Plant Profile: St. John’s wort

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St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Description

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

Uses

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

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

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

Interest

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

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

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The plant ingredient at Dr. Hauschka

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

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

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Rose Cultivation Partnership Projects

Damask Rose (Rosa damascena)

In creating the formulations for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, we draw on the many things that nature has to offer. For example, medicinal plants, botanical oils and waxes and genuine essential oils. Working with renewable natural raw materials has many logistical challenges, therefore long term planning is imperative for us. Many of the medicinal herbs we need are grown by our gardeners in our own biodynamic garden or in the fields on our Demeter certified farm, Sonnenhof. We also purchase other raw materials from regional sources as the climate is not suitable for growing some of the plant species from which we obtain raw materials. WALA*/Dr. Hauschka initiates and supports organic or biodynamic cultivation projects all over the world to ensure premium quality, sufficient quantity, continuity and longevity of ingredient supplies, and we embrace social responsibility and fair price principles. A prime example of this is Rose Essential Oil partnerships in Bulgaria, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and our most recently launched Rose Project in the Ethiopian Highlands.

Did you know?

• There are 30 organic or biodynamic roses in every tube of Rose Day Cream.

• We sell tubes of Rose Day Cream per minute worldwide!

• We purchase the highest quantity of the world’s highest grade organic rose essential oil. It comes from our biodynamic or organic cultivation partnership projects in Ethiopia, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria and Afghanistan.

• Approximately one hectare of roses is needed to obtain 1 kg of precious Rose Essential Oil, which is used in nearly all Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Make-up products and in many WALA medicines.

Harvesting roses in Ethiopia; Rosenernte Äthiopien
Rose Project – Ethiopian Highlands

Ethiopia

When it comes to sources of Rose Essential Oil, countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Iran and Afghanistan come to mind – but Ethiopia? As it turns out, the Ethiopian highlands, which are well known for their coffee, provide the ideal conditions for growing the very fragrant Damask Rose, and it yields an exceptionally precious essential oil.

WALA/Dr. Hauschka Skin Care support the Terra PLC Damask Rose Farm, a fair trade initiative in Ethiopia. We are helping to create a self-reliant and economically sustainable community by establishing a biodynamic resource for Damask Rose Essential Oil, a key ingredient in the Dr. Hauschka range.

In 2005 WALA/Dr. Hauschka Skin Care provided Ethiopian grower, Fekade Lakew, with rose cuttings and introduced him to a consultant to train and advise on biodynamic cultivation methods. It took 7 years before the first harvest of rose blossoms. At that time, in 2012, Lakew also initiated the biodynamic certification process. Once certified, his farm was the sole certified biodynamic source of rose essential oil in Africa.

A key benefit of growing roses near the equator is that the lifespan of the bloom increases substantially, giving farmers twice the time to harvest, and requiring fewer pickers who can often be employed beyond the typical picking season. Ethiopian roses in particular are nearly twice as heavy as blossoms from other countries resulting in a greater yield from fewer plants.

WALA/Dr. Hauschka Skin Care committed to purchasing all of the rose essential oil produced at Fekade Lakew’s farm for a period of ten years, and 60-70% thereafter. This ensures that the initiative has ample time to establish itself without becoming dependent upon a single customer for all its revenue in the long term.

Damask Rose Essential Oil from Ethiopia is used in the formulations of nearly all Dr. Hauschka products, including Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Nurturing Body Wash, Rose Deodorant, Rose Nurturing Body Oil, Rose Nurturing Body Moisturiser, and many of our make-up products. When a Dr. Hauschka customer purchases products featuring this hero ingredient, she/he helps support the growth of this fair trade effort in Ethiopia and Dr. Hauschka’s other rose cultivation projects around the globe.

WALA medicines; WALA Heilmittel GmbH
Rose Project – Iran

Iran

The cultivation of roses in ‘Persia’ is an ancient tradition. There are 1500 growers who work as independent operators for Zahra Rosewater Company, our partner in Iran. Through biodynamic practices over the last few decades the annual production yield is now 900 tonnes of rose water (rose hydrosol) and 150 kgs of rose essential oil. WALA/Dr. Hauschka purchase more than one third of all the rose oil and dried rose blossoms that Zahra produces. The Iranian government subsidises chemical fertilisers, so initially it was extremely difficult to convince the farmers to refrain from using them, and to embrace biodynamic agriculture. Education and training were and still are important pillars of the collaboration with these growers.

