It’s Wednesday again *gasp* How quickly time flies! Since we’re at the height of the working week (where stress is definitely building up) I thought, why not start a Scrubbing Diary where we scrub all our dead skin, grime (and stress) away? 😉
Today I’m firing off weekly The Scrubbing Diaries series with one of my favourite body scrubs, the Weleda Birch Body Scrub!
A little info on the history of the Birch plant, nicked from Weleda’s website:
The birch is traditionally linked with purification. The old-fashioned approach used birch for rods in corporal punishment, and flagellants used to whip themselves with birch to cleanse the soul. Today we take a gentler approach, preferring to use birch in our products for its ability to purify and cleanse.
Interesting, isn’t it? 😉
According to the tube, this gentle exfoliant ‘naturally refines and invigorates the skin’ where ‘natural plant wax perals’ and pure plant oils gently massage the skin, supporting cell renewal without drying or disturbing the skin’s natural balance which then leaves your skin silky smooth.
The fact that no salt or sugar is used in the scrub caught my attention as these two ingredients can sometimes be too harsh on the skin due to their coarseness!
Let’s get to my favourite bit when it comes to scrubs, shall we? The scent! =p I have no idea how Birch smells like but this has a citrusy yet floral scent which really perks me up!
Here’s the ingredient list:
Water (Aqua), Coco -Glucoside, Sesamum Indicium (Sesame) Seed Oil, ALcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*.
*from natural essential oils.
Texture wise, this is a slightly sticky scrub that spreads easily over the skin:
And it’s jam packed with natural plant wax pearls!
The recommended directions for use is to massage this into wet skin but this is gentle enough for use on dry skin! I like using my scrubs (only if they are not too abrasive) on dry skin as I feel the scrubs work better and you can really feel the grainy bits scrubbing all your dead cells away whereas when I use it when my skin is wet, the grains all seem to slip away!
I usually start from my calves and slowly work my way up to my thighs, bottom and then all over the upper half of my body and I massage the scrub in using circular motions – I suppose this helps with blood circulation? =p
Here’s how the scrub looks after massaging it into the skin without adding any water! No more grainy bits!
I really like how those exfoliating ‘beads’ or plant wax pearls as Weleda calls it simply dissolves as you gently work your way through them! It provides good exfoliation without you overdoing it like how I sometimes do with salt scrubs where I will be scrubbing away without realising I’m actually scratching my skin and I’ll come out of the shower with cuts all over my body! I’ll show you the culprit next week 😉
Once I’m done scrubbing, I will slowly take a bit of water and start emulsifying! The results are great and even though it takes quite a bit of time your skin feels so soft and nicely moisturized! I only use this once or twice a month at the most as I have other scrubs and I like a bit of variety in my life 😉
Do you like scrubs? I do, because I like to believe it helps with my cellulite! =p
P/S: This can be used in conjunction with Weleda’s Birch Cellulite Oil which I happen to have too as I got this scrub as a freebie when Mum purchased the Cellulite Oil! I haven’t reviewed that yet as I’m not too sure on what I think of it. =)