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
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.
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
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!
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!
REFERENCES AND FURTHER LINKS
- https://www.weleda.fr/espace-weleda Weleda Espace Spa in Paris
- 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.