Production & Quality promise

calendula flower manufacturing

Weleda’s natural skincare and medicinal products are the result of great care and quality selection, from the purchase of raw materials through to the manufacturing, bottling and delivery of the finished products.

Natural and effective

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We process approximately 1,000 natural substances into skincare and medicinal products. But natural isn’t enough for us—our ingredients have to be effective too. They have to work with your body’s own ability to heal, to restore well-being and impart internal and whole-body radiance.

To ensure our ingredients keep their innate potency, we harvest quickly and process them as little as possible, taking excellent care of them along the way. Weleda’s pharmaceutical knowledge and experience determines which production method is appropriate in each case.

Production methods of anthroposophic medicine

First of all, we ‘potentise’ all of our liquids by hand, gently agitating them in a specific motion. (You can imagine this by pretending you are holding a jar, and shake it gently lengthways in a figure eight). In all our heat and stirring processes, the possible impact of extraneous energy sources is kept to a minimum, with wi-fi and electromagnetic radiation measured, minimised and fully screened in sensitive processing areas.

Furthermore, in anthroposophic medicine, the relationship between metal and planetary forces, between microcosm and macrocosm also plays an important role. So we choose the times of exponentiation by following a calendar – for example, silver exponentiation would never take place during the waning moon. We use distilled water for all exponentiation, which we consider rejuvenating, as it has the quality of rainwater.

Production processes


For thermal processes, such as distillation, valuable essential oils are extracted – for example from lavender blossoms – with the help of water vapour. The resulting natural fragrances are used for perfuming various Weleda skincare. Maceration is another important process at Weleda. In this process freshly cut calendula plants are crushed and mixed with alcohol and water. Two weeks later, the mixture is pressed and filtered: the result is the calendula tincture, a valuable plant extract.

All these processes and processing steps have one thing in common – they create a bridge between the natural state of the ingredient and humans and make accessible to us what grows in nature, benefiting from the natural nurturing and healing qualities of the ingredient.


No animal testing

And because we believe unwaveringly in cultivating beauty for all creatures, we do not test our skin care products or their ingredients on animals, and neither do our suppliers.

Certified by NATRUE

Because of these sustainable production methods and the care with which we use natural resources, Weleda has earned certification from NATRUE, an international not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide guidance and reassurance to consumers around the world by offering stringent and detailed standards for certification. We are proud to be a founding member of NATRUE.

Our enhanced definition of quality

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Our quality is based on stringent criteria, with numerous guidelines for sustainable product development, raw materials, origin, production, additives, perfuming, animal experiments, packaging and other aspects.

The natural raw materials for Weleda products are processed in selective and sensitive ways so that the substances and active ingredients can fully develop their effects. A holistic, comprehensive understanding of the nature of humans – formed equally of body, soul and spirit – leads to a broad interest in how substances relate to each other in anthroposophy.

This in turn leads to our enhanced definition of quality, which results in products that are deeply and fully active, giving a wonderful feeling of comfort when used. It’s our priority to offer the best quality to our consumers, our patients and their therapeutic needs, because we believe that only carefully selected and processed natural substances can aid the body in its numerous delicately-balanced functions.

Assured quality throughout all processes

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The continuous development of scientific testing methods is also an important part of quality assurance. In the formulation and production of our skincare, products are always made without synthetic dyes and fragrances, preservatives and genetically modified organisms, silicones, paraffin, other petroleum products and synthetic fats. Wherever possible we use raw materials from certified organic or biodynamic farming and controlled wild collection. Animal testing is prohibited both in the production and in development stages and we only ever fragrance our products with natural essential oils. Weleda products are also made in such a way that synthetic or ‘nature-identical’ preservatives are not required.

The Weleda motto ‘in harmony with nature and the human being’ is an important guiding principle thr oughout the entire manufacturing chain of all natural skincare and medicinal products. Sourcing, packaging materials and finished products all meet numerous requirements including regulatory compliance, GMP (good manufacturing practice) compliance, compliance with the pharmacopoeias and compliance with specific national legal regulations in the countries of manufacture and sale. We put strong emphasis on the material and ecological quality of our raw materials as well as on the social quality of our trading process.