In 1971, Elisabeth Sigmund began teaching cosmeticians the special treatment method which she had developed and tested in her beauty salon in Sweden.
There are now around 800 Dr. Hauschka Estheticians working in Germany, with an additional 800 around the world. Qualified cosmeticians receive further training to become Dr. Hauschka Estheticians. In addition to the Dr. Hauschka Classic Treatment, they also offer many variations. The Dr. Hauschka Treatment is still based on Elisabeth Sigmund’s methods.
Initially, Elisabeth Sigmund did not actually want to train others to perform the skin care treatments with lymph stimulation and facial exercises as she was worried that the trainees could use what they had learned incorrectly. Finally, the cosmetician Anneliese Horn talked her around.
From the first ever Dr. Hauschka Esthetician …
In 1970, Anneliese Horn completed a cosmetics course in her home es of Stuttgart. After many months of training in conventional cosmetics, she left the course with rosacea, a skin disease. Her anthroposophic family doctor had heard about the new ‘WALA skin care’ and recommended that if she wanted to work as a cosmetician, she should use their products. Anneliese Horn got in touch with Elisabeth Sigmund through WALA. After thinking about it for a few months, Elisabeth Sigmund agreed and trained Anneliese Horn as the first ever Dr. Hauschka Esthetician in January and February 1971 during several weeks of one-on-one lessons.
… to a trainer
As Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was still little known in the early 1970s, Anneliese Horn’s beauty salon was slow to take off. Elisabeth Sigmund, therefore, suggested that she should go to trade fairs and conventions for WALA and give presentations on skin care at health food stores. After Elisabeth Sigmund had trained several more cosmeticians, she also started referring interested candidates to Anneliese Horn, who took over the Dr. Hauschka Esthetician Training from 1975.
Castor oil is a moisturising component in a variety of Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products and forms the basis of Dr.Hauschka Bath Essences. When WALA (producers of Dr. Hauschka) decided to transition to certified organic castor oil, it was discovered that this raw material was not available in organic quality anywhere in the world. But this could be changed, WALA raw materials purchaser Christine Ellinger said to herself in 2005, and began activating her contacts to organic farmers in India and to Satvik, an Indian non-governmental organisation (NGO).
A motivated group of ecologically minded Indian farmers founded a NGO called Satvik in 1995. Its initial aim was to promote rain-fed farming, a method suited to the ecology of the arid Kutch region of northern India. After a strong earthquake killed at least 20,000 people in this district in 2001 and many survivors were struggling to maintain their livelihoods, it became all the more important to switch over to a method of farming that is less cost intensive and at the same time preserves or even improves soil fertility. Satvik’s efforts became more important than ever.
The first certified organic castor oil
When Christine Ellinger, an ecotrophologist and agricultural scientist, approached Satvik with her question about organic castor oil in 2005, she came at exactly the right time. The farmers were already following organic criteria in their production, but had not yet received official organic certification. By providing financial support for Satvik’s advisory function as well as the benefit of WALA’s many years of experience, the company was able to help obtain organic certification for the entire castor oil plant cultivation and processing chain from the Institute for Market Ecology (IMO). This independent certification body tests ecological aspects of products, agriculture, processing, import and commerce for compliance with EU organic regulations. 2005 marked the beginning of a longstanding partnership that led to the world première of certified organic castor oil.
My dream is to process only organically cultivated castor beans
Nanalal Satra, owner and managing director of Castor Products Company in Nandgam in India’s Kutch district, has been in contact with WALA since 2005. Christine Ellinger’s enquiry prompted Satvik to initiate contact between WALA and Nanalal Satra. Since 2007, his oil pressing facility has been producing cold-pressed castor oil from the organically cultivated castor beans that he purchases from organically certified farms in the region – for a price that is 15 to 18 percent higher than that of conventionally grown castor beans. He was so enthusiastic about the organic production methods that in 2009 he set up another production line, certified by IMO, which is used exclusively for the production of organically certified castor oil. Nanalal Satra has used the increased revenues from the sales of organic castor oil to set up recreation rooms for his workers, to support farmers in transitioning to organic cultivation and receiving certification, and to make it possible for the farmers to cook using biogas. Fifty farmers have already received financing for biogas systems – which provide a family with one cow enough fuel to cook all their meals. In the arid, almost treeless Kutch region, this is a blessing.
