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Review of Weleda Skin Food

Luckily for my risk-averse wallet, you don’t have to buy a whole bottle of an expensive cream to assess whether you’ll like it or not. Most skin care manufacturers also make those tiny little sample packs that the sales people usually carry (though they hide them behind the counter, and unless you ask, you’ll never know what they have). Weleda, though, has these tiny packs of their actual product in cute little tubes that have all the feature of the real thing (the box, the tube, and the no need to master the logistics of preserving the tinsy amounts of precious cream for future date in a flimsy paper pack…)

What I’m trying to say is that I went to one of my favorite “health” stores and saw a display of travel-sized tubes of Weleda products for a buck or two. Before I could stop myself, the Weleda Skin Food has found itself in my shopping cart, and a day later all over my face… Which is the basis for this report… As I’m sure you’ve already figured out.

But enough of the intro. Let’s get down to business.

Product name:

Weleda Skin Food (it doesn’t actually say “cream”) in English, but does in French…

weleda skin food

What and who is it for:

The package states that it’s “for dry and rough skin”, which is ME! ME! ME!

About the brand:

Please consult my epos on Weleda. I can’t think of anything else to add to that monumental work and I can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t read it!

Price:

Usually around $20 for 2.5 oz. 

It is frequently on special here:
Weleda Skin Food

(they also have a smaller 1 oz tube
Weleda Skin Food – Small

though it is significantly bigger than the one I got).

Certifications:

BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetic

Packaging:

My sample tube is a “mini-me” of the real aluminum tube with lining (so no, you’re not putting aluminum on your face…) The tube is then in the box… Waste of material, if you ask me, but hey – it’s the industry standard. And the box and insert are fully recyclable, so don’t sweat it. I just like writing about it.

Reading the ingredients:

Water, sunflower seed oil, lanolin, sweet almond oil, alcohol, beeswax, glyceryl linoleate, hydrolyzed beeswax, fragrance, viola tricolor extract, rosemary leaf extract, shamomilla recutita flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, cholesterol, limonene, linalool, geraniol, citral, coumarin.

The fragrance and the last five ingredients are from natural essential oils. Of course, in the ideal world we’d have no alcohol… But the world is not quite there yet, so I’m not gonna be too picky.

Reading the insert:

“Weleda Skin Food nourishes, restores and protects the skin, maintaining the skin’s moisture levels and keeping the skin feeling smooth and supple. This intensively nourishing formula made with extracts of organic Pansy, organic Chamomile and biodynamic Calendula, is ideal for both children and adults. Skin Food is the natural choice for everyday care of the face and body. It is especially recommended for dry skin, particularly on the hands, feet and elbows.”

Scent:

When you apply it, you can smell a shot of orange. At least that’s what I think it is. A very potent shot of something citrussy.

Texture:

This took me by surprise. The cream is thick. I mean really thick. It doesn’t spread out the way all my previous creams do. It feels waxy when applying (which wouldn’t have surprised me had I read the ingredients first – beeswax!). Not moist at all. But once it’s on the face, it feels totally normal. So I think the texture basically means that you need more of it per application then you would of something like Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream, or you need to rub harder, which is not always a good idea when it comes to face. Perhaps that’s why they recommend it for hands, feet and elbows…

What does it do on the face:

Nourishes it. Plain and simple. No fluff. If your face is dry and rough (after a dry and windy day, for example), it will make you feel human again. This is also good for other body parts. I heard people rave about the miracle work it does to dry elbows… I haven’t tried it on my hands, as they have been surprisingly normal lately.

Verdict:

One of the more reasonably priced organic ventures. Hard to go wrong here. I think it’s a necessity – not for daily use, though, but for those extra dry and rough moments. Unless, of course, your dry and rough moments are a daily occasion.

September 5, 2008   18 Comments

Review of Aubrey Organics GPB and Camomile Volumizing Shampoos.

Given my raving review of the Aubrey GPB hair conditioner, it’s only fitting that I profile the company’s shampoos as well. Especially since these are the only shampoos I’ve been using for the past six months. I have yet to find a better price plus quality combination.

But let’s not jump ahead. Allow me to present you with a pretty thorough analysis of two of Aubrey Organics shampoos I’ve been especially addicted to.

Product name:

Aubrey Organics GPB Shampoo (Glycogen Protein Balancing)

Aubrey Organics GPB (Glycogen Protein Balancing) Shampoo

and Camomile Luxurious Volumizing Shampoo.

Aubrey Organics Camomile Luxurious Volumizing Shampoo

What and who is it for:

GPB shampoo is for all hair types and it “cleanses and strengthens for full, shiny, healthy hair”.

The volumizing shampoo is for normal hair, and it “cleaneses & tones for bouncy hair and brilliant shine”.

About the brand:

For a review of Aubrey Organics, please see my “about the brand section” in the Aubrey GPB hair conditioner review.

Price:

The price is the most reasonable price for something of such quality. It’s somewhere under 10 Canadian dollars for an 11 oz bottle. But most stores have the two-for-one deals where a shampoo and conditioner are sold together. I’ve been going with that system and getting both (shampoo and conditioner) for about 12 dollars. Really worth it, in my opinion.

Packaging:

Regular bottles, as far as I can tell.

Claims:

GPB Balancing Shampoo:

  • Made with 78% organic ingredients.
  • Non-vegan – contains milk protein
  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens or Petrochemicals
  • No Animal Testing
  • Biodegradable
  • Recyclable Container
  • Volumizing Shampoo:

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens or Petrochemicals
  • Vegan
  • No Animal Testing
  • Biodegradable
  • Recyclable Container
  • Reading the ingredients:

    GPB Balancing Shampoo:
    Pure Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Orange Pith Juice, Coconut Oil-Corn Oil Soap with Quillaya Bark, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (from organic, non-GMO soybeans), Carrageenan, Organic Shea Butter, Lactalbumin, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, balsam Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamis A, C and E).

    Volumizing Shampoo:
    Deionized Water, Coconut Oil-Corn Oil Soap, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (made from organic, non-GMO soybeans), Organic Aloe Vera, Carrageenan, Roman Camomile Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Sage Oil,; Extracts of Camomile, Nettle, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, Fennel, Hops, Balm Mint, Mistletoe and Yarrow; Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Inositol, Niacin, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E), Carrot Oil.

    Scent:

    GPB:
    I find the smell a bit sweet. Very pleasant and subtle.

    Volumizing:
    The camomile volumizing shampoo does a good job of smelling like chamomile. In fact, it smells very much like my favorite chamomile tea.

    Texture:

    GPB:
    This one has an unusual texture for a shampoo. It’s a bit watery and feels like there are tiny particles dissolved. So be careful when pouring it on – more comes out then you’d expect. It lathers without any issues though.

    Volumizing:
    A regular shampoo texture. Just the right amount of gooiness…

    What does it do:

    It does miracles on your head, without any suspects and side effects. My hair is healthier and stronger than it’s been in ages. I tend to rotate the shampoos, as most of the times I reach for them with my eyes semi-closed. Combined, though, they definitely resulted in a healthy strong and quite volumy hair…

    Verdict:

    These are both great shampoos. As far as I’m concerned, Aubrey Organics shampoos are the best bang for your organic buck. You get great ingredients, and a fully effective product. So, buy whichever one is on special, and you won’t regret it :)

    August 17, 2008   5 Comments