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Dry/dehydrated, mature, pallid skin that needs balancing, activating for sebaceous glands yet very light in texture.  Recommendation > Revitalising Day Cream with FREE Facial Toner mini mist

Combination skin, oily T-zone, dry/normal cheeks, needs matte finish and shine control. Recommended > Melissa Day Cream with FREE Clarifying Toner mini mist

Normal to dry, balanced and uncomplicated, needs protection from the environment and would prefer a product that’s cooling and soothing. Recommended > Quince Day Cream with FREE Facial Toner mini mist

Normal to sensitive skin, needs the harmonising power of the rose for a balanced skin, all the attributes of Rose Day Cream but a lighter, matte version. Recommended > Rose Day Cream Light with FREE Facial Toner mini mist

Dry skin, may have some premature wrinkles, dilated capillaries, needs nourishment and protection with a rich, harmonising, protective cream. Recommendation > Rose Day Cream with FREE Facial Toner mini mist

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  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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The Power of Nature – Our Biodynamic Medicinal Herb Garden

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Our biodynamic medicinal herb garden is a source of valuable raw ingredients full of vitality for your skin.

When harvesting medicinal plants for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, there is no place we prefer to do than in our medicinal herb garden. This is located directly behind our oldest company building in Eckwälden, an agricultural town in southern Germany at the foot of the Swabian Jura Mountains. The local farmers sold a plot of land with heavy clay soil to our company founder Dr. Rudolf Hauschka back in the 1950s. When he started to use it to create a medicinal herb garden, the farmers shook their heads in disbelief. Some may even have had a quiet chuckle. This made them all the more astounded when they saw the oasis that had grown from the clay after several years of work.

The huge range of species grown in the garden is certainly unique. More than 150 different plant species flourish here, to be used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and WALA Medicines products. The 4.5 hectare plot is continuously tended by six gardeners using biodynamic methods. Over time, these have made the soil fertile and crumbly. Compost created in the garden itself improves the soil’s structure and promotes the healthy growth of the plants. Their leaves, petals, fruits and even roots are manually harvested all year round. Even the seeds that develop into seedlings for 25,000 young plants in spring come from the garden. Our medicinal herb garden is as closed a cycle as possible and also provides a habitat for wild plants and animals. It really is a true oasis.

Interview with Bernhard Ehrmann – head of the Dr. Hauschka/WALA medicinal herb garden

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Click play for the video interview with Bernhard Ehrmann, head of Dr. Hauschka/WALA medicinal herb garden.

What does quality mean to you in your everyday work in the Dr. Hauschka/WALA biodynamic medicinal herb garden?

When conducting our gardening work, we believe it is important to consciously monitor the processes and think in cycles. How do the soil, plants, animals and people work together in the garden? Our garden has an array of different habitats: shady, wooded areas and sunny spots, a stream, a pond, windy corners and damp areas. How can we prepare the garden in such a way that plants can become medicinal plants in it?

What turns a plant into a medicinal plant?

If you imagine a plant, your mind creates a picture of a balanced form with roots, a stem, leaves and petals. A medicinal plant differs from this ideal. For example, it may have either extremely long or very short roots. It may flower at an unusual time of year or grow the best in extreme climate conditions. In our garden, we allow medicinal plants to express their natural being as they grow.

WALA medicine; WALA Arzneimittel

That almost sounds like you regard the medicinal plants as equal, highly individual partners.

Yes, you could definitely see it that way. We are each even responsible for looking after particular medicinal plant species and take great care to meet their needs.

 What does this plant care involve?

You could say that the people who tend the plants act as spokespeople for them. For example, our gardener Tine Janssen looks after all the wood sorrel. She monitors it very closely and makes sure that it can grow in the best place in the garden for it. Wood sorrel is a forest plant that we enable to grow under trees. Tine can tell if wood sorrel is not as healthy as it should be and needs some extra special care. As the optimum harvest time approaches, she monitors the wood sorrel daily – together with her colleagues in the plant laboratory who will later process it. Together, they choose the precise day on which to harvest the plants. Marigold petals for medicines can even only be picked by plant laboratory staff as these have very specific requirements with regard to the condition of the flowers: they must have already opened but not yet be in full bloom. Fortunately, the plant laboratory is located right next to our garden. The freshly harvested medicinal plants can therefore be taken straight there for processing.