Financial independence as a main goal
Today the agricultural land of a good 140 families has been organically certified. They grow around 277 tons of castor beans on approximately 1,175 hectares of land – ensuring a regular source of supplementary income. Nanalal Satra’s oil production of 60 tons per year now far exceeds the demand from WALA, allowing him to cooperate with several different trading partners. “This is in our interest as well”, says Christine Ellinger. After all, a major goal is to encourage and support industries in structurally disadvantaged areas until they become stabile and self-sustaining – and help the people of the region to achieve financial independence and improved social conditions. In addition to business advice, the NGO also runs health and education programmes. When Christine Ellinger visits, she also pays attention to the development of the community. The last time she was there, Nanalal Satra proudly showed her the improved recreational rooms for his employees. Christine Ellinger’s happiness is written on her face. Encounters between different cultures can bear a variety of fruits.
Although mango butter is an important raw material for cosmetics manufacturers, it has never been available in organic quality. That is, until Dr. Hauschka set the wheels in motion for a raw materials project in India. Both the project and the raw material passed the testing stage, meaning that Dr. Hauschka will now use only organic mango butter for its products. Sourcing this valuable raw material in organic quality is expensive but Dr. Hauschka believes the cost is worthwhile.
Christine Ellinger – a raw materials purchaser at WALA which produces Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products – is the driving force behind organic mango butter.
WALA’s aim is to expand organic farming worldwide, i.e. farming without pesticides or artificial fertilisers.
As Christine Ellinger says: “Organic farming benefits both people and their natural surroundings.” She found it hard to believe that, although mangoes were already being grown in ecologically certified quality, the fruit’s valuable stones were not being put to good use. As she explains: “Some of the organic mangoes on the market are sold as fresh fruit, but most of it reaches consumers in the form of juice or dried fruit.” This leaves the skin and the stone – and the stone is the very part of the fruit that interests Christine Ellinger, as the stones within contain valuable raw materials for skin care.
Organic mango butter – a processing project
Mangoes grow in many different parts of the world. Christine Ellinger travelled around different continents meeting potential business partners until she found the right one in 2008: Nanalal Satra, Managing Director of the Castor Products Company in India, which has already been producing organic cold-pressed castor oil for WALA for several years. “Nanalal Satra understood immediately what we needed”, says Christine Ellinger. In spite of this, it took some time to clear up the many questions associated with organic mango butter production. Christine Ellinger’s project was leading her into uncharted territory and there were many questions to be answered. For instance, how to extract the mango seeds from the mango stone. Or how to extract the mango butter from the seeds. Or how to ensure that the mango butter remains stable without using artificial preservatives? As Christine Ellinger reports: “In the beginning, we didn’t know what quantity of fruit was necessary to produce the amount of organic mango butter we required.” With a view to finding this out, the first processing attempts took place in 2009.
In order to obtain the mango butter, the stones first need to be dried in the sun for a number of days. Following this, the stones can be cut open by hand and the seeds removed for further drying. Quite a challenge, given that the rainy season begins shortly after the mango harvest. Because of this, it is usually necessary to dry some of the seats completely in ovens. In order to minimise the amount of non-renewable energy used, Nanalal Satra and WALA looked to solar energy. “We commissioned a study to ascertain the best way to dry seeds using solar energy”, says Christine Ellinger. As soon as all of the seeds are dry, they are sent by ship to Germany, where the valuable organic mango butter is extracted from them. WALA’s aim is to source the mango butter directly from India, so that a greater part of the value-adding process remains in the country. And even at this early stage, significant value has been added, given that the stones are no longer discarded or burnt, but are processed instead. The benefit for Nanalal Satra is that he can employ an extra 40 seasonal workers for the purpose of extracting the organic mango stones.
