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I was given a gift from a friend last Christmas which contained a couple of Dr Hauschka bath products. Having used the lemon oil already from the selection of gifts I was given I was quite excited about using this spruce scented product. I loved the powerful smell of the lemon oil and was hoping for a similar effect with this one!
The product comes in yet another rather unexciting and sadly cheap looking bottle from the brand. I really have an issue with their design and even if the product was amazing I'd be fairly reluctant to give it as a gift to someone who had not used the brand before because it looks so rubbish. I didn't pay for this product but now knowing the price it retails at I would consider not buying it based on the design, it isn't exactly a nice product to display in your bathroom.
The spruce bath is an oil product which you use in much the same way you would a bubble bath. The oil is a very bright green in colour - it resembles the colour of washing up liquid! Obviously you don't get bubbles with the product because it is an oil, it does make the water slightly cloudy and sometimes you can see particles of oil on the top of the water. This product gives a slightly green tinge to your bath water which is fine I guess, although looks a little weird. You are meant to add 1-2 tsps to the bath but I tend to only use a small amount because if the bath becomes too oily it can effect my hair. If you use less then you inevitably get less of the spruce smell but I found this one more overpowering than the lemon so this wasn't too much of an issue.
The oil is designed to help you breath deeply and relax. I can't say this was a particularly good smell for that - it is a pine scent which sort of reminded me of pine air fresheners that you get in cars. The smell is less synthetic than that and does vaguely remind me of christmas trees - I would say this is a wholly relaxing smell though, albeit pleasant. It may not necessarily do what it says but there are many other benefits. Adding the oil to your bath is thoroughly relaxing, the smell is incredible, it feels luxurious, it hydrates skin and you leave feeling very fresh and clean.
So at £18 for 150 ml is it worth the money? No. I liked it far less than the lemon oil and felt that it didn't really achieve what it was designed for. There are better smelling oils in the range and I would opt for another.
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As I am now a Dr Hauschka convert, thanks to my dear wife, I would like to recommend to you and tell you about a new product I have been using lately - Spruce Bath. I was not sure what to expect from this rather expensive bath oil but my other half suggested I try it because at this time of the year I tend to suffer from dry skin and nasal congestion and she thought the vapours from this bath oil might help to erradicate the problem for me.
One small 150ml glass bottle of this Spruce Oil costs anywhere between sixteen to eighteen quid. That's a lot of money in my opinion. However having said that, you only need to use a few drops of this very strong oil to a whole bath, close the doors and windows and you will immediately see what I mean.
As soon as you remove the screw top lid it releases a warm strong smell of pine and spruce - quite festive actually. Once the oil hits the hot bath water the smell seems to deepen and intensify until the whole of the upstairs is smelling like a pine forest. It's strong stuff though so don't overdo it thinkiing you'll add a little bit more - you really won't need it and it will just be a waste.
This Spruce Bath not only managed to clear out my nasal passages and really did help with my congestion problem, but it made my skin soft and smooth afterwards and I really felt a big difference once I was out of the bath. I can honestly say I have never used a bath oil which has softened my skin and cleared my head at the same time.
I can thoroughly recommend this Spruce Bath. It's not something I am going to want to use every time I have a bath but every nw and again I think it's great - if a bit pricey.
I came across Dr Hauschka products having seen them on Dooyoo and I havn't looked back since. Whilst they are reasonably expensive I find that they usually do a better job than other similar products on the market. The Dr Hauschka Spruce Bath cost me around £15 from Ebay and the 150ml bottle is the same design as other Dr Hauschka Bath products. The glass vial contains the green coloured bath oils and is wrapped with a simple label with plain Dr Hauschka branding on it. The scent is one of freshly cut pine trees and although it isn't woody it does have a sense of the outdoors. The Bath oil is made from essential oils of the Norwegian Spruce, so this is what I can smell.
The Dr Hauschka Bath oil is said to help you breathe deeply and relaxes your senses. The essential oils in this product help relieve congestion and clear your sinuses. Although Spruce Bath helps you relax, it doesn't do so to the same extent that lavender oil does, so it can be used anytime of day.
I add the bath oil to my bath once I have run it and I can immediately smell the rich aroma of the essential oils. According to Dr Hauschka this product is said to relax and moisturise tired skin. I can conform that this truly does happen, I feel much more relaxed in a bath containing this product. Although the bath oil doesn't create bubbles I can feel the oils on my skin and this isn't at all unpleasant. My skin is soon relaxed, with a multi-pronged attack of my senses. The fragrance relaxes me, as does the feel of the oils on tired muscles.
I don't use a great deal of the bath oil each time, so the 150ml bottle does last for quite a number of baths. The pricing is obviously going to put some people off, though once you have used the product you won't regret it. The name of the product may be offputting to some, but I can assure you that you won't come out of the bath smelling like a Christmas Tree! The aroma doesn't linger for any length of time, though this wouldn't be a bad thing anyway as the essential oils are very relaxing and therapeutic.
Overall I have to recommend the Dr hauschka Spruce Bath to anyone looking to treat themselves from time to time with a nice relaxing essential oils bath. I would give one warning, though, as the bath oil can leave a slippery residue afterwards, something i soon found out when I had a shower the following day!
Treat yourself this Winter with the Dr Hauschka Spruce Bath, just in time for Christmas.
WHAT IS IT?
A bath oil by Dr Hauschka, fragranced with spruce for an effect that is invigorating and relaxing at the same time.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Pour into a warm bath, the bottle says to use a teaspoon but I used six times this amount because I couldn't smell it very well using the recommended amount. You can also use it diluted in warm water as a face wipe.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I like it used in the bath but it's not a favourite, the smell is weak and not as nice as it could have been. The spruce is too woody and natural, it's very masculine and I don't think it's very relaxing. It does smell of forests but isn't the sort of fragrance that reminds me of Christmas.
