Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash

I learned the hard way that Germans have a big thing for shower gel. My first time doing a foreign exchange here in high school, my host family gave me a tube of scented body wash for Easter and I was SO CONFUSED. I couldn't stop wondering if they thought I was stinky and the gift was some kind of hint for me to shower more often (and I shower every day already!). Fast forward several years and my former host sister sent me Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Body Wash for Christmas. Turns out it's just another cultural quirk - shower products are a popular gift here and there are shelves and shelves of them at every drugstore and cosmetics retailer. That stereotype of Germans being really, really, really clean? Yeah, it's pretty much the whole truth.

I brought this with me to Germany this semester, figuring that hey, Weleda's a German company and I might as well really get in the spirit of living here! Plus it's labeled as creamy and moisturizing and I knew my dry skin was going to need all the help it could get battling the cold weather.

Anecdotal evidence also suggests that sea buckthorn oil can help with keratosis pilaris and eczema, but there's really not enough pure ingredient in this product to make a difference. The main oil is sesame oil, and sea buckthorn is way at the bottom of the list of ingredients. Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Body Oil, which I've tried before and loved, is a much better choice for those looking to heal seriously dry or scaly skin.

This is a likable, well-made product, but not anything too special. Lathers well, leaves skin soft but clean, and has a refreshing herbal citrus scent. I didn't notice any decrease in general skin dryness, though, and I don't think it's outstanding enough to be worth the relatively higher price than your standard drugstore gel. The tube itself is great quality and I like the bright, cheery label (although the 12-year-old boy in me giggled at that "stimulating!" claim), so props to Weleda for not skimping on the packaging.

 If using products that label themselves "natural" is important to you, or you're in love with this particular scent, then the Sea Buckthorn Body Wash is a good bet. As for me, I'm going to have fun finishing my tube, but I don't feel any need to repurchase.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash is $10.41 on Amazon or $9.22 at iHerb ($5 off your first purchase with my referral code: BEH289). 


  1. I was kind of obsessed with Weleda for a while but find their products aren't as good as I *want* them to be.

    Enjoy your stay in Germany! :)

    1. I agree! The only things that have wowed me are the body oils; everything else is a bit "meh" (although still good! just not exciting).


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