The holistic skin care line gets the Green Monday scrutiny.
Since I’m a Low Impact Betty, I travel light in my make-up bag. In fact, all I do is wash my face with non-toxic, paraben-free soap, throw on organic lip balm and an organic tinted moisturizer and my face is on! That’s why I was excited when the we heart this crew sent me the Lemon Body Moisturizer from the Dr. Hauschka Body Care collection (that’s it above, part of their Lemon Care kit).
When I first used the moisturizer, the scent was really strong, but I haven’t used scented products in awhile. I was concerned from the strength of the scent. So, I looked up the fragrance in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database. I was excited to see that it was generated completely from essential oils. Essential oils are the best place to get fragrance because they are free of nasty parabens and phthalates. Lemon essential oils are also known to reduce stress. Who couldn’t use a bit of that?
Skin Deep is a database where you can look up products and ingredients to see what cancer, allergins and neurotoxins are linked to them. Being the environmental nerd that I am, I looked up the rest of the ingredients in this body moisturizer. I recommend doing this for all of your personal care products, the FDA doesn’t regulate the beauty care industry (isn’t that kind of crazy?~wht), so just because something is for sale, doesn’t mean it’s safe. The database and I are here to make sure your skin stays happy and healthy! What’s going to keep your skin young is staying away from those toxins. When I put all the ingredients in the database, I only found 4 that were moderately hazardous; Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol and Eugenol. The rest of the ingredients were no hazard or low hazard. That’s not bad at all honestly, so I went ahead and started testing the moisturizer.
I’ve been using Dr. Hauschka’s lemon body moisturizer for about 2 weeks now. I got used to the fragrance, and I kinda of like it now. It makes me smell like a lemon bar! Now, I have VERY dry skin, so I have to moisturize constantly. I put the moisturizer on twice a day, but that probably wouldn’t be necessary for someone with normal or oily skin. I wasn’t sure if it was making much difference, but then my boyfriend said, “You’re skin is really smooth when you use that lemon stuff.” Enough said!
It’s a little on the pricier side, but generally higher quality products are. At $39.95 a bottle, this isn’t something I’ll be able to buy regularly (especially with skin as dry as mine), but if you don’t have to moisturize constantly, this bottle could last you awhile. For someone who is trying to convert themselves to more natural products…this is a great start!
I was snooping around their website and found this great list of things you can do to change your skin for the better. For the most part, Dr Hauschka’s lemon body moisturizer has quality ingredients and made my skin feel hydrated and smooth!
Monica Schrock is a vegetarian, bicycle-riding environmentalist, tattoo enthusiast and social media junkie. You can catch her drinking an iced coffee and reading a comic book at any given moment. She hearts our planet and gives tips on how to lower our environmental impact on her own site, Low Impact Betty.
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