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Cleaner beauty Campaign



I know many of us are becoming more aware of what is in our body and beauty products and are choosing to buy products with natural ingredients. It seems an easy choice to make really but is it? So many of the companies which claim to make natural products are in fact not as natural as they seem.


Some may use mainly natural ingredients while others proudly list the natural ingredient such as argan oil on the front of the product and then when you look more closely argan is actually way down the list after a number of far from natural ingredients.


Harvesting Argan for Weleda

While Europe has banned any animal testing on beauty products there are still some companies whch allow some ingredients to be tested on animals and others which allow products to be tested on animals “Where that country insists on this”.


While some companies may use natural ingredients they may not source these ethically or pay fair prices to the suppliers. Other companies seem to over package their products going along the lines that the more expensive the packaging looks the more we can charge for it. Packaging needs to be as eco friendly as possible and fit for purpose. There is no need for boxes around tubes and heavy ornate packing which is three times the size it needs to be to hold the contents. This is wasteful of resources and also costs more to create and ship.


A selection of the wonderful natural oils from Weleda

Weleda is a company that I am a huge fan of because they are such a wonderful ethical company that makes products that are 100% natural and that work. Many people know Weleda for the natural baby products and beauty 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 selection of Weleda’s body lotions

Everything about Weleda is ethical, upfront and honest from their sourcing of ingredients to the manufacture of the products, the way they look after their staff, how they use and create energy for use in their factories, the packing and transportation of their products and finally the products themselves are just wonderful.


A selection of creamy body washes from Weleda

I have a number of other companies that I use to buy beauty products that are ethical and 100% natural but these are mainly smaller UK based companies. I will mention a few here that I love MuLondon, Pink& Green and also Bodhi & Birch, Nourish, Opulentia Organics, Dr Botanicals, Gerlinde Naturals, Neal’s Yard, The Beauty Kitchen and Dr Organics are all companies that make great natural products. If you follow my beauty blog I have written about products from all these brands in the past.


A selection of Weleda products I am currently using

If you are serious about being more aware of what is in your skin care and bath products then do read the labels. If you are careful with what you eat in order to stay healthy then b aware that your skin is your largest organ and it does absorb what is put on it. This is also the case with your hair too so check the ingredients of that shampoo that claims to have argan oil and see what is in it!


#Cleaner beauty Campaign aims to raise awareness of the ingredients of our beauty products and just take a few of the more chemical sounding ones and look up what issues you might be storing up. Some cause skin rashes and eczema while others have even been linked to cancer. So many of our beauty products include petroleum based oils and these are really not good for you to put on the skin.



More of my Weleda products in current use

Another major issue is microbeads. So many exfoliating products and even toothpastes contain these and they don’t break down ever. They go into the water then the ocean to be consumed by all those animals that live in the sea and then we catch some and eat them in turn ingesting plastic micro beads. Check your exfoliator uses something natural like ground almonds, bamboo, charcoal or other natural,mineral based product like pumice rather than these micro beads.


If you would like to know more then I urge you to take a look at this video :

There is also an interesting interview in YOU magazine which you can read here:

So off you go and check out what you are using in your beauty regime and then promise yourself that your next purchase will be a natural #cleanerbeauty product . It will not only be better for you and your skin but will also be better for the environment and future generations.

I hope I have given you food for thought or “Skin Food” as one of Weleda’s best sellng products is aptly named.



