Almond

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

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

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Tinted Day Cream

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

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

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

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Plant profile

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

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Origin, cultivation and processing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We do not test on animals

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 7

Elisabeth Sigmund initially created products individually for each customer. Later, she developed a fixed basic range; 1950s.
Elisabeth Sigmund initially created products individually for each customer. Later, she developed a fixed basic range; 1950s.
A sage bath essence was the only one of her products that Elisabeth Sigmund sold professionally in Sweden. It was called ‘Balett fot-elixir’ and was intended as a foot bath for dancers.
A sage bath essence was the only one of her products that Elisabeth Sigmund sold professionally in Sweden. It was called ‘Balett fot-elixir’ and was intended as a foot bath for dancers.
Sage Purifying Bath Essence today
Sage Purifying Bath Essence today

A developer with new ideas
Once the Sigmund’s had established themselves in Sweden, Elisabeth Sigmund finally had the time she needed to work on her skin care products and build up a fixed range. To her, skin care was both a form of therapy and a kind of health care. Each formulation was therefore based on a nurturing plant with ingredients that affect the skin. Her products solely contained natural ingredients. Instead of using isolated active ingredients, Elisabeth Sigmund worked with whole plant parts. She did not develop her products for specific skin types, such as oily or dry skin, but instead assumed that everyone’s skin is able to find its way back to a balanced state using its own strength. She therefore talked about temporary skin conditions that have the potential to change. Her cosmetics were intended to support this change by triggering the skin’s own regenerative powers.

A raw materials importer with high quality standards
It was not so easy to get good quality ingredients such as beeswax, natural plant oils, almonds, natural essential oils, silk or dried plants for the formulations. Elisabeth Sigmund ordered most of these from shops in Germany and Austria where she was sometimes able to purchase organic products. As a result of her interest in Rudolf Steiner, which had taken her in the direction of biodynamic agriculture, this criterion was important to her. She obtained fresh plants, such as moisture-rich liquorice roots, from a Swedish gardener and ordered WALA medicinal ampoules, which she had found out about from her anthroposophic doctor in Stockholm, directly from WALA in Eckwälden.

A cosmetician by calling
Elisabeth Sigmund gave her acquaintances the skin care products she had made to test. When they noticed how well the products worked for them, they offered to pay Elisabeth Sigmund to treat them. Over time, it became too time consuming to visit all of her clients at home. Therefore, in the 1950s, Elisabeth Sigmund opened the Salong för Skönhetsvård (literally meaning ‘beauty salon’) in Stockholm.

A producer with ideas
Elisabeth Sigmund’s first fixed basic range, which she used to provide treatments in her beauty salon, consisted of rose cream following her grandmother’s recipe as well as another face cream, face toner, cleansing cream with ground almonds, face mask, sage bath essence, silk powder, a skin treatment and various facial oils. Karl Sigmund constructed small pieces of production and filling equipment. For example, he attached a mixer with a crank arm to a bowl for stirring creams. He also converted a small bucket into a filling station for face lotion by installing a hose with a tap just above the bottom. The products, which contained no preservatives, could be kept in the refrigerator for about a month. For that reason, Elisabeth Sigmund only produced small quantities.

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Elisabeth Sigmund produced small quantities of her own natural skin care products in her Stockholm skin care studio. She noted down her formulations on index cards and used a set of precision scales to accurately weigh out the necessary amounts of natural ingredients.

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 1 – A Young Girl

As a pioneer of natural cosmetics, Elisabeth Sigmund started to create her own skin care products from medicinal plants back in the mid-1930s. After WWII, she established herself with her own beauty salon in Stockholm using the products she had developed. She also used this as a base to develop a holistic skin care treatment. Her cooperation with WALA began after a one-year study trip to India, which in turn resulted in the creation of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka Esthetician Training.

Every month, we want to reveal more details of Elisabeth Sigmund’s colourful life: for example, of her search for medicinal plants for use in skin care, her development of a revolutionary skin care concept or her experiences in India.

