Dr Hauschka Skincare Routine

I promised my friend, Alex Byrne, that I would try her recommended skincare routine using Dr Hauschka products. Alex is a top makeup artist (you can see some of her work here) and I first worked with her about ten years ago. I’m pretty sure she was the first makeup artist to introduce me to one of Dr Hauschka’s cult products, the Rose Cream. The Rose Day Cream is a brilliant, rich cream that works wonders on dry skin – perhaps a little too rich for combination T-Zones, and definitely too rich for breakout-prone skin! (There is a lighter version, too, actually – find it here – but I still prefer the original!) It’s great, though, for prepping tired skin before makeup application. Massage it in thoroughly about fifteen to twenty minutes before you start putting on your foundation and it seems to create a smooth, plumped-up base.

Anyway, fast-forward ten years and Alex is still proclaiming the benefits of Hauschka – she wants me to give up my usual routine for a month and use the products shown in the photograph above. A rinse off cleanser (or “roll” off, actaully, as you’re supposed to roll and press the product over the skin), a toner and the Rose Day Cream. Now, you know me – I can’t live without some kind of exfoliation, and so I have a feeling that I won’t even last it out a week, but I am interested to see what such a simple routine will do for my skin. I’m especially looking forward to the little Lavender ritual that Alex has suggested – adding a few drops of the Lavender bath oil to my water so that cleansing becomes more of a luxurious treatment. Nice touch!

The Lavender Bath is here if anyone fancies trying this along with me! I’m going to be starting my testing on Monday, once all of my Zest Beauty Awards testing has finished. (I still have about fifty products to get through, though luckily I am familiar with most of them already.)

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  1. Jamie
    August 14, 2012 / 1:29 pm

    i used the cleanser a few years back & was surprised at how nice it was…however, it is so hard to keep from wanting to rub it all over your face like a scrub!

  2. August 14, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    I’ve heard loads about Dr H. but have never tried it. Rose creams though are a favourite of mine, so I’m looking forward to finding out how you do with this new regimen.


  3. August 14, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    I hate the smell of the cleanser! It makes me feel sick

    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 2:20 pm

      Oh no! Hahaha. Hope it isn’t the same for me! x

  4. August 14, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    This should be VERY interesting because I too can’t imagine not exfoliating: you have hooked me onto exfoliating on a regular basis instead of just a couple of times a year. I love rose, I love lavender: match made in heaven. But a whole month of this experiment? You are one brave and dedicated woman! ;)

    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 2:20 pm

      I’m betting I last 9 days. x

  5. Tanja
    August 14, 2012 / 3:05 pm

    I live in Germany so I can get Dr. Hauschka (incl. facials) next door. The cleanser is a staple for me (love the smell of grain). And I wanted to love the rose cream but after a while my dry skin has a layer on it and dries like hell below. But another staple from the line so-called “Augenfrische”, a relief for the eyes within 10 minutes.

    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 3:28 pm

      Oooh, I shall have to try that! x

      • Sihouette
        August 14, 2012 / 5:12 pm

        Hi Ruth,

        you definitely should! The “Augenfrische” is such a relief if you’re allergic to pollen or if you have to stare at a computer monitor the whole day and your eyes need a rest. Might also be handy for the lovesick ones amongst us that have been crying a lot.
        I use it sometimes at bedtime and leave the pads on like an eye mask and fall asleep with them.

        The Tonic is part of my regular scincare regimen, I’ve already run through so many bottles throughout the years!

        Another good product is the face oil for oily and acne inflamed skin. It says to be used in the morning, but I’ve always used it at bedtime. (You just can’t put makeup over a layer of oil!) It has helped to calm down the skin and help it heal.

        In general these are no instant wonder products, they do their good work over time!
        Everyone travelling to Germany should keep their eyes open for Dr. Hauschka, it’s cheaper here!

        Have a nice week,

        • Ruth
          August 14, 2012 / 5:34 pm

          Thank you, very helpful! xx

  6. Erin
    August 14, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    I really enjoyed Dr. Hauschka! A friend and I went to get full facials and treatments from a woman specializing in the line. Amazing! Some of the smells and textures were new, but I guess that’s what you get with all natural products. One tip I have: Follow the application directions! It is a real treat taking the time…They really emphasize never scrubbing. And it all still worked well for me. The lavender bath is just wonderful too!

