1) Martina uses only 100 percent natural raw
2) She does not use synthetic raw materials like
substances and fragrance, preservatives,
protection filters (no titanium oxide, for example)
3) No raw materials for which animals are tortured,
4) Almost all raw materials (and not only herbs) are
obtained from "certified organic growers" or
5) They use spagyric essences from their own
6) They apply rhythmic, biologic-dynamic principles
7) They use environmentally "sensible" glass
no aluminum or plastic tubes.
8) Member of BDIH
WHAT IS BDIH?
BDIH - Using natural cosmetics is one of the many
which MG can apply a complete understanding of
nature to the
everyday objects they use - and at the same time
responsibly in relation to our environment. To this
end, MG is proud to be affiliated to BDIH, having
all the requirements contained in their 'Standards
Guideline' and allegeable to carry their trade-mark.
independent control body from Europe ensures that
quality seal criteria are fully complied with.
BDIH stands for Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie-
Handelsunternehmen (Federation of Germany Industries
Trading Firms) for pharmaceuticals, health care
supplements and personal hygiene products,
In order for MG to be affiliated with BDIH, they
meet strict criteria standards in order to term our
"natural cosmetics". Some of theses standards
- Take into account users' expectations with regards
and ecological products.
- Definite standards how raw cosmetic products
extracted and/or created and how they should be
- When raw products for cosmetics are extracted,
are taken to ensure that damage to nature is
that no living things are killed, particular
paid to the protection of animals and species.
- Interference in the genetic make-up of plants
genetic engineering is rejected.
- Raw materials should be produced in such a way as
protect the environment and minimize the use of
- Packaging should be both economical and
- It is forbidden to disinfect organic raw materials
completed cosmetic products using radioactive
The reason natural raw materials are preferred is
ecological superiority, particularly when they are
through controlled cultivation or other responsible
using natural resources. Moreover, natural
evolved alongside mankind, which means that the
toxicological risk is low. Products containing raw
which are insufficiently transparent, are not given
IS MARTINA GEBHARDT PRODUCTS SULFITE FREE?
Yes they are.
HOW DOES MARTINA GEBHARDT PRESERVE
At Martina's production facility, there are only
preservatives in action. Glass containers are
a sterilized environment much like a hospital. Then
formula has its own essential oils and oil component
will naturally preserve the product - they have an
anti-microbial effect. Nothing can grow until you
This leads to the next step. Since there are NO
preservatives in Martina's products, lotions and
benefit further from the use of pumps as "technical"
protectors, since the pump will not allow air or
back into the container, as it rests in your home.
unlike aluminum tubes, which can be easily
also advice keeping them in a cool air and out of
WHAT IS THE SHELF
LIFE OF THESE PRODUCTS?
The shelf life is approximately 1 1/2 years. But
see products go off sooner. So keep them stored in a
cool place and use them completely up.
WHY DOES SHE USE LANOLIN OR (WOOLWAX)?
Lanolin or wool wax as Martina calls it, is a proven
ingredient with hundreds of years of use. It seems
the invention of synthetic paraffins and glycerine
1960's that lanolin went out of fashion in
cosmetics. But it
much more beneficial for the skin than even
IS IT SAFE TO
USE LANOLIN (WOOLWAX) DUE TO
INSECTICIDES AND CHEMICAL DE-WORMING PASTES?
Martina has gone to great care to contract for the
manufactured from the wool of free range sheep
raised in the
wilds of New Zealand. The sheep in her lanolin
a happy life on an uninhabited island, where they
treated with insecticides or chemical de-worming
They are carefully shorn once a year, and the wool
with an organic wool wash to extract the "wax." They
that all animals have the right to live free and be
with care and respect, and are proud to support this
project. It is also noteworthy to add, that in
say lanolin could refer to a product which has
added, up to 13% without disclosure. But Martina's
We certainly think the US has something to learn
MARTINA USES A LOT
OF ALCOHOLS IN HER PRODUCT. IS THIS
SAFE FOR THE SKIN AND IS IT DIFFERENT?
All these alcohols used are distilled from fruits.
non-denatured ingredients, and retain the energy of
fruit from which they came. The term pure, or
alcohol refer to the same ingredient, as does the
'spirit of wine.'
GEBHARDT USE ANIMAL TESTING?
