Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 10

The pharmacist Rudolf Plantener, Elisabeth Sigmund and the chemist Dr Reinhard Schoppmann (from left to right) formed the first development group for the new ‘WALA skin care’ in 1964.
The pharmacist Rudolf Plantener, Elisabeth Sigmund and the chemist Dr Reinhard Schoppmann (from left to right) formed the first development group for the new ‘WALA skin care’ in 1964.

Cooperation with WALA: the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

After returning from India, Elisabeth Sigmund came into personal contact with WALA, the beginning of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.

Her many experiences of the theatre during her time in Jena and with her own theatre group in Stockholm gave Elisabeth Sigmund a strong affinity for make-up. She therefore completed a course in historical stage make-up. In 1967, she suggested the development of make-up to WALA and worked on the topic with the WALA developer Wolfgang Roth-Bernstein, who focussed on work with durable colour pigments of plant origin. In 1981, the first Dr. Hauschka lip and lid shades came onto the market. In 1999 the complete Dr. Hauschka make-up range was launched, from lipsticks to eye shadows, mascaras to kajal eye pencils. Just like Dr. Hauschka facial care, the make-up contains valuable nurturing plants and natural ingredients.

Cosmetics that fit in with WALA

For some time, Dr Rudolf Hauschka (1891–1969), the founder of WALA in Eckwälden, had been looking for special skin care products that would fit in with WALA. These were to extend the range of WALA medicines that had existed since 1935 in the area of healthcare. He sent letters to anthroposophical doctors and cosmeticians outlining his search. Elisabeth Sigmund had been ordering preparations for her skin care products directly from WALA in Eckwälden since the 1950’s. That possibly explains why she too received a letter in 1962. After receiving her 11-page reply, Rudolf Hauschka immediately invited her to visit him. In summer 1962, she travelled to Eckwälden with her husband at the beginning of their holidays in order to present her skin care concept in person. The entire WALA management team, including the developers and doctors, was so impressed by her presentation that she ended up having to stay for her entire holidays.

Between Sweden and Eckwälden

In 1963 and 1964, Elisabeth Sigmund travelled to Eckwälden on multiple occasions to spend several weeks working with the WALA developers. The rest of the time, she worked from Sweden. The WALA developers regularly sent her test ranges of the manufactured products with varying formulations, which she tested on both her beauty salon customers and herself. She sent letters back to Eckwälden with her observations.

Healing skin care by Elisabeth Sigmund

In June 1967, ‘Dr. Hauschka Healing Skin Care by Elisabeth Sigmund’ was launched. The first range included cleansing cream, face toner, facial oil, nourishing face milk, day cream, rose cream, skin treatment, lip balm, eye compresses and silk powder. In 1972 the new skin care line changed its name for legal reasons to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Products by Elisabeth Sigmund. In 1978, this then became Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. In July 1967, all expectations had been exceeded, with 5,000 packages of the new skin care products being sold, even to countries such as South Africa and Sweden, where Elisabeth Sigmund provided the local importers with support and training. As newly developed preparations were being sold, WALA developed existing and new products further, for example skin care products for blemished skin.

Relocation to WALA

The Sigmund’s were still living in Sweden but the calls for them to relocate to Eckwälden became increasingly persistent. Only Elisabeth Sigmund was able to answer the growing number of customer letters with questions about the healing cosmetics, but the time taken to get a response from Sweden led to delays. In 1969, after 20 years in Sweden, the Sigmund’s left behind the life they had built there and began again for the third time in Eckwälden. Karl found a permanent position at WALA, while Elisabeth Sigmund took care of customer enquiries, visited trade fairs and held presentations, as well as working on further product developments.

WALA received euphoric feedback from the first users of the healing skin care products. For example, an anthroposophic doctor from Freiburg said: “These preparations are a pure joy to use and I can fully recommend them to my many patients. I have never experienced such good quality in the cosmetic sector.”
WALA received euphoric feedback from the first users of the healing skin care products. For example, an anthroposophic doctor from Freiburg said: “These preparations are a pure joy to use and I can fully recommend them to my many patients. I have never experienced such good quality in the cosmetic sector.”

