Cosmetics without parabens

Are Dr. Hauschka skin care products without parabens?

Dr. Hauschka has always deliberately refrained from using synthetic preservatives and produces cosmetics without parabens and phenoxyethanol.

All cosmetics manufacturers must ensure that their products are protected against microbial contamination and thus safe to use. The easiest way to achieve this is by adding preservatives. In the EU, a list of permitted preservatives is stipulated in the EC Regulation on cosmetic products. Typical and commonly used preservatives include parabens and phenoxyethanol. These synthetically produced substances have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties but are also the source of much debate.

For NATRUE-certified natural cosmetic products, like those of Dr. Hauschka, only a few naturally occurring preservatives are allowed – including benzoic acid and sorbic acid. The use of parabens or phenoxyethanol is not permitted.

Most preservatives are well tolerated by the skin. However, any substance that kills microorganisms while products are in their packaging can also impact the skin’s natural, useful microflora. Dr. Hauschka therefore deliberately refrains from using either synthetic preservatives like parabens and phenoxyethanol or the preservatives permitted by NATRUE. This will remain the case in the future.

Despite the above, due to new legal regulations in the field of cosmetics advertising, the statement “paraben-free” will no longer be allowed on packaging and advertising material. In accordance, we are gradually removing this notice from our brochures and advertising media.

Naturally, this has no impact whatsoever on the high quality of our formulations. What’s more, the microbiological safety of Dr. Hauschka products continues to be guaranteed by a wide range of other measures:

  • Thorough microbiological examination of the source materials
  • Particularly hygienic production processes that comply with pharmaceutical standards
  • Optimal packaging designed around each individual product
  • Carefully selected ingredients that combine to have a positive effect on product stability