Creating a better world
Sustainable partnerships all around the world

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 – naturally of organic quality wherever possible. Many of the medicinal plants used grow in our own biodynamic medicinal herb garden or in the fields on our Demeter farm, the Sonnenhof. We also purchase other raw materials from regional sources. Our climate is simply not suitable for growing some of the plant species from which we obtain raw materials.

 

 

Macadamia nuts from Kenya

Dr. Hauschka Macadamia nuts from Kenya

Where do the macadamia nuts whose oil is found in Dr. Hauschka cosmetic products come from? Our Kenyan supplier LIMBUA can give a precise answer to this question.

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Mango butter from India

Dr. Hauschka Mango butter from India

Mango butter — In the past, this key raw material for cosmetics manufacturers did not exist in organic quality, but this is no longer the case thanks to Dr. Hauschka’s raw material project in India.

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Castor oil from India

Dr. Hauschka Organic castor oil from India

When we wanted to start using castor oil in organic quality, we found that it was not available anywhere in the world. We were able to change this with the help of Indian farmers.

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Essential rose oil from Ethiopia

Dr. Hauschka Essential rose oil from Ethiopia

When you think of essential rose oil, Turkey, Bulgaria, Iran or perhaps Afghanistan springs to mind – but Ethiopia? The Ethiopian Highlands are not only famous for their coffee, they are also the ideal place to grow the fragrant rose ‘Rosa damascena’.

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Essential rose oil from Afghanistan

Dr. Hauschka Essential rose oil from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a stronghold of the opium trade. To offer people a sustainable alternative in order to protect their livelihood, Afghan farmers grow the Damask rose at the initiative of the German World Hunger Organisation. We support this project.

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Essential rose oil from Iran

Dr. Hauschka Essential rose oil from Iran

In Iran, fragrant roses grow at an altitude of over 2,000 meters. The Zahra Rosewater Company biodynamically cultivates them there with our help. Profits go to orphans via a foundation.

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Ice plant from South Africa

Dr. Hauschka Ice plants from South Africa

The heat-resistant ice plant, a key ingredient of Dr.Hauschka Med Skin products, comes from South Africa. We visit Ulrich Feiter, who grows the ice plant and goes back a long way with WALA.

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Shea butter from Burkina Faso

Dr. Hauschka Shea Butter from Burkina Faso

Shea butter is women’s work in Burkina Faso. We have helped to build up an organically certified project for over 2,000 women in this African country.

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Fragrant roses for essential rose oil, almond trees and jojoba bushes, for example. We want to purchase these in organic quality for our formulations as well. To do this, we sometimes have to instigate the production of organic raw materials in the first place. Essential rose oil, mango butter, castor oil and shea butter are just a few of the raw materials to which this applies. We support farmers financially and with our knowledge of organic farming. We help them obtain organic certifications and guarantee certain purchase volumes.

It goes without saying that we are committed to fair trade conditions characterised by mutual trust and independent development opportunities. We therefore have a solid and long-term working relationship with many organic farming partners, including ones who grow almonds and olives in Spain, jojoba in Argentina and macadamia nuts in Kenya. We help our partners increase their production capacities and, where desired, finance regular visits to them by biodynamic consultants.

The aim of such involvement is always to enable the partners to develop commercially and achieve economic stability that makes them independent from us.

We also believe that such partnerships should involve good local working conditions. Thus, we have encouraged developments such as the creation of social areas for the workers of an oil mill and supported the construction of suitable sanitary facilities, for example. After all, it is not only financial independence that is important to us, but also better social conditions for people locally.