Simply Quince • refreshingly uncomplicated

What makes quince so special?

Quince offers two interesting raw materials:

  • Quince wax -protects the slowly ripening fruit and also your skin. A very rarely used substance.
  • Quince seed extract from the core of the fruit. It has the gift to bind moisture. As an extract soothe and smooth the skin.

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

  • Quince seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture, perfect for a dry and/or dehydrated skin.
  • Quince wax protectively envelops the fruit, transferring this same ability to your skin for gentle and effective protection and strengthening your skin’s natural barrier.
  • Soothing and cooling, and leaves your skin soft and smooth, with the refreshing aroma of quince.

Who is Quince?

  • The quince is closely related to apple and pear. It is also belongs to the rose family.
  • It originates from the Middle East, from where its route into the Mediterranean area and with the help of the Romans brought it across the Alps and to the medieval monastery gardens of Europe.
  • For thousands of years it has hardly been altered by growers and therefore it has retained much of its original wild fruit character.

How does quince fruit get into our products?

Quince wax and quitztensamen

Quince wax

Organic quince from Spain are intended for juice production, however it’s a stroke of luck that Dr. Hauschka is able to get fresh press residues from an adjacent juice plant. The precious quince wax can be obtained with the aid of a particularly gentle process.

Hand processed Quince seeds

The quince seeds inside the fruit are surrounded by a slimy layer, which can absorb large quantities of water. The quince seeds are placed overnight in water, which creates a smooth, shiny texture around them. The next day, they are squeezed out by hand. This process, which was developed a long time ago by WALA/Dr. Hauschka, gently wins the valuable quince seed extract.

When does flowering, when green, when does the quince mature?

White to tender pink flowers blossom and from them develop small fruit, which already show the characteristic quince form and are hairy on the outside. As the ripening process progresses the bright yellow fruit give off a wonderful fresh scent.

Autumn is the season for Quince

The days are getting shorter, nature is slowly coming to rest, and it’s harvest time for quince. Here are two ways to immerse yourself in the season of quince.

  • Place a bowl of quince fruit on your table to enjoy their aroma for a while.
  • Then make Quince Syrup from them. Recipe below.

Quince Syrup Recipe

Quince Syrup makes a refreshing and welcome change, mixed with water or sparkling mineral water. Pour a little syrup in a cup of black tea, drizzle over a freshly baked cake or ice cream.

Quince Syrup:

  • 1 kg fresh quince fruit
  • 1 litre water
  • 250g sugar
  • juice of a lemon

Rub off the furry coating from the quince and wash. You can process the quinces with the shell and core casing, remove only the stem and the flower neck. Finely chop and bring to the boil with water. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes at low heat. Pour through a sieve and press as much of the pulp as possible. Then pour again through a fine sieve or muslin cloth so that the juice is as clear as possible.

Now let the juice boil with sugar and the squeezed lemon for about 10 minutes. Fill into sterilised bottles and close immediately.

Dr. Hauschka and Quince

Where do you meet the quince again?

Our formulas are always complex compositions of carefully coordinated ingredients. For Quince Day Cream we use hero ingredients, quince wax and quince seed extract as well as precious oils, waxes and medicinal plant extracts.

Quince in our products

Quince Day Cream

with quince wax and quince seed extract, refreshing, soothing and protective. A favourite for both women and men with normal to dry skin.

Eye Definer 01-06

with quince wax, the individual beauty of the eyes are delicately emphasised.

Volume Mascara 01-03

for enhanced lashes which includes quince wax

Quince Hydrating Body Milk

moisture-rich, rapidly absorbed, refreshing body lotion which brings lightness to your day.

Regenerating Serum for night and day

with quince seed extract, firming, moisturising and revitalises your skin.

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% 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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Three-fold Nature of Human Beings, Plants and the Skin

Dr. Hauschka Moisturisers each have their own leading plant, which gives them their distinctive character, as individual as your skin.

The philosophical approach behind Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is Anthroposophy, meaning ‘wisdom of man/woman’.

Philosopher and natural scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s work is not for the faint hearted, however, it’s interesting to have an understanding of how this relates to the development of product formulations and the efficacy of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care preparations. Through close observation of plants in their natural environments Steiner explored the relationship between plants and people. His work revealed the healing qualities of specific plants and showed how each of their three parts is symbiotic with the human body and skin; the body’s largest organ. This concept he named ‘three-fold’.

Three parts to people

According to the three-fold image, the human being is made up of three core systems: the nerve-sense, the rhythmic and the metabolic-limb.

Three parts to plants

Like humans, plants have their own three-fold system. For a plant, however, the system is turned upside down. While in a human the nerve-sense system is found in the head, in a plant, it’s in the roots, the other way around. The metabolic-limb system is at the top of a plant in its flowers, fruits and seeds. At the centre of a plant, the stem and leaves is the rhythmic system.

Three parts to skin

Skin has three layers; the epidermis (top layer), dermis (mid layer) and subcutaneous or hypodermis (3rd and deepest layer). You would have heard of the term ‘third degree burns’, meaning all three layers of the skin.

Three-fold systems of Human Beings, Plants and the Skin
Three-fold systems of Human Beings, Plants &  Skin
Intensive skin care with Masks

Making a difference

Real health and beauty come from the inside and the outside. In its natural state, the skin is healthy and balanced. However skin condition can easily be compromised when other factors come into play; such as internal and external environmental issues, lifestyle, hormonal issues, transitions or stress. Peace of mind is beneficial for the skin as is adequate sleep, nutritious food, fresh air and exercise.

Negative effects on the skin may result in acne/ blemishes, inflammation, dry and/or dehydrated skin, premature wrinkles or simply a complexion that lacks health and radiance. At this point the natural world helps to heal. How this relates to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is understanding the remarkable similarities between plants and the skin, so we are able to select ingredients that support particular skin functions.

Rosemary

We can take Rosemary as an example of how we look at a medicinal plant ingredient. Rosemary has few flowers, and an abundance of leaves. The leaves are the plant’s rhythmic system. We look at the effect Rosemary has on our rhythmic system: enhancing circulation, warming and invigorating.

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Dr.Hauschka Skin Care preparations contain elements of plant root, leaf and flower, so all three layers of skin are addressed.

Our preparations are developed by Anthroposophically Trained Doctors and Pharmacists in conjunction with our highly qualified Dr. Hauschka trained Estheticians. Our formulations are complex and they comprise of many elements, never one or two.

‘One violin doesn’t make an orchestra.’ 

Every ingredient that goes into a Dr. Hauschka Skin Care product has an important job to do for your skin. Whether delivering essential moisture, encouraging resilience, nourishment, protection from the environment, improving efficacy or something for the senses as well as your skin in the form of essential oils. Each element is thoughtfully selected for its particular effects and its interaction with the other ingredients in the formula.

*WALA and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care have been working with healing plant and mineral extracts since the 1930’s. This pharmaceutical and medicinal expertise joins over 45 years of pioneering work in truly holistic skin care to create the purest, most effective natural, organic and biodynamic skin care products available.

*WALA produces Dr. Hauschka skin care and make-up and WALA anthroposophical homeopathic remedies.

WALA/Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

 

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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7 Simple and Effective Beauty Resolutions

1) Drink warm water and lemon juice first thing every morning

Helps keep your skin looking clear and your eyes bright, add some organic apple cider vinegar as well. Aids hydration and digestion and helps flush toxins from the body.

Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water or herbal teas daily to keep your skin plump and hydrated.

2) Compress and Hydrate

Compress and hydrate your skin prior to cleansing with Organic Cotton Compress. This softens pores enabling a much deeper cleanse, and you’ll use your Cleansing Cream and Soothing Cleansing Milk more economically as well on hydrated skin.

Remember to complete your cleanse with 2-3 cold water splashes or a cold compress. This simple technique activates a tiny muscle beside the hair follicle ensuring any remaining dirt is washed away and your skin will reward you by feeling silky soft without harsh exfoliation.

It really is worth that extra 2 minutes, try it out for a month (skin cell cycle) and see how your skin feels and looks.

How to Compress & Hydrate video.

3) Get a good night’s sleep.

It really is beauty sleep. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day to support your body’s rhythms.

Use botanical actives in an oil-free formulation for your night care. Night Serum benefits all skin conditions, wake up to refreshed skin or Regenerating Serum in support of a maturing skin.

No night cream, which impedes your skin’s natural elimination and regeneration phase.

4) Incorporate relaxation and self care into your life.

Make little changes, dance or do yoga in your living room instead of watching TV. Lose yourself in a good book, a recent study found reading reduced stress by a whopping 68% and listening to music 61%.

Have a regular Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment with a Dr. Hauschka trained Esthetician. Time seems to stand still while you immerse yourself in this ‘so much more than a facial’ treatment. Your skin looks radiant, you’re feeling calm, deeply relaxed with a sense of lightness and inner balance.

5) Go for a walk

Walk, jog or cycle every morning for 30 minutes. If you have a friend that could join in, all the better, you’ll encourage each other.

Benefits: fresh morning air, movement supports your lymph system therefore your immune system, uplifts your mood, clears your mind, increases blood circulation and oxygenation, strengthens bones and muscles, increases metabolism, increases energy levels…

6) Mask treatments

into your skin care regime to really make a difference.

Clarifying Steam Bath and Cleansing Clay Mask – Once a week deep cleanse and gentle exfoliation, follow with a Cream Mask. Then on another evening during the week, after cleansing and toning, apply Cream Mask.

Cream Masks
Revitalising Mask – our top selling mask that benefits all skin conditions, refines pores and skin looks even toned, rejuvenating, soothing and cooling for sensitivities, our ‘go-to’ mask the night before a special event and also highly recommended for post holiday sun-stressed skin.
Hydrating Mask – For soft, plumped skin treating any dryness or dehydration.
Soothing Mask – Strengthens a sensitive, red, irritated, stressed skin, also recommended for rosacea to use as a day cream as well as a mask.
Firming Mask – a warming mask using all forms of the rose, to firm and tone, to support a maturing skin.

7) Invest in a quality set of brushes

A must-have for professional application. A beautifully blended eyeshadow look comes from quality brushes and Foundation takes on an air brushed look with Foundation Brush blending application.

Look after your brushes and wash them weekly with an eco friendly gentle hand wash liquid. Always dry your brushes laying flat, preferably in sunlight, you don’t want any moisture or soap getting into the head of the brush as it will compromise the glue.

Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Being Sun Smart

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

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

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

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

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

Sunscreens

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

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

Sunbathing Dos and Don’ts

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

What about Vitamin D?

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

UVA & UVB

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

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

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

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What does SPF mean?

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

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

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

Cover-up

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

After Sun Care

After Sun

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

Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Bath Essences

Take yourself on an aromatic journey during bathing. Our Bath Essences are also a must when you compress and hydrate your skin prior to cleansing.

