Blending products for optimum results

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We’ve said it before – you’re unique, your skin is unique, your skin is dynamic and therefore always changing, sometimes you need to blend differing products to achieve optimum results.

Some of our favourite morning blends:

For a Mature Skin
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum
Regenerating Day Cream

For a Combination Skin, oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks, sensitive, occasional break-outs
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
If oily t-zone is particularly oily, you may wish to apply 2 drops Clarifying Day Oil on the oily area to assist with regulating oil production
Melissa Day Cream
Cover Stick, treat and heal pimple product

For a Sensitive Skin
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Quince Day Cream – cooling and soothing or Rose Day Cream – strengthening, or mix either with Tinted Day Cream (formerly Toned Day Cream) as brown tones help to hide redness in the skin

For Hypersensitive Skin
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Quince Day Cream or Rose Day Cream blended with Soothing Mask

For a Dry Skin that also needs firming
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum
Revitalising Day Cream (formerly: Moisturising Day Cream) – our lightest moisturiser but most activating for the sebaceous glands.
Need more protection: Add Rose Day Cream
Skin looking pallid, need more warm tones: Add Tinted Day Cream (formerly: Toned Day Cream)

Your skin needs ultra protection and an antioxidant boost
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Rose Day Cream blended with Clarifying Day Oil (formerly: Normalising Day Oil)

For an extremely Dry/Dehydrated Skin
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Use Hydrating Mask as your day cream until condition improves
Alternatively: Blend Revitalising Day Cream (formerly: Moisturising Day Cream) with Hydrating Mask or in winter you may prefer Rose Day Cream blended with Hydrating Mask

For an Oily Skin prone to acne
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Clarifying Day Oil (formerly: Normalising Day Oil) and mix with a little Revitalising Mask (formerly: Rejuvenating Mask) for helping to heal pimple scarring and refine pores
Cover Stick, treat and conceal pimple product

For Skin that needs a ‘Pick Me Up’
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Blend Revitalising Mask (formerly: Rejuvenating Mask) with your usual day cream for one month

Just let me know any skin conditions I may have missed… 🙂

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Winter Weather Bath Essence

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Dr. Hauschka’s answer to cold, wet winter weather limited edition Spruce Warming Bath Essence. Like a walk in a pine forest, calming yet invigorating.

Spruce Warming Bath Essence
Limited Edition 30ml

Autumn and winter have many positive sides – but cold, wet weather often takes the fun out of these seasons. Spending time outdoors can quickly lead to a chill. Unpleasant dampness can penetrate through clothing all the way to the skin. This is the right moment for Spruce Warming Bath Essence from Dr. Hauschka. Slipping into the bath warms the body and soothes the spirit, imparting a sense of well-being.

During the wet and cold seasons of the year, a warm bath sometimes works wonders. After coming in from the cold, you can finally relax and forget the rest of the world for a few moments. Spruce essential oil promotes circulation to the skin and joins with the pleasant heat of the bath water to provide the entire body with intensive and lasting warmth, while jojoba oil gently moisturises the skin. The aromatic bath soothes and relaxes without making you feel tired. The resinous fragrance of spruce needles lets you breathe freely again – providing relief at the time of year when coughs and colds abound.

Tip: Dr. Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence can also be used outside the bath tub. Place a few drops of Spruce Bath Essence in a small bowl of warm water – the fragrance will spread through the entire room and create a special ambience in the wintertime.

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Organic castor oil from cultivation project in India

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Spruce Warming Bath Essence and other Dr. Hauschka products are based on cold-pressed castor oil produced in India. WALA (Dr. Hauschka) has initiated a pioneering agricultural project that supports local people. Only a few years ago, this raw material was not available on the world market in organic quality; as a result, WALA began developing its own solution. The entire castor-bean cultivation and processing chain in India is now organically certified. The seeds are cold pressed, filtered and filled into new, food-safe containers. The premium castor oil is then shipped to Germany by sea. Thanks to the company’s partnership with the Indian suppliers, today WALA’s demand for certified organic castor oil can be completely met.

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The Beauty of Every Face

Elisabeth Sigmund in Her Own Words

In December 2013, Esthetician, Formulator and Co-Founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Elisabeth Sigmund passed away at the age of 99. The insights Elisabeth Sigmund offers into skin care, beauty and her life are at once fascinating, inspiring and profound.

