Creating Dr. Hauschka Products

A fusion of manual work and technology

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit our manufacturing facility. Entering this area has a strict protocol: freshly showered, no makeup, lab suit on one side of a bench, lab booties on the other. I remember pondering over two containers of Damask Rose Essential Oil knowing I was looking at 500,000 euros worth of this precious organic or biodynamic ingredient!

Labour intensive and time honoured methods. Processing Witch Hazel.
Labour intensive and time honoured methods. Processing Witch Hazel.

All employees pass through two airlock gates to enter the manufacturing area in which Rhythmic Conditioner ampoules are automatically filled in accordance with the hygiene regulations for pharmaceutical products. A constant downward air stream protects the valuable ampoules against dirt. These ampoules contain the medicinal plant extracts hand‑picked by our gardeners that characterise our skin care products.

Rose Essence Process
Rose Essence Process

The combination of manual work with precise technology, and natural rhythms with automated systems is typical behaviour at the WALA/Dr. Hauschka facility.

Dr. Rudolf Hauschka paved the way: he was not only a chemist but also an avid lover of nature. He developed a procedure for preserving medicinal plants without the use of alcohol.

Rose Mother Tincture
Rose Mother Tincture

Dr. Hauschka’s extraction procedure

With his rhythmitised, aqueous medicinal plant extracts, Rudolf Hauschka developed groundbreaking new pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Even today, we still use his procedure to produce our extracts: we cut up freshly harvested plants, mix them with water for seven days, subject them to polarities of light and darkness, warmth and cold, rest and movement, press and filter them and sometimes add a little ash to the pressed residues. The extract now contains the essence and the powers of a medicinal plant – and can be preserved for many years.

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Our company name reflects our unique manufacturing methods: WALA stands for Warm Ash and Light Ash.

A rhythmical manufacturing procedure is also used to create oil extracts and aqueous alcohol*‑based essences for our skin care products. During this procedure, the oil extracts are subjected to a specific warming stimulus. Dried plant components, such as rose buds from our partner project in Iran, are carefully transformed into oil at a temperature of 37°C, or in other words at human body temperature.

Analytical testing
Analytical testing

Depending on the recipe, we mix the medicinal plant extracts, essences, tinctures with high-quality waxes and oils to produce ready-to-use products. Out of principle, we do not use any chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives. 

Our skin care products benefit from the expertise and stringent hygiene standards in relation to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Calendula Essence process
Calendula Essence process

*Why do some of the Dr. Hauschka products contain alcohol?

Herbs and flowers are the core of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care preparations and many are extracted in a mixture of alcohol and water. We use a certified organic food-grade ethyl alcohol (ethanol) from wheat, it’s derived from a fermentation and distillation process and is gluten-free. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents, or the plant’s botanical actives. Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, helping botanical active ingredients penetrate the skin. Our alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition, you’ll know this when you use our Toners. Isopropyl alcohol is never used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
  • 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

NATRUE BDIH

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The Only Ingredients Your Skin Needs

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The experts at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care understand your skin. We know both what it needs and doesn’t need for a healthy, radiant appearance.

What your skin needs

  • Since 1967, we have been crafting natural and organic skin care products and we have identified over one hundred highly potent plants that guide your skin to a balanced state.
  • We know exactly which botanicals and combinations of botanicals will best deliver the visible transformation you’re looking to see.
  • Every ingredient that goes into a Dr. Hauschka Skin Care product has an important job to do. Whether delivering essential moisture, encouraging resilience or improving efficacy, each ingredient is carefully selected for its particular effects and its interaction with the whole composition.
  • We only include the ingredients you need for long-lasting skin health and beauty and we only include fragrance from pure botanical essential oils to stimulate your senses and inspire feelings that uplift, relax or energise.

