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Why do some Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products contain alcohol?

Herbs and flowers are the core of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care preparations and many are extracted in a mixture of alcohol and water. We use a Certified Organic food-grade ethyl alcohol (ethanol) from wheat. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents. Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, helping ingredients penetrate the skin. Alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition. Our alcohol is derived from a fermentation and distillation process and is gluten-free. Isopropyl alcohol is never used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products.

What is the “fragrance” or “parfum” listed in your ingredients?

Dr. Hauschka fragrances are carefully composed, proprietary blends of the purest, highest quality essential oils. European regulations require that we list our pure essential oil scents as "Fragrance (Parfum)". No synthetic fragrance or perfume ingredients are used to scent Dr. Hauschka products.

I am allergic to peanuts. Should I be concerned about the peanut oil used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products?

The peanut oil used in Dr. Hauschka products is treated with steam and subsequently filtered, which removes the proteins that cause allergic reaction. While the likelihood of an allergic reaction to the peanut oil used in Dr. Hauschka products is extremely low, we suggest those with peanut allergy discuss this issue with their health provider.

Why is talc in your products?

Talc provides smooth application and even blending of mineral pigments in Dr. Hauschka Decorative Cosmetics. Talc absorbs oil, not water, so cannot support bacteria and keeps make-up vivid and fresh throughout the day. Studies show that talc is a safe and effective ingredient for cosmetic use. It is an inert mineral with no inherent toxicity. All talc in Dr. Hauschka Decorative Cosmetics is certified asbestos-free.

Do your products contain gluten?

Gluten, a naturally-occurring protein in wheat and other grains, is found in the hydrolyzed wheat protein and fermented grain extract used in Soothing Cleansing Milk. This products is not suitable for people with allergies to wheat. Those with celiac disease can safely use this product if they avoid getting the product in the mouth. Wheat germ oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E) and alcohol are wheat-derived ingredients that do not contain gluten. We have verified to the best of our ability that no other gluten or wheat substances are used during the manufacture of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care or its ingredients.

Why do you use lanolin?

Lanolin is a waxy oil that is nearly identical to human sebum. Lanolin is a moisturizing ingredient and a natural emulsifier. The lanolin in Dr. Hauschka products is humanely obtained from New Zealand sheep and processed to the highest standards of purity to eliminate allergen concerns.

Does St. John’s wort increase sensitivity to sunlight?

St. John’s wort is a wound healing plant with a long history of topical use for skin irritation. Questions about its interaction with medications, hormones or increased sensitivity to sunlight have been raised only with internal usage of St. John’s wort as a dietary supplement. No adverse effects have ever been documented with external usage. We recommend you consult your medical practitioner should you have any concern.

Do your products contain ingredients made with GMOs?

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Inc. and our manufacturer, WALA Heilmittel view genetic manipulation as a dangerous practice. The consequences of tampering with nature in this way cannot be fully foreseen. Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Inc. and WALA Heilmittel are firmly opposed to genetic modification of plants and animals. Since 1997 WALA has been actively working to ensure that genetically modified ingredients are not used in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products. WALA maintains a close watch on botanical raw materials and vigilantly identifies ingredients that pose a risk for GMO contamination. When conventionally grown plants with a high probability for genetic manipulation must be used, WALA insists on testing and certification from suppliers. Beginning in 1998, WALA’s supplier of soy lecithin has conducted independent genetic testing to certify their source material is GMO-free.