The delicate aroma and pure, fresh feel it gives to the skin have made our Cleansing Cream a customer favourite for many years. The concentrated ‘cream’ is recommended for cleansing any skin condition and the perfect choice for a deep cleanse in the morning after the night time elimination activities of your skin. The lipid-replenishing composition with calendula, chamomile, St. John’s wort, anthyllis and almond gently invigorates and cleanses the skin. The appearance of pores is minimised.
Refines, revitalises and deeply cleanses all skin conditions.
Gentle and effective morning cleanser for deep cleansing after the skin’s night time eliminating activities.
Respects the pH (acid mantle) protective function, and hydrolipid layer of skin while cleansing.
Almond meal binds particularly well to dirt and impurities.
Gently exfoliates only those skin cells that are ready to slough off.
Fortifies and refreshes.
Prepares skin for Toner and Moisturiser.
Minimises the appearance of pores.
Leaves skin feeling soft and silky.
Highest quality medicinal plant extracts of calendula, chamomile, anthyllis and creamy sweet almond meal.
Benefits all skin conditions
Chamomile: soothing and calming
Anthyllis: guides all skin conditions to a state of balance
Almond Meal: binds particularly well to dirt and impurities
Application:Compress and hydrate skin. Mix 1-2 cm of Cleansing Cream with warm water in the palms to form a smooth, creamy emulsion. Press mixture gently onto skin then roll hands up and away in a wave-like motion – ‘press and roll’. Start in the centre of the forehead then slowly work outward and down. Avoid the eye area. Repeat the press and roll action 2-3 times. Do not rub or scrub. Rinse with warm water then finish with splashes of cool water.
Rich and nourishing Rose Day Cream is an iconic Dr. Hauschka moisturiser and long-standing favourite. The delicately scented composition with the medicinal plants of rose, marsh mallow and St. John’s wort strengthens, protects, balances and harmonises your skin and stimulates its natural abilities.
For Bridget the answer was simple, the product that she trusts to give her skin top-notch care is Dr. Hauschka. “Every day I always moisturise, always! I always cleanse, tone and moisturise. I always use a serum, a moisturiser and an oil and that’s all Dr. Hauschka — I love it! That brand I love,” Bridget told us excitedly. “It’s all organic and I really trust their ingredients, and it makes my skin look good.”
The skin on the neck and chest area is quite different to the skin on your face. It has no hair follicles, only a few oil glands and is much thinner. “The collagen and elastin in our skin starts to break down, leading to fine lines and wrinkles, and loss of elasticity” explains Sydney dermatologist Dr. Michelle Hunt…
Featuring Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Cosmetics Culture 1967-2017
A sound trio for the morning
Cleanse, tone, moisturise
The skin is our largest organ – and one that is regulated with the utmost precision. It follows different rhythms and has different needs. During the day it needs protective skin care and at night liberating, stimuli-packed night care, which helps it regenerate. Our skin may be affected by the seasons, hormonal influences, our age, stress, and even environmental influences during the week which may be different during the weekend. Our skin also requires frequent phases of additional skin care stimuli.
At Dr. Hauschka, we therefore refer to skin conditions, which appear and disappear, rather than fixed skin types.
Our skin care concept is as rhythmic as life itself. After all, we believe it is important to respond to and respect the skin’s rhythms.
As a result, we have developed individual skin care plans for the various different skin conditions. All of these share the commonality of three skin care steps at night (cleanse, tone and revitalise with serum) and the nourishing trio in the morning. This trio of cleansing, toning and moisturising is optimally tailored to the skin’s morning and day time needs. Cleansing removes the excess metabolic products that the skin has excreted over night. In the second skin care step, aqueous medicinal plant preparations tone the skin while a select daytime skin care product moisturises it and protects it against environmental influences during the day.
But that’s not all. You make as much of a difference to the success of your skin care as the Dr. Hauschka products themselves. “People need two kinds of beauty – inner and outer.” Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, was well aware of this. It all starts with the way in which you use the Dr. Hauschka products and establish a dialogue with both these and your skin. After all, the key to your beauty lies in paying yourself some attention.