    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 3:44 pm

      Will do, thanks Erin! x

  7. Joana Richard
    August 14, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    I like to try something new, but using that for a month without use any other product…GOD

    I dont know if you can do it eheheheheh

    Huge kiss

  8. August 14, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    Hi Ruth! I love Dr. Hauschka Lavander Bath, it’s very relaxing and a few drops in a hot bath do wonders for a headake! I use the lavander body lotion too and it’s just gorgeouse… but I don’t like (at all) the rose creme (I had the light version), it breaks me out like crazy and makes my skin extra oily… I’d love to know how you’ll get on with it! :)

  9. MissTopsyTurvy
    August 14, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    Good luck with the new ‘regimen’, I’m sure you’ll crack before your first week without exfoliants, ha! Just letting you know that I have been very happy with the results I’ve had from using the Liquid Gold (skin smooth, glowing and supple), but my mom who’s recently started using it didn’t have the same great results (really no big improvements on skin tone/texture). Would you happen to have any tips or tricks on how you normally use it so it’s most effective?

    Also, I’m very interested on seeing a post/video on balm cleansers – a world relatively unknown to me.


    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 10:42 pm

      Is she using it neat, or moisturising afterwards? I use it neat, every two or three nights. If Glycolic doesn’t work for her, she could try products with retinol – I’ll be talking about those soon! x

      • MissTopsyTurvy
        August 15, 2012 / 9:37 pm

        She is using the Liquid Gold just on its own with no moisturiser, but I’ll tell her about retinol products, cheers. x

      • Christina Covarrubias
        August 15, 2012 / 10:15 pm

        Yay Retinol! I’ve been waiting for that!! :)


      • Naomi
        August 16, 2012 / 8:29 am

        Oooo i’m looking forward to your retinol review as this is an ingredient i’ve been thinking about trying out lately :-)

      • Sihouette
        August 16, 2012 / 9:39 am

        Oh yeah, an introduction to balm cleansers would be really interesting for me,too! Maybe a good theme for autumn, when the weather gets more rough again?

  10. Zoe
    August 14, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    Hey! I’ve worked with people trained in Dr Hauschka over the years and they all say that the(ir) principles on exfoliation are that using a clay mask (and theirs is the best [‘pure’ clay] I’ve ever used! *have tried many many* a good one to apply with a brush) should be enough – general guidelines would be once a week. I have to say that although I’ve never been in a position to afford the whole regime for any amount of time (my skin is sensitive acne prone and generally mental)it really did help balance and tone the skin, I personally didn’t miss the exfoliation – the masks I couldn’t have done without and the rhythmic ampules were so very beneficial on my skin when it seemed to be unable to heal. Very purifying is the overall way I would sum up my experience though I don’t know if that was psychological! The oils were great, bath oils especially – the lemon and lemon lemongrass wonderful for when very fatigued or over everything! Quince cream was fantastic for me – especially under make up. I could go on..! Try a Dr H facial at some stage pre or post your trial if you can it may help put things in place for your review – plus the added bonus is having a little treat for your feet! Bon chances!

    • Ruth
      August 15, 2012 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks Zoe! I shall look into the clay mask x

  11. August 15, 2012 / 2:49 am

    I saw these at Whole Foods and was contemplating a purchase. Thanks for the review.

  12. Syvie
    August 15, 2012 / 3:08 am

    Ooo I’m so excited to see what you think of Hauschka! I’ve been a big fan for ages, but could never commit to the entire line because of price and the toner doesn’t agree with me. I also found it was too involved… My skin is best when I wash mostly with water and moisturize once a day in the morning. But, the cleanser and the rose day cream are definitely some of my favorites! And do try their masks! They are amazing- especially clay and Rejuvenating.

  13. Syvie
    August 15, 2012 / 3:28 am

    Also, just a note on the clay mask: I do think it will help your skin adjust to the new regimen.
    Another note- Their cosmetics are quite nice. Love the mascara; have been using for years. The eyeliner is quite nice too.

    Good luck!!

    • Ruth
      August 15, 2012 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you, I shall look into the mask! x

  14. Suu
    August 15, 2012 / 3:30 am

    Ruth! Lovely skin care! I’ve been thinking about going more organic, but I love my serums too much.. I also have a question. My friend claims that using products other than the bare minimum will age your skin in the long run. She says she heard it somewhere and supposedly a dermatologist said that.

    She also claims that actresses and models who use a lot of products age faster. I’m inclined to believe that some just live an unhealthy lifestyle, smoke, and dont wash their faces enough. Whats your opinion? Should I ditch my serums and go super basic? Or is it just BS?

