NEW! Weleda Roll On Deodorants

Weleda Roll On Deodorants

Weleda Roll On Deodorants

After much anticipation, the fabulous Weleda Roll On Deodorants are here! I’ve been waiting for these for a while – ever since I attended a training session a little while back and had the opportunity to try them both.  Obviously I love the deodorant sprays – the citrus is my favourite, my partner uses the sage and I have the rose spray as I sometimes like to mix and match (plus I like to spritz mine and my youngest daughter’s pillow at night when we cuddle up to read a story) as it’s such a lovely, comforting scent.

However, they are in glass bottles, which isn’t the safest for my teenage daughter to be hoiking about in her school bag for a post-gym spray and, well, youngsters are prone to be a tad “over-generous” with their spraying.  This has become an issue of late as my 11 year old son has developed an interest in using deodorant and, knowing that the roll-on was a little way away yet, I’d said he could share my partner’s, the result being that the sage spray rapidly declined!

The roll-on is clearly likely to be the more economical and non-smashable choice for teens and pre-teens. As it has been formulated without aluminium salts or zirconium and is free of artificial preservatives such as parabens (over all of which there are various concerns, from skin irritation to hormone disruption and possible links to breast cancer. (1) ), I can be confident that I am not exposing them to any undesirable chemicals that I try to avoid myself.

Tested for reliable 24 hour protection and freshness, the roll ons are naturally fragranced with pure essential oils – and let me tell you, the citrus really is the zingiest scent (more so, dare I say, than the citrus deodorant spray!) and I really like the men’s, to the extent that I would happily use it myself as well.

They are, of course, certified natural by NATRUE and, what’s more, they’re suitable for vegans.  So big smiles all round.

I’ve gone for the citrus for myself and my teenage daughter, whilst pre-teen son is getting the men’s.  My partner isn’t budging from his sage deodorant spray (he’s a man who knows what he likes and likes to stick with it) – but who knows, maybe in time he’ll be converted to the team roll-on.

I’ve been layering the citrus roll on with the rose spray and I love the mix of scents!

Links

  1. Breast Cancer UK
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Wild Rose :: Smoothing Body Care & Bath

Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil tip

I recently wrote about the Wild Rose as a Lead Plant in Weleda’s ranges and also about the corresponding face care range.  The Weleda Wild Rose Body Care and Bath ranges are next up for my review.  As I’ve said in the review of the face care range, rose and citrusy scents are my most favourite fragrances (I like to mix them up), so many of the items below get a lot of use in this household!

The Wild Rose body oil is an indulgent treat.  A luxurious body oil made from carefully blended almond and jojoba oil with the precious scent of wild roses.  It is one of the oils I regularly use here* and I use it when I feel in need of a bit of a “self-hug” – but it’s even better if you have someone to rub it in for you!  There has been some testing done on this oil and results were that, after 28 days, 26% skin was found to be smoother and 21% firmer – I tend to mix and match a bit with the other oils I regularly use, so wouldn’t be able to testify to this sort of thing, save to say I do have smooth skin (discounting the stretch marks!)

* The others being the Birch Cellulite Oil, Calendula Baby Oil (which is unfragranced and fantastic for so many uses) and the Lavender Relaxing Body Oil – as it is useful for massaging fractious children).

If you prefer a lotion, the a body oil, Weleda has you covered with the Wild Rose Body Lotion.  This is my eldest daughter’s choice post-bath (and yes, I occasionally “borrow” it!)

Both the Wild Rose Body Oil and the Lotion are suitable for vegans.

My tip is to mix the body oil with a little cream, or dairy-free sub to make a cream bath substitute.  Although you could, of course, use the Wild Rose Cream Bath.

Weleda Wild Rose Cream Bath

The cream bath is the perfect bath milk for laying back and enjoying some gentle self pampering courtesy of the blend of organic wild rose essential oil with jojoba and olive oils.  It smells amazing and makes for such a lovely bath (the perfect thing to match with some candles and a good glass of wine!)  For further relaxation, don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit and blend with the Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk, or one of my favourite mixes, with the Citrus Refreshing Bath Milk (to add a floral note).

Weleda Wild Rose Body Wash

The Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash is often the body wash of choice for both me and my eldest daughter (my younger children use the Calendula and my partner usually the Arnica, although Sea Buckthorn and Citrus are also popular here).  It’s a delicate, creamy body wash made with skin-nourishing rosehip oil, with the scent of damask roses. It smells amazing!

I use it as more than ‘just’ a body wash – I use it as a handwash in the bathroom and toilet – heavenly! In addition it’s SLS/SLES free and suitable for vegans.

