Born in Vienna, after two semesters of medical school, Elisabeth Sigmund started to create her own natural cosmetics based on medicinal plants back in the mid-1930s. After the Second World War, she established herself with her own beauty salon in Stockholm using the products she had developed. It was here that she also developed her own holistic method of skin care treatment. Her cooperation with WALA Heilmittel GmbH began after a one-year study trip to India and resulted in the creation of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka esthetician training.

On 25 October 2014, Elisabeth Sigmund, who passed away on 20 December 2013, would have celebrated her 100th birthday. This gave us reason to embark upon a journey through her 99-year life in the form of this brochure. The information contained was gathered during six years of working with Elisabeth Sigmund on her biography, about which she commented:

“It once again gave me a clear reminder of what had driven me for so much of my life. It was my love of medicinal plants and esthetics that came together to form the passion that shaped my life: the passion for cosmetics.“