What Your Skin Doesn’t Need

  • Filler ingredients that serve no purpose to your skin
  • Harsh abrasives and “quick fixes” that disrupt your skin’s natural processes
  • Harsh, overly alkaline or lathering cleansers
  • Synthetic chemical ingredients

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The Importance Of Using Natural Beauty Products

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, it’s semi-permeable and therefore absorbs many product ingredients to the tiny blood vessels below the skin and then into the bloodstream.
On a daily basis, we apply face skin care, deodorant, body moisturiser, tanning products, sun protection, hair care including styling products, make-up and that’s just the morning routine. It’s not difficult to use up to 20 products daily!

  • Synthetic, man-made chemical products are essentially foreign bodies to the skin and, therefore, are over time stressors to the skin.
  • For our health and well-being, all products we place on the skin should be made from the highest quality natural, biodynamic and organic ingredients.
  • What you put on your skin affects both the health of your skin and your body.
  • Knowing this, you would want to use only the highest quality ingredients from nature.
  • The finest natural and organic ingredients support healthy and balanced skin function and a healthy skin doesn’t suffer from premature ageing either.

The ingredients you put on your skin, face and body, do matter

We know to feed our body nutritious, and wherever possible, organic food and it’s the same for your skin care, we’ve transformed nature’s ingredients to make natural and organic skin care convenient and easy to use – ingredients that your skin understands.

Dr. Hauschka Biodynamic Medicinal Plant Garden
Dr. Hauschka Biodynamic Medicinal Plant Garden

Unique in skin care philosophy

At Dr. Hauschka, we have a medicinal background since 1935 with anthroposophical homeopathic remedies and many of these guidelines and of course medicinal knowledge goes into crafting our skin care.

If you have an oily skin you may be tempted to use harsh cleansing products that ‘strip’ the skin, this just results in your skin producing more oil to compensate. Clarifying Day Oil is a lightweight, rapidly absorbed oil, that helps to calm, balance and regulate oily skin. Yes, oil for an oily skin!

We’re absolutely against the use of night creams. During the night your skin regenerates and eliminates, and heavy, occlusive night creams impede this natural process of the skin. Sleeping isn’t ageing. Creams should only be used to protect and nourish your skin during the day time. Use of eye cream at night usually causes puffy eyes in the morning. For night time we use botanical extracts in a watery solution. One month of no night cream and you will see the difference!

Also we understand your skin has differing cleansing needs at each end of the day, therefore we have different morning and evening cleansing products that are both effective and gentle to your skin. Our morning cleanser is a deep cleansing almond meal preparation due to the overnight elimination activity of your skin while cleansing in the evening is to clean the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day and to remove make-up and eye make-up.

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Regenerating Range to support a maturing skin

How do you know authentic natural and organic ingredients in the total formulation?

What percentage of the ingredients in natural cosmetics are organic? What are the minimum standards and the maximum values? Furthermore: how can you describe the high quality of a product other than through its material properties – its finely tuned composition, its more than biochemical effect?

Our entire skin care and make-up is certified with the BDIH seal for ‘certified natural cosmetics’ and/or the international quality seal for natural and organic cosmetics ‘NATRUE’. The NATRUE standard distinguishes between natural cosmetics, natural cosmetics with at least 70% organic ingredients and natural cosmetics with at least 95% organic ingredients. The term ‘natural skin care’ alone is neither legally protected nor defined on a binding basis. At NATRUE you can find the certifications given to each individual Dr. Hauschka product. Look for the NATRUE label for a guarantee that products are as natural as can be! This provides consumer transparency and it’s our guarantee our products are free from synthetic chemical fragrances, colours and preservatives, mineral oils, petrochemicals, parabens, silicones and PEG.

Our preference is for biodynamic/Demeter certified, organic or responsibly wild harvested ingredients. If an organic version of a raw material is not yet available on the global market, we initiate organic or biodynamic growing projects.