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The WALA medicinal herb garden uses biodynamic cultivation methods. What makes these special?

Wherever possible, the biodynamic garden represents a closed cycle. We collect the seeds and use them to grow the next generation of plants. We regard the soil as a living organism. Plant waste from the garden and the production processes is put on our compost heaps. You could refer to these as the heart of the garden. Not only do they provide fertiliser for the beds but mature compost also helps to regulate and mediate the processes in the garden.

Plant ingredients with the most vitality, the best for your skin, grow from the very best soil.
Biodynamic gardens: Plant ingredients with the most vitality, the best quality for your skin, grow from the very best soil.

Compost regulates and mediates? What do you mean?

On the one hand quite simply that plant materials from all times of year come together on the compost heap. The diversity offered by the garden is brought together in a single place. This is like taking a long, deep breath in. We then give the compost plenty of time to mature. For two and a half years we leave the plant materials to decompose, to experience the qualities of the different seasons and form something new. This is an intensely harmonious process. After all, harmony means bringing together contrasting elements to form a uniform whole. We could speed up the process by frequently turning the compost. But that is not something we want to do.

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Compost is the unifying heart of the garden. Plant material from all times of the year come together in the compost, decompose and mature.

Why is it so important to allow the compost to mature for so long?

Only with time and our compost management can the decomposition process take place in an orderly, harmonious manner. We support the process through the addition of medicinal herbs and by turning the compost just twice a year. As we turn the compost, we notice its smell, colour and consistency. At some point, we will see that it has fully matured. Mature compost is a joyful thing. It is the earth’s gold.

And this is when the long exhale begins?

Yes, exactly. We spread the compost on the beds at different times. Each plant species is given just the right amount of compost for its needs, under the watchful eye of its designated gardener. Once administered, the compost acts like an invigorating mediator. It transfers the harmony of its decomposition process to the plants. Plant growth becomes more regulated as though the compost teaches the plants to find the right balance. The plants become more resistant to pests and turn into powerful medicinal plants for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and WALA Medicines.

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  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
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Meet our Cream Masks

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Conscious ‘me time’ for extra care

The one product a dry and/or dehydrated skin needs

Intensive moisture for dry, dehydrated, sensitive or mature skin.

Hydrating Cream Mask intensively moisturises the skin, sustainably protecting it against dryness – for a wonderfully soft and pampered feel and a relaxed complexion.

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The flattering one – intensively moisturises skin prone to dryness and stimulates its hydrating properties.

 

 

Hydrating Mask new optimised formulation – what’s changed?

Waxes and oils

  • Increase of less cold sensitive oils and waxes
  • Propolis Wax, Wheat Bran Oil and Zinc are new ingredients
  • Increase in percentage of protective and nourishing Beeswax

Essential Oils

  • Aroma from natural and organic essential oils has been slightly changed for a fresher composition

Dryness is a lack of oil, dehydration is a lack of water. Often we see both dryness and dehydration presenting together.

Dryness and dehydration may cause premature wrinkles, so it’s imperative to ensure your skin is receiving intense care and being nourished with the very best natural, organic, biodynamic and wild harvested ingredients for skin that’s comfortable, plump and dewy.

Dryness is relatively easy to diagnose, skin feels tight and uncomfortable. Dehydration is not so easy to diagnose at all. However keep up with your daily water and herbal teas. Replace every cup of tea or coffee with a glass of water as well.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Cream Mask TIP

The warm caress of an aromatic compress softens your pores as well as imparting a sense of wellbeing, this technique optimally prepares your skin for the benefits of the treatment mask.
Dr. Hauschka Estheticians know the additional benefits of warm compresses prior to a mask treatment.