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A Resolution to Take Skin Care Seriously

“In 1929, a very important thing happened in my life. My father died at the age of 41. I was 14, so for me it felt like the end of the world. I believed my father had died due to a wrong diagnosis. This influenced my decision to go to medical school in Vienna, where I was one of only two female students. We were not treated badly but just considered to be nonexistent. I also observed a disregard for skin care by traditional medicine, as if skin care did not merit serious study. I saw that skin care was a kind of ‘stepchild’ that wasn’t taken very seriously, but were delegated to vanity and unrelated to health. However, I saw the importance that the skin, the largest organ of the body, plays maintaining and reflecting health.

“I eventually became ill and left medical school and never returned. I traveled to the Alps to recover and there I imagined developing my own skin care preparations. I went on many walks and on one of these walks I discovered an old monastery where I was allowed to use the library. There I found interesting connections between medicine and skin care. In one of the books, I found an old formulation for a face tonic. From this, I formulated my first facial toner and began my career as a developer of skin care preparations. Also during this time, I studied the works of Rudolf Steiner where I came across the word SCHONHEIT, the German word for beauty. Inherent in the meaning of the word is the idea that something of an inner soul quality shines through the human being. This confirmed my perception that skin care should not be treated superficially.”

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Elisabeth – 1930’s

When Skin Care Was the Work of “Beauty Queens.”

“Skin care or estheticians were called “Oh, the beauty queens” by blue-collar workers as well as society ladies. Even my own mother hesitated to tell her friends that her daughter was in the skin care business because she thought it was very inappropriate. Basically there was very little choice of products and only people of a higher social class could afford to buy skin care at that time. My mother used a formulation of almond paste to cleanse her delicate face and this was the basis for our cleansing cream as we have it today in the Dr. Hauschka range.”

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Elisabeth – 1945

“My goal was to address the changing conditions of my client’s skin.”

“Years later, after World War II, I had a clinic in Sweden. I tested every product on the market and was dissatisfied with what I found. I continued making my own preparations for individual clients and achieved great results and devoted clients. However after two years of preparing products for different clients with different skin conditions, as well as for different seasons, I felt that the results, although effective, were too pampering. My goal was to address the changing condition of my client’s skin by changing her formulas for all the variables involved. Just about this time a wealthy client offered me the use of a cottage on a beautiful island in Sweden.”

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Anthyllis to balance and regulate all skin conditions. Also known as Woundwort & Kidney Vetch

Anthyllis, “the central plant of my facial preparations.”

“Surrounded by nature and silence, I took long walks. One day I came upon a meadow of clover which made me think of anthyllis, a plant that I had read about in an old text while researching medicinal plants at a monastery in Germany. I started adding an extract of anthyllis to the products and discovered that it benefited many different skin conditions. After many successful experiments on my clients, I chose anthyllis as the central plant for my facial preparations. I then added complementary ingredients to form compositions that would stimulate and support the skins own functions and thus regulate the skin rather than pamper it.”

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The Damask Rose, Rosa damascena

Grandmother’s Recipe for Rose Day Cream

“The Rose Day Cream is based on a cream that my grandmother used to use, a kind of Crème Céleste or celestial cream. She had a recipe for it, which her pharmacist made up newly for her every time she ran out. This face cream contained olive oil, beeswax, ethereal rose oil and rose water. When I first took a real interest in skin care, my grandmother gave me a copy of the recipe, which she had brought from her home region of Moravia. Despite the turmoil of the Second World War, during which I had to move house several times, I saved it as my little gem. Once in Stockholm, I took it back out and modified it.”

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The Beauty of Every Face

“I observed that there is an architectural beauty to every human face. That one can care for the face with the finest products and decorative, but that there is something that transcends those factors. Something shines through that can also have a negative expression and that regardless of the external situation, the negative remains apparent. As an esthetician, I was able to establish an intimate and trusting relationship with my clients. When I noticed anger, jealousy or any conflict expressed on a client’s face that prevented one’s own beauty from shining forth, I consciously worked to help resolve the conflict. My Dr. Hauschka Classic Treatment offers the chance to touch clients in a therapeutic manner that often is enough to resolve their unease with themselves. At times, it took more of a kind and patient conversation with clients to help them remember their inner beauty. I see it as the task of an esthetician to help the client express their inner beauty and not work simply on the surface.”

 

Dr. Hauschka Classic Facial Treatment with Lymph Stimulation
Dr. Hauschka Classic Facial Treatment with Lymph Stimulation

Most Important Discoveries

“For me personally, in addition to the discovery of so many medicinal plants that affected the skin, there were two major things. Firstly, I discovered that a cosmetic made purely from natural ingredients can do a great deal more for the skin than a conventional cosmetic made from chemical/synthetic substances.