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There is more to quality than good raw materials

Our recipes depend on the highest quality natural and organic raw materials – but also on the care with which they were grown and processed. By using Demeter farming, we gain medicinal plant extracts that are high in vitality to pass onto your skin. The ingredients come together to form complex compositions made up of more than just the sum of their components. Only when their ingredients interact and are supported by our rhythmic manufacturing procedure do our products take on their unique quality that enables them to stimulate the skin’s natural activity.

The result: a healthy, strengthened, balanced, regulated and radiant skin!

P.S. We have never tested on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers.

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 3 – Medicinal Plants

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Elisabeth Sigmund’s grandmother Anastasia Pribik lived in the 12th district of Vienna in a house with a large garden in which she had planted a variety of flowers. When her granddaughter visited, she took her into the garden and zealously told her about the plants. Elisabeth was infected by her enthusiasm even as a child. When, years later, she was in her father’s study and discovered his herbarium, a book of dried and pressed plants with their common and scientific names, she studied this extensively and tried to find the plants growing naturally when on walks.

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Gardening as a profession?
Elisabeth found a neighbour with a flower nursery and asked a lot of questions as he was tending the flowerbeds. He knew a lot and taught her, among other things, how to recognise shrubs simply from their smell and how to cut them. At the time, Elisabeth started wondering whether gardening might be the right profession for her. Out of interest, she joined her mother on a visit to Neuburg monastery with its extensive gardens and training facilities. There, she realised that the work would have been much too difficult for her physically. She therefore initially stuck to dealing theoretically with medicinal plants, learning their scientific names and medical significance.

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Throughout her life, Elisabeth Sigmund studied literature on medicinal plants and uncovered many forgotten treasures. For example, she discovered the ANTHYLLIS VULNERARIA as a skin-regulating ingredient for her facial care products. She incorporated this knowledge into her Dr. Hauschka formulations. The yellow flowers of Anthyllis are one of the key ingredient plants in Dr. Hauschka skin care, found in a variety of facial care and make-up products because of their ability to restore harmony and balance to the skin’s natural functions. Anthyllis extracts are processed using a WALA/Dr. Hauschka special technique.

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Richer in Roses

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Optimised Rose Day Cream formulation

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care combines natural and organic/biodynamic ingredients to create harmonious, highly effective formulas.

  • Dr. Hauschka’s iconic Rose Day Cream is a classic of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and our worldwide top selling day care product.
  • Rose Day Cream captures both the strength and the softness of the rose to nourish and protect normal, sensitive, dry or mature skin.
  • The rich and luxurious formulation harmonises oil and water content gently guiding the skin to a state of comfort, balance and radiance.
  • Highly recommended in the cooler seasons to protect your skin from drying outdoor weather conditions and dehydrating indoor heating. Please note: Rose Day Cream Light may be a suitable option for the warmer seasons.
Wild Rose Hips, a rich source of Vitamin C
Wild Rose Hips, a rich source of Vitamin C

What’s new?

1) In addition to extracts of Wild Rose Hips, Rose Blossoms, Rose Petal Wax and precious Rose Essential Oil; Rose Flower Hydrosol has also been included to give the full spectrum of rose ingredients
2) Damask Rose Essential Oil has been increased in the formulation
3) The aroma has been gently updated
4) Zinc is now included in the formulation
5) Beeswax and Rose Wax are now complemented by Carnauba Wax to give the cream a firmer consistency, you can feel the difference, your skin is even more protected.

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Naturally beautiful. Effectively nurtured.
Authentic and expressive.
Your face reveals your enjoyment of life.

Rose Day Cream
30 Organic or Biodynamic Rose Blossoms in every tube!

