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Dr. Hauschka Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream Review

This is the long-awaited part two of my organic eye-cream experiment. (Here is part one where I featured Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel) What can I say? I think I’m in love… Yes, I’m positively developing a love affair with Dr. Hauschka products. And this eye cream is so perfect for my eyes, that I’m struggling with words that would adequately convey the depth of my appreciation for finally finding a cream that does precisely what it promises, without any side effects.

I’m practically hyperventilating from the excitement.

Ok, catch my breath. Let’s do a review.

Product name:
Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream by Dr. Hauschka


What and who is it for:
“A light, hydrating daily treatment. Firms and smoothes the eye area to minimize fine lines.” It really is for everyone, and especially so for those with sensitive skin.

Dr.Hauschka Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream

About the brand:
Given the popularity of my “brand overview” articles (eg: Jurlique, Weleda) I am intending to write an extensive Dr. Haushka brand overview ASAP. For now, please see the “about the brand” section of my review of Dr. Hauschka “Quince Day Cream”. But, in a nutshell, this is a company heavily influenced by anthroposophical ideas of Rudolf Steiner, and therefore it uses pure organic and biodynamic ingredients, as well as does its part in being eco-consious and globally friendly. The company manufactures a very comprehensive cosmetics line that includes both organic skin care and makeup products.

Price:
Around $50 for the tube. But it is worth every penny and you need so little per use that it will last for ages!

Certifications:
100% Certified Natural by the BDIH.

Packaging:
A recyclable aluminum tube. The tube is coated with a food-grade resin, so aluminum does not come in contact with the product.

Reading the ingredients:

These ingredients read like “who is who” in the nature’s apothecary. Avocado for vitamins (especially Vitamin E – best for anti-aging) and fatty acids, rose flower water to soothe and treat most sensitive of skins, pineapple for lighting, hydrating and smoothing… The list goes on. It really does read like food for skin!

Water/Aqua, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Rose (Rosa Damascena) Distillate, Glycerin, Alcohol, Pineapple (Ananas Sativus) Extract, Beeswax/Cera Alba, Althaea Officinalis (Marsh Mallow) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Peanut (Arachis Hypogaea) Oil, Hectorite, Sweet Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil, Rose (Rosa Gallica) Petal Extract, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Mango (Mangifera Indica) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Nut Oil, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, Seabuckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) Oil, Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus), Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Geraniol*

Other claims:
‘With Dr.Hauschka Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream the skin around the eyes feels relaxed and nurtured, and premature wrinkles are prevented. It is a refreshing relief for the tired and overworked eye contour area.”

Scent:
Very subtle and hardly detectable. Just as I like it :)

Texture:
Light and creamy.

What does it actually do:
It is extremely light and fast absorbing. Not even for a second did my eyes have the usual “bloated” feeling other creams cause. I could blink, stare and wink with no problems. Nor did they look shiny as if I painted glasses on my face (an occurrence not so unique with eye creams I’ve used in the past). And it wasn’t greasy either, so it is make-up ready. I don’t have too many lines under my eyes – thankfully I’m still in the “prevention” mode ;-) , but my companion (who, as I mentioned at the beginning of this experiment, is in her very young early fifties) is raving about the smoothing action… In fact, when I asked her to tell me what she thought about this cream (compared to Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel) which she liked a lot, she had just one word: “Better!” Now, that’s saying something, given all the praise that Jurlique received from her. I tried to get her to elaborate, but it was all “good” and “better” and “nice” and “gentle” and “working”… Hardly cohesive (positive emotion overwelmed her vocabularly too), but the gist was obvious.

Cons: Given my glowing review I feel like I need to provide a con, just so I don’t seem too biased. And I’m really trying to find one. Still trying… Really trying… Perhaps I could say the price, for as I mentioned above it can come to $50. But is that really a con? I mean, that cream lasts a very long time, and the price is quite normal as far as eye creams go. And you are getting real quality here… For your eyes. With no preservatives. Or colours. Or other suspicious little chemicals that other companies like to add just so my eyes can experience the different shades of scarlet…

I’m just trying to be objective here…

And, by the way, my companion is still using the sample pack. It’s that tiny little-paper-square thing. She’s stretched it for two weeks already… A little goes a long way. So yah, it might be slightly pricier than some other choices you’ve seen, but calculate it over its useful life and you are talking pennies a day…

So no… No cons.

