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The product I am reviewing is Weleda Birch Body Scrub which I purchased around 1 month ago. I was actually looking for cellulite oils and treatments on Amazon and it came up with this body scrub as well as Cellulite oil so I ended up purchasing both of these items at the same time. I don't actually have any scrub left at the moment and I like to use a body scrub regularly to help exfoliate my skin and get rid of dead and dry skin. Admittedly I haven't used a body scrub for at least 1 month which is very bad of me! I know Weleda are quite a well-known brand and although their products are quite pricey I have heard many good things about most of their products. I hadn't read any reviews about this product before buying it so I was hoping that this was money well spent on this product. This gentle body scrub gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin to help improve skin tone and appearance. The product contains natural beeswax pearls and pure plant oils to gently massage the skin, supporting cell renewal. It also contains Organic birch leaf extract which is blended with the finest oils to regenerate the skin and the senses. This body scrub is dermatologically tested. For best results they suggest using this scrub with the Birch Cellulite Oil which is what I purchased. The body scrub comes in a light green plastic tube which sits on its white flip lid. The tube has a matte like feel and finish to it. It clearly states what the product is on the front of the tube and it has 'Weleda' clearly on the top of the tube. On the back of the tube it gives you a little information about the product and also lists the ingredients. It's actually recommend that you use gentle exfoliation on your body at least once per week.
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I purchased the body scrub from Amazon for just under £10 but you can also purchase this from the Weleda website (www.weleda.co.uk) for £9.50 which is for a 150ml tube.
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Using the Product
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In the shower, massage the product into wet skin using circular motions. Pay special attention to the thighs, hips and bottom. Rinse thoroughly and after showering for best results use in combination with Birch Cellulite Oil. After being in the shower for a few minutes I stepped out from the water and got ready to apply the product. I was going to focus mainly on my thighs, hips & bottom but would be using the scrub all over my body. I flipped back to the lid and held the tube in one hand with my other under the tube ready to catch the scrub that would shortly be dispensed. I squeezed the tube a little and the scrub came out and landed nicely in the centre of my hand. I didn't want to dispense too much of the product at first. The scrub is a yellowish looking colour and there was a slight scent to it as well. I started applying this to my skin as suggested using circular motions. I could feel beeswax pearls which felt gentle and soft on my skin. My skin felt as though it was being exfoliated really well. The scrub didn't feel hard or harsh on my skin like some other body scrubs do. I noticed that the scrub has a citrus like smell to it which I thought was quite nice as it also gave your skin a fresh, clean feeling as well. I must have spent a good 3-5mins applying the scrub to my body, concentrating on areas where I do unfortunately have a little cellulite. After I was happy I then stood back under the shower and washed the product off. Most of the product came off fairly easy but I did have to rub my hand over my skin to ensure that all the scrub had been washed away.
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After washing the scrub off and having a good wash in the shower I got out and patted my skin dry with a towel. I was planning on applying some of the cellulite oil as suggested; how-ever I wanted to see what my skin was like before applying this. I felt my skin and in particular my thighs and I was impressed at how soft and smooth my skin now felt. The body scrub had clearly made a noticeable difference in the feel of my skin. In terms of the way my skin looked, I had to admit that it did look brighter and healthier. I didn't think I had dull skin anyway, but this scrub seemed to brighten my skin making it look healthy. I was really pleased and also very impressed with the results. The citrus like scent that the scrub has didn't really stay on my skin, but this didn't bother me as I would be applying a moisturiser or oil after this product anyway. I have been using this product for at least 2 weeks now and I have to admit that I do actually use it at least 2-3 times a week. This does mean that the product runs out rather quickly, but my skin looks and feels so much better than it did before. My skin looks bright and it also feels smooth and soft as well.
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As I have never used a product by Weleda despite hearing of them before I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product even though I had read some good reviews, not only about this product but about other Weleda products as well. I did only buy this scrub because they recommend using it with the cellulite oil which was the main product that I was actually looking for, although not specifically by Weleda. I found the body scrub really easy to use and although the scrub felt slightly grainy due to the beeswax pearls it still felt gentle on my skin. As I massage the product into my skin I could really feel the beads exfoliating my skin. I wasn't too keen on the smell of the product at first but the 2nd time I used it, I then decided that the smell was actually quite nice and wasn't as bad as I remembered when using it the first time. I was impressed with the way this product made my skin feel and look and it was definitely down to using this product. My skin felt so smooth and soft and it looked so much healthier and brighter. I was hoping for good things from this product but didn't think they would be as good as the results that I got. As I use the product twice a week I do tend to go through the tube quite quickly which isn't a good thing when you look at the cost of the product. In terms of value, although the product does seem a little pricey I would probably purchase it again as the results have been impressive.
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Since becoming pregnant my heels have really been suffering, as I am unable to bend to pay them much attention, and the skin at one point became quite rough on my heels so I thought I'd treat myself to some Birch Body Scrub by Weleda. This scrub is intended to exfoliate areas of dry skin that have built up which is why I thought using it on my feet would be ideal.
