I don't really admit to having cellulite and you shouldn't read too much into this post. Suffice it to say that I tried Weleda's Birch Cellulite Oil ($22.50) entirely in the interests of you dear TIA reader. Although if you twist my arm, I'm willing to admit that it struck me a couple of months ago that I could do with stepping up my exercise routine a tad.

Weleda is a German brand that uses botanical ingredients with nary a chemical preservative in sight. I like their toothpaste. It actually does whiten the teeth (unlike most 'natural' toothpastes) and so I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt with a cure for cellulite (an illusive goal in my view). The oil base of this product is apricot and jojoba. There is also wheat germ, which contains 23 nutrients, more per ounce than any other vegetable or grain.

Although birch (betula alba) gets star billing, I haven't found much give it credit for being the active ingredient against cellulite. Incidentally, it seems to be remarkably effective against cancer. The betulonic acid in birch can kill cancer cells and is predominately helpful in prostate cancer. The water soluble form of the acid inhibited the growth of human prostate cancer cells by nearly 96%, according to a Weill Cornell research team.

I'm inclined to believe that the cellulite buster is ruscus aculeatus, or butcher's broom. Chemicals in butcher's broom attach to and strengthen blood vessels, cells and collagen.

Since I don't really have cellulite (ahem...), I can't really say whether it works for the purpose intended. What I can say is that, after four weeks of use, skin is noticeably toned and firmer, with a healthy-looking sheen. It is nice to use as well, requiring only a few moments of brisk massaging.

Ingredients in Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Betula Alba, Ruscus Aculeatus, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*.
* from natural essential oils