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Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, visited WALA in Eckwälden for the first time in 1962. The chemist Rudolf Plantener worked closely with Elisabeth Sigmund to develop Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Karl Kossmann, who was then a commercial employee at WALA, later became the managing director and created the WALA Foundation. Here, he is unfolding a sheet of paper containing beeswax with added medicinal plants – a simple method of caring for the lips.
Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, visited WALA in Eckwälden for the first time in 1962. The chemist Rudolf Plantener worked closely with Elisabeth Sigmund to develop Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Karl Kossmann, who was then a commercial employee at WALA, later became the managing director and created the WALA Foundation. Here, he is unfolding a sheet of paper containing beeswax with added medicinal plants – a simple method of caring for the lips.
Elisabeth Sigmund and Max Kaphahn (1894–1975), one of the co-founders of WALA, in front of the WALA building in Eckwälden; probably in 1962.
Elisabeth Sigmund and Max Kaphahn (1894–1975), one of the co-founders of WALA, in front of the WALA building in Eckwälden; probably in 1962.

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The Eyes Have It

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Bright Eyes – Eye Revive

Refreshing compresses to soothe tired eyes

  • For all computer users
  • Soothing and refreshing for tired, red, irritated or strained eyes
  • Especially suitable for people who wear glasses and contact lenses
  • For hay-fever sufferers
  • Extracts of eyebright (euphrasia), anthyllis, chamomile and camellia calm
  • Fennel extract soothes skin and visibly diminishes puffiness
  • Pampers overstrained or tired eyes
  • Soothing solution reduces the appearance of puffiness in the skin around the eyes
  • The calming effect has also proved successful for combating a tendency towards bags, itching and tired eyes

Tip: Have a soothing Eye Revive treatment when giving yourself a Dr. Hauschka Cream Mask treatment.

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The delicate area around the eyes is much thinner than other parts of the body because it does not have subcutaneous fatty tissue, which makes it particularly sensitive and prone to wrinkles. Daily application of eye cream is a must plus use your Cream Mask on the eye contour area as an ‘eye mask’. Never use an eye cream at night, it’s likely to cause puffy eyes in the morning.

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Regenerating Eye Cream

Visibly minimises fine lines and wrinkles

  • To support a maturing skin
  • Light texture which is rapidly absorbed
  • Supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions
  • Smoothing and refines the delicate skin around the eyes
  • Works to reduce premature signs of ageing
  • Antioxidant-rich red clover, acerola berries and sea buckthorn neutralise free radicals, enhancing skin tone and elasticity
  • Birch leaf, quince seed and precious borage seed oil refine pores and balance moisture
  • Nourishing plants oils such as jojoba and macadamia support skin elasticity, replenish and soften
  • Shea butter, beeswax and cacao seed butter soften and protect
  • Ophthalmologically tested and suitable for contact lens wearers

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Daily Hydrating Eye Cream

Visibly minimises fine lines and wrinkles

  • For all skin conditions
  • Nourishes and refines the delicate skin around the eyes, which is particularly prone to wrinkles and dryness
  • This moisture rich preparation safely and naturally firms, leaving skin soft, smooth and resilient
  • Pineapple, marshmallow and calendula have a revitalising, calming effect, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rose distillate, blended with nurturing avocado, macadamia nut and sea buckthorn oils moisturise, nourish and tone
  • Ophthalmologically tested and suitable for contact lens wearers
  • Light and rapidly absorbed

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Eye Balm

Soothes nurtures and protects

  • For all skin conditions
  • Gently envelops the eye contour area
  • Protective care with intense effects
  • Carrot, rich in provitamin A, calendula and anthyllis soothe delicate skin while apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil and beeswax moisturise, soften and smooth dry skin and fine lines
  • A beeswax base, only use a rice size amount and melt between two ring fingers, then apply
  • Highly protective, leaves skin feeling silky smooth
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Since 1967, Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

 

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The New Way, at the Dusk of the Corporate Age

VIRGINIA BOWERS

Echinacea in the WALA gardens, Bad Boll, Germany Echinacea in the WALA gardens, Bad Boll, Germany

In nature, there is no part of the whole that is not important. All parts are equally necessary and valuable in order for balance and harmony to be achieved.

Products which nurture and support the ecosystem from which they were made and on which we all ultimately rely, then, it logically follows, are the only way to support a healthy continuation of life. And as much as our modern industrial system attempts to deny it, we do, every one of us, rely completely on the continuing health of the one big ecosystem which is our planet.

