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A few months ago my daughter was sent a selection of Weleda samples after placing an online order, she's not really one for having lots of toiletries and gave me the few sachets of Wild Rose Body Wash after declaring she couldn't be bothered with opening the sachets while showering.
I used the body wash for a few days (until the sachets were finished) and although I enjoyed it I wouldn't say it's particularly luxurious considering the £9 price tag. For your money you get a nice pink tube of body wash, the sachets were designed to match the tube perfectly with golden writing and all the necessary information printed in very small writing on the back. It's not exactly a complicated product to dye and personally I didn't need to refer to the 'Directions for use', I've been showering for the best part of 37 years after all and even an esteemed company like Weleda can't really teach me much in terms of how to apply the body wash to my skin!
It smells gorgeous with a very natural rose fragrance, this isn't a sugary sweet rose smell as can occur with many products which have this fragrance but instead is more reminiscent of the scent you catch sometimes as you walk down the garden while your roses are in bloom. Beautiful. Sadly the fragrance doesn't last much longer than the time it takes to shower, you can prolong it by using the matching Weleda Wild Rose body lotion but as this has an equally short-lasting fragrance it doesn't make a huge amount of difference.
The body wash is a cream which doesn't lather well, in fact it barely lathers at all which is slightly disappointing as I like bubbles in the shower and find creamy shower gels are usually lacking in this respect - this one certainly is; the bubbles produced are uninspired, thin and pointless in all honesty as they slip off my body as soon as they're created so I just don't consider this to be a luxurious feeling body wash in the slightest. It cleans me up nicely and that's the main thing, I don't really get 'dirty' and shower daily (twice daily sometimes) so it doesn't have much in terms of visible dirt to wash off me - the main 'dirt' it has to tackle really is when I'm sweaty and icky after a session at the gym, and then the body wash really does cope admirably. I can feel the general ickiness being washed away as soon as I start rubbing my skin with my Wild Rose loaded shower puff, my skin felt immediately cleaner and refreshed while the body wash also had the effect of making my skin feel slightly smoother as I washed with it.
Each of my sachets held 5ml of body wash and that seemed to be to be the perfect amount to thoroughly cleanse my body, despite the fact that it's a pretty thick and rich cream it does spread surprisingly well so that I don't have to use all that much each time I shower. Doing a bit of maths, this 200ml tube should see you through around 40 showers providing you only use a small amount of body wash per shower, this would maybe be harder that it sounds however as the 5ml blob from the sachet didn't look like it was going to be enough to wash thoroughly with so you'd have to quite 'careful' about squeezing the cream out to ensure you got as many showers as possible from the tube!
I'd recommend this body wash as it's nice to use and smells beautiful; I would say £9 is a little expensive for a body wash which is 'nothing special really' other than having such a lovely creamy texture and smelling pretty, but I'd pay it here and there for the full size tube if for no other reason than to have a different shower gel to the ones I usually use.
Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash
I have recently bought quite a few samples of Weleda products from various on line beauty trial sites but this I bought from Amazon for about £6.35 as I have liked their other products and I had a few Amazon vouchers left to treat myself to something.
Weleda was founded in 1921 so have been creating beauty products for over ninety years. They were voted the winner of the 'Best Ethical Range' award in the latest Natural Health magazine Beauty Awards 2012 and have won an award in the magazine every since it began publication.
Weleda create natural and organic cosmetics and anthroposophic pharmaceuticals and they are based in France, Switzerland and Germany. According to their website they have the largest biodynamic medicinal plant garden in Europe.
I had never heard of anthroposophic before but it is a philosophy founded by Dr. Rudolf Steiner , I have only ever heard of Steiner with regard to his educational philosophy and the schools following his philosophy so that was very interesting to find out for me.
I also like Weleda's philosophy with regard to supporting sutainable projects in places beyond Europe. They purchase raw materials paying fair prices and encouraging ethical practices generally.
I was quite excited to learn that Weleda has a factory in Ilkeston in Derbyshire, not that this means I can benefit from thois with cheap reject products but nice to know they are in my county.
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME....
Weleda buy their Damask roses from Turkey where they have the largest organic rose project in the world! This is a truly great success story because now 300 farmers have switched their farming to sustainable organic rose cultivation since 2001. Apparently one third of the world's crop for perfume Rose Absolute is produced here organically for Weleda.
WILD ROSE BATH CREAM
This is an organic product and is suitable for vegans too. The creaminess comes from the rosehip oil, which is blended with organic essential oil of Damask rose which of course gives the lovely natural rose fragrance.The rose hip oil comes from Chile and it has be found that the seeds in the rosehips give a fantastically beneficial oil with 80-90% unsaturated fatty acids that have been found to have a healing ability and can help keep skin blemish free.
In the rose oil are the beneficial vitamins A, B and E as well as essential fatty acids which are so good for dry skin as well as helping to create a natural moisture balance in normal skin.
It comes in a plastic recyclable upside down tube; this means that the product comes out easily as it sits on its lid. It is a pretty pink colour so looks nice on the bath side.
MY ROSY EXPERIENCE
As I opened this initially I was impressed with the natural scented rose smell and I squeezed a bit onto my hands and washed my hands in this as I couldn't wait to try it out. It didn't lather up a lot but did feel nice and creamy and once rinsed my hands smelled rosy and didn't feel dried out at all but I did treat them to my Melvita Rose hand cream to layer my rose smelling goodies.
When using it in the bath I save this for special relaxing night baths when I can smother myself in the cream and then lie back and let it soak off which makes the bath water smell slightly rosy too. I am not sure I would use this if I had been out gardening and wanted a really good clean. This gives a gentle sweet smelling creamy wash which leaves my whole body feeling clean and not at all dried out.
It is not quite as moisturising as using Lush's Ro's Aragn but more like their Turkish Delight bath cream but with a little more lathering quality.
EVEN MORE BENEFITS
This bath cream has been created specially to both harmonise with the body using aromatherapy as well as nourishing tired dry skin.
Not only is it great for your skin but unlike many other bath products this will not harm the environment when you let it go down the plughole. The cleansers in this are eco friendly and are based on natural sugar and coconut and they are totally biodegradable and will not harm river or marine life in anyway.
Yes I really like this one but look out for the different prices as even on Amazon it varies from the £6.37 including free P&P that I paid through to the amazing £459.36. Seriously I have not typed that incorrectly but apparently there are only three left at that price!! On the Weleda site it is over £8 so Amazon have a good deal if you fancy trying this.
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Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Rose Moschata Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Fragrance (parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Eugenol / natural constituents of the essential oils / Suitable for vegans / With nourishing organic musk rose oil and rich in skin-caring essential fatty acids, Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash is designed for dry or stressed skin / It's an exquisite composition based on richly nourishing rosehip oil, blended to perfection with organic essential oil of damask rose which provides a delicate mild fragrance /