If you prefer to use soap, there is a Wild Rose Soap.  I have to admit, I use one as a drawer scent (for my lingerie).

 


Looking for a little fragrance?

Rose is one of the scents of Weleda’s Jardin de Vie fragrance range.  Weleda describes Jardin de Vie Rose as:

“… the scent of romance or poetry.  With gentle flowery rose and geranium and the hidden depths of exotic ylang ylang blossoms.

– Weleda UK”

It is fresh and floral and is the fragrance of choice for my eldest daughter (although I occasionally “borrow” it to give me a bit of a lift on these grey February mornings!)

Weleda Wild Rose Spray Deodorant

The Wild Rose Deodorant spray is my usual choice of spray . Formulated without aluminium, it’s delicate scent comes from a blend of damask rose and ylang ylang essential oils.  It’s smells lovely and gives me a lift every time I spray it.

Tip: It’s also handy as a natural freshener.  I sometimes spritz on my youngest daughter’s pillow before we settle down to read a bedtime story.  Of course, it’s also rather handy in the loo!

(April 2017 edit:  I now use the new citrus roll on in conjunction with the spray as I love the blend of citrus with rose – review here).


Summary

I love the Wild Rose range! I use the corresponding face care (reviewed here), so it’s nice to be able to use a matching body care range.  The delicate floral fragrance really appeals to me and the rose’s ability as a mood lifter certainly helps on grey days.  The only thing that I feel is missing is a hand cream – but then I’m so attached to using Skin Food, I don’t think I’d swap to anything else!

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Spring Cleanse & Detox with Weleda Birch range

At this time of year my thoughts tend to turn towards Spring and I feel a need to shake off the winter.  A Spring Clean for the body is what’s needed and the Weleda birch range offers some lovely products to contribute to this.

I got the opportunity to first try this range at a seminar at Weleda UK HQ and from the moment I smelt the Birch Cellulite Oil, I was hooked!  It smells absolutely divine!  Whilst birch is the Lead Plant for the range, the actual fragrance is citrusy (including grapefruit, lemon and cypress).  Oh my word – it smells wonderful! So refreshing and uplifting – and perfect for a range that is based around cleansing your body.  Anecdotally the Birch Cellulite Oil is the favourite oil of use in the Weleda Espace Spa in Paris – and it really doesn’t surprise me.

I’m a big fan of citrus scents, but my body wash of choice is the Wild Rose (sometimes Sea Buckthorn).  However, I’ve probably mentioned elsewhere on here that I like to mix things up a bit and I like the blend of citrus and rose together, so having used the rose body wash, the Birch Cellulite Oil makes a fab pick-me-up oil post bath (whilst working at my rather flabby thighs!)

But the fragrance of the essential oils isn’t just there for the range to smell pretty – oh no! Cypress, for example, is also known to be good for cleansing and easing cellulite and lemon, for its skin-tightening and toning effects.  Rosemary and butcher’s broom both work to stimulate your skin’s metabolism.  In addition, apricot kernel oil is rich in essential fatty acids, jojoba seed is beneficial in treating inflamed and irritated skin and wheatgerm is high in Vitamin E and lecithin (to help keep connective tissue healthy).  you’re getting a quadruple-plus whammy of fantastic ingredients all working together!

Birch Body Scrub

Weleda Birch Body Scrub

I’ve gotten ahead of myself! First up should be the Birch Body Scrub (£9.95).  This has become one of my must-have items.  As recommended, I’m using it once a week to help stimulate my circulation and slough off those dead skin cells.  Good job it’s rather easy to grab and use, because I keep forgetting to do the dry body brush thing – partly because with small children I’m often trying to snatch a bit of peace to take a bath! The shower is currently Not Working – but the scrub would be fab for that too.

As with the Birch Cellulite Oil, the body scrub smells absolutely fantastic!  It’s that zingy citrus burst of fragrance that I love and it leaves my skin feeling great!

I have written before about the dangers of plastic microbeads in conventional cosmetic scrubs (and various other products).  You can rest assured that Weleda has NEVER used microplastics in its products.  Instead, biodegradable, marine-friendly wax pearls are used (made from castor seed oil, carnauba oil and beeswax).  In addition, the scrub is free from any artificial preservatives, fragrance or colours.  But it’s not vegan-friendly due to the beeswax.

Birch Juice

The organic Birch Juice (£10.50) is an integral part of any Spring (or Autumn) cleanse.  As I explained in my article, Lead Plant Focus :: Birch (Cleanse & Balance), the birch has long been associated with purification, cleansing and new beginnings.