Interview with Barbara Becheru
Face Care Product Manager at WALA Heilmittel GmbH and Dr. Hauschka esthetician, about the special use of Dr. Hauschka daytime skin care
Barbara, you are both a product manager and a Dr. Hauschka esthetician. That’s quite unusual. How did it come about?
I had an eye-opening experience during a Dr. Hauschka skin care treatment. As the Dr. Hauschka esthetician was treating my face, she commented that my feet were often cold. She could see this in my face! At the time, I was already a Dr. Hauschka product manager but the further training enabled me to delve deeper into the Dr. Hauschka product and treatment cosmos. In doing so, I realised that our treatment and our products simply belong together. After all, Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, initially developed the products in her beauty studio for treating her customers.
So can I only use Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products with the aid of an esthetician?
No, of course not. It’s far more about doing something good for yourself with your everyday skin care; giving yourself a treatment and paying yourself some attention. It’s all to do with self-appreciation and self-care. And that begins in the morning with a special kind of facial cleansing. The basic product for this is Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream with almond meal and medicinal plant extracts. It’s applied in a unique press and roll manner (see video below) and acts as an example of how closely our products are linked to our treatment.
What exactly do you mean by a cleansing product that is linked to the treatment?
Lymph stimulation plays a central role in the Dr. Hauschka treatment. We use brushes and our hands to activate the lymph flow in the lymphatic system. This is a kind of cleansing system in the body, which excretes excess metabolic products for example. We therefore use lymph stimulation to support the skin with its natural activities, keep it healthy and cleanse it.
But what has lymph stimulation got to do with facial cleansing at home?
By correctly applying the Cleansing Cream, you can stimulate the lymph flow in your skin. To do this, roll your hands from the top to the bottom of your face and from the centre outwards in the direction of lymph flow. The combination of the product and manner of application result in a cleansed complexion. It may initially take you slightly longer to use the product as the movements will be new to you. However, the time I take during this process is time that gives me something back.
The Dr. Hauschka skin care regime for mornings comprises three steps. Cleansing is followed with the second step of toning.
That’s right. The toning products are aqueous medicinal plant preparations, such as Facial Toner. What makes this special is that you spray it directly onto your face rather than onto a cotton pad as you would a conventional toner. Even the delicate mist of spray feels delightful. I then use my hands to gently press the product into my skin.
A further lovely way of being in touch with myself and a kind of self-treatment?
Exactly. These are the little daily rituals, the periods of time-out from everyday life, my five minutes that are mine alone. This time in the bathroom allows me to enjoy some mindfulness and consciously breathe in and exhale.
That almost sounds like a yoga workout. But I still need to start my day and I’ve not yet done the third step – moisturising.
Yes, and this is a very important step as the daytime skin care protects the skin against external influences such as the wind or dry air from air conditioning systems. It can do this through the high-quality oils and waxes that form the basis of the products. However, our daytime skin care products do more than just protect the skin. Each composition is also carefully tailored to the skin’s changing needs thanks to special medicinal plant extracts, helping it to restore its natural balance.
What do you mean ‘changing needs’? Isn’t my skin always the same? Either dry or sensitive for example?
When I talk to customers before a treatment, I’ve often noticed that they can precisely describe how their skin feels. Whether it is taut or perhaps unsettled or oily. What is interesting is that this feeling may have changed by their next treatment appointment. In winter, for example, the skin tends to be drier, or at stressful times of life, it tends to become more blemished. Depending on the skin’s varying needs, we can offer the right daytime skin care to help regulate it.
Is there also a special way of applying the daytime skin care products?
