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Weleda Calendula Baby Range Review

weleda calendula baby
weleda calendula baby

Have you tried Weleda Calendula baby range?

Bath-time is not a fun time in our house.  Between that oh-so terrible hair wash and that nasty face wash, bath-time really is the worst part of the day for my daughter.  I sincerely doubt there is any product out there that would make bath-time more harmonious.  However, by choosing the right products I can at least ensure I’m not putting any harsh chemicals in her bath or in her hair.  This makes bath-time a happier time for me and for my daughter’s delicate skin.

Weleda Calendula Baby Range Review

Weleda, who I’m already a fan of (see my Skin Food review), recently sent me some of their Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash from their baby range to try out.  This combines soothing calendula with nourishing almond oil.

weleda calendula shampoo

First Impressions

First things first, I was delighted to see that the Weleda Calendula range doesn’t contain any palm oil. This is worth about 100 gold stars in my opinion.  It’s also 100% natural. It’s free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and colourants. What’s more, its raw materials haven’t been derived from mineral oils.   It’s also packed full of organic ingredients and vegan-friendly. All good things.

I’ve been using the Weleda Calendula products now for a couple of weeks in my daughter’s bath, and they’re such a lovely bathtime treats.  Yes, we still get the tears and the tantrums. However, her hair is soft and shiny, and her skin is soft, with no irritation or dryness.  The scent is delicate and fresh, not harsh or overpowering; and the formulation is gentle on her eyes.  These things, coupled with the fact that it’s palm oil-free, mean I can’t think of anything I’d rather use in her bath.  I’ve also been known to use some of the Weleda Calendula products in the shower for me – my skin and hair are beautifully soft!

At £6.95 for 200ml, it’s not the cheapest bath-time product.  However, it’s certainly not as expensive as some of the other comparable brands out there. And a little does go a long way.  Definitely a favourite in our house!

You can pick up the Weleda Calendula range online at Weleda’s website; in selected health food stores; or in Boots or Waitrose.

Disclosure: I was sent some products from the Weleda Calendula Baby Range to try out, but all words and opinions are my own.

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Reusable Cotton Wool Pads Free Crochet Pattern

reusable cotton wool pads
cotton wool pads

I’m really excited to share with you a fantastic reusable cotton wool pads tutorial created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey Haskell.  Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads.  Please note, these are UK crochet stitches.  

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the number of things I buy and throw away.

One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. Not only do they come in a non-recyclable plastic packet. But they may also have been factory-made then air freighted halfway around the world.

I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used.  Read on to find out how I did it!

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads DIY

reusable cotton wool pad

To make your reusable cotton wool pads You will need a UK size 4 crochet hook* (if you’re outside of the UK then please note UK crochet hook sizes are different to international sizes. A UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook) and some cotton yarn of your choice.

My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled* and Rowan Revive* which both come in some lovely colours.  You will need about 8m of yarn.

Instructions

crochet cotton pad

Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull the strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

reusable make up remover pad diy

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into the first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way around. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches as you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

eco friendly cotton wool pad

Sew in the ends and there you have your finished cotton pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bedtime!

Enjoy.

eco friendly makeup remover pad

Thanks so much Lyndsey!

And if it’s makeup you are interested in, I have a host of other content you might love.  Firstly, this handy guide to zero-waste makeup.  Secondly, some useful plastic-free makeup remover tips. And lastly, a really easy natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.

If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!