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An Honest & Unbiased Weleda Skin Food Review

Looking for an honest and unbiased review of Weleda Skin Food?  Great, you’ve come to the right place. Here are my unsponsored thoughts on this eco-friendly skincare staple.

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In winter my poor skin takes a battering.  Between cold temperatures, strong winds, and central heating, I quite often get windburn on my face.  This winter was no exception. One day I sat over a cup of steaming hot tea complaining to one of my friends about my dry skin woes. My friend, who always has the most beautiful dewy skin, recommended Weleda Skin Food as an effective yet budget-friendly natural moisturiser.

She described Skin Food as a very rich and heavy all-over body moisturiser. It is specially formulated for dry skin hot spots, such as hands, feet, and elbows, but those in the know use it on their face too! As well as tackling dry skin, it contains only all-natural ingredients. These include organic sunflower oil, calendula, chamomile, wild pansy, and rosemary. I was happy to hear that there are no nasties or petrochemicals in sight.

The Secret To Radiant Winter Skin?

I was sold. If this was the secret to her radiant winter skin then I knew I had to try Skin Food. After I got home, I immediately ordered a tube of this plastic-free cream online from Ethical Superstore*. At just £13.50 for 75 ml, I was surprised at how reasonable the cost was.

Whilst I waited for my tube of Skin Food to arrive, I read up a little on this supposed wonder balm. What I found is that as well as being recommended by my friend, Weleda Skin Food is also a firm celebrity favourite. Helena Christensen, Adele, Julia Roberts, and Victoria Beckham, to name but a few, are all fans of what I found was this cult skin cream.

After much impatience on my part, finally, my tube of Weleda Skin Food arrived. After ripping open the package, I immediately put it straight on my face. What can I say, I was desperate for some relief from the ravages of winter.

The Moral Fibres Weleda Skin Food Review

Weleda skin food tube for natural skincare

I’ve been using it for a month now. I think this is enough time to share my honest and unbiased thoughts. I promise I’m not being paid by Weleda to write this. But you know, Weleda, if you are reading this then do get in touch…!

Before the cream arrived, I was already impressed by its provenance. But after I started using it, I was also impressed with its quality. It’s such a lovely rich and thick consistency that sinks right into my skin. It can leave your skin a little shiny and oily looking immediately after application, so I do tend to apply it sparingly at night time. But if dewy skin is your goal then do rub it into your cheeks before applying your makeup. Instant highlighter!

After just a few weeks of use, I was so pleased to find that Weleda Skin Food really sorted out my dry skin. My face is soft and supple and looking well moisturised, and I feel like it’s my new secret weapon for tackling winter skin.

Weleda Skin Food will definitely be my go-to product when my skin is looking red or rough or looking a bit winter beaten.

I thought I would also drop in and add here in 2022 that I have used Skin Food extensively since this initial review that I wrote in 2013.  Dry hands?  check.  Dry elbows and knees?  Check.  Weather-beaten kid’s cheeks?  Check.  To help heal minor skin irritations or injuries?  Check.  Heck, I haven’t found a situation Skin Food hasn’t been able to help.  And the best part – one tube lasts for months and months on end.

The Cons

A few words though – due to the oily nature of the cream I’d avoid Weleda Skin Food if you have particularly oily skin. It is also quite strongly scented. Think a heady herbal mix of orange/citrus and lavender – which really lingers.  I personally quite like the smell, it smells really fresh. However, I know others might find it a bit overpowering, so if you don’t like strongly scented skincare products then this is not the product for you.

Where To Buy Weleda Skin Food

As well as being available at Ethical Superstore*, you can also find Weleda Skin Food online at Look Fantastic*, Feel Unique*, Big Green Smile* and Cult Beauty*. It comes with the Moral Fibres seal of approval!

Enjoyed this Weleda Skin Food review?  Do also check out my health and beauty category for more green beauty inspiration!

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Simple Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Tips

A little while ago I wrote about zero-waste and plastic-free makeup, but today let’s chat about plastic-free makeup remover.  My tips, techniques, and favourite products.  I use the word ‘products’ loosely when it comes to make-up removal. There’s a good reason for that – you’ll soon see why!   

Sometimes making a plastic-free swap involves swapping from something cheap and single-use to something that’s more durable.  However, that, in turn, can make it a lot more expensive.  This irks me because this means plastic-free swaps can be out of reach for many.  The good news is that today we’re keeping things simple and accessible.  

Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Options

Here are my top plastic-free makeup remover tips that are great for your skin, and great for the planet.

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1. Soap and a Flannel

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Capitalism and consumerism have brainwashed us into believing that we need complex laboratory-engineered solutions to simple things, such as removing makeup, when really we don’t. We need to push back against the expensive glossy marketing campaigns and embrace simpler solutions. And when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day then, really soap, it’s where it’s at, I promise you. I’d say it’s my top plastic-free makeup remover.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup. It’s not my skillset! But I do wear some from time to time. Since my teens, I’ve always sworn by the fact that soap and a simple flannel (or facecloth, washcloth, or whatever you want to call it) does the job of removing makeup superbly. Mostly, I would not use anything else – it really is such a superb plastic-free makeup remover.

I’m not fussy about which soap I use – I just use the same bar that I use to wash my hands and my body. Here is a guide to sustainable soaps, if you’re looking for a new brand. And if you have sensitive skin then you might want something extra gentle, but you do what works for you.

My facecloths aren’t fancy either, just your run-of-the-mill ones I’ve had for years. Using a facecloth is slightly exfoliating, so you don’t even need to buy an exfoliator. Win! I then just pop these cloths in the wash once I’m done. Easy!

2. Natural Oils

Most of the time, for my needs, soap does the job. However, if I’ve used mascara then I often find I need a little something else to shift it. Particularly I find that I need something that can gently remove mascara and other eye makeup without having to rub hard on my poor eyes. This is when I raid the kitchen cupboard for some natural oil. I promise I’ve not gone wild – most natural oils do a great job at removing makeup.

Here are just some of them – some of which you probably have to hand in your kitchen cupboard – and will all make for a great plastic-free makeup remover:

  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sweet Almond oil

Carbon footprint wise, if you’re in the UK then olive oil made in the EU (Spain, Italy, or Greece are big producers of olive oil) probably has the lowest of the carbon footprints because it travels the least distance to get to us, compared to avocado, coconut or almonds which are all grown much further afield. Something to bear in mind that can’t be repeated enough – just because something is plastic-free doesn’t make it better if it has to travel thousands of miles to reach us – local is almost always better (even if it comes in plastic).

How do you remove makeup with oil? I find massaging in a tiny drop of oil with my fingers removes even the most stubborn of eye makeup.

I then run a flannel/facecloth under warm water, before wringing it out a little so it’s not soaking wet. Next, I place the warm flannel on my face, leaving it for a few seconds before I wipe the oil off with the flannel. I then dry my face and moisturise as usual. Whilst pouring oil down your drain is not recommended, this method does not block your drain, as you are using such minimal amounts of oil.

If your skin feels too oily after using the oil, you can use rosewater in a glass bottle as a toner.

You can also use oil to make homemade moisturising facial oil, which is great at keeping your skin soft and supple.

3. Solid Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Bars

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If using oil from your kitchen as a plastic-free makeup remover doesn’t do it for you then Lush sells completely packaging-free solid makeup remover bars for around £5. These bars are still oily but aren’t as slippy to use as a glass bottle of oil in your bathroom. Safety first!

To use rub the bar in your hands to release the oils (or swipe it directly onto your face). Then rub the oil into your skin and then remove the oils with a wipe or flannel.

My lovely reusable makeup removal pads were kindly gifted to me by Helen Round, a Cornish maker. Helen and her team make the super-soft pads by hand in her Cornwall studio. They are a great buy if you are looking to swap from single-use wipes or pads.

You can also make your own makeup removal pads using this free crochet pattern. If that’s too tricky (I can’t crochet either!) then if you (or a crafty friend) have an old towel (maybe one that’s got a few holes and you were thinking about binning) then you can cut it up into squares to make your own pads. You might want to hem the sides to prevent fraying.

If these options are out of reach then you can 100% just use a facecloth. Let’s not overcomplicate matters or make something simple inaccessible.

What about DIYing Makeup Remover?

I’m a big fan of DIYing. I love making my own products and messing around in my kitchen. For the last little while, I have tried making my own makeup remover solution with a range of different ingredients. In the end, I found nothing as simple, effective, low waste, and as low cost at removing makeup as either soap or natural oil. This served as a good reminder to me that not everything has to be complex to work!

Do you have a good plastic-free makeup remover solution? Are you a soap or oil fan? Maybe not convinced to make the switch?

PS: here’s a natural makeup brush cleaner recipe that might be up your street too.