Now, I’m going to be brutally honest here taste-wise, it’s birch juice and tastes rather “leafy”.    With the added biodynamic lemon juice, lets just say that it is tart.  I’m a fan of a good G&T and favour dry over sweet, so for me, the taste is refreshing.  I find the elixirs (good for you that they may be) a little sweet for my taste.  For me, the Birch juice is just the ticket.

Of course, if you have a sweeter tooth than me, you can, of course sweeten with some apple juice (or honey/other natural sweetener, I guess). But I like it how it is, mixed with a little water. Weleda suggest taking it in conjunction with the Sea Buckthorn Elixir and that would most certainly sweeten the taste.   I’ve seen some lovely suggestions for taking the Sea Buckthorn Elixir, but I digress…

The suggestion is to take a tablespoonful two to three times a day for 4-6 weeks.  If that’s your plan, I think you’ll need two bottles.  I’m not great at keeping up with regular regimes, so haven’t managed to do this (yet).

It is, clearly (being Birch and lemon juice) clearly suitable for vegans.

BIRCH CELLULITE OIL

Birch Cellulite Oil Weleda

Well, I’ve already waxed lyrical about the Birch Cellulite Oil (£22.95).  What more can I say?

A dermatological study confirmed that using Birch Cellulite Oil twice daily over 28 days alongside taking Birch Juice led to the testers’ skin, on average, being noticeably 37% firmer and their skin elasticity improved by 23%.

Now, I’m not particularly bothered by the thought of cellulite (despite being a tad (!) overweight post-baby, with decidedly wobbly thighs and hypermobile, meaning my body isn’t great on the collagen production front), but I do like love this oil!

A note on cellulite: the majority of women will develop cellulite as it is caused by the working of female hormones upon connective tissue.  Cellulite is normal, natural and to be expected. Birch Cellulite Oil works to help bolster your skin in lessening the effects of this natural process, supporting it into balance.  But lets face it, nothing is actually going to completely banish cellulite, despite any claims other producers may make!

The suggestion is to use twice daily for four weeks and then daily thereafter.  I’ll be honest, this ain’t gonna happen whilst I’ve four children at home (including a toddler), so I can’t personally comment on its efficacy on that front.  In addition, the suggestion is to stimulate your circulation with dry brushing or a “hot/cold change shower using Birch Body Scrub“.  As I’ve previously mentioned, our shower is currently out of order and, well, I have a dry brush and feel much better for using it when I remember to, but, erm, I need to do a bit more work on remembering to regularly use it!

But I am regularly using this oil. I love the scent. It’s a real pick-me-up. My skin feels fab afterwards and it blends well with my love for the Wild Rose body wash (and facial range).

Plus, the oil is suitable for vegans – so yay! for that.

Here’s a fantastic YouTube vlog explanation of dry skin brushing and using the Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil from Sophie Uliano.  Go forth and dry brush and have fabulous skin!


BIRCH BUNDLE OFFER

The Ultimate Detox kit from Weleda

Weleda offers a birch bundle offer.  You can buy all three, plus a body brush as part of “The Ultimate Detox Kit“, for £40.00 – a saving of £8.35 (add all four products to the basket in my online shop for the discount to be applied).  Please  contact me for more details.


FURTHER REVIEWS


REFERENCES AND FURTHER LINKS

  1. https://www.weleda.fr/espace-weleda Weleda Espace Spa in Paris
  2. http://beatthemicrobead.org Ban The Microbead organisation

Disclaimer: Information is correct to the best of my knowledge, but I cannot take any responsibility for any accidental error – I’m human! If you find an error, please do contact me and I’ll do my best to rectify it.  If you are vegan, or have any particular allergy, please take care to always double check ingredients.  Prices correct at time of original publication.

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My Top Five Basic Natural Buys for a Family from Weleda

It can be difficult to know where to start, when you begin learning about potentially toxic synthetic chemicals and want to stop using them.  Some people are able to just blitz their cupboards of anything containing suspect ingredients, ditch the lot and restock with more natural products.

I wasn’t one of those people and I know I’m not alone.  I’ve been a teenage mother. I’ve been a working-on-a-low-income mother and a stay-at-home mother.  I’m currently a mum-of-many-children mother. All of these things can bring financial challenges and, lets just say that we are, like very many, on a strict budget. If I was just starting out finding out about potential toxins and wanting to #DitchTheJunk, I wouldn’t be able to simply empty all of my cupboards and buy all new.

