5 Popular German Beauty Brands

Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Since getting back from Frankfurt, I've been chatting to a few of you about European beauty brands, discussing what you look out for when you go abroad and which products you pick up that you can't readily get hold of here in the UK.  I love discovering foreign brands, so I thought I'd compile a quick 'top five' of the best beauty brands that you should look out for when you visit Germany.  Where possible, I've also listed where you can get these brands in the UK too, but given the exchange rate, if you're visiting Germany anyway, it's probably going to be much cheaper to buy them there!


1. ARTDECO

ARTDECO is a very popular high-end cosmetics brand in Germany and is described as the country's No.1.  It had huge displays in every department store that I visited in Frankfurt and is often available in higher end pharmacies as well.  ARTDECO are well known for their 'beauty boxes' which are essentially make up your own palettes, and you'll often see women with one of these in their hands at the display stands as they pour over the shade selections.  A beauty box is basically a sleek empty magnetic palette available in various sizes, which you can then customise with your own choice of eyeshadows and blushers.  As you can see from the first photo above, there's an enormous range to choose from!  

Aside from the beauty boxes, when I spoke to one of ARTDECO's make-up artists she said that the recent Dita Von Teese collection was also selling well, particularly the lipsticks .  Prices for ARTDECO's products generally start from around £5-6 for an eyeshadow refill and go up to around £30-35 for a liquid foundation.

Available in the UK?  Yes, you can purchase ARTDECO online via Debenhams, Beautybay & Tender Loving Skincare. 


2. SANS SOUCIS

SANS SOUCIS is a German natural brand which uses thermal spring water from Baden-Baden (the much loved and revered spa town in Baden-W├╝rttemberg) in its products.  It uses this unique selling point to mainly promote its range of botanical and mineral rich skincare line, but has also branched out into offering high quality natural cosmetics (as pictured).  Prices are mid-high, but there are often good special offers on new products.

Available in the UK?  I can't find anywhere that stocks SANS SOUCIS over here.  If you know anywhere, please comment below and I'll add it to this post.


 3. WELEDA

Oh Weleda!  If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I absolutely love Weleda.  This Swiss/German hybrid of a brand is incredibly well known amongst fellow natural/green beauty lovers because Weleda have such a strong ethos about their products being natural and never being tested on animals.  Their simple yet effective products come in many forms, with several ranges being available to suit everyone's tastes, and they stock everything related to bath, body, skin and haircare.  I'm a big fan of their cult multi-purpose cream Skin Food and their Pomegranate range.  Prices are mostly around the mid-high range mark, with skincare being on the higher end.

Available in the UK?  Yes, Weleda are available in larger Boots and health food stores, as well as online (Feel Unique, Naturisimo, LoveLula etc).


4. DR. HAUSCHKA

I always like to think of Dr. Hauschka as a natural version of Clinique or Estee Lauder; their displays are very similar and I often find their sales assistants to have the same kind of mannerisms too oddly enough!  Dr. Hauschka pride themselves on creating natural and sustainably sourced products that work wonders on the skin and its these ethics (and products that deliver real results) which has seen Dr. Hauschka become a firm favourite of royalty and many celebrities.  Primarily known for their skincare and luxury bath products, they also have a make-up range which I really want to try out.

Dr. Hauschka's quality doesn't come cheap; prices start from around £10 for a body wash to around £60-65 for skincare treatments.  That said, I always find that the SAs are more than happy to give you free samples of products to try if you ask nicely, and many of their skincare products are available to purchase as handy travel sizes.

Available in the UK?  Yes, you buy Dr. Hauschka from John Lewis, Debenhams and Harvey Nichols to name a few, as well as the usual online sites like Feel Unique, and Beautybay etc.


5.  LAVERA

Lavera are quite similar to Weleda, but better suited to those on a budget, with most things being very purse friendly typical high-street prices.  They stock a fantastic range of great quality toiletries, so it's a good place to start if you happen to lose your luggage on the way to Germany!  You'll find everything here from skincare, bodycare, haircare and all the things in between.  Like Weleda, most of their products are set out in ranges, so you have their Basis sensitive range where I'd recommend their amazing All Round Cream, and then their Honey range, Rose range and so on. 

They also have a good range of make-up which is well worth looking into as well.   The prices for Lavera were significantly cheaper in Germany than in the UK, so I stocked up a couple of bits!

Available in the UK?  Yes, some larger health food stores like Holland and Barrett stock it, as well as online via Pravera, Naturisimo and Cult Beauty.

I also want to give a quick mention to the budget make-up brand, Essence, who have a fab range of nail polishes for less than 2euros a piece!


Do you love any of these German beauty brands?
Have you ever visited Germany / would you like to?

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42 comments

  1. The only ones I don't know about are the make up brands but that's because I'm not a make up girlie :) Lavera and Weleda are firm favourites.

