I’m always on the lookout to try new products for my babes, especially products that tick boxes. For me; as a mama, and at this stage in my life these boxes include natural, eco, and minimal chemicals. Oh and I am partial to pretty packaging too. So you can imagine my excitement to try some of the Weleda products including some of the Calendula Baby Range; which has been developed in collaboration with midwives.
A little bit of history for your Thursday. Weleda is not a new kid on the block, in fact it has been around since before my Grandma was born and she turned 90 this year! Founded in the 1920’s by Rudolph Steiner; as in ‘Steiner’, – who also founded Steiner education. With a background in Early Childhood Education and a lover of childrens creativity and play, I have a massive crush on many of the Steiner Philosophies. I loved learning that a brand, which ticks so many of my boxes, has so much history. Steiner developed principles behind biodynamic farming and Weleda still follow many of the same principles today including sourcing the best organic and bio dynamic produce for their products.
Along with finding products for my babes, I try to take the time out to find natural products that I can use also. I’ve been loving the Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream; which I think looks more like honey than a cream. And I love me some honey so this makes me very happy! This cream has been perfect for both Isla and Oliver’s delicate skin and I feel reassured knowing I am putting natural products on them. I think since I have become a mother and since both my babes were premature I became obsessed with things that I could control. Like it was out of my control that I couldn’t have a natural, full term pregnancy; however it was in my control to choose more natural products, free of chemicals and nasties. What I also love is that after I have rubbed some cream onto my babes, I can use the excess to moisturise my hands. Love me a product which serves both me and my babes at the same time!
Now, I like to classify myself as partial hippie, but in the interest of full disclosure I actually didn’t know what Calendula was? For those of you like me, who had no idea what Calendula is, turns out it is a type of marigold & I’ve been sitting on a few hundred flowers in my own veggie garden for the last few months. We planted ‘marigolds’ in our garden, as they are a great companion plant; who knew they had all these other antibacterial healing properties.
I was also lucky enough to try the Calendula Nappy Change Cream; which couldn’t have come at a better time. Anyone who has spent time with my babes will know they both have very efficient working bowels. Throw in teething and you get lots of nappy changes! I loved the gentle nature of the Calendula Nappy Change Cream; with lanolin and zinc oxide to provide a barrier – and almond oil, chamomile and calendula to help soothe the skin. It’s so comforting to know what I am putting on my babes sensitive areas is natural, healing and soothing.
And now a product just for me; Skin Food.
Any time there is a change of season my skin goes cray cray! Although we’ve been in autumn for a while these last few weeks have been so hot & humid, so my skin has been craving moisture! Along with drinking extra H20 I’ve been loving the feel of Weleda Skin Food. With plant extracts of viola, chamomile and calendula & I have found it to be highly effective for those dry areas like hands, elbows and feet; it’s almost like I can imagine my skin saying nom nom nom when I put it on. Oh another note; Skin Food has stood the test of time – it’s been around since 1926 – which is as old as one of my greatest role models; my Grandma!
** Authors Note ** The flowers pictures in this article are French Marigold; from the same plant family but slightly different. http://theherbgardener.blogspot.de/2013/03/the-difference-between-french-marigold.html
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