Dr. Hauschka Lemon Body Moisturizer review

The holistic skin care line gets the Green Monday scrutiny.

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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!

Disclosure: This review includes products that were provided by the manufacturer/PR firm for our consideration. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.

Monica Schrock

Monica Schrock

Monica 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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17 thoughts on “Dr. Hauschka Lemon Body Moisturizer review”

  1. glamazon56

    Great post!
    Thank you @lowimpactbetty for the skincare database! What a great tool. I plugged some of the brand names I use and was surprised to see some of the fancier brands on the hazardous side of the charts! Thanks to your post I will be avoiding some scary ingredients!
    I have been a fan of Dr. H for some time and the lipbalm is wonderful!

  2. stef

    I’m thinking smelling like a lemon bar sounds pretty darn delicious!

    I have loved everything I have tried from Dr. Hauschka. The scents are always so natural, but not at all hippie, know what I mean?

  3. Shaya C.

    This looks like a great line, and I will def look into trying some of it. Not sure I would want my face to smell like lemon, but I know lemon oils are suppose to brighten the skin so maybe it’s worth it.

    I find it interesting that linalool is on the moderate side, I know that’s in a LOT of “natural” beauty products. Thanks for the great resource!

  4. irene

    I remember the first time I tried Dr. Hauschka’s body oil. 1990! Yes, that’s a long time ago, but since then, I have loved everything I have tried from Dr. Hauschka. I am also a lemon lover.. I am sure this will be another dandy!

  5. Thanks Ladies! :)

    @pinkshaya Yes, Linalool has a hazard rating of 5. It has also been banned in the European Union. Unfortunately, here in the U.S., we don’t have a better safe than sorry outlook on toxins in products. It’s more like innocent until proven guilty, which with all the chemicals in our household, it’s impossible to prove you got sick from one chemical.

    Another unfortunate fact, when a product says “natural” or “organic ingredient”, it doesn’t mean anything. That could mean it has 1 natural ingredient included.

    Not to be a Debby downer :)

  6. hao9703

    @lowimpactbetty — Great review! I have had the Skin Deep Database bookmarked on my computer for quite awhile. It helps me stay objective about some of my favorite products.

    I can’t tell you how many times I have stood at Whole Foods looking at Dr. H. products. I long to try them all.

  7. spitfire77

    I’m a big lemon fan so this sounds great. Good tip on checking ingredients…I think it’s important for people to know what chemicals they are putting on their skin!

  8. kellie76

    I have only used the Dr. H lip balm. And I really liked it. Maybe I should try some of their other products. If only they weren’t so darn expensive! Great review!!

  9. mandabear

    As a fan of lemon scents (like LUSH’s lemony flutter cuticle cream). I also love buttery, bakery lemon scents! Yum, I’m getting hungry. This product sounds great for me and my dry skin that sadly changes with the weather. Been wanting to try stuff by Dr. Hauschka too! Thanks @lowimpactbetty, great review :)

  10. sherrishera

    I like eating lemons, lemon cakes, lemon muffins, lemonades, lemondrop martinis, lemon bars…but I always am wary of lemon body products because I’m afraid I’ll end up smelling like Joy dishwashing detergent…or lemon-scent Mr. Clean, or…you get the picture. How does this product measure up in that arena–fresh squeezed or concentrate? I get that it’s heavy on the scent and the oils are authentically lemon…but sometimes that still doesn’t translate to fresh.
    I have only tried a couple Dr. Hauschka products (one was a Rose Body Oil that I loved, one was a lipcolor that I did not love). I’m still wondering if I would I love it or leave it.
    Nice post @lowimpactbetty.

  11. jpal

    Thank you @lowimpactbetty for helping us keep our heads and our skins on straight when it comes to natural and organic products! I want to believe it when I read it about organic because that would be so much easier, right? But, ain’t necessarily so. The Skin Deep website is so helpful and Dr. H’s Lemon Moisturizer is a pretty great one.
    To answer your question @sherrishera – the quality of this lemon scent is pretty downright lemony! I tried @lowimpactbetty‘s and at first it is like a concentrate. Intense! Once on your skin it is more lemon bar/cake and really does moisturize beautifully. You do really have to be a lemon lover to love this product though.

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