“The second key discovery for my treatment concept was that the skin regenerates more effectively at night if you do not use a night cream. It is far better to treat your skin with an aqueous solution containing medicinal plants that stimulate your skin’s natural activity. I am delighted to see that these discoveries still form the basis of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.”

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Plant Profile: Almond

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Almond Tree
Synonyms: Sweet Almond
Scientific Name: Prunus dulcis (Mill.)
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Habitat
Subtropical China and Asia Minor

Constituents
54% fatty oil containing oleic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid, protein, enzymes.

Description
All sorts of things come to mind when we think of almonds: marzipan and macaroons, for example. Now we know that marzipan is polarising, you either love it or loathe it. However, bought marzipan with it’s OTT almond essence is not remotely like delicate homemade marzipan. If you’re not sure on Almond we think you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

There’s always minis if you wish to just ‘dip your toes in’ to begin with anyway before throwing yourself at full size luxuriating and soothing Almond products. 

Whatever the context, what we picture in our mind’s eye is the edible almond kernel. But what about the plant that goes with it? The first surprise: the up to 8-metre high, bare, frost-sensitive almond tree with its grey bark belongs to the rose family and is thus closely related to the cherry, peach, apricot and, of course, the rose. We can see this relationship when we look at the pink flowers with yellow stamens which appear as early as January in Mediterranean countries. The second new perspective: the almond kernel we eat is actually the almond seed which is inside the hard shell or pit. The robust pit is enclosed in the dry, green, bitter and inedible fruit. The almond kernel corresponds to the kernel inside a peach pit or stone. Incidentally, peach kernels are used to make an imitation marzipan called persipan.

Uses
Containing 18% protein, 16% carbohydrates and 54% fat, plus many minerals and vitamins, particularly of the B group, almonds are a meal in themselves and taste equally good eaten as they are or in the form of almond spread. In the old days they used to be given to children for coughs. The almond oil expressed from the seeds is a mild skin care oil with good moisturising properties. Almond meal, the residue left after expressing the oil, is a gentle skin cleanser.

There are two other varieties apart from the sweet almond: the bitter almond and the soft-shelled almond. The latter is also edible, like the sweet almond, whereas the bitter almond contains the poisonous glycoside amygdalin from which cyanide is formed in the intestine. Bitter almond oil from which amygdalin has been chemically removed is an aromatic flavouring and a good fragrance and is used by pastry cooks and cosmetic manufacturers.

Dioscurides believed the bitter almond could heal practically all ills: used externally it would drive away “sun spots in the face”, induce menstruation, relieve headaches and heal sores, used internally it was said to relieve pain, stimulate elimination of water, soften the stomach, promote sleep, help relieve coughs, liver disorders, flatulence… The list is endless.

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Interesting Facts
All names for the almond in European languages are derived from the Greek amygdale or amygdalos. The origin of this word is no longer known. The prefix al- in the Iberian names (e.g. Spanish almendra) is the imported Arabic article al or el which found its way into many scientific terms during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula. The generic name Prunus is derived from the Greek proumon = plum, the almond’s relative. The specific epithet dulcis = sweet refers to the taste of the kernels.

Almonds already grew in the stone age and their cultivation is thought to go back to the Bronze age. The almond is probably the oldest cultivated fruit of the Old World with a success story that continues right up to the present day. In the 17th to 16th century before the birth of Christ the almond tree made its way from its native Asia via Persia to Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt. In the 5th century it then travelled further to Greece and to the Roman Empire. Charlemagne contributed significantly to the spread of the almond tree and today we can no longer imagine Mediterranean countries without it. It is seen there as a symbol of vigilance and rebirth because it blossoms in January already.

Ancient Greece in particular is the source of many legends in which the almond tree plays a role. According to one of these legends the almond is said to have developed from a drop of blood of the Greek goddess Kybele, the mother of the gods, who was originally the goddess of the mountains and of fertility in Asia Minor. In other accounts the almond tree is said to have developed from the male half of a hermaphroditic being created by Zeus.

There is an almond tree fairy tale from Morocco. In this fairy tale the beautiful princess Hatim had such a kind heart that she took money from her father’s coffers and gave it to the poorest of her country. The king had no understanding for his daughter’s behaviour, accused her of theft and had her executed. Allah understood Hatim’s action and transformed the dead princess into an almond tree which gave the country’s people almonds year after year.

