Five body moisturisers for five different moods

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What affects my skin, affects me too

They’ll energise you for the day or pamper you at night. Each enchants with its own special aroma and character. All give you wonderful natural and organic body care.

Lotions are mood setters
When it comes to choosing a body moisturiser, the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly: choose according to your whims and mood. Just as a butterfly floats from flower to flower, you too can alternate between the various lotions. Mood setting compositions delicately caress your skin and touch your spirits. They excite vitality and a sense of lightness, or promote serenity and security. It is in this way that body lotions accompany and enrich your everyday life.

Our moisturisers, your mindfulness
The more mindfully you apply the lotion, the more you will experience and benefit from the composition. “We consciously talk about gently applying our body moisturisers”, explains Manuela Schöbel, Head of Cosmetic Consulting at Dr. Hauschka. “This involves light touches which make contact with the tissue – in contrast to a massage, which focuses on the muscles.” You don’t need specially trained hands to be able to develop a soothing touch. Simply follow your instincts. And for a moment, make yourself the most important person in your life.

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Which moisturiser is right for which time?
Choose your body moisturiser based on mood – it’s a personal choice. The intensive nourishing Almond Soothing Body Cream works wonderfully in the cooler months, while Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk with its refreshing and invigorating aroma is perfect for warmer months. Lavender Sandalwood lends serenity, Quince gives lightness and Rose offers a sense of security – to name just a few of the talents of our body moisturisers. Manuela Schöbel reveals: “When my inner princess wants a bit of pampering and reverence, I reach for my Rose Nurturing Body Cream. And when I feel stressed, Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream helps to fortify me again.”

All five body lotions have nurturing and emotional compositions. Give in to your curiosity, treat yourself, a different moisturiser for different moods.

Each lotion has its own unique character

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Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk

  • Refreshes like homemade lemonade on a hot summer’s day
  • Feels like a cool breeze
  • As light, sunny and cheerful as a summer morning
  • Represents vitality and light-hearted activity

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Quince Hydrating Body Milk

  • Modest yet powerful
  • Embodies clarity and stability
  • Exemplifies structure and concentration
  • Creates space to make peace with oneself

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Rose Nurturing Body Cream

  • Feels like a warm, loving embrace
  • Gives a sense of security
  • Like a peaceful moment in a rose arbour
  • Possesses the preciousness of exotic roses

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Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream

  • Clears your head so you can see the big picture
  • Lets us feel the ground beneath our feet
  • Supports inner balance and serenity
  • Helps us to distinguish between what’s important and what’s not

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Almond Soothing Body Cream

  • A fusion of blossoms and fruit
  • The harmony of delicate sweetness and warm richness
  • Like a peaceful, warm place
  • Takes yours senses on an imaginary journey

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Delightful skin care
Body lotions which nurture and protect your skin

Your home spa experience
It takes only minutes and yet gently massaging in your body lotion is like a spa experience. Give a little undivided attention to every part of your body. Feel whether or not your elbows or perhaps your shins need an extra bit of care and attention.

Enjoy a moment to yourself, before you dive back into the day.

Milk or Cream?
The five body lotions from Dr. Hauschka not only differ in terms of their ingredients and scent; they also have different textures: the creams with Rose, Almond and Lavender Sandalwood are thick and rich, whereas Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk and Quince Hydrating Body Milk are somewhat lighter and thus absorb into your skin more quickly.

A dreamlike aroma
Who says that lotions should only be kept in the bathroom? Instead, put your favourite lotion by your bed. Let the day slip away and take the fragrance of the composition with you as you drift off into your dreams.

Always towards the heart
You should always rub in moisturisers in the direction of your heart. This optimally enlivens your lymphatic flow, blood circulation and vitality – allowing your heart to be moved by your actions.

Fragrant layering
You can enrich your body moisturiser with a little Body Oil. Either choose an oil with similar ingredients (for example Rose or Lemon Lemongrass) for a ‘layering’ effect or choose to suit your mood.

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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 process 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 skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic/Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Winter Weather Bath Essence

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Dr. Hauschka’s answer to cold, wet winter weather limited edition Spruce Warming Bath Essence. Like a walk in a pine forest, calming yet invigorating.

Spruce Warming Bath Essence
Limited Edition 30ml

Autumn and winter have many positive sides – but cold, wet weather often takes the fun out of these seasons. Spending time outdoors can quickly lead to a chill. Unpleasant dampness can penetrate through clothing all the way to the skin. This is the right moment for Spruce Warming Bath Essence from Dr. Hauschka. Slipping into the bath warms the body and soothes the spirit, imparting a sense of well-being.

