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Weleda Skin Care Review and Cruelty Free Status

27/11/2016

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Weleda were kind enough to send me three of their products to test out and give an honest review on. I have been testing the Almond Soothing Facial Oil, Skin Food and Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream for 2 months now. Weleda is a brand that focuses on natural and organic products that are sustainably sourced. Weleda skin care is certified by NATRUE which means that the products are made from natural and organic ingredients, there is a sustainable production process and environmentally friendly practices, there’s no synthetic fragrances or dyes, there’s no silicone oils or ingredients from petrochemicals, no animal testing and no irradiation of end products or herbal ingredients. I do really like the ethics that this company stand by. They are focusing on maintaining biodiversity, biodynamic farming, fair trade and sustainable processes. So it sounds like they are focusing on both positive environmental and human outcomes which I wish every company would do.

Weleda Skin Care Review - Polish and Paws Blog
Weleda Skin Care

Before I get into the review, I just wanted to go more into detail about the cruelty free status of Weleda. Google comes up with a lot of mixed results and it is hard to tell what is right from wrong, so I asked for specific information from Weleda Australia to clear it all up. They have told me that Weleda does not and never has tested any of its ingredients or or products on animals. NATRUE requires all companies certified by them to adhere to the EU animal testing laws (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009), even if the company does’t sell in the European market – Weleda are however a European beauty brand so need to adhere to the EU laws anyway. Weleda have told me that “We do not sell our range in mainland China, and there is no plan to do so until China changes its requirements regarding animal testing”. They have also explained to me that ‘cosmetics’ in China are considered to be skincare, makeup, perfume, hair care, sun care, nail care deodorants and whitening products. Toothpaste and bars of soaps do not fall under the ‘cosmetic’ banner and are therefore exempt from the animal testing regulations in China. So Weleda sell toothpaste and bars of soaps in China but only because those products can be sold and still remain cruelty free. As with all other companies, Chinese residents can buy any Weleda product online and have it shipped into the country without having it tested on animals. Weleda also have a good little symbol system on their website so that you can easily tell if a product is vegan or organic without needing to look through the ingredients or do any extra research.

Skin Food is a ‘deeply nourishing and intensely hydrating’ cream that can be used all over the body. Skin Food helps to moisturise the skin by using extracts from chamomile, calendula and wild pansy. Skin Food also includes sunflower, lanolin and sweet almond oils and waxes to protect the skin from wind and weather. I was excited to try this product as a I have heard a lot of people rave about it. I was surprised by the first use as the product came out of the tube as half cream and half oil, since then though it has always been a thick cream – I think some of the excess oil was just sitting at the bottom of the tube. The cream is very thick, but easy enough to spread out on the skin. The main difference I have found with this cream compared to others is that it doesn’t immediately absorb into the skin. There’s a layer of product that stays on the skin surface, which I assume is how the product is able to protect the skin from the elements. Even when trying to wash my hands in the sink, I can still feel a that there is a light layer of product I need to rub off. I’ve mainly used it on my feet, but it would also be good for any other really dry part of the body like knees and elbows. I take good care of my feet, so they’re not particularly dry by themselves, but I have noticed that my feet a lot smoother and more hydrated if I use this cream on them once or twice a week. I will get a lot more use out of this product in winter as my skin gets very dry and wind can make it irritated, I think using this could help to reduce some of the skin irritation I get on my body in the middle of winter, just because of the protection it gives. Weleda’s Skin Food does have a strong citrusy scent, I don’t mind it but if you’re sensitive to scents then you may want to consider that. I think it’s good value for $21.95 for a 75ml tube as a small amount goes a long way.

Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream is vegan and uses pomegranate seed oil as it helps the skin’s ‘renewal processes’ and helps to protect hands from environmental effects. It also includes sesame oil and organic shea butter to reduce moisture loss and make the skin smooth as well as golden millet extract as it helps with skin firmness and elasticity. Being a nail blogger, I have tried a lot of hand creams in my time. I prefer to use products that are often marketed as hand and nail creams as they tend to have jojoba, sweet almond oil and vitamin E in the ingredients which I also look for in cuticle oils. I had a quick look at the ingredients of the Pomegranate hand cream and it doesn’t seem to have any of those three listed, but there are other nice ingredients in there as I explained above. I can’t really comment on how much this product helps with skin firmness but it is a nice medium thickness cream that spreads out and rubs into the skin well. After a minute or two, there is no greasy or sticky texture left on the hands and no transfer of the hand cream onto other products (it’s a big pet peeve of mine to have hand cream marks all over my phone or computer keyboard). This hand cream does have a scent, I’m not particularly fond of it but my friend loves it. A 50ml tube of Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream costs $17.95 so it’s not a particularly cost effective hand cream but also not too expensive – I know lots of people like to give Weleda hand products as gifts so it’s a good price for that.