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Christened Elisabeth Gabriela Anastasia, Elisabeth Sigmund was the second-born daughter of the Resch family. She came into the world in Vienna’s wealthy Heitzing district in an era characterised by the flair of gas lanterns, carriages and washerwomen, as well as the sound of songs from the many lavender sellers. However, it was also the time of the First World War. Although not an immediate threat to Vienna, this did cause a devastating supply crisis. Elisabeth Sigmund associated the period with her father having to go to the Italian front as a reserve officer.

Coming from a wealthy family, when the War came to an end, Elisabeth and her sister Albine, who was two years her senior, learned to enjoy the finer side of life. Beautiful clothing, cosmetics and long holidays in the country were as much a part of this as literature, music and frequent trips to the theatre. It was at this time that Elisabeth developed her great love of aesthetics and the theatre.

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Hamamelis facial toner and almond paste
At home in the Resch household, one place that held an ever fascinating draw for Elisabeth was her mother’s dressing table. The things to be discovered there were almost endless. For example, the Kaloderma rice powder, which both daughters were allowed to use to conceal minor skin imperfections and powder their nose. Elisabeth later discovered that this was based on rice flour. She also enjoyed the pleasant feel of Dostal’s beauty pearls – small, solid pearls that could be mixed with a little water to create a wonderfully foamy lather for cleansing the face. Elisabeth alternated the beauty pearls with almond paste, which came in a long, porcelain box. She also loved using a facial toner that the chemist would prepare with hamamelis, otherwise known as witch hazel.

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NEW Body Care Packaging

Phase two of the new packaging design

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Elegant, clear and contemporary

NEW packaging for Body, Bath and Shower and Hair Care will be supplied from this week, change over will vary in accordance with stock quantities.

 You’ll see self explanatory product names and an enhanced colour-coded system for easy product selection. We have also listened to our customers and optimised several of our packaging types.

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What’s New?

● Some NEW product names that clearly and simply highlight the product benefits e.g. Rosemary Foot Balm is now Deodorising Foot Cream.
Same trusted formulations!

● Hair care range will feature a violet band to harmoniously complement the body care range.

● NEW cap for Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen which is an improved design for pushing back cuticles. Volume has changed from 4ml to 3ml due to the updated packaging.

Almond Soothing, Rose Nurturing and Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Creams are packaged in tubes to enable every last drop of product out. This change was done in accordance with our customer requests. The tubes are made of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), which are manufactured without using plasticisers, Bisphenol A (BPA) or similar problematic additives.

Quince Hydrating Body Milk and Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk will remain packaged in glass bottles with a pump.

Silk Body Powder now comes with a handy protective clip to make it even more user friendly as well as suitable for travel.

After Sun Lotion now has a red band in line with other body products.

Body Care Kit has been discontinued.

● NEW Freshness & Energy Kit and Harmony Kit are our updated Body Kits being launched initially with Christmas sleeve packaging. Ongoing stock of the Kits will be with the packaging featured below and available from mid January 2015.

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NEW Freshness & Energy and Harmony Body Kits

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Dr. Hauschka Biodynamic Medicinal Plant Gardens, springtime
Dr. Hauschka Biodynamic Medicinal Plant Gardens, springtime

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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Plant Profile: Almond

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

Habitat
Subtropical China and Asia Minor

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

Description
All sorts of things come to mind when we think of almonds: marzipan and macaroons, for example. Now we know that marzipan is polarising, you either love it or loathe it. However, bought marzipan with it’s OTT almond essence is not remotely like delicate homemade marzipan. If you’re not sure on Almond we think you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

There’s always minis if you wish to just ‘dip your toes in’ to begin with anyway before throwing yourself at full size luxuriating and soothing Almond products. 

Whatever the context, what we picture in our mind’s eye is the edible almond kernel. But what about the plant that goes with it? The first surprise: the up to 8-metre high, bare, frost-sensitive almond tree with its grey bark belongs to the rose family and is thus closely related to the cherry, peach, apricot and, of course, the rose. We can see this relationship when we look at the pink flowers with yellow stamens which appear as early as January in Mediterranean countries. The second new perspective: the almond kernel we eat is actually the almond seed which is inside the hard shell or pit. The robust pit is enclosed in the dry, green, bitter and inedible fruit. The almond kernel corresponds to the kernel inside a peach pit or stone. Incidentally, peach kernels are used to make an imitation marzipan called persipan.