The Bible contains several references to the almond, often because of its early blossoming as a sign of awakening. The six-branched candlestick of the biblical Tabernacle, the meeting place of God with Moses and his people, is modelled on an almond tree. The almond is probably best known in the form of marzipan, which came originally from the orient and was traditionally made of almonds, sugar and rose water. Baghlaba is the Persian variety additionally flavoured with cardamom and traditionally eaten there during the four-week festivities in celebration of the New Year. In 16th century Germany the production of marzipan was the province of the pharmacists whose “confectiones” were only prepared with sugar to make the bitter medicine more pleasant-tasting. Marzipan was also known as “heart sugar”. Gradually the pleasant taste came to take precedence over the medicinal action and the almond confection moved from being a medicine to a sweet. In medieval cooking almonds were not only contained in sweet dishes: meat and fish dishes were also prepared with almonds.

The almond tree gives off a resin which can be collected in the form of tears. In Ancient Greece these resin tears were burnt as incense to ward off disease and evil spirits. The fine fragrance disinfects, purifies and clarifies.

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The Plant at Dr. Hauschka
The almonds used for Dr. Hauschka skin care products are organically grown and originate in Spain and Italy. In Germany they are then processed in a traditionally operating oil mill to express the almond oil and ground to almond meal. The mild almond oil has a good slip and glide and is taken up slowly by the skin. The oil is the conditioning base of Dr. Hauschka After Sun Lotion, Concealer, Daily Hydrating Eye Cream, Quince Day Cream, Revitalising Day Cream, Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Day Oil, Hand Cream, Lip Care Stick, Lipsticks, Soothing Cleansing Milk, Rose Body Moisturiser, Almond Body Moisturiser, Rose Day Cream Light, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, Regenerating Body Cream, Firming Mask, Tinted Day Cream and Almond St. John’swort Body Oil. In Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream almond meal is particularly effective at binding dirt particles and thus gently and deeply cleanses the skin.

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The Truth About Exfoliating

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How often do you read advice that you should be exfoliating?

Plenty, but not from us, that’s for sure.

So called exfoliating ‘beauty treatments’ include dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, AHA/BHA peels, plus of course there’s numerous harsh exfoliants on the market; grains, brushes, acids and so forth. Many exfoliating ‘grain’ products are made from plastics that will be floating around in our water for hundreds of years to come.

Harsh interference with the top layer of your skin gives you much more likelihood of sun damage, dryness, irritation, redness and sensitivity.

Our skin has an acid mantle, the reason for this is bacteria don’t like an acid environment, so it’s also important to preserve the pH of your skin using products that respect rather than disrupt this protection.

The top layer of your skin, the epidermis, is extremely thin. Any harsh acidic or scrubbing action is going to be damaging. Those dead cells are there for a reason, protecting the young cells coming through on a natural 28 day skin cell cycle. They’re also helping to keep moisture in.

We educate that you must treat your skin in a loving and gentle manner. It has to last you a lifetime!

Cleansing Cream in your morning skin care ritual will be removing dead cells that are ready to slough off in a very gentle manner, as will your weekly Cleansing Clay Mask. Nothing more than that is needed for healthy, balanced and radiant skin.

And yes, your skin can still feel incredibly soft without any harsh exfoliants whatsoever. Just incorporate Compress & Hydrate + Press & Roll into your daily regime. This method softens the pores of your skin resulting in a much deeper cleanse, using less product BTW, and in softer skin.

Then always complete your cleanse with a cool water splash or hold a cool compress to your skin for a moment or two. 

Why? Because this simple technique activates a minute muscle alongside the hair follicle causing it to contract which assists in removing any last remaining dirt, result is also a softening effect.

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Video: Compress & Hydrate + Press & Roll

Compress Kit
Contents: 100% Organic unbleached Cotton Compress – extra large to retain warmth, Bath Essence 10ml, our Complete Guide to Cleansers, Toners & Moisturisers. RRP $26

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Skin Care During Menopause

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During menopause skin is likely to experience changes. Hot flushes may be so problematic that using warming Rose products such as Rose Day Cream and/or Firming Mask may no longer be appropriate for this stage. Products with cooling properties or don’t specifically warm your skin are:

Regenerating Serum & Regenerating Day Cream
Quince Day Cream
Rejuvenating Mask
Moisturising Day Cream

Toned Day Cream – the original BB cream – is a great alternative too. As we age our skin becomes a little pallid, so Toned Day Cream puts the warm tones back into your skin, helps to even skin tone and provides plenty of moisture.

