Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Weleda: Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream


When I think of Weleda, I think natural, no mineral oils, no preservatives and biodynamic farming. However, did you know that the main founders of Weleda were a Dutch lady doctor and an Austrian philosopher?

You know I like to explore the heritage of a brand and this one on Weleda would be no exception. You may skip this section if you only want to know about the hand cream. Please note that this is more a feature than a review. The reason is given at the bottom.


Weleda
Weleda’s main founders: Dr Ita Wegman, a specialist in women’s medicine and Dr Rudolf Steiner, well-known philosopher and natural scientist. Both led the anthroposophical medicine movement in the early 20th century. Dr Steiner, the initiator of the science of anthroposophy, got involved in anthroposophical medicine when he started collaborating with homeopathic physicians and pharmacists.

Anthroposophy is a science that covers all aspects of life, be it physical, psychological and spiritual. In anthroposophical medicine, a person is regarded holistically – body, soul and spirit – and the body is encouraged to heal itself. It was also more about maintaining health than eliminating disease. One can be treated with homeopathic and anthroposophical medicine in conjunction with conventional medicine.

In 1921, Dr Wegman and Dr Steiner, together with a team of physicians and pharmacists, established a pharmaceutical laboratory in Arlesheim, Switzerland, which was also where Dr Wegman had established her anthroposophic medical clinic. There, they produced pharmaceutical products and cosmetics made of natural ingredients and this in effect marked the birth of Weleda.

I’ve read different accounts of the origins of the name. Most say it’s named after a Celtic goddess of wisdom and health. Another says that
Veleda/Weleda was the name of a revered healing priestess and prophetess of the Bructerian nation in Germany. If they are one and the same, I wouldn’t know.

Weleda’s brand logo is a loose variant of the Rod of Asclepius, the symbol of medicine and healing. The two squiggly lines surrounding the Rod of Asclepius were said to have been Dr Steiner’s idea to symbolise enveloping protection and social interaction (give and receive, produce and consume, doctors and patients).

Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream
I have been using this hand cream since late last year. Price €8.25 for a 50ml, housed in an old-fashioned metal tube.

I’ve reached that age where my hands should be receiving more intensive care and so, hand creams have become my new obsession! A quick note on the state of my hands: boney and veiny (both hereditary, I’ve had that since young), quite taut, starting to develop fine lines, no age spots.

According to Weleda
Antioxidant-rich, organic pomegranate oil helps reduce the appearance of age spots and improves the firmness of your hands.

Suitable for vegans

Ingredients
Water, Sesame Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Millet Seed Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Avocado Oil Unsaponifiables, Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance *, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol, Coumarin*.
*From natural essential oils.


Hand Cream
Scent
To me, it doesn’t smell like pomegranate or sesame seed oil. It’s just a tart, slightly citrusy scent. It's neither fantastic nor disgusting.

Texture
It is off-white in colour, not greasy and its consistency is quite thin, but not runny.


Moisturising Effect
Pretty good. I’ve been using it at bedtime (I use another hand product during the day). After massaging it in, it does take a few minutes to get absorbed into the skin, so you’d have to be a bit patient. It leaves the skin feeling a bit tacky (but not sticky) to the touch. In the morning, I do find that the skin on the back of my hands are softer, hydrated and (if my eyes are not playing tricks on me) rather glowing.

I haven’t noticed any difference in the firmness of my skin or a reduction in fine lines, but that’s not to say that it hasn’t worked. I do think that such matters need to be addressed much, much later, after a few years’ use. So, I might get back to you on this in a few years’ time.......or when I reach retirement age and still writing on Witoxicity.

I’ve finished my first tube and am now on to my second. Wish me luck!


More information:
Weleda website

10 comments:

Michelle said...

I like the packaging though. And I hope this works out for you! :-)

Anonymous said...

That's usually the case with these kinds of products right? You can't immediately see the result. Maybe you can tell us one day! Anyway I liked the post and the info on Weleda. Take care, Nicole x

Aarthi said...

I like the packaging :)

Anonymous said...

Pomegranate seems to be hot as I see it everywhere.

Its efficiency will only show after your retirement....but then again you don't know how you would look like at that age if you don't use it, so still can't compare it..LOL...we are going in circles

"KTee"xx

DinaXYYan said...

LOL! I'd love to still hear from your about this hand cream even when you've reached retirement age! :D

Witoxicity said...

@Michelle
I hope so too. :)

@Nicole
Thank you so much, Nicole. Well, if it's still possible to give an update a few years later, I will! :)

@Aarthi
Old-fashioned packaging has its charm, eh? :)

@KTee
True, pomegranate is a very hot ingredient these days, everything from face creams to fruit juice. I wonder how long it will stay hot before some other (exotic) fruit takes its place. Haha, I like that vicious circle thought process. You have definitely made a point there. Compare, I cannot. All I can do is see if it can delay/reduce the aging process of my skin. :)

@Dina
Haha, I'm not making any promises. We will have to see. :)

Vonvon said...

I see a lot of Weleda around but haven't tried any of their products.

Am hunting for a hand cream that can work on my dry, starting to wrinkle hands from all the house work and the weather. The hand creams that work for me back in Malaysia, don't seem to work here anymore.

Currently using a natural one from a brand called Copa Cabbana for the past 1 week, loving it. Will review it soon. :)

Witoxicity said...

@Vonvon
I'm getting pretty obsessed with hand creams and am trying out different ones. I'm still in the early phase and I hope that I will eventually find a very, very good one. Copa Cabbana, eh? I've never tried that one. I'll wait and see what your thoughts are on it. :)

Cynthia Z said...

I love the red packaging. Hehe...'after a few years' use.' Good luck!

♥xx♥

Witoxicity said...

@Cynthia
Thanks! I'll need all the luck I can get. [looks worryingly at fine lines on hands] :D