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.

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 create wax, among other things. Wax is a substance with an extremely high energy content. The bees consolidate the energy in their food and secrete wax scales measuring about 1 millimeter from their abdominal glands.More

Hydrating Hand Cream

Warm hands certainly make it easier to perform tasks with greater enthusiasm, so we include beeswax in Hydrating Hand Cream to protectively envelop the hands and potentially offer a touch of its vibrant, warm structure to our endeavors. Blackthorn flower extract supports the skin with added warmth, while an extract of moisture-balancing kalanchoe revitalizes. Nourishing almond oil is well received by the skin, helping Hydrating Hand Cream to 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. Created by a living being, beeswax represents warmth and structure.More

Beeswax
Beeswax
Sweet Almond oil
Sweet Almond oil
Kalanchoe extract
Kalanchoe extract
Blackthorn flower extract
Blackthorn flower 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 humans and are a delicate barometer for external influences. Whether a storm is drawing near, a cold-snap is on the way or the beekeeper’s actions are simply imbalanced, bees will instantly react with unrest and become more likely to sting. As bees respond to my behavior as a beekeeper, I have learned a certain humility and calmness from them. I can neither force nor train them to act as I’d like. They are and remain wild animals with their own personality.

Thomas Korneck
Gardener and beekeeper in the Dr. Hauschka biodynamicplant 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, associations for biodynamic and organic farming, respectively. 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

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care has a tradition of protecting bees. Bee colonies have been at home in the biodynamic plant garden in Eckwälden, Germany since the early 1980s. The bees are kept in accordance with Demeter biodynamic farming regulations and allowed to swarm. The 150 plants grown for products, 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 method 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, for sealing containers and as a fuel.

Beeswax - Dr.Hauschka

Bees use muscular tremors to maintain a constant average temperature of 95.9°F in the beehive. And, like no other insect, this temperature is not the only way bees are similar to humans. Bees’ ability to communicate and their 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 create wax, among other things. Wax is a substance with an extremely high energy content. The bees consolidate the energy in their food and secrete wax scales measuring about 1 millimeter from their abdominal glands. These are then used to construct honeycombs. The wax scales are translucent like rock 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 color. The beeswax only turns the well-known shade of yellow after the bees have used 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 104°F. The wax becomes malleable and automatically takes on a hexagonal form with a thickness of just 0.07 millimeters. The heat activates enzymes in the saliva, which solidify the wax through a chemical reaction.
The completed honeycomb is formed from 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 2.6 pounds of wax, the bees need the energy contained in 16.5 pounds of honey.

Incidentally, all of the honeycomb cells made by a bee colony are nearly identical in 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, associations for biodynamic and organic farming, respectively. 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. These associations continually review compliance with the regulations in cooperation with state-certified inspection bodies.

The beeswax is obtained by melting 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 measure.

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.
Created by a living being, beeswax represents warmth and structure. It is an energy-packed construction material that bees produce and, with the aid of heat, form 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 breathable protection against external influences, retains moisture and supports the skin’s elasticity. The skin feels protected and nurtured.