VIDEO Bath Essences • Serenity, take a deep breath and immerse yourself

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences 

100ml RRP $36

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence • protective milky composition
Rose Nurturing Bath Essence  protective milky composition
Almond Soothing Bath Essence
Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence
Sage Purifying Bath Essence
Spruce Warming Bath Essence 30ml limited edition RRP $18

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences invite you to pamper your mind, spirit and body in the warm water of the bath or when hydrating with compress for pre-cleansing in the basin. Intensify your experience through aromatic ‘layering’ with our Body Moisturisers, Body Oils and Body Washes and depart on a sensual journey through natural and organic fragrances.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence
Harmonises and Nourishes

Rose water, rose essential oil and rose petal extracts give this floral bath essence the surprising versatility of a rose: from a sense of gentleness through sensuality to the sublime. The harmonising bath essence soothes your soul while giving you a pleasant sense of alertness. Almond and jojoba oil leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth.
Usage
Add several capfuls of Rose Nurturing Bath Essence into the stream of running water as the bathtub fills.
Tip
Soothes and harmonises the skin as a warm face compress.
This finely aligned product with horse chestnut and horsetail extracts is based on a moor extract prepared using a special rhythmic procedure. When combined with warm water, it offers a sense of enveloping protection. Almond and avocado oil gently moisturise your skin.
Usage
Add several capfuls of Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence into the stream of running water as the bathtub fills.
Tip
Prepared as a hot neck compress, Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence is ideal for helping ease shoulder tension.

Calms and Balances
The warm scent of marzipan or a floral, fruity aroma of a Mediterranean spring? Almond Soothing Bath Essence offers the best of both worlds. The versatile fragrance seems to continuously change, sending you on a delightful journey of discovery. Experience the warm sweetness of the enveloping almond oil as it caresses your skin or the freshness of the developing fragrance that incites your desire for spring. Discover your very own special moments with Almond Soothing Bath Essence.
Usage
Add several capfuls of Almond Soothing Bath Essence into the stream of running water as the bathtub fills.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence
Firms and Refreshes

The fresh scent of sun-ripened lemons combines with exotic lemongrass to create a sense of lightness and joie de vivre. The Bath Essence gently moisturises the skin with sunflower oil while lemon and lemongrass stimulate it with their toning effect. Start your day feeling fresh and full of energy.

Usage
Add several capfuls of Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence into the stream of running water as the bathtub fills.

Tip
Once a week, give yourself a Lemon Bath massage while showering. To do this, simply squirt a little Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence onto a damp wash mitt. The massage with the refreshing bath firms your connective tissue and stimulates the blood circulation to you skin.

Sage Purifying Bath Essence
Refreshes and Cleanses
With carefully selected essential oils, Sage Purifying Bath Essence offers warmth and keeps out the cold – a real blessing in the winter months. It also refreshes after sport and physical exercise and has a deodorising effect. Sage foot baths revive tired, swollen feet. Used regularly, they regulate feet inclined to perspire and help make the skin soft and smooth. Compressing and hydrating with Sage Purifying Bath Essence also helps care for an oily or blemished skin.

Usage
Add 1-3 capfuls of Sage Purifying Bath Essence into the stream of running water as the bathtub fills. For foot baths,add 1-2 caps of Sage Bath to comfortably hot (about 40°C) water. Ideally, soak feet twice a week for 10 to 15 minutes each time.

Tips
a) When used regularly, sage foot baths help reduce hardened skin, leaving your feet beautifully soft.
b) Deodorising Foot Cream supports Sage Bath’s sweat regulating effect. For extremely sweaty feet, we also recommend using Silk Body Powder.

Spruce Warming Bath Essence
Comforts and invigorates.

If you’ve ever walked through a pine forest you will have noticed negative thoughts melt away to be replaced with a sense of peace and clarity. The intensely relaxing and revitalising Norwegian Spruce supports your circulation, helps to relieve muscle tension and has a calming, nerve-strengthening effect. Spruce Bath Essence helps to clear airways and aids deep breathing, so it’s also a perfect choice if you or the kids have a cold. Jojoba oil nourishes and moisturises your skin.

Usage
Add several capfuls of Spruce Warming Bath Essence into the stream of running water as the bathtub fills.

Tips
a) Use in the bath or in your basin water for compressing and hydrating your facial skin prior to cleansing.
b) Spruce Bath Essence has such an uplifting aroma it may also be used for home or office, pour a little into a bowl and add hot water for the aroma to disperse. Perfect aroma for Christmas time too!

Bath Essences & Compressing

An aromatic compress to relax and revive.

We also recommend to compress and hydrate your face prior to cleansing. This relaxes the skin and softens the walls of the pores to achieve deep cleansing. The skins own functions are also stimulated. A cool compress applied to the skin after cleansing closes the pores, expelling any remaining impurities, leaving you with a clearer, softer skin.  Make compress and hydration part of your daily skin care rituals.  Fay from our Discovery Centre Rozelle store says “Using a compress brings life to the skin, you’ll notice the difference with your cleansing.”

The Dr. Hauschka Organic Cotton Compress is large, please don’t cut it, as the many layers once folded help to retain warmth.

1)         Fold the compress in half and half again.
2)         Both folds to be length wise, not square.
3)         Place folded Compress into the basin of Bath Essence infused water.
4)         Squeeze excess water from the Compress.
5)         Place firstly under the chin, then wrap the face and press.
6)         Repeat twice, now your skin is prepared for using Cleansing Cream or Soothing Cleansing Milk.

Dr. Hauschka Organic Cotton Compress Kit – RRP $29

VIDEO • Foot Bath 

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrance, colours and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, cruelty free cosmetics.

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NATRUE certification Dr. Hauschka products

NATRUE has three certification levels:

1. Natural skin care and make-up (cosmetics)
The strict rules for ingredients and their processing apply. The 100% natural ingredients do not necessarily have to come from certified organic agriculture.

2. Natural skin care and make-up (cosmetics) with an organic portion
The product is 100% natural and > 70% of the ingredients come from certified organic agriculture and/or controlled wild collection.

3. Organic skin care and make-up (cosmetics)
The product is 100% natural and > 95% of the ingredients come from certified organic agriculture and/or controlled wild collection.

Product

Begin of label use

renewal of label use

level according to NATRUE:

After Sun

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Almond Soothing Bath Essence

16.09.2013

16.09.2017

Natural cosmetics

Almond Soothing Body Cream

16.01.2012

16.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Almond Soothing Body Wash

01.05.2013

01.05.2019

Natural cosmetics

Almond St. John’s Wort Soothing Body Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Balancing Teint Powder

01.02.2016

01.02.2018

Natural cosmetics

Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Blackthorn Toning Body Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Blush Duo 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Blush Duo 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Blush Duo 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Bronzing Powder

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Brow & Lash Gel

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Clarifying Clay Mask

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Clarifying Day Oil

22.12.2010

22.12.2018

Organic cosmetics

Clarifying Intensive Treatment (age 25+)

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Clarifying Intensive Treatment (up to age 25)

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Clarifying Steam Bath

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Clarifying Toner

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Cleansing Cream

22.12.2010

22.12.2018

Organic cosmetics

Colour Correcting Powder 00

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Compact Powder 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Compact Powder 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Compact Powder 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Concealer 01

11.03.2010

10.03.2018

Organic cosmetics

Concealer 01 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Concealer 02

11.03.2010

10.03.2018

Organic cosmetics

Concealer 02 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Concealer 03

11.03.2010

10.03.2018

Organic cosmetics

Concealer 03 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Coverstick 01

02.05.2012

02.05.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Coverstick 02

02.05.2012

02.05.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Coverstick 03

02.05.2012

02.05.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Daily Hydrating Eye Cream

09.02.2012

09.02.2018

Organic cosmetics

Defining Mascara 01

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Defining Mascara 02

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Defining Mascara 03

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Deodorising Foot Cream

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eye & Brow Palette

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eye Balm

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Eye Definer 00

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eye Definer 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eye Definer 02

18.06.2013

18.06.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eye Definer 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eye Definer 04

01.03.2016

01.03.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eye Definer 05

15.02.2014

15.02.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eye Definer 06

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eye Revive

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow 04

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow 05

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 01

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 02

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 03

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 04

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 05

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 06

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 07

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 08

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Solo 09

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Trio

01.02.2016

01.02.2018

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Trio 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Trio 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Trio 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadow Trio 04

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Eyeshadowpalette 02

15.08.2016

15.08.2018

Natural cosmetics

Facial Toner

22.12.2010

22.12.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Firming Mask

09.02.2012

09.02.2018

Organic cosmetics

Fortifying Mint Toothpaste

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Foundation 01

15.02.2015

15.02.2019

Organic cosmetics

Foundation 02

15.02.2015

15.02.2019

Organic cosmetics

Foundation 03

15.02.2015

15.02.2019

Organic cosmetics

Foundation 04

15.02.2015

15.02.2019

Organic cosmetics

Foundation 05

15.02.2015

15.02.2019

Organic cosmetics

Foundation 06

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Foundation 07

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Hydrating Cream Mask

01.09.2016

01.09.2018

Organic cosmetics

Hydrating Foot Cream

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Hydrating Hand Cream

15.02.2014

15.02.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Kajal Eyeliner 01

18.06.2013

18.06.2019

Natural cosmetics

Kajal Eyeliner 02

18.06.2013

18.06.2019

Natural cosmetics

Kajal Eyeliner 05

15.02.2013

15.02.2019

Natural cosmetics

Kajal Eyeliner Duo 01

18.06.2013

18.06.2019

Natural cosmetics

Kajal Eyeliner Duo 06

15.08.2016

15.08.2018

Natural cosmetics

Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream

16.01.2012

16.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash

01.05.2013

01.05.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence

16.09.2013

16.09.2017

Natural cosmetics

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk

16.01.2012

16.01.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Wash

01.05.2013

01.05.2019

Natural cosmetics

Light Reflecting Concealer 00

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Lip Balm

03.02.2011

03.02.2019

Organic cosmetics

Lip Care Stick

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lip Gloss 01

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 01 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 04

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 04 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 05

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 06

15.08.2016

15.08.2018

Natural cosmetics

Lip Gloss 06 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Line Definer 00

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Liner 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Liner 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Liner 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Liner 04

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lip Liner 05

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Lipstick 01

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 01 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 03

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 03 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 04

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 04 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 05

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 06

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 07

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 07 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 08

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 09

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 09 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 10

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 11

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 12

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 13

15.02.2012

15.02.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 13 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 14

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 15

15.02.2012

15.02.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 15 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 16

15.02.2012

15.02.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 16 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 17

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick 18

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick Novum 04

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick Novum 08

01.02.2016

01.02.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick Novum 09

15.08.2013

15.08.2017

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick Novum 10

15.08.2013

15.08.2017

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Lipstick Novum 12

15.08.2013

15.08.2017

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Liquid Eyeliner 01

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Liquid Eyeliner 02

26.01.2010

26.01.2018

Organic cosmetics

Loose Powder

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Matte & Shimmer Blush Trio (Comeback)

15.02.2014

15.02.2018

Natural cosmetics

Melissa Day Cream

01.03.2011

01.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence

16.09.2013

16.09.2017

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen

24.01.2011

24.01.2019

Organic cosmetics

Night Serum

01.05.2015

01.05.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Quince Day Cream

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Quince Hydrating Body Milk

30.11.2010

29.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Regenerating Body Cream

04.04.2011

04.04.2019

Organic cosmetics

Regenerating Day Cream

24.01.2011

24.01.2019

Organic cosmetics

Regenerating Eye Cream

04.10.2010

04.10.2018

Organic cosmetics

Regenerating Hand Cream

01.05.2019

01.05.2019

Organic cosmetics

Regenerating Intensive Treatment

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream

04.10.2010

04.10.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Regenerating Serum

30.12.2010

30.12.2018

Natural cosmetics

Renewing Night Conditioner

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Revitalising Day Cream

22.12.2010

22.12.2018

Organic cosmetics

Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Revitalising Leg & Arm Tonic

