Elisabeth Sigmund, Co-Founder Dr. Hauschka

In memory of Elisabeth Sigmund

25th October 1914 – 20th December 2013


Elisabeth Sigmund, the co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of 20 December 2013 at the age of 99.

Elisabeth Sigmund was a key figure in the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care in the 1960s. She also developed the Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment methods that Dr. Hauschka Estheticians are still taught and use in their work today.

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Elisabeth working in the laboratory at WALA/Dr. Hauschka

It was early on in life when Elisabeth Sigmund first took a passionate interest in cosmetics. After completing her school leaving exams and two semesters of a medical degree in Vienna, she trained to become a qualified esthetician.

Throughout her life, Elisabeth Sigmund had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and conducted extensive independent studies into cosmetically active medicinal plants. She consistently used her findings to develop her skin care products.

Elisabeth 1932
Elisabeth 1932

In 1948, she emigrated to Stockholm with her husband and received permission from the Swedish King to open a Cosmetics Institute. There, she began producing skin-normalising cosmetics on a larger scale for the institute itself and continued to develop the formulations for her products. It was during this time that she came up with the idea of oil-free night time skin care after seeing such positive effects on her clients.

Elisabeth around 1927 and 1945
Elisabeth around 1927 and 1945

In 1955, Elisabeth Sigmund had her first visit to WALA/Dr. Hauschka in Eckwälden after her husband had experienced such good results with WALA medicines. Also a Swedish student had spoken of WALA products with such fervour that Elisabeth had the company send her some of their anthroposophical homeopathic medicines, which she used to further develop her skin care products.

In 1962, Elisabeth Sigmund received a letter from Dr. Rudolf Hauschka asking her for ideas for a ‘very special’ approach to skin care, in line with the WALA principles.

Elisabeth Sigmund in her Cosmetic Studio 1954
Elisabeth Sigmund, Cosmetic Studio in Sweden 1954

Her detailed reply went on for pages and was met with an instant invitation to Eckwälden, the home of WALA/Dr. Hauschka. Dr. Rudolf Hauschka expressed his enthusiasm for Elisabeth Sigmund’s ideas by commenting “I have been in love you ever since receiving your letter…”.

Three weeks of intensive discussions led to a joint decision to develop a very special skin care range based on entirely new concepts. In the years that followed, the formulations for this new range were developed with WALA’s senior doctors and pharmacists.

All developments were firmly based on Elisabeth Sigmund’s ground-breaking guiding principle: the activation of the skin’s own healthy function.

The first natural and organic skin care range was launched in 1967.

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In 1969, Elisabeth Sigmund moved from Sweden to Germany. From then onwards, she shared her extensive knowledge with WALA in person and played a key role in the creation of many products. She remained a valued consultant for all matters relating to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka treatments until shortly before her death and was always willing to listen to the ideas and concerns presented by the future generations.

Elisabeth at 90 being interviewed

We are deeply thankful to Elisabeth Sigmund for her decisive contribution to WALA/Dr. Hauschka’s development and commemorate her life’s work with the utmost respect and appreciation. Her curiosity, energy and knowledge will remain an example to us for all time.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967

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  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE 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
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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 11

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Dr. Hauschka Esthetician Training

In 1971, Elisabeth Sigmund began teaching cosmeticians the special treatment method which she had developed and tested in her beauty salon in Sweden.

There are now around 800 Dr. Hauschka Estheticians working in Germany, with an additional 800 around the world. Qualified cosmeticians receive further training to become Dr. Hauschka Estheticians. In addition to the Dr. Hauschka Classic Treatment, they also offer many variations. The Dr. Hauschka Treatment is still based on Elisabeth Sigmund’s methods.

Initially, Elisabeth Sigmund did not actually want to train others to perform the skin care treatments with lymph stimulation and facial exercises as she was worried that the trainees could use what they had learned incorrectly. Finally, the cosmetician Anneliese Horn talked her around.

Lymph stimulation with brushes
Lymph stimulation with brushes

From the first ever Dr. Hauschka Esthetician …

In 1970, Anneliese Horn completed a cosmetics course in her home es of Stuttgart. After many months of training in conventional cosmetics, she left the course with rosacea, a skin disease. Her anthroposophic family doctor had heard about the new ‘WALA skin care’ and recommended that if she wanted to work as a cosmetician, she should use their products. Anneliese Horn got in touch with Elisabeth Sigmund through WALA. After thinking about it for a few months, Elisabeth Sigmund agreed and trained Anneliese Horn as the first ever Dr. Hauschka Esthetician in January and February 1971 during several weeks of one-on-one lessons.

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… to a trainer

As Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was still little known in the early 1970s, Anneliese Horn’s beauty salon was slow to take off. Elisabeth Sigmund, therefore, suggested that she should go to trade fairs and conventions for WALA and give presentations on skin care at health food stores. After Elisabeth Sigmund had trained several more cosmeticians, she also started referring interested candidates to Anneliese Horn, who took over the Dr. Hauschka Esthetician Training from 1975.

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