During the wet and cold seasons of the year, a warm bath sometimes works wonders. After coming in from the cold, you can finally relax and forget the rest of the world for a few moments. Spruce essential oil promotes circulation to the skin and joins with the pleasant heat of the bath water to provide the entire body with intensive and lasting warmth, while jojoba oil gently moisturises the skin. The aromatic bath soothes and relaxes without making you feel tired. The resinous fragrance of spruce needles lets you breathe freely again – providing relief at the time of year when coughs and colds abound.

Tip: Dr. Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence can also be used outside the bath tub. Place a few drops of Spruce Bath Essence in a small bowl of warm water – the fragrance will spread through the entire room and create a special ambience in the wintertime.

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Organic castor oil from cultivation project in India

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Spruce Warming Bath Essence and other Dr. Hauschka products are based on cold-pressed castor oil produced in India. WALA (Dr. Hauschka) has initiated a pioneering agricultural project that supports local people. Only a few years ago, this raw material was not available on the world market in organic quality; as a result, WALA began developing its own solution. The entire castor-bean cultivation and processing chain in India is now organically certified. The seeds are cold pressed, filtered and filled into new, food-safe containers. The premium castor oil is then shipped to Germany by sea. Thanks to the company’s partnership with the Indian suppliers, today WALA’s demand for certified organic castor oil can be completely met.

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The Magic of Natural and Organic Perfume

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Zimmermann has a dream: to create the fragrance that captivates people’s senses, that transforms them, and perhaps create a peaceful world.

Jörg Zimmermann’s workplace is all the way at the top, just below the roof of WALA /Dr. Hauschka. Here he finds the quiet he needs to stimulate all the senses. In his head, he creates the fragrances that lend Dr. Hauschka products their individual note. “Every product is different and thus requires its own statement.” Dr. Hauschka Skin Care uses exclusively natural substances compatible with the uncompromising demands of the company’s philosophy. “My job is to convey these values in my fragrance creations. None of the human senses is so old and so directly connected to the limbic system as the sense of smell. It is closely related to memory and emotion,” says Jörg Zimmermann. “Fragrances make it possible to travel through time, to recall that which was long forgotten. Nothing triggers more spontaneous attraction or rejection than fragrances – they are encrypted messages transmitted by our environment. The magic of scent has always been of major importance; the sensual allure of fragrance enjoys a long tradition.” The ‘Master of Fragrances’ at Dr. Hauschka has been under their spell for as long as he can remember. As a result, it was always his hope to work with fragrances. It is a characteristic trait of Jörg Zimmermann to pursue goals with passion and perseverance. “One needs this trait as a perfumer. You always have to be on top of things, not be discouraged by failed experiments.” It takes months, sometimes years, for a new fragrance to be created. Zimmermann writes down hundreds of formulas only to discard them in the end. Perhaps two of 100 fragrance creations are ever actually implemented. “The ability to smell analytically is important.” He uses his nose to deconstruct a perfume into its components and recognise what ingredients disturb the fragrance’s harmonious perception, what amounts to increase or decrease, and what substances to add or remove. “Every fragrance consists of top notes, middle notes and base notes”, explains Jörg Zimmermann. The top notes form the initial impression, the introduction of the perfume so to speak. They are followed by the middle notes, which convey the heart of the fragrance and give it shape. The third and final fragrance note is the base note. It represents the finale of the fragrance, much like in a symphony orchestra. “The trick is to harmonise these three parts, to co-ordinate their temporal and spatial progression.”