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Revitalising Mask

09.02.2012

09.02.2018

Organic cosmetics

Rose Day Cream

22.12.2010

22.12.2018

Organic cosmetics

Rose Day Cream Light

22.12.2010

22.12.2018

Organic cosmetics

Rose Deodorant

01.04.2015

01.04.2019

Organic cosmetics

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence

16.09.2013

16.09.2017

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Rose Nurturing Body Cream

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Rose Nurturing Body Oil

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Rose Nurturing Body Wash

01.05.2013

01.05.2019

Natural cosmetics

Rouge Powder 02

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Rouge Powder 03

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Rouge Powder 04

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Rouge Powder Duo

01.02.2016

01.02.2018

Natural cosmetics

Sage Mint Deodorant

01.04.2015

01.04.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Sage Purifying Bath Essence

30.12.2010

30.12.2018

Natural cosmetics

Sensitive Care Conditioner

Sheer Lipstick 01

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Sheer Lipstick 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Sheer Lipstick 03

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Sheer Lipstick 04

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Sheer Lipstick 05

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Sheer Lipstick 06

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Silk Body Powder

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Soothing Cleansing Milk

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Soothing Intensive Treatment

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Soothing Mask

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Spruce Warming Bath Essence

30.12.2010

30.12.2018

Natural cosmetics

Strengthening Hair Treatment

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Tinted Day Cream

01.09.2011

01.09.2017

Organic cosmetics

Translucent Bronzing Tint

31.03.2009

31.03.2019

Organic cosmetics

Translucent Face Powder, compact

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Volume Mascara 01

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

Volume Mascara 02

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Volume Mascara 03

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics

Volume Mascara 03 (new)

01.03.2017

01.03.2019

Natural cosmetics

Volume mascara 04

30.11.2010

30.11.2018

Natural cosmetics with an organic portion

NATRUE certification guarantees:

  • Truly natural and organic ingredients
  • Sustainable production processes
  • Environmentally-friendly practices
  • No synthetic chemical fragrances, colours or preservatives
  • No silicones or petrochemicals
  • No irradiation of end products or herb ingredients
  • No GMOs

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How is a new Dr. Hauschka product created?

Careful development
Stir together the ingredients, test, done? The development of new Dr. Hauschka products is far from that simple. We take our time and work in large teams when developing every single skin care and make-up product. Once the idea for a new product has been conceived, it is about finding the best possible formulation for it. A formulation in which the individual components are aligned with one another, like in a work of art. One that is more than just the sum of all its individual components.
Who is the target group for the new product? Which packaging works best for it? Is it even possible to obtain the raw materials we want for the formulation in the high quality and quantity we require? And are the desired raw materials safe? With so many questions, where should we even begin? Ideally with the idea for the right ingredients. Our developers give great consideration to this matter.
Their work could be compared to that of an artist using a paint palette and combining the colours to form brand new shades. It is only possible to achieve a good overall composition if the individual shades are in harmony with one another. When composing a formulation, the developers introduce themselves to the people for whom the product is intended. After all, they are developing the product to meet their needs.

Some of the medicinal plants required are cultivated in our medicinal herb garden and on our Demeter farm, the Sonnenhof. We also procure further organic raw materials with the assistance of the raw material buyers from our subsidiary naturamus. The staff in the scientific departments analyse each of the raw materials to ensure that they meet our high quality standards, are well tolerated and comply with legal requirements for cosmetics and natural cosmetics. Sometimes, we even start by researching a new raw material so as to fully understand it.

At the same time, the Packaging Procurement department searches for a suitable container for the new product. Doing so is extremely challenging as we do not use any synthetic preservatives in our natural skin care and make-up. Many of our products require airtight packaging that protects them from the light. For the highly sensitive, purely aqueous Intensive Treatments, we have even developed a special spray head that only allows sterile-filtered air into the container. Normal ambient air would affect the product’s shelf life. Sometimes, however, the packaging is determined by very simple user needs. For instance, the trays in our Eye & Brow Palette are different sizes. This is because experience has shown us that users tend to get through far more of the light shade than the dark one.

These users also test newly developed products before they go on the market – but only after these have already been tested by our Dr. Hauschka estheticians and have passed the tolerability tests. The assessments and comments from these voluntary testers are extremely important to the development team, which may further adapt the formulation based on them. After all, the same rule again applies: customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

An interview with Marie Calas

Group Head of Cosmetics Development at WALA (Dr. Hauschka) on the development of Regenerating Hand Cream and what makes Dr. Hauschka Make-up special

   

Ms Calas, you work with a team of 10 people to develop the formulations for new Dr. Hauschka products. From where do you get the ideas for these?

Marie Calas: It differs greatly. Some ideas come from the Marketing department, some come from us. Whatever the source though, the users’ needs always come first. For instance, we frequently had people tell us that they wanted more support at night-time. We responded to this by developing Night Serum as the third night care step.

What is the average turnaround from the idea to the finished product?

That depends. If we are just talking about how long it takes to implement a product idea, then the answer is about three years. However, if we are also talking about finding new raw materials for the new product, you can add a further two to three years to this.

So it can take up to six years to develop a new Dr. Hauschka product! Why does it take so long to find new raw materials for the formulations?

To find something, I have to consider specific questions and be open to the answers. That is not something you can plan for. Once we have selected a plant, a lot of hard work begins. This often starts with growing the plant. It is therefore easier if we have chosen plants that grow locally. We try to grow the plant in cooperation with our medicinal herb garden. Harvest time comes and we start to conduct our tests on the little plant material available to us. Our colleagues obtain extracts from the new plants, which we use in our formulation. We look at whether or not it works. Then we have to wait a full year for the next harvest. That is why it takes so long. Incidentally, we have to use the basis of the product, for example the cream base, to form a bridge between the plant and the user. To do this, we need to understand the language of both the plant and the skin.

The cream base acts as a bridge between the plant and the user? The language of the plant and the skin? Can you elaborate with an example?

Let’s take Regenerating Hand Cream. At the start of the development process, we sat down and considered the needs of the people who we envisaged buying the product, or their skin. The regenerating products are aimed at people with mature skin. In other words, people upon whom life has left lasting impressions. These impressions are increasingly visible in the skin, for example in the form of wrinkles, as the vitality and regenerative ability dwindle with age. As a result, the protective function is weakened and the skin becomes thinner and more sensitive. The skin tells us this. We have to meet its needs through the formulation and look for the perfect ingredients for it. Which plants or minerals can best support mature skin and meet its needs? Which ingredients in the formulation best reflect our idea? And which cream base best transfers the plant’s effects to the skin? It is only later that we try to develop the formulation in the laboratory.

Which ingredients did you find were best for mature skin?

The guiding principle for the regenerating skin range comes from red clover. This is a species of clover that we are familiar with from our local meadows, which grow lush and green. Red clover clearly represents vitality and renewal. Its energetic growth is not even slowed when it flowers. There is one other special feature that makes it the perfect plant for revealing the individuality of people with mature skin. Red clover leaves bear an individual white pattern. Every clover plant has its own pattern, its own personality. Red clover can act as a model for a mature, vibrant personality.

Is red clover the only medicinal plant in Regenerating Hand Cream?

No. The red clover is supported by bryophyllum and quince seed extracts. Both of these stimulate renewal and moisture processes. Attention also has to be paid to the protective aspect. In this regard, heat-permeated fatty oils are beneficial. We refer to these as thermal oils. One example is macadamia nut oil. However, fruit oils from plants that concentrate fatty oil in the juicy fruit rather than in the dry seeds are also important for mature skin. Examples include olives and avocados. In addition to their protective and caring properties, fruit oils also bear the vitality of the fruit. This is naturally perfect for Regenerating Hand Cream.

Thermal oils? That sounds unusual. Can you explain?

To a certain extent, fatty oils are representative of their environment. In many cases, the chemical composition enables us to tell whether the oil plants grew in an area where they were exposed to particularly high levels of light or heat. In the Tropics, a plant experiences more heat; in the Nordic regions where summer days can last up to 22 hours, they naturally experience more light. These qualities are stored in the oil and analytically detectable. They benefit people through the composition of the cosmetics. We use several different oils in our formulations in the same way as you would use different colours for a painting or sounds in music. It is all about the composition.

When you talk about product development in this way, it sounds like the work of an artist. Do scientific findings actually play a part?

Oh yes. I genuinely regard the process of development as an artistic process, but also as one that involves a great deal of intuition. However, intuition is not without basis. This is something that is often misunderstood. True intuition requires a lot of work and knowledge. This naturally includes scientific training and extensive knowledge of the ingredients used. At WALA (Dr. Hauschka), many people are involved in phyto-chemical research and analysis. The knowledge obtained by our colleagues provides us with the foundations we require. It completes the picture when we are trying to understand a plant. Scientific research is a piece of the puzzle in an overall context; nothing more, nothing less. As such, we have a great deal of knowledge. However, our wealth of knowledge then has to take somewhat of a back seat. Intuition is the moment when we are working on a project and the answer to something suddenly comes to us, as if out of nowhere. For example, the idea for a plant comes from a wealth of knowledge that was no longer at the forefront of our minds. However, this wealth must still be created and developed.

After selecting the ingredients for the formulation, what were the next steps in developing Regenerating Hand Cream?

We moved on to composing the ‘work of art’ from the carefully considered ingredients. Developing hand care products is generally challenging. On the one hand, they need to be rich, moisturising and protective, while on the other hand, they have to absorb quickly and not leave a greasy film. This is precision work and requires a lot of experience. The first versions of Regenerating Hand Cream that we developed were far too rich and therefore sticky. We developed about 100 different formulations to eventually obtain the perfect result. As a developer, you have to cope with the fact that 99 percent of all attempts are unsatisfactory.

Did you select specific ingredients for the Dr. Hauschka Make-up products like you would for the skin care products?

Of course. After all, the Dr. Hauschka Make-up range is to all intents and purposes the fourth skin care step after cleansing, toning and moisturising. The regulating ingredient, anthyllis, can therefore be found in almost all of our Make-up products, just like it is in almost all of our facial care products. For the same reason, many of the Make-up products for the complexion contain an extract of refining witch hazel. And in the eye make-up products, eyebright (euphrasia) soothes the area around the eyes. Rose, quince… a whole array of supportive medicinal plants are found in the Make-up range. One last very special example is the cane sugar used in our Volume Mascara.

Cane sugar in the Volume Mascara? So, candied lashes?

Yes, sort of. To create volume with the Volume Mascara you need something to coat and shape the fine lashes. We chose cane sugar, and are possibly the only ones who use this ingredient for this purpose. If any form of sugar is used, it is usually beet sugar. But we consciously opted for cane sugar. This is obtained from the energy-packed, green leaves and stalks of the sugar cane. Unlike the sugar beet, this grows above ground, in the light, and is therefore far better suited for the eyes.

What products would your team like to develop?

Recently, the developers were all given the opportunity to spend a year working on not only the jobs from the Marketing department but also a product idea of their own. This produced some very different and very interesting results. This was extremely important. We have to constantly re-assess our possibilities and step outside our comfort zone. That is not just a question of developing formulations.

Has the Marketing department adopted any of your ideas?

Yes, but we cannot yet reveal which product that it.

Is there anything natural and organic skin care can do that conventional skin care cannot?

It is more the other way around. I think that natural skin care and make-up can now offer everything that conventional products advertise. However, natural and organic skin care are also ecologically and socially sustainable.

From the idea to the product: the development process

A large team comprising staff from various departments is involved in the development of each new Dr. Hauschka product.