Uses
Containing 18% protein, 16% carbohydrates and 54% fat, plus many minerals and vitamins, particularly of the B group, almonds are a meal in themselves and taste equally good eaten as they are or in the form of almond spread. In the old days they used to be given to children for coughs. The almond oil expressed from the seeds is a mild skin care oil with good moisturising properties. Almond meal, the residue left after expressing the oil, is a gentle skin cleanser.

There are two other varieties apart from the sweet almond: the bitter almond and the soft-shelled almond. The latter is also edible, like the sweet almond, whereas the bitter almond contains the poisonous glycoside amygdalin from which cyanide is formed in the intestine. Bitter almond oil from which amygdalin has been chemically removed is an aromatic flavouring and a good fragrance and is used by pastry cooks and cosmetic manufacturers.

Dioscurides believed the bitter almond could heal practically all ills: used externally it would drive away “sun spots in the face”, induce menstruation, relieve headaches and heal sores, used internally it was said to relieve pain, stimulate elimination of water, soften the stomach, promote sleep, help relieve coughs, liver disorders, flatulence… The list is endless.

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Interesting Facts
All names for the almond in European languages are derived from the Greek amygdale or amygdalos. The origin of this word is no longer known. The prefix al- in the Iberian names (e.g. Spanish almendra) is the imported Arabic article al or el which found its way into many scientific terms during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula. The generic name Prunus is derived from the Greek proumon = plum, the almond’s relative. The specific epithet dulcis = sweet refers to the taste of the kernels.

Almonds already grew in the stone age and their cultivation is thought to go back to the Bronze age. The almond is probably the oldest cultivated fruit of the Old World with a success story that continues right up to the present day. In the 17th to 16th century before the birth of Christ the almond tree made its way from its native Asia via Persia to Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt. In the 5th century it then travelled further to Greece and to the Roman Empire. Charlemagne contributed significantly to the spread of the almond tree and today we can no longer imagine Mediterranean countries without it. It is seen there as a symbol of vigilance and rebirth because it blossoms in January already.

Ancient Greece in particular is the source of many legends in which the almond tree plays a role. According to one of these legends the almond is said to have developed from a drop of blood of the Greek goddess Kybele, the mother of the gods, who was originally the goddess of the mountains and of fertility in Asia Minor. In other accounts the almond tree is said to have developed from the male half of a hermaphroditic being created by Zeus.

There is an almond tree fairy tale from Morocco. In this fairy tale the beautiful princess Hatim had such a kind heart that she took money from her father’s coffers and gave it to the poorest of her country. The king had no understanding for his daughter’s behaviour, accused her of theft and had her executed. Allah understood Hatim’s action and transformed the dead princess into an almond tree which gave the country’s people almonds year after year.

The Bible contains several references to the almond, often because of its early blossoming as a sign of awakening. The six-branched candlestick of the biblical Tabernacle, the meeting place of God with Moses and his people, is modelled on an almond tree. The almond is probably best known in the form of marzipan, which came originally from the orient and was traditionally made of almonds, sugar and rose water. Baghlaba is the Persian variety additionally flavoured with cardamom and traditionally eaten there during the four-week festivities in celebration of the New Year. In 16th century Germany the production of marzipan was the province of the pharmacists whose “confectiones” were only prepared with sugar to make the bitter medicine more pleasant-tasting. Marzipan was also known as “heart sugar”. Gradually the pleasant taste came to take precedence over the medicinal action and the almond confection moved from being a medicine to a sweet. In medieval cooking almonds were not only contained in sweet dishes: meat and fish dishes were also prepared with almonds.

The almond tree gives off a resin which can be collected in the form of tears. In Ancient Greece these resin tears were burnt as incense to ward off disease and evil spirits. The fine fragrance disinfects, purifies and clarifies.