However, I’ve been doing this more natural product thing for a while now and so I have a few tips. Leaving aside alternatives to common household cleaning products (which I hope to cover in another post soon), I do have some great recommendations for basic buys if you’re a family on a budget.

Avoiding potentially toxic chemicals

Many synthetic-filled cosmetics are cheaper than more ethical and natural brands.  This is often because many of the chemicals that I am trying to avoid are used as cheap fillers to maximise the profit of the brand.  Chances are these chemicals have also been tested on animals at some point. These same ingredients may have been sourced solely based on their cost vs the profit that they make, rather than any consideration for the wider environmental and social impact.

It is this attention to the sourcing and cultivation of good quality ingredients, plus a commitment to producing products that are free from petroleum-derived ingredients; GMOs; synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fragrances; that have not been tested on animals; that can also make more conscientious brands, such as Weleda, appear more expensive than some synthetic alternatives.

However, what really makes me baulk is how much MORE expensive some well known mainstream brands are when you realise that their ingredients are predominantly synthetic and potentially toxic! A quick trawl through the internet (or your local supermarket, chemist, etc) and you will find day creams that are easily £40 or more.  Compare that to the Weleda Calendula Face Cream, featured in a Marie Claire article as one of their best moisturisers for under £10 (please note that since the Marie Claire article, a few of years ago, there has been a price rise to £9.50 – but still under a tenner!)

Suddenly more natural and ethical companies such as Weleda start to look a whole lot more reasonable!

So what do you do?

Now, it is bluntly true that I could choose to not use any bought cosmetics at all.  I have made quite a few of my own cosmetics in the past: homemade deodorant is actually pretty good!  I have also tried the “no poo” thing and just used things like bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar to “wash” my hair.  But, chances are, you may not want to go all out crunchy and skip everything you are probably used to using. The thought of doing so probably brings the majority of people out in a cold sweat.  You want to move away from those potential nasties hiding in your bathroom cabinet and make-up bag, but you’re on a budget and you want to know where to start.

Pare it down.

  • What are your must haves?
  • Any specific skin issues?
  • Do you have children to buy for as well?

Start with the basics and add in one thing at a time.

My Top Five Basic Buys for a family From Weleda

In no particular order, based on my own family’s basic cosmetic and personal hygiene needs.

Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash

Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash £7.50

You will likely be wanting to wash yourself and the Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash is a two-in-one product suitable for all the family. Made with extract of organic Calendula and organic Sweet Almond Oil, this shampoo and wash is gentle and light-smelling and good for sensitive skin.  Also available are the Kids 2-in-1 Shampoo and Bodywashes coming in three fragrances: Very Vanilla, Happy Orange and Lively Lime.

In time you could maybe look at Weleda’s dedicated shampoos and there’s a fantastic range of body washes and also a few bar soaps, but if money is tight and you need to double-up, you really can’t go wrong!  It’s also suitable for vegans.

Weleda children's tooth gel

Children’s Tooth Gel £3.75

Unless you’re a fan of making your own toothpowder, you will be wanting a toothpaste of some sort.  Weleda do a range of toothpastes, but if you have children, you might want to start with one specifically for them that can be used by all the family.  Fluoride-free Children’s Tooth Gel looks after new and developing teeth and provides natural protection.  With “extract of organic calendula flowers to keep gums healthy, silica for thorough cleaning and natural flavours of fennel and spearmint” there are no ingredients that could cause harm if swallowed.

In practice here we have both the Children’s Tooth Gel and “adult” toothpastes.  I favour the Salt toothpaste (but admit it is an “acquired taste”).  My teen, pre-teen and partner favour the Ratanhia.  My partner says that it tastes more like how he thinks toothpaste “should” taste, i.e. strong and minty.

Weleda Calendula Baby Oil

Calendula Baby Oil £9.95 (or lotion £9.95)

Yes, this is becoming a bit of an ode to Calendula, but please bear with me, it really is an excellent first port of call!  Weleda offer a gorgeous selection of body oils and lotions, but Calendula Baby Oil is suitable for the whole family.  Simply made from organic sesame oil with extract of organic calendula flowers, it is simple, unfragranced and suitable for sensitive skins.  If you prefer a lotion, the Calendula Baby Lotion is a light, gentle lotion, formulated to care for delicate skin and perfect for all the family!

Sensitive skin Almond facial oil from Weleda

Almond Facial Oil £17.95

Just in case you thought I was having a solely Calendula love-in in my Top Five Basic Buys, here’s something from a different range.  I’ve been using almond oil on my skin for well over a decade now.  It’s simple, multi-purpose and a little goes a long way.  You can cleanse and moisturise with it. It makes a good eye make up remover for teens who favour heavy black eyeliner and mascara as well (I speak from personal experience). It is the oil I use when doing facials and I really cannot recommend it enough.  Personally I stick with it just on my face, there are more economical oils to use for moisturising the rest of you!

