Partnerships

Good for the skin, good for the world.

We are genuinely interested in all the people we meet around the world. Thanks to our loyal customers, we don’t need expensive ad campaigns. And as an independent foundation-owned company, we don’t have to pay dividends. Instead, we are free to invest in global raw materials partnerships, providing interest-free loans and enabling local farmers to pay fair wages.

 

Sustainable partnerships around the world.

Many of the plants we use in our formulations grow in our company’s own biodynamic herb garden or in the fields of our Demeter farm, the Sonnenhof. We purchase other raw materials regionally. But certain plant species from which we obtain raw materials do not thrive in our climate. One example is the macadamia nut, which we buy in organic quality from Kenya.

 

 

 

 

Valuable collaborations: what makes our partnerships special.

  • Organic initiation.
    We prefer to use ingredients in organic or Demeter quality for our products – and do this wherever possible. If these are not available on the world market in the desired quality, we initiate specific cultivation projects to achieve that quality.
  • Long-term perspective.
    We don’t believe in short-term contracts. We enjoy a solid and long-term working relationship with many farming partners. Our shea butter partnership, for example, has been in place for 20 years already. Binding, long-term commitments provide security for both sides in planning and further development.
  • Better social conditions.
    For us, fair trade relations are a matter of course. Our understanding of fair trade partnerships includes facilitating and promoting good local working conditions as well as providing the necessary support, for example in the form of loans.
  • Financial independence.
    We always want our partners to achieve economic stability so they are not fully dependent on us. We therefore help our partners sell their goods globally, not just to us. We support their further development by providing advisers, for example, and we share our expertise on agricultural issues, sustainable production processes and quality management.

 

 

Partnerships.

 

Macadamia nuts from Kenya

Dr. Hauschka macadamia nuts from Kenya

Where do the macadamia nuts whose oil is found in Dr. Hauschka cosmetic products come from? Our Kenyan supplier LIMBUA can give a precise answer to this question.

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Mango butter from India

Dr. Hauschka mango butter from India

Mango butter — In the past, this key raw material for cosmetics manufacturers did not exist in organic quality, but this is no longer the case thanks to Dr. Hauschka’s raw material project in India.

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Castor oil from India

Dr. Hauschka organic ricinus from India

When we wanted to start using castor oil in organic quality, we found that it was not available anywhere in the world. We were able to change this with the help of Indian farmers.

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Essential rose oil from Ethiopia

Dr. Hauschka essential rose oil from Ethiopia

When you think of essential rose oil, Turkey, Bulgaria, Iran or perhaps Afghanistan springs to mind – but Ethiopia? The Ethiopian Highlands are not only famous for their coffee, they are also the ideal place to grow the fragrant rose ‘Rosa damascena’.

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Essential rose oil from Afghanistan

Dr. Hauschka essential rose oil from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a stronghold of the opium trade. To offer people a sustainable alternative in order to protect their livelihood, Afghan farmers grow the Damask rose at the initiative of the German World Hunger Organisation. We support this project.

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Essential rose oil from Iran

Dr. Hauschka essential rose oil from Iran

In Iran, fragrant roses grow at an altitude of over 2,000 meters. The Zahra Rosewater Company biodynamically cultivates them there with our help. Profits go to orphans via a foundation.

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Ice plant from South Africa

Dr. Hauschka ice plant from South Africa

The heat-resistant ice plant, a key ingredient of Dr.Hauschka Med Skin products, comes from South Africa. We visit Ulrich Feiter, who grows the ice plant and goes back a long way with WALA.

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Shea butter from Burkina Faso

Dr. Hauschka shea butter from Burkina Faso

Shea butter is women’s work in Burkina Faso. We have helped develop a certified fair trade and organic project that now supports more than 4,000 women in this African country.

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A glimpse into our macadamia nut partnership in Kenya