Verdict:
My thesaurus is not providing me with enough positive words to describe how happy I am with this eye cream. Cause I am really happy with it. And I’m seriously considering writing a “thank you” letter to Dr. Hauschka.

And as to the comparison with Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Gel? Dr. Hauschka is the clear winner. At least in my view ;-)  And if you share it, you can get your own little miracle here:
Dr.Hauschka Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream

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22 comments

1 Niki Oster { 06.17.08 at 2:36 pm }

Loved this post! I haven’t tried the eye cream yet–I’m relatively new to Dr. H–I’ve been using the cleanser and toner for a few weeks now. So far so good! The first organic product I”ve tried that my skin hasn’t reacted badly too. I’m curious if you had tried any other products?? I’m considering trying the day oil too…thanks!

p.s – enjoyed your oatmeal post, definitely sounds worth trying!

2 julena { 06.17.08 at 5:21 pm }

I’ve been using Dr. Hauschka “Quince Day Cream”. I posted a review for it here: http://www.organicmakeupandskincare.com/blog/2008/04/review-of-dr-hauschka-quince-day-cream/ I love it, and so does my skin :)
I haven’t tried the day oil yet, but if you do, definetly let me know how you liked it :)
As for reaction, I find Dr. H to be the gentlest and purest out there. My favorite brand by far. And I do have a horribly sensitive skin, so that’s saying a lot…

3 pina { 09.21.08 at 10:36 am }

I was wondering what you think about the organic skin care line from Eminence

4 julena { 09.21.08 at 11:04 am }

pina: I heard good things about it, but I haven’t personally tried it yet.

5 dawn { 10.09.08 at 1:14 pm }

I was wondering what you think of the natural skin care / anti-aging line called Youthful Essentials by Sun Country Naturals. Thanks!

6 julena { 10.09.08 at 9:19 pm }

dawn: They look interesting and the fact that they signed Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a definete plus. But I haven’t personally tried them, so can’t give you a specific informed opinion at this point. If you try it, let me know what you think!

7 Jen { 03.23.09 at 7:16 pm }

BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS EYE CREAM! Check out my review at http://www.goodguide.com Both my boyfriend and I used this. It didn’t do much for me plus, I’m very sensitive and it caused my eyes to water. My boyfriend had a very bad reaction and his eyes swelled shut! I wrote the company and got NO response. Relating to the goodguide.com review, it got a horrible rating! Caution!

8 Jen { 03.23.09 at 7:18 pm }

btw – I like Eminence a lot. Also, Shiseido’s eye cream, but at $100+, it’s a little hard to handle.

9 julena { 03.24.09 at 9:13 am }

Jen: I actually did test this cream on my eyes, and had other people test it too. My eyes are extremely sensitive. But I had no reaction this cream at all and I loved it. I did however react to Jurlique, as I wrote in my other post. Shiseido’s ingredients are much more questionable as they include parabens, fragrances, ethanol and other ingredients which are best to avoid.

10 Brittany { 04.10.09 at 9:35 pm }

I can’t say that Dr. Hauschka’s products are so impressive. For example, not needing a night cream is strange to many dermatologists. The skin does not need “a break”. This makes no sense. Look past the hype and you’ll see that Dr. H’s products really aren’t all that impressive. There are better products for better prices out there. I’m part of a modeling agency in Hollywood and the girls are looking for alternatives to Dr. H’s products. Trust me..

11 F. { 05.04.09 at 1:22 pm }

Can you comment on how well your makeup holds up with this cream? I love Dr. Hauschka, but am somewhat leery of the racoon effect. It may be just that I have quite oily skin, but I’d love to hear someone’s take on it.