 

Multi-masking

This is the term used by professionals when they apply several treatment masks next to one other. You can also try this for yourself:

Neck and eye areas: Firming Mask
Refine and even toned skin: Revitalising Mask
For an irritated eye area: Soothing Mask
For very dry hands: Hydrating Mask

Why Masks need to be included for an effective skin care regime

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Establish an effective skin care routine with once preferably twice weekly Mask application, simply because they work at a much more intensive level to solve problems and keep your skin healthy, balanced, youthful and radiant. Masks are highly concentrated products, so use sparingly.

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The all-rounder – noticeably refines and tones the skin for a fresh, even complexion.

Skin condition
Benefits all skin conditions, especially blemished or sun-stressed skin or skin prone to couperose or enlarged pores

 

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The demanding one – noticeably stimulates and skin’s renewal for a wonderfully smooth feel and a delicately rosy, warm glow.

Skin condition
For dry skin with waning elasticity and mature skin

 

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The balancing one: soothes sensitive skin, prone to irritation, restoring its natural balance.

For sensitive, irritated and stressed skin

 

Precious ingredients

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Dr. Hauschka exercises the greatest care when developing our product formulations. We use the latest research findings to develop and improve our products. In doing so, we pay a great deal of attention to the quality of the raw ingredients and we process them in accordance with the strictest of regulations and we also incorporate unique methods to preserve the vitality of these ingredients, nature’s treasures transformed for your skin.

The composition of the Hydrating Mask with quince and rose activates the skin’s hydrating properties and regulates its sebum and hydration processes. Precious almond, avocado and jojoba oils noticeably pamper and protect the skin.

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100% certified natural skin care
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products have been awarded the NATRUE international seal of approval for genuine natural skin care. Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives as well as mineral oils, parabens, silicones and PEGs.

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  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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How do you know what’s really authentic natural and organic skin care?

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Natural Organic Skin Care

The difference made transparent

What percentage of the ingredients in natural cosmetics are organic? What are the minimum standards and the maximum values?

Furthermore, how can you describe the high quality of a product other than through its material properties – its finely tuned composition, its more than biochemical effect?

We don’t think ‘natural enough’ is good enough for your skin. Only the very best, highest quality, natural and organic ingredients for long term results and healthy, radiant skin.

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Our entire skin care and make-up range is certified with the international quality seal for natural and organic skin care and make-up – NATRUE.

The NATRUE standard distinguishes between:

  1. Natural skin care and make-up
  2. Natural skin care and make-up with at least 70% organic ingredients
  3. Natural skin care and make-up with at least 95% organic ingredients

This makes it interesting as the term ‘natural skin care and make-up’ alone is neither legally protected nor defined on a binding basis. At www.natrue.org, you can find the certifications given to the individual Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Make-up products for complete consumer transparency.

Go to Brand Directory Dr. Hauschka and click on the product image below. For example when you check Rose Day Cream you’ll see it’s certified to Level 3 – Natural skin care with at least 95% organic (and/or biodynamic) ingredients.

Please note: We have a preference for biodynamic ingredients, these are classed as ‘organic’ ingredients for certification. 

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Look for the NATRUE label for your consumer guarantee that products are genuinely natural and organic. NATRUE certifies the entire product formula, not just one or two ingredients in that formula. Furthermore the entire formula is completely audited from supplier to finished product once every two years. Wherever available, we procure our ingredients from biodynamic or controlled organic farming. If an organic version of a raw material is not yet available on the global market, we initiate organic cultivation partnership projects.

You can count on our products being free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives, mineral oils, parabens, silicones and PEGs.

We do not, or ever have, or outsourced, any testing on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers.

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Hand harvested Anthyllis (Woundwort), one of our key ingredients to bring all skin conditions to a state of balance. In our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens.
Hand harvested Anthyllis (Woundwort), one of our key ingredients to bring all skin conditions to a state of balance. In our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens.