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The Plant at Dr. Hauschka
The almonds used for Dr. Hauschka skin care products are organically grown and originate in Spain and Italy. In Germany they are then processed in a traditionally operating oil mill to express the almond oil and ground to almond meal. The mild almond oil has a good slip and glide and is taken up slowly by the skin. The oil is the conditioning base of Dr. Hauschka After Sun Lotion, Concealer, Daily Hydrating Eye Cream, Quince Day Cream, Revitalising Day Cream, Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Day Oil, Hand Cream, Lip Care Stick, Lipsticks, Soothing Cleansing Milk, Rose Body Moisturiser, Almond Body Moisturiser, Rose Day Cream Light, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, Regenerating Body Cream, Firming Mask, Tinted Day Cream and Almond St. John’swort Body Oil. In Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream almond meal is particularly effective at binding dirt particles and thus gently and deeply cleanses the skin.

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The Magic of Natural and Organic Perfume

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Zimmermann has a dream: to create the fragrance that captivates people’s senses, that transforms them, and perhaps create a peaceful world.

Jörg Zimmermann’s workplace is all the way at the top, just below the roof of WALA /Dr. Hauschka. Here he finds the quiet he needs to stimulate all the senses. In his head, he creates the fragrances that lend Dr. Hauschka products their individual note. “Every product is different and thus requires its own statement.” Dr. Hauschka Skin Care uses exclusively natural substances compatible with the uncompromising demands of the company’s philosophy. “My job is to convey these values in my fragrance creations. None of the human senses is so old and so directly connected to the limbic system as the sense of smell. It is closely related to memory and emotion,” says Jörg Zimmermann. “Fragrances make it possible to travel through time, to recall that which was long forgotten. Nothing triggers more spontaneous attraction or rejection than fragrances – they are encrypted messages transmitted by our environment. The magic of scent has always been of major importance; the sensual allure of fragrance enjoys a long tradition.” The ‘Master of Fragrances’ at Dr. Hauschka has been under their spell for as long as he can remember. As a result, it was always his hope to work with fragrances. It is a characteristic trait of Jörg Zimmermann to pursue goals with passion and perseverance. “One needs this trait as a perfumer. You always have to be on top of things, not be discouraged by failed experiments.” It takes months, sometimes years, for a new fragrance to be created. Zimmermann writes down hundreds of formulas only to discard them in the end. Perhaps two of 100 fragrance creations are ever actually implemented. “The ability to smell analytically is important.” He uses his nose to deconstruct a perfume into its components and recognise what ingredients disturb the fragrance’s harmonious perception, what amounts to increase or decrease, and what substances to add or remove. “Every fragrance consists of top notes, middle notes and base notes”, explains Jörg Zimmermann. The top notes form the initial impression, the introduction of the perfume so to speak. They are followed by the middle notes, which convey the heart of the fragrance and give it shape. The third and final fragrance note is the base note. It represents the finale of the fragrance, much like in a symphony orchestra. “The trick is to harmonise these three parts, to co-ordinate their temporal and spatial progression.”

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The member of the French Perfumers’ Society requires absolute quiet during his work. This allows him to stimulate all the senses and recall images from his memory. After all, creating a scent involves much more than simply combining raw materials. It connects the world of thought with the world of feeling. Jörg Zimmermann composes, hears internal music, senses a wonderful lightness. Like a painter who has the image he wants to paint in front of his eyes, Zimmermann first creates the perfume in his head. He looks for base harmonies, previously combined individual scent compositions, to serve as a foundation. And then everything begins to flow. Then the perfumer begins to experiment with the tones of his “fragrance organ”. This is the name given to the collection of essential oils from which he selects the key components for a fragrance. Some 200 substances are available, of which Zimmermann uses various numbers as ingredients in his composition. The more technical skills of developing perfumes can certainly be learned, but the ability to compose fragrances must be inborn. Jörg Zimmermann undeniably has this skill. “But I didn’t know what path to follow at first to make professional use of my abilities,” he recalls. So he studied art and cultural education, sharpening his artistic, literary and musical senses. There is no classical course of training to become a perfumer, neither in Germany nor abroad. But France is considered the mother country of perfume. At the age of 30, Jörg Zimmerman journeyed to southern France – more specifically, to Grasse, the capital of the perfume world. Gloves were perfumed in this city near the Côte d’Azur as early as the 17th century. Born in Tettnang, Germany and raised in the city of Baden-Baden, Zimmermann studied at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery from 2004 to 2006 and then worked with leading perfumers. He has been working for Dr. Hauschka since summer 2006, continuing a long-running tradition: the company has never purchased fragrances, choosing to develop them itself instead. “This helps our products to maintain their unmistakable character,” emphasises Zimmermann. Dr. Hauschka skin care products contain no chemical/synthetic fragrances, despite their extensive availability on the market: “We use exclusively natural essential oils of the very highest quality.” Jörg Zimmermann is convinced: “Our customers notice this uniqueness, this strong foundation of knowledge which flows into our products. The soul senses it and is able to regenerate itself – along with the entire person.”