12 julena { 05.06.09 at 2:21 pm }

I tend to use it at night, after taking makeup off…

A few times I used just a little bit before putting some makeup on and didn’t see any problems. I wouldn’t use a lot of cream just before applying makeup. But that applies to any cream. Let the cream around your eyes absorb and then you shound’t have any problems with it :)

13 bonnie { 06.09.09 at 11:28 am }

I have been using Dr. ALkaitis Organic Eye Créme with as good results for wrinkles and dark circles I have gotten – but a little drying still for my dry skin. SO I decided to search some more again, and what you wrote sounds so good – till I see on the ingredient list rose water, and maybe peanuts… I have an allergy to roses – especially effects my sinuses. I have always disliked the smell of all but some tea roses as too heady… now I know it was a warning sign of my allergy.
I have a stomach sensitivity to peanuts, and some of my family have serious allergic reactions, so this would also not be my 1st choice of ingredient.
Do you know any other organic eye product that might be better suited for me? I get dark allergic shiners – plus already have genetic darkness especially under one eye from a prominent surface vein.

Very allergic to PABA, have found coffee and green tea and lecithin to be ingredients that were contained in those products that worked well in the past. [why do they disapear from the market??]
thanks for your advice – and patience.

14 bonnie { 06.09.09 at 11:30 am }

ps – I should have added, the only time I ever have puffy circles is if I had a cry with allergic reaction!

15 julena { 06.11.09 at 11:56 pm }

bonnie: it’s really tough when you have so many allergies… A lot of natural products rely on nut oils and now that I think about it, I can’t believe how many use rose oil…

I think when you are this sensitive it might be best to go to your local health store and see what they have. Very often it’s the small companies that make effective treatment with minimum ingredients. Of the top of my head I can’t think of an eye-cream without nut or rose ingredients. Even for myself finding an eye cream that works was probably the toughest part.

For darkness under eyes consider putting slices of cucumber. Also, look for an eye cream that uses almond oil. (Peanuts and almonds are not in the same family, so if you have allergy to peanuts, doesn’t mean you do to almonds. I actually have a family member who is allergic to all nuts except almonds! But, of course, if you are allergic – avoid it!) Even rubbing a bit of almond oil itself around the eye area can often do the trick – it’s one of those traditional black circles remedies. But it is also very good for firming the skin.

PS: doesn’t Dr. Alkaitis also use roses?

16 Ell { 06.18.09 at 10:21 am }

Dr Hauschka’s products are unbelievable. Enough said.

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19 Elice { 02.07.10 at 8:09 pm }

Hello. Your website is wonderful and your articles are very detailed. But here is something about having ‘cons’. While it is obvious you are very much in love with this cream–other readers have not tried it. So when we read reviews, we aren’t looking for “OH THIS IS GREAT!” because chances are–it probably is ‘pretty good’. The main reason why there needs to be a con is because we want to know if the cream actually works or not. If someone spends $50 on a little 0.5 tube, then there should probably be some good info on if it works or if it just moisturizes the skin a bit. Because if it is the latter, then we can get that for $1 at a drug store.

20 Tania { 09.27.10 at 6:10 am }

Why would you recommend Dr Hauschka’s products when many of them have a rating of 6 or higher in the Skin Deep data base. The Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream has a rating of 6 in the database with more than one of the ingredients with a rating of 6 or more.
Just trying to understand your criteria. Thanks!

21 julena { 09.27.10 at 8:36 pm }

I recommend it because I use it and like it. I think the database overinflated things sometimes — for example, it marks all things marked “fragrance” as bad. Dr Hauschka’s fragrance is not from synthetic sources, but all natural and therefore should not be penalized the same way as other fragrances. Other things are marked down because people might have allergies to them. But that doesn’t mean everyone does, and its universally bad for everyone. I still think that every product, regardless of claims, needs to be tested by an individual person. But for me Dr. Hauschka works, so I’m happy to recommend it…

22 Letizia { 05.23.11 at 12:52 pm }

I really and completely agree with Julena, that is why after trying so many different eye creams I can say I truly (LOL) love Relatox antia ging eye gel from Botanical Organic Products is amazing. not only works great around my eyes but also my skin looks so tight , smooth puffiness fades away very quickly and ready to apply make up. This product has a plus I use it on my lashes and promotes the grow of my lashes . I noticed a big difference in just 15 days of use . I apply mascara after and the results are amazing , also comes in a 1 oz tube not like all of the eye products that comes on 1/2 oz if we are lucky.
so by far and hope they continue carring this amazing product for such a great price just 37 dlls.
I also have sensitive skin and on me I can say works great and I use it on my lashes., so that’s saying a lot.
Hugs

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