled or soft an saggy.

I am very happy with this lotion and think this is my favourite of the body lotions but as they are all lovely it is hard to choose.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan -Neroli Firming Night Cream

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To give this its full name : Superfacialist by Una Brennan -Neroli Firming Super Lift Night Cream.  Overnight hydrating recharge for smoother lines and wrinkles.

ABOUT UNA BRENNAN

Una Brennan is one the most accomplished facialists and skincare specialists in the UK and has more than 15 years experience. She is said to be ‘one of London’s best kept secrets’ in the beauty wold. She is an expert in skin health and uses her in depth knowledge of ingredients and their benefits to create her products.

The Super Facialist range has suitable for everyone . The products  combine natural extracts, high performance scientific ingredients and exquisite aromas to help give healthy, beautiful youthful looking skin.

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I was so lucky as I spotted this at a huge discount in Boots one day and only paid £2.50 rather than the then price of £15.99. Today you will pay £18.99 on amazon or £16.99 from Boot for the same 50 ml pot.

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This comes in a deep purple and white cardboard outer box with the product name clearly on the front. the ingredients list is on one side and the instructions on the back.

Inside the product is in an opaque but colourless glass pot with a large plastic white screw top lid. I like pots like these as I can get every last bit from the pot easily.

 

The cream is quite light and smells lovely and fresh, of neroli which is a fresh citrus sort of aroma. It isn’t heavy and greasy but does moisturise well and feels lovely and rich on my skin.

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This is full of lovely natural ingredients such as almond oil, sweet orange essentail oil, neroli and also has hyaluronic acid and ‘a plumping tetrapectide combined with a rejuvenating apple derived stem cell active ingredient  help tone, retexturise and plump skin from the inside out.’ It also has  rosehip, cucumber and willow which naturally  boost moisture, improve skin elasticity and work together to soften the early signs of ageing.

Considering the price of this compared to other more expensive creams I have been very impressed. The packaging is classy, the pot looks expensive and it really works well too. My skin felt soft and looked moisturised and healthy , not totally line and wrinkle free but I cannot expect to look forty when I am in fact over sixty!

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Because this has natural ingredients there is a shelf life but it isn’t really short and mine was fine , lovely in fact, despite the hugely reduced price.  Even at full price this compares favourably with fr more expensive creams I think. It is far better than L’Oreal night creams which claim all kinds of magic youthfulness enhancing ant aging ingredients.

 

I will definitely be buying this one again and have recommended it t several of my friends .

 

 

 

 

Philosophy Purity Cleanser

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~~~~~~~~ ABOUT PHILOSOPHY ~~~~~~~

This is an American company started in 1996 by a man with thirty years experience in the area of professional skin care in clinical skin care laboratories.

Thy create products that thy claim are scientifically proven to be good for the skin. They don’t make any claims about these being natural though.

This Purity made simple was their first product that launched the company in New York back in 1996 and since then they have built up on their range and in 1999 they were the first beauty range to partner with qvc.

They state that:

“ from the beginning , philosophy has been rooted in dermatological science and biomedic treatments. With that in mind, we seek to bridge the gap between what is offered in dermatologist’s offices an retail so that women everywhere can personally have access to the best skin car technologies available.”

The lower case letters are all from the website and I find that pretentious or ignorant and can’t see why they choose to use all lower case it makes them looks stupid.

~~~~~All PACKED UP ~~~~~~

All Philosophy products come packed in a similar minimalist way which is pretty simple. Many, like this have white plastic bottles with black text and black lids. The text has the name of the product and a bit of ‘philosophy’ to go with it and all the ingredients are listed on the back which is good.

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~~~~~~~ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY ~~~~~~

This company do not make any claims to use natural ingredients so I guess I can’t criticise them for that but thy don’t use natural ingredients.

They do however test their products or ingredients on animals and that is enough to put me off buying their products there is no need for animals to suffer for people to have beauty products.

~~~~~~ABOUT PURITY ~~~~~~

This is Philosophy’s first product and they claim it is a 3 in 1 cleanser for face and eyes. Philosophy state that :

our award-winning daily facial skin cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin. find out which cleanser is right for you.”

On the bottle the quote says “ Purity I natural” which is a bit cheeky as it gives the impression that the product I natural when in fact they are just philosophising !

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~~~~~MY EXPERIENCE ~~~~

This is based on the sample sachet that gave me around five uses so I feel I have had a fair chance to experience this and obviously samples are meant to give you enough of the product to convince you to buy it (or not in my case).