Some women experience severe break-outs for the first time in their life during menopause. So skin care needs to change to reflect this. Cover Stick is a must product for treating and healing any pimples as quickly as possible. Rejuvenating Mask is also highly recommended twice weekly. If you’ve been using Moisturising Day Cream, you may find this product too active for your sebaceous glands during this time of transition.

Other women experience extreme dryness (lack of oil) and/or dehydration (lack of water). Use Moisturising Mask twice weekly for a boost. You may also use Moisturising Mask as your daily moisturiser until condition improves. We also recommend light Moisturising Day Cream to activate a dry skin to produce more oil. Hydration plumps the skin so drinking your 6-8 glasses of water a day is extremely important.

Include specific support for your skin with Intensive Treatment 05 for Menopausal Skin.

Intensive Treatment 05 for Menopausal Skin
Specialised care for skin during menopause

Please note: change of name soon to Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin

Dr. Hauschka Intensive Treatments are formulated for skin that has lost its natural balance and requires focused care. Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin balances hormonally related skin changes while supporting your skin’s natural processes of renewal. The appearance of blotchiness and spots is diminished for a calm, even complexion.

Formulation: Rhythmitised dilutions of Daisy and Rose work with gemstones Argentite, Ruby powder and Black Cohosh to revitalise dull, lifeless skin and reduce the appearance of redness and irregular pigmentation.

Black Cohosh is well known for its use during menopause. Its rhizomes survive the winter, and it is these life-bearing rootstocks that are processed. They are much appreciated in particular during the phase of change surrounding the menopause. The Black Cohosh extract in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products is prepared using our own special rhythmic process.

Rubies are red gemstones, so fitting with our homeopathic guidelines of like treats like, red treats redness. Ruby has a harmonising effect on the skin helping to reduce the appearance of redness and blotchiness. Rubies are one of the oldest traditional healing stones.

Argentite is a bluish-grey-to-black silver mineral with a metallic sheen. In combination with the other ingredients in Intensive Treatment 05, Argentite supports the skin’s own processes of renewal.

Use:
Skin cells are renewed every 28 days. Mirroring this same regenerative cycle, Intensive Treatments should be used as a 28 day entire treatment in the one bottle, to be used instead of a Toner. Intensive Treatments work most effectively when used four times a year as a stimulus. After morning and evening cleansing, mist 4-5 pumps onto the face, neck and décolleté then gently press into the skin.

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If you feel your skin has changed and you would like to discuss your skin concerns and update your product prescription to ensure you are using the optimum products for this time of transition give Fay, Manager at Dr. Hauschka Discovery Centre a call or send her an email.

The Dr.Hauschka Discovery Centre 
641 Darling Street, Rozelle Sydney NSW 2039.
Phone: (02) 9818 6119 
Email: discovery@drhauschka.com.au

Opening Hours: 
Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 10am to 7pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

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Know what your skin needs

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You are proudly unique, so is our skin care

Don’t feel you need to keep using exactly the same products, your skin is dynamic. Skin conditions change with the seasons, hormones including pregnancy and post natal transitions, age, lifestyle factors, week day and weekend differing environmental conditions and so forth.

Personally I use Regenerating Serum and Regenerating Day Cream during the week and usually Rose Day Cream, Quince Day Cream or Toned Day Cream in the weekend. If we’re out walking I’ll use Rose Day Cream with a little Normalising Day Oil in a protective and antioxidant rich blend, along with super protective Eye Contour Day Balm and Lip Balm.

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Which products are going to be best for your skin?
Trial size minis are ideal because that gives you the freedom to try quite a few day care products and see how your skin feels.

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You may like to read a more detailed blog about the benefits of each day care product…‘Which product is the optimum choice for you?”

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Product Blends
Mix products in the palms of our hands prior to application depending on your skin’s requirement. If I don’t have Toned Day Cream I’ll mix in a little Translucent Bronze Tint to give my skin warm tones. If my skin is feeling dry, I’ll mix a small amount of Moisturising Mask with my Day Care, and if my skin feels like it just needs a boost I’ll mix a little Rejuvenating Mask with my Day Care.

A particularly beneficial blend for a ‘parched’ dry/dehydrated skin is: Rose Day Cream + Moisturising Mask.

A dry skin that also needs firming: Regenerating Serum + Moisturising Day Cream.

