Plant Profile: St. John’s wort

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St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Description

If you hold St. John’s wort flowers up to the light you will see numerous small bright spots, these are glands containing a fluid of essential oils and resin. If you rub the golden yellow flowers between your fingers they will be stained blood red, the characteristic colour of St. John’s wort oil. This wondrous colour change results from the fact that light and oxygen break down constituents of the flowers. The perennial St. John’s wort plant grows to a height of 90 cm. Over summer the many branched, woody stems are covered over and over with the five-rayed flowers. This oil-rich plant, whose leaves are also densely covered with oil glands, prefers full sunlight which it requires for luxuriant growth.

Uses

Paracelsus was convinced of the wound-healing, antiseptic and eliminating action of St. John’s wort. He saw the pore-like perforation of the leaves as an indication that the plant could be used to treat any kinds of opening in the skin, either internally or internally, and that it would also support elimination through the pores.

In fact, St. John’s Wort stimulates the blood circulation and carries anabolic and nourishing processes to the sphere of the nerves and the senses.

With its calming, pain relieving and wound healing properties it brings relief not only in chapped, cracked and irritated skin accompanied by redness but also in mild burns. Embrocations with the characteristic red oil help relieve nerve pain, rheumatism, lumbago and sprains. St. John’s wort is used internally for treatment of depression.

Interest

There are numerous legends attached to St. John’s wort. According to one it originates from the blood of John the Baptist, according to another St. John the Evangelist is said to have gathered the plant drenched in the Saviour’s blood from beneath the cross. The naming of the plant St. John’s wort was supported particularly by the fact that the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, whose patron saint is John the Baptist, already used the plant for treatment of wounds at the time of the Crusades.

St. John’s wort, one of the magical plants of the summer solstice, devoting itself to the sun like no other plant. It is said to have the greatest healing powers at the Feast of St. John, three days after midsummer night in the Northern Hemisphere, when it is at the height of its bloom and is imbued with the full power of the summer sun. At this time the light has reached its climax and the sun joins in matrimony with the earth. Since time immemorial people have honoured this day of union between the light and the earth, between spirit and matter, with great feasts. A remnant of this tradition can still be seen today in Europe with the bonfires lit on midsummer’s night.

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The radiant yellow flowers of St. John’s wort which stretch up towards the sun on straight stems, contain the highest concentration of active constituents at the time of the summer solstice. This seems to be an expression of its sunlike character. The luxuriant wealth of flowers contrasts starkly with the dry, hard wood of the plant. That which is between the flower and the branch shows a tendency to contract, to dry. This is the expression of a forming character which brings order to that which is excessively in flux.

This is the field of tension in which we find the numerous healing effects of this old medicinal plant. As plant of the light it drives away the darkness in human beings, and thus helps internally in depression, externally in sunburn. As bringer of order it supports the organism in all anabolic processes of the nerve-sense organs, whether as wound-healing agent or in treatment of depression.

In Dr. Hauschka skin care products St. John’s wort is found wherever, in addition to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, soothing and strengthening of the skin is desired: Rose Day CreamRevitalising Day CreamTinted Day CreamClarifying Day Oil, Cleansing Cream, Almond St. John’s wort Soothing Body Oil, Almond Soothing Body Cream, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil, Lip Balm and Eye Balm. In Hydrating Foot Cream it brings light to the feet which in our culture are usually condemned to a shadowy existence enclosed in shoes.

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The making of St. John’s wort oil extract, in time honoured and labour intensive methods.

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  • Authentic natural and/or 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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Sensitive Skin

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Did you know? Many people suffer from sensitive skin. According to a report by the American Academy of Dermatology at least 50% of women and 30% of men.

Sensitive skin can feel dry and tight. Redness may be prevalent as well. Very dry skin falls under the sensitive banner as it’s often suffering from water/hydration loss and a weakened natural barrier function.

Sensitive skin is in need of strengthening and protection

Fine-pored, thin-skinned, extremely low oil content, highly dehydrated, premature wrinkles, feels tight, redness, tendency to become inflamed and develop eczema, reactive.

What causes sensitivities

  • Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, or allergic contact dermatitis
  • Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions
  • Excessive exposure to skin, damaging environmental factors such as sun, wind, excessive heat or cold
  • Use of harsh skin products, exfoliation via beads, acids such as AHA and BHA’s, scrubs, overly alkaline and/or lathering cleansers
  • Harsh skin treatments such as dermabrasion

Sensitive skin often appears red, irritated and in need of soothing, calming, stabilising and strengthening care.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care offers sensitive skin gentle yet powerful products that de-stress skin, working quickly to support, strengthen and stabilise the skin’s barrier function. Our products minimise the appearance of redness, couperose and dilated capillaries. Skin becomes calm and more resilient, able to protect itself and maintain an even, balanced, smooth complexion.