The contents of this are a creamy textured, milky but almost colourless consistency. It does have a faint aroma which is not unpleasant, slightly sweet with a hint of citrus. The scent doesn’t become more or less intense once the water mixes with it and it is on my face.

I always slightly wet my face before using a cleanser like this. I then massage a small amount of the product, around the size of a twenty pence piece onto my face. They say this is safe for using on your eyes but I didn’t massage it around my eyes too closely . I then always wipe everything off with an eco friendly bamboo cloth which I do wipe over my eyes. I didn’t seem to ting but still wouldn’t risk massaging it onto my lashes .

I cleaned my skin quite well but I still had mascara on my lashes which needed a bit of a rub to get all the mascara off and I don’t use waterproof mascara. I find oily cleaners much more effective and not nearly as harsh , nor do they need as much wiping off.

After using this my face felt clean enough but I did feel it needed moisturising. I always tone and apply serum and moisturiser but when using this I did feel my skin felt a bit dry until I had applied the moisturiser.

Philosophy say “ deep cleans pores and eliminates makeup build-up natural oil extracts help condition skin fragrance-free formula”

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It is hard to say if my pores are deep cleaned but whatever natural oils are in this are not very moisturising.

Checking the ingredients this does have lots of lovely, natural oils in it such as meadowfoam seed oil, coconut ,rosewood oil, geranium oil, cymbopogon martini oil, rosa damascena extract, amyris balsamifera bark oil, sandalwood oil, sage oil, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil,carrot seed oil and pepper seed extract.

Then unfortunately they add, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea, yellow 5 (ci 19140) which I am less thrilled to see.

The top ingredient is water followed by sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate . These are on the list of ingredients to avoid in quantity if you suffer from acne. I also try and avoid ingredients like this as my skin is very sensitive and I end up with nasty red rashes.

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I find that I can use products with some of these ingredients for a while but after using it for some time the sensitivity takes effect and the rash builds up. I only had enough for about five cleanses and in that time my skin seemed not to have any reaction but that is ot to say that had I used this for longer my skin would still have been okay.

In this last week my neck has become quite red and eczematic so in fact using these products could be the cause so just as well I have finished both the Purity cleanser and the Microdelivery. I threw away the ‘Hope in a jar as it smelled so awful.

I usually use sample sachets like these when I am travelling but in the interests of reviewing in the time frame I have suggested, used and reviewed the three Philosophy products all this last week.