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Dr. Hauschka Body Washes make showering a unique aromatic experience – a gift for the body, mind and soul.

This is based on unmistakable fragrance worlds that evoke images and stories, and stimulate our senses.

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Rose Nurturing Body Wash
Composition with rose – enveloping and mysterious

“As I developed my ideas I kept the following questions in mind: What is the smell of a rose with nurturing and harmonising powers? What qualities does a rose emanate that capture our attention? When you compare the scent of roses, you discover that there is a broad spectrum within the genus. I searched for the most beautiful aspects. Usually fresh, citrus-like fragrances are emitted from the centre of the bud and develop as the rose opens. I discovered orange blossoms, delicate and spicy clove tones, and woody, velvety and creamy components. I was aiming for a creation in which the rose is light and playful, but at the same time very regal and seductive. A rosy and floral heart accord forms the main body around which the other individual aspects are grouped. An amber-like base gives the composition a creamy and gentle finish, which I interpreted using sandalwood and vanilla. They radiate a mysterious and velvety depth.”

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Almond Soothing Body Wash
Composition with almond – delicate and floral

“It was my wish to create a tangible experience of the progression from blossom to fruit, bringing in all these associations. This invoked images of the early days of spring, when the radiant blue sky shimmers above a sea of delicate pink blossoms that appear to dance in the mild air. The idea represented by the composition with almond is the chiffon-like transparency of a pink rose. I used bergamot, ylang-ylang and rose to interpret this floral chord. A balsamic base of tonka bean and vanilla sweeps us away to a sumptuous oriental palace and awakens memories of sweet, pleasurable indulgences.”

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Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Wash
Composition with lemon and lemon grass – sparkling and refreshing

“I was on the lookout for a truly special raw material. I discovered essential oil made from fresh gingerroot, which emits a very citric fragrance. We are mostly familiar with ginger in Asian cuisine, so there is a close association with lemongrass. In the top note we perceive lemon and lime, which have a refreshing and toning effect. Fresh gingerroot and lemongrass draw out the citric impression and create an increasing complexity. However, this is not meant to be a complicated fragrance, but rather a clear, refreshing concept that is made richer with exotic ingredients. I see two tendencies in this fragrance. The first is toward athleticism, dynamism and vitality; the second, the concentration that comes from increased alertness. The scent stimulates and creates a presence – a wonderful shot of refreshment.”

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Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash
Composition of lavender and sandalwood – quiet and harmonising freshness

“I was looking for a special variety of lavender with a gentle floral note and a lot of elegance. I found it at an elevation of 1,000 metres. This lavender is notable for the sense of peace and harmony that it projects. However, it also possesses a certain gentle yet rejuvenating freshness. The Australian sandalwood works its charm in the background, embedded in a regal, ambery chord, which rounds off the quiet freshness of the lavender with an enveloping, amber-like warmth. For me the fragrance creates associations of Provençal villages rising from the morning mist along the lines of hills on the Côte d’Azur.”

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The language of nature

Jörg Zimmermann, perfume specialist at Dr. Hauschka, tells us how he creates the Dr. Hauschka fragrances and what the secret code of nature is all about.

Dr. Hauschka: Can you train your sense of smell?
Jörg Zimmermann: Yes. It is not just about smelling it is about conscious smelling. It is like turning on a switch in your memory so that on smelling an individual substance you create associations with it and internalise the fragrance. Later, when you smell the substance again, you automatically associate it with certain imagery and can recognise it. Conscious smelling is a minor change in perception: we have a clear knowledge of how the fragrance affects us, where we smell it, how we perceive it and what we associate with it. Anyone who trains in this art and writes down their experiences will develop their own fragrance index for reference at any time.