1) Marketing

The idea; the identification of a human need

2) Development

Define the right ingredients Develop the formulation

3) Medicinal herb garden

Try to grow new plants

4) Raw materials purchasing and development

Check the availability of raw materials

5) Analytics

Quality assessment of all raw materials

6) Scientific department

Safety and quality assessments on the raw materials Is compliance ensured with the NATRUE criteria and Cosmetics Regulation?

7) Packaging Procurement

Find the right packaging

8) Dr. Hauschka estheticians

Advice, initial tests

9) Voluntary human testers

And finally user tests

 

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Powerful Night Care

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is formulated to offer you nurturing experiences that benefit your total wellbeing. By day, our Face Care nourishes, protects from the environment and guides your skin to a healthy, balanced state. At night, our water-based Night Care allows skin to breathe freely while supporting its natural processes of renewal and elimination. All our products are NATRUE certified as 100% natural and organic skin care.

Powerful night care with medicinal botanical extracts
Powerful and liberating – oil-free night care

Did you know that at night your skin is very active? We follow this alternating rhythm every day of our lives. During the day our bodies open up to the environment and nourishment, while the night is used to process and prepare for the new day ahead.

Your skin uses your nightly rest period to thoroughly regenerate from within as it does not need to protect itself against environmental influences at night. The skin can open up during this phase and optimally cleanse itself from within by metabolic elimination.

The next morning your skin looks wonderful and recuperated when you support it with the right night care.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care supports this nightly regeneration process with aqueous, revitalising night care products that respect the skin’s natural rhythm. These are based on medicinal botanical extracts, which offer the skin important stimuli. Back in the 1930s, Elisabeth Sigmund discovered that night creams actually hinder the skin’s vital night-time processes. When she worked with us in the 1960s, this concept was fundamental in the development of our night care.

But what exactly does it mean when we say that Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products give the skin stimuli? Our products do not only provide care for the surface of your skin, but also activate and support the skin’s own regenerative abilities. You could think of our products as a ‘role model’ for your skin, not taking over the work, but to guide and support our skin to regenerate itself.

Night Care:

Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner and Night Serum or Regenerating Serum each evening, or Renewing Night Conditioner 28-30 night treatment, particularly recommended in the most transitional seasons of autumn and spring or Sensitive Care Conditioner or morning and evening or Regenerating Intensive Treatment, Menopausal Intensive Treatment, Soothing Intensive Treatment, Clarifying Intensive Treatment <25 years or Clarifying Intensive Treatment 25+ years.

Interview with Elena Dowedeit, Group Leader of Skin Care Product Management, explains how aqueous, stimuli-packed night care with medicinal plant extracts should be used for healthy skin.

Elena, many customers do not think that Dr. Hauschka offers night care. How would you respond to this as an expert?

We have a comprehensive night care range that follows a completely unique concept. We opt for aqueous, stimulating formulations, which assist the skin with its nightly regeneration processes. We have been building on this concept since 1967 when Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was first launched.

What are the skin’s regeneration processes you mentioned?

At night, when we rest, our skin becomes active. For example, many metabolic processes take place. The skin cleanses and renews itself during the night. It excretes excess substances and forms new ones. We want to support it during this phase with our night care products.

You just said that you use aqueous formulations for these night care products. Why don’t you offer oil-based night creams?

Oily preparations protect the skin and are for the daytime. At night, the skin no longer focuses on providing protection. Oil-free, aqueous products are better at this time. They act as a role model for the skin, demonstrating a vibrant, opening and dynamic metabolic process. This works best with the elixir of life: water. At the same time, they do not impede the active excretion of substances.

How exactly does oil-free night care support the skin over night?

At the heart of the finely balanced compositions are rhythmic medicinal plant extracts and carefully selected minerals. When developing the products, we drew on our wealth of medical and pharmaceutical expertise. These formulations are our answer to the skin’s needs at night. The ingredients stimulate the skin’s natural abilities and regulate its fine metabolic processes. With the aid of this support, the skin can regulate its functions.

You mentioned an entire night care range. What does that consist of?

We differentiate between basic night care products for nightly use and products that are used in 28-day treatment phases. The basic night care regime comprises the three steps: cleanse, tone and revitalise. The core night care product for treatment phases is Renewing Night Conditioner, an ampoule treatment which revitalises the skin.

Why do the treatment phases last 28 days?

It takes 28 days for all of the cells in human skin to completely renew. Renewing Night Conditioner supports this 28-day rhythm with the aid of medicinal plants such as rose, marsh mallow and anthyllis, supplemented by silver and madonna lily – all rhythmically prepared with great vitality. It teaches the skin how to return to a balanced skin condition. Depending on the skin’s needs, we also offer intensive treatments, for example for mature skin, youthful, blemished skin or hypersensitive skin.

How did you come up with the idea of aqueous night care?

We have Elisabeth Sigmund to thank for this concept. The Viennese esthetician and researcher developed her own natural cosmetics range in the 1950s. In the 1960s, she played a major role in the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. In Vienna, she studied medicine for two semesters and spent a long time looking at the physiology of the skin. While doing so, she theorised about the benefits of oil-free night care for the skin . Her own tests confirmed her statement. Incidentally, there is a lovely quote from Elisabeth Sigmund from the period in the 1960s when Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was first being developed. At the time, she was living in Sweden and involved in the development work from afar. When Dr. Hauschka Renewing Night Conditioner (then known as Rhythmic Night Conditioner) was developed, she wrote: “I have now performed a full skin treatment on myself with such success that my husband recently asked: ‘Why have you recently been looking so young?’ No further comment is needed.”

The Nightly skin care regime in three steps

Rhythm brings life and creates beautiful skin

To remain strong and healthy, the skin needs to rhythmically alternate between natural polarities. A comparison of the times of day with the seasons helps to better understand the rhythmic processes in the skin. Apple blossom and apple fruit in Dr. Hauschka Night Serum support these processes with their spring and autumn powers.

Limited Edition promotion – Cleansing and Toning products with YOUR GIFT, FREE Night Serum mini.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality
  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Dr. Hauschka 9 Skin Facts

Skin Fact 1

Correct Cleansing – first step towards a healthy skin

Correct cleansing with products that respect your skin’s acid mantle and hydrolipid layer provides the basis for healthy skin care. Our gentle cleansing rituals also support our no night cream philosophy.

Your skin has different cleansing needs at different times of the day. Deep cleansing in the morning with Cleansing Cream using our ‘press & roll’ technique after the night time elimination activity of your skin.

Evening cleanse with Soothing Cleansing Milk to remove make-up, eye make-up and the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day.

Cleansing Cream application video, click play

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Skin Fact 2

Scrub the bathroom, but never your face

Never treat your skin harshly, it has to last a life time! Cleanse to remove dirt, oil and make-up without disturbing the skin’s natural line of defence, the acid mantle and the protective outer layer of skin cells. The natural 28 day skin cell cycle is treated with respect.

Soaps, lathering products, overly alkaline substances, scrubs and exfoliants (acids or gritty compounds) strip your face of this natural protection. This may result in dry, irritated or sensitive skin, more prone to sun damage, absorption of synthetic chemical products and premature signs of ageing. The skin’s acid mantle your protection against bacteria.

Dr.Hauschka Cleansing Cream gently removes dirt and oil while protecting the skin’s natural defences and stimulating healthy lymph flow. It’s not a scrub, it’s a ‘press & roll’. This encourages and supports healthy skin, and a clear, radiant complexion.

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Skin Fact 3

Squeaky clean is for dishes, not your skin

That ‘squeaky clean’ feeling comes from lathering and/or overly alkaline cleansing products and that’s your sign that the acid mantle and outer layer (stratum corneum) of your skin has been disrupted.

If you have oily/blemished skin, those harsh cleansing products that make your skin ‘squeaky clean’ just make your skin produce more oil to compensate.

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Skin Fact 4

Lose the night cream, your skin will thank you for it

  • During the night your skin is regenerating, metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
  • The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
  • How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
  • There are no environmental factors that you need to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
  • A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance, impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
  • Sleeping isn’t ageing!

Dr.Hauschka’s gentle cleansing rituals support our no night cream policy. Our night treatment preparations, Night Serum or Regenerating Serum, embrace regenerating plant extracts held in an aqueous solution. These allow the skin to breathe freely and overcome any weaknesses and imbalances.

At first our ‘no night cream’ guiding principle seems unusual, however within one month (a skin cell cycle) you’ll need no more convincing! 

New customers support your skin in the transition off conventional night cream use with Renewing Night Conditioner, one ampoule a night for a month, then switch to Night Serum or Regenerating Serum.

The Power of Night Video - click play
Evening Ritual, click play

Skin Fact 5

Not all moisturisers or their application are created equal

All Dr.Hauschka Moisturisers are highly concentrated preparations, for instance our Rose Day Cream contains 30 organic or biodynamic roses and the texture is rich, encompassing protective beeswax and precious rose wax. They’re all formulated to be applied as follows:

  1. Place around a large pea size of moisturiser in the palms of your hands. (2-4 drops if you are using Clarifying Day Oil).
  2. Warm the product between the entire palms of the hands to melt the natural waxes.
  3. Apply to skin that’s still moist from Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner that you mist directly onto your skin, to hydrate, ensure even and economical application and aid absorption of moisturiser.
  4. Apply to the skin with the entirety of your palms, using both hands from the centre, outwards in the direction of lymph flow.

Skin Fact 6

‘Like treats like’, homeopathic guideline

WALA, the company that creates Dr.Hauschka Skin Care also produces around 1,000 anthroposophical homeopathic medicines. This background gives us superb medicinal, pharmaceutical and botanical knowledge. We also incorporate some homeopathic guidelines in the way we treat the skin.

Though it might seem counterintuitive to apply oil to an oily skin, it’s actually the most effective solution. The skin knows whether it’s sufficiently protected, producing more of its own oil when skin is dry and less when it’s balanced.  Drying, soap-based and overly alkaline products and conventional acne treatments may rob the skin of its defences, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria and triggering the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.

Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying Day Oil provides a light, rapidly absorbed layer of pure plant oils and botanical extracts, including rich in provitamin A carrot root extract, that calm the skin’s oil production while helping to treat and soothe blemishes and irritation.

On the other end of the spectrum we have Revitalising Day Cream 30ml and 100ml, a highly activating daily moisturiser that provides hydrating protection in a very light, rapidly absorbed formula.

If we treat dry skin with rich, heavy creams or oils we effectively trick our skin into believing it’s been producing too much of its own oil. In response it will decrease production, perpetuating the dry skin cycle. Revitalising Day Cream is light enough that the sebaceous glands are called upon to gently increase oil production.

Over time, the skin will regain its balance and be better able to fend for itself.  It’s all about using products to strengthen and support your skin’s own functions.

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Skin Fact 7

Chemical cocktail or nature’s nip

Unknowingly most woman carry with them daily up to 500 synthetic chemicals. These pollutants are self inflicted through the use of conventional face, body, hair and make-up products. A non natural moisturiser may contain around 30 synthetic chemicals and a perfume up to 400!

WALA Homeopathic Medicines began in 1935 and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967 giving us a wealth of knowledge and experience. We also draw upon centuries of herbal healing wisdom, combining traditional approaches with modern pharmaceutical processes to create gentle yet effective natural skin care products that work with the skin holistically.

Our skin has an absolutely amazing ability to balance and heal itself, responding constantly to changes in our internal and external environments. It needs a little help along the way, like protection from exposure to harsh elements, or support when it gets thrown out of balance by lifestyle, hormones, transition, illness or stress.

