Dr. Hauschka

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Dr. Hauschka is the brand name given to the holistic range of skin care and cosmetics made by the German company WALA Heilmittel GmbH. The brand name originates from WALA's founder Dr. Rudolf Hauschka, who established the WALA laboratories in 1935 with the purpose of formulating anthroposophic medicines from water-based plant extracts using Dr. Hauschka’s unique rhythmic manufacturing process. In 1967 WALA launched the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care brand—a collaboration between Dr. Hauschka and Viennese cosmetologist Elisabeth Sigmund, who had begun experimenting with the use of WALA’s medicinal preparations in the skin care products she formulated for her clients in Stockholm, Sweden. Their approach was based on the belief that beauty and health are deeply entwined; together, they developed products using plant extracts without synthetic chemical emulsifiers and featuring fragrance mixtures from natural botanical essential oils. Since the initial launch, WALA has continued to expand its range of Dr. Hauschka personal care products, including a complete line of make-up first launched in 1999. In 2009, the skin care and make-up range was joined by Dr. Hauschka Med, a line of advanced-care products now available in Europe.[1][2]


Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was a joint winner in the 2006 Brands with a Conscience Award from the Medinge Group. And many of the brand’s natural products are the winners of Editors’ Picks, Beauty Expert and Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards.


The founder, Dr. Hauschka, studied chemistry and medicine, graduating with his doctorate in 1914. He was involved with Anthroposophy and was president of the Wandervogel movement in Austria. It was Karl Schubert who introduced Hauschka to Anthroposophy during this time. He participated in the First World War as a medical officer.[3]

After the War he went on several scientific expeditions. His travels took him to Australia, India and Egypt. His works take into account rhythmic processes found in nature. Dr. Rudolf Steiner influenced him greatly and anthroposophical medicine became his methodological approach to the study of nature, medicine, plants and natural phenomena. Attending one of Steiner’s lectures in 1924, Dr. Hauschka asked Dr. Steiner: “what is life?” “Study rhythm,” came Steiner’s reply, “Rhythm carries life.”


1935 Hauschka founded the first WALA Laboratory near Ludwigsburg and later in 1953 this became WALA- Heilmittel Laboratorium. According to Hauschka himself, one of the most prominent people he met during this period was Otto Ohlendorf, the infamous Nazi war criminal.[1][2] In 1942 while in Vienna Hauschke married the anthroposophical doctor Margaret Stavenhagen, whom he had first met in the Ita Wegman Clinical Therapeutic Institute in Arlesheim in 1929.[4]


R. Hauschka’s weighing experiments were repeated by Stefan Baumgaertner and published in 1992.[5]

External links[edit]

• Official WALA homepage • Official Dr. Hauschka Skin Care homepage


  1. ^ http://www.wala.de/english/company/formation-idea/
  2. ^ http://www.wala.de/english/company/history/
  3. ^ Hauschka, Rudolf (2000). At the Dawn of a New Age
  4. ^ Hauschka, Rudolf (2000). At the Dawn of a New Age
  5. ^ Stephan Baumgartner: Hauschkas Wägeversuche. Weight variations of germinating plants in a closed system. Verlag am Goetheanum (Mathematisch-Astronomische leaves NF 16), Dornach 1992, ISBN 3-7235-0646-1