European bits: Weleda & Nivea

One of the things I really love about Austria, apart from the rich history, stunning styles of architecture, and of course, dreamy accents, is the grocery stores. I know, peculiar, but for the most part all of the ones I visited were quite neat and classy. There is just something about clean cut spaces with varieties of extremely well organized bits & bobs in aesthetically pleasing packaging, that is so soothing and appealing to me. Not to mention the soft, warm scent coming off their freshly baked bread rolls.

So you can see how I may have been in somewhat of a trance as I traipsed around the store one day, enjoying the fancy varieties of pasta and teas. Upon coming unto the lotions & potions beauty section, I spotted a Weleda display and bee-lined to it. Knowing next to nothing about Weleda, I am not sure why I felt that I could not go back to Canada without anything from them. Perhaps it was the packaging, or the seductive German on the front (which of course, I could not understand),  or the wild rose line that tempted me (since this, I could understand).

After some helpful translations from Seb, I picked up the Wild Rose Smoothing Day & Night Creams, since my Body Shop moisturizers were reaching their end.  I am so very glad I did. Not only do they come in a little tin tube (seemingly common in Europe, but not so much in North America) but they have been doing some seriously awesome work on my skin.

Currently battling with hormonal acne, treatments have left my skin – particularly around my jaw line – dry as a dessert. I did not really know how to deal with that, since I have always had oily skin, and was afraid that moisturizers might just increment my breakouts. The Body Shop's Vitamin E range did a decent job, but after trying these, I feel like I finally understand what real moisture is.

They apply nicely like a cream, but after a small massage they begin to feel more like deep oils; which I initially felt really weird about. After a quick look at the ingredients I understood why it felt more like an oil:

Seriously impressive amount of natural oils! I have never been one to look particularly for natural skin care, but this has been really working well for me. They also have a bit of a medicinal/herbal scent which took a little while to get used to but it has grown on me (fortunately Seb also likes it!).

On the Nivea Cream bit, I mostly got it because my Zodiac sign is on it, Capricorn! Perhaps I should be ashamed that my consumerist side falls for gimmicky marketing, but there are always uses for Nivea Cream ;)

Ahhh I just love having things around me in German. It is my favorite language! Maybe one day I will become trilingual.


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