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The member of the French Perfumers’ Society requires absolute quiet during his work. This allows him to stimulate all the senses and recall images from his memory. After all, creating a scent involves much more than simply combining raw materials. It connects the world of thought with the world of feeling. Jörg Zimmermann composes, hears internal music, senses a wonderful lightness. Like a painter who has the image he wants to paint in front of his eyes, Zimmermann first creates the perfume in his head. He looks for base harmonies, previously combined individual scent compositions, to serve as a foundation. And then everything begins to flow. Then the perfumer begins to experiment with the tones of his “fragrance organ”. This is the name given to the collection of essential oils from which he selects the key components for a fragrance. Some 200 substances are available, of which Zimmermann uses various numbers as ingredients in his composition. The more technical skills of developing perfumes can certainly be learned, but the ability to compose fragrances must be inborn. Jörg Zimmermann undeniably has this skill. “But I didn’t know what path to follow at first to make professional use of my abilities,” he recalls. So he studied art and cultural education, sharpening his artistic, literary and musical senses. There is no classical course of training to become a perfumer, neither in Germany nor abroad. But France is considered the mother country of perfume. At the age of 30, Jörg Zimmerman journeyed to southern France – more specifically, to Grasse, the capital of the perfume world. Gloves were perfumed in this city near the Côte d’Azur as early as the 17th century. Born in Tettnang, Germany and raised in the city of Baden-Baden, Zimmermann studied at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery from 2004 to 2006 and then worked with leading perfumers. He has been working for Dr. Hauschka since summer 2006, continuing a long-running tradition: the company has never purchased fragrances, choosing to develop them itself instead. “This helps our products to maintain their unmistakable character,” emphasises Zimmermann. Dr. Hauschka skin care products contain no chemical/synthetic fragrances, despite their extensive availability on the market: “We use exclusively natural essential oils of the very highest quality.” Jörg Zimmermann is convinced: “Our customers notice this uniqueness, this strong foundation of knowledge which flows into our products. The soul senses it and is able to regenerate itself – along with the entire person.”

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Dr. Hauschka Body Washes make showering a unique aromatic experience – a gift for the body, mind and soul.

This is based on unmistakable fragrance worlds that evoke images and stories, and stimulate our senses.

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Rose Nurturing Body Wash
Composition with rose – enveloping and mysterious

“As I developed my ideas I kept the following questions in mind: What is the smell of a rose with nurturing and harmonising powers? What qualities does a rose emanate that capture our attention? When you compare the scent of roses, you discover that there is a broad spectrum within the genus. I searched for the most beautiful aspects. Usually fresh, citrus-like fragrances are emitted from the centre of the bud and develop as the rose opens. I discovered orange blossoms, delicate and spicy clove tones, and woody, velvety and creamy components. I was aiming for a creation in which the rose is light and playful, but at the same time very regal and seductive. A rosy and floral heart accord forms the main body around which the other individual aspects are grouped. An amber-like base gives the composition a creamy and gentle finish, which I interpreted using sandalwood and vanilla. They radiate a mysterious and velvety depth.”

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Almond Soothing Body Wash
Composition with almond – delicate and floral

“It was my wish to create a tangible experience of the progression from blossom to fruit, bringing in all these associations. This invoked images of the early days of spring, when the radiant blue sky shimmers above a sea of delicate pink blossoms that appear to dance in the mild air. The idea represented by the composition with almond is the chiffon-like transparency of a pink rose. I used bergamot, ylang-ylang and rose to interpret this floral chord. A balsamic base of tonka bean and vanilla sweeps us away to a sumptuous oriental palace and awakens memories of sweet, pleasurable indulgences.”

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Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Wash
Composition with lemon and lemon grass – sparkling and refreshing

“I was on the lookout for a truly special raw material. I discovered essential oil made from fresh gingerroot, which emits a very citric fragrance. We are mostly familiar with ginger in Asian cuisine, so there is a close association with lemongrass. In the top note we perceive lemon and lime, which have a refreshing and toning effect. Fresh gingerroot and lemongrass draw out the citric impression and create an increasing complexity. However, this is not meant to be a complicated fragrance, but rather a clear, refreshing concept that is made richer with exotic ingredients. I see two tendencies in this fragrance. The first is toward athleticism, dynamism and vitality; the second, the concentration that comes from increased alertness. The scent stimulates and creates a presence – a wonderful shot of refreshment.”

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Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash
Composition of lavender and sandalwood – quiet and harmonising freshness

“I was looking for a special variety of lavender with a gentle floral note and a lot of elegance. I found it at an elevation of 1,000 metres. This lavender is notable for the sense of peace and harmony that it projects. However, it also possesses a certain gentle yet rejuvenating freshness. The Australian sandalwood works its charm in the background, embedded in a regal, ambery chord, which rounds off the quiet freshness of the lavender with an enveloping, amber-like warmth. For me the fragrance creates associations of Provençal villages rising from the morning mist along the lines of hills on the Côte d’Azur.”


The language of nature

Jörg Zimmermann, perfume specialist at Dr. Hauschka, tells us how he creates the Dr. Hauschka fragrances and what the secret code of nature is all about.