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    1. Lavera & Weleda are great aren't they? I always enjoy using their products :)

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  2. This is a great post, Germany have some great brands. I really like Dr Hauschka, Weleda and Lavera, I had not heard of Sans Soucis but they look good.

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  3. I wish I'd bought more beauty products when I went to Germany, but I hadn't really done my research before going so I felt a bit overwhelmed tbh! Me and the bf will maybe be going back to Berlin in 2013, or possibly Munich so I will make sure to take a list with me this time :) x

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    1. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed over there, they have so many great brands. Hope this list helps! x

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    1. Thanks Kaya! Having a read of that now :) x

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  5. Fantastic post and love the display photos. Great brands too, need to check of sans soucis - sounds very promising!! :) xx

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    1. One of my friends is a big fan of Sans Soucis and raves about their natural lipsticks! xx

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  6. I'm a massive Weleda fan, their almond range is gorgeous. I've been meaning to try something from Lavera for ages I think I'll have to buy something of theirs for myself for Christmas haha. This was a lovely post by the way, I'd never heard of Sans Soucis before! Love finding new brands :) xx

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    1. I really must try their Almond range - I love anything almondy so it sounds right up my street :) Definitely try something from Lavera, they're fab! xx

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  7. This is such a great useful post! I love using Weleda products, their pomegranate range is my favourite so far. Lavera I don't really like to be honest, the smell put me off from one of their body creams x

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    1. Thanks Nav! Happy to hear you're a Weleda pomegranate fan like me :) I'd certainly say give Lavera another go if you fancy it - all of their ranges smell very differently so I'm sure they have one that would be much nicer than the one you tried :) x

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  8. Urrgghhh I want all of these >.< look at those displays! Must - go - to - Europe - ASAP!! I really want to try Essence polishes, I've heard so many good things. It would be so nice to see something a bit different for a change, I'm a bit tired of the UK brands.

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    1. Essence nail polishes are great, they have lots of dupes for popular high-end polishes so they're always worth a look if you can find them. Thank you for nominating me! :) xx

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  9. I want to try basically everything from Weleda! x

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  10. I love looking at cosmetics in different countries!(:




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    1. It's interesting to see what other countries have isn't it? :)

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  11. Thank you for sharing this! I'm not very familiar with German beauty brands but I'll remember these next time I visit Germany (got a lot of family out there) xxx

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  12. Hey evelyn! good review!! I live in Berlin-Germany and it's great to see that brands you mentioned on this post are all 'really german' lol.
    anyway, I'd love to mention Catrice too! It's a drugstore brand belongs to the same company like Essence..Did you visit drugstore while you were in frankfurt?

    xx

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    1. Hi Jade, I briefly had a look in a DM but mainly stuck to the big department stores and pharmacies as I was xmas shopping! I'll definitely keep an eye out for Catrice next time I'm over there - is there anything in particular from them that'd you'd recommend? xx

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  13. Very interesting post, I've tried Weleda and Lavera products but not the others. I will have to check the other products out! xoxo.

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    1. Let me know what you think if you do :) xx

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  14. So cool! So many great brands! Lavera interests me especially!

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    1. They are fab - have loved pretty much everything I've tried from them so far!

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  15. What a great little guide! If I ever travel overseas I'll have to reference it!
    xo dana
    thewonderforest.com

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  16. Art deco is on my list to try. I have tried a couple of things from Lavera and liked them. x

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    1. I think you'd love their customisable beauty boxes - am kicking myself for not picking one up, but it's definitely on my wishlist for next time :) x

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  17. I've heard of quite a few of these brands but never tried any!! I think I'm going to have to browse the Naturismo website :-) Great post Evelyn! xx

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    1. Thanks hun! Be warned, it's very easy to over-spend on Naturisimo :D xx

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  18. I've heard of a couple of these brands, but I've never actually used any of them which I suppose is a bit silly considering I lived there for a year!

    Kate x
    http://newgirlonthe-blog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ooo cool that you're over there! I'd say give them a go! :) x

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  19. This is my favourite ever post from you Evelyn! I really enjoyed reading this. You mentioned loads .You've mentioned quite a few of my favourite brands here. I love how many big, successful natural brands they seem to have in Germany.

    I spent a week in Berlin last year & had the time of my life. I'd live there if I could! X

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    1. Thanks hun! Glad you enjoyed reading it :) IIRC Germany has always had a much different attitude to things like not allowing animal testing and have always seemed to lead the way with natural and organic beauty products in Europe.

      I really want to go to Berlin, everyone I've spoken to who has been has said the same as you! x

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  20. Essence mascaras are also very nice and affordable. I would also suggest alverde (in store brand of dm): great natural, certified products!

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    1. I love Essence mascaras and they're nail polishes are fab too! I've got a lipstick from alverde which I really like so I'll have to look into that range some more :)

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  21. I didn't know these brands are from Germany. I love them all, especially Dr. Hauschka.

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    1. Dr. Hauschka are such a great brand, so happy to hear you're a fan too :)

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