Calendula (Marigold)

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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 Calendula (Marigold), where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

Calendula (Marigold) essence processing
Calendula (Marigold) essence processing

Raw material profile

Thought to originate from the Mediterranean, this annual plant germinates extremely reliably and has strong, resinous stems that grow up to 70 centimetres tall and are covered in felty hairs. It delights us with its bright yellow and orange flowers. What we regard as a single marigold flower is actually made up of over a hundred individual petals.

The inner substances of this medicinal plant include flavonoids, triterpene alcohols, essential oils and carotenoids, which are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and calming, as well as soothing mucilages.

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

Calendula impress with their unbelievable vitality. As soon as they have formed a bud at the top of the first stem, further stems with buds grow from the leaf axils. More stems then grow from the leaf axils of these secondary stems and so on and so forth. The marigold’s love of repeat flowering is simply unquenchable. Cut off the flower heads and marigolds will respond by producing more buds.

The energy-packed marigold gives its regenerating and structuring powers to rough, cracked, irritated and sensitive skin, as well as skin prone to inflammation. It helps to repair unstable skin barriers, alleviates blemishes and soothes, for example, irritated skin as a result of exposure to the sun.

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Concealer ingredients

Concealer creates an even complexion in two ways. The product base uses avocado oil and shea butter to richly moisturise the skin. Marigold essence is formative and structuring. Carrot extract revitalises the skin. The Concealer with mineral pigments comes in three shades to gently conceal minor blemishes or any signs of tiredness around the eyes.

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The marigold follows the course of the sun: its flowers open at daybreak and close again at sunset. This calendar-like movement in time with the sun led to the scientific name Calendula, from the Latin ‘calendar’ meaning the first of the month.

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Bumblebees love to sleep in marigold flowers. If you take a look at marigolds in the early morning you will find sleepy insects inside.

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Marigolds take control of their area: their roots secrete a substance that drives away tiny worms that feed on roots. Organic gardeners therefore like to plant marigolds as a form of natural pest control.

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A selection of Dr. Hauschka products that contain precious organic marigold

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The organic marigolds used in Dr. Hauschka products are grown only a kilometre from WALA/Dr. Hauschka on the Sonnenhof Farm, our own Demeter farm. At summer harvest time, WALA employees meet Sonnenhof staff in the field at sunrise. They carefully pick every single flower head by hand in order to obtain a high-quality harvested product. The heads have to be twisted off the furry stems in such a way that no stem residue remains on their underside. No automated harvester could work with this level of precision.

The freshly harvested flower heads are then processed in three ways. Firstly, some of them are sent directly to Bad Waldsee and the WALA subsidiary SaluVet, some 100 kilometres away. There, the employees use a special rhythmic WALA procedure to obtain an essence from them. The extract is obtained using a cool mixture of water and alcohol. Secondly, some of the flower heads remain at the Sonnenhof and are carefully dried using warmed external air at temperatures constantly below 40°C. A rhythmic WALA procedure is also used to obtain an oil extract from the dried marigolds. This is mixed with warm oil at a temperature of 37°C (human body temperature). For the third production process, the Sonnenhof employees harvest the entire blossoming plants, including both the stems and the flower heads. WALA employees then create pressed juice from these. Unlike the plant extracts, the freshly pressed juice contains the full, undiluted character of the energy-packed plant. All substances found in the highly complex medicinal plant are contained in the substantial juice. This gives it its extraordinary effectiveness.

The different ways of processing marigold highlight its diverse properties. The aqueous and cooling essences give shape and structure. The cool, concentrated pressed juice provides assistance if the skin needs acute support. The oil extract supports the skin in its regenerative activities. All three extracts are used in different Dr. Hauschka Skin Care formulations.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 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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