  • For normal, dry or sensitive skin, also recommended for a skin with premature wrinkles or a mature skin
  • Deeply hydrates, moisturises, protects and soothes
  • Beneficial for skin prone to redness, irritation and couperose
  • The rich, luxurious formulation harmonises oil and moisture content, gently guiding the skin to a state of comfort, balance and radiance
  • Extracts of Rose Petals, Wild Rose Hips and Rose Hydrosol nurture and balance the skin
  • Wild Rose Hips provide a rich source of Vitamin C
  • Shea Butter, precious Rose Petal Wax, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax and nutrient rich Avocado Oil protect and help the skin to retain moisture
  • Extracts of Marsh Mallow and St. John’s wort soothe redness, hydrate, fortify and soften

Important: How to use Rose Day Cream

All of our moisturisers are highly concentrated, they’re designed to be applied specifically as follows:

1) Place around a large pea size of Rose Day Cream in the palm of your hand

2) Warm to melt the waxes between the palms of both hands

3) Apply to skin still moist from Toner, to aid absorportion of Rose Day Cream and to ensure even and economical application

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The Formulation

USA-/EU-declaration 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*, Citral*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Zinc Sulfate, Lecithin, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax. * components from natural essential oils 

Peanut Oil
Pharmaceutical grade peanut oil is used as an extracting medium for many plants. It has neutral qualities that do not interfere with the herb’s active constituents. It’s a very stable oil, requiring no additional antioxidants. Our peanut oil is steam treated and filtered to remove the proteins related to peanut allergies and has been tested and certified as aflatoxin-free.

Beeswax 
This is a wax obtained from ecological beekeeping. For skin care the melted wax caps of the honeycomb cells are used to protect and care for the skin.

Althaea Officinalis Root Extract (Marsh Mallow)
In accordance with our beliefs we use the the root extract in this instance to address the epidermis or top layer of the skin. Even in antiquity the hairy leaves and the roots of the marsh mallow plant were valued for their high mucilage content. This forms a protective layer on broken or inflamed skin, soothing it, giving it moisture and making it soft and supple. The marsh mallow extracts in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products are prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Rosa Damascena Flower Water or Hydrosol (Damask Rose)
Rose blossoms from certified organic cultivation, obtained during the production of rose essential oil by steam distillation. Rose water has a soothing, anti-inflammatory and harmonising action on the skin.

Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Steam Extract (St. John’s wort)
St. John’s wort flowers during the longest days of the year, when it absorbs the sunlight intensively. It produces deep red dyes and essential oil. The red oily extract obtained from St. John’s wort has a soothing, regenerating and strengthening action on the skin. It soothes skin reddened by the sun. In cosmetic concentrations St. John’s wort oil does not make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Shea butter is obtained from the nuts of the karite tree, which is a native of Africa. This soft plant fat has many skin-nurturing properties. It helps the skin to preserve moisture. The shea butter used in Dr. Hauschka products is obtained from a special cultivation project in Burkina Faso.

Sorbitan Olivate
Organic olive oil and sorbitol, vegetable emulsifier, has been included in the formula. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruit, it’s valued for its nurturing action and its characteristics as a hydrating substance.

Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado)
The oil obtained from the pulp of the avocado by mechanical pressing has a slightly green hue and contains many essential fatty acids and vitamins. It supports the moisture balance of the skin and prevents it from dryness.

Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate
Vegetable glycerol and fatty acids from organic castor oil form a skin-friendly emulsifier.

Fragrance
We only use natural organic essential oils as perfume. In accordance with EU regulatory legislation we are required to detail some natural chemical constituents of essential oils that may be sensitisers. Usually these sensitise when in man made synthetic isolation form as opposed to a minute part of a complete natural essential oil. For instance natural Rose Essential Oil has 350-500 chemical constituents.
Every drop of Rose Essential Oil is the concentrated fragrance of countless hand-sorted rose blossoms. As part of our essential oil mixtures, this precious oil is contained in most Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Several cultivation projects have been initiated to provide organic or biodynamic rose oil. The fine, delicate rose essential oil is valued for its harmonising action.

Rosa Damascena Flower Extract (Damask Rose Flower)
The rose has been called the queen of flowers. Rose petal extracts are prepared using our unique processes. They unfold their harmonising properties in many Dr. Hauschka products.