We warm the moisturising product between the palms of the hands, to melt the waxes, and apply to skin, still moist from Toner, using the palms of both hands and apply from centre outwards in direction of lymph flow and/or press gently into your skin. This is the correct way to apply and it’s a more sensual and emotional experience by paying proper attention to yourself, feeling in touch with yourself while applying the products and immersing yourself in the way you feel. The natural scent of the products furthermore conveys moods. Each morning, the same delicate scent fills my nose and gives me the space I need to enjoy my skin care. That is my daily ritual. The Dr. Hauschka products are so much more.
There are many ways of doing business. Companies bear huge levels of responsibility. First and foremost, to their customers. After all, being there for their customers is a company’s prime reason for existence. However, companies also bear responsibility for their employees and their working conditions as well as for the products they manufacture. The biography of the products has an impact on the world, right from the manufacturing stage. Under what conditions were the raw materials for the products obtained? How much energy and water are used and waste is generated during production? And how much waste remains when disposing of the product? Last but not least, what does the company do with the profits it generates?
When Dr. Rudolf Hauschka founded WALA in 1935, he certainly asked himself these and other similar questions. And he found the answers in products obtained from nature as well as the establishment of the WALA Foundation, to which WALA Heilmittel GmbH belongs. Over time, these answers resulted in the development of a very special cosmetics culture with a clear objective: the sustainable creation of persistent values for people rather than a quick profit.
The locations in which we develop and manufacture Dr. Hauschka products are closely linked to our responsibilities towards the environment and the people we deal with. We have been based in Eckwälden since 1967 and have made a conscious decision to remain there. WALA’s biodynamic medicinal herb garden, product development facilities and product manufacturing facilities have all been located in this agricultural region in southern Germany at the foot of the Swabian Jura Mountains since the 1950s. Eckwälden is a small village where shepherds drive their flocks of sheep through. At least, that is one description of it. On the other hand, we have brought a real cosmopolitan feel to the village. For instance, when international visitors come to see us, but also when organic raw materials for our products are brought here from all over the world or we prepare the transport documents for the shipment of the over 130 Dr. Hauschka products. Shipments that will go to customers in some 40 countries worldwide.
And the WALA Foundation?
All profits generated by WALA Heilmittel GmbH initially go to the Foundation as its owner. This then invests them in the GmbH’s development. After all, its sole purpose is to promote WALA’s prosperous development. The Foundation appoints our GmbH’s management and ensures that our cosmetics culture shapes everyday business practices. It enables us to invest in not only the quality of our products but also the development of our around 1,000 employees as well as sustainable projects in both Germany and other countries from which we obtain raw materials for our products. The WALA Foundation provides us with the necessary independence and freedom to continue our responsible use of money as well as to fulfil a certain cultural mission: to develop and manufacture natural products that care for people’s skin, have healing properties and promote beauty.
An interview with Dr. Johannes Stellmann
Managing Director of WALA Heilmittel GmbH, about beauty, money as an enabling instrument and corporate responsibility
Dr. Hauschka has embodied a very special cosmetics culture since 1967. What does this involve in your eyes?
It starts with the way in which we develop and manufacture our products and continues with our skin care treatments. However, the overall driving force for our company, our origins and our use of resources are also all of a cultural nature. For me, the guiding principle is ‘different from day one’.
Different from day one? What was so different in the early days of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care?
Simply take a look at the way Elisabeth Sigmund worked. She essentially started to develop her own natural cosmetics in the early 1930s. These eventually then came onto the market in cooperation with us in 1967. If you think about it carefully, you will see that she developed these products for over 35 years before they hit shop shelves. She took a great deal of time for her work. This process was totally different to all others. Then, there are our origins. WALA was actually founded as a result of a charitable enquiry when Dr. Ita Wegman, co-founder of anthroposophic medicine, asked Dr. Rudolf Hauschka to develop medicines without any use of alcohol. These were intended for children, the elderly and the seriously ill. The result was the alcohol-free WALA medicines. This shows that we are actually a cultural organisation. We wear an economic gown but I believe that we are driven by a clearly cultural stimulus. Even our finances show that we are still a hybrid company.