I always thought the definition of a modern corporation to be a little wacky, and Michael Moore in the eye-opening 2003 documentary ‘The Corporation’ states it perfectly:

“I believe the mistake that a lot of people make when they think about corporations, is they think you…

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Antioxidants

Topical antioxidants – vitamins A, C & E

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Acerola Cherry
Acerola Cherry is exceptionally high in vitamin C. Extracts of acerola are used for their antioxidant, skin-protecting and fortifying properties.

Found in: Cleansing Cream, Regenerating Body Cream, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Eye Cream Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream

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Wild Carrot
From the wild carrot (daucus carota) we obtain an oily extract which is rich in provitamin A (carotenoids). This cares for the skin and makes it soft and supple. It gives skin care products a natural yellow colour.

Found in: After Sun, Bronzing Powder, Clarifying Day Oil, Concealer 01, 02, 03, Coverstick 01-03, Eye Balm, Foundation 01-05, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk, Lip Balm, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick 01, 03, 04 07, 09, 13, 15, 16, Lipstick Novum 04, 09, 10, 12, Melissa Day Cream, Quince Day Cream, Quince Hydrating Body Milk, Revitalising Day Cream, Revitalising Mask

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Rose Hips
Dog rose (Rosa canina), a vigorous relative of the hybrid tea rose, bears red, vitamin C rich fruits: the rose hips. Rose hip extract strengthens and cares for the skin. Dr.Hauschka uses extracts prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Found in: After Sun, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick 01, 03, 04, 07, 09, 13, 15, 16, Lipstick Novum 04, 09, 10, 12, Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Nurturing Body Cream, Sensitive Care Conditioner

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Raspberry Seed Oil
The raspberry is a relative of the rose. A fruity, fine oil with a high Vitamin E content is obtained from its seeds, which preserves the youthfulness of the skin. About 10 kilograms of these small, light seeds are needed to obtain a kilogram of this expensive seed oil.

Found in: Regenerating Day Cream

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Wheat Germ
Wheat germ produces a light, vitamin E rich oil which stimulates the skin’s restorative powers.

Found in: Clarifying Day Oil, Cleansing Cream, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lip Balm, Revitalising Mask, Strengthening Hair Treatment

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Eating your antioxidants

The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene (provitamin A), vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colourful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange and yellow hues.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, rock melon, carrots, corn, capsicum, kale, mangoes, turnip, cabbage, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: berries, cherries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rock melon, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green or yellow capsicum

Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, cherries, silver beet, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red capsicum, spinach and sunflower seeds

These foods are also rich in antioxidants:

Prunes, apples, raisins, plums, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts, onions, eggplant and beans.

Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:

Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals and dairy products

Selenium : Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads and other grain products

Cooking tip: To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed. Don’t overcook or boil them.

BTW: I’ve just discovered I can eat Brussel sprouts, chopped finely and in a coleslaw with apple and carrot, who knew! I’ve never been able to stomach them cooked.

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Men Care

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Dr. Hauschka Natural & Organic Skin Care Regime 

More and more men are coming to value great skin care. However, they want a skin care regime that’s easy and doesn’t take a lot of time – one that achieves its goal in just a few steps. The co-ordinated skin care plan by Dr. Hauschka offers men a 3 Step Day Care and 3 Step Night Care regime. With a range of selected Dr. Hauschka products which complement each other perfectly, men don’t have to wait long for results that can be seen and felt.

Naturally simple and effective

All Dr. Hauschka face care products complement each other, forming a harmonised 3 Step Day Care regime.

Cleansing Toning Moisturising
Facial cleansing removes dirt and dead skin cells without drying the skin. It serves as the cornerstone of our holistic skin care concept. Toning activates the skin’s innate processes, leaving the complexion clear and radiant. The right day cream protects the skin. As the third step after cleansing and moisturising, it completes our skin care regime.

3 Step Day Care 

Cleansing Cleansing Cream Invigorates and cleanses; noticeable moisturising effects
Toning After Shave Clarifying Toner Invigorating aftershave – refreshing and soothing, feels great on freshly shaved skin. Echinacea has anti-bacterial properties and Daisy has anti-inflammatory properties. Just close eyes and mist onto skin.
Moisturising Daily Hydrating Eye Cream Keeps delicate skin around the eyes hydrated, helping to prevent premature wrinkles.
Quince Day Cream
or
For Normal Skin.  Guys love the fresh Quince fragrance. Quince Wax protects the skin and Quince Seed extract prevents moisture loss. Cooling and soothing.
Melissa Day Cream
or
Formulated for a Sensitive Combination (oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks) Skin with a matte finish. Smoothes, harmonises and reduces shine.
Revitalising Day Cream Our lightest texture day cream, yet most activating for a Dry Skin. Refreshing and moisturising.