Mango butter – raw material with a melting texture
Mango butter has a similar consistency to cocoa butter. It nourishes the skin, providing it with various fatty acids and helping to keep it soft and supple. Mango butter also helps to reduce fine lines and is particularly effective at treating rough skin. It even provides light protection against UV rays. Mango butter is also edible and is used, among other things, to make chocolate.
Mango butter at Dr. Hauschka
The following Dr. Hauschka products contain organic mango butter:
Firming Mask: smoothing, firming intensive care for dry/mature skin that’s losing tone Daily Hydrating Eye Cream: light and rapidly absorbed, moisture-retaining and smoothing eye care that helps to prevent fine lines Lip Gloss 01 Rose Lip Gloss 04 Cherry
Bees play an essential role as pollinators in the garden. Without bees many of our vegetables and fruit would never get to harvest stage.
Plant plenty of flowers in your organic garden to attract pollinators, and think about a mix of plants, so something is in flower all year.
Mixing flowers among the vegetables not only adds colour, it helps to ensure that there are enough bees around to do the job and you’ll get a better harvest too.
Bees are impacted by pesticides, especially the systemic neonicotimides that are used extensively in agriculture. These pesticides remain in the soil for long periods and even if they don’t kill bees, they may have a detrimental effect on development and ability to find nectar.
Particularly bee-friendly colours seem to be yellow, purple or blue
Dr. Hauschka is a pioneer in the organic beauty world, promoting health, wellness and vitality alongside highly effective skin care solutions since 1967.
Look for certification
It’s important for consumers to understand that buying NATRUE and/or BDIH certified products means you are buying truly authentic organic products. There’s no labelling laws around the use of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ so certification is a must. Every one of our products goes through a formulation audit every second year.
Your skin is your largest organ
Your skin can absorb much of what’s applied to it. We know how important it is to eat fresh, nutritious, high quality food – it’s the same for our skin. The higher quality the ingredients, the healthier your skin. Dr. Hauschka only uses whole ingredients, ingredients are not in isolated form, they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients that our skin understands for healthy and radiant skin.
You know what you’re getting with natural ingredients
There’s a big difference between natural and organic skin care and make-up and conventional skin care and make-up. We use plant oils instead of petroleum, natures colours instead of artificial synthetic chemical dyes, rhythmic processing and natural antioxidants to preserve instead of synthetic chemical preservatives and our subtle product aromas come from natural and organic essential oils not synthetic chemical fragrances.
Beauty and wellbeing are inextricably linked
Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka said “We’ve always approached beauty from the inside because beauty is about being healthy; energy, vitality, a balanced mind and body. If your cells are healthy they can regenerate and stay healthy longer, leading to radiant skin and an energy that can’t be hidden – the kind of glow that people comment on.”
Organic, biodynamic and wild harvested ingredients are high in vitality, it’s this vitality we wish to pass onto your skin through the quality of our ingredients and our unique rhythmic processing.
Read your labels
The best advice is to read and understand your labels. Stay away from petrolatum, mineral oils (they’re occlusive to the skin) parabens, PEGs, phthalates and silicone.
Your face is a relatively small area of skin, so also be very aware of products you’re applying to your body. Dr. Hauschka’s Body Oils and Body Moisturisers are nourishing for your skin and also provide aromatic benefits as well. Choose for your mood!
Elisabeth Sigmund discovery quote:
“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 skin care made purely from natural ingredients can do a great deal more for the skin than a conventional skin care 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.”
~ Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder Dr. Hauschka Skin Care
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 processes 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
Truly 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 PEGs
Active Care with Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Products and Specific Massage Technique
To help prevent cellulite and treat areas already affected, steps are required which stimulate both metabolism and circulation to the skin. A healthy fresh diet and regular exercise are essential, as of course is taking care of your skin with natural and organic skin care as opposed to petrochemical based products that are occlusive and impede the natural functions of the skin. Choosing Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass VitalisingBody Care products is an excellent choice to get your firming and toning programme off to the best start!
Pour some Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil into your palms. Starting above the knee, spread the oil onto your skin by sliding your hands up your thighs. Repeat this gliding movement until the oil has been applied to your entire thigh and buttock area.
