100 Years of Weleda

This years sees Weleda celebrates it’s centenary! For 100 years, Weleda has been producing natural skincare, health and wellness products using raw materials (predominantly) from organic or biodynamic farming.

Founded by Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman, Weleda was the world’s first natural cosmetics company. Having long been at the forefront of sustainability, they have continued to build on and set standards for ethical business practices and pioneering organic farming methods.

 

To celebrate their 100th birthday, Weleda are marking this major milestone with a year-long series of virtual and real events inspired by the garden – you can find out more about these on the Weleda website here

I have been lucky enough to visit Weleda’s biodynamic gardens in Ilkeston, Derbyshire on a number of occasions (you can read about my visits herehere and here) and have thoroughly enjoyed my trips – I throughly recommend a visit if you can get up there once all things Covid related have settled down.

In the mean time, Weleda are inviting us to join them in their immersive online garden. Take the opportunity to see what I am going on about and explore the famed Derbyshire gardens via an interactive 360 experience; finding out more about the garden’s biodiversity and plant-life – from the comfort of your own home. In addition to this there is a heap of additional content including quizzes and other curated content.

You can find the virtual garden tour here

One of my favourite skin and healthcare brands, I’ve been using Weleda products for over twenty years and have passed on my love of the products to my husband and daughter. Here are a few favourite Weleda products (mine and theirs)…

Almond Soothing Facial Cream is one of my kit essentials (there’s a post about this coming soon). It’s great for those with easily irritated skin and it gets a lot of usage on shoots where I am working with children as it’s ideal for delicate young skins. The Almond Oil

I know I’m slightly cheating here as I’m about to cover a range of Weleda products rather than just one… My husband is an avid track cyclist and so the Arnica Muscle Soak along with the Arnica Massage Balm are probably the most used Weleda products in our household. Great for soothing and soaking away aches and pains – with a small in the house (plus a clumsy me) the Bumps and Bruises Skin Salve gets fairly frequent usage too!

The first time I tried the Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion I was blown away. I couldn’t (and still can’t) understand how a product could literally make my skin look ten years younger in one swipe! It sounds like I’m exaggerating on this but this lotion really does seem to have regenerating properties. I use it in my kit quite a lot too. Another body product which I really like is the Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Oil, which is great for dry, parched skins.

Last but by absolutely no means least, the iconic Skin Food. I think it goes without saying that this would feature somewhere on this list! Weleda’s oldest skincare product is 95 years old, a favourite amongst Makeup Artists and has a huge celebrity following. A great all rounder it can be used for pretty much everything from lip balm to face mask, foot cream and a brow tamer! The last is endless…In recent years a lighter version, lip balm and body butter have been released. These are all lovely but I have to say, I (not so) secretly prefer the original!

What are your Weleda favourites?

 

Images: (1,2) courtesy of Weleda; (3,4,5) – LJS-OMUA

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