Winter Skin Care

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Dryness and dehydration is a prime reason for premature wrinkles and lines so it’s imperative we protect our skin from this condition.

Dryness: lack of oil
Caused by ageing and the slowing down of sebum production, genetics and a drying outdoor environment.

Dehydration: lack of water
Caused by not drinking enough water and air conditioning/heating indoor environment. Air travel is extremely dehydrating.

We often see both conditions presenting in the same skin.

Quince Seed Extract helps your skin to retain moisture
Quince Seed Extract helps your skin to retain moisture

So what’s the solution to winter dryness and dehydration?

Hydrating Mask is our ultimate winter skin fix, twice a week, cleanse early in the evening and apply the mask, around your eye contour too, and leave on to absorb all evening, removing with a moist, tepid cloth before bed.

Tip: If your skin is extremely dry you may also use Hydrating Mask as your ‘day cream’ for a month or until condition improves.

This blend of botanicals soothes, protects and revitalises while sealing in moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.

– Quince seed extract replenishes and helps dry skin to retain moisture
– Nourishing almond, avocado, olive and jojoba oils hydrate the outer layer of skin
– Rose wax and organic shea butter soothe and protect

Skin healers and anti-oxidants are Vitamins A, C & E - all found in this blend
Skin healers and anti-oxidants are Vitamins A, C & E – all found in this blend

Another winter skin solution
The skin healers and antioxidants are Vitamins A, C and E, and the optimum choice when topically applying these vitamins is when they come in the form of the whole plant extract, as opposed to isolated and/or synthetic chemicals.

Rosehip is a rich source of vitamin C and Wheatgerm is a rich source of vitamin E, both found in Rose Day Cream formulation. Mix with a couple of drops of Clarifying Day Oil to skin still moist from Toner. That glorious orange colour comes from Wild Carrot Extract, a rich source of provitamin A.

There you have it, a potent antioxidant and protective blend for cold weather!

Rosa Canina or Dog Rose Rose Hips in winter, a rich source of Vitamin C. Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Rosa Canina or Dog Rose Rose Hips in winter, a rich source of Vitamin C. Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Mask Treatment Tip:
Firming, Moisturising & Hydrating Mask Blend
For a dry and/or dehydrating skin that also needs firming:

• Cleanse early in the evening
• Apply a generous amount of Regenerating Serum including eye contour area as an ‘eye mask’ as well
• Then apply Hydrating Mask over the Serum, including eye contour area
• Leave to absorb all evening, removing with a warm, moist cloth just before bedtime

The other blend we recommend is for those that get dry, red, irritated, itchy or flaky skin in winter. You can still do the above Mask Treatment Blend, but use Soothing Mask instead of Hydrating Mask to strengthen and restore a sensitive skin. Regenerating Serum is also formulated for a sensitive skin.

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Do you need to alter your day care with the Seasons?

Yes, that may well be the case.  We have many customers using cooling Quince Day Cream or matte Rose Day Cream Light in the warmer months and change to more protective and warming Rose Day Cream in the cooler months.  Check in with your skin, see how it’s feeling and certainly change to a more protective day care if need be.

I use Regenerating Serum and Regenerating Day Cream during the week which is spent indoors and in the weekend I use Regenerating Serum and Rose Day Cream when I’m more likely to have time outdoors. So even my weekly ritual changes due to my daily environment.

For a dry skin we also recommend Revitalising Day Cream which helps to activate sebaceous glands, even though it’s very light in texture. Some of our customers like to apply Tinted Day Cream or Rose Day Cream over Revitalising Day Cream to provide additional winter time protection.

If Regenerating Day Cream isn’t enough in the cooler seasons then you may switch to using the more rich Regenerating Neck & Décolleté Cream for your face care as well.

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Winter Skin Regime in a nutshell

Everyone is unique as is their skin condition, however this regime is typically prescribed during winter.

Morning:
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum if it’s in your regime, to support a maturing skin
Eye Cream – Daily Hydrating, Regenerating or Eye Balm
Rose Day Cream
Foundation

Evening:
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum or Night Serum

Twice a week: Hydrating Mask

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Top winter protective products are Lip Balm and Eye Balm

Eye Balm is a beeswax based product. You only need use the size of a piece of rice, then melt the waxes between your ring fingers and apply gently to eye contour area. Enormously protective against winter weather and skin feels as soft as silk.

