Product Review: WELEDA Citrus Deodorant
One of the green changes that I (N.) wanted to make was in my personal care products. I don’t use a lot anyway but I did want to use up what I had of each product before I switched to a new one. Sadly, my deodorant has died and I was in search of a new one last week. We regularly shop at Whole Foods and I thought it would be a cinch to find a good alternative to Mitchums. I wanted something as chemical free as possible and in the most recyclable container as possible. Most were plastic but one company WELEDA was sold in 3.4 oz glass bottles (contained in a cardboard box which seemed totally extraneous). The squirter top is made of plastic but it’s better then anything else I could find. I had seen reviews of the rose scented deodorant but I’m not a rose girl so I opted for citrus.
I was using antiperspirant which contains aluminum salt. Now I’m not an expert but I did some googling and found that one of the biological reasons for sweating is for the body to release/excrete waste and toxins. When we block sweating we block those toxins from being released and they are then stored in our fatty tissue. Since the last thing I want is MORE toxins collecting in my body I figure this is an easyish change. I still have issues with the idea of being sweaty especially in a work environment and I bike to work… I’m sure I’ll get over it.
I’m not normally a label reader much less a reader of the enclosed small print pamphlet that come with some products but I figured if I was really going to make a green choice I needed to read the fine print. It says that “Fresh fragranced WELEDA Citrus Deodorant, with natural essential oils, provides an immediate feeling of freshness and well being.” My first reaction or rather my armpits first reaction was one of intense stinging pain. I shave with a safety razor and the shaving itself has never bothered my armpits but I shaved before I sprayed this today and wow it hurt. I will say it quickly subsided and I do like the smell. It’s by no means strong or overwhelming and it lasted the entire day although the pamphlet says “Due to the natural formulation of WELEDA Deodorants, you may apply them as often as needed through the day.” To me this translates to we may NEED to spray it multiple times to stay sweet smelling. I’m also suspicious of the repeated use of the word “natural” as we all know there is no regulation in place to determine what can and cannot be labeled “natural” so in essence it is almost meaningless. They go on to say “Most of our plants are grown biodynamically in our own gardens, organically by certified growers, or are gathered from certified wild plant collections.” What about the rest? How does one define most? On the upside they are not tested on animals and they are formulated without artificial fragrances, preservatives or colors (mine is very light green color). They don’t contain materials made from mineral oil or petroleum. Oh and they are made in Switzerland and are in a non-aerosol bottle. Besides Citrus Deodorant WELEDA also sells Wild Rose and Sage Deodorant.
Overall this is a pretty good product and seems as good or better of a green choice to prevent body odor. I suggest giving it a shot and we can slowly get over being wicked out by sweating together :). if anyone else has tried WELEDA products let me know what you think.
Update: I tried to use this for about six months and while it works okay it’s not great. The scent is too strong when you first spray it on and then almost nonexistent after the first hour or so.
If you are interested in eco friendly personal care products you may also be interested in my review on witch hazel toner versus Proactiv.