As you know, there are a lot of faux green marketing schemes out there – and we make every effort to sift through the green wannabes. When it comes to skincare we’re especially discerning. We care about how a product is made, and what ingredients are in the bottle. As studies show, depending on the compound as well as the particular area of the body, skin can absorb anywhere from 10-100 percent of what’s applied to it. So we’re especially pleased to once again be reviewing Weleda, a beauty and skincare company that’s good for Mama Earth as well as us earthlings.

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We’ve been fans of Weleda for many years. As a matter of fact, when we were invited to visit their Biodynamic gardens in Germany a couple of years ago, our green globetrotter, Jessica B. Howell took them up on their offer; she had the pleasure of seeing what goes into the product lines from the ground-up. Since 1921, Weleda has been lovingly tilling the soil, literally, in order to cultivate beauty – for face, body and baby. Their nature-based ingredients are organic, sustainable and Fair Trade made.

For the purposes of this first-hand Tried and True Green Product Review, Weleda recently provided us with four complimentary products.

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I’ve been using their new Gentle Cleansing Milk, as well as three skin creams from their Iris line: Hydrating Day Cream, Hydrating Facial Lotion and Hydrating Night Cream for the past few weeks. According to Weleda, “The extract from the root, or rhizome, of the Iris stimulates the active layers of the skin and brings moisture and balance to the outer epidermal layers. It helps the skin look and feel healthy, soft and supple.”

I really love the Gentle Cleansing Milk. It smells great and is simple to use – each morning and night I just apply a small dose to my face and rinse. Skin feels silky smooth, clean and refreshed. iris.jpgWhat is it comprised of In addition to sesame seed oil, which is high in antioxidants; jojoba seed oil (which gently cleanses) plus Biodynamic Iris Germanica root extract, which helps keep skin supple; it also contains naturally-derived Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum and Witch Hazel Distillate (which may sound bad, but they’re not). This formulation is intended for all skin types, and comes in a dark blue glass bottle that’s ergonomically designed to fit nicely in your hand.
($19.50, 3.4 fl oz @ weleda.com).

(below) The Iris Hydrating Facial Care line is designed as nourishment for face, neck and decolietage. These products are extremely effective moisturizers, a little goes a long way.

The Hydrating Facial Lotion is for normal to combination skin, I use this potent lotion on a regular basis. It has a nice lightweight texture and penetrates skin fairly quickly. Skin feels rejuvenated. However, it does not contain SPF so when you go outside, be sure to make sure you use a foundation with spf to protect your skin from sun’s harmful rays.

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The Hydrating Day Cream is for dry to very dry skin, so I apply this in preparation for when I know my skin will need an extra boost of hydration … before taking a plane ride, a dip in the ocean, or playing tennis/golf outside. I always add a product with SPF before going outside because once again, there is no spf in the ingredient mix. ($20.50 for one ounce size)

The Hydrating Night Cream is intended to balance and replenish so I simply apply it after cleansing every night to help restore skin’s natural ph. The aromatherapy seems to help me drift off and fall asleep faster. I’d recommend it to anyone whose facial skin is really dry and in need of serious hydration. ($21.50 for one ounce size)

A little side note – these products have a strong sweet scent. To be honest, it was a little overpowering at first -  so now I just apply a very small dose – which definitely does the trick. Highly emollient and filled with essential oils, skin happily drinks in the nourishment gradually, and I can enjoy the fragrant aromatherapy.

All of Weleda’s products are free from synthetic perfumes, coloring, preservatives and mineral/petroleum-based raw materials. Bonus points for being totally transparent … you can visit Weleda’s website for an explanation of all the ingredients they use. We give them our green thumbs up.

related: previously on AltCon