Almond

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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 tells you more about the individual ingredient, Almond. Where Almond comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Tinted Day Cream

Almond oil supplements the rich Tinted Day Cream formulation and additional raw materials round off the overall composition. With valuable avocado and almond oils, protective rose wax and quince seeds, Tinted Day Cream sustainably prevents skin dryness.

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Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

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

The almond oil pressed from the seeds is a mild and highly lipogenous skin care oil. It is well absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft and smooth. The vitamin-rich almond oil is also extremely well tolerated by the skin. As the almond oil regulates moisture levels, it can be used for both dry and oily skin. It even optimally nourishes sensitive skin. Almond oil enhances the skin’s elasticity for toned, radiant results.

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Plant profile

All sorts of things come to mind when we think of almonds; marzipan and macaroons, for example. Or maybe snacks of nuts and raisins or breakfast mueslis. But whatever the context, what we picture in our mind’s eye is the edible almond kernel. But what about the plant that goes with it? The up to 8-metre high, frost-sensitive almond tree with its grey bark belongs to the rose family and is also closely related to the cherry, peach and apricot. We can see this relationship when we look at the pink flowers with yellow stamens. The almond kernel we eat is actually the almond seed which is inside the hard shell or pit. The robust pit is enclosed in the dry, green, bitter and inedible fruit.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The almond tree comes from subtropical China and Asia Minor and is a member of the Rosaceae (rose) family. It was natively found in Central and Western Asia but is today mainly grown in the Mediterranean and California.

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We use organically certified almonds from Alicante and Albacete in Spain. We also predominantly acquire almonds cultivated using Demeter farming. These are only of the best, edible quality and ready for the oil to be carefully pressed out of them at body temperature for use in our products. Every year, almost 46 tonnes of almonds are processed for our products.

A traditional, artisanal oil mill in the Black Forest carefully presses the almonds at body temperature.

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Almonds already grew naturally in the Stone Age and their cultivation is thought to go back to the Bronze Age.

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The almond is probably the oldest cultivated fruit of the the Old World, with a success story that continues right up to the present day.

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In Mediterranean countries, the almond tree is seen as a symbol of vigilance and rebirth because it blossoms early.

In 2014/2015 over 1 million tonnes of almonds were produced globally.

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Almond Tree
Synonyms: Sweet Almond
Scientific Name: Prunus dulcis (Mill.)
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Constituents: 54% fatty oil containing oleic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid, protein, enzymes.

Mild almond oil has a good slip and glide and is taken up slowly by the skin. The oil is the conditioning base of Dr.Hauschka After Sun, Concealer, Daily Hydrating Eye Cream, Quince Day Cream, Revitalising Day Cream, Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Day Oil, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lip Care Stick, Lipsticks, Soothing Cleansing Milk, Rose Nurturing Body Cream, Almond Soothing Body Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, Regenerating Body Cream, Firming Mask, Tinted Day Cream and Almond St. John’s Wort Soothing Body Oil. In Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream almond meal binds particularly well to dirt particles and thus gently cleanses the skin.

Almond Soothing Body Wash, Almond Soothing Body Cream, Almond Soothing Bath Essence, Almond St. John’s Wort Soothing Body Oil and iconic Cleansing Cream are some of the examples of products which include almond oil.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical 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 do not test on animals

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Being Sun Smart

Should I use a moisturiser and SPF in the one product, or a moisturiser first and then apply a dedicated SPF? 

Our concern with moisturisers that include SPF is that they’re usually applied first thing in the morning, with no reapplication, giving a false sense of security. By lunchtime protection ability will be dubious. SPF protection is all about reapplication.

Many moisturisers that include SPF are not Broad Spectrum either, offering UVB protection but not UVA .

We recommend applying a high quality SPF Mineral Make-up Powder, reapplication is easy, over Moisturiser and Foundation. As SPF Mineral Make-up Powders can look a little dry, mist Facial Toner/Clarifying Toner or Rose Water to give it a more natural, dewy finish.

Alternatively for face and/or body use an entirely physical block (zinc and/or titanium dioxide) SPF Sunscreen over your usual Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser or Body Moisturiser and remember to reapply.  A true physical block doesn’t require absorption, it will protect your skin the moment it’s applied.

Sunscreens

Look For
• Active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, a physical barrier that reflects UV light rather than a chemical barrier that requires absorption.
• Antioxdants – vitamins A, C and E.
• SPF 15 to 50 depending on your skin tone and sun intensity.
• Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB protection. SPF rating is on UVB.
• Use lotions, NOT sprays, due to likely inhalation.
• Water-resistant for the beach or pool.