I can’t say my skin looks any better for using these and I will be happy to go back to my usual all natural products now .

~~~~~WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH? ~~~~~~

This is sold on Philosophy’s website and others including amazon.co.uk. It is also to be found I Boots and Jon lewis amongst others.

It comes in several sizes :

32 fl oz costs £64.99               16 oz costs £58.00         8 oz costs £28.99       3 oz costs £18.75       1 oz costs £8.75

As you can see this is far from being a cheap product but I am not convinced that this is value for money.

Naturology Cellulite -Stretch Marks – Scar Removal Cream

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Sadly many of us ladies do have a few stretch marks either from weight gain or child bearing and they are not the prettiest looking things.

This cream is a three in one product to help reduce cellulite, stretch marks and scars so perfect for anyone who has given birth or is trying to lose weight. It also helps reduce scars from acne and operations of tattoo removal as well.

This is another all natural product with no nasty chemicals or preservatives just lots of lovely natural oils and butters to help repair skin.This product is 98% natural & organic .

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This cream helps to firms & tighten skin. This is an intensively, hydrating organic  cream with  collagen boosting retinol, vitamin c, green tea, horsetail & devils claw .

It also helps reduce the appearance of existing scars & scar tissue and helps restore & repair damage caused by spots, acne and rosacea .

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This is a nice light white cream that is quickly absorbed into the skin when I massage this into my thighs and hips. It moisturises the skin well and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

I can’t say my thighs are dimple free but I do think it has helped make them look less crepe like in texture.  

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For stretch marks you can use this during and after pregnancy to help reduce these marks and keep your skin supple and moisturised.

I also find this cream helps when I get my very dry itchy skin rash which appears out of nowhere at times.

As I mentioned this is cruelty free and all natural and has no nasty, harmful parabens, sulphates or chemicals .This is full of lovely active natural things such as  vitamin C & E, Retinol, olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, macadamia oil, devils claw extract, ginger essential oil, green tea extract, horsetail, grapefruit, mandarin, lime & lemon extract and is suitable for vegans!

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The cream doesn’t have much of  scent but is pleasant to use and certainly makes my skin feel well moisturised and nourished. as well as tightening up the crepe looking skin on my thighs.

This comes in an outer box and the plastic screw top pot holds 100 ml and with this jar you get every last bit from the pot. It costs £15 on amazon and mine lasted me around four to six weeks.

 

Remember massage also helps with cellulite and massage towards you body not downwards. I also use a coffee body scrub and massage that into my thighs as well. Exercise is also beneficial as it tightens up the thigh muscles.

 

Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid

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Aveda is a great company that make lovely hair products that are natural and cruelty free with no nasty chemicals or preservatives in them. Their products are not cheap but I have found you don’t need a lot of them to be effective. We have an Aveda shop in our ton and thy have small bowl of samples and if you ask they will give you one or two to try at home. This is how I get most of mine!!

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This is styling product  that adds shine and movement to your hair. It is a clear serum/gel /oil sort of feel and you really need about a pea sized amount warmed in your hand and then run through your hair after styling. It makes my hair have a lovely shine and makes it look healthy and keeps it smooth even in damp weather.

You can also apply this to damp hair before styling but I prefer using it on my dry hair.

This is all natural, vegan friendly as it has only plant-based ingredients including certified organic jojoba which is a lovely oil that naturally conditions and smooths hair without weighing it down and making it look greasy.

Aveda say this :

  • Smooths, and conditions
  • Dries with a soft touchable finish
  • Adds weightless, free-flowing movement, body and natural shine
  • For all hair types

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This comes in a full sized plastic push pump container holding 100 ml and this costs £24 from Aveda. My sample holds 10 ml and it lasted me around two weeks using i daily while we were on holiday. They lovely people in Aveda gave me 3 tubes so I was very lucky as they should have cost around £2.40 each tube at that price.

This doesn’t have any scent really so doesn’t interfere with your perfume or make your hair smell either pleasant or unpleasant. Because it is natural it conditions as well as adding shine and stopping the hair frizzing.

 

I am not sure if jojoba oil alone is as effective but I suspect it might and I do often use jojoba on my hair but never directly compared the two. I have to admit that jojoba is cheaper and doesn’t smell unpleasant so if I was having to buy some I would probably opt for the jojoba but this Aveda one is very nice.

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This is what the serum looks like on my hand. A lovely natural shine even on my skin!

Art Naturals Demrelax Pain Relief Cream

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This is another post that some may find odd on my beauty blog site but ArtNaturals is a company I rate highly and they have many lovely products for body cleansing and moisturising that I have used and liked. As this is applied to my skin I think this is justified on my beauty blog!

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~~~ ABOUT ART NATURALS ~~~

The company philosophy is: “offer quality, natural products with exceptional beauty results”. I love the fact that they use all natural ingredients and do not ever test on animals nor are their ingredients tested on animals. They state categorically that; “We are passionate about providing pure, premium natural and organic products (and ingredients) and will not offer animal based or animal tested”

The company believe in their products and are honest about what goes into them listing all ingredients on the labels. Because they stand by their products they are willing to offer a full 100% money back guarantee on all their products.

All their products are also Vegan-friendly but as they have not been tested on pregnant or nursing women and do contain essential oils which can be a problem they suggest checking with your doctor before using them.
Their products do not contain any parabens or other chemical nasties that are considered by many to be harmful to us and to the environment as well.

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~~~~~~DEMRELAX  ~~~~~

 

This like all their products is natural and cruelty free. It is a cream to help with aches and pains that you massage onto the affected area.

 

The ingredients that help with the pain relief are  arnica, camphor, frankincense, msm, and magnesium oil. It smells lovely, sort of minty and as you apply it you feel a gentle initial cooling then warming  and it really does ease aches and pains.

Arnica helps ease bruising and that with the anti-inflammatory msm powder  relieve pain almost instantly and you soon feel that your  joints are more flexible. Frankincense oil has been shown to help with stress,lift your mood, and also reduce pain and inflammation . Finally magnesium oil is said to help restore skin cells.

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I bought this from amazon and for £13.95 you get nearly 60 ml of the white cream in a plastic screw top jar so you can get every last bit from the container. Mine lasted around six weeks using it on my lower back where I have chronic pain and  found this eased my back when I applied it before I went to bed each night.

I smells nice, sort of fresh and minty but not too overpowering like some pain relief creams and gels are.