A protective blend against a harsh environment is: Rose Day Cream + Normalising Day Oil, which in this instance you would be using as an oil based serum, to give your skin anti-oxidants and nourishing oils.

A beneficial blend for a parched dry/dehydrated skin is: Rose Day Cream + Moisturising Mask

A blend to help even skin tone, give warmth to a pallid skin and a moisture boost is: Rose Day Cream + Toned Day Cream. If your skin is more normal than dry, then Rose Day Cream + Translucent Bronzing Tint.

Mix a little Rejuvenating Mask + Rose Day Cream Light for a younger skin with blemishes, to soothe and to help heal new scarring from pimples.

A blend to kick start the skin’s own ability to produce oil and to protect is: Moisturising Day Cream + Rose Day Cream
Please note: Moisturising Day Cream is our lightest moisturiser, yet most activating to the sebaceous glands. Moisturising Day Cream is not recommended if there’s any likelihood of pimples or a sensitive skin because it’s so active.

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Quick Reference

Do you have even-toned, well-balanced skin?
Normal Skin
Quince Day Cream

Is your skin reddened, blotchy and easily irritated?
Sensitive Skin
Rose Day Cream/Rose Day Cream Light/Quince Day Cream

Does your skin tend to be dehydrated, lacklustre and feel tight?
Dry, Dehydrated Skin
Rose Day Cream/Moisturising Day Cream

Has your skin lost elasticity, more fine lines and wrinkles?
Mature Skin
Regenerating Serum, Regenerating Day Cream

Is your T-zone oily while your cheeks are dry and reddened?
Sensitive/Combination Skin
Melissa Day Cream

Is your skin reddened, blotchy and easily irritated?
Combination Skin
Normalising Day Oil & Moisturising Day Cream Or Normalising Day Oil & Rose Day Cream Light

Does your skin have blemishes, large pores and become oily quickly?
Blemished, Oily Skin
Normalising Day Oil

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The Magic of Natural and Organic Perfume

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Zimmermann has a dream: to create the fragrance that captivates people’s senses, that transforms them, and perhaps create a peaceful world.

Jörg Zimmermann’s workplace is all the way at the top, just below the roof of WALA /Dr. Hauschka. Here he finds the quiet he needs to stimulate all the senses. In his head, he creates the fragrances that lend Dr. Hauschka products their individual note. “Every product is different and thus requires its own statement.” Dr. Hauschka Skin Care uses exclusively natural substances compatible with the uncompromising demands of the company’s philosophy. “My job is to convey these values in my fragrance creations. None of the human senses is so old and so directly connected to the limbic system as the sense of smell. It is closely related to memory and emotion,” says Jörg Zimmermann. “Fragrances make it possible to travel through time, to recall that which was long forgotten. Nothing triggers more spontaneous attraction or rejection than fragrances – they are encrypted messages transmitted by our environment. The magic of scent has always been of major importance; the sensual allure of fragrance enjoys a long tradition.” The ‘Master of Fragrances’ at Dr. Hauschka has been under their spell for as long as he can remember. As a result, it was always his hope to work with fragrances. It is a characteristic trait of Jörg Zimmermann to pursue goals with passion and perseverance. “One needs this trait as a perfumer. You always have to be on top of things, not be discouraged by failed experiments.” It takes months, sometimes years, for a new fragrance to be created. Zimmermann writes down hundreds of formulas only to discard them in the end. Perhaps two of 100 fragrance creations are ever actually implemented. “The ability to smell analytically is important.” He uses his nose to deconstruct a perfume into its components and recognise what ingredients disturb the fragrance’s harmonious perception, what amounts to increase or decrease, and what substances to add or remove. “Every fragrance consists of top notes, middle notes and base notes”, explains Jörg Zimmermann. The top notes form the initial impression, the introduction of the perfume so to speak. They are followed by the middle notes, which convey the heart of the fragrance and give it shape. The third and final fragrance note is the base note. It represents the finale of the fragrance, much like in a symphony orchestra. “The trick is to harmonise these three parts, to co-ordinate their temporal and spatial progression.”