Weleda is an expensive brand that is known for using good ingredients and minimal chemicals, mainly relying on combinations of plant and essential oils. The Birch Body Scrub comes in a screw top tube which would be ideal for not making a mess when getting a splodge of scrubbing matter out but unfortunately the tube itself does get quite slippery when wet which makes opening and closing the simple cap a tricky maneuver.
The scrub smells nice, quite fresh and zesty like you might expect from, for example, a Lush product, but less powerfully strong. It doesn't smell particularly of birch, but I am told that birch used to be a natural remedy for dry skin so that explains the name of the product. The scrub is a yellowy-white colour and doesn't look particularly appealing but then I don't think body scrubs ever do as a rule of thumb, due to being made up of exfoliating grains.
I have used the Birch Body Scrub all over my body in the shower and have not had a bad reaction to it despite having very sensitive skin, so it works well as a body wash that also leaves the skin slightly moisturised. What I have found it most useful for though is for my feet, as I have had my husband rub the scrub over my heels after soaking them in the tub and it has successfully taken the dry skin right off with very little work required. The scrub is not as rough as I have found others to be in the past but it still works wonders when massaged in for a while, without causing raw red skin like some body scrubs do. You have to rinse for a while to get the scrub off afterwards as it is moisturising so it sticks to the skin and takes a while to remove all the grains, but I didn't find this particularly annoying, just part of the process and worth it for a nicely made product with no harmful nasties in it - I prefer not to put them on my pregnant body.
The only downside to this scrub is that it costs around £8 for a 150ml tube of Weleda Birch Body Scrub, which is really quite steep even as an occasional treat, I think. I am also not entirely convinced that similar products on the market won't do just as an efficient job without such a steep price tag. On the other hand, this product should keep for a long time and since you only need to use a little at a time it is unlikely that I will need to buy another scrub for a long time yet, so if you do fancy treating yourself I recommend the Birch Body Scrub.
In a bid to save money and declutter the bathroom, I embarked on a challenge in 2009 not to buy any toiletries but to manage solely on free samples and whatever I had already amassed. I was very fortunate to receive a full size sample (150ml) of Weleda's Birch Body Scrub to help me on my way.
Weleda claim that this product "gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin". On the packaging I am informed that "natural wax pearls and pure plant oils gently massage the skin, supporting cell renewal without drying or disturbing the skin's natural balance". Both of these are pretty standard claims so you have to wonder if there is some other factor to justify the rather steep price tag of £8.95.
The product comes in a matt plastic tube which stands on its lid which I can manage to open and close quite easily with wet hands. The instructions for use suggest you should use this body scrub in the shower but I occasionally use it in the bath as well.
The aroma hits you as soon as you open the flip lid. There's a burst of citrus combined with lots of fresh birch smells and a hint of antiseptic rosemary too. Overall it's a very fresh fragrance and it reminds me a lot of the smell of the essential oils used in the steam room at our local pool.
The other thing you notice is the colour. It's a very pale lemon which I think is a lot more pleasing than pure white because it gives you more of an impression of this being a natural product. I presume the scrubbing grains are from apricot shells as this ingredient is listed on the reverse of the packaging; however, the grains are white, not a brown or orangey colour as you find in other products containing apricot shell. For me this is serious advantage because I have a nut allergy and find almond oil and walnut shell are two ingredients commonly found in this type of product - fortunately this one contains neither.
The instructions don't suggest how much of the product to use but I find a small squeeze of about a two pence size is sufficient to do my upper body. I am fortunate enough to have a friend who does my back when asked and about the same amount is enough for this area. As birch oil is supposed to be good for cellulite I also use the scrub on my thighs: I suspect this is more beneficial in terms of simply being invigorating rather than effective. The instructions say you should massage the skin with a circular motion and I find that this releases more of the lovely scent.
The grains are just the right size to scrub well but not too fiercely and the rich cream feels quite luxurious. Rinsing off is easy and there's no residue left on the skin. Admittedly I don't suffer from rough skin on my arms so the product hasn't made any difference in that respect. I do find that it's more effective on my back and this winter I seem to have had fewer of those annoyingly painful spots that crop up from time to time. A once weekly use is recommended but I find that two applications a week are fine.
This is a quality product but I think it is a little over-priced. I didn't know much about Weleda at all until I received the gift and had a look at the company's website but on doing that I learned the company have plant medicine at the heart of their product range. Reading on I also learned that Weleda was founded eighty years ago by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and social thinker who worked in a number of fields including the arts, biodynamic farming and education - quite simply the range of his influence is enormous.
Gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin. / This gentle exfoliant naturally refines and invigorates the skin / Natural plant wax pearls and pure plant oils gently massage the skin, supporting cell renewal without drying or disturbing the skin's natural balance / The skin is left soft and silky smooth. Dermatologically tested.