Creating Dr. Hauschka Products

A fusion of manual work and technology

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit our manufacturing facility. Entering this area has a strict protocol: freshly showered, no makeup, lab suit on one side of a bench, lab booties on the other. I remember pondering over two containers of Damask Rose Essential Oil knowing I was looking at 500,000 euros worth of this precious organic or biodynamic ingredient!

Labour intensive and time honoured methods. Processing Witch Hazel.
Labour intensive and time honoured methods. Processing Witch Hazel.

All employees pass through two airlock gates to enter the manufacturing area in which Rhythmic Conditioner ampoules are automatically filled in accordance with the hygiene regulations for pharmaceutical products. A constant downward air stream protects the valuable ampoules against dirt. These ampoules contain the medicinal plant extracts hand‑picked by our gardeners that characterise our skin care products.

Rose Essence Process
Rose Essence Process

The combination of manual work with precise technology, and natural rhythms with automated systems is typical behaviour at the WALA/Dr. Hauschka facility.

Dr. Rudolf Hauschka paved the way: he was not only a chemist but also an avid lover of nature. He developed a procedure for preserving medicinal plants without the use of alcohol.

Rose Mother Tincture
Rose Mother Tincture

Dr. Hauschka’s extraction procedure

With his rhythmitised, aqueous medicinal plant extracts, Rudolf Hauschka developed groundbreaking new pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Even today, we still use his procedure to produce our extracts: we cut up freshly harvested plants, mix them with water for seven days, subject them to polarities of light and darkness, warmth and cold, rest and movement, press and filter them and sometimes add a little ash to the pressed residues. The extract now contains the essence and the powers of a medicinal plant – and can be preserved for many years.

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Our company name reflects our unique manufacturing methods: WALA stands for Warm Ash and Light Ash.

A rhythmical manufacturing procedure is also used to create oil extracts and aqueous alcohol*‑based essences for our skin care products. During this procedure, the oil extracts are subjected to a specific warming stimulus. Dried plant components, such as rose buds from our partner project in Iran, are carefully transformed into oil at a temperature of 37°C, or in other words at human body temperature.

Analytical testing
Analytical testing

Depending on the recipe, we mix the medicinal plant extracts, essences, tinctures with high-quality waxes and oils to produce ready-to-use products. Out of principle, we do not use any chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives. 

Our skin care products benefit from the expertise and stringent hygiene standards in relation to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Calendula Essence process
Calendula Essence process

*Why do some of the Dr. Hauschka products contain alcohol?

Herbs and flowers are the core of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care preparations and many are extracted in a mixture of alcohol and water. We use a certified organic food-grade ethyl alcohol (ethanol) from wheat, it’s derived from a fermentation and distillation process and is gluten-free. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents, or the plant’s botanical actives. Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, helping botanical active ingredients penetrate the skin. Our alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition, you’ll know this when you use our Toners. Isopropyl alcohol is never used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

NATRUE BDIH

Thanks for reading our blog. xx

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