Dr. Botanicals Ultra Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment

Dr. Botanicals Ultra Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment



I have recently applied to be a product tester for Dr Botanicals and I get to get the product free and have to pay postage only. I then use and review a few products from this brand and this is one I have been using for around two weeks now.

~~~~~~~~ ABOUT DR BOTANICALS ~~~~~~~

Dr Botanicals is London based vegan skincare brand. They use no animal products at all and believe that oils, plants and natural ingredients make effective skin care and that there is no need to add any chemicals.

The company was founded by Richard Walker in 2012 . He started with just a small range of Vegan products and was inspired by his father who first formulated Elderflower based skincare in the 1960’s.

Needless to say none of their products or ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They also use recyclable packaging for their products.



“Our Ultra-Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment is designed to iron out fine lines and wrinkles overnight leaving skin positively glowing by morning. Our blend of natural extracts provide nutrients for the skin to maintain good skin health for a more radiant complexion.”


I like the way Dr Botanicals products are packed as they come in classy looking old fashioned cardboard boxes. The brand name is in black text with its logo of a leaf. It looks minimalist but expensive. Each order comes with a card saying thank you for the order and explaining that they are the world’s Number 1 vegan skincare brand and use environmentally conscious packing.

This moisturiser is a night treatment with some great active ingredients which I will go into a bit later. The product comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid which is not only all recyclable but keeps the contents in good condition. I also kept mine in its original cardboard box to keep out any light which might damage the contents.

The disadvantage of the jar is that you have to use your fingers to get the product out each time so make sure you keep your fingers clean before putting them in the jar. You could of course use a small spoon or spatula to get the amount out that you need but I couldn’t be bothered to do that each time.

The actual contents are a cloudy dull creamy colour and the cream is very light feeling and not at all heavy and greasy which most night treatments are.

I apply this at night after I have cleansed and toned my face. I first apply my serum then after that has been absorbed I apply this product. It isn’t cream, it is a cross between a cream and a gel in txture and very light . It feels cool and fresh when I apply it and it soaks into my skin very quickly, so quickly that I almost feel that it should be richer and more greasy and in fact do tend to apply some facial oil after this has soaked in.

Dr BotaIMG_4675nicals tell you to: “Use the first two fingers of each hand, spread the moisturizer upwards and outwards from each dab on your face. Use a swirling motion to blend the moisturizer into your skin. It’s usually easiest to start at your neck, and work your way up your face to your forehead.”

I use this method religiously each morning and night when applying all my face products as that way you are defying gravity and encouraging your skin not to sag downwards. If you drag the skin downwards when applying any products then you are helping the downwards sag!

The ingredients that are the most active in this product are :

Carrot cell which is not only rich in mineral salts but also has plenty of Vitamin A and this helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin in the night.

It also has Olive Oil which is full of essential fatty acids and this help to restore and maintain a strong barrier for the skin against damage and distress.

Avocado Peptides in this cream help to encourage firmness and plumping while also helping to restore moisture in the skin.


Obviously Dr Botanicals suggest that this works best in combination with their other products such as their cleanser, toner and so on but all my main skin care products are natural so I don’t have any worries about mixing this and my own other skin care products.

I have said that this feels very light and it also has a lovely delicate natural citrus sort of aroma which is not at all over powering but pleasant and refreshing and quickly disappears after the product has been absorbed into my skin.

This product is safe for most skin types including those with sensitive skin as it has no nasty ingredients in it at all. It is designed for normal skin but I have ageing , combination skin and find it is very pleasant to use though maybe a bit light hence applying facial oil after it has been absorbed.


I can’t say my skin looks any better or worse that it usually does but I always use high quality natural skin products so I never rally expect any dramatic difference and I am just hoping that I can maintain my skin as it is and stop it looking too old any faster.

I think that this is a high quality product that feels nice on my skin but maybe as I am in the older age group I need something a bit more moisturising and this is why I use my evening primrose facial oil on top of this at night.

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

You can buy this direct from the DR Botanicals website and many of Dr Botanical products are also available on amazon and some other natural beauty sites. On Dr Botanicals it sells for £54.90 usually but is reduced to £25.90 at present but they charge around £5.99 for postage which I think is steep.

On amazon it is selling for £37.99 and if you are a prime member postage is free and in fact it will be free anyway as it is priced above the minimum for free postage.


~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED ? ~~~~~~~~

I got mine for the price of postage but I can’t say I would pay the full price for this as it is very expensive. It is reduced at present but with postage still costs a fair bit more than I want to pay. I am a bit spoiled as I do get a number of products at greatly reduced prices in return for my reviews so I have not paid full price for any skin care for a few years now so I find it hard to pay full price.

I feel it is probably a justifiable price for a truly vegan and effective skin product as fully natural products are always more expensive .




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.


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

~~~~~~~~PACKAGING AT WELEDA ~~~~~~






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!








~~~~~~~~ ABOUT POMEGRANATE ~~~~~~

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


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.


~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED ~~~~~~

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.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan -Neroli Firming Night Cream




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


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.


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.

There is also a firming day cream with neroli in the same range.img_6891




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.


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!


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 .