Melissa (Lemon Balm)

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. 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 page tells you more about Melissa (Lemon Balm), where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Run your hands through a bunch of strong, green melissa leaves (Melissa officinalis) and you will be treated to a fresh, lemony fragrance. This gentle touch test differentiates the peppermint-shaped leaves from those of mint plants. Lemon balm, as melissa is also known, has a truly unmistakeable fragrance. Freshly plucked from the plant, however, the leaves taste surprisingly harsh and slightly bitter – quite unlike you would expect based on their aroma. The fresh fragrance is created by certain constituents of the plant’s complex essential oil, primarily citronellal, geranial and neral, whereas the taste comes from the natural bitters and tannins. Melissa only contains about 0.3% essential oil, which is therefore classed as one of the most valuable and expensive oils. The area of cultivation, climate and time of harvest all have a strong influence on the overall composition. The tannins, such as rosemarinic acid, chlorogenic and caffeic acid, as well as flavonoids, supplement the leaves’ essential oils.

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The white petals concealed in the leaf axils open up from July to August. If you take a closer look inside the petals, you will spot the lip which is typical of labiates, the family to which melissa belongs. The petals smell honey sweet, especially in contrast to the lemony leaves.

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Why is melissa used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Melissa touches our hearts. When growing, it forms a spherical shape to create a protected inner area in which the delicate petals can flourish. It radiates a sense of protection and warmth. We primarily focus on its leaves; its petals remain in the background. Each leaf is heart-shaped and forms a mediating centre between the two polar plant elements of the roots and the petals. With its pronounced centre, melissa is a master of balance and transfers this strength to our bodies. It helps imbalanced skin to rediscover its inner harmony.

Melissa Day Cream

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Melissa Day Cream balances areas of dry and oily skin to restore sensitive combination skin’s natural equilibrium. Melissa has a harmonising effect and stimulates the skin’s natural activities. Anthyllis and witch hazel help to standardise the skin’s rhythm. Carrot extract soothes the skin and helps it discover its own centre. A balanced complexion free from shine is the result.

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“This remedy makes the heart joyful.” These were the words used by the Benedictine nun, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) to describe Melissa.

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The Carmelites of the French Abbey St. Juste added Melissa to their Carmelite water, which they manufactured under the name ‘Eau de Carnes’ for Charles V of France (1338-1380) as a remedy for threatening colds and gastrointestinal problems.

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Bees love the fragrance of Melissa and associate it with ample sources of food. They produce a gland secretion that smells similar to Melissa and use this to mark the feeding areas that are rich in nectar or pollen. The plant’s name reflects this close relationship in Greek, Melissa = honey bee.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

Most of the melissa used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is only grown a kilometre away from WALA/Dr. Hauschka. Staff at the Sonnenhof Farm, our own Demeter farm, cultivate the melissa plants using careful manual procedures and in line with biodynamic farming methods. They monitor the plants closely and harvest the melissa leaves just before they start to blossom. They then use warmed external air to carefully dry the fresh leaves at the farm itself at temperatures that are always kept below 40°C. This preserves most of the essential oil. WALA mixes the dried melissa leaves with pure, organic plant oil. The melissa and the oil are then left to mature for a week in line with a proprietary, rhythmic procedure. During this phase, the compound is heated to 37°C – human body temperature. It is carefully mixed every morning and evening to enable the melissa to transfer all its benefits to the oil.

Melissa originally comes from the Eastern Mediterranean region and Western Asia. Rather than extremely arid or extremely damp conditions, it prefers a climate that is warm but not too hot. It has been known as a medicinal plant and spice since back in antiquity. WALA has specially developed an extract from the leaves, which is soothing and balancing.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • 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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NEW Formulation Tinted Day Cream

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For a naturally beautiful complexion
Creamy texture
Pleasant subtle aroma
Delicately blends with your natural skin tone

For normal to dry/dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, skin prone to redness, dilated capillaries (couperose) or mature skin

Our much loved Tinted Day Cream formulation has now been improved. The slight changes have improved the consistency, application and spreading properties, with a small change in the aroma to a sense soothing light floral. We have preserved the essential care properties of the Tinted Day Cream. The colour that magically suits everyone’s skin tone has remained the same as has the price. Really it’s the same great product, just better!

  • Enjoy a naturally beautiful evened complexion with Dr. Hauschka’s original BB Cream, Tinted Day Cream.
  • The new optimised formula offers skin nourishing care while also giving your skin a natural, sun-kissed glow.
  • Blends harmoniously with individual skin tones to add a delicate bronzing effect.
  • Richly moisturising, combining nourishing Avocado and Almond oils with protective Rose Wax, Beeswax and Quince Seed extract.
  • Helps prevent dryness and dehydration by balancing the skin’s oil and moisture levels and supporting its natural moisturising functions.
  • Rose, Quince and St. John’s wort tone the skin and support elasticity
    Rose Water and extracts of Anthyllis have a balancing, harmonising effect.
  • As we age often our skin becomes a little pallid, it’s uplifting to add warm tones back into your skin for a youthful effect.

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TIPS

1) For a particularly dry, dehydrated or mature skin, we also recommend Revitalising Day Cream or Rose Day Cream under Tinted Day Cream. For added coverage, use our Foundation, which may be used over Tinted Day Cream.

2) To reduce shine, we recommend applying Translucent Face Powder after moisturiser. May also be applied over Tinted Day Cream as well.

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What our Customers are saying…

Used it before they reformulated it and I loved it then. I love it even more now! Much lighter, you barely need a pea size amount for your face. Gives you that perfect even toned glow. No makeup necessary!
Monet M | My skin condition is: Dry | Age: 25-39

Want to look younger? I have been using Toned (now Tinted) Day Cream for 13 years. I love the glow and the fact that there is nothing fake about how it looks. No caking, or make-up line. Most people will not know you have this product on your face and yet it reduces the look of fine lines and moisturises at the same time. It’s my go to.
Karen S | My skin condition is: Combination | Age: 50-65

Love it! It leaves my face moisturised all day and now that winter is around the corner, it really does give you a sun kiss glow. Highly recommend it!
Priscilla V | My skin condition is: Normal | Age: 25-39

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Other options for warm tones…

Translucent Bronzing Tint is for any skin condition, however we also recommend for a normal, combination, oily skin.

  • A unique concentrated liquid minerals product that may be mixed with any Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser or Clarifying Day Oil.
  • You control the colour, intensity depends on the amount of tint added.
  • Witch Hazel, Olive Oil, Beeswax and Minerals protect and nurture while evening out skin tone.

Bronzing Powder is our world wide top selling make-up product for any skin condition.

  • Make-up artists and customers tell us they love its matte look.
  • An ultra-fine bronzer for a sun-kissed glow.
  • Silk, anthyllis, witch hazel and sage contour and smooth the complexion.
  • Apply where the sun would kiss for warm tones and a healthy look.
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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, 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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