Rosa Canina Fruit Extract (Rose Hip)
Dog rose (Rosa canina) is a vigorous relative of the hybrid tea rose, it bears red, vitamin-C rich fruits: the rosehips. Rosehip extract strengthens and cares for the skin. Dr. Hauschka uses extracts prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Copernicia Cerifera Wax (Carnauba) 
This wax comes from the leaves of the carnauba palm native in Brazil (harvested in protected wild areas). Carnauba wax is one of the hardest waxes of natural origin. It gives the skin protection from external influences.

Zinc Sulfate
Zinc is known as an essential trace element to the human body. Zinc sulfate stabilises an emulsion. An emulsion is a mixture of water and oil.

Lecithin
Lecithins from soy beans (GM free) bind the oil and water components in creams as a natural emulsifier. They have a smoothing and moisturising action on the skin.

Rosa Damascena Flower Wax (Damask Rose Flower)
The precious wax obtained from rose petals rests gently on the skin and protects it from the environment and dryness.

St. John's wort (Hypericum)
St. John’s wort (Hypericum)

Why does Rose Day Cream contain St. John’s wort (hypericum)?

The iconic Rose Day Cream centres on the many facets of the rose. These are joined by St. John’s wort (hypericum perforatum), a vibrant, yellow summertime flower. The radiant petals, which stretch up towards the sun on straight stems, are abundant at the time of the summer solstice. This seems to be an expression of St. John’s wort’s sunny disposition. In Rose Day Cream, this ‘bringer of light’ supports those who are particularly thin-skinned and in need of protection, helping to protect more successfully against external influences.

Harvesting roses in Ethiopia; Rosenernte Äthiopien

Rose Cultivation Projects

Our Rose Cultivation Partner Projects for organic or biodynamic (Demeter Certified) Damask Roses, including our most recent project in the Ethiopian Highlands, read more here…

 

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Doing things differently…

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There’s some common questions that regularly feature for both new and existing customers. We do do things differently from the way you are likely to have been taught with conventional products.

It’s important to our team here at Dr. Hauschka Australia that you are getting the most beneficial results from your Products and our Daily Rituals and here’s how…

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1) Cleansing
We have two cleansers for your daily cleansing needs.
Why? Because your skin has differing cleansing requirements at each end of the day.

Cleansing Cream gently deep cleanses after the night time elimination activity of your skin and also prepares your skin for day time protection.

How to use:
a) Mix with water to create an emulsion, not a paste
b) Cleanse with our gentle ‘Press and Roll’ technique, do not a scrub.

See our Morning Ritual Video

Cleansing Milk is your make-up and eye make-up remover plus it cleans your skin from the dirt and dust it picks up during the day. Gentle and effective cleansing that does not disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and therefore supports our no night cream stance.

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2) Toners

Our Toners are not to be used on cotton pads, they are hydrating treatment products containing active botanicals and are different from a conventional toner.

Use: Close your eyes and mist directly onto skin.

Conventional toners are used on cotton wool (which absorbs a huge amount of product by the way) to remove residual cleansing product.

Clarifying Toner contains Echinacea for its anti-bacterial properties and Daisy for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Facial Toner contains Witch Hazel for its astringent properties and one of our key ingredients, balancing Anthyllis.

Tip: Hydrate your skin with our Toner at any time. We keep a bottle in our desk to hydrate our skin during the day.

3) Doing it differently with day care
We only need to use a small amount of Day Care because our formulas are all so concentrated, for instance there’s 30 organic or biodynamic roses in every tube of Rose Day Cream!

How to use:
a) Warm a large pea size between the palms of your hands to melt the plant waxes
b) Apply using the entirety of your palms from the centre of the face outwards in the direction of lymph flow
c) Apply to skin still moist from Toner to ensure even and economical application

Please note: If you didn’t apply in this manner you would think Rose Day Cream, particularly, is way too thick and you would ‘overuse’ it.

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4) No Night Cream

Your skin metabolises and eliminates during the night time. Think of it as your skin needing to ‘breathe’. Using oil free night care supports this process. One month, a skin cell cycle, and you won’t need any more convincing!