Avoid
• Retinyl palmitatem, synthetic vitamin A, due to phototoxicity.
• Oxybenzone, benzophenone, octocrylene, or octyl methoxycinnamate which may be potentially carcinogenic.
• Synthetic chemical preservatives such as parabens and methylisothiazolinone (MIT).
• Very High SPF which may contribute to a false sense of security and offers little additional benefit, see below SPF chart.
• Silicones and petrolatum which are occlusive and block pores.
• Synthetic chemical fragrance.

Sunbathing Dos and Don’ts

• Apply sunscreen before sun exposure.
• Apply generously. Low application amounts reduce protection. About six teaspoonfuls of sunscreen for the whole body is recommended by the EU as the correct amount for an adult.
• Allow sunscreen to be absorbed before putting on clothes, this will help avoid staining.
• Reapply sunscreen frequently to maintain protection, especially after perspiring or swimming, towels and sand can also rub off sunscreen and reduce its protective qualities.
• No sunscreen product gives 100% protection against UV rays. Over-exposure to the sun is a serious health threat.
• Remember to avoid sun between 10am and 4pm.
• Do not take the SPF to its limit, remember your reapplication times.
• Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight. Up to the age of seven, children are particularly sensitive to the sun while their skin gradually develops thicker, protective skin cells, additional use of protective clothing is therefore very important.

What about Vitamin D?

We need sunlight for Vitamin D, around 20 minutes per day, and not between 10am to 4pm.

UVA & UVB

The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). Basically, UVA rays are ageing and UVB rays burn. Overexposure to either can damage the skin. There’s also UVC – these are the shortest and strongest, but they’re absorbed by the ozone layer and don’t typically reach the Earth.

UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin ageing and risk of skin cancer.

UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10am to 4pm being the peak hours. Sunburned skin can cause permanent damage.

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What does SPF mean?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays.

SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. So if a person burns after 10 minutes in the sun uses an SPF 2, they have double that time before a sunburn – 20 minutes. Skin protected with SPF 15 would take 15 times longer, or 150 minutes for sunburn to occur.

Keep in mind though, the increase from 20 to 45 level SPF provides only 2.8% more UV protection.

Cover-up

Think cool baggy trousers, maxi skirts and dresses, pretty tops, floppy hats and sunnies.

After Sun Care

After Sun

  • A summertime and holiday must-have body moisturiser!
  • Vitamin antioxidants A, C and E. Wild carrot root extract is a rich source of provitamin A, vitamin C rich Rosehip extract and vitamin E is to be found in plant oils, including Jojoba Oil.
  • Moisture rich extracts of Ice Plant and Quince Seed to restore your skin’s lost moisture.
  • Cooling, soothing and deeply hydrating.
  • Calendula and Anthyllis extracts soothe sun-stressed skin.
  • Almond oil, Shea Butter and Rose Wax give the skin intensive nourishing care, protection and help your skin retain moisture.
  • Rapidly absorbed body lotion.
  • Helps your tan last longer.
  • Superb value for money given the ingredients in this quality formulation.
  • May be used on face and hands as well as body.
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes or preservatives.

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • 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
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Hot Weather Beauty Tips

Hot weather, sun, wind, salt, air conditioning and humidity! 

 

1) Dry, flaky skin

Inadequate hydration, dehydrating air conditioning and too much sun are drying to your skin and may result in dry, rough, flaky skin. Drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water and/or herbal teas a day to hydrate from within.

Remember you may need to change your Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser for the seasons to ensure optimum care.

Skin Tip: Always apply your body moisturiser to skin that’s still moist from your shower, this helps to lock in moisture. You’ll be applying your face Moisturiser on skin still moist from Toner, however, in warm weather keep a bottle handy to mist Toner during the day as well.

TIP: Keep your Toner in the fridge for a cool spritz

2) Sun-stressed skin

Revitalising Mask is a must for a sun-stressed skin, cooling and soothing, use twice a week. Cleanse early in the evening, apply Revitalising Mask, including the eye contour area, and leave to absorb for as long as possible, removing with a tepid cloth prior to bed time.

After Sun is our summertime and holiday must have body moisturiser for it’s antioxidants, cooling and soothing Ice Plant extract, and long lasting moisture.

3) Cover-up

Think floppy hats, maxi dresses and skirts, pretty tops, floaty palazzo pants and of course always sunnies.

4) Being Sun Smart

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5) Fine lines and wrinkles

These occur due to the age-triggered loss of collagen and elastin from skin, but exposure to sun and dry winds, resulting in dry skin, is likely to accelerate the process. Foods and skin care high in antioxidants helps to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing, so ensure you’re getting your Vitamins A, C and E, fruit, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and dark chocolate.

