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With Valentine’s day fast approaching, “love is in the air” and the rose range is on my mind, so what better time than to explore the rose as one of Weleda’s “Lead Plants“?
The ubiquitous rose requires little introduction. From a practical point of view it is a perennial flowering plant found growing across much of the world and, as such, is well recognised.
“No other flower fascinates us as eternally as the rose. It’s no wonder that the rose enjoys almost legendary status among flowers – even the ancient Babylonians cultivated rose blooms to produce scented ointments from their petals. In early China roses were specifically grown in terraced plots, as they knew about their regenerating effect. At the time of the great Emperor Charlemagne, people use rose petals for gargling and for healing baths.
– Weleda UK”
In Europe the rose is commonly associated with love and passion. It was a flower sacred to Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love and beauty) and later became a symbol of the Virgin Mary (purity) and of the Resurrection. Long recognised for its benefits to people, whether it be as a flavouring in food; for health due to its calming, cooling, anti-inflammatory properties; or for cosmetic purposes; the rose is valued across the world.
The main roses used by Weleda in its Wild Rose range are the Rosa moschata or mosqueta (Musk rose) and the Rosa damascena (Damask rose).
“Balanced between beauty and strength, the inner values of rose plants are just as significant – and they are particularly strong in their wild forms. The wild rose easily keeps its balance between smoothness and robustness, demand and adaptability. When cultivated, roses externalise their vitality and image of harmony through their singular beauty and bewitching scent. Wild roses, on the other hand, internalise their life forces and develop the inner essences which create the valuable rosa mosqueta seed oil…
… The core rosa mosqueta oil soothes and smoothes the skin, while the scent of damask rose harmonises the mood.
– Weleda UK”
musk rose (rosa Moschata)
Rosa moschata provides the precious rosehip seed oil used in the Weleda ranges. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E, this oil helps to fight free radical damage and promote new cell growth. With its exceptionally high amount of linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids, it helps keep the skin well nourished and supports the skin in keeping its elasticity. It is often used to help promote the healing of damaged skin and scars and is useful for skin complaints such as rosacea and acne. Weleda sources its Rosa moschata from Chile.
Damask Rose (Rosa damascena)
The damask rose is a source of the rose essential oil used in the Weleda ranges. It takes three million flowers to produce just one litre of rose oil – so it is a precious thing indeed, revered across the world and through history. This oil has many therepeutic uses: the afore-mentioned cooling and antiseptic properties and its scent, the balancing and relaxing of the mood (it’s no wonder the rose is also associated with seduction).
Weleda sources its organic damask roses from Isparta in Turkey, as part of a project with a local distillery, and from the Dades Valley in Morocco as part of their commitment to sustainable and ecological management and fair trade (Weleda is a member of the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT).
Although there is far more to the facial ranges than age, Weleda does give a guide and I am well into the age-range for the Wild Rose facial range. This is a range I know well and use personally, along with the Almond Facial Oil and occasionally alternated with the Pomegranate range – I’m getting close to the ‘cusp’!
NB: However, I would always recommend that you take advantage of a skin consultation if you can, as I know people older than me who swear by the Iris range recommended for the 20s age range – it really does depend on your skin’s needs! The Wild Rose Body Care Range is also my teen daughter’s range of choice for her bath and shower. I will be exploring these other ranges over the coming months.
I’ll lead with the body and finish with the facial. If you have any further questions, do get in touch and I’ll do my best to help you. Don’t forget that if you are local to Doncaster and would like to try any of the range first hand, I’m available for one-to-one consultations and Wellbeing events.
All the range is suitable for vegetarians, but I’ve specified, where applicable, if a product is suitable for vegans.
BODY CARE RANGE
WILD ROSE CREAM BATH £13.50
Luxurious and relaxing – the perfect bath milk for laying back and enjoying some gentle self pampering courtesy of the blend of organic wild rose essential oil with jojoba and olive oils.
