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I bought a Dr Hauschka kit a while ago - it was the Daily Body Care Kit which contained six none-too-generous small tubes or bottles of Dr Hauschka body products. One of these was the Dr Hauschka hand cream.
I am quite surprised that a company with as enormous a range of products as Dr H (sorry, I just can’t keep typing that name) seemingly has only ONE hand cream but perhaps they figure they’ve got it right and don’t need to introduce any more hand creams. I’m not so sure.
Dr Hauschka is a German brand focusing on natural plant-rich therapeutic products, or at least that’s how I’d characterise them. This positioning isn’t rare in Germany and any visit to a shop selling toiletries will throw up many other of these naturopathy/plant science/organic quackery companies.
The hand cream is a light primrose yellow in colour and is quite thin and runny. It spreads easily and soaks into my hands very quickly leaving them touch-dry again very quickly so I can get back to my keyboard without having to wave my hands around or go looking for a tissue to soak up any excess. Oddly, the Dr H website suggests that it’s a perfect product for softening dry, rough elbows. Now call me picky if you like, but I don’t consider my elbows are very near to my hands and surely a product to fix hands and elbows is a body lotion rather than a hand cream.
Half an hour or so after applying this, I don't feel any sense of lingering effectiveness. It's more of a quick fix, short term product than a hard-working and long-lasting option.
Despite all their ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ claims, I’m not impressed by the ingredient list since I prefer to buy hand creams containing a high level of shea butter and it seems this has none. The top ingredients are water, alcohol and glycerine and only the fourth ingredient is actually a plant oil - in this case sweet almond oil. There are a ton of different natural extracts including carrot extract - which maybe explains the strange colour - but I cannot work out which of them is responsible for the really quite unpleasant scent of this product. To me it smells like someone chucked everything they could find into the pot rather than committing to one scent direction and made something that doesn’t smell balanced or pleasant.
If I haven’t put you off, a tiny 10 ml tube of this stuff will set you back £3 and a 50ml tube is £12.50.
I must confess that I'm terribly, terribly loath to consistently use moisturizers on my hands. Just the thought of that heavy texure that hand creams usually have and the awful stickiness they leave behind. It merely makes my teeth cringe. Every time I'm having a manicure and my hands are getting a moisture treatment I ask for a paper tissue to wipe the excess cream off. And I wipe and wipe and still feel the stickiness linger.
Therefore I'm not a huge fan of hand creams. Or better , I never used to be. Until lately. I found the Dr. Hauschka hand cream a couple of weeks ago, while on a skiing holiday. My skin was cracked and my cuticles seemed unkept. Whenever that I took off my ski gloves I was extremely displeased using the sight.
Hence I did what any sensible girl would do and hefty heartedly visited the drugstore to. I think I was there for at least 45 minutes testing out everything they had in that department, until I went home together with the Dr. Hauschka hand cream and additionally a couple of other skin care products for me and my son, which I'm going to tell you about soon.
-For now I just desired to say how much I really like this hand cream by Dr. Hauschka. And that coming from someone means a whole lot! It does a great job moisturizing and soothing, leaving my skin smooth and soft. What I really like most about it is its lovely glossy feel. It's being consumed quickly and leaves no oily residue.
It includes a light herbal scent from pure essential oils that I find uplifting and really relaxing. So much so, as I find this at least refreshing, that even though I have never been a regular hand cream consumer, I'm now applying it once per day.
It includes nurturing plant oils and beeswax to support skin renewal, as well as Kalanchoe Daigremontiana Leaf Infusion. Kalanchoe is a succulent plant with astringent and skin soothing properties.
In addition - and that is one enormous plus with this hand cream - like all Dr. Hauschka products, it's free of artificial preservatives, fragrances, dyes and oil derived synthetics. I really like the brand's stated commitment to holistic principles guides. Dr. Hauschka Skin Care are also against animal testing.
I think it is really one of the most effective handcreams I've ever attempted.
I have used many of the Dr. Hauschka products and I have been impressed with the majority of them. As such I thought I'd give the brands hand cream a try.
What does the product do?
