I'm pretty excited to talk about Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, y'all. This is one of my favorite natural products I have tried yet. It's really, really fantastic and unique, and it does exactly what is should. Isn't that refreshing?
As you might already know, I have a history of buying, writing about, and obsessing over bronzers. I am naturally pretty pale, and am always looking for products that give that just-right glow. Subtle enough that it looks natural, but not so subtle that it doesn't make a difference. I've been a big fan of some of the mineral bronzers I've tried in the past, and really don't need anymore products. But I was so intrigued by a liquid bronzer that I had to try it. When I think of Dr. Hauschka, I think of an well-established, old-school skincare company that is carried at many health food stores, and I am pleasantly surprised that they have come up with something that feels a innovative and modern.
I thought the name "Translucent Bronze Concentrate" was a bit cumbersome, but now that I have tried the product, I think that's exactly what it is. The product "translucent" because it is very sheer, and lets your regular skin show through. And it is a "concentrate" because only a small amount is needed, and it is meant to be mixed into a foundation or moisturizer. I mix the concentrate with my Real Purity Health Glow Foundation on the back of my hand, then apply it with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush for perfectly even application. I notice this makes my foundation a bit sheerer in coverage, but I don't mind that because I use liquid foundation on days that I don't need heavy coverage. Not to mention, adding a bit of color reduces the appearance of redness and breakouts anyway. In the summer, I can see myself mixing this with my Badger face sunscreen. I've also tried this mixed in with my moisturizer on no makeup days, and loved the results.
The concentrate makes your complexion just tad darker, and has a sheer, natural finish. The texture is quite liquidy and thin, so it can be applied evenly without much effort. It absorbs right into your skin quickly and isn't sticky at all, much like a lotion. I really like that when I use this product alone, I don't feel like I'm covering my skin, as I do with powder bronzer. The color is a perfect brown; not orange at all. I think it has a bit of red in it, just like skin that actually has actually gotten some sun. More so than any bronzer I have tried, this is the best product for getting a natural looking tan. The scent that doesn't smell like anything in particular to me besides lotion, and isn't bothersome.
I am extremely impressed with the quality and performance of this bronzer. At almost $40 retail, it is on the expensive side, but totally worth it. I doubt there are any less expensive dupes with natural ingredients. I think a lot of you will really love it too, and I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to add a bit of color to their complexion.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Alcohol, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Lysolecithin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Fragrance (Parfum), Citral*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Limonene*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Coumarin*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Algin, Silica, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
Where to buy: $39.95 at dermstore.com, beauty.com, skincarerx.com, charlestonnaturally.com and drhauschka.com. Dr. Hauschka is also available in many health food stores, such as Whole Foods. For a great deal, dermstore.com offers 10% off anything you add to your favorites list, free shipping with no minimum and also offers $10 off your first order if a friend refers you (email me — email@example.com for coupon).