WALA as a hybrid company? What does that mean?
‘Hybrid’ means that my commercial framework contains a large charitable element. This makes us very different from Bill Gates, for example, who earned a huge amount of money with monopoly pensions and then pledged to give away 90 percent of his assets. I am always intrigued at how people can divide their consciousness in such a way that they can do something to earn money and then be charitable or generous afterwards. We want to find a business structure that means we do not have to blush when the value is created. To do this, we have a different mindset from the start. We look at the creation of a product followed by its use in a different cultural arc. This charitableness that others often incorporate at the end of their life is something we make part of the here and now, of everyday practice.
You referred to WALA as a cultural organisation. That surprises me as it manufactures medicines and natural cosmetics. What makes WALA a cultural organisation?
On a basic level, the culture dictates that we regard ourselves as ‘enablers’ rather than ‘makers’ with regard to both our medicines and our cosmetics. We support healing and flourishing. We do not aim to replace or suppress the immune system with WALA medicines, but to support it. Similar applies to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products too. We support the skin to help it return to a normal skin condition. And in doing so, we actually train it. From this perspective, we are a training institute at product level. However, this is not in the form of a service; the trainer is a product, and I find that fantastic. We are very process oriented. And we are not about instantaneousness; we are not ‘this second’ people who offer rapid-effect creams. We are about allowing things time. Our company thrives on time, for example during gradual skin care treatments that I take my time to enjoy or manufacturing processes that take time to mature. This has a cultural dimension for me.
You once said that Dr. Hauschka develops products for people, not markets. Can you elaborate?
Take our Rose Day Cream for example. This has been part of our product range since day one, since 1967. It does not have any right to eternally exist per se but I do not currently see any reason why we should remove it from the market. I also choose to ignore standard product life cycle theories, which dictate that Rose Day Cream should be removed from the product range after ten years. That is not the way we work because this product is a classic. Why? Because we develop products for people, not markets. Elisabeth Sigmund asked what people need. She never asked where a market could be found, but instead always focused on the requirements of people’s skin. This is a completely different approach. It is about needs. And this approach continues to guide us today. We start with the question of what people need rather than where there is a market that we might be able to tap into. We prefer to put our money into product development, the manufacturing process and high-quality raw materials.
It is thanks to the WALA Foundation that you have this freedom to invest the money where you choose. What is the Foundation’s role?
The WALA Foundation is the sole owner of WALA Heilmittel GmbH. It offers us the major advantage that capital cannot be taken from the company as a result of either private interests or inheritance. In other regards, however, things are far more difficult for us than for other companies because we cannot obtain equity from external sources. In other words, we cannot approach investors and ask them to join us and bring a few hundred million euros with them. That road is closed to us. We operate without a safety net.
You use the profits in a very special way and say that this money is an enabling instrument for you. Can you elaborate?
Firstly, we view money as an integral part of all activities rather than just from a profit perspective. Right from the outset in the value-added chain, we ask ourselves how we can fulfil the responsibility that we bear. For example, if I pick up a jumper in a shop and buy it, I essentially trigger a manufacturing order for the new jumper that will replace it on the shelf. This means that I cannot remove myself from being responsible for what happens in the manufacturing chain. Ten years ago, I could have said that I did not know anything about this but in today’s digital age, I can find out about the manufacturing processes. If I take this responsibility seriously and transfer it to us here at WALA, I have to think forwards from the value-added chain to the product. That means I have to pay attention to how the raw materials I buy are produced. And then, I have to look at how we actually manufacture the product. And if I have done my job well, then hopefully we will generate a profit. The question then naturally arises of how we will use this profit. It is of huge benefit to us that we do not have to serve owners. Instead, for example, we can enable new partnerships for organic raw materials, which might not be produced otherwise. This was the case with shea butter from Burkina Faso, castor oil and mango butter from India and essential rose oil from Ethiopia. Alternatively, we can enable partners to become completely independent from us. Initially, project partners often rely on us 100%. We are extremely committed to making them independent within a few years whenever possible.
