I'm not going to lie but I did have some trouble getting to grips with this as I'm so used to using balm cleansers and oils to remove make up, so I found it best used in between my 1st and 3rd cleanser, (yes I like to use 3!) My 1st cleanser is an oil to remove makeup and my 3rd is a face wash so I think it fits perfectly in the middle to remove any last trace of makeup and also rid my skin of impurities. The lotion has a very strong astringent aroma which stems from the witch hazel and has I very clinical and sterile vibe to it, which if you have problematic skin you may welcome. I personally didn't mind it as I felt it was really getting down there and cleansing my skin, and if you're a spot suffer you'll understand. It recommends that you firstly do a patch test, which of course I completely disregarded ( like you do) and I now understand why they put that there as I did experience some redness after use. I put this down to the fact that I used it inbetween my cleansing phases and the heat from the water had opened up my pores. When I used this on no make up days as my 1st cleanser I didn't experience the redness like I did when used other times.
The Akendoron Purifing lotion* is very similar to the cleanser that it has the same astringent smell. I use this in my 'toner' step just after acid toning and apply to areas that need it as oppose to all over my face. The lotion dries on impact and due to this does leave a slightly tight feeling behind as if it's drying up blemishes, this soon disappears after moisturising and my skin is left feeling roughly clean and refreshed.
Out of the two products I've tried the one that stands out the most is the Akendoron Purifing lotion. As a balm and oil cleanser gal I don't really feel the need for a cleansing lotion, although I have enjoyed using but it's not something that fits easily into my routine. If you're new to skincare or look for time saving products that do a great job at cleansing the skin then this is definitely something you should look into. For me the Purifying lotion is a welcomed accompaniment into my skincare routine, and one I think anyone suffering from problematic skin should consider trying.
Have you tried any products from Weleda?
*Pr Sample. All thoughts are of course my own