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Dr.Hauschka Spruce Bath
Member Name: Machair1
Dr.Hauschka Spruce Bath
Date: 17/11/11, updated on 17/11/11 (64 review reads)
Advantages: Has a lovely fragrance and helps with sinus congestion and relaxation.
Disadvantages: Too expensive to use on a daily basis.
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.
Summary: I would purchase this for travelling in the small size only.
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