#WeledaInsight 2016 – A Lovely Visit to Weleda & Their Amazing Gardens
A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a lovely visit to the Weleda HQ and their beautiful gardens in Ilkeston Derbyshire with my newborn. Weleda is a skincare brand that has been around for a long time and they really know what they’re doing. Their ethical, natural, sustainable and organic products are hugely popular because of these qualities but also because they really work. I’ve been a fan for many years now and use their products on myself and my children.
Together with other bloggers, doulas, midwives and Weleda Wellbeing Advisors, we were taken around the amazing gardens that are a short drive away from Weleda HQ.
We were guided through the gardens and shown the different flowers and plants with Michael, the head gardener, telling us all about what they do and which Weleda products they go into and why. Very interesting!
We were expecting rain on the day so most of us were wearing Weleda wellies and were ready with umbrellas too. The ground was muddy so the boots were definitely a good call but we were lucky and there was only a slight drizzle for a few minutes and for the rest of the day, the weather stayed dry and pleasant.
On the tour we also stopped to meet the beekeeper and hear all about the birds and the bees, literally. We got to sample delicious honey from the garden bees — perfectly sweet and with an interesting sugar-like gritty texture. Mick, the beekeeper, also showed us different types of beehives and a lovely block of beeswax.At the end of the tour, Claire, the garden manager, sat us down under an old oak tree in the shade to talk about soil and horn manure. Weleda treat their soil with respect and make sure to protect it to keep it healthy so that it can replenish itself to be used again and again. Horn manure is an interesting thing! Manure is put into cattle horns that are buried in the grown, then later added to water that is stirred to create a solution that is then sprinkled onto soil to keep it healthy.
We then jumped back onto the mini bus and headed back to the Weleda HQ for a tasty lunch. My vegetarian, egg-free option was a tasty ciabatta sandwich filled with hoummus and vegetables plus a side salad. Dessert was coffee and a huge flapjack! Perfect!
Weleda Skin Food is one of my absolute favourite skincare products ever — everyone should have at least one tube! — and this year it celebrates its 90th birthday! It’s a cult beauty product that has won many awards. Because of the special brithday, Skin Food got some extra attention at this year’s Weleda Insight days. Evelyn from Weleda held a presentation all about this favourite product of mine. It’s such a great multitasker and it really works — I’m not surprised models and celebrities rave about it. You can read my review of Skin Food here.
Right when the rest of the guests were about to enjoy a lovely hand massage, we unfortunately had to leave but we had a great time at Weleda and my baby girl didn’t cry too much. Considering it was her very first blogging event, she did quite well!
We were all spoilt with an amazing goodie bag to take home. It contained all these great products that I can’t wait to try. I will of course share my thoughts here on A Mum Reivews soon. Thank you to Weleda for inviting me to #WeledaInsight 2016!