SILVER WINNER + EDITOR’S CHOICE
Safe – Formulated from excellent, non-toxic, mostly organic ingredients. Includes jojoba oil, aloe vera, shea butter and chamomile extracts.
Responsible – Weleda makes it a priority to be in dialogue with the people who it works with and works actively with individual farming partners to address specific difficulties in country areas by funding education and facilities such as schools or raw material processing sites in small, rural areas. Through organic cultivation of nearly 248 km2 worldwide (the equivalent of 35,000 football pitches) Weleda is taking active measures to improve soil health and to conserve biodiversity.
To raise awareness for the importance of biodiversity, Weleda Australia has been running the Bee B&B Hotel program since 2016 and has gifted over 500 insect hotels and teaching curriculums to primary schools in Australia. The project allows children to learn and observe native bees and the important role they play in our ecosystem.
Weleda use 100% green electricity and approximately 50% renewable energy at production sites in Germany, Switzerland and France. By 2022 Weleda aims to increase its renewable energy consumption to 80%. Rain water is collected and used for the irrigation of the medicinal plant gardens and biodynamic farming methods employed to increase the formation of humus, which stores carbon effectively.
True to description, it’s a lightweight and cooling post-shave product. I like its nice, light scent and appealing packaging, especially the colour of the bottle.
I love that this after shave balm stays true to its name – it really is gentle and cooling. I usually get a bad razor burn after I shave and this worked a treat. I also love that Weleda ensure that their materials are ethically sourced on both ends of their trade – It’s important to them that they are paying all of their workers equally and decently which is admirable.
From a usability perspective, it has a soothing finish that I believe really fits the bill, particularly when it comes to sensitive skin. I found that I didn’t have to use as much as I would with other brands, so that made the process far easier and ultimately, more sustainable. I love the way Weleda has brought more than the standard sustainability approach to product development. I personally believe that biodiversity is a big picture process, so reading how the brand has been able to not only integrate social responsibility into its practices but also expand through projects like the Weleda Garden in Wetzgau, Germany was incredibly impressive.
My dad has been using this for years as he has dry, sensitive skin, which is easily irritated after wet shaving. He finds it immediately soothes and moisturises his skin and leaves it comfortable and refreshed.
I asked my father to trial this product on my behalf. As someone who suffers with dry skin, especially after a shave, he really loves how moisturising it is. He also appreciates the recyclable glass bottle.