For an Oily/Blemished skin then choose Clarifying Day Oil instead of a cream moisturiser to regulate oil production. Apply Coverstick to pimples to conceal and treat with just the right amount of tea tree and manuka oils for their anti-bacterial properties and tapioca starch to absorb.

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Tip: Guys also like our Translucent Bronzing Tint mixed with their moisturiser to help even skin tone and give skin a healthy sun-kissed look. This isn’t make-up guys, just a concentrated tint.

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3 Step Evening Care: 

Cleansing Milk or Cleansing Cream + Clarifying Toner + Night Serum

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A Brief History Of Foundation

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It’s creamy and yet light as a feather. It creates a smooth complexion, but discreetly stays in the background: your foundation. A miraculous little product with a long history.

What’s considered beautiful?

Ochre, white lead, whiting (powdered and washed white chalk) – the ingredients of foundation changed depending on the idea of beauty at the time. Cleopatra used a primer that gave her skin a strong, ochre-golden colour that also protected it against the sand and sun. In the middle ages, a pale complexion became fashionable and dominated the scene for the next few centuries. People carefully avoided the sun and used a foundation made of toxic white lead.

The beauties of the screen

To be as beautiful as Greta Garbo – that was the dream of many women at the beginning of the 20th century. Because theatre make-up looked like a mask on the big screen, in 1914 Max Factor developed a foundation specifically for films. It gave the actors and actresses a natural appearance and took on the name ‘make-up’. Today ‘make-up’ often refers to the entire look, but foundation remains the expert base.

More than beautiful

Beauty wasn’t enough for Dr. Hauschka and Elisabeth Sigmund, in the 1960s, they developed a nourishing skin care range made with valuable plant oils and extracts from medicinal plants. In doing so, they became pioneers of a movement, which only later became known as ‘natural skin care’. In 1999, Dr. Hauschka launched a range of make-up – with medicinal plants used in every one of the formulations.

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Night Time Skin Care Ritual

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Life’s busy but attending to this night time ritual becomes a firm favourite in transitioning from day to night. Time for me.

Compress & Hydrate your skin, using Moor Lavender Calming or Rose Nurturing Bath Essence in your basin water, with your Organic Cotton Compress, for aromatic benefits. We promote Compressing & Hydrating to soften pores for a much deeper cleanse, and you’ll use your cleansing products more economically too. 

2) Cleanse with Soothing Cleansing Milk to remove make-up, eye make-up and the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day. You may wish to complete a secondary deeper cleanse with Cleansing Cream

3) Complete cleanse with a splash or compress of cold water to contract a minute muscle beside the hair follicle, removing any last remaining dirt. This simple technique creates a softer skin, without harsh exfoliation. 

4) Tone with Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner to hydrate the skin, provide botanical extracts to strengthen the skin and to aid in absorption of Serum.

5) Apply Night Serum (also available in trial size 2.5ml) or Regenerating Serum

What’s the difference between a moisturiser and a serum?

Moisturiser is an oil and water emulsion to nourish and regulate the skin and to protect your skin from the environment during the day.

Serum delivers botanical extracts that are absorbed deeply and it’s water based (non oily). Night Serum is to be used at night, whereas a more demanding maturing skin requires Regenerating Serum both night and day.

Editor’s note: I’m using Night Serum at night and Regenerating Serum in the morning.

We don’t agree with the conventional idea of night cream use, why?

  • During the night your skin is metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste. The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
  • There are no environmental factors that you need to protect your skin from while you’re asleep. You protect your skin during the day with an oil/water emulsion moisturiser.
  • A night cream is an occlusive substance, which impedes your skin’s natural night time elimination and regeneration processes.
  • Night cream use exacerbates a dry skin and eye cream use at night is highly likely to bring about puffy morning eyes.
  • Sleeping isn’t ageing!

So what do we recommend?

Oil-free night care

Dr. Hauschka night treatment preparations embrace regenerating and regulating botanical essences held in a watery solution, for a healthy, strengthened and radiant skin in the morning.

Dr. Hauschka Night Care Products:

Daily: Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner, Night Serum or Regenerating Serum

Seasonally: Renewing Night Conditioner (also highly recommended for new customers transitioning away from night cream use), Sensitive Care Conditioner or Intensive Treatments.

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