Weleda Wellbeing Advisor: Wendy Lowe
I have trained with Weleda to become one of their wellbeing advisors because of their philosophy, ethics and the potency of their products. Weleda is the original health and wellbeing company;
founded in 1921 by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The UK company was established in 1925 and over 300 of the plants and ingredients are grown locally to me in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
The company moto is "In harmony with nature and the human being".
Since their beginning they have developed high quality natural, organic and holistic skin, bodycare and natural medicines that bring together nature and the body's specific needs.
Because of the purity of the products and the love and care taken in growing the plants and preparing the ingredients and products,
I would say that the Weleda range is not only beneficial to the body but also to the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
It may therefore complement your therapy!
All products are 100% chemical free and certified so by UEBT and Na True. They do not contain any synthetic colours, fragrances, parabens, preservatives or mineral oils. They are kind to your skin,
fully biodegradable, environmentally friendly and the packaging is recyclable.
Love and respect for nature is paramount from the seed to the packaging.
Weleda also takes great care to ensure fair treatment of all employees, suppliers and partners throughout the world. Despite the high quality standards throughout,
Weleda's fair and honest approach means that they are committed to keeping prices as low as possible so half the product range is under £10 and a third between £10 and £20.
Weleda products have won many awards and many famous and wealthy people use their products, for example, Skin food is a favourite of Victoria Beckham and Julia Roberts, Simon Cowell is reported to enjoy the citrus bath milk.
Herbal medicines and products aid with pain relief, hayfever and many other conditions.
You can find the whole product range on
so I am not going to copy them here.
The benefits of having a one to one consultation with me include:
1. Personal advice and service from a trained professional
2. Free facial on first consultation
3. A 30 day guarantee and return service if the product is not suitable
4. Advice on special offers
5. Gifts on certain orders
Chemicals and Toxins found in other common products worldwide include:
Extracts from the Weleda Wellbeing Advisors Conference in Sept 2014.
Things to avoid, modify exposure to and to be aware of!! Awareness is everything.
Parabens, (methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, E216, E218) .
Parabens are a group of compounds used as preservatives, to prevent bacteria and fungus. Besides cosmetics, (makeup, moisturisers, shampoos etc.), they are also found in pharmaceuticals, and even food products.
Studies have shown that they are able to mimic the hormone oestrogen, which is already known to have links to female cancers such as ovarian and breast cancer. Tests run on breast tumours have actually confirmed
the presence of parabens. This does not prove a link between the two (more studies are underway) but whilst these are still being performed, perhaps we should exercise caution?
In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage, skin rashes and allergies. E.g. natural cream for bruising,
containing E216 and E218 - check out Nelson's Arnicare Cream.
Phenoxyethanol, (the new alternative to parabens?) . Look out for this one!! It is a synthetic preservative - The FDA warned that phenoxyethanol may cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and
contact dermatitis. Together with Ethylhexylglycerin it enhances the preservative effect of phenoxyethanol is known to be a safe alternative to parabens. It has the drawback of being a skin irritant as well.
Two studies, one in Belgium by the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital and a study in the Contact Dermatitis Journal have found a higher instance of skin irritation when using Ethylhexylglycerin.
Butylene glycol (eg petroleum derivative) .
In sensitive individuals, butylene glycol may be irritating to the skin, eyes, and or nasal passages, but it is the least potentially irritating of all the glycols. In addition, since this ingredient is in so many
of the products we apply on our skin every day, the concern is that over time, our exposure may be adding up to something that could be potentially harmful to the health of the skin and body.
So far, however, scientific studies have shown no harmful effects from the ingredient at current levels and exposures. In fact, this glycol has not been linked to any organ-specific toxicity and is not
considered to be carcinogenic, unlike ethylene glycol. Butylene glycol has neuropharmacological properties, but is not considered carcinogenic.
Triclosan: This is a petroleum by product used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants as a preservative and antibacterial agent. It is a suspected endocrine,
(hormone) disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Triclosan can pass through skin and is used in so many products that the small amounts found in each product add up,
particularly since the chemical does not readily degrade. In addition to cosmetics, triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds,
as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odours in other household products that are sometimes advertised as "anti-bacterial". These products include garbage bags, toys, linens,
mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and paints.
Petroleum, paraffin, petrolatum, Mineral Oil:
This is an inexpensive carrier used to bulk out a large number of beauty products such as cleansers and serums. A by-product of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil, it's clear, has no scent and
won't spoil or go off. So, what's the problem with mineral oil? Well, the skin has a pretty tough time trying to absorb it, resulting in a film being left over the skin which will then inevitably clog up pores,
often resulting in breakouts. Petroleum by products interfere with the skin's natural functions and are likely to be contaminated with carcinogens. Ironically, if used excessively, it can disrupt the body's natural
ability to moisturise the skin; causing dryness and chapping. Sustainability is at the heart of Weleda, which is another reason why we do not use mineral oils in our skin care and body care.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS / SLES) .
These are anionic surfactants used to make body soap, body washes, facial soap, foaming products, laundry detergent, engine degreaser, floor cleaner and more. According to the MSDS, these surfactants cause
severe skin and eye irritation and that one should avoid contact to the skin, eyes and clothing. Sulfates, again, are found in countless beauty products, the most common of those being shampoos, bubble baths,
shower gels and foaming cleansers. You know that lovely thick lather you get when you wash your hair? That's all down to SLS or SLES, and so is the foam from gel cleansers, which are often used by the oilier-skinned
among us to achieve a squeaky clean face. Sulfates help water and oil to mix, enabling them to effectively lift dirt, oil and impurities and wash them away. SLES, It is often disguised in "natural" products with
the term "derived from coconut". It is particularly irritating to the eyes and can be contaminated with dioxane, a known carcinogen. There is a common mis-conception that without bubbles, you're not getting
the same deep clean. But actually, the addition of sulfates only means that you are stripping your skin of its natural oils and leaving it dry and dehydrated, (hence the afore mentioned squeaky clean feeling).
Now I know that some of you will be thinking that that's exactly what you want, but it's not, your skin does require a certain amount of the natural oils it produces, and if you take them away then it's only
going to go into overdrive trying to replenish what it has lost. The main concern with sulfates is the fact that they are quite strong irritants. If you get them in your eyes then you'll know about it! SLS has
been suspected to also damage the skin's immune system.
Your body may retain the SLS for several days Natural Organic Cosmetics Natural oils and waxes offer protection with plant and man and allows outer layer to breathe. It is non-occlusive, unlike mineral oils.
The nutrient rich plant oils are easily absorbed into the skin and feed the regenerative layer, thus offering a softening and supporting role in skin regeneration. As we mature the balance of regeneration versus
hardening effects changes and using plant oils can help this balancing act and encourage healthy self regulating skin. Warmth, regeneration and balance are obtained through the plant oils. Healthy skin allows the
blood to shine through, the complexion looks vibrant, clearly showing a healthy balance of regeneration and structural form are present. There are many co-operatives working around the world producing plant oils
for Weleda products in a sustainable fashion. Please visit www.weleda.com for further information on sourcing raw materials. Consider the effect of using chemicals which remove this naturally protective layer,
stripping the natural protective layer and leaving the flesh vulnerable. As you can see, squeaky clean is not necessarily a good thing. Skin has a protective mantle and if this is stripped away, skin is left
vulnerable and exposed. As you can see the chemical list is not extensive.