Regenerating Range is specifically formulated to support a maturing skin.

6) Dull Skin

For a dull, dry skin use Revitalising Day Cream, our lightest in texture moisturiser, yet also our most activating. Apply Tinted Day Cream over the top to bring back warm tones to the skin and double the moisturising.

If dryness is not an issue, mix a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with any Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser for a sun-kissed healthy glow.

7) Breakouts

Recent email from a customer…

Q: Help! My skin is breaking out with this weather, make-up is disappearing from now oily t-zone by lunchtime. Using Rose Day Cream and in my late 30’s.

A: Rose Day Cream is too rich for you at this time of year. Here’s your recommended daily regime for summer:

MORNING
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Melissa Day Cream – specific for mediating between oily and normal (or dry) areas of your face, helps to control shine, and has a matte finish. Another alternative would be Rose Day Cream Light.
Coverstick – a must have product, conceals and treats pimples

You may like to try mixing a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with your Melissa Day Cream as a tinted moisturiser instead of make-up or Foundation and set with Translucent Powder Loose in the morning, and during the day touch-up with Translucent Powder Compact.

EVENING
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Clarifying Toner
Night Serum

We also highly recommend once a week Clarifying Facial Bath and Clarifying Clay Mask and twice a week Revitalising Mask.


8) Sun-Stressed Tresses

Hair can suffer from overexposure to sun, sea, chlorine, heat and warm winds, making it dry and prone to breakage. Limit use of the blow drier, hair straighteners and curling tongs and don’t shampoo every day if you don’t need to. Use Hair Strengthening Treatment as a treatment for hair and scalp and/or scrunch into the ends, and use leave-in Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic daily.

 

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrance, colours 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, cruelty free cosmetics.

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“I finally found what I was looking for!”

When I was first introduced to Dr Hauschka Skin Care I was working as a Product Specialist for a major retailer looking after the Skin Care Department. So you could say I have tried them all!

My question regarding Dr. Hauschka was “Why would this one be so different, to the rest of them?”

I was asked to try it for myself and not to use anything on my skin at night.

Now this goes against everything I was taught as a Beauty Therapist.

I was in my early thirties at the time and covering up acne scarring from my teenage years with theatre make-up.

Going into week 4 of only using Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products on one particular day my husband asked if I was wearing make-up? I replied, “No, I only have a Tinted Moisturiser on!”

He said “Your skin is looking so good.”

From that day onwards, and now 15 years later, I haven’t looked back. I now know wholeheartedly, and heading towards my fifties, an all-natural, organic and biodynamic Dr. Hauschka, less is more approach, gives me the results.

I can now say “I finally found what I was looking for.”

Nicky • Dr. Hauschka Queensland Account Manager

Editor’s Note: You’ll find Nicky running Queensland In Store Events from February to early December during the year. Book in to have a chat about your skin, experience Dr. Hauschka products on yourself and Nicky will also prepare an optimum personalised product prescription for you. Nicky is a fully trained skin care expert and make-up artist, with all the knowledge and experience you could possibly want, and we’re very fortunate indeed to have her on our Team. Same goes for all our passionate and highly trained Team.

 

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrance, colours 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, cruelty free cosmetics.

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Christmas Gift Packs 2017

Dr. Hauschka Christmas Gift Packs are available Online and participating Dr. Hauschka Stockists and Estheticians.

Share the magic with Dr. Hauschka Christmas Sets under the Christmas tree, or maybe you’re tempted to treat yourself! Lovingly selected combinations of natural and organic skin care and make-up products in packaging to heighten Christmas anticipation. Contents to pamper the skin and the senses.

Rose Light

RRP $90 valued at $119
Cleansing Cream 50ml
Rose Day Cream Light 30ml
Facial Toner 30ml

Glowing Rose

RRP $90 valued at $119
Cleansing Cream 50ml
Rose Day Cream 30ml
Soothing Cleansing Milk 30ml

The Essential Cleansing Travel Pack

RRP $36 valued at $46
Soothing Cleansing Milk 30ml
Facial Toner 30ml

Joyful Radiance Gift Set

RRP $39 valued at $49
Volume Mascara black mini
Lip Care Stick
  

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrance, colours 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, cruelty free cosmetics.

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5 Looks for Spring Summer

Our fabulous International Make-up Artist, Karim Sattar, who visited us recently, created these 5 Looks for Spring and Summer. We hope these give you some colourful inspiration to recreate the Looks.

You may also be interested in which colours to choose to really enhance your iris colour. How to Enhance Your Eyes.

