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.

Melissa

Melissa

About Melissa

Run your hands through a cluster of healthy, green melissa leaves (Melissa officinalis) and you will be treated to a fresh, lemony fragrance. Melissa’s bright, unmistakeable scent helps identify the plant’s peppermint-shaped leaves from those of mint plants.More

Melissa Day Cream ingredients

Melissa Day Cream calms while helping skin discover its natural balance. The melissa (lemon balm) plant has a centered structure that guides the skin to a balanced state. Melissa Day Cream is the ideal skin care product for sensitive combination skin with a tendency toward dryness, shine and redness. Extracts of melissa, daisy, anthyllis, witch hazel and carrot soothe and balance. Tapioca starch provides an even, matte appearance.

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

Melissa touches our hearts. When growing, it forms a spherical shape to create a protected inner area in which the delicate petals can flourish. It radiates a sense of protection and warmth. We primarily focus on its leaves; its petals remain in the background.More

Melissa extract
Melissa extract
Anthyllis extract
Anthyllis extract
Witch hazel extract
Witch hazel extract
Carrot extract
Carrot
extract
Melissa Day Cream

Melissa Day Cream

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Full list of Melissa Day Cream ingredients
Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Glycerin, Manihot Utilissima (Tapioca) Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citral*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Hectorite, Lysolecithin, Xanthan Gum, Coco-Glucoside, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947).

*from natural essential oils

In spring, melissa looks youthfully light yet powerful, boasting vibrant light-green leaves and a fresh fragrance. In summer, it starts to change its inner being and develop more tannins. We harvest melissa from spring to autumn, just before it starts to blossom. This is when it has the greatest vitality and expresses its powerful lightness most strongly.

Monika Ganter
Employee in Product Development at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

Origin, cultivation and processing

Most of the melissa used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is grown just a half mile from our offices in Eckwälden, Germany. Staff at our biodynamic farm cultivate the melissa plants by hand using careful procedures in line with certified biodynamic farming methods. They monitor the plants’ growth closely and harvest the melissa leaves just before they start to blossom.More

Melisse - Dr.Hauschka

“This remedy makes the heart joyful.” Benedictine nun Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) describing melissa.

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Internally, melissa has traditionally been used to soothe an array of problems, including heart palpitations, insomnia and gastrointestinal cramps and flatulence.

Melisse - Dr.Hauschka

The Carmelites of the French abbey St. Juste added melissa to their Carmelite water, which they manufactured under the name ”Eau de Carnes” for Charles V. of France (1338-1380) as a remedy for threatening colds and gastrointestinal problems.

Melisse - Dr.Hauschka

Bees love the fragrance of melissa and associate it with ample sources of food. They produce a gland secretion that smells similar to melissa and use it to mark feeding areas that are rich in nectar or pollen. The plant’s name reflects this close relationship: in Greek, melissa = honey bee.

Melissa

About Melissa

Run your hands through a cluster of healthy, green melissa leaves (Melissa officinalis) and you will be treated to a fresh, lemony fragrance. Melissa’s bright, unmistakeable scent helps identify the plant’s peppermint-shaped leaves from those of mint plants; but taste its freshly plucked leaves and you might be surprised by its harsh and slightly bitter flavor their aroma.

More commonly known as lemon balm, melissa’s fresh fragrance is created by certain constituents of the plant’s complex essential oil—primarily citronellal, geranial and neral—whereas the taste comes from its natural bitters and tannins. Melissa only contains about 0.3% essential oil, making it one of the most valuable and expensive botanical oils.

Melissa’s natural habitat, climate and even time of harvest all have a strong influence on its overall composition. Tannins such as rosemarinic acid, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, as well as flavonoids, supplement the leaves’ essential oils.

The white petals concealed in the leaf axils open from July to August. Take a closer look inside the petals and you will spot the plant’s ‘lip’ which is typical of labiates, the family to which melissa belongs. The petals smell honey-sweet, especially in contrast to the lemony leaves.

Melissa

Origin, cultivation and processing

Most of the melissa used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is grown just a half mile from our offices in Eckwälden, Germany. Staff at our biodynamic farm cultivate the melissa plants by hand using careful procedures in line with certified biodynamic farming methods. They monitor the plants’ growth closely and harvest the melissa leaves just before they start to blossom. After harvesting, they use warmed external air at temperatures below 104°F to carefully dry the fresh leaves while at the farm. This preserves most of the essential oil. During processing, the dried melissa leaves are mixed with pure, organic peanut oil. The melissa and the oil are then left to mature for a week in line with a proprietary rhythmic procedure. During this phase, the compound is heated to human body temperature. It is carefully mixed every morning and evening to enable the melissa to transfer all its strength to the oil.

Melissa originally comes from the Eastern Mediterranean region and Western Asia. Rather than extremely arid or extremely damp conditions, it prefers a climate that is warm but not too hot. It has been used as a medicinal plant and spice since antiquity. The unique leaf extract developed by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is especially soothing and balancing to the skin.

Melissa
Melissa

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

Melissa touches our hearts. When growing, it forms a spherical shape to create a protected inner area in which the delicate petals can flourish. It radiates a sense of protection and warmth. We primarily focus on its leaves; its petals remain in the background. Each leaf is heart-shaped and forms a mediating center between the two polar plant elements of the roots and the petals. With its pronounced center, melissa is a master of balance, helping imbalanced skin rediscover its harmony.

Melissa