It sounds like the money you put into projects is a seed that multiplies as it grows.
Most definitely. And if we stick with the idea of the sower who has to accept that not every seed will grow, this also applies to us. You could naturally see this as us wasting money, but we are wiser after doing so than we were beforehand. When I start something, I also say “yes” to failure. I cannot develop without making mistakes. These are simply part of the renewal process. I therefore always talk about the ‘error compost’. One example is our new Dr. Hauschka Make-up line, which was launched at the start of 2017. We started developing the new line in 2011 and 99% of what we did went in the bin. But if we had not done this, we would have developed something mainstream black, rectangular, circular. We would never have devised the curve of constant width as the design for the powder trays and would probably never have decided to use dark purple rather than black for the packaging.
What is your vision for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care? What does the future hold?
The principle of being ‘different from day one’ will continue to guide us. We are committed to ensuring that our products meet both our own and all legal requirements with regard to quality and safety. However, we also always say that we try to forge our own path. My conduct is shaped by the inner commitment to doing things differently to others. And this takes courage. It also fits well with our central idea of learning as we work and working as we learn. Errors, failures and mistakes form part of this. Without them, I cannot learn.
For example, the essential lemon oil comes from Italy and the lemongrass oil from Nepal. Field horsetail for structure-giving extracts comes from wild collections in German-speaking countries. Sage for fortifying extracts is usually grown on our Demeter farm whereas the nourishing oils found in the Body Milk come from jojoba and olives grown in Argentina and Spain respectively. Our employees combine these organic raw materials in Eckwälden to produce Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk. Once bottled and packaged, the finished product is supplied to users in some 40 countries on all continents.
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.
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.
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 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
Something you do every day, so you may not think too much about it, however, here’s some helpful showering tips.
How long in the shower?
Water is drying to the skin, maximum time in the shower is 10 minutes. You don’t want to be wasting water either.
To exfoliate or not to exfoliate?
Your skin will slough off naturally skin cells when they are good and ready, from using a sponge, flannel or body brush. In the meantime those cells are protective and help your skin to retain moisture. And please don’t use anything that contains microbeads for both our environment and your skin.
How hot is too hot?
Very hot water in the shower exacerbates dryness, itchy, irritated skin and eczema by removing your skin’s naturally occurring oils. Recommended maximum temperature is 43 degrees Celsius. Think comfortably warm, not hot.
How do you protect your face skin in the shower?
TIP: Don’t ever put your face directly under the shower rose, water under pressure is far too harsh for the delicate skin of your face.
What about your feet?
You may be thinking your soap or Body Wash that you’ve just washed your body with will clean your feet as well on the way down. No, your feet definitely need their own wash and remember to do in between your toes, then thoroughly rinse so they’re not slippery.
Feet care: Perspiration and moisture is the perfect environment in which harmful bacteria may grow. Protect against foot odour or fungal infections.
TIP: A sprinkle of Body Silk Powder in your shoes keeps them smelling nice and fresh too.
Using overly alkaline soap is drying
Keep it effective and gentle with Body Washes made with plant surfactants and quince seed extract to help your skin retain moisture combined with nourishing plant oils. Surfactants do the work, not bubbles, and our Cleansing Sponge helps Body Washes to lather.
Tip: Anything that’s continually moist will attract mould. Have two Cleansing Sponges on the go, one in the wash and one in use. Put through the laundry wash every couple of days and hang out on the line for a dose of UV.
Pat your skin dry, don’t rub after shower, vigorous rubbing means you’ll lose more of your natural oils.
Restore your skin after shower with nourishing Body Cream, Body Milk or Body Oil. There’s much more skin on your body than your face so natural and organic body care is just as important.
Your skin should still be slightly moist for application of Body Cream, Body Milk or Body Oil for even and economical application. With Body Oil and moist skin you’re making an oil/water emulsion directly onto your skin for rapid absorption and long lasting aromatic care.