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Finding mascara that isn’t packed full of awful ingredients (that still works) is a real feat, I tell you! I have been pretty content with my Pure Anada Natural Mascara for the past year, but I was also kindly gifted the Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara at the makeup launch I attended a few weeks ago. So I’ve been putting it to the test and today I’m ready to share my thoughts on the product!
Let’s begin with the Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara Review!
In case you’re curious about the background of the Dr. Hauschka brand, I did give an overview in my post on their makeup launch. To summarize though, Dr. Hauschka is a German skincare and makeup company that has been using medicinal and natural herbs/plants to create their products.
The Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara retails for about $35.00 CAD/ £21.00 and you get 8ml of product.
Seeing as mascara isn’t like body lotions, I’m going to break down the cost per months of use (rather than per use.) Companies suggest that you change your mascara once every 3 months – So you’re roughly paying $12.00 CAD / £7.00 each month.
This mascara does have an expiry date due to it containing natural ingredients, therefore I wouldn’t push it too far past the 3 month mark. Unless you’re a fan of eye infections.
What’s in the Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara?Click to see more (or skip past to continue reading the review!)
Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Seed Extract. Used for skin-conditioning, film-forming and as a fragrance ingredient.
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract. Used for skin-conditioning and moisturizing.
Sorbitol. A sugar alcohol found in fruits and plants. Used as a thickener and skin-conditioning agent.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil. Is used as an emollient/ smoothing agent and as a solvent.
Acacia Senegal Gum. Extracted from sap of the acacia tree, it is used as a fragrance ingredient and for film-forming. Skin irritant and possible allergenic.
Cetearyl Alcohol. A blend of cetyl and stearyl alcohols than can be from vegetables or produced synthetically. It is used for stabilizing and emulsifying.
Beeswax (Cera Alba). Is used for film-forming, thickening and as an emollient.
Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract. An anti-microbial extract, could be used as a preservative. Minimal research behind it’s usage.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea.) Has a variety of uses including being anti-microbial, an emollient, skin-conditioning and humectant.
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax. Is mainly used as an emollient and film-former.
Lysolecithin. Is used as a surfactant/ emulsifying agent.
Euphrasia (Eyebright) Officinalis Extract. Is used for being anti-microbial, skin-conditioner and an emollient. Limited research on this ingredient.
Silk (Serica) Powder. Finely ground silk; It is used for its anti-static, hair conditioning, skin conditioning and smoothing properties. Not considered vegan with limited research on it’s use.
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil. Used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.
Hectorite. One of the minerals found in bentonite clay; it is used to help control viscosity. With limited research on it’s usage.
Rosa Damascena Flower Wax. Most likely used as a fragrance or masking ingredient. Has limited research on it’s usage in cosmetics.
Fragrance (Parfum)*. Could be any proprietary blend of ingredients. (Though most likely a blend of essential oils.)
Citronellol*. A natural scent ingredient from essential oils, could be a skin-irritant.
Geraniol*. A naturally occurring fragrance ingredient that is produced from rose and citronella oils. It is also linked to skin sensitivity.
Linalool*. Is a fragrance ingredient and has restricted use because it is a skin irritant.
Silica. Is used as an absorbing agent, thickening and opacifying ingredient.
Potassium Hydroxide. Is used to help balance pH; It is a highly irritating ingredient that has limitations for it’s use.
Iron Oxides (CI 77499). Used for colouring.
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Used for colouring.
Ultramarines (CI 77007). Used for colouring.
*from natural essential oils
Wearing Dr. Hauschka Natural Makeup
On my eyes: Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow Trio & Volume Mascara
What do I think about the Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara?
The Dr.Hauschka Volume Mascara is certainly voluminizing, especially for a natural mascara. It really builds my lashes much more than the Pure Anada Natural Mascara. Although it does build volume I find that it lacks in some respects as well.
The brush is fantastic; I absolutely love it. The formula upon opening was very wet – some people like their mascaras to be a wet consistency. I however prefer my mascaras being a bit more dry as I find it doesn’t weigh on the lashes quite as much. After leaving the product open for a couple weeks it has dried down to a consistency more to my liking.
If you’re planning to wear this to a wedding or a funeral you can expect it to be running down your face; even the slightest bit of water can cause the mascara to smudge. It’s not waterproof worth sh*t. Which is fine if you’re aware of that!
I have noticed that this smudges a lot easier than the Pure Anada Natural Mascara and comes off much more easily. With a natural mascara you’re not going to get anything that is truly waterproof, but if you have oily skin this might not be your friend.
At the end of the day you may find that the mascara has worked it’s way into your eyelids or even underneath your eyes. Even a gentle wipe with your hand will cause the mascara to rub off. I have a very bad habit of rubbing my eyes and I’ve made quite the mess more than a few times.
I don’t think this is a product you would use in the summer
Simply because of the non-waterproof abilities and the ease of some sweat, a pool or even oily skin causing it to migrate.
It is however, a fantastic product for building volume in your lashes to add extra drama. Providing that you’re not going to be walking in the rain, crying or sweating.
I have been wearing it to work most days and I love that it’s so easy to remove when bedtime approaches. It’s a love/hate sort of thing.
Would I spend my money on this?
Although I love the volume, I find that the ability for the mascara to move makes it a product that you can’t use for half the year. Plus it costs quite a bit more than the Pure Anada Natural Mascara. If you’re someone who rotates your mascaras based around the weather then this could be an ideal product…
I cannot see myself going out of my way to repurchase this solely for it’s voluminizing ability because wear is very important to me as well.
What do you look for in a mascara?