Martina has always believed that all creatures have
right to live a happy life. For this reason there
substances used in any of the products for which
tested, tortured or killed. The special "Bunny" logo
product certifies that MG is opposed to animal
any form, and gives our membership number in the
International Society that sets standards and
WHAT IS THE
FLOWER LOGO AND DEMETER SYMBOLS ON
The flower logo that appears on her stationary,
literature indicates that the company is a member in
Demeter Association. It is this association that
all producers of Demeter certified agricultural
Demeter standards include the principles of organic
and take them further to encompass the bio-dynamic
principles as outlined by Rudolf Steiner. This
growing honors the rhythmic cycles of nature and
the production of higher quality fruits, herbs and
vegetables that are used in their products.
Essential oils are of this same quality.
LINE A WATER BASE OR OIL BASE LINE?
Martina's line is not a water based product, it is
base. The better skincare lines are always oil
Microbs have a hard time growing in an oily medium
This is not the only reason she is using an oil
formula, its just better for the skin. See next
PRODUCTS HARD TO ABSORB WITH SO MANY
PLANT OILS SHE USES?
Martina's Cremes are formulated with a higher
rich moisturizers, such as shea butter, lanolin,
organically grown oils. The oils of these
interact with the hyro-lipid coat to nourish the
reduce fine lines and plum up the cells. These rich
a bit slower to absorb, also give your skin the
benefit from the gentle massage that can increase
circulation. As the creme connects with the cells in
hydrolipid coat, it enriches the skin with delicious
moisture from pure, organic sources.
THERE MORE AGGRESSIVE
INGREDIENTS IN HER LINE?
Ingredients like hylauronic acid, which is a
pseudo-estrogen, can cause allergies. The hormone
substances pass through the skin membrane rather
aggressively. Another controversial ingredient are
liposomes of soy extracts made into tiny pills the
size of a
nanometer that enable these molecules to pass easily
the skin membrane. This molecular action takes not
fats, but all kinds of other ingredients from the
INTO the skin and blood stream. Educated consumers
the facts to make a conscious choice before they use
commercial cosmetic that is specifically designed to
aggressively penetrate their skin and pull
fragrances directly into the blood vessels. Our
lines use some ingenious organically grown and wild
ingredients so that the products get visible results
types of skin. These herbal ingredients have a long
of use, and though no claims can be made, are highly
effective components. Other herbal ingredients that
moisture in the skin and relax the skin are: sage,
hops, fennel, clover, calendula. OE products use
MSM and ceremids from plants to aid skin balance.
WHAT DOES THE
TERM GENUINE ESSENTIAL ROSE
OR OTHER OIL MEAN? AREN'T ALL THE OILS SHE USES
This term appears on Martina's labels as a
designation that this is an oil which has not been
further after distillation from it's original plant
It is common practice, even in natural cosmetics, to
standardize oils by adding or removing ingredients
the essential oil always smells the same in the
organically grown oils in Martina's products are the
pure essential oils without subtracting or adding
fragrance components. All our companies share this
You can rest assured that any skincare your purchase
using genuine essential oils.
WHY DO HER LABELS
MENTION ESSENTIAL OILS BUT DO
NOT LIST THEM EXACTLY?
In a formula where there are five or more essential
blended together for a special signature scent, the
say only 'essential oils.' This formula is
is withheld so that it cannot be copied. All oils
the proprietary blends are genuine, pure essential
SIGNIFICANT ABOUT CONTROLLED
Controlled means certified, to distinguish the
during a time when it was possible to say organic -
wasn't. All ingredients that are organic have a
certification paper trail to validate their status.
WHAT IS THIS
SPAGYRIC METHOD SHE REFERS TO
IN HER BROCHURE?
Spagyric (spah-geer-ik) refers to a very old system
production that promotes healing by balancing the 5
of the body: air, fire, water, earth and ether. The
famous advocate of the spagyric tradition lived in
century and went down in history as Theophrastus
of Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus. The
our habitat means that both plus and minus forces
contained in the plants, i.e. both beneficial and
destructive energy. This fact is best expressed in
and Yang signs familiar in Asian philosophy. Each
contains the Yin and Yang forces, plus and minus,
forces from both poles. Spagyric essences are
using all the parts of the plants: flower, stems,
fruits, and roots to produce special extracts. These
extracts are then used in minute dilutions to
effects of the herbs, and added to the cosmetics.
