It was borage that made me swoop on Dr Hauschka's Rhythmic Conditioner with unseemly haste and hand over my credit card trying not to think too hard about the price tag of $89.95. This potion is designed for sensitive skins, prone to react unhappily to chemicals, break out with rosacea or couperose, or get red and irritated. It had my name on it. Plus, Dr Hauschka uses organic botanicals and, of course, there is borage.

I'll come back to borage in a moment. First, I should mention that my fleeting misgivings for making this purchase went beyond the price. I've just never been very wowed by Dr Hauschka. I've used his marshmallow hair conditioner, which is OK but didn't become a repeat buy and his neem oil for nails is basically useless. The thing that almost put me off Rhythmic Conditioner is that it comes in plastic ampoules. And I kind of object to ampoules. They are fiddly, force me to use a specific amount of product, make me think that my money is going into the manufacturing process rather than the potion, and the world does not need more discarded bits of plastic. On the other hand, Dr Hauschka's products tend to be preservative free so the ampoules might be a sensible way of keeping each dose fresh.

Then there is the name, Rhythmic Conditioner. Dr Hauschka is big on rhythm. And I don't mean toe-tapping. Dr H is into the rhythms of life and thinks that he has found some way of capturing nature's rhythms and putting them in jars (or ampoules). Really... the ingredients come in "rhythmitized dilutions" (see below). Clearly, the man is barking mad.

Actually, I am beginning to wonder why I embarked on this at all. Oh yes, borage. Borage is mostly omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA). Researchers in Germany recently found that borage and flaxseeds reduce wrinkles and, specifically, redness. As a rhythmitized dilution of borage is the third most dominant ingredient (after water and perfume!), Dr Hauschka's cream should at least be given the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, I've paid for the damn thing now, so I'll have to give it a try. I'll report back in a few weeks.


Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum), Borage Extract (Borago Officinalis) (in rhythmitised dilutions), Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita) (in rhythmitised dilutions), Rose Hip Extract (Rosa Canina) (in rhythmitised dilutions), Southernwood Extract (Artemisia Abrotanum) (in rhythmitised dilutions), Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis Virginiana) (in rhythmitised dilutions), Veronica Officinalis Extract (in rhythmitised dilutions), English Oak Extract (Quercus Robur) (in rhythmitised dilutions), Pearl Powder (in rhythmitised dilutions), Malachite (in rhythmitised dilutions), Sodium Chloride