The oil mixes in with the water easily and doesn't pool on the top or make the bath slippy. The fragrance is released in the steam but it's not strong enough to put perfume into the air of the room, I got used to it very quickly and then couldn't smell it at all. I'm glad anyway as the smell is too much like aftershave and I wouldn't want my home smelling like that too strongly.
My bath using this oil leaves my skin a little bit softer but the effects aren't worth talking about because I always have to use a moisturiser with it anyway. It's not moisturising but makes my skin smoother if I've soaked in the bath for an hour, any less time than this and there won't be any benefit to the condition of my skin. The smell on my skin doesn't linger and I'm glad about that because I don't like it much, it's not sickly but really got up my nose in a musty way.
When I was introduced recently to a product by Dr Hauschka by Dooyoo reviewer Anwar it immediately caught my attention. A bath oil that had a fragrance reminiscent of bathing in a wood of Norwegian spruce trees absolutely captivated my imagination- that was until I read about the price tag!
As a lifelong lover of the German bath product Badedas, which does not have universal appeal due to its wood like fragrance, I knew that this product was going to be something that I would love. However at £14.50 for 150mls from Ebay and £17.50 from the Dr Hauschka website, this was just too steep for me to afford. However what I did discover was that Ebay has a seller who stocks the 10ml travel size for £1.95. Now obviously this works out to be much more expensive per ml, but I figured out that I would really value being able to take this on one of my many motorway stopovers on the regular journeys I make to and from Scotland. It would provide me with something luxurious to treat myself with after hours of monotonous driving, and hopefully would un- knot my muscles after hours of being trapped in all that metal!
The travel size arrived in a small vial and is boxed. The large size is a bottle as shown in the Dooyoo photograph. I immediately thought this small size would be a perfect stocking filler gift, and for anyone who is ecologically minded it is a superb choice as this is a natural make of beauty products. I have excellent reviews of many of the make-up lines they do including the mascara, but this is the first product that I have purchased from the range to date.
The vial immediately reminded me of my favourite childhood memory of the Thunderbirds episode where giant alligators result from an escaped vial of something which makes them grow into monsters! As I poured it into the bath I remembered the green pea soup of the swampy rivers that dominate that episode, but the scent was lovely as it pervaded the room with a fragrance all of its own. There is definitely a hint of pine forests and woodland, and I really love it! Made from the essential oils of Norwegian Spruce trees this is a really relaxing and moisturising bath treat. It is suitable for all skin types so that is also in its favour. I have normal skin but my legs can be dry after bathing, and I found this to be moisturising and I didn't need to apply any lotion afterwards.
In order to benefit from the lovely fragrance it is really important to keep the door to the bathroom closed. As I have an en suite I don't normally bother, but when I trialled this product for the first time at home I did, as normally I receive far too many visits from inquisitive felines who like to put two paws up on the bath to say hello! If you have a large bathroom and you don't enclose it then the fragrance could be too faint to be of any value.
When I tried this on my latest motorway trip in a hotel I was very impressed indeed with the relaxation benefits I had from this product. It was also really easy to pack into a small bag and to this extent I prefer it to Badedas which is more often than not sold in giant bottles. Of course Badedas is a bubble bath whereas this is an oil, but the general fragrance is so similar I think a comparison is of value here.
One attribute of this travel size product is that it actually lasted for 3 baths making it comparable in price to many other bath products. It is certainly worth factoring this is as the steep price tag of the larger size bottle is so off-putting.
I have been suffering with a lingering cold over the last week and blocked sinuses and I have found this to be of tremendous value in clearing my nose. Last thing at night I have used it as a decongestant aid with good results.
So I suppose the question is will I re-purchase. The answer is yes- I will but only very occasionally for the purposes of travelling in the small size. I think this is just so convenient and something to really look forward to. I have stocked up on several now for this purpose and this allows me to keep some of the oil in the house in case I get more colds during the winter or if I really fancy an occasional indulgence! There are no bubbles to speak of with this product so I guess overall I still prefer Badedas and it offers a similar scent with mountains of lovely bubbles. The Dr Hauschka however leaves my skin so soft and moisturised that it scores almost as highly.
I have some set aside to put in my daughter's stocking - I know this is something she will appreciate at the end of a long day to unwind and have a long luxurious soak.
There is a set available which contains all the oils they make including sage, lemon, lavender, and rosemary as well as this spruce. This retails for £17.95 from the website. I was interested to know about the rosemary oil as I am planning to try this as I have problems with maintaining an upright posture for long periods due to having ME. I have read about rosemary being an aid to circulation, so I am planning to trial this presently and will let you know how I get on!
The only negative thing I would say is that it does leave an oily residue on the bath and you should for safety reasons rinse this away afterwards. For this reason I would not purchase this for anyone who has mobility problems or is prone to falling.
In conclusion I would say that this is an excellent product and it is something I would repurchase with frequency for travelling and for days when I have a cold. It isn't something I can afford to use on a daily basis, but then there are products like this that represent a gorgeous treat and if you were to use then daily then maybe their appeal would be less. The oil lasts a long time though and because of this it isn't as expensive as it sounds. It really does make you feel as if you are bathing in a snow covered forest and as such is perfect for winter nights.
Spruce Bath contains the essential oil of Norway Spruce needles which encourages you to breathe more deeply and slowly. It is therefore very relaxing, but not as sedating as Lavender Bath. The bath concentrates support the other skin care products.