The product promises to moisturise the hands to leave them feeling soft and cared for. It helps to soothe and protect the hands from the elements. It contains plenty of natural ingredients such as Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Peanut Oil to nourish and strengthen the skin. It is suitable for use on all skin types.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be massaged into the skin, nails and cuticles on the hands until it has been fully absorbed. It can be reapplied as often as required.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a white tube which a red band across it. It has a white screw top lid and the packaging is quite plain and boring in its appearance. The hand cream will cost you around £10 for 50ml of the product although smaller trial sized products are available for £3. It can be bought from some large department stores and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product is easily dispensed from the tube although you need to ensure you don't dispense too much as it can't be returned to the bottle. As soon as you dispense the cream, you can detect the aroma which is largely herbal with a slight sharpness. It isn't my favourite type of scent but it is quite calming and relaxing. Even if you don't like the aroma, it does fade off the hands quickly after application so it shouldn't bother you too much.
The hand cream has the same consistency that you would expect from a hand cream when you dispense it from the bottle but as you apply it to the skin, it does feel a bit difference. It does contain wax so this may be why but it does feel quite greasy and almost drying as you apply it to the skin. You do need to take some time to massage the cream fully into the skin and as you do, the greasy and unclean feeling thankfully disappears.
Once the cream has been fully absorbed my hands do look less dull and dry, and my skin feels quite silky and smooth to the touch. Even though my hands feel softer to the touch, to me my skin still feels a bit dry and tight which is quite a weird sensation. It hasn't irritated my skin but I don't like how it has made my hands feel, even though I persisted for a while. I have past on the cream to my mother who seems much happier with its performance.
All in all, I would advise you to try this one before you buy. It has a herbal aroma that won't be for everyone and although it make the skin look nicer and feel softer to the touch, my hands still felt a bit tight. It didn't work for me but my mother seemed more than happy with her hand me down so I'm sitting on the fence with this one.
Dr. Hauschka hand cream is gentle to my skin. I discovered this when volunteering as I had to wash dishes a lot. This repetitive task was making cracks on my fingertips but the thumb was becoming something of a concern.
Application was easy and there was no greasy residue so I was not leaving mucky prints or dry skin all over the dishes! Even E45 cream wasn't solving the problem this time but then I've never washed so many dishes in my life before! I still rate E45 highly as it helped with the dryness but during my slave-labour it did not ease the cracks.
I only needed to apply a small amount but the tube is small- fits into a handbag nicely but won't last for months. This is not tested on animals and is paraben free and uses plant based ingredients.
I found this lovely naturally scented cream, rehydrated my skin and after maybe a week and a half no cracks! However, I did not continue as a volunteer washer-upper for this whole period of time. I did three extra days of washing dishes into my new skin care routine. I would apply once in the morning, once directly after the washing up, a third time in late afternoon and finally at bedtime.
Once the dish-washing came to an end the applications slowed to twice a day. The combination of halting this activity and applying the cream must have helped. Perhaps the E45 would have done it too but as someone had told me this cream sorted out their eczema I gave it a trial as I considered urgent. Also, the people I volunteered with very generously clubbed together and presented me with a tube!
A tube of this cost ten pounds. I'll give it four stars because I can't be certain it was the cream that healed the cracks in my skin or the fact that after another three days my volunteering kitchen duties came to an end. I still put my faith in E45 which is cheaper but I was really delighted that this was a gift to me. It was a very hand gift! I don't think I will buy this cream but I hope never to be suffering with my hands to that extend ever again. No more mass dish washing experiences for me!
During the colder months I find my hands become dry and sometimes the skin cracks on them. This can be very painful and make doing even the smallest things difficult like buttoning up a coat or opening a carrier bag. I had a very painful experience last year when I wasn't prepared for the cold weather so now I try to keep on top of my hands and look after them. I have tried many hand creams and this one is one which I like.
Ingredients include: Water/Aqua, Alcohol, Glycerin, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Prunus Spinosa Flower Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Bentonite, Lactose, Kalanchoe Daigremontiana Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Lysolecithin, Xanthan Gum.
This has no horrible chemicals which is why I was drawn to it but I also thought that it would be a good one to try seeing as it is from quite a good brand which has a doctor behind it.
When applying this I just use a small amount- about the size of a pea for each hand. It has a very slight fragrance to it which is nothing specific just a nice fresh smell and this doesn't linger on your hands for long after applying it which I like as I don't want my hands to smell of something all day long. It is not at all greasy which is great, I have used other hand creams which leave a greasy texture for a while. This absorbed quite fast, within 2-3 minutes and my hands felt instantly moisturised. They were quite sore earlier this week because of the cold weather but when I applied this is helped to soothe them right away.
