Wild Rose :: Smoothe and Pamper


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”

Rosa moschata rosehips

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).



There is both a comprehensive facial and corresponding body range inspired by the Wild Rose – so this is a bit of an epic listing, but please bear with me!

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.


Wild Rose Bath Milk Weleda


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.



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 WeledaWILD 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.

Wild Rose Body Wash Weleda


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 Weleda


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?

Feeling rosy on this beautiful #fridaymorning 🌺🌺🌺

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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 Weleda


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.


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 rangeJust 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!)


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.

The “Fourth” Trimester or “Babymoon”


Between 10 and 20% of women will develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year of having a baby (1)  with 60% reporting feeling “down” or “depressed” post birth (2).  And it’s not just expectant and new mothers,  according to research from McGill University, Canada, 13.3% of expectant fathers also experience depression during their partner’s pregnancy.

There is no magic solution to these figures, and some forms of peri and postnatal mental illness need specialist intervention and support, but there are things you can do that might help you through what can be a difficult transition into parenthood.

As figures show that British women spend the least amount of time in hospital after giving birth than in any other European country, it seems that quite often the general expectation is that women give birth every day and that once baby is here, they should just “get on with it”.   (Obviously I realise that not everyone chooses to give birth in hospital – I have a number of friends who have home-birthed – however, they are not necessarily immune to feeling the same external pressure once baby is here).

It’s a bit of a British stereotype, “stiff upper lip” and all that, but we are subject to advert after advert that tells us that if we feel below par, even fluey, no need to stop and rest, get back to work as soon as possible – and that’s before cuts to support for people with long term illness or disability.  For some of us, the message can seem very clear – show no weakness, soldier on.

In the UK many women will take only a few days to rest, before being out and about within a week or so (if not sooner).  This fast return to “normality” can bring with it various risks, from the physical strain it may place on the mother’s recovering body, to the additional stress in can place on a mother who is also still likely to be very tired, both physically and emotionally.

But this attitude isn’t one that is necessarily shared across the world (4) .

In some cultures mothers of newborns are expected to rest, completely, for as much as twenty to thirty days.   In the UK this is known as a “Babymoon” or “Fourth Trimester”. Although the term “baby moon” is also used for a last minute holiday pre-birth, the reasoning behind using it as a post-partum description is that it brings with it an idea of a timescale for this period.  It takes approximately 27 days (and a bit) for the moon to complete its orbit around the Earth and 29.5 days for it to cycle through its phases, as such a good indicator for the time a baby moon should last is about 28 days or 4 weeks (but some practices advocate longer – up to 40 days).

This period gives a mother time to rest and recuperate whilst getting to know their new baby, who, in turn, is given an opportunity to gently transition into their new experience of the world.

What is happening to your body postpartum?

Having previously housed an ever-growing baby, your uterus starts to contract and heal.   Every time you stand up, pick up anything heavy, twist or generally move around, you are disturbing the wound healing process.  You will lose blood, called “lochia” for up to six weeks as you shed the lining of your uterus. You need to give your body time to heal – and if you have had an complications and/or a caesarian – and then some!  You may find  perineal massage (5) particularly helpful in preparing for birth (it can help reduce the likelihood of tearing or an epsiotomy during childbirth) and Arnica helpful as an aid to healing.

A quick note on not lifting anything “heavier than your baby” – that includes not lifting your baby in a car seat, please get someone else to do it and, if you’ve had a whopper of a baby and had a caesarian (one of mine was 10lb 11oz and I’d had a caesarian) please try to take it easy on the carrying around in the early days, keep baby on you whilst sat or laid down, but try not to shift baby around very much – get some help!  A good sling is a fantastic resource and chances are you have a local sling library/consultant who can support you to find a sling that works for you and give you the option to rent a sling if buying isn’t an option (and often renting a sling is a good option regardless, giving you the option to change as your needs, or tastes, change – local links at the end of this article).

It may take a little time for your milk to “come in”.  This is normal.  It is also normal for a baby to lose some weight post birth – breastfed babies up to 7% (6) (and some sources cite as much as 10%) of their birthweight.  It takes time to establish breastfeeding.  The more time you can spend resting with your newborn, practicing a good latch and ensuring you eat and drink well, the easier it may be for your milk, and breastfeeding, to become established (and for you to cope with some of the difficulties you might come across whilst establishing breastfeeding).

Your body has to adjust to a change in the levels of hormones surging around your body. This change can mean you feel weepy and vulnerable, even when everyone around you is celebrating and supportive.  This is also normal (although if these feeling persist post “baby moon” please consider contacting someone for advice (PANDAS or Mind, offer support for peri (pre) and post natal mental health problems and support – please don’t suffer in silence!

All this can put a tremendous strain on you and it is important that you recognise that you need to give yourself time to adjust to this new way of being.  There are various things that you can do to prepare yourself as much as possible for these first weeks and I will cover these (and any potential stumbling blocks) in subsequent posts: Writing a Postpartum Plan and Putting Yourself First In Early Motherhood (planned)


The following products may be helpful in supporting you to prepare for baby’s arrival and to heal postpartum: Nursing Oil, Perineum Massage Oil, Stretch Mark Massage Oil and Arnica 30c.

Please visit my shop or contact me for further information.


  1. http://everyonesbusiness.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Embargoed-20th-Oct-Summary-of-Economic-Report-costs-of-Perinatal-Mental-Health-problems.pdf
  2. Postnatal Care Funding“, The Royal College of Midwives
  3. “Expectant Dads Get Depressed Too” https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/expectant-dads-get-depressed-too-255950
  4. The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/mar/09/new-mothers-in-uk-have-shortest-hospital-maternity-stays-research-finds
  5. Mama Natural: How To Do Perineal Massage (And Why You’ll Want To) – a fantastic blog explaining what Perinial massage is with (an explicit, so be warned) cartoon video – please contact me if you’d like details of our fab Perineum Massage Oil
  6. La Leche League: https://www.laleche.org.uk/my-baby-needs-more-milk/
  7. Slings (Doncaster specific):
  8. PANDAS Pre & Post Natal Depression Advice and Support