Dr. Hauschka: Can you train your sense of smell?
Jörg Zimmermann: Yes. It is not just about smelling it is about conscious smelling. It is like turning on a switch in your memory so that on smelling an individual substance you create associations with it and internalise the fragrance. Later, when you smell the substance again, you automatically associate it with certain imagery and can recognise it. Conscious smelling is a minor change in perception: we have a clear knowledge of how the fragrance affects us, where we smell it, how we perceive it and what we associate with it. Anyone who trains in this art and writes down their experiences will develop their own fragrance index for reference at any time.

Dr. Hauschka: Was there a specific moment when knew you were destined to be a perfume specialist?
Jörg Zimmermann: When I was four, I went exploring on my own in a nearby forest and had an intense experience with nature. I can still remember it well: at midday, the sun hit the forest at an angle, shining through the young trees and onto a small cluster of wood anemones that had sprung up all over the fresh forest floor. I suddenly felt like a face was looking at me; like these little flowers wanted to give me a message. I felt their desire to be looked at, but how was I to understand their essence? I looked at the flowers for a long time and fell in love with them. They bade me to move closer and absorb their silent message through their scent. I carefully knelt down on the ground and cautiously placed my nose by the opening of the greenish-yellow flowers. For a moment, I believed in magic; a natural power that dominates us and rules everything. Was this love in its purest form?
The joy I felt was overwhelming. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. My greatest wish was to hold onto and remember it. Through scent, I had connected with nature. From then on, I could not help but wonder about the hidden world behind things. I wanted to understand the essence of everything I came across, remember things through their scent and enable others to share my experiences.

Dr. Hauschka: But is that actually possible? After all, we do not smell the plants directly but simply their fragrance through the products?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is not about smelling plants directly but rather how we are affected by our memory of doing so. Stimuli are needed to trigger the memory. If you imagine that each essential oil represents the essence of a plant, you can envisage what it means to convert this into a sensual experience that tells a story.
By integrating the essence of individual plants you create the essence of an overall product. This sensual processing method humanises the substance and makes it accessible.
As a perfume specialist, I regard it as my cultural duty to subject the essential oils to processes in which the ideas archetypically embedded in us become something that can be experienced. Only on smelling transitions do we actually develop the idea that the product aims to convey.
Dr. Hauschka: How do you develop a fragrance?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is very conscious, reflective work. I put myself in a state of heightened consciousness and imagine what will happen when I combine the proportions of each fragrance. For me, it is about revealing the secret laws of nature, or in other words discovering the meaning of each individual substance and how the idea of the fragrance could be logically realised so that when we smell it, we perceive an organic process and an atmosphere can be created. Secret

Dr. Hauschka: Secret laws of nature?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is like with music. I can press all the keys on a piano and make sound. Music is only created when I press certain keys in a certain way and a feeling arises from the logical sequence of the melody. The greater my understanding of nature’s secret code, the easier it is for people to enjoy all elements of a fragrance.
When I am working on a fragrance, I mentally collate the plants so that I can sense their smell. These are the times in which I have a clear picture of how things logically go together to create a metamorphosis and make tangible transitions between top and base notes.
In my memory, I always find part of one substance that contains part of another substance. There are some elements of fragrance that may be similar, such as bergamot, rose or neroli. I look at the similarities and differences so that I can add things to complement the former. Once all the parameters have been skilfully aligned and the fragrance and the idea are both tangible, something truly magical occurs.

Dr. Hauschka: Is that what makes Dr. Hauschka fragrances special?
Jörg Zimmermann: Yes. The top, middle and base notes of the Dr. Hauschka fragrances can be transmitted to the entire body. By perceiving the fragrance in different areas of our body, we trigger an inner vitality, which can be externally observed as a kind of aura. In contrast, conventional, synthetic fragrances are something we only wear externally, like accessories.
The high level of vitality and complexity associated with natural fragrances is extremely striking and explains why they are so important to humans. Humans too are highly complex and can wonderfully combine themselves with things that complement them. Attention and creativity, attraction and curiosity are created – but why is nature so good at this? It does not impose its will but instead adds refinement while stimulating and enlivening our body’s own activity.


Portait Parfumeur Joerg Zimmermann 4.4.08

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15 Stress Less Tips

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1) Include relaxation in your week for instance, instead of watching tele, dance or do yoga in your living room. A recent study found reading reduced stress by a whopping 68% and listening to music 61%.

2) Go for a walk, preferably in nature, every morning for 30 minutes, maybe find a walking buddy. A 30 minute evening walk helps to clear your mind from the day’s work.