I have found this cream to be really effective and I'm now always certain to have some in my handbag to stop the flare ups from happening. I apply it twice a day but if my skin gets bad I tend to put it on more regularly.
I buy this in small tubes for £3 which I think is very good value indeed as it works so efficiently.
Recently I've been trying to use up all my products, especially samples which I seem to have a never ending supply of. I've separated them into brands and I have a lot of Dr Hauschka samples along with Dermalogica and Clarins as these are the brands the salon I visit regularly sell a lot of. I found that I had five 5ml samples Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream, I gave a couple to my Mum and decided to try it for myself as well. Although mine were the sample size, a full size 50ml tube costs about £13 online which does seem expensive but at the same time I don't mind paying a little extra for a good product.
I have used a few different hand creams in the past but they've always cost around the £5 mark and made my hands soft, but were nothing special. I decided to use one of my samples as I've found my hands have been a bit drier than usual recently, especially on one of my palms where I have had a patch of very dry, rough skin which was starting to become sore.
When dispensing the cream it's very thick and has a really luxurious feel to it along with a lovely subtle floral scent which is also quite nice and fresh. I only apply a very small amount of the cream, just a little pea sized blob and rub in into my hands. The cream absorbs really well and my hands felt really soothed and a little bit softer straight away. I found that I was using the cream in the morning and again at night to begin with and within a couple of days I could really notice the difference. My hands looked and felt better; especially the particularly bad area didn't feel sore anymore and was lovely and smooth. With continued use once a day my hands have stayed soft and smooth and after about a month of use I have only used one of my sample tubes so the full size 50ml tube should last about 6 months to a year which works out at not a bad price as it's a brilliant product.
Overall, I've been really pleased with Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream and would recommend it to anybody whose hands need a little attention. Although the initial price is higher than most hand creams it's worth it, you only need to use a very small amount for it to work wonders. I was impressed by just how quickly my hands felt better and continue to feel soft and smooth even though I aren't using it quite as much.
When it comes to hand creams, I tend to use Boots No 7 however due to being a big fan of Dr Hauschka, I decided to give theirs a go.
The cream itself is quite thick and you don't need a lot when applying, despite this, it does rub in and absorbs quite easily and my hand don't feel greasy after applying. The fragrance is quite florally, which is quite nice (although I don't really like floral aromas), the fragrance does fade quite quickly though. After applying, my hands feel really soft and smooth, and this last for several hours, even after washing them. It is particularly good at combating dry or rough patches, my other half has really hard skin on his hand and even he has started to use it! Within a few days of him using, his hands look in better condition and feel a lot smoother.
A 50ml tube costs £12.95, this may seem a little expensive but you only need a little pea sized amount to do both hands so it should last quite a while. I brought mine from John Lewis on line but Dr Hauschka is available from most large department stores or online from Dr Hauschka direct.
What I like about this brand is that they use completely natural ingredients and do not test on any animals. Also, they boast that where possible, they try and obtain most of their ingredients from certified biodynamic and organic sources.
Overall, I like the hand cream, but I think I will probably stick with my normal brand as I don't really have hard or dry skin on my hands however if my hand ever do go this way, I would definitely purchase.
I would give this hand cream 4 out of 5 stars.
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WHAT IS IT?
A hand cream designed for dry and sensitive skin by Dr Hauschka.
A tall slim tube with a minimum of writing on either side, stylish and classically designed.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I don't have very dry skin on my hands so this thick and greasy cream is a bit too heavy for me, it doesn't cause a reaction but leaves a slight residue on the palms of my hands that I cannot remove unless I wash it off. I usually leave the cream for ten minutes then wash my hands with a moisturising hand wash as I think this allows the hand cream to penetrate my skin but the washing action removes all traces of grease. The cream doesn't absorb very quickly and stays in a layer on my skin for a long time.
It has a fragrance that is a good combination of florals and citrus fruits, I can't detect any specific smells but on the whole it is a refreshing scent for the cream to have.
