Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil (review)

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil

I'm making an active effort to take more care of my hands. They're hard-working body parts, after all, and I've always been a little slack when it comes to hand creams and nail treatments. I suspect fellow Beauty Insignia writer Richard thought so, too, as this – along with Dr. Hauschka Daily Revitalising Eye Cream – was part of my birthday package a while back. I've been using this nail pen for a while now and have mixed views on it.

The Positives

  • It doesn't dry out. The pen's tip is constantly damp, and has been since I started using it a few months ago ago, so there's no need to worry about using it all up quickly.
  • The tips are gentle. Pushing back cuticles – never cut! – is easy with the firm but kind pen ends. Dr. Hauschka provide you with four spares, too, so when one gets worn out, you simply replace it.
  • Neem oil works wonders! Since taking the time to massage in this oil I've found my nails are genuinely more flexible but remain strong. The combination of this oil and massaging has made my nails pinker and healthier looking, too.
  • It's really natural! Other than mysterious 'parfum', this nail pen is very natural. It's full of oils and plant extracts, and they're sustainably sourced, too.
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties can only be a good thing.

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Close-Up
The Negatives

  • This is much more expensive than the pump-action bottle of neem nail oil Dr. Hauschka also sell. I don't think it's worth the extra. Just get the bottle and a cuticle pushing stick (either bought or self-made) and you'll get the same results.
  • It's not great on cuticles. While my nails have definitely benefit from this product, I don't find it's worked brilliantly on my cuticles, which need a hand cream or base oil massaged into them to look their best.

The Summary

As you can see, the positives outweigh the negatives more than 2:1. For me the cost is the biggest hurdle (although I appreciate it was a gift!). There's no question about its efficacy, this really works well on nails and I've reaped the rewards. It doesn't quite provide enough nourishment for cuticles and the nail walls but I'm not too bothered – hand cream can usually sort them out!

Nails do look brighter and feel more flexible
Incredibly expensive, the full-size bottle is better value
Easy to use and spare nibs are provided
Not too keen on the smell
Very natural ingredients listings
Cuticles need a separate product
It has anti-bacteria and anti-fungal properties


Brand: Dr. Hauschka

Size: 4 ml
Price: £16.00 (£400.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: Germany

Ingredients: Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Limonene

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