Also, don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit – I’ve mixed the rose with citrus bath milk at times, and at others, lavender, depending on what I fancy.
Suitable for vegans.
WILD ROSE BODY OIL £22.95
The Wild Rose body oil is an indulgent, pampering gift to your senses. A luxurious body oil made from carefully blended almond and jojoba oil with the precious scent of wild roses. It is one of three oils I regularly use here* and I use it when I feel in need of a bit of a “self-hug” – but it’s even better if you have someone to rub it in for you!
There has been some testing done on this oil and results were that, after 28 days, 26% skin was found to be smoother and 21% firmer.
Suitable for vegans.
NB: Mix the Wild Rose body oil with a little cream, or dairy-free sub to make a cream bath sub and/or add some drops to enrich the Wild Rose Body Lotion – mix and match and find what works best for you!
* The other two being the Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil and the Stretch Mark Massage Oil – although I do also have the Lavender Relaxing Body Oil – as it is useful for massaging fractious children – and the Calendula Baby Oil which is unfragranced and fantastic for so many uses)
WILD ROSE BODY LOTION £22.95
Prefer a lotion? This velvety smooth lotion is a treat for your skin, leaving it beautifully soft. This is my eldest daughter’s choice post-bath (and yes, I occasionally “borrow” it!)
Suitable for vegans.
Delicate and creamy rose scented body wash with skin-nourishing rose hip oil and the scent of damask roses. It is SLS and SLES free.
NB: I decant some of this into a glass soap dispenser for use as a hand wash soap in the bathroom and toilet – heavenly!
Suitable for vegans.
WILD ROSE SOAP £10.50
Creamy, luxurious Wild Rose scented soap. I haven’t used this as I prefer using the body wash. But it smells amazing!
Looking for a little fragrance?
JARDIN DE VIE “ROSE” £19.95
The wonderful “Jardin de Vie Rose” fragrance is:
“… the scent of romance or poetry. With gentle flowery rose and geranium and the hidden depths of exotic ylang ylang blossoms.
– Weleda UK”
The perfect fragrance to complement the Wild Rose body care range, it is fresh and floral and will help you feel balanced and full of harmony. It is the fragrance of choice of my eldest daughter and one I occasionally “borrow”, to give me a lift on these grey February mornings.
WILD ROSE DEODORANT SPRAY £13.50
Stay fresh and rosy with the Wild Rose Deodorant Spray – in a glass recyclable bottle, this deodorant is non-aerosol and aluminium free – the perfect accompaniment to the Wild Rose body range!
Suitable for vegans.
have I got a treat for you?
Throughout February 2017 you can buy the “Jardin de Vie Rose” fragrance plus the Wild Rose body oil for only £30.00 – a fabulous saving of £12.90 – whilst stocks last. What are you waiting for? Just add both to the basket to take advantage of the discount.
FACIAL CARE RANGE
As I have said before, this is the range I personally use (alternated with the Pomegranate range in the evening on occasion and in conjunction with the Almond Facial Oil for my dryer days, as I have a tendency towards dry skin and I suffer in the nip of winter! My tip for those with a tendency towards very dry skin – layer up with that almond oil!)
There is an ongoing offer of Buy 3, Save 15% across the Weleda facial skin care range. Just add three of the facial skin care range to your basket for the discount to be applied – you can mix and match!
Velvety smoothness with the divine scent of roses – this range is recommended for your 30s (up to 42 – an age range I am just about in) and I find the Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream such an uplifting cream to use in the morning – its scent makes me feel so happy! I tend towards dry skin and this cream is perfect for normal to dry. If you have normal to combination skin, I would suggestion the Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion instead.
NB: The Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion was named as a “Beauty Game Changer” by Teen Vogue (see links)
Rich night-time Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream to bring “roses to your cheeks in night’s secret hours”. A heavier cream that works wonders on dry, thirsty skin whilst you sleep. If you have a tendency towards very dry skin, you might want to use this as both your day and night cream.
The Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream is a gentle unperformed treatment for the delicate eye area, to calm any puffiness and bring back vitality to the tender skin around your eyes. It contains Eyebright (Euphrasia) – a plant well known as beneficial for the eye area, along with delicate sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, so is a fantastic gentle treatment for tired eyes (and as a busy mum of four at home, my eyes get very tired!)
I love this range – it is an excellent fit for me as a (very) late-30-something. What really appeals is the HUGE range of options (although a hand cream would be nice… but hey, I use Skin Food and, well, it’s such a skin care star, I’m not sure I would swap!)
If you would like to try it for yourself, I offer one-to-one consultations in the Doncaster area with a complimentary Weleda facial and I would really enjoy helping you to find out if the Wild Rose range is the range for you!
Not only is rose included in the Wild Rose range of products, it is also found in the Everon Lip Balm (my resident children have one each – it’s a fab stocking filler – although, be warned, it smells amazing, so might be an idea to keep it away from toddlers – I speak from personal experience… thankfully I don’t have to worry about the ingredients in case of accidental eating… *sigh*) and our NEW range of Tinted Lip Balms (selling fast – so get yours now – may I recommend the fabulous offer of buy all 3 for £15.00 and get a pretty make-up bag free whilst stocks last!)
Rose can also be found in the fragrance blend for the Stretch Mark Massage Oil £16.95 – which smells incredible and has been tested as 77% smoother skin after four months – well worth considering this oil, regardless of whether you are concerned about stretch marks or not, as it’s such a lovely, rich oil to use and an absolute delight to the senses (it’s a favourite oil of mine – I’m smiling just thinking about the fragrance of it!)
- Rosewater: What it is and what to do with it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11698200/Rosewater-what-it-is-and-what-to-do-with-it.html
- Pharmacological effects of Rosa Damascena: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586833/
- Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT): http://ethicalbiotrade.org
- Teen Vogue: 2016 Beauty Game Changers: http://www.teenvogue.com/gallery/3-beauty-pros-on-their-favorite-hair-nail-and-makeup-products#6
- Cats Holiday review of the Rose Day Cream: https://catsholiday.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/weleda-wild-rose-smoothing-day-cream/
- Another review including some of the Wild Rose range: http://www.sophieslittlesecrets.co.uk/2015/11/review-weledas-almond-wild-rose.html
And because I couldn’t resist – “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Piaf (my French great grandmother’s favourite singer)
Love to you all. xxx
All images sourced from Weleda UK unless otherwise credited.
Disclaimer: Information is correct to the best of my knowledge, but I cannot take any responsibility for any accidental error – I’m human! If you find an error, please do contact me and I’ll do my best to rectify it. If you are vegan, or have any particular allergy, please take care to always double check ingredients. Prices correct at time of original publication.
It can be difficult, when starting out trying to minimise potentially toxic synthetic chemicals in your household, to know where to start. Some people are able to just blitz their under sink and bathroom cabinets of anything containing suspect ingredients, ditch the lot and restock with more natural products.
I wasn’t one of those people and I know I’m not alone. I’ve been a teenage mother. I’ve been a working-on-a-low-income mother and a stay-at-home mother. I’m currently a mum-of-many-children mother. All of these things can bring financial challenges and, lets just say that we are, like very many, on a strict budget. If I was just starting out finding out about potential toxins and wanting to #DitchTheJunk (link at the end of the post), I wouldn’t be able to simply empty all of my cupboards and buy all new.
However, I’ve been doing this more natural product thing for a while now and so I have a few tips and, leaving aside alternatives to common household cleaning products (which I hope to cover in another post soon), I do have some great recommendations for basic buys if you’re a family on a budget.
Often you seem to pay for what’s left out (rather than put in) and many synthetic-filled cosmetics are cheaper than more ethical and natural brands. This is often because many of the chemicals that I am trying to avoid are used as cheap fillers to maximise the profit of the brand (and chances are said chemicals have also been tested on animals at some point – big sad face!) Chances are that these same ingredients have been sourced solely based on their cost vs the profit that they make, rather than any consideration for the wider environmental and social impact.