Almond Soothing Facial Oil is vegan and organic and contains Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Plum Kernel (Prunus Domestica Seed) Oil and Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa) Flower Extract. Sweet almond oil has a high content of essential fatty acids so it ‘protects the skin from drying out and improves the skin’s barrier function’. The blackthorn blossom extract absorbs into the skin quickly and helps to ‘alleviate skin irritations and reduce sensitivity’. I started using facial oils 2 years ago now as I had read about so many benefits of including them in my daily skincare routine. At first, I wanted to find just one oil that was perfect for my skin, but when I did more research I found out that the top skin care specialists now advise people to rotate the products they use. So I am now always on the look out for another product that can be included in products that I rotate through, and I think I have found one to include in Weleda’s Soothing Almond Oil. To use it, I shake a couple of drops onto the tips of my fingers and then just massage it into my face and neck. It absorbs quickly and has helped to keep my skin from drying out during this wet spring we have had. I had to get used to the nozzle on the end of the bottle as I’m used to droppers for facial oils but I think the nozzle may help to stop the product from getting contaminated, so that’s good. It has a slight woody scent which is just from the natural oils themselves, I can’t smell it when it goes on the skin. I haven’t had any irritation or eczema flare ups when using this, in fact I think it has helped to keep my eyelids moist and therefore less likely to get eczema. I really like that there are only a couple of ingredients in this oil as my skin doesn’t seem to do as well with oils that have a large number of ingredients. I have used this every day, morning and night, for two months and I’m only a quarter the way through the 50ml bottle. $26.95 is a standard price that I usually pay for facial oils, and this one is good quality. You can use it alone, under moisturiser, under makeup and even as a makeup remover, so it can work for everyone. The Almond Oil is from Weleda’s Almond range which is a range of hypoallergenic products made for sensitive skin. I have only tried the oil, but I will look into products from the rest of the range to see if any might work for my sensitive skin.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil - Polish and Paws Blog
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil

Weleda have some great company ethics that really resonate with me. I wish more companies would take steps to help the environment, sustainability and poverty. There is a lot of information about the ingredients they use, and their fair trade and sustainability initiatives on their website that you can read about. I’m glad I got the opportunity to review these products and find out the extra information on their cruelty free status. The website makes it easy to determine which products are vegan, which are natural and which are organic, so I don’t have to scroll through long ingredient listings or do extra research to find out that information. I have personally found natural skincare to work the best for me as that way I can easily avoid SLS and other ingredients that I have found irritate my skin. My favourite product was definitely the Almond Soothing Facial Oil, it has been added to my rotation of facial oils. I liked the Skin Food, and if it helps my dry areas in the middle of winter next year, then I may repurchase that too. The Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream was nice, but I am really picky with my hand creams and it doesn’t beat my favourite one. It is however still a good hand cream that absorbs quickly, so it may suit all your needs. I have seen a ‘First Aid’ range on their website that contains some interesting products, one being a rash cream, so I am going to look into those next. I have been trying a lot of new skin care lately so don’t forget to sign up to email updates to see what else I have to share with you.

Have you tried any products from Weleda skin care before? Does the extra information on their cruelty free status change your mind about this brand?

You can see other beauty blog posts at the Fabulous and Fun Life blog link up.

Love, Alinta

10 Comments

  • Nadine 28/11/2016 at 3:48 am

    I’ve never heard of Weleda before but your review is so in depth and they sound like such a genuinely good company I really want to try some of their products out! Lovely review- and I also adore your blog, just discovered it through your Instagram and followed straight away!

    • Alinta McMurdo 28/11/2016 at 3:55 pm

      Aw thank you so much! I don’t get to post as often as I would like as the long reviews take a lot of energy from me, but I prefer to make purchasing decisions when I have all the information available so hopefully that helps others too. I only found out about them through instagram not long ago, glad I did. Thanks again for such a lovely comment xx

  • Kat 28/11/2016 at 6:55 am

    Weleda is a fantastic, long-standing brand who have a solid reputation for both their products and ethics. I think the first product I tried was the pomegranate hand cream … and I’m one of those who loves the smell! I’m also using some of their eye cream, night cream and skin food at the moment. I use plenty of other natural brands as well, but Weleda hand creams and skin food are my go-to products for long-haul flights. I do a lot of these and permanently have a see-through zip-lock bag with these in, along with some really intensive lip balm. I often find the skin food too much for my skin on a daily basis, but for flights it’s perfect 🙂

    • Alinta McMurdo 28/11/2016 at 3:57 pm

      There’s a surprising amount of misinformation about the brand when I googled it. Hopefully people will soon realise that they are a great brand. Skin food would be perfect for a long haul flight! I love my natural skin care too so I’m glad that I now have this brand to choose from too 🙂

  • maxtheunicorn 28/11/2016 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve got Skin Food and the Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash and both are delightful, the body wash is so luxurious. I reckon I’d love the smell of the Pomegranate Hand Cream, too.

    • Alinta McMurdo 16/12/2016 at 4:19 pm

      I’m sure you would like the smell of the hand cream if you like the body wash 🙂

  • Ingrid Ingrid 29/11/2016 at 3:22 pm

    What great comprehensive reviews. I’m impressed by Weleda’s stance in not selling their products to mainland China in an effort to keep their products cruelty free.

    • Alinta McMurdo 16/12/2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks lovely. Yeah, I love finding companies that stick to their moral values 🙂

  • Sammy Hayes (@bargainbaglady) 01/12/2016 at 9:14 am

    I love the skin food. It’s an addictive product that you can use for just about anything! Glad you like Weleda now too 🙂

    Sammy | bargainbaglady.com XX

    • Alinta McMurdo 16/12/2016 at 4:24 pm

      Sorry, I didn’t realise your comment had gone to spam. It’s a great product isn’t it 🙂

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Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). 
Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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