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ABOUT MARTINA GEBHARDT

Nurturing beauty is a highly developed art, and creating cosmetic products reflects the intimate bond between our senses and sensuality.

The enveloping fragrance of essential oils, the soothing softness of creams and lotions covering the skin like silk and the gentle massage effects that are as important to me as the classical use of cosmetics, such as skin care, prevention of premature wrinkling, etc.

Through this sensual experience we become open and receptive; our muscles, tissue and cells relax and we feel calm and good in our skin. Energy blockages are released and we radiate greater vitality. We feel beautiful - we are beautiful!

Wisdom is gained by letting go the non-essential. (Laotse, 604 B.C.)

The philosophical insight that less is more is taken seriously in the way I manufacture my cosmetic products. My products contain only those ingredients that are necessary and that complement each other to create that special, magical essence that exceeds the sum of its individual components.

Martina Gebhardt, May 2009

About our Products

The term cosmetics is derived from the Greek word KOSMOS, which means world order or order of nature. Modern cosmetics is the art of preserving and nurturing this natural order, that helps to maintain and promote the beauty of the body.

The oldest known cosmetic products originated in ancient Egypt. These cosmetics prove that it is possible to manufacture the most magnificent creams and ointments using only pure, natural ingredients. Synthetic preservatives, such as emulsifiers, stabilizers and fragrances were not known and therefore were not necessary in those times.

Bees wax and wool wax are excellent nourishing base materials for skin ointment. They contain a natural emulsifier that smoothens the skin, making it elastic and soft. Pure essential oils, propolis and rose water reduce bacterial growth and therefore act as mild preservatives.

Ancient Egyptians and native peoples around the world had a vast knowledge about celestial rhythms and how they effect the preparation of natural products, especially herbal remedies and cosmetics. In ancient times, the preparation of body care products was in the hands of medi- cine men and healers. They observed the rhythm of the stars and the moon and discovered that plant extracts prepared at certain times had significantly greater healing powers compared to when they were prepared at other times. Today, the indigenous people of Central America still prepare essential oils and ointments according to cosmic laws. Large parts of this ancient knowledge have been rediscovered by modern biodynamic cultivation practices and by spagyric preparation methods.

The achievements of modern chemistry have brought many changes; but have they really brought us any closer to fulfilling our human needs? Unfortunately, the modern cosmetic industry has succumbed to the use of chemical bases and mineral oils that are easy to handle, that extend shelf life for years and that give creams a brilliantly white appearance. As a result, we see an ever growing number of allergies and skin diseases. We do not want to continue on this path! With our products, we attempt to reinstate the natural order. The quality of skin care products depends primarily on the freshness of the raw materials and the methods that are used for processing these materials. We use the freshest herbs and oils to manufacture our high-quality cosmetic skin care products. We obtain most of our raw materials from certified organic cultivation or Demeter contract growers.

Naturally, we do not use any animal derived raw materials and our manufacturing processes are in accordance with the guidelines of the German Animal Rights Association.

How to use MARTINA GEBHARDT natural cosmetiscs

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 preserve the elasticity and vitality of the skin, giving it a healthy and soft appearance. No chemical synthetic imitations can nurture and protect the skin as natural substances can.

It's simple; follow your desire and try something that appeals to you, 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/or your skin will no longer absorb the same 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 your own perception since the herbs contained in the products will attract you through their fragrances. If a certain fragrance is pleasing to you, you will also harmonize with the ingredients associated with it (the affinity principle). Don't worry, we will not fool your sense of smell!

Product formulation

Our products are composed to support the functions of the skin. In this way, you can be assured that your skin remains healthy and will return to its natural balance.

Our skin creams have a moisture content of about 50 percent, e.g. herbal extracts in pure spring water, and contain 50 percent oily substances, e.g. plant oils, fats and waxes. This corresponds to the composition of the hydrolipid layer (the lipid-moisture ratio of our skin) 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 impair the natural balance of the skin causing the skin to become increasingly dryer.

We use wool wax in our skin creams as an emulsifier. The wool wax is produced by a washing and centrifuging process that results in a practically pesticide-free substance. Wool wax is an excellent skin care substance suited especially for dry and allergy-prone skin types. In our cleansers and facial lotions we use lecithin and pea starch as emulsifiers, both produced in certified organic cultivation. Coconut butter alcohol is added for consistency. This non-irritating substance makes the skin smooth and soft.

All creams can be combined with any of our other products.

Highlights:

  • We only use 100% natural ingredients.
  • We do not use synthetic raw materials, surfactants, glycerol, titanium dioxide, preservatives or alcohol for our creams and lotions.
  • We do not use any raw materials produced by inhumane animal practices.
  • We obtain more than 95% of our raw materials from certified organic cultivation or Demeter contract cultivation.
  • We prepare our own spagyric essences.
  • This preparation follows rhythmical, biodynamic principles.
  • All of our products have the official seal for certified natural cosmetic products.

Samples are approximately 1/8oz to 1/4oz packaged in a recyclable jar.  These are not produced by the manufacturer, but only through Natural Solutions.  The size and price were determined by the largest size container the manufacturer has available and evenly proportioned.  Every person's skin is unique, and as with all cosmetics we recommend that a person apply a small amount of the product to the inner wrist for 1-2 days before applying elsewhere to ensure comfort and compatibility.  We encourage everyone to read the ingredient labels carefully to avoid allergens.  Please read our policies under Customer Service Desk as not all items are returnable.