We usually recommend Rose Day Cream for a sensitive skin, ingredient St. John’s wort is calming and soothing, rose is balancing, harmonising and strengthens dilated capillaries while beeswax, carnauba wax, precious rose flower wax and shea butter is highly protective against the elements. By mixing a little Revitalising Mask with your Rose Day Cream it becomes more cooling and soothing. Rose Day Cream Light may also be used. Rose is, however, a warming ingredient.

If you there’s heat in your skin you may find Quince Day Cream is the better choice. Quince is a cooling ingredient.

Regenerating Serum is formulated for sensitive skin.

Soothing Mask is a must, twice weekly, as is regular treatments with Sensitive Care Conditioner and/or Soothing Intensive Treatment. You may also use Soothing Mask as your day cream for a one-month skin strengthening boost.

If you’re also experiencing extreme dryness and/or dehydration then incorporate Hydrating Mask into your skin regime also.

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Why Dr. Hauschka doesn’t recommend night creams:

  • While you sleep your skin is actually hard at work regenerating, balancing oil production and expelling impurities.
  • Application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Use of night cream also signals the sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in drier skin!

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Since 1967, Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Who knew? The Beauty Benefits of Toner

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Dr. Hauschka Toners are the hidden gems of our skin care regime. Yes, we know they’re often skipped for one reason or another, and they may not be considered as imperative in your morning and evening skin care rituals, however, Dr. Hauschka Toners are not like conventional toners that are used with cotton pads to remove last traces of make-up and cleanser. Just close your eyes and mist directly onto your skin.

8 Reasons Why You Should Be Including Dr. Hauschka Toner In Your Skin Care Rituals

1) Our Toners are packed with botanical actives to benefit your skin, to regulate and keep it healthy, to refine and calm your skin.

2) Toner is the first step to hydrating your skin, helping your skin to maintain elasticity.

3) Toner aids absorption of your Moisturiser in the morning.

4) Toner is also your night-time treatment product and aids absorption of Night Serum or Regenerating Serum.

5) Toner ensures our highly concentrated Moisturisers (or Day Oil) are applied evenly and economically. Our Day Care products are specifically formulated to be applied to skin that’s still moist from Toner.

6) Dr. Hauschka Toners are not drying to the skin.*

7) Toner may be used to set your make-up and give a more natural look.

8) Toner may be used to hydrate the skin at any time during the day and is also useful to hydrate in flight. We all keep a bottle in our desk drawer!

Note: Dr. Hauschka Toner is a perfect after shave product as well!
Note: Dr. Hauschka Toner is a perfect after shave product as well!

Tip: In the heat of summer we pop our Toners in the fridge for a super cooling and refreshing spritz when needed.

Dr. Hauschka Toners

Anthyllis harvest
Anthyllis harvest

Facial Toner contains Anthyllis, one of our key ingredients, which guides all skin conditions to a state of balance and strength. Witch Hazel bark and leaf extract for astringent capabilities, helping to refine the complexion.

Echinacea harvest
Echinacea harvest

Clarifying Toner contains Daisy and Nasturtium to minimise the appearance of blackheads and blemishes, visibly refine pores and reduce excessive oiliness. Anthyllis to balance your skin for a calm, even appearance. Calendula is healing, Echinacea has anti-bacterial properties, Daisy is anti-inflammatory, Horse Chestnut bark extract strengthens the walls of the blood vessels and promotes the circulation and also removes excess fluid from the tissues and makes them firmer and Witch Hazel for it’s astringent benefits.

Do you have dry/maturing skin?

Dryness and dehydration usually are found hand in hand, Toner takes care of hydration and it also helps your Regenerating products, which are specific in supporting a maturing skin, absorb into the skin where they do their work to firm and tone.

Do you have sensitive skin?

Toner hydrates, calms and strengthens your skin. In Clarifying Toner, Daisy has anti-inflammatory and Echinacea has anti-bacterial properties. Sometimes a sensitive, flakey skin has had it’s protective abilities compromised.

*FAQ – Why do some Dr. Hauschka Skin Care 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. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents (the plant’s active ingredients). Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, and helps ingredients penetrate the skin.

Our alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition, it’s derived from a fermentation and distillation process from organically grown wheat and is gluten-free. It helps eliminate the need for synthetic preservatives, tones and firms the skin. The amounts of alcohol used in the Dr.Hauschka products are regulated to prevent dryness occurring. Isopropyl alcohol is never used in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products.