Anyone working with Zahra is family and as part of this family-oriented collaboration, older people no longer able to work receive a kind of pension, Zahra has improved the water supply to the villages and supports the schools. A local health centre set up by Zahra guarantees primary health care. Zahra makes it possible for gifted children to attend a special school. The hope is that they will return to their villages with a good education and work there. The idea is working, Lalehzar has the lowest unemployment rate in the region. Zahra also donates part of its profits to the orphanages of the Sanati Foundation.

WALA Medicines; WALA Heilmittel GmbH
Rose Project – Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Rose oil has been produced for the French perfume industry since the end of the 19th century. These days, however, the perfume industry uses mainly synthetic chemical ‘perfume’ as a much cheaper option. WALA/Dr. Hauschka  instigated long term supply contracts with Bulgarian rose growers and the provision of loans to support our new partners. Organic Certification was gained in 2003.

rose flowers, Ethiopia; Rosenblüten, Äthiopien
Rose Project – Turkey

Turkey

Some 320 mountain farmers in the Baskoop Rose Co-operative have adapted their methods of cultivation to supply certified organic roses. WALA is significantly contributing to securing the livelihoods of the local farming families and to the survival of the traditional and labour intensive rose distilling industry. WALA also bears all costs for agricultural, technical and organic consultations and some of the costs of certification.

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Rose Project – Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Did you know that 80% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan? In order to combat the opium trade in Afghanistan and on the initiative of German Agro Action a project was set up for producing rose oil in 2004.  This project offers an alternative means of securing a sustainable and honourable livelihood for local farmers. WALA/Dr. Hauschka expressed an interest in the project in 2006 and has been supporting it ever since. Today over 700 farmers are growing organic Damask roses on more than 100 hectares of land. A large volume of organic rose oil is produced, most of which is sold to WALA/Dr. Hauschka.  This ancient Afghan tradition has been brought back to life with this budding partnership.

Our Rose Essential Oil is derived from Rosa damascena, named so from Damascus in Syria, also known as the Damask Rose.  This most fragrant of roses produces the highest quality Rose Essential Oil, also known as Rose Otto, or Attar of Roses.

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We use Rosa gallica also known as The Apothecary’s Rose for precious Rose Wax and Rose Petal Extract.

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Rose Hips from Dog Rose (Rosa Canina)

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

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  • 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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  • 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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7 Tips for Finding Calm During a Busy Day

Strategies to slow down and smell the roses

Our daily lives are busy, very much so when juggling work and family, and sometimes we forget to take a moment to appreciate the small, special moments as we rush from one thing to the next.

1. Morning cuppa

Don’t rush your morning cuppa, take the time to really enjoy it, it makes for a good beginning to the day.

2. Take a walk in the fresh air

Movement and deep breathing aids relaxation, and if you’re in front of a computer much of the day, this is even more important. It may be a walk down to your local cafe to pick up lunch, it may be that a morning or evening walk is already part of your daily ritual. Being outside you can take a moment to appreciate the seasons, sunsets or sunrises, a jacaranda in full bloom…

3. Meal times

When your preparing dinner and eating your meal take a moment to consider how your food was grown, eat slowly and really taste each mouthful.

4. Take a moment

When you find yourself rushing, really make the effort to be in the moment, stop what you’re doing to actively listen to your child or partner, if you’re busy cooking dinner and there’s a beautiful sunset, pop outside and enjoy it for a moment. There’s unexpected joy to be found in the little things.

5. Bathing

At day’s end there’s nothing quite like closing the bathroom door and taking a bath with Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence or Rose Nurturing Bath Essence, both of which are protective milky formulations. After bath stay away from your device(s) and take yourself off to bed for a restful night’s sleep.

6. Active relaxation

Find out what works for you, it may be coffee with a friend, yoga, sport, baking, creative endeavours, a good book – there will be something that provides active relaxation for you and helps clear your head from busy thoughts.

7. Skin care rituals

Be in the moment during your morning and evening skin care rituals. This is a time when you take the very best care of your skin and look after yourself. Also take a moment to deeply smell nature’s aromas that are contained in every bottle or tube. When we take time to nurture ourselves we feel more able to nurture others.

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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.

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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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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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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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