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Weleda's Lavender Relaxing Body Oil has become my before bedtime ritual. The calming scent helps soothe a tired body and spirit after a long day. The relaxing blend helps restore skin's natural moisture barrier to soften skin, replace essential oils and melt away the stresses of your day.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil 8.1.13This tension-taming oil is rich with organic lavender oil, known for its balancing and soothing fragrance, and known to help you fall asleep. The scent brings me back to being a child as many of the products my mother used during my bath time were infused with Lavender. Sweet almond and sesame seed oils are also infused into the product. The oil absorbs quickly into the skin so your pillow and sheets will not be stained with any excess residue. After continued use, I saw a noticeable difference is my skin's moisture levels and softness. Additionally, the scent truly brings me peace of mind and relaxation which is vital to a NYC girl!

Each evening, I massage a small amount into my skin after a shower. After massaging the oil into my skin in a circular motion, I am ready for a restorative sleep. The next morning I awaken to soft, beautiful skin and I'm convinced I'm getting a better night's sleep as a result of it.

What I love most about Weleda is that when they say "all natural" they mean all natural. Their products are free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and chemicals. You never have to worry about toxins, additives or raw materials from mineral oils being included. The brand uses the purest wild-crafted, organically and Biodynamically cultivated ingredients. To ensure their ingredients maintain their innate potency, they harvest them quickly and then process them as little as possible, taking excellent care of them along the way. The brand is 100% certified natural and is now 100% certified fabulous!

Victoria

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Weleda Skin Food 8.1.13WELEDA - Skin Food for Dry and Rough Skin

This product is food for your skin! It will crave this cream. The past few months have caused my skin to become very needy. I really like this product and I applied it to the rough dry patches on my skin.

I must share with you how great it felt - the treated areas on my face and skin were hydrated & smoothed. I have a tendency to get rough & dry patches occasionally on my heels and this product was amazing. It is ultra rich and very hydrating. It is recommended for stubborn dryness on your elbows, hands and feet. After using this product your skin will feel moisturized and conditioned.

The unique blend of essential fatty acids, vitamin E and organic sunflower seed oil will moisturize and hydrate your skin. Organic pansy is known for its mild antiseptic properties that calm dry irritation. Soothing rosemary leaf extract’s mild antiseptic properties, the anti-inflammatory properties of Biodynamic,® and organic calendula flower extract gently nourish and care for your skin.

This is a must have product! Apply a small amount of Skin Food to dry or rough skin as needed and massage into the skin until the cream is absorbed. To deeply nourish hard-working, dry hands, liberally apply the cream on the hands, cover with cotton gloves and leave on overnight.

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When we hear the word hippie we tend to think of the people in the 1960's that had long hair, protested, and were obsessively into living a naturalist, environment friendly lifestyle. The surprising part is that those outcasts of that generation were way ahead of their time because now natural and organic living is a huge part of the norm in today's society. We may have shorter haircuts, shaved legs and prefer to wear shoes now, but us health conscious, earth friendly shoppers are considered a new age hippie! The once taboo title of granola-crunchy hippie is now a compliment more than an insult. More and more consumers are learning about the health benefits of natural and organic eating and now that frame of mind is expanding out to our skincare. People are educating themselves and reading labels to ensure they maintain health on the inside...and out. 

Weleda is one company maintaining their 100% certified natural claim since they started in 1921. They have very clear standards for their products:

  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No synthetic chemicals
  • No synthetic anything

It's that simple...and when they say "all natural" they mean all natural! 

Weleda's origins is a very interesting story:

"It all goes back to 1921 and something called anthroposophy. This movement, stemming from the teachings of philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner, encourages the individual to see his or her body, mind and spirit as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of one holistic system.