The hand cream is very moisturising and the skin on my hands is very soft after I've used it. My skin looks less lined and has a pink glow that looks very healthy. I am sorry that the formula is too heavy for me as I would like to continue using this hand cream, this is fine now as I am currently on maternity leave but when I return to my mobile beautician business I shall have to use something less greasy even if it means compromising on quality.
£13 for a 50g tube.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I find the Dr Hauschka range of cosmetics quite hard to come by however that was not a problem over the Easter period as we spent a few days in Berlin and I was able to stock up, I paid 14.95 euro for this hand cream which given the pretty poor exchange rate is pretty much the sterling price as well. For my money I got a 50ml tube of hand cream. Even in the country where it is manufactured it is an expensive product however it is also a very good product as well and just about warrants the premium price.
It is what I would describe as a thick, heavy and slightly greasy hand cream which is the opposite to what it claims on the packaging as they say it is non greasy but I think they are being a bit optomistic. Due the fact that it is so thick you only want to use a little of it at a time otherwise you will be rubbing for ages to get it to absorb into your skin. Although it does feel greasy at first once it has abosrbed into my skin it is not at all greasy and I'm left with lovely smooth hands that are nourished andmositurised fully. I only apply this first thing in the morning and if I have washed up by hand I will also use it then.
It is lightly fragranced and has a slight floral bouquet to it but it is only noticeable as you apply it and soon fades, it is a pleasant enough smell. This product is incredibly kind to my skin and my hands feel rather luxurious after I have used it.
The packaging is quite basic, a plain white tube with a splash of reddy orange at the bottom and a white lid which is stands on when not in use.
It is not a cheap product and that is the big negative as far as I'm concerned however it is a quality product that delivers good results so just about justifies the price in my opinion.
I've just returned from spending a month in Austria, and the Soap and Glory Hand Food Hand Cream that I took with me didn't really work for me out there.
I think that the water in Austria must be quite hard and harsh, as I found that my skin was very very dry and chapped and quite sore. My hands especially became very dry, cracked and chapped. I found that the Soap and Glory Hand Food just couldn't cope and was not even solving the problem at all. I was applying the hand cream on an hourly basis and it was still making no difference whatsoever.
I ended up buying a different hand cream whilst there. On the reccomendation of a friend there I bought the Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream. I've not used any of the Dr. Hauschka products before, they are a German brand though and so they were quite popular in Austria. I paid Euro18.95 for a 50ml tube of this hand cream, which is very expensive, but at this point my hands were so sore and cracked and chapped that I'd have paid anything to soothe them.
This is quite a thick 'waxy' hand cream, however it does sink right in and doesn't leave any greasy after feel. I could feel it soothing my cracked hands from the first application, and within a few days my hands were back to being soft and smooth again. I absolutely couldn't believe the difference in such a few short days. I was applying it every few hours for the first few days, and once my hands had healed just switched to a couple of times a day for the rest of the trip. You do only need to use a small amount of this hand cream as a small amount does go a long way. This kept my hands lovely and soft and smooth for the rest of the time in Austria. It actually felt like it was giving my hands a protective barrier against the harsh Austrian water. Once my hands had healed they definately seemed to be in much better condition. The hand cream has a subtle but pleasant fragrance which does linger on your hands for a while.
Since I've been home I've stopped using this and switched to a different hand cream, just purely due to the cost. The remainder of the Dr. Hauschka hand cream that I have left I will keep in case I get chapped hands again.
I would definately buy this hand cream again if the need arose, yes it is expensive but it's like a little miracle cure for dry, cracked and chapped hands
I also think that I'm now tempted to try other products in the Dr. Hauschka range as well.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Alcohol, Glycerin, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Prunus Spinosa Flower Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Bentonite, Lactose, Kalanchoe Daigremontiana Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Lysolecithin, Xanthan Gum / Dr.Hauschka Heroes – 2012 / Special Bryophyllum extracts hydrate and regenerate the skin while special oils and waxes protect and soothe your hands / This remarkable, non-greasy cream is beneficial for all, especially those with dry skin or those who work in harsh environmental conditions / Features: Dr.Hauschka Hand Cream protects the skin of the hands by maintaining its natural acid pH / Directions for use: Apply Dr.Hauschka Hand Cream throughout the day when necessary but in moderate quantities / Hints and tips: Dr.Hauschka Hand Cream can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of eczema on the hands / Dr.Hauschka Hand Cream also helps where skin is thin, and splits easily /