Because You Absolutely Must Wash Yo’ Face, You Might As Well Do It Naturally with Weleda’s Facial Cleansing Line.

Before I started beauty blogging, I didn’t know there were so many different ways to cleanse one’s face.  Now facial cleansers come in many different formulations: cream, gel, mousse, no-rinse, and even oil!  How am I ever going to choose the right kind for me?

While I can’t usually make a generalization on what will work for you, it’s safe to say that a gentle cleanser is probably the way to go.  You already know that I am in the process of switching to natural skincare, and so I was very excited to try Weleda’s new cleansing line.  It’s a two-step combo that includes a Gentle Cleansing Milk ($24) and a Refining Toner ($22).

Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refining Toner

How to Use

Before I dive into the actual review, here’s a little bit on how to use the two.  Trust me, you need me to tell you this part.

Massage a quarter-size of the Gentle Cleansing Milk on your dry face.  The instructions instruct you to avoid the eye area, and because I am too awesome to follow instructions, I thought “hey, why the hell not?  What’s the worst that could happen?”  I’ll tell you what: burning eyeballs of death.  Don’t do it.  (‘kay, I might be exaggerating here, but they really did burn.)  Wash off with warm water.

Then, apply the Refining Toner on a cotton pad and run it all over your face, again avoiding the eye area.

Gentle Cleansing Milk

$24 for 100ml

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lysolecithin, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*. * from natural essential oils

Good for all skin types, just a quarter size dollop of the cleansing milk takes care of all my face gunk.  It contains Biodynamic iris root extract, which helps retain moisture in and regulate the skin.  One of the main ingredients is witch hazel, which is a light natural astringent.  Its consistency is like a very runny lotion and the smell is nice and citrusy.  Don’t expect any foaming action during cleansing, because there’ll be none of that.  After washing it off, my face not only feels comfortable (not tight), but also slightly moisturized due to the organic jojoba seed oil.

Refining Toner

$22 for 100ml

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*. * From natural essential oils

I like the gentle cleansing milk, but I worship the refining toner even more.  As a former toner snob, I was skeptical that I actually needed to tone my face after cleansing.  Now, here I am doing a total 180.  This toner is very refreshing, again with a citrusy scent from lemon juice and other essential oils.  It balances my skin beautifully, removing any excess dirt and oil that your cleanser didn’t catch.  It doesn’t sting despite the fact that it contains alcohol.  Instead, it just leaves my skin so soft, touchable and perfectly prepped for moisturizer.  LOVE this one.

What’s Not to Love?

Since my skin absolutely loves natural skincare, the verdict is simple and very evident: I love these.  The combination of the cleanser and the toner leaves my skin unstripped of its all natural oils and soft.  Very soft in fact, that I ran out of the bathroom and uttered the following words to my boyfriend: “Feel my face.  Seriously, touch it.  Soft, right?  I’m not even wearing moisturizer!”

I wish they made the cleanser to be eye friendly as well, because I’m a lazy girl!  I can’t be bothered to reach for an extra cleanser to take care of my eye makeup.  They do have an Almond Soothing Facial Oil, which I haven’t tried, for this purpose.

These and other Weleda products are sold at, Whole Foods Market, natural independent health food stores, Planet Organic Market, Nature’s Fare, Noah’s Natural Foods and Rexall Pharma Plus stores.

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  • Both have alcohol in though! Do you not find that drying? I suffer from really dry, often flaky skin so would be a bit worried to try these.

    • I have really oily skin, so these just makes it feel normal. Maybe not for dry skin then.

  • Amy

    I love Weleda! I have their Skin Food (lotion) and it’s great. I like hearing another positive review of their other products, but while I’ve been looking at their moisturizers and other lotions, I hadn’t considered these two products (cleansing milk and toner) because I never really understood the need for toner. Not too sure what it does! And that’s a bummer that these products aren’t eye friendly.

    • Yeah, it’s the alcohol in these that makes it problematic. 🙁 But they are really nice for my skin type (combination/oily). I think normal skin would also love these.

  • I keep hearing about Weleda lately. Must give it a try at some point!

    • Give them a try! I’m dying to try out the Sea Buckthorn oil that Janine ( has been raving about.

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  • Love me some toner! No matter how I wash, toner leaves me feeling more refreshed and helps out the obnoxious pores on my nose 🙂

  • Adie

    I’m also switching to natural skin care and just bought these today. I found your site when I noticed the note about avoiding the eye area. ! I must say I’m a little hesitant to bust open this bottle because of it. What are you using to cleanse your eye area? and how is that working for you?

    I’m also a recent toner user. Toner has changed my life!

    …and to the other comments below, I too luuuuv Skin Food and I’m also enjoying their Pomegranate day cream.
    Glad I found you,

  • I don’t give it out

    Lysolecithin is an ingredient and makes lesions on the central nervous system, like in Multiple Sclerosis.