Portait Parfumeur Joerg Zimmermann 4.4.08

The member of the French Perfumers’ Society requires absolute quiet during his work. This allows him to stimulate all the senses and recall images from his memory. After all, creating a scent involves much more than simply combining raw materials. It connects the world of thought with the world of feeling. Jörg Zimmermann composes, hears internal music, senses a wonderful lightness. Like a painter who has the image he wants to paint in front of his eyes, Zimmermann first creates the perfume in his head. He looks for base harmonies, previously combined individual scent compositions, to serve as a foundation. And then everything begins to flow. Then the perfumer begins to experiment with the tones of his “fragrance organ”. This is the name given to the collection of essential oils from which he selects the key components for a fragrance. Some 200 substances are available, of which Zimmermann uses various numbers as ingredients in his composition. The more technical skills of developing perfumes can certainly be learned, but the ability to compose fragrances must be inborn. Jörg Zimmermann undeniably has this skill. “But I didn’t know what path to follow at first to make professional use of my abilities,” he recalls. So he studied art and cultural education, sharpening his artistic, literary and musical senses. There is no classical course of training to become a perfumer, neither in Germany nor abroad. But France is considered the mother country of perfume. At the age of 30, Jörg Zimmerman journeyed to southern France – more specifically, to Grasse, the capital of the perfume world. Gloves were perfumed in this city near the Côte d’Azur as early as the 17th century. Born in Tettnang, Germany and raised in the city of Baden-Baden, Zimmermann studied at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery from 2004 to 2006 and then worked with leading perfumers. He has been working for Dr. Hauschka since summer 2006, continuing a long-running tradition: the company has never purchased fragrances, choosing to develop them itself instead. “This helps our products to maintain their unmistakable character,” emphasises Zimmermann. Dr. Hauschka skin care products contain no chemical/synthetic fragrances, despite their extensive availability on the market: “We use exclusively natural essential oils of the very highest quality.” Jörg Zimmermann is convinced: “Our customers notice this uniqueness, this strong foundation of knowledge which flows into our products. The soul senses it and is able to regenerate itself – along with the entire person.”

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Dr. Hauschka Body Washes make showering a unique aromatic experience – a gift for the body, mind and soul.

This is based on unmistakable fragrance worlds that evoke images and stories, and stimulate our senses.

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Rose Nurturing Body Wash
Composition with rose – enveloping and mysterious

“As I developed my ideas I kept the following questions in mind: What is the smell of a rose with nurturing and harmonising powers? What qualities does a rose emanate that capture our attention? When you compare the scent of roses, you discover that there is a broad spectrum within the genus. I searched for the most beautiful aspects. Usually fresh, citrus-like fragrances are emitted from the centre of the bud and develop as the rose opens. I discovered orange blossoms, delicate and spicy clove tones, and woody, velvety and creamy components. I was aiming for a creation in which the rose is light and playful, but at the same time very regal and seductive. A rosy and floral heart accord forms the main body around which the other individual aspects are grouped. An amber-like base gives the composition a creamy and gentle finish, which I interpreted using sandalwood and vanilla. They radiate a mysterious and velvety depth.”

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Almond Soothing Body Wash
Composition with almond – delicate and floral

“It was my wish to create a tangible experience of the progression from blossom to fruit, bringing in all these associations. This invoked images of the early days of spring, when the radiant blue sky shimmers above a sea of delicate pink blossoms that appear to dance in the mild air. The idea represented by the composition with almond is the chiffon-like transparency of a pink rose. I used bergamot, ylang-ylang and rose to interpret this floral chord. A balsamic base of tonka bean and vanilla sweeps us away to a sumptuous oriental palace and awakens memories of sweet, pleasurable indulgences.”

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Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Wash
Composition with lemon and lemon grass – sparkling and refreshing

“I was on the lookout for a truly special raw material. I discovered essential oil made from fresh gingerroot, which emits a very citric fragrance. We are mostly familiar with ginger in Asian cuisine, so there is a close association with lemongrass. In the top note we perceive lemon and lime, which have a refreshing and toning effect. Fresh gingerroot and lemongrass draw out the citric impression and create an increasing complexity. However, this is not meant to be a complicated fragrance, but rather a clear, refreshing concept that is made richer with exotic ingredients. I see two tendencies in this fragrance. The first is toward athleticism, dynamism and vitality; the second, the concentration that comes from increased alertness. The scent stimulates and creates a presence – a wonderful shot of refreshment.”

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Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash
Composition of lavender and sandalwood – quiet and harmonising freshness

“I was looking for a special variety of lavender with a gentle floral note and a lot of elegance. I found it at an elevation of 1,000 metres. This lavender is notable for the sense of peace and harmony that it projects. However, it also possesses a certain gentle yet rejuvenating freshness. The Australian sandalwood works its charm in the background, embedded in a regal, ambery chord, which rounds off the quiet freshness of the lavender with an enveloping, amber-like warmth. For me the fragrance creates associations of Provençal villages rising from the morning mist along the lines of hills on the Côte d’Azur.”