3) Talk about it, problem shared is a problem halved.

4) Breathe, deep breathe and stretch.

5) Go to bed earlier.

6) Focus on what you can control.

7) Reminisce about good times.

8) Look for opportunities in life’s challenges.

9) Stop worrying.

10) Lose yourself in a good book or a great movie.

11) Choose your reaction.

12) Put things into perspective, will this matter a year from now?

13) Do more of what brings you joy.

14) Laughter is the best medicine. SMILE! 🙂

15) Dress daily with a supportive blend: Rose Nurturing Body Cream to nurture your spirit and Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil to soothe your soul. I find Blackthorn Toning Body Oil is strengthening and Almond St. John’s wort Soothing Body Oil is cheerful. Revitalise and energise with Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil and Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Moisturiser.

Blend to suit your needs for daily support. It’s not just about moisturising your skin, although they do that particularly well. We just expect more from our body moisturising.

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence is perfect to aid relaxation and a good night’s sleep…

a) In your compress and hydrate cleansing basin water
b) In the bath
c) On a tissue under your pillow
d) Pour into a pretty bowl of hot water to disperse calming aromatics around your home

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Bathing for relaxation…

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences are available in milky formula Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence and Rose Nurturing Bath Essence. Also Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence, Almond Soothing Bath Essence and Sage Purifying Bath Essence.

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Rose Indulgence

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♥︎ This is how we will be starting Valentine’s Day! ♥︎

We love the rose to nurture our skin and senses, and indeed our soul. This is what we do for an all out indulgent session and there’s no better day for it.

1. Shower 

Pour Rose Body Wash and a little Rose Nurturing Bath Essence on our Cleansing Sponge for a double dip rose shower aromatics.

2. After Shower Body Care

Love your skin with another double dip rose – Rose Body Oil mixed with Rose Body Moisturiser. Sheer love and luxury!

3. Face Care

Of course our Day Cream will be either Rose Day Cream Light or Rose Day Cream!

♥︎ And today we think breakfast ought to be a little indulgent too…

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Product of the Month: Blackthorn Body Oil

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Blackthorn Body Oil’s box is labelled ‘helps to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy’, yet this is only one of Blackthorn Body Oil’s many talents, there is so much more…

This product is a brilliant choice for all women:
– Keeps skin firm and elastic
– For use in any weight loss or weight gain
– For dry skin, especially lower legs
– Blackthorn imparts a sense of vitality
– Recommended for those who are prone to back and chest acne
– For those who do not warm to Rose, Lavender or Lemon Lemongrass moisturising, they usually find Blackthorn suits them
– For the outdoors type who wishes to protect her skin from dehydration and wants to keep it firm and toned
– After waxing

And for men:
– After waxing and wants his skin toned and oiled with a fresh aroma
– For dry, scaling skin by long outdoor exposure and to ensure the skin is more resilient to external aggressors
– An older gentleman’s dry and scaly skin and who needs skin protection to prevent dryness
– Toning in weight loss or gain, for example if he has put on a little bit of weight around the stomach
– Recommended for the man who is prone to pimples and acne on back and chest

Blackthorn is mainly made from plant extracts with only a minute amount of plant essential oils for aroma.  The scent is neither overly feminine or masculine and suits the active, professional, no-nonsense personality.

For me, personally, wearing Blackthorn Body Oil helps give me more focus when productivity is required and I also find it imparts a sense of strength and vitality.  It also happens to be the Body Oil that I receive “love your perfume” compliments at my morning coffee stop!

Tip: A winning, strengthening and toning partnership is Blackthorn Body Oil mixed with Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser and applied to skin still slightly moist from the shower, for even and economical application.

Blackthorn Body Oil description:

Supple, toned skin depends upon skin elasticity. Blackthorn Body Oil offers strengthening, warming skin care for all the family. It has even proved successful during pregnancy when it is particularly important to keep skin supple to prevent pregnancy-induced stretch marks.

Blackthorn blossom and birch leaf extracts enhance skin elasticity while sun-drenched St. John’s wort and jojoba oil support the skin’s natural processes of renewal and fortification.

Formulation: Blackthorn blossoms, birch leaves and St. John’s wort are combined with sunflower oil, then carefully blended using unique rhythmic processing methods. During this phase, the mixtures are heated to 37 °C – human body temperature. They are carefully mixed in the mornings and evenings to allow the properties of the nurturing plants to be transferred to the oil.