Almonds are packed full of beneficial vitamins and minerals and are high in unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E (a known anti-oxidant that fights free radicals that age the skin).  Perfect for nurturing and protecting even sensitive skin, the Almond Facial Oil is gentle and suitable for family to use (from 40 down to toddler).  Yes, I also have a favourite cream I use, but my bottle of almond oil is still in regular (usually daily) use. In past difficult years, whether financial or the blips I have had with my skin being very sensitive and dry, almond oil was my skin saviour when I had to simplify!

I write more about the Almond range in this article: Almond :: the Best Choice for Sensitive Skin:

Weleda Citrus Deodorant Spray

Citrus Deodorant £9.50

I’ll let you into a secret, I am a big fan of home-made deodorant.  My partner isn’t as convinced (he won’t try it) and my teenage daughter would prefer to spray. This is where the Citrus Deodorant comes into play as it’s useable by all deodorant-using family members (ie the three oldest here) without affecting any gender preferences.

Weleda offers a further range of deodorants. I love the rose and my partner loves the sage.  However, where money is tight and something needs to be shared,  I think the Citrus is a happy medium that suits all of us. Plus it’s a nice burst of uplifting citrus first thing in the morning when you could maybe do with a pick me up.

October 2017 edit: Roll-on deodorants are now available, but you may not be as keen to share a roll!

Deodorants are rather notorious for containing some nasty ingredients, but with Weleda deodorants you can rest assured that they are formulated without aluminium and all the ingredients are certified natural by NaTRUE.   (See Breast Cancer UK’s excellent #DitchTheJunk campaign, link at the end of this post). 

After the Basics, What Next?

All of the featured products are in regular (and in the case of the toothpaste, daily) use in my house.  Having covered what I consider to be the basics for my family, ie washing, teeth, moisturising and deodorant, what would I go for next? I’ve chosen three further products that you may find useful as a family.

Skin Food £10.95

It had to appear in here somewhere! I have dry skin that isn’t helped by me needing to wash my hands a lot during the day. Small children, various pets and a preference for gardening without gloves all take their toll on my hands.   My partner has a fairly manual job and gets very rough hands, so also uses Skin Food to counter this.

It’s also fabulous on cracked heels and any other areas prone to dryness.  In cold winter weather it makes a great barrier cream on any exposed parts of your body (although Weleda do produce a Weather Protection Cream) and is fantastic for preventing chapping.  I’ve heard stories of people putting it on the ends of dried out hair and as a make-up primer (I’m sure there’s more!)

What’s more, it’s also a multi-award-winning product that has stood the test of time.  Having celebrated its 90th birthday at London Fashion Week in 2016 – it’s obviously doing something right!

Weleda Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream £10.50

Not just for men, great for anyone who shaves.  Anecdotally I’ve heard the body washes are also creamy enough for helping with the shaving of body parts if you don’t want to buy a separate cream.

For Baby?

Weleda Calendula Nappy Cream

Calendula Nappy Cream £6.95

Not just for sore bums! This is the first product from Weleda that I ever bought.  Desperate to find something to help with my eldest daughter’s awful nappy rash when she was a baby I tried the nappy cream when it was recommended by a number of people online. The same, now teenage, daughter uses it on her spots. It is also good for any area that is itchy and sore.  Winter chapped thighs, I’m thinking of you!

And finally…

Weleda Arnica Bumps and Bruises Skin Salve

Arnica Bumps & Bruises Skin Salve £6.95

Not a cosmetic product, but a basic in this house.  Perfect for those inevitable bumps and bruises.  This is another Weleda product of longstanding in my household and well worth adding to a basic kit.  I will be writing a further blog post on the various health and medicinal products available from Weleda, but out of all of them, this is the one most commonly used here!


I hope you’ve enjoyed the suggestions.  They constitute what I consider are good basic recommendations for a family on a budget to start with. However, every family is different and you may find other choices more suitable.  In my family we have various other products that we use in addition to the above depending on the person – which I will save for another article – and of course, in time you can build upon any basic buys.

What are your favourite Weleda products? What would you recommend?

NB: prices subject to change, but correct at time of writing.  I endeavour to update them, but may miss the occasional one if there’s a price rise.  Quotes in quotation marks are taken from my webshop.


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Breast Cancer UK #DitchTheJunk campaign

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