Tips:
a) If you feel your skin needs a ‘little more’ mist your Toner a second time in the evening.
b) Cleanse early in the evening, apply Moisturising Mask, removing prior to bedtime if you feel your skin is going through a stage of needing more moisture.

Night time products:

a) Toner
b) Toner and Regenerating Serum
c) Instead of Toner in the evening, Rhythmic Conditioners for a 30 night treatment. Skin cell cycle is 28-30 days.
d) Instead of Toner, Intensive Treatment 01, 02, 03, 04 or 05 as a complete treatment product in the one bottle and used in the morning and evening.

“I am only a couple of weeks into the ‘no night cream’ regime, I’m using Toner and Serum, and it has been the biggest shock to realise that I don’t need heavy night creams. My skin looks great in the mornings and my eyes haven’t been ‘puffy’. I should have done this much, much earlier.”
Susan

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5) Colour and Care
As your skin improves, to that typical Dr. Hauschka healthy and radiant skin, you should need less Translucent Make-up but if you do need more coverage initially, use a double application of Translucent Make-up.

Tip: Always ‘set’ your make-up with Translucent Powder Loose or Translucent Powder Compact, alternatively my favourite at the moment is Illuminating Powder which gives an instant uplift to your complexion. You’ll really notice this clever powder in photos, as the light reflects off the subtle luminosity.

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Conditioners and their benefits

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Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Renewing Night Conditioner
For all skin conditions
Advanced night care

Renewing Night Conditioner provides powerful oil-free night care for all skin conditions. This unique blend of rhythmitised ingredients enables your skin to complete its natural regeneration processes for night-time renewal: dry skin is encouraged to retain oil and moisture; sensitive skin is soothed; oily, blemished skin is calmed and balanced.

Formulation: Rhythmitised dilutions of witch hazel, madonna lily and silver, along with precious rose, bryophyllum, marsh mallow and sunflower support the skin’s essential night-time tasks of cleansing, balancing and renewal.

Use:

Skin cells are renewed every 28-30 days. Mirroring this same regenerative cycle, Renewing Night Conditioner should be used for 28-30 days. Apply nightly, after evening cleansing instead of Toner.  We recommend one 28 night treatment of Renewing Night Conditioner per year for each decade of life (for example 3 times a year at the age of 30). We particularly recommend in the two most transitional seasons of spring and autumn.

Flick the ampoule to ensure contents are in the bottom, snap top off using a towel and empty contents into cupped hand. Press gently and evenly to skin until the solution has been fully absorbed – include eyes, lips, earlobes, neck and décolleté.  

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Sensitive Care Conditioner

For sensitive, inflammed skin
Advanced care for sensitive skin

Sensitive Care Conditioner is specially formulated to care for sensitive, red or irritated skin, and skin prone to couperose.

Formulation: Rhythmitised dilutions of gemstones pearl (the oyster’s irritation), artemesia and malachite have a cooling and soothing effect on skin, helping to reduce the appearance of redness, couperose, rosacea and enlarged capillaries.

Use:

Skin cells are renewed every 28-30 days. Mirroring this same regenerative cycle, Sensitive Care Conditioner should be used for 30 nights instead of Toner.  We recommend one 28 day treatment of Sensitive Care Conditioner per year for each decade of life (for example 3 times a year at the age of 30).

Flick the ampoule to ensure contents are in the bottom, snap top off using a towel and empty contents into cupped hand. Press gently and evenly to skin until the solution has been fully absorbed – include eyes, lips, earlobes, neck and décolleté.

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Holistic Night Routine

Dr.Hauschka Skin Care’s oil-free approach to night time skin care respects the skin’s inherent wisdom. Heavy, oily night creams do not allow the skin to ‘breathe’ and can inhibit the skin’s natural functions when it is most active. At night after cleansing, apply only a non-oily Dr.Hauschka Facial Toner/Clarifying Toner (and Regenerating Serum if appropriate to support a maturing skin) or Conditioner or Intensive Treatment.

