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21/06/13: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Foundation

Dr. Hauschka is one of the larger and well-known brands out there with a reputation for biodynamic, holistic vegetarian and vegan friendly products - I've known about the brand for many years, often coveting the tins that they sell travel sets in whenever we ventured out to the local health food store.  It always seemed so clean and sophisticated! 

However, I've avoided trying them because alcohol** is high up in the ingredient list and I read that it can dry out the skin even more.  But I thought it might be worth trying out a sample or two to see if it did affect my skin in that way. 

After trying mineral foundation for several weeks, although I like the coverage it gives, I've been struggling with keeping my skin hydrated.  So I thought I'd give some of the more natural liquid foundations a go.  The first one that I've been using is the Dr. Hauschka Translucent Foundation*.  They very kindly supplied me with three little pots - 00 for very fair skin, 01 for fair skin and their toned rose day cream.

As I'm very pale, unfortunately both the 01 and the toned day cream were far too dark - although as you can see further down, the day cream does rub in quite well, and doesn't stay as dark as it looks to begin with.  But the real winner here is the 00.  It seems to pretty well match my skin perfectly - and although I'm still suffering from dryness (especially with stuffy rooms and air-con!) it doesn't seem to be quite as bad.

The product itself is quite a pleasant consistency.  It has a good coverage, but doesn't feel heavy or thick and it's certainly not opaque - the name "Translucent" foundation is rather accurate.  It's easy to spread and has a nice fragrance - flowery - which although not essential to the product, is quite nice to sniff while applying.

The day cream is something I'm not sure about.  I asked after it as I thought it might be more like a tinted moisturiser than the foundation, but if anything its the other way around.  It is thicker than the foundation and takes quite a bit of effort to get it to blend in.  I was surprised at how much I could get it to blend, but don't think it's a worthwhile purchase for me.  

Water/Aqua, Alcohol Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract - interestingly, googling this shows that it's a wound healing plant... always good with my awful spots!  (Carrot) Root Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerin, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Witch Hazel Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Shea Butter, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Bentonite, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Iron Oxide/CI 77491, Iron Oxide/CI 77492, Iron Oxide/CI 77499, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Ultramarines/CI 77007.

Good for me?  The 00 seems to be working, despite my initial reservations about using alcohol.  I like the colour and I'm really thinking about getting a full sized version now that I've sadly run out of my lovely little pot!  I don't know if it's just wishful thinking but my skin does seem a little better than it had been - perhaps the Anthyllis and Witch Hazel?

Good for you?  If you're pale and looking for something that isn't orangey the 00 could be a good shade match.  But the 00 and 01, in addition to being different shades, also have different tones - the 00 appears more yellowy and the 01 more beige.  If you're pale but pinky, or fair but yellowy, it might be difficult to match your skin to one of these.

It's also not quite as expensive as some of the other options out there, retailing at around £19-20 depending on where you purchase.  At Big Green Smile you can currently find it for £19.95 with free P&P. :)  It's where I'm dithering at the moment!  The day cream could be perfect if you're a tad darker skinned.

For more information, check our their website.

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* Sample pots kindly sent for shade testing.  Opinions are my own, based on my experience of the product.

**(Dr. Hauschka state on their site that the amount used is not in great enough concentration to dry out skin.  As the second ingredient, if that's true, it makes me wonder how concentrated it would have to be to start affecting skin... and as such if it's pointless trying to avoid it...?  Questions!)


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  1. I know you were sent the sample pots, but do you know if it's possible to purchase samples from them? I used to love mineral cosmetics, but the older I get the more the powder just rubs into my laughter lines! ;) That's why I'm preferring liquid formulations again. Alcohol seems to be the compromise for me too on that one. Funny, I would have assumed the tinted moisturiser would be lighter too, just goes to show! Also, do you think you'd need concealer with this (think dark under eye circles), or reckon I could just get away with the foundation? I'm not normally keen on plastering on foundation, but I really like the sound of this! xx

    1. Hi Dana - I don't think that you can - it's why I wrote and asked them. You could try emailing them? They were very helpful. I actually asked them if there was anywhere I could buy them, and they offered to send a couple of pots out - but I know that I've had a sachet sample of a darker shade before so they must be around somewhere! I've found it quite effective on dark circles - I have quite deep set eyes, so I'm always struggling with purple/red skin there - I haven't used any concealer. If I get time this week I'll try to upload a comparison picture for you. :) Thanks for stopping by :) xx


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