Using circular movements, massage the oil applied in Step 1 into your skin from the knee to the buttocks. Increase the pressure with every upward stroke. Repeat this sequence 3x on the inner and outer sides of each thigh.
Moving upwards from the knee, knead the oil into your skin. Grasp your skin lightly with one hand and release it, then repeat the same hold using the other hand. Continue the alternating kneading movements with both hands until you reach the top of your thigh. Repeat this sequence over your entire thigh and buttock area.
Next Step: Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk to add a note of freshness and firming to your day. The aroma of sun-ripened lemons will invigorate you from tip to toe. Lovingly prepared extracts of sage, horsetail, blackthorn berries and flowers encourage the skin to activate and tone. A body lotion that’s rapidly absorbed with olive and jojoba oils that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.
Contrast Showers Stimulate Circulation
As we age the metabolic processes in the tissue slow down, resulting in circulatory problems and congestion. Weaker connective tissue leads the skin to become less firm with problematic areas developing on the upper arms, hips, thighs and buttocks. Fat cells push through the slack connective tissue in the shape of small dimples, known to us as cellulite. Contrast showers stimulate the skin’s circulation and metabolism, to promote a lasting firming effect on the connective tissue. Start with warm water until you feel warmed all the way through, then complete your shower by switching to cold water and guide the spray upwards from your feet to your legs and arms, stopping at shoulders and repeat 3 times.
By taking these steps, a lasting firming effect on the underlying tissue can be achieved.
Plant Profile: Lemon
Habitat: Native to Eastern and Southern Asia, Persia, Himalayas Constituents: Vitamin C, citric acid, essential oil, pectin
The Plant at Dr. Hauschka: On the skincare level the formative power of Lemon helps to firm the skin. Our Lemon Lemongrass products have a firming action on the connective tissue and thus help prevent cellulite and connective tissue weakness.
Description: Everyone knows the yellow, oval fruits of the lemon. You couldn’t imagine a kitchen without them today. The appearance and taste of this acid citrus fruit have given rise to many a proverb or saying. In the warmer climates which the tree needs to thrive, it reaches a height of up to fifteen feet. The dark green, leathery leaves have an aromatic scent. The flowers, white on the inside and tinged with deep pink on the outside. Fresh ripe lemons may be harvested two to four times a year.
Uses: Of course the lemon is mainly used for culinary purposes. It is widely used as flavouring and an aromatic in many foods as well as in cleaning products. In anthroposophical medicine, lemon is used to treat allergic diseases.
Interesting Facts: The citrus fruits owe their generic name “Citrus” to their ability to drive away moths and other pests with their strong smell. The Greek word “kedrus” was used to designate heavily scented woods that also kept away pests. For example, Arborvitae, Juniper and Cedar (Cedrus). Linguistic usage became blurred and the citrus fruits were left with the name. More than 4000 years ago citrus fruits such as the lemon were cultivated in China as objects of very high value which were initially reserved for the Emperor and other high-standing officials. Lemon trees were known as “golden-headed slaves” which brought riches and prestige to their owners. Alexander the Great became acquainted with the lemon, the “Golden Apple”, during his Asian campaign (334-324 B.C.). However, it was only several hundred years later that the lemon reached Europe, probably brought by the Arabs in the 10th century.
Mature Skin: Declining elasticity, wrinkles, an increasing tendency to dryness, possibly with constantly red cheek/nasal region (visible capillaries), thin skin, irregular pigmentation due to menopause, age spots, sun damage.
Natural & Organic Skin Care for Mature Skin
The key to beautiful mature skin is to age with healthy skin.
As we age, our skin needs specific care it may not have previously required. The process of cellular renewal slows, and skin naturally loses elasticity and resilience. Dr. Hauschka’s Regenerating Range supports productive skin renewal, refining skin and energising its regenerative processes for a firmer, smoother, radiant appearance.
Noticeably firms and tones
Supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions
Enhances skin elasticity
Balances moisture content, making skin feel smooth, soft, firm and supple
Antioxidant-rich red clover, acerola berries and raspberry seed oil protect against free radical damage and support the skin’s natural processes of renewal
2) Close eyes and mist your skin with Facial Toner then apply 1 pump Regenerating Serum to firm a mature skin, helping to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while balancing moisture content.