It is this attention to the sourcing and cultivation of good quality ingredients, plus a commitment to producing products that are free from petroleum-derived ingredients; GMOs; synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fragrances; that have not been tested on animals that can also make more conscientious brands, such as Weleda, appear more expensive than some synthetic alternatives – however, what really makes me baulk is how much MORE expensive some well known mainstream brands are when you realise that their ingredients are predominantly synthetic and potentially toxic! A quick trawl through the internet (or your local supermarket, chemist, etc) and you will find day creams that are easily £40 or more. Compare that to the £7.95 Calendula Face Cream, featured in a Marie Claire article as one of their best moisturisers for under £10 (please note that since the Marie Claire article there has been a price rise to £9.50 – but still under a tenner!)
Suddenly more natural and ethical companies such as Weleda start to look a whole lot more reasonable!
Now, it is bluntly true that I could choose to not use any specific bought cosmetics at all (and I have tried the “no poo” thing and just used things like bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar to “wash” my hair; made my own deodorant; etc) but, chances are, you may not want to go all out crunchy and skip everything you are probably used to using (and the thought of doing so probably brings the majority of people out in a cold sweat). You want to move away from those potential nasties hiding in your bathroom cabinet and make-up bag, but you’re on a budget and you want to know where to start.
So what do you do?
Pare it down. What are your must haves? Any specific skin issues? Do you have children to buy for as well? Start with the basics and add in one thing at a time.
My Top Five Basic Buys for a family
In no particular order, based on my own family’s basic cosmetic and personal hygiene needs.
You will likely be wanting to wash yourself and the Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash is a two-in-one product suitable for all the family. Made with extract of organic Calendula and organic Sweet Almond Oil, this shampoo and wash is gentle and light-smelling and good for sensitive skin. In time you could maybe look at one of Weleda’s dedicated shampoos and there’s a fantastic range of body washes and also a few bar soaps, but if money is tight and you need to double-up, you really can’t go wrong!
Children’s Tooth Gel £3.75
Unless you’re a fan of making your own toothpowder, you will be wanting a toothpaste of some sort. Weleda do a range of toothpastes, but if you have children, you might want to start with one specifically for them that can be used by all the family. Fluoride-free Children’s Tooth Gel looks after new and developing teeth and provides natural protection. With “extract of organic calendula flowers to keep gums healthy, silica for thorough cleaning and natural flavours of fennel and spearmint” there are no ingredients that could cause harm if swallowed.
In practice here we have both the Children’s Tooth Gel and I favour the Calendula. However, my middle daughter and son and partner favour the Ratanhia (my partner says that it tastes more like how he thinks toothpaste “should” taste, i.e. strong and minty – whilst I love mint tea and often make my own from home-grown mint, I’ve grown unaccustomed to it in toothpaste, hence my preference for the more gentle tasting Calendula). The Salt toothpaste (pictured at the beginning of this article) is also a very popular buy!
Yes, this is becoming a bit of an ode to Calendula, but please bear with me, it really is an excellent first port of call! Weleda offer a gorgeous selection of body oils (and lotions if that is your preference) but made from just organic Sesame oil and extract of organic Calendula flowers, the gentle Calendula Baby Oil is simple, unfragranced and suitable for all the family. If you prefer a lotion, the Calendula Baby Lotion is a light, gentle lotion, formulated to care for delicate skin – again, perfect for all the family!
All three of the main Calendula products (including the Calendula Lotion) in my Top Five Basic Buys are all in regular (and in the case of the toothpaste, daily) use in my house, but we also have our own personal preferences from the further range of body oils and lotions and I will be covering this in another post.
