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I got a gift set from a friend with few small Dr Hanushka products in, 3 different moisturisers, a toner and two different cleansers. I'd heard of Dr Hanushka before but wasn't really that aware of them or the products. I have recently cleared out a load of stuff and started using only products not tested on animals which is why my friend thought I'd like these.
I loved the packaging they came in, a silver tin and all the products have plain simple packaging - no fuss, no frills, no nonsense. It's as if they spend so much time on the products themselves there's no room for fancy packaging just no fuss tubes.
I don't know about you but I had no idea what quince was before I got this cream...I had to go and google it! But I duly got it out and slapped it on my face after cleansing. The smell is lovely, I'm not quite sure how to describe it but it's not strong or chemically smelling at all.
The cream itself is yellow but doesn't stain white towels. Go on...ask me how I know! It's easy to apply and you don't need a huge amount of it. I have sensitive skin which can easily become dry but I had no problems with sensitivity or dry patches with this cream. It doesn't feel particularly moisturising when you put it on, it sinks in pretty much straight away and you don't feel it sitting on your skin. After a few minutes though my skin felt soft and supple.
I'm definitely going to go and buy this once I've used up the other creams in the gift set - so far this is definitely my favourite. The only downside to it for me is that there's no SPF in it...but I can get that from my BB cream so not the end of the world.
Hauschka's products are used by a list of celebs as long as your arm - including Kate Moss and Madonna. Use them, and you'll see why. These might not be the most luxuriantly packaged beauty items on the market, but they really do work.
Hauschka's philosophy is rather unusual. They espouse something called 'Anthroposophical Medicine', which is vaguely defined on their website as the view that disease comes "from a disturbance or imbalance in the life-processes, and turns to its range of remedies, as well as a wide range of other therapeutic activities to counteract these imbalances and restore equilibrium and good health." Their skincare is designed to be as natural as possible, using plant extracts to ensure that neither the body nor the skin are damaged by chemicals.
New agey rhetoric aside, their creams really do work. Crack one of these tubes open and you'll find a very rich, very thick yellow cream with plenty of shea butter. It requires a bit of massaging to get it into your skin (which is great for boosting circulation), but you'll instantly feel the moisturing effect. I've never used a cream that was better at ironing out fine lines and dryness, leaving you with that dewy glow.
My only problem with the quince cream is that I personally find the smell a little odd. Hauschka make a Rose Day Cream which is even richer and smells glorious - that's the one I'd choose in preference, and I believe it's the one beloved of celebs too!
The only disadvantage is that you need to make sure that you use these creams within a reasonable timeframe, or they will go off!
A 30ml tube of Hauschka's Quince Day Cream costs £16 in stores in Britain. However, shop on ebay and you can get them flown in from Germany from considerably less - I usually buy at around £10 for the same 30ml tube.
. . . as do Kate Moss, Jade Jagger, Helena Christensen, Kate Blanchett, Claire Forlani, Jerry Hall, Madonna, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jennifer Aniston and - men, don't click yourselves away, the opinion is also for you! - Bratt Pitt and Peter Coyote.
Now you're gawking, aren't you? Maybe I should mention 'skin-wise', they use cosmetic products from the same firm as I do, which is WALA, a small firm in a tiny village in the south west of Germany, the name of the cosmetics products is Dr. Hauschka, ('au' like the 'ou' in 'doubt'), the expert in holistic skincare.
You haven't heard the name yet? You've got the wrong friends, my dears, as WALA hardly advertises the prestige the products have gained comes from word-of-mouth testimonials and there are Brits who know about Dr. Hauschka, not only the ones mentioned above. You can buy the Dr.Hauschka products in your country (as in 30 other countries all over the world, from Canada to New Zealand), there's a well made homepage with background information and an outlet locator, you can easily find out where there's one in your vicinity and where there are estheticians working according to the philosophy of Dr. Hauschka (www.drhauschka.co.uk), you can order online and get small trial kits (for 3 GBP). If you've got any questions, you can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cosmetics and philosophy, how do they go together? And why have celebs who can pay any price turned to the relatively cheap Dr. Hauschka products which come in simple tubes and pots which can't be used to decorate the shelves of the bathroom and show off with, to what W magazine dubbed 'the Birkenstock of beauty'?
The chemist Dr. Hauschka (1891-1969), WALA's founder asked Dr. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy what life was and got the answer, "Study Rhythms. Rhythm carries life." Out of the occupation with the stu
dies of nature's rhythm a company has grown - WALA Remedies with more than 1 200 different WALA medicines based on the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature and the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products including over 100 preparations.
Part of the WALA site in Eckwälden (that's the name of the village) is a large garden in which some 150 different medicinal herbs are grown biodynamically, more than 5 000 kg of fresh plants are harvested in the main flowering season from May to the end of June; all sowing, planting and harvesting is done by hand according to the principle that working in harmony with nature releases healing powers for the benefit of wo/men. You may think it exaggerated or even barmy that plants are harvested at sunrise, but the WALA people know that this is the time of day when the concentrated vitality of the plants can be captured.