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And finally…

Using Toner prior to Cream Mask application aids absorption

Once or twice a week you need the extra benefits that a Cream Mask endows, best to aid absorption of these complex formulations with Toner prior to application. Revitalising Mask is our top seller, no doubt because it benefits all skin conditions, refining and rejuvenating, Hydrating Mask for its super plumping hydrating and deeply moisturising ability, Firming Mask to support a maturing skin with warming Rose in all its forms and Soothing Mask which is a formula with an abundance of botanical ingredients, for strengthening a sensitive, hypersensitive, red, irritated or flaky skin. Soothing Mask has also proved helpful in managing a rosacea skin condition, used as a day cream in this instance.

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Which Moisturiser is right for you?

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IMPORTANT – How to use our Moisturisers
Our moisturisers are highly concentrated, they’re formulated specifically to be applied as follows:

1) Apply in the morning after Cleansing Cream and Toner
2) Place approximately a large pea size of Day Cream in the palm of your hand (or in the case of Clarifying Day Oil 2-3 drops)
3) Warm to melt the waxes and oils between the palms of both hands
4) Apply to skin that’s still moist from Toner, to ensure even and economical application, using the palms of both hands
5) Apply from centre of the face outwards in direction of lymph flow

In the evening after Cleansing Milk and Toning no moisturiser is needed as heavy, occlusive night creams disrupt the elimination and regeneration functions of the skin overnight.

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Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream
30ml

30 Organic or Biodynamic Rose Blossoms in Every Tube!
Rose Day Cream is Dr. Hauschka Australia’s #1 top selling day cream

  • For normal, dry or sensitive skin, also recommended for a skin with premature wrinkles or a mature skin, a skin with dilated capillaries (couperose skin) 
  • Deeply hydrates, nourishes, protects and soothes
  • Beneficial for skin prone to redness, irritation and couperose
  • Rich, luxurious formulation harmonises oil and moisture content, strengthens and gently guides the skin to a state of comfort, balance and radiance
  • Precious 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, 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 the skin

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Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light
30ml

  • For normal, dry or sensitive skin
  • Hydrates, harmonises and soothes
  • All the protective, fortifying qualities of Rose Day Cream in a lightweight formulation, perfect for sensitive skin or use in warmer weather
  • Transfers to your skin the invigorating and harmonising powers of the rose
  • Nourish, hydrate and protect for a calm, even and balanced complexion
  • Rose Water, precious Rose Wax and extracts of Rose Blossoms and Anthyllis protect, calm, balance and strengthen the skin
  • Marsh Mallow Root extract softens
  • Avocado, Sesame, Almond and Wheat Germ oils nourish the skin
  • Rose Day Cream Light is a ‘2nd generation’ product. Our Rose Day Cream customers were asking for a lighter rose product for their daughters
  • Matte finish

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Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream
30ml

  • For normal, uncomplicated skin, skin that needs protecting
  • Hydrating, refreshing and protecting
  • Quince Wax protects the skin against environment factors such as air conditioning, dry winds, yet is not occlusive to the skin
  • Quince Seed Extract helps the skin to retain moisture
  • Jojoba, Apricot and Avocado oils nourish the skin
  • A favourite moisturiser for guys too, soothing and cooling after shaving

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Dr. Hauschka Melissa Day Cream
30ml

  • For a combination skin usually presents with an oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks, may also be sensitive
  • Balances combination skin
  • Melissa mediates between normal, dry and oily areas of the skin
  • Oily areas are calmed
  • Dry patches are hydrated
  • The appearance of redness is reduced
  • Shine is controlled for a balanced, radiant complexion
  • Fresh ‘lemony’ fragrance, Melissa’s common name is Lemon Balm
  • Extracts of Melissa, Daisy, Anthyllis, Witch Hazel and Carrot soothe and balance the skin’s natural oil and water content
  • Tapioca starch provides an even, matte appearance

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Revitalising Day Cream
30ml and 100ml

  • For normal, dull, dry or mature skin
  • Revives dehydrated skin
  • Gently restores and balances almost all skin conditions
  • Pale, dry skin becomes enlivened
  • Extracts of Anthyllis, Witch Hazel and Calendula combine with nurturing oils to balance oil production and replenish the skin
  • A light textured moisturiser which is also activating
  • Balances the oil and moisture content of the skin
  • Refreshes and enlivens skin

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Tinted Day Cream
30ml

  • For dry, sensitive, mature and normal skin
  • Our tinted moisturiser nourishes while adding a light, sun-kissed glow
  • Used daily, it hydrates, protects and provides a smooth, translucent, natural finish.
  • Mineral pigments blend imperfections and even skin tone while Quince Seed, Apricot Kernel and Beeswax balance oil and moisture content
  • Anthyllis and St. John’s wort support elasticity and soothe redness