Oil-free Regenerating Serum for day and night use gives ample moisture and a fresh, firm feel. With its formulation of moisture-regulating quince seed extract, isoflavone-rich (also referred to as phytoestrogens), regenerative red clover, vital bryophyllum and clover blossom honey. Regenerating Serum fortifies the skin’s natural functions, regulates moisture and noticeably refines and firms the skin. It also soothes reddened, sensitive skin. The result: a refined and firmer complexion.
3) Warm approximately a rice size amount of Regenerating Eye Creambetween your two ring fingers and apply from inner to outer eye contour. A light formulation day time eye care product containing nine plant oils including precious borage seed oil rich in gamma-linolenic acid and many unsaturated fatty acids. Together with moisture rich extract of quince seed, decongestive birch leaves, silica-rich field horsetail and isoflavone-rich red clover to firm and strengthen. Antioxidant protection from cherry fruit and sea buckthorn oil.
4) Moisturise with Regenerating Day Cream, a rich cream with a luxurious composition of vital bryophyllum (kalanchoe), isoflavone-rich and the great regenerator red clover, silica-rich field horsetail, vitamin-rich acerola (cherry) fruits and harmonising rose petals enhances the skin’s tone and elasticity and smoothes wrinkles and lines, leaving the skin looking radiant. Finest plant oils such as precious raspberry seed oil, avocado oil and shea butter provide rich protection all day long. The cream also soothes reddened and sensitive skin.
Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream is specifically formulated to replenish, fortify and firm skin for a smoother appearance. A readily absorbed cream that makes the skin feel firmer and refines its structure. Field horsetail with it high silica content and firming action supports the connective tissue of neck and décolleté. Extracts of marshmallow, birch and red clover form a luxurious composition to help the skin retain moisture with exotic argan oil that’s highly compatible with the skin and counteracts skin ageing. This cream is a rich formulation designed for the décolleté and neck which have less sebaceous glands.
Your Essential Night Care
1) Compress and Hydrate then apply Soothing Cleansing Milk which is a light, gentle, effective make-up and eye make-up remover plus evening cleansing product from the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day.
3) Apply one pump of Regenerating Serum. Dr. Hauschka does not recommend moisturisers at night. Indeed in our experience the use of heavy, occlusive night creams exacerbate a dry skin. Sleeping is not ageing.
Renewing Night Conditioner – a 30-night treatment with one ampoule per evening, skin cell cycle is 28-30 days, particularly recommended in the two most transitional seasons of the year, autumn and spring. Use instead of Toner. Rhythmitised dilution of roses, sunflowers, white lilies, marsh mallow, aloe, mother of thousands, anthyllis and witch hazel, bound with silver, spring blossom honey and royal jelly.
Specifically recommended for those new to a Dr. Hauschka regime and in transition from the use of conventional night creams, also for the two most transitional seasons of autumn and spring.
Regenerating Intensive Treatment – one bottle, one treatment, use morning and evening instead of Toner until the contents are finished. We recommend at least a treatment in summer and winter. The composition brings together selected treasures of nature in rhythmitised form; revitalising precious gems blue tourmaline and amber, regenerating gold, the moisture-preserving medicinal herbs madonna lily and marsh mallow, invigorating gingko and olive leaves, royal jelly, natural thermal salt water from a therapeutic spa with high mineral content and Sandalwood Hydrosol. These ingredients help the skin to retain its moisture and give new vitality. It also helps preserve and activate the skin’s regenerative powers.
Regenerating Body Cream supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions, balancing moisture content and making skin feel smooth, firm and supple.
Formulation: Jojoba oil and candelilla wax hydrate while red clover, horsetail and birch leaves offer antioxidant properties and support the skin’s natural powers of renewal. Marshmallow provides moisture balancing support and softens. Precious Damask rose blossom extract to nurture and the aroma of rose and orange essential oils combined with soft vanilla notes delight the senses. Absolutely luxurious body care!