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Weleda Garden, Ilkeston 22.-25. May 2018

The special concept behind the Weleda garden in Ilkeston is how it reflects the natural habitat of the plants that are grown there. The soil is wet and heavy, which is not exactly an ideal setting, but biodynamic cultivation has made it fertile.

Green makeup masterclass with eco makeup artist Lou Dartford

60% of anything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. Cleaning up our beauty bag is as important as our detoxifying our diet. I was lucky enough to attend the MUA Cleaner Beauty Masterclass with London makeup artists for the launch of Weleda’s new BB creams and Wild Rose facial range. I was even luckier still to be the model for eco makeup artist Lou Dartford as she showed the range off to a room full of London based make-up artists by creating a live demonstration of a natural, bridal beauty look on little old me. Weleda Wellness Advisor, Caroline Burke also spoilt me rotten with a Wild Rose facial whilst she taught the makeup artists about natural skincare. “I think clean beauty is about being conscious – being aware of what you’re using. Ask yourself… What’s in it Where does it come from? Is it ethical? Do the companies treat people fairly? How does the company care for the planet? Weleda Wellness Advisor, Caroline Burke Lou transitioned her very impressive makeup …

5 steps to cleaner beauty with Jayn Sterland

Jayn Sterland, number 1 of the ‘The Who’s Who of Natural Beauty’ shares her mission for ‘Honest beauty’ and her simple tips to clean up our beauty routines Jayn Sterland is the managing director of Weleda UK and number 1 of the ‘The Who’s Who of Natural Beauty’ for the second year running. We sit in the show garden of Weleda whilst we talk about Jayn’s mission for cleaning up the beauty industry, eliminating green washing and getting the industry to be socially responsible for what they put on the shelf. You’ve won who’s who in Natural Beauty for the second year running, what does natural beauty mean to you? “Natural beauty for me comes from within. And means being really, really authentic. This is going to sounds really corny but it starts with knowing who you are. It’s nothing to do with the products you put on your skin. It’s the light shining through you. And I think when you know who you are, and you love yourself – the good and the bad …

The growing place – The Field, Weleda UK

As I walked around the Weleda Gardens with Head Gardener Claire Hatterley, you can’t help but realise that nature is the teacher here. I was lucky enough to be shown around one of Weleda UK’s biodynamic gardens ‘The Field’ by Head Gardener, Claire Hattersley. Claire has tended these 13 hectares of land for over 20 years. Not only did she tour me around the meadows and crops she describes more as a ‘nature reserve’ than a garden, she also invited me to learn about biodynamic agriculture first hand – helping the team plant a new field of Calendula. I chatted Claire about how she grew a nature reserve, in the very meadow it all started. Growing a nature reserve “This meadow was actually grown 15 years ago by myself and a team. We trod the land with our boots, not with mechanical rollers.” “Machinery didn’t do it, people did it.” “And this become the seeding meadow for all the other meadows is on the site. And now our local wildlife trust is taking our seeds …

Our skin needs food too

What we put on our skin should be good enough to eat. With our skin being the largest organ of our bodies and since it absorbs whatever you put on it – why should it be any different? A recent study shows that over 90% of people find it just as important to know what you put on your skin as what you eat. This is great news that we are thinking this way. Why? Because… A study for the American Journal of Public Health looked at the skin’s absorption rate of chemicals found in drinking water. They showed that it absorbed 64% of contaminants. Other research projects found the face to be several times more absorbent than larger, boarder body areas and that the underarms and genitalia were the most absorbent of all – taking in 100% of chemicals. Scary stuff. Skin Food Facials with my Global Garden sister, Phoebe. My Global Garden sister, Phoebe and I were lucky enough to be treated to a Skin Food Facial and hand massage by the team …