    • Ruth
      August 15, 2012 / 12:02 pm

      Well, people can believe what they want to believe. Some of the ingredients available now are incredible – they can’t slow down ageing, but they’re certainly not going to be speeding it up! And most actresses you see look great for their age, so I’m not sure that the argument really stands up! What do you think? x

  15. Naomi
    August 15, 2012 / 10:28 am

    Hi Ruth, What eye cream are you finding good at the mo? Will you be swapping to a Dr Haushka one? I’m 30 and don’t have many lines or bags but just a general tired sort of look around my eyes that I did’t have 5 years ago! I’ve been looking at the Guinot Anti-Fatigue eye gel. Have you ever tried this/have any other suggestions? Thanku :)

    • Ruth
      August 15, 2012 / 11:57 am

      I always use StriVectin SD. My review’s on here somewhere! Also SkinCeuticals is very nice. I also use the Omorovicza Gold one, as I had a sample. I absolutely LOVE it but it’s majorly dear! xx

      • Naomi
        August 15, 2012 / 1:27 pm

        Thank you :)

  16. August 15, 2012 / 10:51 am

    Dr. Hauschka products always sound so lovely to me, but unfortunately many of his products are just way too rich for my oily, acne-prone skin. Actually, I find that a common problem with natural/organic skincare lines. I want SO badly to switch all my skincare products over to organic ones, but almost all of them are centered around the benefits of oils and my skin does NOT take kindly to that :/

  17. Rita the parachutist
    August 15, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    Unfortunately the only products that I can use are the hand cream and the Neem oil for my nails, they’re great! Almost all other Hauschka products are wayyy too rich for my oily skin (as with many organic brands :(), I’ve tried quite a few.. but I have been told that they have a face oil that’s supposed to be great for oily skin! Don’t know if it’s worth a try, but I just can’t get used to the scent of the Argan oil ugh

    • Sihouette
      August 15, 2012 / 5:59 pm

      No worries, their face oil doesn’t smell like argan oil at all.It has more like a slightly fresh and warm but definitely unobstrusive smell. Maybe you could get a small sample at a wholefood shop? Their normal creams were too heavy for me, too. But I like the face oil for winter.

      So, even more excited what Ruth will say about the face cream and cleanser!

      • Rita the parachutist
        August 18, 2012 / 4:08 pm

        Thanks for your reply :)
        I know it smells quite nice… at least I think so, I did in fact get a small sample at a wholefood store (the lady there told me that it was great for oily skin) once, but just before trying it I saw that it had been expired so I had to bin it :(
        I’m really hesitant to use any kind of oil on my face since I can’t even use most “light” moisturisers because most of them still contain oils, but yes, I could at least try it when the summer’s gone.

        • Lizzie Maitland
          August 20, 2012 / 8:26 pm

          I know using oils on oily skin sounds counter-productive but it really does work! I always thought I had oily skin and used light and oil free moisturisers unt someone said it was actually really dehydrated! I started using oil based products and it balanced out very quickly.
          I love dr Hauschka products, the rose cream is one of my all time favourites although I really can’t cope without exfoliating! But the mask is lovely and the lemon bath is brilliant in a cool bath when you need to refresh before a night out.

          • Ruth
            August 21, 2012 / 9:34 am

            Thanks Lizzie; I do actually really rate the Dr H Oil for Oily skin! I wouldn’t use it all the time, but it’s a great way to really get oily skin glowing. In a good glow type of way, not an oil-slick way! x

          • Rita the parachutist
            August 23, 2012 / 10:38 pm

            Yes, good point and I know what you mean, but I’m afraid I have really oily skin, that’s just my skin type unfortuately (+ suffered form acne for 15 years).
            And I have tried all kinds of moisturisers (from the most natural to the most sophisticated ones) with all kinds of oils in them, and what happened every time was that my skin didn’t even absorb the products properly and left it with this very uncomfortable greasy feeling — exactly what I wanted to avoid :(

            I think the only permanent solution is a healthy lifestyle with a good diet.
            But I’m already quite interested in the Hauschka face oil since I did a bit of research :)

  18. Aoife
    August 15, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    So THAT’S how the cleanser works. I got a free sample at the health store I work at and was pretty sure it had gone bad in the tube because of the texture!

