Tuesday, March 23, 2010

green product review: weleda sea buckthorn creamy body wash

weleda seaBuckthorn

Ingredients from packaging: Ingredients (INCI): Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Fragrance (Parfum), Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Citral  from natural essential oils

Ingredients that Skin Deep lists as causing concern include:

Fragrance, citral, limonene, ethanol, lactic acid, linalool, carrageenan, glycerin, and sesame seed oil(the last 3 items being very low on the scale).

While Skin Deep lists this product as a 6 in the overall toxicity scale, I’m not entirely sure that I’ll give it up. None of the problem ingredients are on my list of serious offenders to watch for, and the overall quality of the product is excellent. I know that an unscented body wash would be healthier, but I can’t help myself, I like the perfumes… I like smelling pretty. Who knew that sea buckthorn would smell so pretty, but it does. It’s yummy and soft and my skin feels all smooth afterwards. And if you visit the Weleda site and check their ingredients list, they do a pretty solid job of identifying their sources (ex: ethanol comes from organic grain based alcohol, fragrance from organic essential oils).

So for now, even though Skin Deep is placing this product as high moderate on the toxicity scale, I’m going to continue to enjoy it because it doesn’t include any of the big offenders and the minor offenders that it does include all come from organic, biodynamic sources. I think the Weleda does a decent job at accounting for their claims at organic, natural, sustainable goods and that it’s safe to say they aren’t green-washing their goods.

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