Almond Facial Oil £17.95
Just in case you thought I was having a solely Calendula love-in in my Top Five Basic Buys, here’s something from a different range. I’ve been using almond oil on my skin for well over a decade now. It’s simple and multi-purpose – you can cleanse and moisturise with it (it makes a good eye make up remover for teens who favour heavy black eyeliner and mascara as well) and a little goes a long way! It is the oil I use when doing facials and I really cannot recommend it enough. Personally I stick with it just on my face (there are more economical oils to use for moisturising the rest of you!)
Almonds are packed full of beneficial minerals and vitamins and are high in unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E (a known anti-oxidant that fights free radicals that age the skin). Perfect for nurturing and protecting even sensitive skin, the Almond Facial Oil is gentle and suitable for family to use (from 40 down to toddler). Yes, I also have a favourite cream I use, but my bottle of almond oil is still in regular (usually daily) use and in past difficult years, whether they be financial or the blips I have had with my skin being very sensitive and dry, almond oil was my skin saviour when I had to simplify!
Citrus Deodorant £9.50
I’ll let you into a secret, I am a big fan of home-made deodorant made from coconut oil and bicarb, perhaps a couple of drops of essential oil, honestly it’s great! But my partner isn’t as convinced (he won’t try it) and my teenage daughter would prefer to spray and this is where the Citrus Deodorant comes into play as it’s useable by all deodorant-using family members (ie the three oldest here) without affecting any gender preferences.
Weleda offers a further range of deodorants – I love the rose and the sage is a great choice for both men and women as well. However, where money is tight and something needs to be shared, I think the Citrus is a happy medium that suits all of us – plus it’s a nice burst of uplifting citrus first thing in the morning when you could maybe do with a pick me up.
Deodorants are rather notorious for containing some nasty ingredients (see Breast Cancer UK’s excellent #DitchTheJunk campaign, link at the end of this post), but with Weleda deodorants you can rest assured that there isn’t any aluminium and all the ingredients are natural (they also come in a recyclable glass bottle with a non-aerosol pump spray).
After the Basics, What Next?
Now having covered what I consider to be the basics for my family, ie washing, teeth, moisturising and deodorant, what would I go for next?
Skin Food £10.95
It had to appear in here somewhere! I have dry skin – not helped on my hands by me needing to wash them a lot during the day (small children and more than a few animals) and me preferring to garden without gloves (soil can make your fingers very rough!) or my feet from me pottering around barefoot as soon as the weather warms (I love the feeling of soil on my bare feet in the summer). Not just for your hands -in cold winter weather it makes a great barrier (although Weleda do produce a Weather Protection Cream) and is fantastic for preventing chapping. I’ve heard stories of people putting it on the ends of dried out hair and as a make-up primer (I’m sure there’s more!) It’s also a multi-award-winning product that has stood the test of time (having celebrated its 90th birthday at London Fashion Week in 2016).
Shaving Cream £10.50
Not just for men, great for anyone who shaves. Anecdotally I’ve heard the body washes are also creamy enough for helping with the shaving of body parts.
Calendula Nappy Cream £6.95
Not just for sore bums! This is the first product from Weleda that I ever bought. Desperate to find something to help with my eldest daughter’s awful nappy rash when she was a baby I tried the nappy cream when it was recommended by a number of people on various Bulletin Boards (remember them? The forums used before things like Facebook?) The same, now teenage, daughter uses it on her spots and it is also good for any area that is itchy and sore.
Not a cosmetic product, but a basic in this house. Perfect for those inevitable bumps and bruises. This is another Weleda product of longstanding in my household and well worth adding to a basic kit. I will be writing a further blog post on the various Healthcare products available from Weleda, but out of all of them, this is the one most commonly used here!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the suggestions. They constitute what I consider are good basic recommendations for a family to start with if you’re on a tight budget, but every family is different and you may find other choices more suitable. In my family we have various other products that we use in addition to the above depending on the person – which I will save for another article – and of course, in time you can build upon any basic buys.
What are your favourite Weleda products? What would you recommend?
NB: prices subject to change, but correct at time of writing. I endeavour to update them, but may miss the occasional one if there’s a price rise. Quotes in quotation marks are taken from my webshop.