Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

WALA medicines; Wala Heilmittel GmbH

Elisabeth Sigmund (born on 25th October 1914 in Vienna, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of 20th December 2013 at the age of 99) was the mother of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. She was drawn to skin care very early on in life. After graduating from school in 1933 and studying medicine for two semesters in Vienna, she joined a cosmetics company in Vienna where she trained to become an esthetician. Between 1933 and 1939 she spent three months in Paris attending classes at a cosmetics laboratory and worked at a cosmetics salon in Vienna, partly as intern partly as paid employee.

However, she disagreed with the conventional treatment methods used there, such as facial massage, for example, and therefore decided to leave. Her journey to her own skin care and treatment had begun.

Elisabeth in the 1930's
Elisabeth in the 1930’s

Sweden and India

Elisabeth opened a Cosmetics Institute in Stockholm where she was producing regulating and balancing skin care on a larger scale and worked constantly on their improvement. It was during this time she discovered that oil free night care was integral in aiding the skin towards a balanced, strengthened and normalised state.

Between 1952 and 1955 Elisabeth Sigmund devoted herself almost entirely to skin care. After getting to know Dr. Vodder and his lymph drainage method in Copenhagen, she devised the technique of lymphatic stimulation. And she developed a set of facial exercises based on the method of the physician Dr. Drobil from Vienna.

In 1955 Elisabeth Sigmund visited WALA in Eckwälden, Southern Germany, for the first time, her interest having been stimulated by her husband’s very positive experience with WALA medicines in the treatment of a knee injury. After this visit Elisabeth asked WALA to send her substances with which she was able to develop her range of skin care further.

From 1961 to 1962 she went on an educational journey to India where she learnt much about neem, amongst other things.

WALA collaboration

In 1962 Dr. Rudolf Hauschka invited Elisabeth to collaborate with WALA and their medicinal knowledge to develop a skin care range based on entirely new, and still unique today, concepts. All developments were based on Elisabeth’s guiding principle: the activation of the skin’s own healthy function.

Elisabeth also developed the Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment
Elisabeth also developed the Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment
The first products in Dr. Hauschka skin care range were launched in 1967

In 1969 Elisabeth moved to Germany and from then onwards shared her extensive knowledge and played a role in the creation of many products. Elisabeth remained a valued consultant for all matters relating to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatments until shortly before her passing.

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Throughout her life Elisabeth had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and conducted extensive independent studies into cosmetically active medicinal plants. She consistently used her findings to develop her skin care products.

Elisabeth at 90
Elisabeth at 90

We commemorate her life’s work with the utmost respect and appreciation. Her curiosity, energy and knowledge will remain inspirational always.


Dr. Hauschka Quality
– Truly natural and/or organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and BDIH standards
– Free from synthetic fragrances and preservatives
– Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
– Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
– Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation
– We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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