Intensive Treatment 02

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$89.95 - 1.3 fl. oz.
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Last Updated:
2/10/2014
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Aside from absurd claims and marketing this formula is little more then eau de cologne and alcohol. The sparse plant extracts aren’t capable of what is asserted on the label.

Those considering this “treatment” are supposed to believe that the few plants and minerals in this product are “rhythmitised dilutions.” This made up word is meant to allude to a magical concept of putting ingredients into some kind of rhythm to enhance their efficacy. There is no chemical, recipe, or cosmetic process known as rhythmitising, but we bet Hauschka’s marketing team had a good time coming up with the concept.

The plants and minerals in this product won’t reduce inflammation and promote clear skin and not at the age they’ve established for this product (25 years or older). They could have only arrived at that age by lottery. What’s even hokier, however, is the process they claim to use so that the plants and minerals will behave on skin as claimed. This is just another poor formulation from Dr. Hauschka that has no anti-inflammatory effect whatsoever. Thinking otherwise is akin to believing that if you shake Clorox® bleach a certain way (perhaps to the beat of your favorite song?) it will suddenly be safe to use as a facial toner. Most of the plants in this product are irritating, as is the fragrance. And the price? Audacious, to say the least!

Rhythmitised dilutions of peridot, chicory, sage, mercurialis, witch hazel hydrosol and natural salt spring water reduce inflammation, clarify and stablize the skin of adults 25 and older. This regimen refines pores and clears the complexion, soothing and balancing the skin.

Water (Aqua), Mineral Salts (Sales), Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel) Water, Fragrance (Parfum), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Extract, Mercurialis Perennis Extract, Peridot

Dr. Rudolf Hauschka is no longer around, although the Germany-based cosmetics company bearing his name definitely is. Sold primarily at health food stores, the products are a standout for their high prices alone.

If plants are your thing, these formulations, according to the ingredient lists, are some of the most "pure" there are. However, the formulas are a frustrating mix of good and bad natural ingredients, and there are no suitable options for those with  oily, combination, or sensitive skin (especially for sensitive skin, as everything, and we mean every product, in this line contains fragrance).

As for the products themselves, despite the inclusion of lots of natural ingredients sure to pique consumer interest, Dr. Hauschka's development team seemingly ignored copious research on skin-care ingredients from the last 20 years or so. For example, almost every product has plant extracts that have irritation potential, and most of the problematic ones have no known benefit for skin, so you're risking irritation without a reward. Instead, the company literature goes on and on about how the products are rhythmically mixed and the spiritual connection between nature and people. It all sounds tempting and quite Zen until you realize such back-to-nature philosophies aren't necessarily the key to a healthy complexion. We have little doubt that most consumers using these products will experience some amount of skin irritation, and the textures of many items are inelegant at best; "silky" is s not a  word that comes mind!

We're skeptical about the disclosure of the ingredients in the products because preservatives are not listed. If that is truly the case, the risk of contamination after just a couple of weeks of use is significant, especially considering how many plant extracts these products contain. The company insists that the ingredient lists are accurate and that the natural extracts and essential oils chosen have self-preserving properties—but cosmeti chemistry research doesn't support this; such ingredients don't have the same preservation track records as those (such as the parabens and phenoxyethanol) that show up in thousands of other products.

From a modern, research-supported perspective, this is one of the most ineffective, potentially irritating lines around and a classic example of why natural isn't automatically the best way to go for intelligent skin care. The moisturizers have their share of helpful ingredients for dry skin, but are about as state-of-the-art as a console television.

In early 2009 the company announced that they discontinued all of their sunscreens. This decision was in response to new European Union regulations governing labeling for products with UVA-protecting ingredients. Dr. Hauschka will not formulate a sunscreen with synthetic active ingredients, and from everything we've read and from all of the discussions we've had with cosmetic chemists about this issue, there is no way a sunscreen can meet the EU's new UVA standards without including a synthetic active.

 For more information about Dr. Hauschka, call (800) 247-9907 or visit www.drhauschka.com.

Dr. Hauschka Makeup

Termed Decorative Cosmetics, the collection doesn't much reason to give this makeup more than a passing glance, as the products are downright ordinary to inadequate, and the prices should snap even the most meditative soul back to reality. Sadly, every color cosmetic product from this brand, even those meant for use around the eyes, contains one or more problematic fragrance ingredients.

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