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This is a review of Weleda's one step cleanser and toner, which I received in a beauty box in a bottle that contained a week's trial. I did make a mistake when I first opened the bottle as it is a really runny product and I spilt half of it on the carpet so I must confess this review is based on only a few uses of the product. Marketed as a time saving product I do like the concept of skipping a step in skin care routines but I have to say I don't think this is the one for me.
What is it?
A bottle of liquid that both tones and cleanses in one go. You just use it with cotton wool to remove the day's grime and any make up. It is not advised to go near the eye area with this product so you would need to use a separate eye make up remover which kind of negates the two step time saving benefits of this product unless you don't wear eye make up anyway.
What's in it?
A soothing and cooling combination of Iris Root extract and Witch Hazel helps the skin to regulate its optimal balance between moisture and oil, as well as acting as a gentle astringent on the skin.
Who are they?
Weleda are a natural skin care company that have been going since 1921. They have a nice ethos stating: Our company motto - "In harmony with nature and the human being" - already highlights the values that have a crucial influence on Weleda's business aims. All our actions should serve the good of our customers, employees and partners, and should be characterised by love and respect for nature.
Price and availability
A bottle with 100ml costs £9.95. You can buy the product direct from Weleda's own website www.weleda.co.uk
This is traditionally packaged in a dark blue bottle with a white cap. It is made to look like some sort of traditional apothecary product I think. It does use traditional ingredients so perhaps this is why they have gone down this packaging route.
I really hated this product the first time I used it, once I'd finished tipping it over my new carpet! It immediately stung my face and I went near my eye and nearly hit the roof in pain! I found once I'd finished I had to either use my regular cleanser to go over the eye area to remove makeup or use a make up remover wipe which was kinder to eye area and the rest of my face.
I decided I may have been hasty and had a second go with the 2 in 1 and I really revisited my first opinion. This time I totally avoided the eye area, which to be fair, the leaflet advises (so how is it supposed to remove make up then?!). My skin still stung and not in a nice way. I don't have particularly sensitive skin so I'm not just reacting badly to the product I don't think.
This product smells really bad. It reminds me of furniture polish with its lemony overpowering smell. It even made me feel a bit queasy. It does feel really medicated which I think is the witch hazel.
On the weleda website, they recommend the 2 in one for travel which I think is better served by a pack of facial wipes (they don't spill either!). Other enthusiasts include:
- Sainsbury's Magazine, February 2011. Feature: Beauty Notebook. Vicci Bentley. What they say? 3 of the best cleansers. Pushed for time? These multi-tasking cleansers shift make-up without cutting corners - great for your gym bag. Skin soother. Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner. Soothing milk with witch hazel refreshes and balances normal to combination skin.
- Thea Euryphaessa, eco-beauty journalist, describes our One-Step Cleanser as her absolute favourite - 'lazy' cleanser
I have tried to make this a balanced review for a product which I absolutely hated! I think this just goes to show that a. either everyone is different and some like where some hate or b. you just can't believe what you read in beauty magazines or on manufacturer's own websites!
I really did not enjoy using this product and definitely won't repeat purchase. I can't recommend it and have not had glowing skin since using it. For the price I think there are far better products out there and even though it is posted as a time saving product I think I'd rather go with wipes or cleanser as they seem to suit me better and are effective at removing eye make up.