A one month treatment of Renewing Night Conditioner is highly recommended for new customers, particularly those who are accustomed to the use of heavy night creams and may feel tight or dry during the transition to Dr. Hauschka’s oil-free night time ritual.

Sensitive Care Conditioner is recommended for a sensitive skin and in cases of sun stress, sunburn, allergies, irritation, heat and redness.

What is ‘rhythmisation’?

Rhythm the heart of Dr.Hauschka skin care

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Rose Essence preparation

In 1929 in the ‘rose experiment’ Rudolf Hauschka succeeded for the first time to make a watery extract of rose that did not contain alcohol and did not deteriorate. He was searching for a way to obtain the healing properties of a plant. The solution – rhythmisation.

The idea underlying the rhythmic process is that rhythm carries life, every plant, every living thing is exposed to rhythms, the influence of polarities; for example, light and dark, rest and movement, warmth and cold.  When the harvested plant, after being chopped and mixed with water, undergoes a process of rhythmisation, that is dynamic exposure to the polarities that have determined its life and strength, then something amazing happens. The extract, to which a little ash from the plant residues is added at the end of the process, remains stable for years and the plant has released its healing powers. The resulting ‘mother tinctures’ or the similarly produced essences or oily extracts are now ready for further processing.

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Rose Essence preparation

A valuable source of inspiration

Dr. Rudolf Hauschka was a young pharmacist when he met Dr. Rudolf Steiner. Thirty years his senior, Dr. Steiner gave Dr. Hauschka the advice that was to inspire him to make his groundbreaking discovery years later:

“Study rhythms – rhythm carries life.”

Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel Essence preparation

With Steiner’s answer in his head, Hauschka developed a procedure for preserving medicinal plant extracts without using alcohol as a preservative. He used the power of natural polarities, the rhythmic alternation of darkness and light, warmth and cold, movement and rest.

Even today, we still use this basic rhythmic procedure to produce our extracts, essences and tinctures. We rhythmically stir our base products and even rhythmically shake our preparations to prepare them for the Intensive Treatments, for example. The rhythms of the seasons also determine the work in our medicinal plant garden.

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Witch Hazel Essence preparation

Rhythm as a form of communication

Like all other organisms, your body also recognises and experiences different rhythms. If we take your skin alone as an example:

Your skin renews itself every 28-30 days. And it behaves differently during the day and at night, when it regenerates itself.

We tailor our skin care products to these rhythms: the regular use of Dr. Hauschka products supports your skin’s regeneration rhythm, activating and stabilising it. Rich, moisturising products pamper and protect your skin during the day while at night we recommend using non-oily products to enable your skin’s metabolic functions to work undisturbed.

By using rhythms, we can activate our body’s natural forces.

Calendula (Marigold) Essence
Calendula (Marigold) Essence

Dr.Hauschka’s extraction procedure

With his rhythmitised, aqueous medicinal plant extracts, Dr. Rudolf Hauschka developed groundbreaking new pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.  Today, we still use his procedure to produce our extracts: we cut up freshly harvested plants, mix them with water for seven days, subject them to light and darkness, warmth and cold, rest and movement, press and filter them and sometimes add a little ash to the pressed residues. The extract now contains the essence and the powers of a medicinal plant – and can be preserved for many years.

A rhythmical manufacturing procedure is also used to create oil extracts and aqueous essences for our skin care products. During this procedure, the oil extracts are subjected to a specific warming stimulus. Dried plant components, such as rose buds are carefully transformed into oil at a temperature of 37°C, or in other words at human body temperature.

Depending on the recipe, we mix the medicinal plant extracts, essences, tinctures and juices with high-quality waxes and oils to produce ready-to-use products. Out of principle, we forgo using any chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives.

Mother Tincture - Rose
Mother Tincture – Rose

 

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