There is more to quality than good raw materials

Our formulas depend on the high quality of the natural raw materials – but also on the care with which they were grown and processed. By using biodynamic agriculture, we actually put more into the soil than we take out. We believe biodynamically grown plants are the highest in vitality and it’s this vitality we wish to transform for your skin.

In Dr.Hauschka skin care and make-up, the ingredients come together to form complex compositions made up of more than just the sum of their components. Only when their ingredients interact and are supported by our unique rhythmic manufacturing procedure do our products take on their very special quality that enables them to stimulate your skin’s natural activity.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Summer Skin Savers

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Sun-Stressed Skin

  • Revitalising Mask is cooling and detoxing, due to bentonite clay, it calms redness and soothes irritation. Your ‘go-to’ mask for its rejuvenating properties and your skin will look more even-toned and refined. Love your skin with this mask twice a week!
  • A 30 day treatment of Sensitive Care Conditioner ampoules which contain rhythmitised extracts of gemstones pearl (the oyster’s irritation, like treats like homeopathic guidelines) and malachite, and plant extract artemesia, which combine to strengthen red, irritated, sensitive and couperose prone skin and supports your skin’s renewal cycles.
  • After Sun soothing, cooling and deeply moisturising body lotion to calm redness, nourish and rehydrate a sun-stressed skin. We love this body lotion and wouldn’t be without it!

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Protect
From heat, dehydrating air conditioning, pollution and warm winds

Quince Day Cream is nourishing and protective, cooling and soothing, for a normal to dry skin. Quince wax protects your skin without being occlusive, just as it does such a remarkable job of protecting quince fruit. Quince seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture. Quince Day Cream is also recommended for ‘city-stressed’ skin.

Some of our customers who are Rose Day Cream lovers in the cooler months find Quince Day Cream more appropriate in the warmer months of the year.

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Matte Finish

If you have a combination skin, you may find with summer heat your oily T-zone is really playing up, then choose Melissa Day Cream, it helps control shine, mediates between dry, normal and oily areas, and has a matte finish.

For those using Rose Day Cream in the cooler months you may find the matte finish and lighter texture of Rose Day Cream Light a better choice for you at the moment.

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Hydrate & Refresh

Facial Toner is strengthening and invigorating to the skin. Unlike a conventional Toner, Dr. Hauschka Toners are hydrating, botanical active, treatment products, that aid absorption of the ingredients in your moisturiser while ensuring even and economical application of moisturiser.

However, Toner may also be used at any time during the day to hydrate and refresh your skin, even over make-up.

Toner TIPS

  • Keeping it cool – leave Toner in the fridge, even more refreshing in this heat.
  • We keep the limited edition 30ml size Facial Toner in our desk drawer at work.

Facial Toner gently stimulates your skin’s own regenerative powers and for a youthful, radiant complexion. Formulated with witch hazel and anthyllis (which guides all skin conditions to a balanced state), it activates the skin’s metabolism and leaves the skin feeling fresh. It also regulates and enhances the skin’s processes of moisturising and renewal.

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Revitalise & Energise

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil, Body Milk, Body Wash and Bath Essence for a zesty lust for life. With summer heat you need skin care that does more than moisturise, it needs to be energising and refreshing as well. Take a moment to breathe in the aromatic scent of summer.

Refreshing
When you’re struggling to get out of bed, apply to skin still moist after showering to add a spring in your step. Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil spreads evenly and economically, absorbs rapidly and nourishes and moisturises your skin.

All moisturisers are a water and oil emulsion, this way you’re making the oil/water emulsion directly on your skin.

Toned
Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil is also helps with cellulite. Regularly massage the toning Body Oil into the affected areas of skin to strengthen the connective tissue.

Clarity
Got a long day ahead of you? Remain focused and resilient. Apply the refreshing Body Oil to your arms and legs in the morning or at any other time. Lemon zest extracts refresh and centre you.

Body Oils are more aromatically intense than Body Milks or Body Creams.