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Well now that it's August, it will soon be time to transition from summer to fall. Sad, but true. I will try to hold onto summer for as long as I can, (we still have a few solid weeks of summer left), but I will need to start focusing on transitioning my summer products to fall products. Summer skin care is about sun protection (with a little sun tanning), moisturizing, refreshing products, nourishing products, etc. But as we spend less time in the blazing sun, we will want different products for our skin/hair care.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub 8.1.13Scrubs are a great product to keep your skin healthy from summer to fall. When the beach tan starts to fade, a gentle scrub will be very handy! If you have sensitive skin, you might shy away from a scrub, but this week I have one that might just do the trick! Weleda Birch Body Scrub gently exfoliates and smooths your skin. Some key ingredients are: organic birch leaves, vegetable based cleansers (great for sensitive skin), natural plant wax pearls, and organic & natural plant oils. These are skin replenishing ingredients that will help renew your skin, leaving you with soft, radiant skin. Weleda products are "no synthetic anything" - no synthetic preservatives, fragrances, or chemicals. Not only is that great for sensitive skin, but you can really feel good about using Weleda products. I often find it frustrating to learn of all the chemicals, and preservatives that are put into food and skincare, so I really take interest in brands that are dedicated to promoting a healthy skincare lifestyle. 

As for the actual scrub itself, you can apply it with a loofah or your hands in the shower. I just used my hands and massaged in a circular motions. It's not too thick so it's really easy to work with and massage into your skin. The beads were gentle yet still effective to get rid of the dead skin. It was in no way irritating and my skin felt extremely fresh and renewed! I also loved the earthy scent (maybe with a hint of lemon?). I looked forward to using it again, even just for the scent :) Another good bonus, this scrub comes in a tube instead of a jar - which makes it quick and easy to apply in the shower!

This is a great natural body scrub option at $12.00!

Looking for another body scrub? I have't found many that come in a tube like Weleda's (which I find extremely helpful) but I did find an intriguing body scrub from Angel Face Botanicals - Double Love Body Scrub with Himalayan Salt & Organic Lavender Essential Oils at $24.00. This body scrub will help improve the texture and appearance of your skin while also helping you relax with the pleasing lavender esssential oils.

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Not too many people know this about me, but I used to be a farmer. The hard-core, fifth generation farmers whom I worked for would consider me more of a “hobby” farmer because the novelty of it wore off after a few years, but they would never deny my dedication to the hard work I put into helping them manage their large organic/biodynamic dairy farm. Biodynamic farming is a fascinating way to farm, and is based upon many interesting principles including the fermentation of the natural fertilizers and the use of natural ingredients such as milk and honey for pest control. 

This month I received Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion for review. Upon doing my initial research into Weleda’s company and the ingredients they use, I was surprised to discover that this company uses over 300 biodynamic ingredients in their skincare line. The Body Lotion I tested not only includes biodynamic ingredients, but also contains Sea Buckthorn Oil, which is also amazing. 

A little background on Biodynamics and the wonderful company known as Weleda. It all goes back to 1921 and something called anthroposophy. This movement, stemming from the teachings of philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner, encourages the individual to see his or her body, mind and spirit as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of one holistic system. Steiner, along with Dr. Ita Wegman, formed a team of scientists and doctors to figure out just how they might use this philosophy to take care of their patients’ needs. It was understood that the human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little help. So a personal approach was developed using natural ingredients that can holistically work with and support the body’s healing tendencies. They started by creating one of the world’s first Biodynamic® gardens to grow what they needed.  Patients were healed, wellness and balance were restored to them, and never once was a synthetic chemical or lab-made preservative used in the process. These amazing scientists were the founders of the company known as Weleda. The name Weleda was chosen after the the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing, which couldn’t be more appropriate. 

Weleda Replenishing Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion 8.5.13

These Biodynamic principles go into the farming techniques of many of the ingredients used in Weleda’s product lines. Weleda also uses many wonderful natural ingredients in their formulations. Seabuckthorn is the active in their replenishing Body Lotion, and its story is also an amazing one. The berries of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) are so rich in vitamins and nutrients that it has been speculated that the plant must have been cultivated by some ancient plant-breeder. Legend tells how the ancient Greeks used Sea Buckthorn leaf in a diet for race horses, hence it's botanical name "Hippophae" - shiny horse. According to another legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferable food of flying horse - Pegasus and allegedly was helpful to get Pagasus airborn. 

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