This past summer I discovered Raunsborg when I was vacationing in Copenhagen and totally fell in love with their Skin Tonic. I loved what it did to my skin, and even included it in my list of standout beauty products of 2013 in December. After my original review, Raunsborg reached out to me and sent me a few more products to try out. Sadly, their products currently aren’t available in the US, but I’m crossing my fingers that they’re able to bring them over at some point because they have some really great things to offer. I’m excited to share my thoughts on the three products I’ve had a chance to try: their body lotion, hand cream and night cream.
Body Lotion … 135 DKK (or around $25 USD)
This body lotion uses radish seed oil and squalene for effective yet non-greasy moisture and horsetail leaf extract to encourage the body’s own production of collagen and elastin. It features a rhubarb and black currant fragrance and smells very fresh, lightly sweet and slightly acidic. It’s a potent enough fragrance, but doesn’t linger like crazy once it’s been massaged into skin. Personally, I appreciate it when scented body products back down after a few minutes because I’m very self conscious about hanging out in small spaces like elevators after I apply scented lotion. It has a very smooth and non-greasy consistency that’s easily spread over skin and quickly absorbed. It’s really nice, and I don’t really have a bad thing to say about it. If this particular fragrance appeals to you, then I think you’d enjoy this lotion.
Hand Cream … 99 DKK (or around $18 USD)
The hand cream includes cucumber and linden extracts, aloe, and moisturizing squalene. You can definitely smell the cucumber and they’ve also added the scent of birch … I absolutely love how this one smells. The fragrance is a little bit lighter than the body lotion, so this is totally office-friendly, and I’d be perfectly comfortable heading to a meeting room after applying this. Similar to the body lotion, its fragrance also dies down after a few minutes. When I test hand creams, I try to use them just once a day to get a sense for how well they keep my skin hydrated over a 24-hour period, and you know what? That’s all I need with this one. My skin’s in even better shape when I use it more than that, but applying it once a day keeps my hands looking and feeling pretty great (in winter!). I’m actually really impressed with how effective this is, as it’s not greasy at all and it absorbs really quickly. This is an excellent hand cream, and I dare say my favorite product of the bunch.
Night Cream … 329 DKK (or around $60 USD)
First of all, this night cream comes in a really beautiful and weighty frosted glass jar, and it’s the kind of thing that would look lovely on display atop a counter or vanity. Raunsborg says this has the scent of chamomile and sea buckthorn and I see fragrance listed on the ingredients, but the scent is very subtle and I really don’t notice much of a fragrance when I use it. The cream includes a peptide complex, white nettle, and wheat extract to moisturize and encourage firmness. The texture of this surprised me, as it feels extremely lightweight for a night cream. It’s labeled as suitable for all skin types (as most of Raunsborg’s products are), and I think they’ve struck a nice balance between being sufficiently moisturizing while also having a consistency that’s readily absorbed and doesn’t feel like it sits on top of skin. It’s extremely smooth and easily spread, and so this cream actually got me in the habit of moisturizing my neck for the first time! Normally I’m a little lazy for including my neck in my skincare, but it’s so easy to extend this cream downward and my neck is happier for it.
I wonder if, say, a Chicagoan in the dead of winter would find this a potent enough moisturizer, but for me (and for many others, I suspect), this product really does provide a sufficient amount of moisture without overdoing it. I personally have not-too-extreme combination skin and I wanted to test this cream out for several weeks before making any determinations about it. At this point I’ve been using it for about a month. There was one day this past weekend where I spent basically the entire day outdoors and my skin was a little extra sensitive and thirsty afterwards and had me reaching for something a bit heavier, but other than that this cream has been an effective and balanced component of my skincare routine. In short, I like it and I’m impressed that something with this light of a texture has been working as well as it has for me in the middle of winter.
If you’re in Denmark, I highly encourage you to give Raunsborg a try if you haven’t already. I can really get behind their simple and elegant sensibility and streamlined range of products. The products that I’ve been able to try have been nicely effective and not too overwhelming in the more superficial qualities such as fragrance. I’m hoping I’ll be able to purchase them myself in the future and will try to keep up with any changes in their distribution, but for now I believe you can only purchase their products in Denmark. Oh well, it’s extra motivation to visit the country again one day!
Have you tried any of Raunsborg’s products? Do you have a favorite?