Our ingredients

All ingredients in Dr. Hauschka products have a function and a purpose. 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. And our ingredients always adhere to the highest quality standards.

Anthyllis

Anthyllis

Plant profile

In its first year of growth, anthyllis (an-til-lis) forms a lush green rosette of leaves at ground level. Only in the second year do flower stems grow, reaching heights of up to three feet and becoming densely covered in flowers from April to June. Stand by an anthyllis field on a warm day and you will hear the clear hum of insects as swarms of bees and butterflies visit the nectar-rich flowers.More

Facial Toner ingredients

In Facial Toner, anthyllis extract helps skin remain balanced and healthy while witch hazel extract supports tone and elasticity, refining pores.

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

Anthyllis appears differently depending upon where it grows, readily adapting to different conditions. It may grow wildly and exuberantly, or in a controlled, structured manner. As an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, anthyllis uses this flexibility to adapt to any skin condition.More

Anthyllis extract
Anthyllis extract
Witch hazel extract
Witch hazel extract
Facial Toner

Facial Toner

To the Product


Facial Toner ingredients
Water (Aqua), Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Citral*.

*from natural essential oils

It may seem somewhat surprising that we use anthyllis in so many different ways, but this versatility is where its great strength lies. It precisely addresses the skin’s natural functions, fortifying the skin as a barrier organ that creates space, which it can protectively envelop. The differing raw material compositions in Dr. Hauschka products then enable us to give anthyllis its particular mission.

Annette Greco
Head of Product Development at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

Origin, cultivation and processing

The anthyllis used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is mainly sourced from our biodynamic farm in Bad Boll, Germany. Immediately after harvest, Dr. Hauschka employees process the blossoming plants using a unique rhythmic extraction procedure.More

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Anthyllis lives in a ”shared” household. Hidden under the ground, anthyllis’s tiniest co-inhabitants live in its roots: nitrogen-fixing bacteria, which form a healthy partnership of convenience with anthyllis in the form of root nodules. It’s a mutual give-and-take between independent partners—genuine symbiosis.

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The scientific name Anthyllis vulneraria is derived from the plant’s usage and appearance: anthos = petal, ioulas = beard and vulnus = wound. Combined, these terms indicate that this is a fuzzy flowering plant that was used to treat wounds.

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Back in the 1st century A.D., this nurturing plant was mentioned by the Greek doctor Dioscorides using the name anthyllis.

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Caterpillars from Germany’s smallest butterfly, the small blue (Cupido minimus), feed on anthyllis. Anthyllis and colutea (bladder-senna) are the only two plants they will eat. Wild bees also appreciate anthyllis as a source of nectar.

Anthyllis

Plant profile

In its first year of growth, anthyllis (an-til-lis) forms a lush green rosette of leaves at ground level. Only in the second year do flower stems grow, reaching heights of up to three feet and becoming densely covered in flowers from April to June. Stand by an anthyllis field on a warm day and you will hear the clear hum of insects as swarms of bees and butterflies visit the nectar-rich flowers.

Each anthyllis head is formed from multiple long petals surrounded by a green crown of leaves. Unlike other species in the plant kingdom, the individual flowers never open fully; instead, they form a cup in which nectar collects. The nectar can only be reached by insects with a long proboscis. The sepals, with their silky-soft hairs, surround the individual flowers like a circular shell that seems to cradle and protect them. The individual tubular flowers gradually wither and turn orangey brown. From a distance, you appear to be looking at a huge sea of radiantly bright, yellowish-orange flowers.

This chalk-loving plant is found in fallow fields and meadows, by the wayside and on sunny slopes, but never where the soil is over-fertilized.

Anthyllis
Anthyllis

Origin, cultivation and processing

The anthyllis used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is mainly sourced from our biodynamic farm in Bad Boll, Germany. Immediately after harvest, Dr. Hauschka employees process the blossoming plants using a unique rhythmic extraction procedure. The extract is obtained using a cool mixture of water and alcohol. A This rhythmic WALA procedure method is also used to obtain an oil extract from dried anthyllis, which is mixed with warm apricot kernel oil at a temperature of 98.6°F (human body temperature) and further processed. The various ways we process anthyllis highlight the plant’s diverse properties. Both extracts are used in several Dr. Hauschka Skin Care formulations.

Anthyllis belongs to the faboideae family, a subfamily of the fabaceae (pea) family. It first originated from Southern Europe but is today found throughout Europe as well as in Western Asia, North Africa and the Americas.

As far back as the Middle Ages, anthyllis was mentioned in herb books as a plant that helped to heal wounds.

Anthyllis
Anthyllis

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

Anthyllis appears differently depending upon where it grows, readily adapting to different conditions. It may grow wildly and exuberantly, or in a controlled, structured manner. As an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, anthyllis uses this flexibility to adapt to any skin condition. It addresses the skin as an organ supporting its functions and helping it to discover its natural balance without become rigid. This provides our skin with a kind of adaptable “shell.” Anthyllis provides the stimuli needed to guide all skin conditions to a balanced, healthy state, while revitalizing processes of cleansing and renewal.