Dr. Hauschka: Was there a specific moment when knew you were destined to be a perfume specialist?
Jörg Zimmermann: When I was four, I went exploring on my own in a nearby forest and had an intense experience with nature. I can still remember it well: at midday, the sun hit the forest at an angle, shining through the young trees and onto a small cluster of wood anemones that had sprung up all over the fresh forest floor. I suddenly felt like a face was looking at me; like these little flowers wanted to give me a message. I felt their desire to be looked at, but how was I to understand their essence? I looked at the flowers for a long time and fell in love with them. They bade me to move closer and absorb their silent message through their scent. I carefully knelt down on the ground and cautiously placed my nose by the opening of the greenish-yellow flowers. For a moment, I believed in magic; a natural power that dominates us and rules everything. Was this love in its purest form?
The joy I felt was overwhelming. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. My greatest wish was to hold onto and remember it. Through scent, I had connected with nature. From then on, I could not help but wonder about the hidden world behind things. I wanted to understand the essence of everything I came across, remember things through their scent and enable others to share my experiences.

Dr. Hauschka: But is that actually possible? After all, we do not smell the plants directly but simply their fragrance through the products?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is not about smelling plants directly but rather how we are affected by our memory of doing so. Stimuli are needed to trigger the memory. If you imagine that each essential oil represents the essence of a plant, you can envisage what it means to convert this into a sensual experience that tells a story.
By integrating the essence of individual plants you create the essence of an overall product. This sensual processing method humanises the substance and makes it accessible.
As a perfume specialist, I regard it as my cultural duty to subject the essential oils to processes in which the ideas archetypically embedded in us become something that can be experienced. Only on smelling transitions do we actually develop the idea that the product aims to convey.
Dr. Hauschka: How do you develop a fragrance?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is very conscious, reflective work. I put myself in a state of heightened consciousness and imagine what will happen when I combine the proportions of each fragrance. For me, it is about revealing the secret laws of nature, or in other words discovering the meaning of each individual substance and how the idea of the fragrance could be logically realised so that when we smell it, we perceive an organic process and an atmosphere can be created. Secret

Dr. Hauschka: Secret laws of nature?
Jörg Zimmermann: It is like with music. I can press all the keys on a piano and make sound. Music is only created when I press certain keys in a certain way and a feeling arises from the logical sequence of the melody. The greater my understanding of nature’s secret code, the easier it is for people to enjoy all elements of a fragrance.
When I am working on a fragrance, I mentally collate the plants so that I can sense their smell. These are the times in which I have a clear picture of how things logically go together to create a metamorphosis and make tangible transitions between top and base notes.
In my memory, I always find part of one substance that contains part of another substance. There are some elements of fragrance that may be similar, such as bergamot, rose or neroli. I look at the similarities and differences so that I can add things to complement the former. Once all the parameters have been skilfully aligned and the fragrance and the idea are both tangible, something truly magical occurs.

Dr. Hauschka: Is that what makes Dr. Hauschka fragrances special?
Jörg Zimmermann: Yes. The top, middle and base notes of the Dr. Hauschka fragrances can be transmitted to the entire body. By perceiving the fragrance in different areas of our body, we trigger an inner vitality, which can be externally observed as a kind of aura. In contrast, conventional, synthetic fragrances are something we only wear externally, like accessories.
The high level of vitality and complexity associated with natural fragrances is extremely striking and explains why they are so important to humans. Humans too are highly complex and can wonderfully combine themselves with things that complement them. Attention and creativity, attraction and curiosity are created – but why is nature so good at this? It does not impose its will but instead adds refinement while stimulating and enlivening our body’s own activity.