Dr. Hauschka International Make-up Artist, Karim Sattar. Instagram @sattarkarim

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% 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
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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The art of skin care and make-up

Production and research

Would you describe your face cream as a piece of art? When it comes to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, we believe this is a justifiable statement. And would you attribute a personality to a plant? We do and closely study its biography when developing and producing new skin care products. We examine your skin’s needs, then look for the medicinal plants, waxes and oils that best help you meet them. We combine the ingredients in such a way that they are in harmony with one another and your skin. This is the only way to create a product with a successful, artistic composition.

Our aim is to create effective product formulations. As such, we take great effort to constantly optimise the ways in which our plants and other raw materials are used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Fortunately, we already have a huge wealth of information: the knowledge and experience that we have gained through the development and production of  WALA Medicines since 1935. Elisabeth Sigmund added to this knowledge base. In the 1930s, she started to study centuries-old medical books in monastic libraries. Elisabeth discovered forgotten medicinal plants and minerals with benefits for the skin, which she used to develop the formulations for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Today, we are able to combine the knowledge from days gone by with modern methods.

Throughout the years we have become specialists in the research of plant based raw materials and, in spring 2017, we moved into a new laboratory building to continue this work. There, we optimise development methods and look at highly practical research questions posed by our colleagues. For example, our gardeners often request information on ingredients to determine when these are most nutrient rich and ready to be harvested; or our raw materials warehouse would like to know how to create the best conditions for storing the essential oils. Our Development team also works in close cooperation with external specialists as well as universities and uses publications to share their knowledge.

Our new laboratory building

Lastly, we conduct quality control in our new laboratory building. Not only the finished products are tested to ensure that they are safe and of highest quality possible but also the raw materials we use for our skin care and make-up undergo quality tests.

Authorities nowadays demand that skin care and make-up manufacturers conduct extremely extensive analyses to proof the safety of products. However, our tests go above and beyond the required scope. We combine the knowledge that we have gained over several decades with the findings presented in the latest scientific literature and use the results to conduct additional analyses. Ultimately, this supplemented knowledge enables us to compose the best possible skin care and make-up products for you.

Interview

with Herwig Judex, member of the WALA Foundation, and Professor Florian Stintzing, Head of Science at WALA Heilmittel GmbH, the company behind the brand Dr. Hauschka Skin Care About the research, development and production of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Make-up.

Mr Judex, you’ve been with WALA since 1971. At the time, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care had only been on the market for four years – as a second brand that complemented WALA Medicines. Did the knowledge of the production of medicines influence the formulations for the skin care products?

Herwig Judex: The formulations for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products were developed in cooperation with doctors, estheticians and pharmacists. The experience from the production of medicines naturally played a major role during the development. There were also three key values: helping, caring and healing. Our skin care products needed to be all of these things. This explains why they were originally called ‘Healing Cosmetics’,a name that has since been changed for legal reasons. Despite this, helping, caring and healing is a package and remained the concept under which the products were originally created.

Mr Stintzing, you are in charge of WALA’s science department. Is the concept of ‘helping, caring and healing’ still important to you today when developing Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products?

Florian Stintzing: Yes, there is still a healing stimulus behind the products as Mr Judex says. There is also the question of how we can help our customers. We don’t follow the latest trends, but instead look at what people actually need. A person suffering from atopic dermatitis needs support and products that care for the skin, men and women ask for skin care for their face and body, and people who wear make-up also have their own special requirements. As a natural skin care and make-up manufacturer, we want to develop formulations that really focus on the individuals and enable them to feel happy in their own skin each and every day. As such, we don’t have any short-lived skin care, instead our products address basic needs.

How have development and production of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products changed over the years?

Judex: It has changed in many ways. In the 1960s and 70s, we created products based on our experience-based knowledge. The idea was the most decisive factor. We mixed things together and tested whether the product could do what it was intended to. If so, it was produced without any further requirements. If we wanted to assess the quality of a plant from our medicinal herb garden, we looked at its growth. If we added too much fertiliser and a plant that would usually only be 30 centimetres tall actually grew to a metre, it could not be used in production. We had the belief and inner certainty that the things which we had carefully considered and thought out were right. And it was right. Nowadays, that’s no longer how things work, of course. We have to conduct stability and application tests and provide far more detailed information about the substances. This is now a legal requirement for skin care and make-up manufacturers in Germany and it is important because the people nowadays demand reassurance of safety.

Experience-based knowledge used to be important. Mr Stintzing, can you analytically confirm this old knowledge now?