Blackthorn prunus-spinosa


Synonyms: Sloe, Sloe Berry
Scientific Name: Prunus spinosa
Family: Rosacea

Blackthorn was originally a native of central Europe. Thanks to its hardiness it has become widespread and is now found from southern Sweden to the Urals, and in the moderate zones of Southwest Asia, North Africa and North America.

Flavonoid glycosides, coumarin derivatives, tannins and bitter substances, acids, vitamin C, traces of amygdalin (cyanogenic glycoside)

The dense, spreading, much-branched thorny shrub, which can reach a height of up to 3 m (9 feet), flowers from March to April in the European spring. The small white scented flowers appear before the leaves. They are usually solitary, on short stems, but cover the entire length of the branches so densely that the whole shrub is shrouded in white. In May, after the flowers, the oval, tooth-edged leaves appear, and in late summer the bluish-black plum-like fruits which have a whitish bloom and astringent green flesh. They are 1 cm in diameter, contain a stone and are only edible after the frost. The thorns, incidentally, are transformed lateral branchlets.

Blackthorn berries
Blackthorn berries

Blackthorn likes sunny hills and dry, sparse deciduous woods with chalky, deep soil. Together with other members of the rose family it often forms impenetrable thorny thickets. The light-loving blackthorn is extremely resistant to pests and regenerates quickly after cutting. It can colonise shallow soil quickly and spreads through seed dispersal by mammals and birds and by production of root suckers. Even on wind-exposed sites it defies the natural forces. So it is not surprising that it was used as pioneer wood for stabilising embankments and dry slopes and for landscaping slag heaps and wasteland, as well as for wind and snow screens. With its high value as honey plant, too, blackthorn emerges as something of an ideal shrub.

Today the fruits of the blackthorn are still used to brew warming drinks for harsh winter evenings: sloe wine and sloe gin make you feel cozy indoors while winter rages outside. Syrups, jellies and jams are also a vitamin-rich delicacy.

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Early in the spring, even before the young shoots and leaves begin to sprout, the blackthorn envelops itself in a radiant white mass of blossoms. But it is not until late in the year, when the first frosts herald the coming of winter, that the fruits ripen and become sweet. Thus, the blackthorn only hesitantly divulges its vital powers, keeps them in a certain inwardness. The flowers which have gone through the winter help the human organism to overcome the winter and to adapt its metabolism to the spring.

The vitality-bearing fruits provide strength in states of exhaustion. Elixirs of the fruit were made for use during convalescence. 

Dr.Hauschka Blackthorn Body Oil strengthens and warms the skin. With its pleasant fragrance, the harmonious composition of blackthorn blossom, birch leaves and St. John’swort firms and purifies the tissues. The skin-strengthening properties give the skin a fresh, moisturised appearance.

Gently prepared oil extracts from blackthorn blossom unfold their conditioning properties in Dr.Hauschka Hand Cream, Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser and Quince Body Moisturiser, too. Fully ripe blackthorn fruits harvested in the wild are carefully processed to essences which round off the composition of Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser, Quince Body Moisturiser and Deodorant Fresh.

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Christmas Aromatherapy Tips

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Contents: Lemon, Lavender, Spruce, Rosemary and Sage Baths 10ml each

1) The first Bath I reach for in the Christmas lead up is Sage Bath. It’s my foot bath fav to soothe and revitalise weary shopping feet.

2) To calm children that are too excited to go to sleep on Christmas Eve I give them a bath with half the contents of Lavender Bath and the other half I pour into a pretty bowl of hot water or on an aroma stone to waft its sense of serenity and calm around the home.

3) On Christmas morning, with such a busy day ahead, I figure I need all the support I can get, so I use half of the Rosemary Bath mixed with our Lemon Lemongrass Body Wash on our Cleansing Sponge for my morning shower. I breathe deeply, inhaling Rosemary’s invigorating and energising aroma and the refreshing and revitalising aroma of Lemon Lemongrass.

4) The other half of Rosemary Bath I put in a bowl of hot water, pop it up on the mantle, and I get on with all the jobs in readiness for Christmas dinner.

4) In the evening, just before guests arrive, I place a pretty bowl of hot water with Spruce Bath anywhere near the Christmas Tree, which has lost much of it’s initial pine fragrance. Voilà we have the aroma of pine through the home once more!

5) I do the same thing with Lemon Bath at the entry. Lemon is cheerful and uplifting, so it’s the perfect entrance aroma for family and friends.

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