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Weleda takes care of nature and your home

Natural cosmetics

The Belgian company Weleda is an expert when it comes to natural care. Since 2009, the brand has been making face creams, body lotions and ointments with the NATRUE label. On average, 77% of all ingredients at Weleda come from organic or biodynamic agriculture or, where possible, from controlled picking of wild plants and flowers.

NATRUE was established by the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association to certify natural and organic cosmetic products. According to Natrue, only the dried plants can determine the organic content of a product. Therefore, a personal care product containing water or alcohol can never be 100 organic, even if it contains only organically grown ingredients. Did you know that NATRUE certification also guarantees you that there are no microplastics in your personal care products? A plus for the environment, animals and your skin.

Biodiversity is important to Weleda. 'Without biodiversity we wouldn't exist', the brand says. That's why Weleda actively supports various biodiversity projects worldwide. In this way they protect the plants and animals that are much needed for our planet, but also to make care products.

Disclaimer for products carrying the "BIO" label: this is a self-designed label of the Weleda brand that is not independently verified. This label only relates to the boldly printed ingredients on the ingredients list, so the product is not 100% organic.

Animal friendliness

Weleda offers a wide range of vegan skincare products, but not all of them! So be sure to check the label before buying your favorite product! What animal products did we find? Weleda uses beeswax in their body lotion, shaving cream, eye ointment, scrub and moisturizing lotion for men. The shaving lotion for men also contains goat's milk.

The NATRUE label on all Weleda products guarantees you that the products are not tested on animals. Weleda also has outlets in China. At COSH! we warn you when cosmetics are sold in China. Why exactly? When a cosmetics brand exports to China, the brand automatically gives China permission to test on animals. But Weleda is the exception to the rule! The brand sells in China, but with the guarantee not to test on animals.

Weleda only sells products in China that can be registered without animal testing, such as certain soaps and oral care products. Weleda refuses to launch any part of their personal care products in China as long as animal testing is necessary to bring new cosmetics to market. Weleda thus demonstrates that their values and principles are fully implemented in the smallest details of their business. Fantastic to see! At COSH! we hope that many other cosmetic brands will follow Weleda's example in China.

Working conditions

As a pioneer, Weleda wants to do its part to make the world a better place. The cosmetics brand has a close cooperation with local communities that grow the raw materials for its care products. The farmers' wages are above average. For example, sesame seed harvesting in Mexico is a lucrative side income for farmers. The cooperation with Weleda gives the farmers more security and belief in the future because they are earning a living wage close to home. For the lavender fields we go to Moldova. The cooperation between the lavender farmers and Weleda began in 2005. Today, more than 200 farming families are involved. For them, lavender cultivation has become an integral part of their income.

We at COSH! find it particularly beautiful to see how Weleda is thus giving local communities a helping hand, and contributing to a fairer world.

Circular Economy

For the packaging, glass and aluminum are used whenever possible, which is easily recyclable. For example, the body lotion, aftershave and oils are packaged in glass bottles. However, the packaging of several other personal care products as well as the caps still consist of plastic types polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). These plastic containers are made from fossil fuels and contain microplastics, a drawback.

The plastics used do not contain traces of phthalates or softeners, estrogen-like materials. So no hormone-disrupting substances. Together with a team of experts, Weleda is currently looking for ways to optimize their current packaging materials.

When packing and shipping the products from the Belgian warehouse, Weleda also works as sustainably as possible. The boxes are filled with shredded cardboard or potato starch filling material, which is fully compostable. This also applies to the 'plastic' air bags that the Belgian brand uses.

Water and energy are a crucial component in the production of the creams and ointments. Weleda always tries to minimize its impact on the planet. For example, water is re-condensed to bring it back into the cycle. In 2013, the skincare brand thus reduced their water consumption by 25%. In addition, 50% of direct energy and 95% of indirect energy came from renewable sources in 2013. Weleda has been striving for a more sustainable industry for many years, and can serve as an example for many.


Weleda is very transparent about their raw materials, receiving a 9/10 from COSH! On their website, the brand states where each raw material comes from and from which company. For example, we see that sesame oil comes from Mexico through the local family-owned company Sesajal. For each ingredient you can thus find the origin and supplier. Top!

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