Always In A Hurry? Try Weleda’s New 5-in-1 Natural Beauty Balms

Weleda's natural bb cream

I’m super excited to introduce you to Weleda’s new natural beauty balms. This 5-in-1 BB cream will save you time on your daily beauty routine. It moisturises, mattifies, and gives you a subtle glow and a sheer tint. It also refines the appearance of your skin, covers minor blemishes and strengthens your skin’s natural protective function.

All this in one tube!

Weleda's natural beauty balm bb cream

About the company

Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman (one of the first women physicians in Europe) launched Weleda back in 1921. 

After 97 years, Weleda still “strive to make the best non-toxic, cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, phthalates-free and synthetic fragrance-free products available in the marketplace.”

As a result, Weleda is one of the most established and respected natural personal care companies in the world. Which is why we get so excited when they release new products!

What are Beauty Balms (BB Creams)?

Beauty balms are a combination of skin care and makeup. This versatile product is a moisturiser, foundation, primer, and concealer all in one tube.

According to a chemist at Englewood Lab, Ni’Kita Wilson:

“The idea of a well-formulated BB cream is that it’s the only product you’ll need after you wash your face.”

BB creams is short for blemish or beauty balms. They were first developed in Germany by Dr. Christine Schrammek way back in the 1960’s. However, they only gained popularity around mid 2000’s when these creams reached the Asian markets. Then in 2011, BB creams arrived in the western market and the rest is history.

About Weleda’s Natural Beauty Balms

Aside from it’s versatility, Weleda’s natural beauty balm is also 100% Certified Natural by NaTrue.

This BB cream is also vegan and gluten free.  And because it’s from Weleda, it’s naturally cruelty free and not tested on animals. 

Weleda’s natural BB cream is available in two shades; bronze and nude.

It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones. The texture is silky and light and it has a pleasant, lightly floral smell.  It won’t clog your pores, but still provides a good coverage for minor blemishes.

 

Benefits of using this 5-in-1 natural beauty balms

  • Hydrates your skin
  • Mattifies skin
  • Sheer, buildable tint and a subtle glow
  • Refines skin appearance
  • Strengthens skin’s natural protective function

Key Ingredients

Jojoba Oil is a light moisturiser and is easily absorbed by the skin. Aside from these, jojoba oil also helps in reducing the signs of premature aging.

Cucumber fruit extract is a humectant, which provides lasting moisture to the skin. While humectants are good in hydration it should be combined with occlusives to work its magic. Which is where Shea Butter comes in.

Shea Butter is great at protecting your skin from moisture loss. It is also known for its skin healing properties.

Witch Hazel distillate, don’t be intimidated by its name. This wonder ingredient is a known astringent which is capable of reducing acne, insect bites, and inflammation. 

Iris Germanica Root extract also known as the bearded iris. The root of this plant is normally used for its fragrance because it smells similar to violets. Aside from its smell, this plant also has a mild anti inflammatory property.

Babassu Oil comes from a South American plant called Babasu. Babassu oil has a lot of benefits. But when it comes to skin care, this oil helps with acne. It is also as a good moisturiser.

Mineral pigments provides mattifying properties and a subtle tint.

Fragrance: Rose geranium, ylang ylang, and vanilla.

Full ingredients

Nude: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alcohol, Galactoarabinan, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.*from natural essential oils

Bronze: Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alcohol, Galactoarabinan, Squalane, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.*from natural essential oils

What’s the verdict? 

I’ve been testing this at home, and I like it. It’s easy to apply, either with your fingers or a foundation brush. You can just do one layer for a sheer tint, or if you want to apply more, you’ll find that it’s easily buildable. And if you can’t quite get the colour you want, you can blend the two shades together. As they’re mineral based colours, they blend really well into your skin tone.

I love how fast it is to apply, and how easy. Even if you’re blending colours, it takes no time at all.

And even though there’s titanium dioxide in this (which often irritates me), I find that even after a full day of wear, my skin is fine.

I’ve been wearing mine over moisturiser, because my skin is really dry. Especially at the moment, as we head into winter and I’m adjusting to cold air and drying heaters. But for normal skin, or summer skin, you wouldn’t even need a moisturiser. Gotta love that!

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Shopping Guide to Weleda Natural Body Oils

Weleda has been one of the top natural beauty brands since it was founded in 1921. They’ve been making the best natural body oils since 1926, when they launched the Arnica Body Oil, beloved of athletes and weekend warriors worldwide.

They’ve recently redesigned the packaging of their all natural, plant based body oils. The new bottles are made from 85% recycled dark glass. And there’s a new pump top to prevent oxidization and spillage.

Weleda Natural Body Oils

What are body oils and why should I use them?

If you’ve always used a body lotion or moisturiser, body oils might be a new thing for you. They’re more intensively moisturising than body lotions, and if you’ve got dry skin, these might just be your new favourite thing this winter. Plant based oils are similar to your skin’s natural lipids. They support skin metabolism, and help your skin to build a protective layer.