The key is to encourage and strengthen your skin’s own natural self-healing processes. Rather than suppressing symptoms or interfering with the skin’s natural rhythms, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care respects your skin, supporting its return to balanced health through the highest quality ingredients from nature that your skin can understand.

The result, a typical Dr. Hauschka radiant and healthy skin!

Hand harvested Anthyllis, one of our key ingredients to assist all skin conditions to a state of balance.
Hand harvested Anthyllis, one of our key ingredients to assist all skin conditions to a state of balance.

Skin Fact 8

Being different allows us to stand out from the crowd

There is more to efficacy than high quality raw materials

Our formulations depend of course on the highest quality of the natural raw materials, but also on the care with which they were grown and processed. By using biodynamic (Demeter) agriculture, we put more into the soil than we take out and with our preference to hand harvest at dawn, we are choosing medicinal plants with the highest vitality.  It’s this vitality we wish to pass on to your skin.

Complex compositions that are made up of more than just the sum of their components.

Only when our ingredients are supported by our unique rhythmic manufacturing procedure do our products take on their distinctive quality that enables them to stimulate the skin’s own natural activity and re-establish its natural balance.

The finest of differences made transparent

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 range is certified with the international quality seal for natural and organic skin care ‘NATRUE’. The NATRUE standard distinguishes between natural skin care, natural skin care with at least 70% organic ingredients and natural skin care with at least 95% organic ingredients.

The term ‘natural skin care’ alone is neither legally protected nor defined on a binding basis. At www.natrue.org you can find the certifications given to the individual Dr.Hauschka skin care products, this is your guarantee.

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Skin Fact 9

Compressing & Hydrating supports Correct Cleansing

“Using a Compress brings life to the skin, you’ll notice the difference with your cleansing, it leaves you with a clearer, softer skin”
Fay, Store Manager at Discovery Centre Rozelle

We recommend you ‘Compress & Hydrate’ prior to cleansing. This relaxes the skin and softens the walls of the pores to achieve a deeper cleanse. You will also use your cleansing products more economically.

Organic Cotton Compress
Our Compress is particularly large because the many layers folded help to retain warmth.

  1. Fold the compress in half and half again
  2. Both folds to be length wise, not square
  3. Place folded Compress into the basin with Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence infused water
  4. Squeeze excess water from the Compress
  5. Place firstly under the chin, then wrap the face and press
  6. Repeat twice, now your skin is prepared for using Cleansing Cream or Soothing Cleansing Milk 

Tip: Always complete cleanse with a compress or splash of cold water, this activates a minute muscle beside the hair follicle, contracting it, ensuring any last remaining dirt is removed. This simple technique has your skin feeling wonderfully soft, without the need for harsh exfoliation.

Click here for > ‘Compress & Hydrate’ + ‘Press & Roll’ Video

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. We’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. Our product 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, firm, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality
  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEGs
  • We do not test on animals
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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How do you know if you have cool or warm toned skin?

Why is it important to know if you have warm or cool toned skin?

Because it makes it so much easier to choose fabric colours that look the most flattering on you, and choose shades of Lip Colour to enhance.

  • Cool toned skin (pink, red or blue undertones)
  • Warm toned skin (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
  • Neutral toned skin (a mix of warm and cool undertones, however, most neutrals do tend to sway to either warm or cool)
The jewellery test

If gold jewellery is more flattering on you, then you have a warm toned skin.
If silver jewellery is more flattering on you, then you have a cool toned skin.

The vein test

If your veins appear greenish, then you have a warm toned skin.
If your veins appear blueish, then you have a cool toned skin.

The fabric test

If you look best in browns and off-white, then you’re warm toned.
If you look best in black and white, then you’re cool toned.

Dr. Hauschka NEW Make-up features six colour worlds that have been created for our Lip Shades: rose, pink, berry, red, apricot, and brown.

Within each colour world, we offer a light, medium and dark Lipstick, six Sheer Lipsticks and six Lip Glosses to align with our six lip colour worlds.

Lip Liner:
01 – rose
02 – pink and/or red
03 – berry
04 – brown
05 – apricot

Lipstick:
01 to 03 – rose
04 to 06 – pink
07 to 09 – berry
10 to 12 – red
13 to 15 – brown
16 to 18 – apricot

Sheer Lipstick and Lip Gloss:
01 – rose
02 – pink
03 – berry
04 – red
05 – brown
06 – apricot

Colours that are most flattering for warm toned skin

As a guide for Dr. Hauschka Lip Colours, choose from colour worlds.
red Lipsticks 10 and 11
brown Lipsticks 13, 14, 15
apricot Lipsticks 16, 17, 18

For example you would choose a yellow-based red lipstick, rather than a blue-based red lipstick.

Dr. Hauschka Lipstick 11 amaryllis is a yellow-based red

warm-toned-colours

Colours that are most flattering for cool toned skin

As a guide for Dr. Hauschka Lip Colours, choose from colour worlds.
rose Lipsticks 01, 02, 03
pink Lipsticks 04, 05, 06
berry Lipsticks 07, 08, 09

And red Lipstick 12 because it’s best to choose a blue-based red lipstick, rather than a yellow-based red lipstick.

Dr. Hauschka Lipstick 12 paeony is a blue-based red

cool-tone-colours

Dr. Hauschka Quality
  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Authentic Natural and Organic Skin Care and Make-up

Celebrating Dr. Hauschka 50th ANNIVERSARY, be in for a chance to WIN 1 of 5 Night Serums!

After reading the article, just click on the link below, answer the simple questions, then ENTER and SUBMIT and you’re in with a chance to WIN!

100% Natural Skin Care and Make-up

Face care, body care and make-up, all Dr. Hauschka products are 100% certified natural. Wherever possible, our ingredients are sourced from organic certified or biodynamic cultivation. For Dr. Rudolf Hauschka, founder of our company WALA, this was a matter of course. Even back in the 1960s when he and Cosmetologist and Natural Botanical Researcher, Elisabeth Sigmund developed our first skin care range, the formulations were based on natural, organic and biodynamic ingredients. Ingredients to support a healthy, balanced, toned and radiant skin.

Sustainable. Conscious. Cruelty free. Aromatic natural and organic essential oils, free from synthetic chemical fragrance. Free from parabens, sulphates, PEGs, phthalates, silicones, petrochemicals, synthetic chemical colours and preservatives.

Always read product ingredients. Some ingredients to avoid:

  • parabens – controversial, read more here.
  • triclosan – antibacterial agent, toxic to aquatic life, read more here.
  • microbeads – read more here.
  • phenoxyethanol – preservative, irritant for some.
  • methylisothiazolinone (MI), a preservative that may cause swelling, rashes and eczema. It’s often found in cleansing wipes, incredibly it’s also found in baby wipes. Read more here.
Dr. Hauschka/WALA biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

All Dr. Hauschka products are certified natural and organic by NATRUE.

What exactly is NATRUE?

NATRUE is an international quality label for natural and organic skin care and make-up. It gives customer transparency to identify AUTHENTIC natural and organic products as the term ‘natural’ and/or ‘organic’ alone is neither protected nor precisely defined by law. Only products that meet very strict criteria are allowed to display the NATRUE label.

Three certification levels:

1. Natural skin care and make-up
The strict rules for ingredients and their processing apply. The 100% natural ingredients do not necessarily have to come from certified organic agriculture.

2. Natural skin care and make-up with an organic portion
The product is 100% natural and > 70% of the ingredients come from certified organic agriculture and/or controlled wild collection.

3. Organic skin care and make-up
The product is 100% natural and > 95% of the ingredients come from certified organic agriculture and/or controlled wild collection.

To find out the certification level of your favourite Dr. Hauschka product(s) click here, then go to THE PRODUCT SEARCH and type in the name of the product(s) you wish to check, e.g. Rose Day Cream, which you’ll find is certified ‘Organic Skin Care’ i.e. the product is 100% natural and > 95% of the ingredients come from certified organic (or biodynamic) agriculture and/or controlled wild harvesting.

This percentage-based differentiation is important as, even today, it is still not possible to fully obtain all raw materials in organic quality. In some cases, this has led to us instigating the cultivation of organic raw ingredients with our Cultivation Partnerships. Rose essential oil, mango butter, castor oil and shea butter are just a few examples.

All Dr. Hauschka products are certified according to the very high standards of NATRUE, to provide peace of mind. We’re proud to be producing natural skin care since 1967 and do so out of conviction and a responsibility to nature and your wellbeing. What could be more sustainable and effective than natural ingredients from certified organic or biodynamic cultivation obtained under fair trade conditions.

The NATRUE label is your guarantee products are 100% natural

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

In 2017 we’re celebrating Dr. Hauschka, 50 years of making a difference. Dr. Hauschka has been a pioneer of natural and organic skin care since 1967.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are highly concentrated formulations. Each and every ingredient in our compositions is chosen with 50 years medicinal, botanical, pharmaceutical and skin care knowledge. Every ingredient in our formulations is there for the benefit of your skin, not the formula itself, we do not use fillers.

Our ingredients are chosen with intention and sourced at the peak of their vibrancy and potency to deliver maximum efficacy. Positive results for a radiant, healthy and balanced skin.

Our preference is biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested ingredients.

Parent company, WALA, produces Anthroposophical homeopathic remedies and has been doing so since 1935.

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To Cleanse Or To Double Cleanse?

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Soothing Cleansing Milk emulsifies your make-up, enabling removal along with the dirt your skin picks up during the day.

  • First cleanse to remove make-up, dirt, dust and pollution.
  • Second cleanse for your skin, in preparation for night time regeneration and elimination.

Here’s how:

  1. Basin of warm water preferably with a little Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence.
  2. Immerse your organic cotton cloth or your cleansing sponge into the water and squeeze.
  3. Moisten your skin, you’ll find you use use Soothing Cleansing Milk more economically on moist skin.
  4. Wipe away your make-up on one side of the cloth or cleansing sponge.
  5. Now cleanse your skin a second time with Soothing Cleansing Milk and remove with the clean side of your cloth or cleansing sponge. Alternatively you may prefer your second cleanse to be a deeper cleanse with Cleansing Cream, remove by rinsing.

TIP: Always, always complete your cleanse with a couple of splashes of cold water to contract the tiny muscle beside hair follicles to help remove any last remaining dirt and it makes your skin feel soft.

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Click play for double cleanse evening skin ritual

Morning Cleanse

After the night time elimination activity of the skin, our recommended morning cleanser, Cleansing Cream, with finely ground almond meal, which is particularly good at attracting and removing dirt and the night time elimination from your skin. It’s also used in the ‘press and roll’ technique, so it’s ever so gentle. No double cleanse required.

FAQs

Do I really need a cleanser to clean my skin or will just water do the trick?

Yes you do need an effective, gentle cleanser that removes make-up, dirt, dust and pollution and your skin. However, it must also respect the pH of your skin.

Is there a difference between a cleanser and a face wash?

Face wash is a lathering product, and lathering products are too harsh/alkaline for your skin. It’s really important to respect the hydrolipid layer of your skin, your skin will feel comfortable after cleansing, not tight.

Why don’t your cleansers say which skin condition they’re for?

Because both Soothing Cleansing Milk and Cleansing Cream are effective, gentle cleansing products for any and all skin conditions. They respect the hydrolipid layer and your skin’s pH, because the natural acidity of your skin is your protection against bacteria.

Do I need a cleansing cloth or sponge?

Yes, because emulsified make-up needs wiping away. Ideally wash them daily in laundry liquid that won’t leave behind chemical residues or optical brighteners.