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Portait Parfumeur Joerg Zimmermann 4.4.08

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Limited Edition

Skin care and relaxation under the Christmas tree
Dr. Hauschka gift sets to inspire the senses

The carefully selected combinations harmonise to promise relaxation and well-being. They care for the skin, inspire the senses and sweep us away to rich worlds of fragrance. The attractive design of the packaging heightens the sense of anticipation, while the contents pamper the body and spirit.Christmas Set -Hand kiss- NL-F-GB_Press

Natural Touch
The beauty of small gestures
RRP $35 

This gift set offers the perfect combination of moisturising and protection for the hands.  Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream envelops the hands in its silky, subtly fragrant texture and overall composition, which is rapidly and completely absorbed by the skin. Rich botanical oils and waxes such as jojoba oil, almond oil and beeswax nurture stressed hands with the best that nature has to offer. Selected medicinal plant extracts help the skin to regenerate.

Beautiful, healthy fingernails require nourishing care with rich oils. Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil provides deep moisturising for the nails; the care pen is easy to carry wherever you go. It provides elasticity and firmness to weak, brittle fingernails that are prone to splitting. Extracts of neem, anthyllis and chamomile promote a strong nail structure.

Contents
Hand Cream 30ml special size
Neem Nail Pen 4ml

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Rose Dreams
Roses are the gift of love, ours nurture the skin and the spirit
RRP $55

The rose – it is resistant yet tender, thorny and at the same time velvety. Its complexity – gentle, sensual and even sublime – infuses the four products which are united in the Rose Dreams gift set: Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash, Rose Body Oil, Rose Nurturing Bath Essence and Rose Soap.

The creamy, moisturising texture of Rose Nurturing Body Wash envelops the body in well-being and harmony. In this product the rose is light and playful, but at the same time very regal and seductive.

Sometimes the skin and the senses long for luxurious care – and then you should take time for the exquisite fragrance of Dr. Hauschka Rose Body Oil. Featuring an extract of Damask roses, natural essential rose oil and jojoba oil, the balancing and harmonising composition leaves the skin feeling smooth and supple and helps to overcome tension and mental fatigue.

Rose water, essential rose oil and extracts of rose petals infuse Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Bath Essence with the surprising complexity of the rose.  As you pour this creamy bath milk into the running bath water or in your basin prior to face compressing and cleansing, your bathroom is transformed into a rose garden in full bloom. The composition, which includes almond and avocado oils, leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.

As a limited bonus gift, cold process Rose Soap is an exclusive addition to the set. Made from pure natural ingredients, it pampers the skin with natural moisture and envelops it in wonderfully silky foam.

Contents:
Rose Nurturing Body Wash 200ml
Rose Body Oil 30ml special size
Rose Nurturing Bath Essence 30ml special size
Rose Soap 60g

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Almond  Desires
A gentle fragrance full of magic
RRP $45

A loving touch to the skin – from the first moment of our lives, this conveys a feeling of security and well-being. Dr. Hauschka Almond Body Moisturiser underscores this sensation, partnered harmoniously with Almond Soothing Body Wash in this gift set.

The complex Dr. Hauschka Almond Body Moisturiser invites you on a journey through a land of fragrance. When first applied, the rich lotion with its delicate, floral, rosy scent of almond blossoms evokes thoughts of springtime.  Next, the warm note of almond fruit seduces the senses with the lushness of summer. In combination with extracts of soothing St. John’s wort and balancing anthyllis, oil pressed from almond kernels smoothes dry, sensitive skin and restores its silky feel.

Dr. Hauschka Almond Body Wash entices you on a fabulous journey of the senses with its sweet, fresh fragrance. One key ingredient is extract of quince seed with its protective qualities, which combines with plant tensides to cleanse the skin gently. Formulated with a very high content of rich botanical oils, the luxurious foam not only pampers the skin, but also provides an extra touch of moisturising.

Contents
Almond Body Moisturiser 145ml
Almond Soothing Body Wash 10ml trial size

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 Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

NATRUE/BDIH certified natural and organic skin care and make-up

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances 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 cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions.
  • No animal testing, never has been, we test on happy to help out human volunteers.

Dr. Hauschka skin care products are available Australia wide from our Online Shopping, selected David Jones Department Stores, Health Food/Organic Stores, Pharmacies, Salons, The Dr. Hauschka Discovery Centre and other premium retail outlets.

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