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Absorb Moisture
Luxurious Silk Body Powder is a ‘must-have’ at this time of year. Use a sprinkle in your shoes to keep them fresh and on your feet as well to absorb moisture, use anywhere you’re likely to suffer from chaffing, and it may also be used as a dry shampoo. Silk Body Powder is made from real silk powder, rice starch, silica and diatomaceous earth, it’s talc free. Gentian and oak extracts cool and refresh while sage extract supports healthy skin and scalp. The aroma of Body Silk alone keeps me coming back for more.

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Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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7 Simple Beauty Resolutions

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1) Drink warm water and lemon juice first thing every morning to help keep your skin looking clear and your eyes bright, add some organic apple cider vinegar in it as well. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water or herbal teas daily to keep your skin plump and hydrated.

2) Compress and Hydrate your skin prior to cleansing with Organic Cotton Compress to soften pores for a much deeper cleanse, and you’ll use your Cleansing Cream and Soothing Cleansing Milk much more economically as well. Remember to complete your cleanse with 2-3 cold water splashes or a cold compress. This simple technique activates a minute muscle beside the hair follicle ensuring any remaining dirt is washed away and your skin will feel silky soft for it as well. How to Compress & Hydrate video.

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3) Get a good night’s sleep. It really is beauty sleep. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day to support your body’s rhythms. No night cream, while your skin is in its night time elimination and regeneration phase, only use botanical actives held in a watery solution at night time, Night Serum or Regenerating Serum.

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4) A quality set of brushes that’s clean is a must for professional application. Eyeshadow sponge applicators are only for touch-ups, a beautifully blended eyeshadow look comes from quality brushes and Foundation takes on an air brushed look with blending brush application. Remember they need to be washed weekly with an eco friendly gentle hand wash liquid. Always dry your brushes laying flat, preferably in sunlight, you don’t want any moisture or soap getting into the head of the brush as it will compromise the glue.

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5) Incorporate relaxation. For example instead of watching tele, dance or do yoga in your living room. Have a regular Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment, so much more than a facial, with a Dr. Hauschka trained Esthetician. Lose yourself in a good book, a recent study found reading reduced stress by a whopping 68% and listening to music 61%.

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6) Go for a walk every morning for 30 minutes. Maybe find a walking buddy. Benefits: supports your lymph system, therefore your immune system, lifts your mood, clears your mind, supports blood circulation etc.

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7) Embrace twice weekly Mask treatments into your skin care regime to really make a difference.

Clarifying Steam Bath and Cleansing Clay Mask – Once a week deep cleanse and gentle exfoliation, follow with a cream mask. Then just cream mask on another night of the week.

Cream Masks
Revitalising Mask – top selling mask that benefits all skin conditions, refines pores and skin looks even toned, rejuvenating, soothing and cooling for sensitivities, our ‘go to’ mask the night before a special event, also highly recommended for post holiday sun-stressed skin.
Hydrating Mask – For soft, plumped skin treating any dryness or dehydration.
Soothing Mask – Strengthens a sensitive, red, irritated, stressed skin, also recommended for rosacea to use as a day cream as well as a mask.
Firming Mask – a warming mask to firm and tone, to support a maturing skin.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Shea Butter

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about shea butter: where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Raw material profile

The shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii) is extremely rare. It is natively found in the Savannah regions of the Sudan and the source region of the Niger and the upper Nile. Its natural habitat spans a restricted, approximated 300 km wide region from Mali through Burkino Faso to Ghana, Togo and Benin. It is only here, and nowhere else in the world, that this tree flourishes.

The gnarled shea tree grows to a height of 10 to 15 metres and can easily cope with arid conditions. The lactiferous tree with its leathery leaves does not flower until it is 20 years old but then does so all year round. It reaches maximum productive capacity at the age of 50, then remains fully productive for more than 100 years.