Isn’t Cleansing Cream a scrub?

No, it’s mixed with a little water to form and emulsion, then you ‘press and roll’ it into your skin. This causes a suction effect and almond meal is particularly good at binding dirt. Think how you would caress a child’s face, treat your face exactly the same, with the utmost gentle touch, it has to last you a lifetime! Check out The Truth About Exfoliating.

Sometimes I’m in a hurry, so I use wipes, is that ok?

No, see Why You Need To Avoid Using Wipes

Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

NATRUE

In 2017 we’re celebrating Dr. Hauschka, 50 years of making a difference. Dr. Hauschka has been the pioneer of natural and organic skin care since 1967.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are highly concentrated formulations. Each and every ingredient in our compositions are chosen with 50 years medicinal, botanical, pharmaceutical and skin care knowledge.

Our ingredients are chosen with intention and sourced at the peak of their vibrancy and potency to deliver maximum efficacy. Positive results for a radiant, healthy and balanced skin.

Each and every ingredient is in our formulations for the benefit of your skin, not the formula itself, we do not use fillers.

Our preference is biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested ingredients.

NATRUE certified natural and organic skin care and make-up. Sustainable. Conscious. Cruelty free. Aromatic natural and organic essential oils, free from synthetic chemical fragrance. Free from parabens, sulphates, PEGs, phthalates, silicones, petrochemicals, synthetic chemical colours and preservatives.

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50 years of making a difference

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Why is compressing and hydrating prior to cleansing recommended?

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

We recommend Compress & Hydration prior to cleansing:

  1. Pour a little Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence into your basin.
  2. Disperse with hand hot water.
  3. Immerse your Compress Cloth, squeeze out excess water and press onto your skin, repeat twice.
  4. Remember to take a moment to deeply smell the aromatics from whichever Bath Essence you’re using.
  5. Cleanse.
  6. Always complete cleansing process with a cool compress or cold water splashes.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Why Compress & Hydrate?

  1. Aromatic benefits.
  2. Compress & Hydration softens pores to achieve a much deeper cleanse.
  3. It also ensures you’re using your cleansing products much more economically.
  4. When you complete your cleanse with a cold compress or splashes of cold water you activate the minute muscle that sits alongside the hair follicle which contracts, helping to remove any last remaining dirt. This simple technique leaves your skin feeling ever so soft without harsh exfoliation.
  5. A daily moment of ‘mindfulness’ during your morning and evening skin rituals.
  6. Your skin will reward you with the extra effort that pore-deep cleansing and truly clean skin brings.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Our Morning and Evening Cleansers
Two different cleansers for different cleansing needs at each end of the day.

Cleansing Cream DE-GB; Gesichtswaschcreme DE-GB

Cleansing Cream
50ml
Refines, revitalises and deeply cleanses
For all skin conditions

  • Gentle and effective morning cleanser for deep cleansing after the skin’s night time eliminating activities
  • Respects the pH (acid mantle) and hydrolipid layer of skin while cleansing
  • Almond meal binds particularly well to dirt and impurities
  • Gently exfoliates only those skin cells that are ready to slough off
  • Fortifies and refreshes
  • Respects the skin’s natural protective function for healthy, radiant skin
  • Retains the skin’s natural hydro-lipid barrier
  • Prepares skin for Toner and Moisturiser
  • Minimises the appearance of pores
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and silky
  • Highest quality medicinal plant extracts of Calendula, Chamomile and Anthyllis and creamy Sweet Almond Meal

Calendula: healing
Chamomile: soothing and calming
Anthyllis: brings balance to all skin conditions
Almond Meal: binds particularly well to dirt and impurities

Use: Compress and hydrate skin. Mix 1-2 cm of Cleansing Cream with warm water in the palms to form a smooth, creamy paste. Press mixture gently onto skin then roll hands up and away in a wave-like motion – ‘press and roll’. Start in the centre of the forehead then slowly work outward and down. Avoid the eye area. Repeat the press and roll action 2-3 times. Do not rub or scrub. Rinse with warm water then finish with a splash of cool, fresh water to close pores.

Note: You may wish to do a secondary cleanse in the evening with Cleansing Cream as well.

Cleansing Cream

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Soothing Cleansing Milk
145ml
Evening cleanser, make-up and eye make-up remover
For all skin conditions

  • Gentle and effective evening cleanser for removing the dirt and dust skin picks up during the day, make-up remover and eye make-up remover
  • Light emulsion that respects the pH (acid mantle) and hydrolipid layer of skin while cleansing
  • Supports our no night cream stance because skin feels comfortable after cleansing
  • Prepares the skin for its night time elimination activity
  • Harmonising and protective properties to calm sensitivity and helps diminish the appearance of redness
  • Maintains skin’s natural moisture balance
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and silky
  • Includes one of our key ingredients, Anthyllis, which brings balance to all skin conditions
  • Soothing Jojoba, Almond and Apricot Kernel oils cleanse and nourish
  • Our specially prepared fermented grain extracts of Oats, Rye and Wheat

Use: Compress and Hydrate skin, apply Cleanser evenly, remove with Dr. Hauschka warm, moist Compress Cloth. To remove eye make-up, apply to a dampened cotton wool pad and use gentle sweeping movements from the inside to the outside corner of your closed eye.

Soothing Cleansing Milk

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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The Power of Nature – Our Biodynamic Medicinal Herb Garden

When harvesting medicinal plants for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, there is no place we prefer to do than in our medicinal herb garden. This is located directly behind our oldest company building in Eckwälden, an agricultural town in southern Germany at the foot of the Swabian Jura Mountains. The local farmers sold a plot of land with heavy clay soil to our company founder Dr. Rudolf Hauschka back in the 1950s. When he started to use it to create a medicinal herb garden, the farmers shook their heads in disbelief. Some may even have had a quiet chuckle. This made them all the more astounded when they saw the oasis that had grown from the clay after several years of work.

The huge range of species grown in the garden is certainly unique. More than 150 different plant species flourish here, to be used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and WALA Medicines products. The 4.5 hectare plot is continuously tended by six gardeners using biodynamic methods. Over time, these have made the soil fertile and crumbly. Compost created in the garden itself improves the soil’s structure and promotes the healthy growth of the plants. Their leaves, petals, fruits and even roots are manually harvested all year round. Even the seeds that develop into seedlings for 25,000 young plants in spring come from the garden. Our medicinal herb garden is as closed a cycle as possible and also provides a habitat for wild plants and animals. It really is a true oasis.

Interview with Bernhard Ehrmann – head of the Dr. Hauschka/WALA medicinal herb garden

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Click play for the video interview with Bernhard Ehrmann, head of Dr. Hauschka/WALA medicinal herb garden.

What does quality mean to you in your everyday work in the Dr. Hauschka/WALA biodynamic medicinal herb garden?

When conducting our gardening work, we believe it is important to consciously monitor the processes and think in cycles. How do the soil, plants, animals and people work together in the garden? Our garden has an array of different habitats: shady, wooded areas and sunny spots, a stream, a pond, windy corners and damp areas. How can we prepare the garden in such a way that plants can become medicinal plants in it?

What turns a plant into a medicinal plant?

If you imagine a plant, your mind creates a picture of a balanced form with roots, a stem, leaves and petals. A medicinal plant differs from this ideal. For example, it may have either extremely long or very short roots. It may flower at an unusual time of year or grow the best in extreme climate conditions. In our garden, we allow medicinal plants to express their natural being as they grow.

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That almost sounds like you regard the medicinal plants as equal, highly individual partners.

Yes, you could definitely see it that way. We are each even responsible for looking after particular medicinal plant species and take great care to meet their needs.

 What does this plant care involve?

You could say that the people who tend the plants act as spokespeople for them. For example, our gardener Tine Janssen looks after all the wood sorrel. She monitors it very closely and makes sure that it can grow in the best place in the garden for it. Wood sorrel is a forest plant that we enable to grow under trees. Tine can tell if wood sorrel is not as healthy as it should be and needs some extra special care. As the optimum harvest time approaches, she monitors the wood sorrel daily – together with her colleagues in the plant laboratory who will later process it. Together, they choose the precise day on which to harvest the plants. Marigold petals for medicines can even only be picked by plant laboratory staff as these have very specific requirements with regard to the condition of the flowers: they must have already opened but not yet be in full bloom. Fortunately, the plant laboratory is located right next to our garden. The freshly harvested medicinal plants can therefore be taken straight there for processing.

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The WALA medicinal herb garden uses biodynamic cultivation methods. What makes these special?

Wherever possible, the biodynamic garden represents a closed cycle. We collect the seeds and use them to grow the next generation of plants. We regard the soil as a living organism. Plant waste from the garden and the production processes is put on our compost heaps. You could refer to these as the heart of the garden. Not only do they provide fertiliser for the beds but mature compost also helps to regulate and mediate the processes in the garden.

Plant ingredients with the most vitality, the best for your skin, grow from the very best soil.
Biodynamic gardens: Plant ingredients with the most vitality, the best quality for your skin, grow from the very best soil.

Compost regulates and mediates? What do you mean?

On the one hand quite simply that plant materials from all times of year come together on the compost heap. The diversity offered by the garden is brought together in a single place. This is like taking a long, deep breath in. We then give the compost plenty of time to mature. For two and a half years we leave the plant materials to decompose, to experience the qualities of the different seasons and form something new. This is an intensely harmonious process. After all, harmony means bringing together contrasting elements to form a uniform whole. We could speed up the process by frequently turning the compost. But that is not something we want to do.

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Compost is the unifying heart of the garden. Plant material from all times of the year come together in the compost, decompose and mature.

Why is it so important to allow the compost to mature for so long?

Only with time and our compost management can the decomposition process take place in an orderly, harmonious manner. We support the process through the addition of medicinal herbs and by turning the compost just twice a year. As we turn the compost, we notice its smell, colour and consistency. At some point, we will see that it has fully matured. Mature compost is a joyful thing. It is the earth’s gold.

And this is when the long exhale begins?

Yes, exactly. We spread the compost on the beds at different times. Each plant species is given just the right amount of compost for its needs, under the watchful eye of its designated gardener. Once administered, the compost acts like an invigorating mediator. It transfers the harmony of its decomposition process to the plants. Plant growth becomes more regulated as though the compost teaches the plants to find the right balance. The plants become more resistant to pests and turn into powerful medicinal plants for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and WALA Medicines.

 

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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How do you know what’s really authentic natural and organic skin care?

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Natural Organic Skin Care

The difference made transparent

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?

We don’t think ‘natural enough’ is good enough for your skin. Only the very best, highest quality, natural and organic ingredients for long term results and healthy, radiant skin.

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Our entire skin care and make-up range is certified with the international quality seal for natural and organic skin care and make-up – NATRUE.

The NATRUE standard distinguishes between:

  1. Natural skin care and make-up
  2. Natural skin care and make-up with at least 70% organic ingredients
  3. Natural skin care and make-up with at least 95% organic ingredients

This makes it interesting as the term ‘natural skin care and make-up’ alone is neither legally protected nor defined on a binding basis. At www.natrue.org, you can find the certifications given to the individual Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Make-up products for complete consumer transparency.

Go to Brand Directory Dr. Hauschka and click on the product image below. For example when you check Rose Day Cream you’ll see it’s certified to Level 3 – Natural skin care with at least 95% organic (and/or biodynamic) ingredients.

Please note: We have a preference for biodynamic ingredients, these are classed as ‘organic’ ingredients for certification. 

