I am in love with Weleda's wild rose deodorant spray! The smell is wonderful and it's a natural alternative to aluminum-based deodorants and antiperspirants. Weleda is a Swiss company that has specialized in natural cosmetics and anthroposophic medicines since 1921.
The smell of this deodorant is really wonderful - a true, musky wild rose scent. It is a bit strong, so for those who are sensitive to strong smells, I would suggest trying one of the travel size deodorants that Weleda has available. I myself am rather sensitive to strong smells, but I find this perfectly fine, and quite intoxicating actually (in a good way)! These deodorants also come in two other scents - citrus and sage, and the sage is actually recommended for both men and women. I found that this deodorant works really well all day, with 3 to 4 sprays on each underarm. After exercising or if the weather is really humid, it may be necessary to reapply, but so far I've been very happy with one application in the morning. For those of you who love celebrity endorsements, it's interesting to know that Weleda deodorant is a favorite of actresses Kate Hudson and Maggie Grace, and of writer Sheherazade Goldsmith.
Check out the ingredients:
Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. * from natural essential oils
The only ingredient that I was not thrilled to see was the "fragrance", which made me give the overall product 4 out of 5 stars (instead of a perfect score). The term "fragrance" is very deceptive because it's unclear what, in fact, is in the fragrance itself. This could be a multitude of synthetic ingredients that the company has included in the product in order to use less natural essential oils, which can be very expensive. So, in one sense, we can find this deodorant for rather cheap, but perhaps it is affordable because of the added fragrance, used in addition to essential oils. I still believe that this one iffy ingredient is much less harmful than aluminum, phtalates and all those other goodies that popular brand name companies include in their deodorants (not to mention, they also use a ton of "fragrance" as well).
The Weleda producers pride themselves on using mostly raw, natural ingredients and essential oils, that do not interfere with the body's natural functions. This seems to be an obvious goal for companies that produce body care products, but most of them only care to produce a quick convenient fix for busy people, with the biggest goal for those companies being profit (therefore, using cheap, synthetic ingredients and chemicals). We must stand up to the corporate bullies who brainwash us with ads and marketing, tempting us to buy unacceptable, carcinogenic products. I urge everyone to support companies like Weleda, that actually deserve to make a profit because they formulate safe and effective natural products.
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