Introducing Susanne Kaufmann: The Sustainable Skincare Brand Inspired by the Austrian Alps
Founded in 2003, Susanne Kaufmann’s eponymous line was inspired by her heritage, namely, her great-great-grandfathers’ Hotel Post Bezau (which she now runs), established in 1850 and located high in Austria’s Bregenz Forest. It was while sourcing products for the hotel spa’s all-natural treatments that her search came up short, so she set about creating her own line that would incorporate locally-sourced, botanical ingredients such as rosemary, horse chestnut and chamomile. Word soon got out about the luxe range of skin, body, and hair care products designed to support the skin’s natural functions and the brand was launched into the spotlight.
The power of nature forms the cornerstone of Kaufmann’s beauty, health, and wellbeing philosophy, along with the traditions and knowledge surrounding the healing power of plants that have been passed down for generations in the Bregenzerwald region. “Unique, powerful plants such as arnica, chamomile, marigold, lavender, and rosemary are found in abundance here and can withstand the harsh weather conditions of The Alps, free from pollution,” says Kaufmann. The line features Alpine plants and botanical blends carefully chosen for their efficacy and skin affinity (even the water in the products comes from a natural spring in the Bregenzerwald), combined with the latest scientific developments and pioneering biotechnologies to bring proven skin benefits.
Commitment to sustainability also runs through every element of the brand’s production process: their cutting edge production facilities are powered by solar and thermal energy and their elegant, signature packaging is made from recycled glass. "For me, terms like ‘clean’ and ‘natural’ go much further than the high-quality, natural, and effective ingredients,” says Kaufmann. “It should also encompass environmentally friendly production, sustainable packaging innovation and manufacturing processes, and a deep respect for nature and people."
Here, four of our favorite Susanne Kaufmann products.
Bath for the Senses
This sumptuous bath soak features the soothing scent of ylang ylang, patchouli, and lavender to help you unwind, along with the line’s signature sprig of rosemary, which is known to relax the mind and provide a feeling of deep comfort and warmth. Skin is left nourished, soft, and comforted. Perfect to use before bedtime to promote a peaceful and long-lasting slumber.
Hair & Body Wash
A gentle daily body cleanser, shampoo, and conditioner-in-one formulated with rosehip seed oil, silk protein, and aloe vera to nourish and help reduce moisture loss; sugar surfactants to gently cleanse; and an herbal complex of sage, St. John’s wort, yarrow, mallow, and chamomile extracts to improve skin elasticity. Skin and hair are left feeling soft and smooth.
Refining Body Scrub
This highly effective yet gentle body treatment features a blend of fine sea sand and pumice powder to smooth and revitalize the skin by removing dead skin cells and stimulating cell renewal. Extracts of St. John’s Wort, wild pansy, and coneflower soothe and regenerate, helping to reduce pore size; while honey and hyaluronic acid deeply moisturize for a velvety soft feel. Perfect for all skin types, even those with dry or sensitive skin.
Pomegranate Body Oil
This rich, luxurious body oil improves skin elasticity and firmness with a blend of precious natural plant oils including pomegranate and sesame, known to protect against dry skin and the early signs of aging; jojoba oil, rich in vitamins A, B and E to help the skin retain moisture; and millet extract to revitalize the look of dry skin. Antioxidant sunflower and wheat germ oil strengthen the skin and support its repair capabilities. Skin is left beautifully smooth and supple.