I am a fan of Weleda and their products as I am impressed with their ethics and like the fact that they use natural ingredients from local and organic producers.
This is originally a Swiss company started by the philosopher and education revolutionary Rudolph Steiner who was Austrian. Schools following his philosophies and ideas are still around today in many countries.
There is a branch of the company just near us. My husband used to send some of his students on work experience and he says they were always really good to the students. My step son has recently done some promotional filming there too and he was impressed with their orchards and bee hives. Sadly neither of them came home with any samples from these visits.
Weleda products do not come in fancy packaging; in fact they look quite ordinary. They are not cheap either but products with all natural ingredients rarely are cheap. You get what you pay for and if natural, ethical ingredients are important to you then you won’t mind paying.
Personally I prefer to pay for products like this with quality ingredients that to pay for posh branded ones that are full of chemicals and names I cannot pronounce. What I do not understand is why these products are so much cheaper in Germany than here when some of them are made here. I suspect the government taxes are one reason but I may be wrong
I have a small 10 ml tube of this Weleda Skin Food that I was given as a sample and I have also a second tube the same size bought through one of my beauty sample sites. When I look around on line I find the price varies from around £7 to £9 ish for 75ml.
As I said Weleda do not package their products in fancy packaging; this comes in a small green tube, a bit like a mini toothpaste or ointment tube. I don’t know what the full sized one looks like but I suspect it is similar. This small tube comes in an outer cardboard box, again like toothpaste does.
In order to open the tube you have to use the lid to pierce the metal seal. This makes it tamper proof and means that nothing nasty can have been added after it left the factory. This is no hard to do and I like the feeling of security it gives.
The cream itself is actually quite thick and a creamy colour. It smells like a fresh herb sort of bergamot orange with other herbs; a combination of those used in the product such as chamomile, calendula and lavender. I like the smell. It isn’t sweet and feminine at all, in fact it is clean and fresh, slightly masculine and a bit like some ointments.
I have only used this on my elbows, hands and as a special treat and in the interests of reviewing I gave my feet a treat too. I find it is really good for hands and elbows. My feet enjoyed their treat too. The cream is quite thick and feels quite intense but once massaged in my elbows felt nice and well fed but not greasy at all. My hands also felt lovely and soft and smooth and I was able to read on my tablet soon after applying as there was no slippery greasy feel.
I was also very kind and allowed my husband to use some of his hands as they get very dry and cracked with eczema. This and the Body Shop hemp hand cream both helped a lot with healing them. He is not very good at regularly applying creams on his hands and that is why they get so bad.
The scent lingers for quite some time and as I like the smell, I can work on the laptop and enjoy the scent on my hands as I type.
This lovely intense cream is full of natural goodies Water, Sunflower Seed Oil, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral and Coumarin*. The vast majority of the ingredients are of natural origins.
It reminds me in texture of Body Shop hand cream, the Hemp one. It is similarly thick and feels similar in texture. As it is so thick and intense you need only a little for the moisturising benefits to take effect.
I have been a fan of Weleda for some time and am yet to find a product that I do not like. They are not the cheapest option around , especially if you buy them in the UK but I do think they are good quality products produced using ethically sourced ingredients.
This particular product has won a couple of awards . It won Highly Commended in the Best Skin care and Natural Toiletries Category in the Natural Pharmacy Awards.
Also this lovely product won the only natural beauty care award and was voted ‘The feel-good all-round beauty hero’.
I think that a trip to Germany might be need soon as I understand they are a lot cheaper there. Until then I will continue to shop around for the best deals. I am sad to learn that Holland & Barratt no longer have their products in their shops; they may still be on line though.
This product is a favourite with many of the world’s beautiful people. According to Weleda , “Skin Food is also a top must-have for actress Julia Roberts: ‘I put it on my hands after I wash dishes and wind up putting it on my elbows and feet. Before you know it, I’ve squeezed this poor little green tube into a twist’.”
Julia Roberts is not alone is loving this product. Weleda know that singers “Adele, Joss Stone and Rihanna, actresses Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Kerry Washington, Winona Ryder and Lili Taylor. Top models and fashionistas Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham, Helena Christensen, Chandra North, Angela Lindvall, Jessica Stam, Peaches Geldof, Claudia Barila and Karen Ferrari all swear by Skin Food. “
I love this rich gorgeous product and know I am not alone in finding it so good. The photos I have included and quotes are with permission from Susie Fairgrieve from Weleda