Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This page tells you more about the individual ingredients: where they come from, why we use them and what functions they perform in our products.

Beeswax

Beeswax

Raw material profile

Beeswax is a miraculous substance. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) feed on large amounts of nectar and pollen and use the nutritional value obtained to do things like create wax – a substance with an extremely high energy content. The bees consolidate the energy in their food and secrete wax scales measuring about 1 millimetre from their abdominal glands.More

Hydrating Hand Cream ingredients

Warm hands certainly make it easier to do things more enthusiastically. The Hydrating Hand Cream formulation is therefore supplemented with beeswax. This protectively envelops the hands and potentially gives a little of its vibrantly warm structure to whatever we are doing. Blackthorn oil extract supports the enveloping effect with extra warmth, while an extract of moisture-regulating bryophyllum is revitalising. Nourishing almond oil is well received by the skin, helping Hydrating Hand Cream be quickly absorbed. The result: hands that are silky soft and wonderfully smooth.

Why is beeswax used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

A burning beeswax candle reveals a great deal about the special features of beeswax. It emits a warm light and fills the room with a pleasant and comforting fragrance. Beeswax represents warmth and structure, created from a living being..More

Beeswax
Beeswax
Almond oil
Almond oil
Bryophyllum extract
Bryophyllum extract
Blackthorn extract
Blackthorn extract
Hydrating Hand Cream

Hydrating Hand Cream

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Full list of Hydrating Hand Cream ingredients
Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Glycerin, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Prunus Spinosa Flower Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Bentonite, Kalanchoe Daigremontiana Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Lactose, Lysolecithin, Xanthan Gum.

*from natural essential oils

With their warmth, social structure and communication methods, bees have much in common with us as humans and are a delicate barometer for external influences. Whether a storm is drawing near, a cold-snap is coming or the beekeeper’s actions are simply imbalanced: bees instantly react with unrest and become more likely to sting. As they also respond to my behaviour as a beekeeper, I have learned a certain humility and calmness from them. I can neither force nor train them to do things. They are and remain wild animals with their own personality.

Thomas Korneck
Gardener and beekeeper in the WALA medicinal plant garden

Origin and processing

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are solely made from organic beeswax sourced from ecological beekeeping practices in Germany. The producers are subject to the strict regulations established by Demeter or Bioland, the association for organic farming. Demeter and Bioland specify, among other things, that bees must live in a natural beehive made from wood, straw or clay.More

Beeswax - Dr.Hauschka

WALA has a tradition of protecting bees. Bee colonies have been at home in the WALA medicinal plant garden in Eckwälden since the start of the 1980s. The bees are kept in line with Demeter regulations and allowed to swarm. The 150 medicinal plants as well as bee-friendly plants such as species of phacelia (scorpionweed) provide the bees with great nutritional variety.

Beeswax - Dr.Hauschka

WALA also believes it is important to support local beekeepers. As a result, it financially and scientifically supports the HOBOSPhere project run by Prof. Jürgen Tautz in Würzburg, which focusses on the development of a new kind of beekeeping. This is based on the honeybee sphere, a beehive that replicates bees’ natural home.

Beeswax - Dr.Hauschka

People first began to use products from bees over 9,000 years ago – primarily honey. Beeswax was used for medicinal purposes, in skin care products, as fuel and for sealing containers.

Beeswax - Dr.Hauschka

Bees use muscular tremors to maintain a constant average temperature of 35.5°C in the beehive. And this is not the only way in which they are similar to humans like no other insect. Their ability to communicate and social skills make them seem like supreme beings.

Beeswax

Raw material profile

Beeswax is a miraculous substance. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) feed on large amounts of nectar and pollen and use the nutritional value obtained to do things like create wax – a substance with an extremely high energy content. The bees consolidate the energy in their food and secrete wax scales measuring about 1 millimetre from their abdominal glands. These are then used to construct honeycombs. The wax scales are translucent like mountain crystals and as light as a feather, weighing just 0.0008 g. It takes 125,000 wax scales to produce 100 grams of beeswax.
Newly constructed natural honeycombs are almost snow white in colour. The beeswax only turns the well-known shade of yellow once the bees start to use the honeycomb structure. The wax is dyed by flavonoids from propolis and carotenoids from pollen. Overall, beeswax consists of more than 300 different substances.

The honeycomb itself is a masterpiece of lightweight construction. It provides maximum interior space with minimal use of construction material. The bees create cylindrical cells from the insalivated wax scales and then use the warmth generated by their muscles to heat the wax to over 40°C. The wax becomes malleable and automatically takes on a hexagonal form with a thickness of just 0.07 millimetres. The heat activates enzymes in the saliva, which solidify the wax through a chemical reaction.
The completed honeycomb is formed from the combination of an ingenious construction material and heat, both of which are produced by the bees through great energy usage. To create a medium-sized beehive with 100,000 cells and some 1.2 kilograms of wax, the bees need the energy contained in 7.5 kilograms of honey.

Incidentally, all of the honeycomb cells made by a bee colony are off almost identical size. Variations are only found from colony to colony. This is an expression of a bee colony’s individual personality.

Beeswax
Beeswax

Origin and processing

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are solely made from organic beeswax sourced from ecological beekeeping practices in Germany. The producers are subject to the strict regulations established by Demeter or Bioland, the association for organic farming. Demeter and Bioland specify, among other things, that bees must live in a natural beehive made from wood, straw or clay. Only natural dyes without wood preservatives can be used for weatherproofing purposes and no chemical/synthetic medication can ever be used to treat the bees. Demeter furthermore stipulates that bee colonies can only be multiplied through the natural process of swarming. The associations continually review the compliance with the regulations in cooperation with state-certified inspection bodies.

The beeswax is obtained by being melted out of the honeycomb. WALA purchases this wax in blocks straight from the beekeepers and has it carefully processed in Germany to form pellets, which are easier to dose.

Beeswax
Beeswax

Why is beeswax used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

A burning beeswax candle reveals a great deal about the special features of beeswax. It emits a warm light and fills the room with a pleasant and comforting fragrance.
Beeswax represents warmth and structure, created from a living being. It is a highly energy-packed construction material that bees produce and, with the aid of heat, use to create their highly regular honeycombs: cells that provide the space and protective shell for new life (breeding cells) and storage (honeycomb cells).

Beeswax transfers these enveloping and warming properties to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. It gives structure to products like the Lipsticks, provides a kind of breathable protection against external influences, retains moisture and enhances the skin’s elasticity. The skin feels protected and cared for.