Rhythms and polarities are used - sunrise and sunset, warmth and cold, stillness and movement - which enhance and stabilise the life force of the plants, the forces that restore harmony. It's self-evident that testing the products on animals is out of the question as is the addition of synthetic aroma and colour or preserving stuff.
From the brochure, 'Because skin is a dynamic, complex system of interweaving processes, existing in an imperfect world, focus needs to shift from addressing symptoms to supporting healthy skin functioning. The Dr. Hauschka approach solves skin care problems rather than dealing with symptoms. Achieving harmony cannot be accomplished overnight. Skin has an inherent wisdom in healing itself, and by applying Dr. Hauschka holistic skin care daily, harmony can be accomplished with ease.'
Enough theory, let's become practical. Cleansing, toning, conditioning and moisturising are the basics for healthy skin care; to know which products are good for you you must find out if your skin is normal, dry/mature, oily/impure or sensi
tive. Each type is explained in detail in the brochure (and on the website) so that you won't have a problem.
My skin is 'normal' and I begin the day with rolling and pressing (no rubbing!) Cleansing Cream (smells good!) onto my moist face which I wash away with lukewarm water, then I splash some Facial Toner onto it and apply Eye Contour Day Cream around my eyes. After this I use Quince Day Cream, the subject proper of this opinion. (Julia Roberts prefers Rose Day Cream which is too heavy for my liking)
I hate mornings and do what I have to do in the bathroom like a somnabulist, but I'm awake enough to enjoy the smell of my Quince Cream. It smells very good indeed, not of quinces, though! Maybe you don't know the smell of quinces? Oh, that would be a pity as this smell is one of the best nature in this part of the world has to offer. At the end of autumn when the quinces are mature in our neighbour's garden you can find me on my balcony in the evening when the air is humid sniffing the smell wafting up to me. For the rest of the year it's Quince Cream!
This light and refreshing cream is recommended for normal, dry and sensitive skin for women and men. Quince wax protects the skin without preventing it from breathing, the essence of quince seeds and special plants (among others: rice, carrot, sweet almond, olive, avocado, jojoba, witch hazel) give moisture.
Only a small amount is needed and as you apply it only in the morning, one tube of 1.0 oz/30 ml lasts you for nearly two months. It costs 14 GBP, divide this by, say, 50 (days) and you must agree that the price is reasonable.
In winter when I'm even paler I put some cream into the palm of one hand and mix it with some drops of Translucent Bronze Concentrate so that I don't look like death warmed up.
Now we come to the most surprising part of the whole procedure: in the evening I only cleanse my face with the above men
tioned Cleansing Cream (make-up is removed with the help of Cleansing Milk), but don't put any cream on it. From the brochure: 'Night creams are not recommended and may actually be counterproductive in that they do not allow the skin to 'breathe'. . . The skin uses this period to excrete toxins absorbed during the day - so any products that interfere with these natural processes should be avoided. If your skin feels taut after cleansing in the evening, be patient. Wait 20-30 minutes and the skin will re-balance itself.'
There are products, though, which can be applied at night in case your skin is out of balance due to stress or disease, Dr. Hauschka advises to use them only until the condition improves, then there are different kinds of masks for occasional application and dietary supplements on offer (for example 'Stress Less Honey') all of which I don't use. Dr. Hauscha cosmetics also include Body Care, Bath&Shower Care , Hair Care and Sun Care products as well as Decorative Cosmetics.
How do I know all this? Well, the internet information has helped me a lot, especially to get the terms right, but WALA being just round the corner so-to-speak, 10 km away from the town where I live, I also know the establishment in 'real life'. Some time ago I was there on a guided tour; if you're interested, phone 0049 7164 930 0, the tours are free of charge. If you want to see the garden, too, you must hurry up, I've just learnt that May and June 2004 are nearly booked out.
I won't say that the cosmetics products you use are bad, but they can't be better than the ones from Dr. Hauschka as these are the best. That's logical, innit? You can argue that you use your products out of habit, are conservative and don't like changes very much. Well, only some time ago you lived without opinionating, then got to know it and now can't live without it any more. See? Try Dr. Hauschka products and
you'll wonder why you haven't used them before.
The products aren't expensive in Great Britain compared to other cosmetics products, but they're much cheaper in Germany; you have to pay 14 GBP for a tube of quince
cream, I get one for only 8 GBP! Maybe this can lure you to pay my country a visit?
The Quince and Beeswax extracts in this moisturiser give it wonderful protecting qualities making it an ideal day care cream for modern living. Other carefully selected plant extracts help to moisturise and smooth the skin.