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Clarifying Day Oil
30ml

  • Balances oily, blemished skin
  • Rapidly absorbing daily moisturiser that balances excessive oiliness
  • Refines the appearance of pores
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes for a calm, beautiful complexion
  • Apricot Kernel, Almond and Wheat Germ oils balance the skin’s natural oil content
  • Anthyllis and carrot extracts calm the skin
  • Neem, St. John’s wort and Calendula extracts combine to visibly minimise redness and help maintain a healthy, radiant complexion
  • In our experience harsh cleansing and/or exfoliating products just make the skin produce even more oil to compensate, with Clarifying Day Oil an oily skin relaxes and oil production becomes regulated
  • May also be used as an antioxidant oil serum mixed with any of our moisturisers

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Regenerating Serum

  • Specific support for a maturing skin
  • Visibly replenishes, lifts and tones
  • Supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions
  • Helps to firm mature skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sensitive mature skin is cooled and calmed
  • Quince Seed and Bryophyllum extracts replenish, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines while supporting the skin’s ability to balance moisture content
  • Antioxidant-rich Red Clover firms and refines, encouraging the skin’s natural processes of renewal
  • Nutrient-rich Clover Blossom Honey protects

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Regenerating Day Cream
40ml

  • Specific support for a maturing skin
  • Firms, tones and visibly minimises fine lines and wrinkles
  • Supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions
  • Enhances skin elasticity
  • Balances moisture content
  • Makes skin feel smooth, soft, firm and supple
  • Antioxidant-rich Red Clover, silica rich Field Horsetail, Acerola Berries, precious Raspberry Seed Oil and Shea Butter protect against free radical damage and support the skin’s natural processes of renewal
  • Jojoba, Avocado, Sweet Almond and Olive Oils replenish the skin’s barrier function and smooth skin

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(Supposed) Diary of a Hypersensitive Face

(Supposed) Diary of a Hypersensitive Face.

Revitalising Mask lives up to its name

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As an intensive care product, it re-enlivens stagnant processes and stimulates the skin’s natural powers.

Our most versatile cream mask; soothing and cooling for a sensitive or sun stressed skin, enlivening for a mature skin and deep cleansing for a blemished skin. Quince Seed extract for moisture, Bentonite Clay to soothe the skin and give a deep cleansing action and calming Chamomile. Revitalising Mask is your ‘go to’ mask!

“I adore this mask twice a week, it does wonders as a skin pick-me-up.” 

“I always choose Revitalising Mask to even skin tone and refine pores before a special event.”

Intensive care products such as face masks provide well being for stressed and tired skin. Used regularly, they provide preventative care and help the skin activate it’s own natural powers as protection against external influences.

Fortification for the skin and soul
Various influences such as pollution, a poor diet and a hectic lifestyle destroy the natural balance of not only our skin but also our general wellness leaving us feeling frail and drained. Treating yourself to a little more than your basic day-to-day facial care regime can truly work wonders. In addition to the physical aim of helping tone the skin, a face mask is also a beauty ritual that we plan and take some time out for. Through this alone, we create a sense of well-being for our skin and soul.

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A mask for everyone
A broad range of nourishing masks exists for the many different skin conditions. What makes Revitalising Mask special is that it is suitable and benefits all skin conditions. The mask was developed on the basis of a herbal medicine that combats hard scar tissue through the use of natural substances that have smoothing properties and promote regeneration. Inspired by this, the aim was to create an intensive skin care product for the skin care sector that helps reduce blemishes such as acne scars by structuring and soothing stressed skin.

The result was a product made from quince, anthyllis and chamomile, all of which are medicinal plants. Together, they promote the skin’s natural ability to firm and shape the skin and stimulate circulation. Quince seed extract is particularly characterised by highly soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It also regulates the skin’s natural moisture levels. The formulation is rounded off by high-quality jojoba, apricot kernel and wheat germ oils, which purify and smoothen the skin. The pleasant, revitalising effect can be just what you need at the end of a strenuous day. A nourishing mask that offers well being for all skin. Simply lie back and enjoy.

Tips:
– Also apply to eye contour as an eye mask
– You can mix a little Revitalising Mask with your usual Dr. Hauschka day care for a month for a skin boost
– Skin treat with Clarifying Steam Bath, then Clarifying Clay Mask, followed by Revitalising Mask, your skin will love you for it!

Please note: Revitalising Mask was formerly named Rejuvenating Mask

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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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