Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dr. Hauschka Daily Face Care Kit for Normal, Dry, Sensitive Skin

Dr. Hauschka is well known for it's luxurious and effective products. I say this about everything I buy but I have literally been eyeing this travel kit for a couple of years now. I find the products expensive and the idea of spending $30 on a kit of extra mini mini sized products irritating. Nevertheless, I cringed and bit my tongue as I finally purchased it!

Description: Keep your skin fresh, clean and supple. Discover a combination of products that results in healthy, toned and radiant skin. Includes travel sizes of Cleansing Cream (10ml), Cleansing Milk (10ml), Facial Toner (10ml), Moisturizing Day Cream (5ml), Rose Day Cream (5ml) and Quince Day Cream (5ml).

Cleansing Cream: This is my favourite item of the entire kit even though it smells like alcohol and "organic", as my boyfriend would say. It's a thick and ever so slightly sticky textured cream with sweet almond seed meal that gently exfoliates the skin. It doesn't remove makeup, but I don't think it's supposed to. The price is what keeps me from purchasing the full size.  I'll stick with my Angels on Bare Skin
Retails for approx. $31.00 CAN for 50 ml.

Cleansing Milk: This milky, almost water like, cleanser doesn't remove makeup at all. I find I have to use quite a bit of it to even cleanse my skin, it leaves a weird film and it's so strongly scented.
Retails for approx. $40.00 CAN for 145ml.

Facial Toner: This is a lovely toner with a light herbal rose scent and my second favourite product in this kit. It doesn't irritate my skin and works great at removing any excess dirt and cleanser but for approx. $40 CAN for 100ml, I will not be purchasing the full size.

Moisturizing Day Cream: This cream makes me breakout and leaves my skin greasy. It's not really a thick cream, it's borderline a lotion texture but very hydrating. I actually ended up giving it to my mom and she likes it. She says it would be great a winter moisturizer for those with normal to oily skin and a summer moisturizer for those with dry skin.
Retails for approx. $37.00 CAN for 30ml.

Quince Day Cream: I actually really enjoy this face cream, aside from the scent that is. It keeps my skin moisturized, slightly dewy, works under makeup and doesn't break me out. I'm not sure yet if I'd purchase the full size.
Retails for approx. $38.00 CAN for 30ml.

Rose Day Cream: I honestly didn't even try this. It smells like a bouquet of roses which I can't stand in skin care and it's so thick. I gave it to my mom and she LOVEEEEEES it. She says it's very moisturizing, smells great and leaves her skin soft all day. She would purchase the full size.
Retails for approx. $50.00 CAN for 30ml.

Verdict: I was extremely disappointed in the Dr. Hauschka set and products. Most of the products contain fragrance which doesn't say it's a component of natural essential oils, it's all way too fragrant (pungent really), ineffective in terms of the cleansing milk removing makeup and being suited for (my) sensitive skin, and overpriced. I don't like fragrance, unless it's from essential oils, on my face. I'm just glad I can finally stop lusting over this set and the Hauschka products.

Have you tried and loved/hated any of Dr. Hauschka's products?


Cleansing Cream: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Alcohol, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Algin *Component of natural essential oils

Cleansing Milk: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Fermented Grain Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citronellol* *Component of natural essential oils

Facial Toner: Water (Aqua), Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene* *Component of natural essential oils

Moisturizing Day Cream: Water (Aqua), Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lecithin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Algin, Xanthan Gum *Component of natural essential oils

Quince Day Cream: Water (Aqua), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Pyrus Cydonia Peel/Fruit Wax, Lysolecithin, Bentonite, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Xanthan Gum *Component of natural essential oils

Rose Day Cream: Water (Aqua), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sucrose Distearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*, Citral*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Lanolin, Lecithin *Component of natural essential oils


  1. I have not tried anything from Dr. Hauschka yet, but I've been eyeing their bronzer for some time now. I've heard so many good things about them. It's sad to hear you did not enjoy this kit. The prices are quite expensive too >.< great review!

    1. Hopefully you'll try it out and let me know what you think :P.

      Thanks doll! xo

  2. I'm from the homeland of the Dr. Hauschka products and have had the chance to test them in numerous stores and must say that I've come to a similar verdict - the products may work for some, but especially my facial skin hates essential oils and since my nose is pretty sensitive to strongly-smelling stuff in general, I haven't bought anything from their skin care and I doubt I ever will. Well, there was one product that I used for a while - the moor lavender oil, and it did have a good effect on my skin, but it still took me quite some time to get used to that scent.
    The makeup line, on the other hand, is worth a try, as far as I can tell - I just recently bought an eyeshadow from them, and I really like the texture and the subtle but beautiful effect it has.

    1. I'm glad you agree! I love essential oils and am lucky enough to be able to use them, but I find Hauschka skin care to smell almost like alcohol which my skin and I both can't stand. Have you found a brand you do enjoy using?
      Ohh, I forgot they had makeup when I wrote this review. I've tried their translucent makeup which was also strongly fragranced but perhaps I should check out their shadows. Thanks xo

    2. Thanks for your reply. :-) I am somewhat new to natural cosmetics, so I'm still trying to find products that work best for me in most areas, but I've come to like the shea butter line from Martina Gebhardt, which is completely without alcohol and other irritating stuff, and I will be purchasing a woodsy massage oil from them soon because the smell of my sample is just heavenly. I don't know how available the brand is over there, though - maybe I shouldn't have started reading english blogs about natural cosmetics, it's slightly frustrating to read about stuff that's supposedly really cool and then discover it's only available overseas. ^^

    3. Welcome to the world of natural beauty products! Martina Gebhardt is carried by Pure+Simple but it's expensive here. That cleanser is about $41 CAN, around 30 euros, but perhaps I'll check out the line one of these days. I think (don't quote me) iherb and vitacost ship internationally so if you see something you like you might be able to find it!

  3. Im a super sucker for kits... ill buy anything that "goes" together or "matches"...lol. I suck at coordinating different products myself..lol. Sorry to hear you didnt like this one... I've never actually used anything from Dr Hauschka, and with prices like that, i probably wont anytime soon. :/ great post. :)

    Margaret @ http://margsecolife.blogspot.com/

    1. haha you're too cute. Kits are a fantastic way to try products without investing in each one, so I'm a total sucker for them too. Thanks xo!

  4. I always hear raves about Dr. Hauschka, but I've never been super impressed either, especially factoring in how pricey they are! I think I tried the Rose Day Cream a few years back and the smell was just way too strong for me. I had a terrible reaction to their eye shadow too. It does contain talc, which I didn't realize at the time, but I've never even reacted to regular drugstore makeup, so I doubt that was it. I'm still not sure what happened there, but I've pretty much steered clear of the line ever since!

    1. I don't get the raves, it's nothing special. Value for price is definitely not there, that's for sure. You reacted to their shadow?! That's crazy! It's supposed to be good for you, well...you know what I mean. There's so many other amazing and affordable brands out there that steering clear isn't all that hard, plus you already know you're missing nothing :P

    2. I know, right! It's still sitting in a drawer here too. I haven't wanted to pass it on to someone else in case they get a reaction too, but I can't bring myself to just throw it out either after spending like $30 on it! Pretty ridiculous :)


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