For more than 40 years Dr.Hauschka Skin Care has led the way in holistic skin care.
Early in the last century, chemist Dr. Rudolf Hauschka asked philosopher and scholar Dr. Rudolf Steiner the ultimate question: “What is life?”
“Study rhythm…” Steiner replied,” …rhythm is the carrier of life.”
In the following years, Hauschka began developing plant-based healing remedies based on Steiner’s teachings. Inspired by their conversation, Hauschka found that by using the rhythms and polarities of Nature he was able to create plant extracts that retained the vital forces of the living plant and remained stable without the use of alcohol or artificial preservatives. This startling discovery inspired Dr.Hauschka and his colleagues to found a holistic pharmaceutical company, Wala.
At the same time, pioneering esthetician Elisabeth Sigmund was transforming the nature of skin care at her clinic in Sweden. Sigmund recognized that skin health and outward appearance are the direct results of a person’s internal health and emotional well-being. Inspired by Anthroposophy and well versed in the traditional lore of medicinal plants, Ms. Sigmund developed her own skin care preparations and treatment methods designed to restore beauty.
Dr.Hauschka asked her to join him at Wala in Germany and in 1967 the two launched their line of therapeutic skin care products and treatment methods which became known as Dr.Hauschka Skin Care.
From the beginning, Dr.Hauschka Skin Care has based its approach to personal care on an in-depth understanding of the power of healing plants to restore and maintain healthy skin. To create the most effective botanical preparations, the healthiest and most vital plants are used.
WALA medicinal herb garden
A medicinal herb garden on the heavy clay soils of the Swabian Mountains? The farmers of Eckwalden looked very sceptical when WALA started searching for a plot of land for their new project in the 1950s. Rudolf Hauschka purchased a boggy meadow at the foot of the mountain directly behind the construction site for the new company building, and WALA gardeners have been cultivating this land ever since using biodynamic methods. After many years the soil became crumbly and easy to work.
The gardeners currently grow more than 150 different medicinal plants for the manufacture of WALA products on an area which now covers more than 4.5 hectares. Butterflies, dragonflies, toads and fire salamanders have made their homes amid the water lily pond, stream, beehives, meadows and woods.
What is biodynamics and what is the difference between organic and biodynamic?
The biodynamic method was developed by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in 1924 and pre-dates the organic movement by about twenty years. Both have a lot in common: composting, no use of chemicals, crop rotation and the use of green manure but biodynamics goes further. Biodynamics regards the garden or farm as a more or less closed system. The seeds, compost and potting compost are for the most part self-produced. It uses various plant preparations which help compost to decompose better and strengthen the resistance of plants to pests and diseases and uses the rhythms of nature, the moon and planets to determine when to sow and harvest. Strong, healthy plants are the result.
With cultivation projects throughout the world WALA – the company behind Dr.Hauschka Skin Care – ensures that ingredients of the highest standard are always available in sufficient quantity. WALA promotes biodynamic agriculture and makes it possible for people in economically underdeveloped countries to determine their own future.
Ingredients from nature, selected medicinal herbs, our very own treatment concept and a core idea that shapes our special skin care approach and our cosmetic products: the skin possesses its own powers of nurture and regeneration and skin care products should support these functions.
This is what makes Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products unique. The skin’s natural activities can be undermined by the sun, wind or other factors. Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products reinvigorate them. They strengthen the skin’s own healthy processes and rhythms and give protection against external influences.
Dr.Hauschka Skin Care is a co-founder of the new NaTrue standard for organic and natural cosmetics, according to which our products will be certified in the future.