Now, everyone knows about wht’s love affair with British beauty products, but how about German ones? I can only name one Teutonic brand, but it’s a highly respected, holistic one – Dr. Hauschka, founded by the eponymous chemist more than 40 years ago.
We got an amazing mix of goodies to sample, including a Soothing Mask, Fresh Deodorant and their Neem Nail Oil Pen. But two products dominated the box, with multiples for a lucky few of us to try…
Intensive Treatments are a 28-day skin boot camp, recommended for use 4 times a year (seasonal, to help your skin adjust to the changing conditions) or for when your skin may need some extra care. Ranging from 01 (to calm and clarify acneic skin under 25) to 05 (to balance and fortify menopausal skin) they are a cross between a toner and a mist and are loaded with healthy ingredients.
We also received an array of their Body Oils, in delicious, natural combos like Lemon Lemongrass and Moor Lavender. I tested the Almond St. John’swort (not a typo, this is how they named it ~wht).
The container and packaging – a glass bottle in a box (recycled, of course!) – aren’t the trendiest, granted, but in my view that’s often a good sign: The company has spent its money where it counts – on the ingredients. In this case, as well as St. John’s Wort (said to calm and fortify) and sweet almond, the list includes hops. According to the website, “We are all familiar with the soothing action of beverages containing hops (e.g. beer or evening tea).” Not sure what kind of “evening tea” they’re drinking, but I want some!
I must admit, it took a while for the product to grow on me. The sweet almond scent is distinctive yet subtle, and you can practically feel the health oozing out of the bottle as you pump it into your hand. However, as open-minded as I was to replacing my regular body lotion with a body oil, it was a few days before I got used to slathering this on regularly. To start with, it just feels weird, like you’re basting yourself with cooking oil. (So if you already use an oil, even if it’s just Johnson’s Baby Oil, you’re one step ahead, and will take to this one more quickly.)
But I’m glad I persevered. Although I primarily used it to soothe my dry and sensitive skin (which it did), within a few days I was smearing it all over, addicted to the subtle sheen it leaves on the skin. Go on: Try it on your décolletage – but also try to avoid getting it onto that LBD you’re planning on wearing. Indeed, although the oil sinks in quickly, you should allow as much time as possible before dressing – or even going bed – lest you end up with an oily patch.
For me, the jury’s still out. This is the kind of beauty product you know is better for you than that laden-with-petrowhatsits lotion you’re currently using, but yet it’s still an effort to switch over. And, at $28.95, it’s not exactly cheap to do so, either. But it is indeed a high-quality item.
One last thing, which may help sway your decision: Be sure to check out their website. The company may have been founded in the 1960s, but it’s not stuck in the past. The site is full of fascinating facts and tips, including, shock horror, the suggestion that we should ditch our night creams, along with 6 other facts that will change your skin.
Review Team: let us know what you thought on the Dr. Hauschka body product you received. And any other holistic fans, what product should we check out next?[ratings]
In addition to beauty, Lesley knows food too! Read her work on OC Weekly’s food blog Stick a Fork In It.