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The language of nature

Jörg Zimmermann, perfume specialist at Dr. Hauschka, tells us how he creates the Dr. Hauschka fragrances and what the secret code of nature is all about.

Dr. Hauschka: Can you train your sense of smell?
Jörg Zimmermann: Yes. It is not just about smelling it is about conscious smelling. It is like turning on a switch in your memory so that on smelling an individual substance you create associations with it and internalise the fragrance. Later, when you smell the substance again, you automatically associate it with certain imagery and can recognise it. Conscious smelling is a minor change in perception: we have a clear knowledge of how the fragrance affects us, where we smell it, how we perceive it and what we associate with it. Anyone who trains in this art and writes down their experiences will develop their own fragrance index for reference at any time.

Dr. Hauschka: Was there a specific moment when knew you were destined to be a perfume specialist?
Jörg Zimmermann: When I was four, I went exploring on my own in a nearby forest and had an intense experience with nature. I can still remember it well: at midday, the sun hit the forest at an angle, shining through the young trees and onto a small cluster of wood anemones that had sprung up all over the fresh forest floor. I suddenly felt like a face was looking at me; like these little flowers wanted to give me a message. I felt their desire to be looked at, but how was I to understand their essence? I looked at the flowers for a long time and fell in love with them. They bade me to move closer and absorb their silent message through their scent. I carefully knelt down on the ground and cautiously placed my nose by the opening of the greenish-yellow flowers. For a moment, I believed in magic; a natural power that dominates us and rules everything. Was this love in its purest form?
The joy I felt was overwhelming. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. My greatest wish was to hold onto and remember it. Through scent, I had connected with nature. From then on, I could not help but wonder about the hidden world behind things. I wanted to understand the essence of everything I came across, remember things through their scent and enable others to share my experiences.

Dr. Hauschka: But is that actually possible? After all, we do not smell the plants directly but simply their fragrance through the products?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is not about smelling plants directly but rather how we are affected by our memory of doing so. Stimuli are needed to trigger the memory. If you imagine that each essential oil represents the essence of a plant, you can envisage what it means to convert this into a sensual experience that tells a story.
By integrating the essence of individual plants you create the essence of an overall product. This sensual processing method humanises the substance and makes it accessible.
As a perfume specialist, I regard it as my cultural duty to subject the essential oils to processes in which the ideas archetypically embedded in us become something that can be experienced. Only on smelling transitions do we actually develop the idea that the product aims to convey.
Dr. Hauschka: How do you develop a fragrance?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is very conscious, reflective work. I put myself in a state of heightened consciousness and imagine what will happen when I combine the proportions of each fragrance. For me, it is about revealing the secret laws of nature, or in other words discovering the meaning of each individual substance and how the idea of the fragrance could be logically realised so that when we smell it, we perceive an organic process and an atmosphere can be created. Secret

Dr. Hauschka: Secret laws of nature?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is like with music. I can press all the keys on a piano and make sound. Music is only created when I press certain keys in a certain way and a feeling arises from the logical sequence of the melody. The greater my understanding of nature’s secret code, the easier it is for people to enjoy all elements of a fragrance.
When I am working on a fragrance, I mentally collate the plants so that I can sense their smell. These are the times in which I have a clear picture of how things logically go together to create a metamorphosis and make tangible transitions between top and base notes.
In my memory, I always find part of one substance that contains part of another substance. There are some elements of fragrance that may be similar, such as bergamot, rose or neroli. I look at the similarities and differences so that I can add things to complement the former. Once all the parameters have been skilfully aligned and the fragrance and the idea are both tangible, something truly magical occurs.

Dr. Hauschka: Is that what makes Dr. Hauschka fragrances special?
Jörg Zimmermann: Yes. The top, middle and base notes of the Dr. Hauschka fragrances can be transmitted to the entire body. By perceiving the fragrance in different areas of our body, we trigger an inner vitality, which can be externally observed as a kind of aura. In contrast, conventional, synthetic fragrances are something we only wear externally, like accessories.
The high level of vitality and complexity associated with natural fragrances is extremely striking and explains why they are so important to humans. Humans too are highly complex and can wonderfully combine themselves with things that complement them. Attention and creativity, attraction and curiosity are created – but why is nature so good at this? It does not impose its will but instead adds refinement while stimulating and enlivening our body’s own activity.

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Portait Parfumeur Joerg Zimmermann 4.4.08

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