It could be the beginning of a romance. Instead Dr. Rudolf Hauschka’s declaration to Elisabeth Sigmund marked the start of Dr.Hauschka Skin Care. The year was 1962. The Viennese chemist Dr. Rudolf Hauschka had established the WALA company in 1935 to manufacture anthroposophical medicines and dietary juice remedies using a completely new rhythmic process. Now he desired to extend the range to include special skin care products that would fit in with the company’s concepts. He wrote to the cosmetologist Elisabeth Sigmund, originally also from Vienna. Her reply containing original ideas for new approaches to skin care aroused such enthusiasm in Rudolf Hauschka that he invited her to Eckwälden.
Elisabeth Sigmund did not hesitate long: shortly afterwards she packed her bags and left her home in Stockholm for Eckwälden. A colourful mix of people – pharmacists, chemists, anthroposophical physicians and cosmetologist Elisabeth Sigmund – came together in a phase of intense productivity to develop the new ‘WALA’ skin care products.
In 1967 their time had arrived: The basic range appeared on the market. The collection they unveiled included Rose Day Cream, Cleansing Cream and Facial Toner.
In October 2004, on the initiative of German Agro Action, a project for producing rose oil was introduced to farmers in Afhghanistan to replace the opium farms. 400 farmers are now growing Damask roses on 60 hectares of land. With the production of rose oil an ancient Afghan tradition was brought back to life and the first harvests were convincing as regards both quantity and quality.
Dr. Hauschka first expressed an interest in the Afghan rose oil in the summer of 2006 and has since been supporting the project with expertise and know how. The cooperation provides the manufacturer of natural skin care products with an additional source of the costly commodity in view of the steadily growing demand for oils from ecologically cultivated plants. The collaboration between Dr. Hauschka and German Agro Action was made possible by the fact that the farmers were willing to undergo certification to comply with the requirements of natural skin care.
As the protective covering of the body, the human skin is exposed to external and internal influences that can weaken it. This can result in unbalanced reactions such as dryness, lack of moisture or overproduction of oil, as well as premature aging. Dr.Hauschka Skin Care regards these changing skin conditions as transient skin profiles and do not divide the skin into types. Dr.Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil, for example, helps to restore natural balance to oily, blemished skin. Given sufficient oil, the skin learns to regulate sebum production of its own accord. A clear, natural complexion results.
The skin is most active at night, and Dr.Hauschka's oil-free night care supports the nocturnal metabolism of the skin. In order not to burden the skin's natural elimination processes at night with an oily skin care product, the Dr.Hauschka skin care program for the night contains stimulating and regenerating plant essences. These allow the skin to breathe freely and overcome weaknesses and imbalances.