Stintzing: Yes. The plant that grows differently is a good example. We recently tried to domesticate chicory, i.e. to grow it in our medicinal herb garden. This is used in our Soothing Intensive Treatment among other products. It ended up looking like a dandelion. You could say that its nature was distorted. It flourished too well here in our garden. The plant’s appearance differs from the one that tends to grow in poorer quality, dry soil. You can’t create a stable aqueous extract from a plant that has grown like that. A difference in scent is also noticeable. You can furthermore demonstrate the difference analytically, for instance through the fact that the pH level doesn’t fall during the extract procedure as the lactic acid fermentation process doesn’t start. Even with all the technological advances, which are welcomed and a good thing, it is still essential to use our senses and pay attention to obvious differences – to closely monitor things. And we do this by using the experience that WALA has built up over more than 80 years.

But you can no longer bring products to the market based solely on experience-based knowledge. You have to fulfil legal requirements. What analyses do you conduct?

Stintzing: It’s about customer safety. The raw materials for our cosmetic products are tested for characteristic properties, but also foreign substances such as pesticides and heavy metals. Tests are an important means of proving and documenting a certain quality level but also of learning more about the raw materials used. As such, we often test for far more things than legally required by precisely stipulated regulations on testing. Ultimately, however, you can only do a test well if you know the raw material’s biography. For example, where the plant grew. This is the only way for you to know what kind of contaminants it might contain as a result of its location. And only then can you specifically test for these pollutants. If you ignore this factor, you might end up testing the wrong things.

A plant’s biography is an unusual concept. Can you elaborate?

Stintzing: We think about a product based on its raw materials. We ask ourselves where the plant comes from. Where, under what climate conditions and in what soil it was grown, how it was cultivated and when it was harvested. The origin of a plant matters, as highlighted by our example of chicory. And the future, i.e. where the plant ends up, namely in the skin care or make-up product, is based on what has happened in the past. This is what makes the idea of a biography so important to us. Everything found in the raw materials is developed during the plant’s biographical journey. And at some point, this all ends up in the composition. Anything I don’t do prior to this, from a procedural perspective or even in terms of qualitative selection, I can no longer give to the product at a later stage.

Judex: A plant’s biography covers all the essentials. After all, we can’t get anywhere with mere facts and figures.

Is the approach of working with your senses and experience something that makes WALA special?

Judex: Yes, definitely.

Stintzing: However, it only works if you are familiar with the plants. You have to know where they usually grow, what their natural environment is, what they normally look like and what is going on if they don’t look like that. In view of this, our plant laboratory technicians and employees from the Cosmetics Development and Analytical Development departments regularly help out with the harvests in our garden, during which our gardeners teach them a great deal about the plants and their special features. This forms a direct link to the raw materials, something which is extremely important as it prevents the anonymity widely found today.

If a plant’s biography is so important, doesn’t this mean you can only harvest and process wild plants? Is it possible to cultivate plants at all?

Judex: You can also cultivate plants naturally, for example if you want the roots or leaves to grow in a certain way. However, you always have to remain within certain limits, as highlighted by the example of chicory.

Stintzing: The influence of the location can also be analytically proven. For example, tests have shown that edible berries from Scandinavia are richer in secondary plant nutrients than those from Central and Southern Europe. This knowledge is extremely important for medicinal plants. In addition, the temperature, the light and soil conditions also have a major impact on quality. One example of a case in which we were able to directly prove analytical differences is sage, which we use in products such as our Sage Mint Deodorant. The soil properties, such as the pH level, are particularly important for this plant. In consideration of this finding, our gardeners have created different types of soil in our medicinal herb garden for the plants to develop their vital strengths and inner being.

Judex: Quality is a factor determined by far more than just quantity. Today, we are instructed to detect quantitative differences so as to decide whether or not a raw material is used. However, as Mr Stintzing says, quality is about the entire biography. How did the plant come into being, how were the seeds cultivated that were then sown?

Do we have to revise ‘old’ knowledge based on new findings?

Judex: ‘Revise’ is a weighted word. After all, we’re talking about adding to our knowledge. What is then done with this is a whole other matter. For instance, whether you succeed in combining the artistic process with the knowledge.

Stintzing: We are increasing our wealth of knowledge and building on our experience. However, our products also have an artistic quality to them. A product is a composition. It naturally has to be well crafted and must not separate, for example. However, the ingredients must also be in harmony with one another and with people. I firmly believe that this artistic aspect appeals to people at a certain level. They don’t have to know what is in the skin care product. Instead, they experience the product as harmonious or inharmonious for them. Our aim is to develop authentic products to meet our customers’ needs.

Dr. Hauschka/WALA biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • 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
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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