The Greek word spagyria contains the two concepts of
and combine. Usual brews or tinctures only take part
plant’s powers. A new approach to nature and its
needed to understand the alchemical purification
associated "power enhancement". Accordingly, if the
separated from the impure, the fine from the rough
spiritual from the material, this essence provides
us with a
natural aid which has been enhanced a thousand times
unique in its effect. Spagyric processing is
according to the following system: separation ,
purification, reunification (cohobation).
Martina's spagyric process involves fermentation,
distillation and evaporative proprietary methods to
highly bio-active mineral ingredients that
make Martina's formulas highly effective and unique.
EXPLAIN THIS SPAGYRIC FERMENTATION PROCESS BETTER?
This is a very costly and work-intensive process;
plant leaves are pulverised and fermented by adding a
special yeast. This alcoholic brew is distilled and
residue dried and incinerated. The ashes are then
the distillate again and, after dissolving the
salts, filtered. After a maturing process of four
essence can be potentiated again. Only healthy
grown plants are used for processing just as only
spring water is used to dissolve the ashes. Another
worth mentioning in conclusion is that in preparing
(harvesting and processing) these spagyric essences,
influences of the planets and cosmic rhythm (moon
used to attain the optimum result.
YOU SUGGEST FOR ROSEACEA?
It depends on the person. Everyone is different and
different. Roseacea is overreactive. You would
need something calming. Rose (except the toner),
Shea Butter and
Lemon Balm (special order) Cream would be an
option. Camelia Seed oil,
Evening Primrose Seed oil is another option. Those
special order items as well.
MARTINA PACKAGE HER
Martina Gebhardt packages their products by glass and uses recycled
their labels. Martina Gebhardt Natural Skin Care products
are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities, following the highest possible
standards that go beyond Good Manufacturing Practices. The raw materials are
meticulously processed – following holistic and bio-rhythmic principles – to
ensure that plants vitality as well as nourishing and regenerative qualities
are retained. The company conducts regularly in house testing and all our
products undergo a rigorous Third Party Certification Protocol. Our products
are packaged in light resistant opaque-glass containers to increase stability
and protect from plastic leaching into the product. French pumps are used as a
locking system to keep the air out. Every one of Martina Gebhardt’s skin care
products exceeds the German Natural Certification standards.
EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THESE HIGH GRADE INGREDIENTS?
Gebhardt’s exceptional certified organic herbal & aromatherapy skin
care products are crafted using just a few – but very carefully selected –
high-grade organic ingredients that have been treasured for centuries. Martina
Gebhardt Naturkosmetik are meticulously crafted with the purest natural
ingredients, such as pprecious plant oils, butters, plant extracts, highly
energized plant essences, and pure medicinal quality essential oils and other
genuine natural substances. The company follows strict raw material
selection.and the highest manufacturing standards that allow exceptional
product purity and freshness levels. Whenever humanly possible, the raw
materials must come from certified organic sources. Currently more than
95% of the raw materials are obtained from certified organic sources or
biodynamic organic contract cultivations. No mineral oils, synthetic raw
materials, parabens and other synthetic preservatives, artificial
fragrances, colors, glycerols, titanium dioxide or otherwise inferior or
harmful raw materials are used. Further, Martina Gebhardt Naturkosmetik does
not use any standardized raw materials or GMO-botanicals and reflects the
company's sincerity in using raw materials in its natural state. The company
carefully screens suppliers and conducts sample testing of all raw materials.
This ensures that the vitality and nutrient content of the plant is retained.
All products received the presticious demeter certification!
WHAT MAKES HER FORMULAS SPECIAL?
Martina Gebhardt Naturkosmetik products
are balanced, skin-friendly, and genuine natural, organic skin
care formulas that are designed to resemble and support the skin's
hydro-lipid barrier. Martina Gebhardt's organic creams and
lotions are made with high-grade, unrefined oils and butters from plants,
wool wax, lecithin and beeswax, which have a great similarity to the skin’s
natural oils. These ingredients provide an excellent base for the natural
active substances to exert their effects and replenish the skin’s natural oils
and water in the correct ratio to sustain the skin’s protective hydro-lipid
WHAT TYPE OF SKIN RESULTS SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN USING MARTINA GEBHARDT SKINCARE?
Martina Gebhardt Naturkosmetiks are
genuine natural, organic, and highly effective skin care formulas that work
with the natural processes of your skin in a very natural and holistic way.