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Dry winter hands?

Tip: Give your hands a once a week Hydrating Mask treatment while you watch a movie! Use Hydrating Hand Cream daily, which deeply moisturises without leaving a greasy residue.

Body Oils are applied to skin still moist from shower or bath, making a water/oil emulsion directly on your skin for rapid absorption and economical use
Body Oils are applied to skin still moist from shower or bath, making a water/oil emulsion directly on your skin for rapid absorption and economical use

Winter is a hibernating time according to the rhythm of nature. We can’t exactly hibernate, but we can sustain ourselves with warming Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which is both warming and protective, or my personal favourite, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil which I find warming and strengthening. It also helps me focus when I’m wearing it, getting through one job at a time and tick them off. Blackthorn Elixir has been used for years as a strengthening tonic to assist in the treatment of fatigue or convalescence and for those who are feeling stressed or drained of vitality.

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Sometimes you just need a little ‘me time’ and a treat. A warming foot bath, even if it’s only for 10 minutes quiet time, that can still do wonders. Perhaps while you are having your Mask treatment. Choose your Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence aromatics for the benefits you are looking for:

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence: to help you sleep better and to soothe and calm the nervous system.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence: has positive, cheerful and uplifting qualities and supports clear thinking.

Almond Soothing Bath Essence: quiets the mind, instilling feelings of warmth and comfort. The complex fragrance with almond and orange essential oils is uplifting to the spirit. Especially soothing to dry, sensitive and itchy skin.

Sage Purifying Bath Essence: is known for its refreshing, perspiration-regulating action. It provides a refreshing foot bath after sport and exercise and tired feet are wonderfully refreshed. In the cold months of the year it helps to prevent poor circulation and chills.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence: with precious rose extracts, envelops the senses in the soft, luxurious scent of dozens of blossoming roses. Feel the exotic care and protection of the queen of all flowers as you bathe in the velvety warmth of this beautiful bath essence.

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Deodorants

Make the change to natural and organic Deodorant Sage Mint or Rose if you haven’t already.

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Enjoy winter, it’s time for good books, something creative or crafty, hearty cooking, share a meal with friends, watch a movie and give yourself the best natural and organic skin care to protect from the elements, both indoors and out, remembering to use body products that do so much more than just moisturise your skin, and keep cosy.

Compost piles in winter time, Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Compost piles in winter time, Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

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

  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • 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 Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Winter Warmers Bath Essences

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As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, attention automatically turns inward. Our primitive desires for warmth and security awaken within. Is there anything better than closing the door, submerging yourself in a warm bath and immersing yourself in an aromatic journey to soothe your soul?

Bath Essences
Take a deep breath,
Immerse yourself in the moment
Envelop your body in the essence of
nature and let your mind roam free
Your senses are awakened.

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences are waiting to softly caress your soul, spirit and body in a warm bath, and take you with them on a sumptuous journey of the senses. Dr. Hauschka’s perfumer, Jörg Zimmermann, has taken inspiration from the scents of Dr. Hauschka body oils, body lotions and body washes to create these individual scents from natural and organic essential oils.

The exotic Rose Nurturing Bath Essence nurtures the soul, simultaneously offering peace and vitality. The composition of almond and avocado oil leaves the skin feeling soft and silky smooth.

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence provides the skin with caring protection. The aroma of lavender provides calm and clarity and helps you to concentrate on what’s important. In addition to the lavender, moor extract is also at the core of this product, rhythmically processed with extracts of horse chestnut and horsetail.

The complex and luxurious fragrance of Almond Soothing Bath Essence invites you on a sensual journey: from the gentle freshness of the first almond blossoms in spring to the warm sweetness of the almond fruit.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence gently nourishes the skin with sunflower oil, while the lemon and lemongrass activate the skin with their toning effects.

Sage Purifying Bath Essence provides warmth during the cold seasons, but is also refreshing and deodorising. Recommended for post exercise. Perfect for a foot bath also.

