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.

Ice Plant

Ice Plant

Raw material profile

The sun beats down relentlessly on the South African soil, the natural habitat of the ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum). If you do not want to die of thirst here, you need several tricks up your sleeve. The ice plant is well aware of these and is a specialist when it comes to getting water.More

Ice Plant Body Care Lotion ingredients

Ice Plant Body Care Lotion’s combination of hydrating, nurturing ingredients make it a well-tolerated basic skin care product for people with very dry or sensitive skin, as well as skin prone to atopic dermatitis. In clinical studies, people with this skin condition have found Ice Plant Body Lotion to be extremely effective. The lotion uses the pressed juice of the moisture-enhancing ice plant to noticeably and sustainably alleviate dryness, leaving the skin feeling wonderfully relaxed. A sophisticated mix of natural oils, such as avocado oil, as well as mango butter and lanolin form the basic constituents of the lotion. The ingredients are tailored to one another for quick absorption by the skin, moisturizing it while also coating the epidermis in a protective but non-oily layer. The high-quality lanolin protectively envelops the skin, offering a sense of serenity like that of grazing sheep. The very dry skin instantly feels sustainably relaxed and learns to develop its own hydrated barrier.

Why is ice plant an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Dry skin has forgotten how to preserve a hydrated barrier to the outside world. The robust ice plant is highly adept at binding moisture so becomes its teacher. The moisture-binding constituents of the ice plant fortify the skin’s barrier and encourage it to remain hydrated of its own accord.More

Pressed Ice Plant Juice
Pressed Ice Plant Juice
Mango butter
Mango butter
Avocado oil
Avocado oil
Lanolin
Lanolin
Ice Plant Body Care Lotion

Ice Plant Body Care Lotion

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All Ice Plant Body Care Lotion ingredients
Water (Aqua), Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract, Glycerin, Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Manihot Utilissima (Tapioca) Starch, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Lanolin, Lysolecithin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose Distearate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Hectorite, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate.

Although the ice plant is covered in many flowers, these are barely noticeable. Whitish-green in color and non-fragranced, they have little inherent attraction. It is this unique feature that makes the ice plant an extremely nourishing plant. It is packed with inner vitality.

Annette Greco
Head of Product Development

Origin, cultivation and processing

The ice plant used for Dr. Hauschka products comes from a Sicilian biodynamic farm, the Canary Islands or an organically-certified biodynamic farm in South Africa. We process the fresh plants using a special rhythmic procedure to obtain an extract or press the plants to obtain juice. During the juicing process, the leaves and stalk of the fresh plant are pressed.More

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The nurse Waltraud Marschke discovered the ice plant’s ability to alleviate itchy and extremely dry skin when working as an anthroposophical therapist on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. The molecular basis for the plant’s ability, the natural moisture-retention factor, was discovered by the Greifswald Institute of Pharmacy.

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The family name Mesembryanthemum comes from Mesembria (gr.) = midday and anthemon (gr.) = flower. This makes reference to the fact that the flowers only open when exposed to strong sunshine, so usually at midday.

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Ice plant leaves can be enjoyed as a spinach-like vegetable and taste great in salads. Their high salt content gives you the impression of tasting a sea breeze. South Africans chew the fermented leaves.

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In the Canary Islands, the ice plant was formerly used to obtain soda (sodium carbonate), an abundance of which can be found in its ash. This is the origin of its one of its German names: soda plant.

Ice Plant

Raw material profile

The sun beats down relentlessly on the South African soil, the natural habitat of the ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum). If you do not want to die of thirst here, you need several tricks up your sleeve. The ice plant is well aware of these and is a specialist when it comes to getting water. It does not have to hide from the beating sun, but instead stretches out as if it were relaxing in the heat. A single plant can often cover more than half a square yard of ground. In doing so, it sparkles as though covered in dew drops or ice crystals: fluid reservoirs on its leaves that hold the secret to its survival. The ice plant’s roots are approximately an inch long and clearly do not supply it with a great deal of water. Instead, the ice plant collects moisture from the air.

The ice plant thrives in sandy and salty soil near the sea and accumulates salt. Any normal plant dies if exposed to too much salt. In the case of the ice plant, the salt stimulates the production of the amino acid proline as well as sugar alcohols. Together with fruit acids and an abundance of magnesium, these result in a natural ability to retain moisture. These ice plant constituents attract and bind the little moisture present in the air. This is demonstrated particularly impressively by plant cuttings, which do not dry out for many weeks. The red color of the leaves completes the heat protection. The color comes from betacyanins, plant pigments which absorb light and thus provide natural protection against the sun.

But that is not all. Ice plants can ”hold their breath” during the day. Normally plants take in carbon dioxide from the air during the day and convert it to sugar and oxygen with the help of sunlight. Plants breathe through pores on the undersides of the leaves called stomata, however they also lose large amounts of water through them. In contrast, the ice plant closes its ”stomata during the heat of the day, preserving moisture and only opens them after sunset when temperatures have fallen. The following morning, ice plant takes in carbon dioxide which is processed to form sugar and oxygen through photosynthesis.

From July to September the frost-sensitive ice plant is covered with numerous unobtrusive whitish-green flowers with radially arranged petals. In damp weather, the capsules burst open, releasing the grey-brown seeds which need the heat of their native habitat to ripen.

Ice Plant

Origin, cultivation and processing

The ice plant used for Dr. Hauschka products comes from a Sicilian biodynamic farm, the Canary Islands or an organically-certified biodynamic farm in South Africa. We process the fresh plants using a special rhythmic procedure to obtain an extract or press the plants to obtain juice.
During the juicing process, the leaves and stalk of the fresh plant are pressed. In principle, this is similar to the method for obtaining freshly pressed orange juice, which tastes so wonderful because all the valuable constituents of the fruit pulp are involved in the pressing process. The same applies to freshly pressed ice plant juice: it contains all of the ice plant’s constituents and therefore all of its natural strengths. This is something very unique.

Ice Plant
Ice Plant

Why is ice plant an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Dry skin has forgotten how to preserve a hydrated barrier to the outside world. The robust ice plant is highly adept at binding moisture so becomes its teacher. The moisture-binding constituents of the ice plant fortify the skin’s barrier and encourage it to remain hydrated of its own accord.

The ice plant’s form reveals why it can set a particularly good example for skin prone to atopic dermatitis. Upon an examination of the plant’s qualities, we can see how they resemble those of our own bodies: the ice plant’s roots are like fingers reaching out to the earth. They correspond to our nervous system and sensory organs such as our skin where we find our own sense of touch. The flowers are connected to our mind as well as to our metabolic processes. The leaves, as the quasi center of the plant, reflect our breathing and the qualities of the human heart and lungs: two organs that form our own harmonizing center. In fact, the ice plant almost seems to consist of leaves alone. Its roots and flowers are small and inconspicuous. Regarded in a human sense, the ice plant acts with restraint in psychological and neurological matters so as to draw strength from deep within. This strength and reserve make the plant especially helpful to people prone to atopic dermatitis whose skin lacks strength and needs great nourishment and support.