For the health of the soil and the beauty of nature
In the case of Dr Hauschka, ‘natural beauty’ really does mean just that. The skin care products contain only natural ingredients, many which are grown in the company’s own medicinal herb garden. More than 150 different healing plant species flourish there, ready to be used in Dr Hauschka Skin Care products. The twelve acre plot is tended by six gardeners using biodynamic methods. Leaves, petals, fruits and roots are manually harvested all year round and provides a habitat for wild plants and animals. An oasis of natural beauty.
It still comes as a surprise to many people that Dr Hauschka skin care products really are unique. The ‘real deal’; not only do the genuinely use only natural ingredients – no synthetic bases or fillers here – but the company’s ethics, philosophy and business model is second-to-none. You can choose Dr Hauschka for a beautiful and healthy skin and a beautiful and healthy environment. You are a ‘health and beauty’ activist!
A while ago I was lucky enough to visit the biodynamic gardens in Germany where the plant ingredients for Dr Hauschka skin care products are grown. I already knew that these lovely products are completely natural and organic, but actually seeing the plants growing there in the garden and seeing them harvested and prepared by hand before entering the state-of–the-art production area is awe-inspiring. The workers literally arrive at work at sunrise – around 4am in midsummer – to harvest the roses for the Rose Day Cream.
As a company Dr.Hauschka has an unusual business ethic which reflects the flowing nature of giving and taking. Everything taken from nature is replenished and, as a business, they take only what they need financially and then give the remainder back in order to provide good care for the workers, to invest in research and support sustainable community projects in the developing world. There are – and can never be – no shareholders or owners and, surprisingly, the business is not driven by sales targets. Pretty unusual in this modern world!
Some time ago the magazine ‘Gardens Illustrated’ featured an article which evokes the restful busy-ness in these extraordinary gardens. “…Immaculately tended rows of flowering plants – from tiny daisies to head-high tobacco plants and towering hops – backed by rows of small trees, witch-hazel and berberis and beyond these wild areas ponds, mature trees and wildflowers. Red squirrels scamper and the slugs and snails are fat. There are billowing herbaceous borders and buildings sprouting alpine plants on their ‘green’ roofs. Bees are everywhere. The gardeners are cutting the long grass with scythes. The only clue perhaps that there is anything commercial going on are the endless compost mounds, each carefully numbered and covered in straw.”
This is where your Dr Hauschka skin care products are made, a fact which I find both remarkable and reassuring. It demonstrates that it is indeed possible to produce exceptional beauty products that respect the physical, living, breathing condition of the skin to produce real and lasting results, instead of quick-fix solutions that can create longer-term dependency or sensitivity. And they are produced with a deep respect for all of nature and do not cost the earth.
It is no surprise that with increasing awareness of the need for healthy choices Dr Hauschka products continue to grow in popularity and become more well known.
I feel really thrilled to be part of this model of holistic health and business. It is a delightful way to work.