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Look for the NATRUE label for your consumer guarantee that products are genuinely natural and organic. NATRUE certifies the entire product formula, not just one or two ingredients in that formula. Furthermore the entire formula is completely audited from supplier to finished product once every two years. Wherever available, we procure our ingredients from biodynamic or controlled organic farming. If an organic version of a raw material is not yet available on the global market, we initiate organic cultivation partnership projects.

You can count on our products being free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives, mineral oils, parabens, silicones and PEGs.

We do not, or ever have, or outsourced, any testing on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers.

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Hand harvested Anthyllis (Woundwort), one of our key ingredients to bring all skin conditions to a state of balance. In our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens.
Hand harvested Anthyllis (Woundwort), one of our key ingredients to bring all skin conditions to a state of balance. In our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens.

There is more to quality than good raw materials

Our formulas depend on the high quality of the natural raw materials – but also on the care with which they were grown and processed. By using biodynamic agriculture, we actually put more into the soil than we take out. We believe biodynamically grown plants are the highest in vitality and it’s this vitality we wish to transform for your skin.

In Dr.Hauschka skin care and make-up, 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 unique rhythmic manufacturing procedure do our products take on their very special quality that enables them to stimulate your skin’s natural activity.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Why you need to avoid cleansing wipes

We know life’s busy, and sometimes at the end of a hectic day it could be tempting to evening cleanse in a jiffy with a face wipe. Cleansing wipes do seem like a convenient, quick and cheap solution.

However, facial wipes may contain some potent chemicals simply due to the nature of the product…

  • Moist cloths packed on top of each other are a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • They sit on shelves for up to 18 months on a warm shop floor, so require high levels of preservatives and antibacterial agents to keep them stable.
  • These chemicals are then rubbed vigorously into the skin, particularly concerning around the delicate eye and lip area.
  • As well as irritation and sensitivities for some, they are also drying, and dryness causes premature wrinkles.

Always read product ingredients. Particular ingredients to avoid:

  • Parabens – controversial, read more here…
  • Triclosan – antibacterial agent, read more here…
  • Phenoxyethanol – preservative, irritant for some
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Dio – potent anti-microbial agent, releases very low levels of formaldehyde
  • Methylisothiazolinone, or MI, a preservative that may cause swelling, rashes and blistering, it’s often found in cleansing wipes, incredibly it’s also found in baby wipes

You’re not going to achieve a deep or thorough cleanse with a wipe and without rinsing you’re leaving residual chemicals on your skin during the important night time regenerating and elimination activities of the skin.

Always complete Compressing & Hydrating your skin with a cool splash or compress
Always complete Compressing & Hydrating your skin with a cool splash or compress

A cleansing regime with product ingredients that care for your skin is the first step towards healthy, balanced and radiant skin!

We promote Compressing & Hydrating your skin prior to cleansing which may take a little more time, however the benefits are:

  • Your skin is softened in preparation for a much deeper cleanse
  • You will use your Soothing Cleansing Milk and/or Cleansing Cream much more economically
  • Premium natural and organic ingredients for your skin
  • Cleansing products that respect the pH and hydrolipid layer of the skin
  • Aromatic benefits with Bath Essence use in your basin water

Tip: Always complete with a cool water splash or compress which will activate a minute muscle beside the hair follicle and this will remove any remaining dirt and leave your skin feeling wonderfully soft without harsh exfoliation

See our Organic Cotton Compress

If you really are in too much of a hurry for Compressing & Hydrating and simply must have a quicker option remove make-up and eye make-up and the dust and dirt your skin picks up during the day with Soothing Cleansing Milk. Remove cleanser with Cleansing Sponge, and cool splash.

Always invest a little time to achieve a healthy, radiant skin.

Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Sponge comes dehydrated and flat, just add water and it swells.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Sponge comes dehydrated and flat, just add water and it swells.
  • Ingredients matter and quality ingredients matter most
  • Your skin is semi-permeable and absorbs much
  • Remember read your products ingredients list rather than just labels

Every ingredient in the formulations of Dr. Hauschka skin care products are there for the benefit of your skin, not for the formula itself. There are no fillers and no synthetic chemical ingredients, this is why our products are so concentrated and that’s why they also represent value for money.

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One of our key ingredients, Anthyllis (aka Woundwort) found in Soothing Cleansing Milk

Let’s look at Soothing Cleansing Milk ingredients:

Alcohol – food grade ethyl alcohol (ethanol) from organically grown wheat that is fermented and distilled and is gluten-free. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents. Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, helping ingredients penetrate the skin. Alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition.

Anthyllis – one of our key ingredients, extensively studied by Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka. Anthyllis, (aka Woundwort) guides all skin conditions to a state of strength and balance.

Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) – A very stable wax derived from the fruit (seeds) of jojoba. The wax which is liquid at room temperature contains beta carotene and tocopherols. Jojoba oil is highly valued for its moisturising and emollient (skin softening) effects. It protects the skin from dryness with a breathable, non-sticky, non-greasy film. It also smoothes and fortifies the epidermis.

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) – Cold pressed from the edible nut kernels (fruit) of the almond tree, sweet almond oil is an excellent skin-softening (emollient) oil historically used for centuries in skin care. It is mild, lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin as well as rich in unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid. It has a calming and soothing effect especially for dry, itchy skin and supports the skin’s barrier function.

Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca) – obtained from the seeds of apricot fruits by cold pressing and filtration. Lightweight, nurturing, and easily absorbed by the skin, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids. Especially soothing for sensitive, dry or sunburned skin, it helps to replenish the skin and maintain a healthy moisture balance. Similar to sweet almond oil in characteristics and scent, it is excellent for making oil extractions of plants.

Glycerin – also known as glycerol, a sugar alcohol and a building block of triglyceride fats and oils. Only plant-derived glycerin is used for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. It helps preserve the skin’s moisture.

Fermented Grain Extract – Sourdough bread made of freshly milled oats, wheat and rye is subjected to a second fermentation process, in which naturally occurring lactic acid probiotics transform the bread into a highly nutritive substance. The liquid portion that results is called Brottrunk which, literally means “bread drink”– a traditional European health drink. The remaining solid portion, rich in proteins, calcium, iron, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, E, and co-enzyme A, is used to make fermented grain extract. It contains natural ferments that help protect the skin’s acid mantle and have humectant and soothing properties. Fermented grain extract also helps break down impurities while bringing moisture and vitality to the skin. Fermented grain extract contains gluten.

Cetearyl Alcohol – a fatty alcohol derived from plant oils that has a firm, white, wax-like appearance with emulsifying properties. Helps bind the components of creams, hydrate the skin and make it soft and supple.

Bentonite – A white clay of volcanic origin found primarily in the USA, it is a natural clay mineral that can store large amounts of water, allowing it to stabilise emulsions. A thickener and emulsifier, in makeup, it absorbs oil and reduces shine. It has a cooling feel since water evaporates quickly from clay.

Lecithin – from soy beans (tested and certified Non-GMO) bind the oil and water components in creams, acting as a natural emulsifier. It has a smoothing and moisturising effect on the skin. Lecithin is a component of all of the body’s cell membranes, helping to form and stabilise them.

Xanthan Gum – produced from sugar syrup by a natural yeast-like microorganism, Xanthomonas campestris. A complex cardohydrate (polysaccharide) which is used as a thickening agent. It covers the skin as a soft, moist gel which feels pleasant on the skin.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – protein that has been broken down by hydrolysis into smaller proteins and amino acids. It adds a slippery feel to a product, provides emollient, skin softening actions and serves as a consistency regulator. Hydrolyzed Wheat protein contains gluten.

Fragrance – we only use natural and organic essential oils, we do not use cheap synthetic chemical perfumes, AND we have our very own in house perfumer, Jorg Zimmermann.

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Let’s Look at Cleansing Cream Ingredients:

Sweet Almond Meal – ground almonds bind particularly well with dirt and the skin’s overnight eliminations giving a deep yet gentle morning cleanse.

Calendula – An important herb, calendula is high in carotenes, flavonoids, mucilage, saponins, tannins and essential oils. The sun-like pot marigold has soothing, astringent, and regenerating properties.

Anthyllis – one of our key ingredients, extensively studied by Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka. Anthyllis, aka Woundwort brings all skin conditions to a state of strength and balance.

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.

Chamomile – benefits delicate and sensitive skin because of its skin-soothing properties. German Chamomile essential oil is a deep blue colour due to chamazulene which gives it powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and supports the body’s response to irritation by clearing heat.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum) – soothing and calming to the skin. It is often used in cosmetics for skin that is extremely sensitive or irritated. In topical use, the oil does not make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Sunflower Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil – nourishing.

Witch Hazel – leaf and bark is rich in tannins that have toning and fortifying effects on the skin.

Wheat Germ Oil – gluten free and a rich source of Vitamin E.

Fragrance – we only use natural and organic essential oils, we do not use cheap synthetic chemical perfumes.

Barbados Cherry Fruit – Acerola, also known as the West Indian cherry, is a native of the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. Its red, cherry-like fruits are rich in Vitamin C, 60 times more than citrus fruits. Extracts of acerola are used for their antioxidant, skin-protecting and fortifying properties.

Xanthan Gum – produced from sugar syrup by a natural yeast-like microorganism. A complex carbohydrate (polysaccharide) which is used as a thickening agent. It’s a moist gel which feels pleasant on the skin.

Lecithin – from soy beans (tested and certified Non-GMO) bind the oil and water components in creams, acting as a natural emulsifier. It has a smoothing and moisturising effect on the skin.

Algin – a gel forming substance obtained from seaweed. Thickens and stabilises creams and keeps the skin supple.

Ingredients you won’t find in Dr. Hauschka…

Coal tar dyes
Ethanolamines (TEA, MEA DEA)
Ethoxylated ingredients (sodium laureth sulfate – SLS)
Parabens (methylparaben, ethyl, propyl or butyl) read concerns here…
Petroleum derived synthetic chemicals
Phthalates
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)
Propylene glycol
Silicones
Synthetic chemical colours
Synthetic chemical fragrances

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Shea Butter

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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 blog tells you more about shea butter: where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Raw material profile

The shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii) is extremely rare. It is natively found in the Savannah regions of the Sudan and the source region of the Niger and the upper Nile. Its natural habitat spans a restricted, approximated 300 km wide region from Mali through Burkino Faso to Ghana, Togo and Benin. It is only here, and nowhere else in the world, that this tree flourishes.

The gnarled shea tree grows to a height of 10 to 15 metres and can easily cope with arid conditions. The lactiferous tree with its leathery leaves does not flower until it is 20 years old but then does so all year round. It reaches maximum productive capacity at the age of 50, then remains fully productive for more than 100 years.

It is the green plum-shaped fruits, which become brown when they ripen, that make the shea tree of interest to humans. From a botanical perspective, these are berries with a diameter of up to four centimetres. With a fat content of over 50 percent, the kernels, which we know as shea nuts, are a sought-after source of nutritional and skin care fat in their African homeland. The sweet fruit purée is also eaten. The shea butter obtained from the shea nuts now has its followers all over the world. This is rich in fats with long-chain saturated and simple unsaturated fatty acids as well as structure-giving unsaponifiables. These give the lipid a melting, buttery character. The vitamin E and provitamin A contained prevent shea butter from becoming rancid.