It is the green plum-shaped fruits, which become brown when they ripen, that make the shea tree of interest to humans. From a botanical perspective, these are berries with a diameter of up to four centimetres. With a fat content of over 50 percent, the kernels, which we know as shea nuts, are a sought-after source of nutritional and skin care fat in their African homeland. The sweet fruit purée is also eaten. The shea butter obtained from the shea nuts now has its followers all over the world. This is rich in fats with long-chain saturated and simple unsaturated fatty acids as well as structure-giving unsaponifiables. These give the lipid a melting, buttery character. The vitamin E and provitamin A contained prevent shea butter from becoming rancid.

In Germany, shea butter products were first imported at the end of the 19th century. The first large-scale practical tests of its use in skin care were performed between 1930 and 1952. The chemists were very enthusiastic about the high fat content of the fruits as well as about their long shelf life without preservatives. In the mid-1960s, shea butter disappeared from the world markets and was supplanted by the cocoa butter promoted by the industrial countries. In recent years, the valuable raw material has regained significance as a structure-giving natural substance in high-quality cosmetics.

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Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil ingredients

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The ingredients in Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil have been carefully selected to envelop the skin with protective and fortifying effect. At the heart of the composition is a moor (peat) extract, produced using a proprietary rhythmic processing method. This helps people to protect themselves from within, withstand external influences and use their own strengths to form a new, protective layer. People who are sensitive to the weather and feel the cold easily regard this ability as a blessing. Olive oil additionally strengthens the skin’s barrier function. Shea butter soothes the skin and helps it retain moisture. Natural essential lavender oil unfurls a delicate fragrance, which offers the user a sense of calm and composure for the day and promotes a relaxing night’s sleep. The result: a calming body oil for those times when we yearn for a protective shell. As someone once put it so beautifully: power comes from tranquillity.

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Why is shea butter used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Shea butter leaves the skin feeling pleasantly soft and helps it to retain moisture. Through their moisture-binding properties, the unsaponifiables in shea butter, in particular, make the skin feel soft and smooth. Shea butter is furthermore well tolerated and particularly ideal for dry and allergy-prone skin.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The shea butter for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care comes from Burkino Faso. In 2001, we provided the stimulus for an organically certified project in the region around Diarabakoko in the south-west of the country. 2,200 women from 17 villages are today involved in the project and collect the shea nuts from several protected, organically certified collection areas. The collectors in the project village of Diarabakoko independently organise themselves in a producer association. This is a women-only association, as is common and natural in Africa. Shea butter has always been a women’s thing and only they are authorised to harvest the nuts. The women named their association ‘IKEUFA’ (Faire bien et meilleur de Diarabakoko), which can be roughly translated as: Do good and better things in Diarabakoko. Their earnings from the shea nut sales enable them to pay for their children’s school fees – so that all of them, rather than just the lucky few can go to school. They are also able to pay for basic essentials like food and medicines.

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After harvesting the nuts within the scope of the project, the women shell, dry and place them into interim storage in warehouses that are co-financed by WALA/Dr. Hauschka. The nearby organically certified company Agrifaso, with its head office in Bobo-Dioulasso, purchases the nuts and uses transporters to move them straight from the villages to its small processing unit. There, the shelled nuts are pressed under warm conditions and turned into shea butter. Agrifaso has 40 permanent employees, who ensure the continual production of the shea butter in consistently good quality. Finally, the raw shea butter is subjected to an organically certified refining process to reduce its highly characteristic natural odour.

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In the hot Sahara, she butter has a life preserving function: for centuries the people there have used it to protect their skin from the drying wind.

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In Africa, shea butter is used traditionally for skin care, for relief of rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, as well as for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks and baby care.

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The harvesting of the fruits is based on an ancient ritual called ‘Begu’. Harvest time begins with a festival of sacrifice. The women use the fat from the first nuts collected to make a dish of brown beans, which is eaten by the village community during the festival.

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The shea tree was given its name at the end of the 18th century by the Scottish explorer Mungo Park. He was presumably inspired by the African Bambara language in which ‘sii’ means sacred. In honour of Mungo Park the scientific name of the shea tree is Butyrospermum park (Latin: butyro = butter, spermum = seed).

A selection of Dr. Hauschka products that contain shea butter

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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