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 serve in our products.

Quince

Quince

Plant profile

The shrub-like quince is a small tree that can grow to between four and eight metres tall. From May to June, it produces large cup-shaped flowers which are white to delicate pink in colour. More

Quince Day Cream ingredients

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

Quince is naturally talented when it comes to hydration. It helps to store moisture and sustainably strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. A special feature of quince wax is that it protectively envelops the fruits in the wild. It transfers this same ability to the skin, thereby providing it with gentle protection. Quince seed extract is always freshly produced and has hydrating properties. It soothes the skin and leaves it soft and smooth.

Quince wax
Quince wax
Jojoba
Jojoba
Apricot
Apricot
Avocado
Avocado
Quince Day Cream

Quince Day Cream

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Full list of Quince Day Cream ingredients
Water (Aqua), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Pyrus Cydonia Peel/Fruit Wax, Lysolecithin, Bentonite, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Farnesol*, Xanthan Gum.

We have long-since valued quince as an important component in Dr. Hauschka products. The quinces that we use come from controlled biodynamic cultivation or are harvested in the wild under controlled conditions.

Dr. Constanze Stiefel
Raw material expert and member of the pharmaceutical/scientific information team at WALA

Origin, cultivation and processing

Originally from Western Asia and South-East Arabia, cultivation has led to the quince now being found worldwide, especially in Southern and Central Europe. Like its close relatives, apples and pears, the quince is also a member of the rose family.More

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

The cultivation of quince dates right back to ancient Greece where it was regarded as a symbol of happiness, love and fertility.

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

Quince is a member of the rose family. So too are its close relatives apples and pears.

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

Even when fully ripe, the aromatically fragranced quince fruit should not be eaten raw: the flesh is very tart and remains hard and woody.

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka is the only skin care manufacturer to use not only quince seeds but also protective and breathable quince wax.

Quince

Plant profile

The shrub-like quince is a small tree that can grow to between four and eight metres tall. From May to June, it produces large cup-shaped flowers which are white to delicate pink in colour. The fruits weigh between 300 and 500 grams and are pear or apple-shaped depending on the variety. They are covered in a characteristic felty coating, which wipes off easily revealing a wax-coated skin andemanates a sweet, fresh fragrance. The ripe fruits are harvested from September to October. If the fruits are to be stored, the best time to harvest them can be determined based on their colour: they turn from green to bright yellow. Although it has been cultivated by mankind for thousands of years, quince has undergone little change as a result of selection and has thus largely retained the character of a wild fruit.

Find out more about the quince

Quince
Quince

Origin, cultivation and processing

Originally from Western Asia and South-East Arabia, cultivation has led to the quince now being found worldwide, especially in Southern and Central Europe. Like its close relatives, apples and pears, the quince is also a member of the rose family.

The quince provides two interesting raw materials with very different properties: firstly, quince wax and secondly, quince seed extract.

The quince wax used in Dr. Hauschka products is practically produced on WALA’s doorstep: it is a valuable by-product of juice production. Quince from Spain are pressed in Baden-Württemberg to produce fresh quince juice. The wax is then obtained from the residues or ‘pomace’ from the pressing process.

Every year, some 60 tonnes of pomace are processed to create quince wax for WALA. What makes quince wax so fascinating is that, depending on the variety and year, the yield from the dried pomace can fluctuate by between 0.7 and 1.5 percent. This makes stocking the right amount of raw material at all times particularly challenging.

The wax is obtained through a procedure known as CO2 extraction. The dried pomace is placed in pressurised containers with liquid carbon dioxide and the quince wax is carefully separated from the rest of the pomace. This procedure does not create any waste and is organically certified.

Once WALA has received the wax and it has passed the quality controls, it can be heated and incorporated into the skin care formulations. Quince Face Cream or Kajal Eyeliner can now be created.

A further key ingredient for Dr. Hauschka products is also found within the quince. Quince seeds are surrounded by a highly absorbent coating. If the seeds are placed in water overnight, the mucilages in this coating swell. The next day, the soaked quince seeds are manually pressed. This careful procedure, developed by WALA many years ago, is used to obtain the valuable quince seed extract.

Quince