Body oils made with mineral oil – petroleum byproducts – are a whole different ballgame. They don’t allow skin to breathe and can’t be metabolised. Plant based, natural body oils have regenerating, nutritive and antioxidant benefits that mineral oils simply can’t match.

Your skin quickly absorbs Weleda’s plant based oils. You won’t feel like you’ve just done a shift at the local chip shop. They leave your skin with a subtle sheen, not an oil slick.

If you have acne prone skin, don’t worry. Weleda uses plant oils that are noncomedogenic (don’t clog pores).

Apply your body oil when you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. You can also use them for massages, or right before you go to bed. The oils protect your skin’s lipid barrier and stop moisture from evaporating.

About Weleda natural body oils

Weleda has a range of eight body oils, from specialty oils like the Arnica Massage Oil to beauty oils like the Wild Rose Pampering Body Oil. They’re made of pure natural essential oils and cold pressed plant derived oils (except for the sea buckthorn oil, which is CO2 extracted).

All the scents are made purely from natural essential oils. They’re all designed to work harmoniously with the different plant oils chosen in each blend. Let’s have a look at each one.

Weleda natural body oils

Stretch Mark Massage Oil

This natural body oil helps prevent and fade stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight gain or growth spurts. Made with sweet almond and jojoba oils, plus wheat germ oil (rich in vitamin E) and organic arnica flower extract to improve skin tone and elasticity. The Stretch Mark Massage Oil uses rose, neroli and myrrh essential oils for a subtle floral scent that boosts feelings of confidence and calm. Just divine!

Arnica Massage Oil

Used before and after exercise, this body oil increases circulation and helps relax muscles and prevent soreness, too. Arnica blossom and birch leaf extracts strengthen the skin, while rosemary and lavender essential oils have a balancing effect.

Birch Cellulite Oil

Massage this oil into your skin twice a day and you can see and feel the difference in skin firmness and elasticity in just one month. Birch leaf, rosemary and ruscus (butcher’s broom) extracts renew the skin, supported by grapefruit and cypress essential oils. Apricot kernel and jojoba oils give your skin a silky soft finish.

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil

Perfect for mature skin, with organic pomegranate oil and golden millet to regenerate skin. Macadamia nut and jojoba oils nourish it. This is one of my favourite scents, with orange, davana and vanilla. It’s fresh but feminine. Gorgeous.

Lavender Relaxing Body Oil

The newest addition to the Weleda Body Oil range, the lavender oil leaves your skin soft and has an emotionally calming effect. Pure lavender essential oil balances your skin and helps you relax. It’s a bright, fresh lavender smell, not musty or old lady-ish. Sweet almond and sesame seeds oils moisturise your skin.

Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Oil

Organic sea buckthorn and sesame oils are full of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin content, helping to restore your skin’s lipid layer. The result is soft and supple skin. This is one of my favourite scents, with grapefruit, mandarin orange and sandalwood essential oils. It’s fresh and bright, but warm, too.  Independent testing showed a 30% increase in skin’s moisture after using this for 4 weeks.

Wild Rose Pampering Body Oil

Organic wild rose, sweet almond and jojoba oils stimulate skin regeneration and improve elasticity. Damascus rose, ylang-ylang and rose geranium give this body oil a luxurious floral fragrance. Again, it’s a fresh, bright scent, not musty or cloying.

Evening Primrose Revitalising Body Oil

I tried this for the first time last week, and am in love with it. It’s a rich body oil, perfect for mature skin. Evening primrose, jojoba and wheat germ oils help increase skin firmness, tone and elasticity.  The scent is soft and subtle, with magnolia, cardamom and sandalwood for spicy floral scent with woody undertones. Lovely!

Shop the full range of Weleda Body Oils right here at Hello Charlie.

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All About The Iconic Green Tube: Weleda Skin Food

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weleda skin foodWeleda’s iconic green tube, Skin Food, has been around for 91 years. And in all that time, the pure, natural formula hasn’t changed. In 2015, over one million tubes of Weleda Skin Food were sold around the world. Now that’s a product with staying power!

It’s a whole body moisturiser with a 100% natural blend of organic plant actives to soothe and comfort your skin against daily stresses.

Skin Food restores and protects skin with a 100% natural blend of plant extracts in a thick, rich base of organic beeswax, sunflower and almond oils. The lovely fresh scent comes from natural and organic essential oils.

Most of all, this super rich cream puts back what you take out of your skin, especially in the hardworking spots like elbows, hands and feet. Use it as:

  • Replenishing cream for hands, elbows, knees and heels
  • Nourishing care for chapped lips and noses
  • Intense treatment for dry heels
  • Revitalising face mask
  • Make-up primer
  • Highlighter for cheekbones
  • In-flight companion to prevent dehydrated skin

My favourite way to use Skin Food is to apply a thick layer to my feet before going to bed. I pop on a pair of cotton socks, leave them on over night and wake up to soft, sandal-worthy feet in the morning!

