We have just found a brand new Natural Skincare product very similar to Hauschka but with a better price point, and we think you’ll love it! These Demeter certified, Biodynamic products are the fruit of one Woman’s passion for gentle, totally natural, yet effective and luxurious skincare, so without further ado, let’s dive in!
The Martina Story:
Martina Gebhardt’s passion for high quality skin care that is truly natural began with a traditional Central European herbal salve formula that was learned from her former pediatrician.
As most people know, traumatic events often lead to unexpectedly positive outcomes, and Martina’s story is no exception. At the tender age of three, she was bitten by a German Shepherd, and at the age of 16 she still carried the ugly facial scar from this incident and was advised to have the scar surgically removed. In addition, she was suffering from severe teenage acne.
While hoping that her acne problem would miraculously disappear if she only waited patiently, her former pediatrician, at the time already over 80 years old and no fan of cosmetic surgical interventions, convinced her to try an ancient apothecary formula on her facial scar. He mixed together a thick herbal salve, which contained sage and wool wax as key ingredients. As instructed, Martina applied the Sage herbal salve regularly on her left cheek.
Within a few months, not only had the scar begun to fade, but the acne pimpels were nearly completely gone. This experience showed Martina the power of this herbal salve, so naturally she began applying the salve on the other side of her face. Three months later, her acne pimples were gone, and it took only one year of treatment for the scar to become almost invisible. This was an amazing success for a simple cream , and a huge relief for a young teenager!
Luckily for us, her long time doctor was willing to share the herbal salve formula and she began experimenting with it, eventually transforming the herbal salve into a pleasant herbal day cream. The day cream became the Salvia cream, which was soon followed by the Salvia herbal facial toner, and today, the Martina Gebhardt Naturkosmetik company produces more than 140 different skin care products.
How do the products work?
Martina Gebhardt products are composed to support the natural functions of the skin. In this way, you can be assured that your skin remains healthy and will always return to its natural balance.
The creams are made up of about half herbal extracts in pure spring water, and half oily substances such as plant oils, fats and waxes. This corresponds to the composition of the hydrolipid (the oil-moisture ratio of the skin) layer of the skin of a 20 year old woman. Nourishing this skin layer helps support the vitality, health and smoothness of your skin. Moisturizing creams, fat based creams and oils can actually impair the natural balance of the skin causing the skin to become increasingly dryer.
Wool wax is used as an emulsifier in our creams, which is produced by a washing and centrifuging process that results in a practically pesticide-free substance. Wool wax is an excellent product for use in skin care, and is suited especially for dry and allergy-prone skin types. In the cleansers and facial lotions lecithin and pea starch are used as emulsifiers, both produced in certified organic cultivation, with coconut butter alcohol being added for consistency. This non-irritating mixture results in the skin being smooth and soft.
And of course, any Martina Gebhardt product can be combined with any other Martina product!
The Rose Skin Care line has a soothing, moisturizing and harmonizing effect on your skin, and prevents premature wrinkling. It has all the healing effects and day to day uses that are expected from a rose line!
The Ginseng Skin Care products contain many vitamins and other structural substances that help maintain the vitality, elasticity and regenerative capacity of mature skin over 30 years of age.
All Shea Butter products are free of essential oils, alcohol, herbal extracts and bee products, as well as any synthetic ingredients. These products are therefore totally free of any substances that may irritate allergy-prone individuals, and only those substances that are absolutely nonirritating.
Sage Skin Care products purify the skin, and have an astringent effect. They also regulate the activity of sebaceous, oil producing glands in the skin which help restore the natural protective skin layer.
Happy Ageing Line:
Anti-Aging? No, Happy Aging! The power of regeneration exists within all of us. It can be harnessed when we learn to accept ourselves the way we are. “Anti” means resistance, resisting oneself and one’s own abilities to regenerate. “Anti” makes old!
Why Martina Gebhardt?
All cosmetic products should be applied sparingly, nurturing rather than inhibiting the skins’ own functions. Using creams with an ideal pH value of 5 to 6, you assist your skin in preserving its natural protective barrier.
There are no cosmetic products that can completely prevent the natural aging process of the skin, however, nature is abundant with plant oils and herbs that can help preserve the elasticity and vitality of the skin, giving it a healthy and soft appearance. No chemical or synthetic imitations can nurture and protect the skin as well as natural substances can.
It’s simple; follow your desires and try something that appeals to you – something that you have an “appetite” for! Surely you do not feel like eating carrots every day, do you? The same goes for your skin. Your body and skin will stop absorbing any substances once they are saturated with them!
For different skin types, we do recommend certain products, however, we also recommend that you trust your sense of smell and perception, since the herbs contained in the products will attract you through their fragrances. If a certain fragrance is attractive to you, you will also harmonize with the ingredients associated with it (known as the affinity principle) – don’t worry, we will not fool your sense of smell!
Fully Organic and Cruelty free:
Martina Gebhardt only use 100% natural ingredients, that means no synthetic raw materials, surfactants, glycerol, titanium dioxide, preservatives or alcohol in their creams and lotions. Furthermore, they do not use any raw materials produced by inhumane animal practices, and obtain more than 95% of our raw materials from certified organic or Demeter cultivation. They also prepare our own spagyric essences, which are prepared following rhythmical, biodynamic principles.
All Martina products have the official seal for certified natural cosmetic products.
What does a Demeter certification mean?
Over 95% of the raw ingredients used in Martina Gebhardt products are Organic and Demeter certified, but what does a Demeter certification actually mean?
Named after Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture, Demeter is the brand for Biodynamic Agricultural. Those who use the brand (such as Martin Gebhardt) are strictly controlled and contractually bound, and there is a comprehensive verification process that ensures strict compliance with the International Demeter Production and Processing Standards, as well as applicable organic regulations in the various countries. This stringent quality control can be found in every step, from agricultural production to processing and final product packaging. The holistic Demeter requirements exceed government mandated regulations, not only excluding the use of synthetic fertilisers and chemical plant protection agents in agricultural crop production, or artificial additives during processing, but also requiring very specific measures to strengthen the life processes in soil and foodstuffs, much like our products work holistically to strengthen the skin.
What is Biodynamics?
Biodynamic farmers hold a picture in their minds of the whole farm as a single living system and work with herbal preparations that boost the micro-biological life processes to enhance fertility, resilience and the long term sustainability of the farm in accordance with the farmers’ intention.
They also extend their holistic consciousness to take advantage of closely observed natural rhythms and where possible cultivate and process their crops in accordance with these. The effects of the waxing and waning moon on biology are well known (e.g. A&E departments fill up at full moon) and observation of simple planting trials provide a reliable aid timing of cultivation.
Kindness to the earth is inherent in Martina Gebhardt’s products and philosophy, from the biodynamic certification and the use of no preservatives, to the sterilized white glass bottles that can be recycled easily or simply used over and over (these bottles also prevent sun-damage to the products inside, and glass is the only material that doesn’t leech into the product inside!). The amount of cardboard and plastic packaging is kept to an absolute minimum, and many of the products are suitable for vegans. Indeed, the only ingredients that aren’t suitable for vegans are from Demeter certified sources, so you can be absolutely sure that there is no animal exploitation anywhere in the production of these amazing products.
The remarkable recipes that Martina has developed over the years from traditional salves are also a testament to eco-friendliness. Thanks to the enriching and preserving nature of the natural ingredients used, the products have extraordinary shelf-lives with no synthetic preservatives at all. The trademark amazing smells of these products are also a result of expertly blended herbs and other ingredients – there is rarely any perfume used in Martina Gebhardt products.