In Germany, shea butter products were first imported at the end of the 19th century. The first large-scale practical tests of its use in skin care were performed between 1930 and 1952. The chemists were very enthusiastic about the high fat content of the fruits as well as about their long shelf life without preservatives. In the mid-1960s, shea butter disappeared from the world markets and was supplanted by the cocoa butter promoted by the industrial countries. In recent years, the valuable raw material has regained significance as a structure-giving natural substance in high-quality cosmetics.

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Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil ingredients

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The ingredients in Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil have been carefully selected to envelop the skin with protective and fortifying effect. At the heart of the composition is a moor (peat) extract, produced using a proprietary rhythmic processing method. This helps people to protect themselves from within, withstand external influences and use their own strengths to form a new, protective layer. People who are sensitive to the weather and feel the cold easily regard this ability as a blessing. Olive oil additionally strengthens the skin’s barrier function. Shea butter soothes the skin and helps it retain moisture. Natural essential lavender oil unfurls a delicate fragrance, which offers the user a sense of calm and composure for the day and promotes a relaxing night’s sleep. The result: a calming body oil for those times when we yearn for a protective shell. As someone once put it so beautifully: power comes from tranquillity.

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Why is shea butter used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Shea butter leaves the skin feeling pleasantly soft and helps it to retain moisture. Through their moisture-binding properties, the unsaponifiables in shea butter, in particular, make the skin feel soft and smooth. Shea butter is furthermore well tolerated and particularly ideal for dry and allergy-prone skin.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The shea butter for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care comes from Burkino Faso. In 2001, we provided the stimulus for an organically certified project in the region around Diarabakoko in the south-west of the country. 2,200 women from 17 villages are today involved in the project and collect the shea nuts from several protected, organically certified collection areas. The collectors in the project village of Diarabakoko independently organise themselves in a producer association. This is a women-only association, as is common and natural in Africa. Shea butter has always been a women’s thing and only they are authorised to harvest the nuts. The women named their association ‘IKEUFA’ (Faire bien et meilleur de Diarabakoko), which can be roughly translated as: Do good and better things in Diarabakoko. Their earnings from the shea nut sales enable them to pay for their children’s school fees – so that all of them, rather than just the lucky few can go to school. They are also able to pay for basic essentials like food and medicines.

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After harvesting the nuts within the scope of the project, the women shell, dry and place them into interim storage in warehouses that are co-financed by WALA/Dr. Hauschka. The nearby organically certified company Agrifaso, with its head office in Bobo-Dioulasso, purchases the nuts and uses transporters to move them straight from the villages to its small processing unit. There, the shelled nuts are pressed under warm conditions and turned into shea butter. Agrifaso has 40 permanent employees, who ensure the continual production of the shea butter in consistently good quality. Finally, the raw shea butter is subjected to an organically certified refining process to reduce its highly characteristic natural odour.

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In the hot Sahara, she butter has a life preserving function: for centuries the people there have used it to protect their skin from the drying wind.

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In Africa, shea butter is used traditionally for skin care, for relief of rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, as well as for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks and baby care.

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The harvesting of the fruits is based on an ancient ritual called ‘Begu’. Harvest time begins with a festival of sacrifice. The women use the fat from the first nuts collected to make a dish of brown beans, which is eaten by the village community during the festival.

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The shea tree was given its name at the end of the 18th century by the Scottish explorer Mungo Park. He was presumably inspired by the African Bambara language in which ‘sii’ means sacred. In honour of Mungo Park the scientific name of the shea tree is Butyrospermum park (Latin: butyro = butter, spermum = seed).

A selection of Dr. Hauschka products that contain shea butter

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Combination Skin

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We understand your combination skin

Melissa Day Cream is calming to any sensitivities, while helping your skin discover its natural balance. Medicinal herb melissa (lemon balm) mediates between dry and oily areas of a Combination Skin. Oily shine is controlled and dry patches are hydrated for a balanced and radiant complexion.

Melissa Day Cream is the ideal skin care product for sensitive combination skin with a tendency toward dryness, shine and redness.

Formulation: Extracts of melissa (lemon balm), daisy, anthyllis, witch hazel and provitamin A rich carrot, soothe and balance. Tapioca starch provides an even, matte appearance.

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Combination Skin presents as:

  • Oily in areas, usually the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) with dry or normal patches
  • Fine pores and clear on cheeks, enlarged pores on T-zone
  • May experience pimples in oily T-zone area
  • May be uneven in skin tone with redness
  • May be prone to pimples in oily areas
  • Warmer months are likely to exacerbate a combination skin, whilst in the cooler months it may not be so problematic
  • Longevity of make-up may be compromised in oily T-zone

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DAILY RITUAL FOR A COMBINATION SKIN 

MORNING
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Melissa Day Cream
Coverstick for any pimples

EVENING
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Clarifying Toner
Night Serum

We highly recommend Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask followed by Revitalising Mask once a week. On another night of the week Revitalising Mask for optimum results in achieving your healthy, radiant and balanced skin.

Seasonal treatment: particularly recommended in the two most transitional seasons of the year, spring and autumn, Renewing Night Conditioner ampoule for 28 nights (skin cell cycle is approximately 28 days) instead of Toner

Alternatively to strengthen sensitivity use a Sensitive Care Conditioner ampoule instead of Toner for 28 nights.

 

Clarifying Face Care Kit to experience Dr. Hauschka natural and organic skin care daily rituals for a Combination Skin

Clarifying Face Care Kit to experience Dr. Hauschka natural and organic skin care and daily rituals for a Combination, Oily or Blemished Skin. CONTENTS TRIAL SIZES: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Clarifying Day Oil, Melissa Day Cream, Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask and Revitalising Mask.

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Melissa Day Cream use: Warm around a large pea size of product between the palms of the hands and apply to skin still moist from Toner from the centre of the face, in an outwards direction. We always work in the direction of lymph flow.

TIP for an extra Oily T-Zone:
Apply 1-2 drops Clarifying Day Oil to the T-zone area, then follow with Melissa Day Cream. And yes, that’s right, an oil for an oily skin, like treats like.

Note: Harsh cleansing products that are overly alkaline, lathering and/or harsh exfoliants that ‘strip’ the skin, just result in the skin producing more oil to compensate.

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Our incredible pimple treatment product Coverstick treats and conceals while working in a speedy manner. It contains just the right amount of Tea Tree and Manuka for their anti-bacterial properties, Tapioca Starch to absorb the ‘yucky stuff’, for want of a better word. The quicker a pimple is healed the less likelihood of lifelong scarring.

✓ Covers spots and blemishes effectively
✓ Antibacterial formula clarifies and harmonises the skin
✓ Natural waxes help to prevent dryness
✓ Anthyllis and Calendula assist the skin’s healing processes
✓ Available in 3 shades

Use:
– Use at the first signs of a pimple
– Apply to the affected area and blend into the skin
– May be applied several times per day if necessary
– Follow with Foundation and Translucent Face Powder to give a flawless finish.  Alternatively use your Clarifying Day Oil and/or Melissa Day Cream mixed with Translucent Bronzing Tint.  Translucent Bronzing Tint helps to even skin tone and gives you a healthy glow.

 

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For everything you need to know about our medicinal herb Melissa go to > Ingredient – Melissa (Lemon Balm)

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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6 Seriously Good Morning Habits

Having this morning routine, sets you up for a productive day.

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1. Hydrate first thing

Drink a glass of warm water and lemon juice to hydrate, it also helps removal of toxins and aids a clear complexion. Even better, add a little organic apple cider vinegar.

2. Morning exercise ritual

Going for a walk or run out in the fresh morning air, or going to the gym, before work is essential. It clears your mind in readiness to take on the day and any challenges it might bring.

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3. Skin care ritual

This 3 step skin care ritual, encompassing cleansing, toning and moisturising, to nourish your skin with natural and organic ingredients, loaded with antioxidants and to protect your skin for the day ahead.

a) Deep cleanse after the night time elimination activity of your skin with almond based Cleansing Cream.
b) Close eyes and mist Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner and press into your skin with the palms of your hands. Dr. Hauschka Toners aid absorption and give even and economical absorption of your Moisturiser.
c) Warm a pea size of Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser between the palms of your hands to melt the protective waxes, then apply to skin that’s still moist from Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner.

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4. Eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast

You’re not going to be productive if you don’t have the fuel. For energy, focus and motivation you need a good breakfast to set you up for the day. Ensure you’re keeping hydrated during the day as well.  up water intake too.

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5. Clear your inbox

Clear your inbox as soon as you get to work, deal with anything urgent straight away.

6. Set your goals

Write down your priorities for the day, then focusing on one task at a time, to completion if possible, work your way through your list, ticking off as you go. By the day’s end you can look back with satisfaction at all you’ve accomplished.

Have a great day ahead!

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Elisabeth Sigmund, Co-Founder Dr. Hauschka

In memory of Elisabeth Sigmund

25th October 1914 – 20th December 2013

 

Elisabeth Sigmund, the co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of 20 December 2013 at the age of 99.

Elisabeth Sigmund was a key figure in the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care in the 1960s. She also developed the Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment methods that Dr. Hauschka Estheticians are still taught and use in their work today.

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Elisabeth working in the laboratory at WALA/Dr. Hauschka

It was early on in life when Elisabeth Sigmund first took a passionate interest in cosmetics. After completing her school leaving exams and two semesters of a medical degree in Vienna, she trained to become a qualified esthetician.

Throughout her life, Elisabeth Sigmund had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and conducted extensive independent studies into cosmetically active medicinal plants. She consistently used her findings to develop her skin care products.

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Elisabeth 1932

In 1948, she emigrated to Stockholm with her husband and received permission from the Swedish King to open a Cosmetics Institute. There, she began producing skin-normalising cosmetics on a larger scale for the institute itself and continued to develop the formulations for her products. It was during this time that she came up with the idea of oil-free night time skin care after seeing such positive effects on her clients.

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Elisabeth around 1927 and 1945

In 1955, Elisabeth Sigmund had her first visit to WALA/Dr. Hauschka in Eckwälden after her husband had experienced such good results with WALA medicines. Also a Swedish student had spoken of WALA products with such fervour that Elisabeth had the company send her some of their anthroposophical homeopathic medicines, which she used to further develop her skin care products.

In 1962, Elisabeth Sigmund received a letter from Dr. Rudolf Hauschka asking her for ideas for a ‘very special’ approach to skin care, in line with the WALA principles.

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Elisabeth Sigmund, Cosmetic Studio in Sweden 1954

Her detailed reply went on for pages and was met with an instant invitation to Eckwälden, the home of WALA/Dr. Hauschka. Dr. Rudolf Hauschka expressed his enthusiasm for Elisabeth Sigmund’s ideas by commenting “I have been in love you ever since receiving your letter…”.

Three weeks of intensive discussions led to a joint decision to develop a very special skin care range based on entirely new concepts. In the years that followed, the formulations for this new range were developed with WALA’s senior doctors and pharmacists.

All developments were firmly based on Elisabeth Sigmund’s ground-breaking guiding principle: the activation of the skin’s own healthy function.

The first natural and organic skin care range was launched in 1967.

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In 1969, Elisabeth Sigmund moved from Sweden to Germany. From then onwards, she shared her extensive knowledge with WALA in person and played a key role in the creation of many products. She remained a valued consultant for all matters relating to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka treatments until shortly before her death and was always willing to listen to the ideas and concerns presented by the future generations.

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Elisabeth at 90 being interviewed

We are deeply thankful to Elisabeth Sigmund for her decisive contribution to WALA/Dr. Hauschka’s development and commemorate her life’s work with the utmost respect and appreciation. Her curiosity, energy and knowledge will remain an example to us for all time.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967

Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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