At night, I am all about relaxing essential oils to calm me down and get me sleepy. Evening Primrose is one of my favourite scents for the bath, so I was pretty excited when Weleda sent me their entire range based on the scent.
I am, along with many of you, doing my best to be educated about the products I use, and incorporate more natural alternatives where I can. After all, things that are applied to the skin do get absorbed into the bloodstream in some way or another (scary, right?).
Plus, the products we rinse down the drain regularly goes into our waterways and eco-system. Have you heard about New York banning any products with microbeads? It’s real–those little exfoliating wonders are showing up in our Lakes.
I’ve written before about what ingredients I’m wary about when I’m researching a product I’m thinking of buying, and I do my best to avoid the main no-no’s: mineral oil, silicones, parabens/preservatives and sulfates.
In tune with this week’s Earth Day, Weleda is offering you the chance to win their Haircare Collection! Now is a great time to re-assess what you’re using, become more aware of the ingredients and more concious about how it affects your surroundings.
Oats are hydrating and soothing–remember when you had chicken pocks and you would lie in that oatmeal bath for relief? So, really, why not apply this natural ingredient to your hair and take the #WeledaHairDare?
Fill out the form below for your chance to win their Oat Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment, as well as the Wheat Shampoo, Millet Shampoo and the Rosemary Hair Oil! Contest closes next Thursday, May 1st and midnight. Approximate value of $75 CAD.
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Cleansing milks have been loved by Europeans for a long time, and we are big believers in treating your skin as gently as possible–which means using non-stripping, non-foaming cleansers.
The Natural Gentle Cleansing Milk is effective at removing makeup without stripping the skin. Jojoba seed oil nourishes the skin, leaving it hydrated and soft.
Not only is this cleanser nice to your skin, but Weleda also prides themselves on making all-natural products, with fairly traded ingredients from biodynamic farms. By doing these things, they are not only protecting the environment, but creating products that are gentle and effective.
The generous people at Weleda will be sending one lucky VP reader a year’s worth of their Gentle Cleansing Milk (approx. value, $265 CAD)! How awesome is that?
In an effort to try to incorporate more natural products into my routine, I’ve tried out a few of Weleda’s star products: Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion, Wild Rose Deodorant and Lavender Oil. I know what you’re thinking. Natural deodorant? Ya, right. Not to be trusted and all that.
Do you know that most deodorants and antiperspirants contain the potentially dangerous aluminum? It supposedly goes into your bloodstream after each application and is thought to be a carcinogen. I’m not sure about how much research there is on this, but it can never hurt to be careful.
I don’t, however, want to be so careful that I end up stinking. Never. Ever. Currently I am using a roll-on deodorant by Ban, that I like. It works, and I hate the usual bars from Secret and Lady Speedstick (they just get bunched up in my armpits) so I find that a liquid works best for me.
Initially, I was really, really nervous about try out the deodorant. I had even planned on putting it on one day when I had work and yoga that evening, but I chickened out and grabbed my faithful Ban at the last moment. I finally got over it this past weekend and applied it. And you know what? It won’t stop you from sweating (it’s natural to sweat, btw), but you will not stink. I wore it all weekend–through yoga, house cleaning, cooking–and yes, I did sweat (it’s natural to, remember) but I did not stink. One bit.
This is a very fragrant rose-scented spray that you apply to the armpits. It dries fairly quickly, and won’t stain your clothes. I think that the instructions say that you should reapply a few times a day, but I didn’t need to.
The almond cleanser is also a great find–it’s a very light lotion, not on the creamy side like Clinique’s Comforting Cream Cleanser, and has a slight foamy feel to it straight out of the tube. Very gentle, non-stripping, great for sensitive skins and perfect for a morning cleanse. Doesn’t really remove all makeup though, so don’t count on it getting rid of mascara.
I love the scent of lavender, I find it so soothing. This beautifully fragranced oil is perfect for baths, or what I like to do is mix in a few drops with my unscented almond oil after my shower to help lull me to sleep.
OVER THE PAST YEAR, I’ve really become more conscious of the ingredients in products that I am putting on my face. Things like mineral oil, parabens and sulphates can all wreak havoc on the skin, not to mention all of the other chemicals.
However, making the transition to organic and all-natural skincare and makeup products is actually quite difficult.Natural formulations aren’t quite as advanced as synthetic products yet, but integrating a few new natural products into your routine is already a step in the right direction.
I’m really loving the natural skincare products that are out there right now. For my look, I started by cleansing with Weleda’s Almond Soothing Natural Cleansing Lotion and a hot wash cloth. This cleanser is super gentle, and great for sensitive skin. Then, to slough away any dry, flaky patches, I exfoliated with Province Apothecary’s Regenerating & Stimulating Exfoliator. I love this product because the oatmeal granules are gentle and you can mix it with different natural ingredients like honey (acne-prone skin) or yogurt (oily skin) depending on your skin type.
After a thorough cleanse, I sprayed on Province Apothecary’s Invigorating and Balancing Toner and finished with Aurelia’s Cell Revitalise Day Moisturizer. Aurelia’s moisturizer smells heavenly and has the power of probiotics.
Since this is all about natural products, I thought I would go for a natural look–so no foundation. Only a bit of concealer under the eyes (which I’ll admit–was the un-natural Lancome Effacernes), a smudge of eyeliner (also un-natural Clarins Khôl Eyeliner) and a swipe of mascara (again, the synthetic Clarins Be Long). But! I redeemed myself with my lips and cheeks. I prepped my pout with Province Apothecary’s Repairing & Conditioning balm, then applied RMS’s Lip2Cheek in Smile, which I used on both cheeks and lips for a healthy, peachy glow.