A few weeks ago, I went out to replenish my supply of REN Biomimetic Lip Honey, which is my favourite lip balm ever. However, I suspected something fishy was going on when I couldn’t find it on the usually well-stocked shelves at Liberty. A sales assistant told me that they didn’t have any stock because REN Biomimetic Lip Honey is being reformulated and won’t be back for a while. Reformulated??? Why? Why would they do that? Apparently they’re making it minty… I hate minty lip balms <shakes fist>.

So I ended up buying Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm instead. <sigh> This is going to be a lacklustre (and hopefully short) review I’m afraid… I’m still too in shock from the REN Lip Honey reformulation news.

This Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm is another “natural” lip balm… no mineral oils etc, but it just reminds me why I loved the REN lip balm so much. “Natural” lip balms can often be too thin-textured, too floral-scented, and this balm is exactly that.

I don’t like it. It’s too flowery-tasting to put around my mouth, and it doesn’t have the right balance of oil and wax to make it moisturising but also long-lasting.

The pot is narrow and deep, meaning that the only way I can get any of the product out is by gouging it out with the outside of a fingernail, which is kind of gross, and makes ugly marks like in the picture below.


The full ingredients of Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm are:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Flava,Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil,Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’swort) Extract, Silk/Serica Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Eugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate.

This pot cost me £10.50, so it was quite expensive as well (but I think the same as REN Biomimetic Lip Honey).

7 comments on “Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm: Can it replace my REN Biomimetic Lip Honey?

  1. i’d recommend the stick version of this. much more user friendly and sanitary. at first i was put off by the strong herbal, lemony taste but i’ve grown to like it. but i’m right there with you on your dislike for mint lipbalm, not to mention mint is a major skin irritant.
    jane iredale lipdrink and aveda lipshine in clear are some other nice ‘green’ lip balms.

  2. aw… so far i have only bought 2 lipsticks from this line and i am loving the lipsticks!!! i like the rose hip scent on the lipsticks though.

    i will have to check out this product in person. perhaps i won’t agree with the scent in this either. thanks for the review. i love reading more about Dr. Hauschka!

  3. If it aint broke dont fix it is what I say…darn those peeps at ren, I love my MAC lip balm in soothing beige…really moisturising and it tastes yummy too =D

  4. I agree with ellastica – I would definitely recommend the stick version. I personally love this lip balm, but I agree that the fragrance is strong so you either love it or hate it I suppose! Really moisturising though – it kept my lips super soft through a Berlin Winter of regular -15 temperatures!x
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  5. I love lip balms! However I just saw the list of ingredients, peanut oil!? For those with nut allergies like me this is dangerous stuff! :S One to avoid I think for me.

    Thanks for the review!
    KK xoxo

  6. @ellastica: Hmm maybe I should’ve tried the stick version! Thanks for the other “natural” lip balm recommendations!

    @Jojoba: I’ve never tried any of the Dr. Hauschka make-up products! I should have a proper look one day.

    @Imo: Haha exactly, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

    @Francesca: Yeah I find Kiehl’s lip balms a little too greasy! I think I’ve also strayed clear of them in the past because they contain mineral oil which I just don’t get on with (other people seem fine with it!).

    @StellieStellina: Argh I don’t know how you cope with such cold temperatures! Haha..

    @Kei Kei: Ouch yes, stay clear if you have a peanut allergy!

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