It’s also great to rub into your cuticles as part of your bedtime routine. And my husband swears by it – he rubs it into his dry hands every night.

Why do we love Skin Food so much?

The ingredients are all high quality, like sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, chamomile, calendula and pansy extracts. They’re all either grown by Weleda in their biodynamic gardens or ethically sourced through fair trade partnerships worldwide.

Like all Weleda beauty products, Skin Food is NaTrue certified natural and organic, which guarantees:

• Natural and organic ingredients
• Sustainable production process
• Environmentally-friendly practices
• Free from synthetic fragrances, preservatives and dyes
• No silicone oils, no ingredients from petrochemicals
• Never any animal testing
• No irradiation of end products or herbal ingredients
• GMO free

And most importantly, Skin Food works! It moisturises and softens dry and rough skin anywhere on the body.

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What’s in Weleda Skin Food?

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*. * from natural essential oils

Some of the key ingredients are:

  • Rosemary (organic) – revitalising, stimulating and warming. The aromatic needle-like leaves are traditionally used for their restorative and tonic properties.
  • Wild Pansy (organic) – known for its soothing and healing properties and has a long traditional use for rough, cracked skin.
  • Calendula (organic) – prized for its gentleness and natural wound-healing properties with a long list of medicinal uses.
  • Chamomile (organic) – gentle and soothing and ideal for delicate or sensitive skin. Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and helps to repair damaged skin.

For a short time, we’ve got $3.00 off all tubes of Weleda Skin Food – 30ml and 75mls. So why not grab a few and stock up!
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Weleda White Mallow Baby Care & Eczema range

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weleda-white-mallow-baby-reviewEczema is a very common skin condition that makes your skin dry, scaly, red and itchy. It can affect anyone from babies to adults, but it’s more common in children. Eczema can be even harder to manage in children, because they don’t always understand that scratching makes it worse. Which means that it’s really important to find the best skincare products to manage the symptoms.

Babies already have delicate skin; eczema makes it even more sensitive. They need a natural skincare product that is suitable for babies but also for oversensitive skin. And that’s where Weleda’s White Mallow range comes in.

The White Mallow range is specially formulated for hypersensitive and eczema-prone skin in  babies and children. It’s all natural, it’s 95% organic, and it’s recommended by the National Eczema Foundation.

White Mallow, the main ingredient in all of Weleda’s White Mallow products, is a medicinal plant known to have anti-irritant, moisturising and soothing effects when applied on skin. All of which makes White Mallow the perfect skincare regimen for hypersensitive skin! The other natural ingredients are also designed for sensitive skin:

  • Pansy extracts
  • Organic cold pressed coconut oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Organic safflower oil
  • Organic sesame oil
  • Organic beeswax
  • Organic cocoa butter

Both the White Mallow Face Cream and the Body Lotion have been independently tested for skin tolerance and effectiveness. The results showed that they calm the skin, provide intensive moisture and relieve itching. The face cream also protects and strengthens skin, and the body lotion cools hot, irritated skin.

Weleda White Mallow Certifications

  • Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™
  • Specifically made for baby skin (but also great for adults)
  • Perfect for hypersensitive and eczema-prone skin
  • 100% certified natural & organic
  • Fragrance free

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Weleda White Mallow products

weleda white mallow body lotionWeleda White Mallow Body Lotion

I remember when I first tried this. I’d been having a really bad winter with my skin, and nothing seemed to help. My skin was so dry, it was cracked and bleeding in places. This body lotion saved my skin – within a day my skin had improved. I’ve been using it ever since.

It’s fragrance free and it’s super moisturising but it’s not at all greasy. It’s definitely not just for babies! If you’re an adult with hypersensitive skin or really dry skin, this body lotion is also perfect for you.

Price: $27.95 for 200mls

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Althaea Officinalis (White Mallow) Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Squalene (Squalene), Squalene (Squalene).

weleda white mallow face creamWeleda White Mallow Face Cream

After I had such success with the body lotion, I tried the face cream as well. And I’ve been using it ever since. In summer, I only use this. In winter, I layer it with something else for extra moisture. I’ve got really sensitive skin, but I find that I can even use this around my eyes. It’s amazing. It’s perfect to use on babies if they have dry spots anywhere, not just their little faces.

Price: $17.95 for 50ml

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Althaea Officinalis (White Mallow) Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate.

weleda white mallow nappy change creamWeleda White Mallow Nappy Change Cream

I haven’t tried this, as my boys are well beyond nappy stage. But our six month old office baby loves this. (Okay, he’s not exactly the office baby – he actually belongs to Christine, our wonderful customer service lady.) It’s perfect for the sensitive nappy area.

Along with white mallow, the coconut and sesame oils and zinc oxide work together to keep baby’s skin moisturised, yet dry and free from soreness.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Lanolin, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Glyceryl Oleate, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Lactic Acid.

Price: $16.95 for 50ml

 

We stock the whole range of Weleda White Mallow products at Hello Charlie, along with lots of other products from the Weleda range.