  19. August 16, 2012 / 2:43 am

    I’m a Dr.Hauschka facialist and I agree; use the Cleansing Clay Mask 1x a week for stronger exfoliation.
    For those who break out using the line, this is generally a sign that their current skin care is masking underlying acne, so when they discontinue it comes to the surface. If they were to use the proper Oily/Impure regimen for a month the skin will purge the blemishes.
    Also great for oily/combination skin is the new Melissa Day Cream, and its a great primer for makeup as well.
    Thanks for your review!

  20. Another Ruth
    August 16, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    I thought the cleansing cream was exfoliating! Maybe this is where I’ve been going wrong, although it’s the only cleanser that seems to work on my (oily/combination) skin and I’ve tried the Liz Earle and the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser.
    If you do have oily/combination/breakout-prone skin I would recommend the Clarifying Toner and the Melissa Day Cream, as I find even the lighter Rose Cream makes me break out.
    You can get Dr.Hauschka from belladonna-naturkosmetik.de very cheap- they have a ridiculously high shipping fee, but the discounts and free samples are worth it.
    Whew, that’s a really long first post!

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 6:58 pm

      I can’t imagine it would do much exfoliating, not with the method they suggest! x

  21. August 17, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    No matter, whatever season you are passing through just uses natural beauty products and care yourself in a simple way. Choose easy way to clean yourself.

  22. August 20, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    I’m dying to see what you think. I have been a convert for a few years. I did get bored and strayed to another range once or twice. I had to go back. Dr H was the only thing to calm and even out my combination / acne skin.

    Everyone I tell about Dr H thinks its daft. All that press and roll stuff cracks them up. I’m all over that shit though.

    And for anyone looking to save he pennies, you can buy it direct from Germany for cheaper

  23. Smee
    August 20, 2012 / 11:01 pm

    This is a great regime, which I started recently after winning it in a raffle! I’ve suffered from breakouts for over 20 years (booo) and since I started using this, my skin has cleared considerably.

    The cleansing cream was such a surprise when I first used it, as it doesn’t look like any other cleanser I’ve ever seen. Like someone else said, the scent of it is a bit unpleasant – it catches the back of my throat, especially if I use too much and also makes my eyes sting briefly. I find it does seem to exfoliate, if you rub it into your skin properly.

    The spray-on toner is lovely and refreshing. I don’t usually like using normal toner, as it seems to instantly dry out my skin and also leaves a sticky residue. It always feels like I’ve undone the good work of the cleansing process.

    I was initially wary of the cream, as it is so thick and rich and I fully expected to come out in spots overnight after applying it, but this didn’t happen. I wake up in the morning and my skin still feels rather greasy, but it’s definitely cream residue rather than my natural oils. I use a different, lighter moisturiser in the daytime, as this stuff’s just too much. It’s a great night cream though.

    I’ve only used the lavender bath product once, as it hasn’t really been bath weather recently. I thought it was just bubblebath though, not oil, so put half the bottle in! I’ll be sparing next time…

    • Ruth
      August 21, 2012 / 9:33 am

      Thank you, nice little mini-reviews there, I should just get you to write the post! ; )

    • Kaluah
      August 27, 2012 / 12:24 am

      When are u going to start I’m dying to know how u like it I had a really bad time when I tried a product from eminence trying to go all organic …I believe I’m allergic to Shea butter anyhow this line is at whole foods and I really like the idea I just don’t wanna go through another product that wrecks my skin

      • Ruth
        August 27, 2012 / 12:09 pm

        I’ll let you know an update when I’ve done enough testing! x

  24. Stella Mayfair
    August 23, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    please be careful when you start a hauschka regime. you might want to be on a long holiday, or at least don’t do any beauty modelling. some of the ingredients are based on homeopathic principles, so that (same as in classic homeopathy) the skin might get extremely bad first before adjusting. even though i had good skin to begin with, when i started hauschka i had a full month of the uglies (blemishes, acne all over) before my skin settled. disgusting as it was, i think it was well worth it because my skin is lovely now.

    • Ruth
      August 23, 2012 / 11:06 pm

      Eeek! OK, thanks for the tip! x

  25. IlonaRN
    February 10, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    Did you manage to trial these items? How did you get on? I’m very interested in hearing your results.

  26. shmee
    July 3, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    ok – please help – why cant I see ruths final review?

  27. leighanne
    July 24, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    I tried to find your follow up on this but I cant! What was the outcome? Love you blog

  28. Kasia Kolodziejski
    April 5, 2017 / 6:12 am

    why Hauscha is using fragrance in the tint?? is it safe???

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