Everyone can benefit from using these products. Be it maintaining healthy,
youthfully vibrant skin or caring for sensitive, oily, blemish-prone and
otherwise problematic skin – Martina Natural Naturkosmetik is beneficial to
you. Daily use will:
gently support the
skin’s natural functions and regenerative healing forces.
integrity of the skin’s natural eco-system.
and lubricate skin that is dry, sensitive and irritable.
purify and balance
oily skin conditions.
premature aging skin.
encourage firm, vibrant, beautiful, and healthy complexion.
shield from the
skin’s resilience and self-healing ability.
aid in revitalizing and rejuvenating the skin.
HOW DO YOU USE MARTINA
program for specific skin types is offered, Martina Gebhardt suggests that you
experiment to find the right blend for your skin type.
You can interchange products from
various skin care systems. For example you can use the Ginseng Cream or Ginseng
Lotion (refreshing invirgorating effect) in the morning and the Rose Skin Care
products (more calming and harmonizing) in the evening.
As a general rule, Martina Gebhardt
suggests applying skin care products sparingly. A tiny amount goes a long way.
An excess of creams and lotions can actually inhibit the skin’s own functions
For normal, younger skin, it is
sufficient to use only a facial cleanser at night. Our facial cleanser contain
pure, high-grade plant oils and provides enough oil to protect your skin
overnight, still leaving your skin able to breathe. This way, perspiration and
impurities reach the skin’s surface without obstruction. If your skin
type requires a somewhat richer treatment, our lotions or creams provide
excellent night protection.
Skin tonics are an important part
of your daily skin routine. Our skin tonics are made with Spagyric Essences
and offer important water-soluble nutrients that are not available in
creams or lotions. Therefore, we suggest you use the skin tonics regularly
after cleansing. Infact, you can apply tonics several times each day to refresh
and revitalize your skin.
Consider your skin condition, the local
air quality, and the seasons when selecting a lotion or cream. In the summer,
we suggest using facial lotions; for the winter months we suggest using creams.
The facial lotion is also perfectly suited as a makeup base. Alternatively, the
creams can be applied as a facial mask to feed the skin with more concentrated
You can adjust the moisture content to
suit your individual needs. To obtain the perfect amount of moisture for your
skin type, you can thin the cream by mixing in a little of the corresponding
lotion before applying.
Our specialty creams, facial masks, and
facial seed oils can be combined with any of our other products.
Change skin care products periodically
to ensure that your skin receives a broad range of nutrients.
Our products are formulated without any harsh or irritating
synthetic or petroleum based ingredients and are therefore very gentle by
nature. However, we have to keep in mind that it is possible to develop allergies or sensitivities to any substance on earth
- including natural Substances. Therefore, if you have
allergy-prone or highly sensitive skin always carefully review ingredient list
and patch test before applying any skin care products. Consult with your
hoilistic health or beauty professional for guidance as needed.
YOUR SKIN PRODUCTS
suited, ** appropriate, * not specifically developed
this skin type but possible, - not suited
DESCRIPTION OF DIFFERENT
Sheabutter products are free of essential oils,
herbal extracts and bee products. They do not
preservatives, surfactants, synthetic or
raw materials, paraffin waxes or synthetic
fragrances as is
the case with all our products. Sheabutter products
therefore totally free of any substances that may
allergy-prone individuals. Sheabutter skin care
contain the very minimum of ingredients, using only
substances that are absolutely non-irritating.
care products purify the skin and have astringent
They help regulate the activity of sebaceous,
glands in the skin and restore the natural
care products contain many vitamins and structural
substances that help maintain the vitality,
regenerative capacity of mature skin over 30 years
care system has soothing, smoothing, moisturizing
harmonizing effects for your skin and prevents
morning: apply the facial water after cleansing in
refresh and vitalize the skin. Tap well to stimulate
skin's blood circulation.
cream is massaged into the slightly moist skin. You
need a small amount. If you prefer cream with a
consistency, combine a pea-sized drop of the cream
drop of lotion on your hand, rub together and apply
mixture to the skin.
evening, you only need the fat-replenishing
to sufficiently protect the skin through the night.
night, the skin should be able to "breathe" which
sweat and waste products can reach the surface of
unhindered. This way, your skin remains healthy and
its natural balance.