This new Dr Hauschka Shower Cream comes in innovative sustainable packaging, made from PCR (post-consumer recycled) material, which includes plastic milk bottles. This apparently has saved over 65% of raw oil normally used to make conventional plastic tubes.
The shower cream has a gorgeously soft, creamy texture and an instantly uplifting lemon and lemongrass scent (developed by an in-house perfumer). I’ve been told the shower cream can also double up as a facial cleanser as it has anti-microbial properties. A pea-sized amount is all you need.
Here’s a mini Q&A with Tara O’Rourke, Dr. Hauschka’s brand trainer and expert who explains more about the recycled packaging and Dr Hauschka’s approach to sustainability:
What was the motivation behind changing the packaging?
‘We’re constantly evolving as a brand and looking at more innovative eco materials and raw materials, where we can maintain also the stability of the botanicals inside. Our choice of packaging has to be suitable not only for the environment but for the 100% natural formulation of our products.
‘Dr Hauschka’s co-founder, Rudolf Hauschka had a mission ‘to heal humanity and the earth’. As a brand, we are aware of the changing needs of consumers and the importance of minimising the environmental impact of our production processes. This is something we are always striving for whilst maintaining the quality of our products.’
What are the less desirable ingredients we should watch out for in the average shower cream?
‘I would say look out for anything with mineral oils, petroleum base and also sodium lauryl sulfate which is a drying foaming agent in a lot of conventional shower creams. Synthetic ingredients don’t help to nurture or strengthen this skin.’
What benefits do plant oils provide skin?
‘Nurturing, strengthening care, imparting a quality to the skin that conventional synthetic ingredients can’t match. There is a ‘cocooning’ effect on the skin.’
How does quince seed benefit skin?
‘It relives tightening of the skin and has a protective waxy layer like the fruit in nature, protecting skin from the elements. We look at how botanicals and fruits behave in nature and the quince fruit is a hardy plant.’
£12 for 150ml, from drhauschka.com
Ingredients: Water, Sunflower Oil, Sugar Surfactants, Vegetable Glycerine, Alcohol, Avocado Oil, Quince Seed Extract, Amino-acid Oil Compounds, Xanthan Gum, Lemon and Lemongrass Essential Oils, Essential Oils, Citric Acid, Hectorite.