All ingredients in our products have a function and a purpose. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.
This blog tells you more about our ingredient Quince, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it serves in our products.
- Quince produces large cup-shaped flowers which are white to delicate pink in colour
- The fruits are pear or apple-shaped depending on the variety and they’re covered in a characteristic felty coating, which wipes off easily revealing a wax-coated skin and emanates a sweet, fresh fragrance
- Quince may be stored
- Quince is a member of the Rose family, so too are its close relatives Apples and Pears
- Although Quince has been cultivated for thousands of years, it has undergone little change, and has largely retained the character of a wild fruit
Why is Quince used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?
- Quince Seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture, perfect for a dry and/or dehydrated skin
- Quince Wax protectively envelops the fruit, transferring this same ability to your skin for gentle and effective protection and strengthening your skin’s natural barrier
- Soothing and cooling, and leaves your skin soft and smooth, with the refreshing aroma of Quince
- For normal to dry/dehydrated skin, for skin that needs protection from the environment, for a ‘city-stressed’ skin
- Quince is a cooling ingredient, also soothing for a sensitive skin
- Quince Wax allows your skin to ‘breathe’ yet protects against air conditioning, dry winds, pollution
- Guys love Quince Day Cream too! Soothing and cooling after shaving and the aroma appeals to both men and women
- Quince Seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture
- Anthyllis, guides all skin conditions to a state of balance, provitamin A rich Wild Carrot Root Extract, softening Marsh Mallow, protective Shea Butter and Beeswax, nourishing Olive, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Apricot, Jojoba Oils and Witch Hazel bark and leaf extract
Origin, cultivation and processing
Originally from Western Asia and South-East Arabia, cultivation has led to the quince now being found worldwide, especially in Southern and Central Europe. Like its close relatives, apples and pears, the quince is also a member of the rose family.
The quince provides two interesting raw materials with very different properties: firstly, quince wax and secondly, quince seed extract.
The quince wax used in Dr. Hauschka products is practically produced on our doorstep: it is a valuable by-product of juice production. Quince from Spain are pressed in Baden-Württemberg to produce fresh quince juice. The wax is then obtained from the residues or ‘pomace’ from the pressing process.
Every year, some 60 tonnes of pomace are processed to create quince wax for WALA/Dr. Hauschka. What makes quince wax so fascinating is that, depending on the variety and year, the yield from the dried pomace can fluctuate by between 0.7 and 1.5 percent. This makes stocking the right amount of raw material at all times particularly challenging.
The wax is obtained through a procedure known as CO2 extraction. The dried pomace is placed in pressurised containers with liquid carbon dioxide and the quince wax is carefully separated from the rest of the pomace. This procedure does not create any waste and is organically certified.
Once WALA has received the wax and it has passed the quality controls, it can be heated and incorporated into the skin care formulations. Quince Face Cream or Kajal Eyeliner can now be created.
A further key ingredient for Dr. Hauschka products is also found within the quince. Quince seeds are surrounded by a highly absorbent coating. If the seeds are placed in water overnight, the mucilages in this coating swell. The next day, the soaked quince seeds are manually pressed. This careful procedure, developed by WALA many years ago, is used to obtain the valuable quince seed extract.
Tip: Place a bowl of quince in your home for their magnificent fragrance. Then for a delicious dessert Slow Roast Quince in their Jelly
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
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