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Bath Time Tip:
Apply your favourite Dr. Hauschka Cream Mask (Revitalising, Hydrating, Soothing or Firming) during your bath.

Why did we produce milky formulations for Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence and Rose Nurturing Bath Essence?

Not that many years ago it was uncommon to see Mum’s in the workplace and the pace of life was much slower, however, today’s lifestyle for the majority of women is one of juggling children and work as well as other commitments, and amongst it all attempting to find balance. Our milky formulations are much more protective which provides enhanced support for lifestyle issues today and in the future.

Dispersing
The milky formulations do not disperse as easily in lukewarm water. Pour milky formula Bath Essence into your basin or bath, add hot water to aid dispersion, then add cold water.

Please note: Both Rose Nurturing Bath Essence and Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence are ideal for kid’s bath time as well.

Woman Bath Revitalsing Mask

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 cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • 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 Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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The Language Of Nature

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

Dr. Hauschka body washes make showering a unique 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

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.”

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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.

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Portait Parfumeur Joerg Zimmermann 4.4.08

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Your 5 Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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1) Upon waking drink a glass of lemon juice, organic apple cider vinegar and a little honey in warm water.

Benefits of Lemon:
✓ Boosts your immune system ✓ Flushes out unwanted toxins ✓ Helps aid in weight loss ✓ Is a natural blood purifier ✓ Balances your pH level ✓ Helps relieve respiratory issues ✓ Helps aid in throat infections ✓ Decreases blemishes ✓ Decreases wrinkles ✓ Energises ✓ Hydrating ✓Alkalinising to the body ✓ Aids digestion

Benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar:
✓ Very rich in enzymes and potassium ✓ Helps clear pimples ✓ Lowers blood pressure ✓ Lowers cholesterol ✓ Reduces inflammation ✓ Helps aid in weight loss by breaking down fat ✓ Balances pH level ✓ Helps relieve muscle pain from workouts ✓ Helps prevent acid reflux ✓ Helps prevent arthritis ✓ Lowers levels of fatigue ✓ Aids digestion ✓ Helps control and prevent candida

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2 ) Take a 30 minute walk each morning.

Benefits:

  • Your lymph system needs movement therefore a daily walk aids immunity
  • Aids sleep
  • Supports happiness and peace of mind
  • Prepares you for the day ahead
  • Aids circulatory system

Tips:
Set your alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier, morning habits are easier to keep!
Find a walking buddy

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3) Eat fresh nutritious food

You’ve heard it before – 5+ fruit and veg a day, and plenty of bright colours for their antioxidant power.

That 3 o’clock sugar craving – reach for some fruit!

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4) Stress Less

  • Include relaxation in your week – instead of watching tele, put some great music on and dance or do yoga in your living room
  • Go for a walk, preferably in nature, every morning for 30 minutes
  • Talk about it, problem shared is a problem halved
  • Breathe, deep breathe and stretch
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Reminisce about good times
  • Ask for a hug
  • Look for opportunities in life’s challenges
  • Stop worrying
  • Lose yourself in a good book
  • Choose your reaction
  • Put things into perspective, will this matter a year from now?
  • Lavender Layering with Dr. Hauschka support products, Lavender Sandalwood Calming Bath Essence, Body Wash and Body Moisturiser. Another helpful oil is Almond St. John’s wort Body Oil. 
  • Laughter is the best medicine, try not to take life too seriously, find the humour
  • Smile

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4) Be a Conscious Consumer

  • Reduce unnecessary chemicals on you and in your environment, whatever the marketing, if you don’t understand the ingredients your skin probably doesn’t either
  • Each of us do our bit for the environment for our children, our grandchildren, it will cost a lot less than the future clean-up
  • Choose authentic ecologically friendly products for household cleaning, high quality products are both effective and economical
  • Choose authentic and independently certified products for personal care
  • Ecological baby steps, it all helps

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5) Set goals

  • Create your own vision/goal/dream board
  • Put a list of your goals on your vision board as well and tick them off as you achieve them
  • Reward yourself when you achieve each goal
  • Create things to look forward to, plan holidays, time with friends…

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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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