Swiss skin care brand Alpéor uses the powers of select wild Alpine botanicals. The story of these plants begins 3.8 billion years ago, with the first algae on our planet. The Alpine flora we know today developed over the course of many millions of years, via the intermediary phase of the “semiaquatic plant”. More than 3.8 billion years of development have given Alpine botanicals the opportunity to form special adaptations that enable them to remain viable in constantly changing harsh climatic conditions, including extremes of heat and cold, wind, snow, ice and arid periods. After extensive research, Alpéor has developed an exclusive technology for extracting the special capabilities stored in the cells of these plants so they can be used effectively in skin care applications. Alpéor products are free from parabens, mineral oils and silicons. They contain no synthetic coloring or aroma agents. A very special skin care offering, in harmony with nature.
Since its launch in 2006, the high-end skincare brand BELLEFONTAINE has received accolades from discerning customers throughout the world. The products in this line – envisioned and made 100% in Switzerland – are among the top performers in this exclusive field. The skincare products for face and body combine the latest scientific findings with the force of Swiss nature. The effectiveness of every BELLEFONTAINE product springs from the interplay of the patented Edelgen complex with stem cell technology, cutting-edge galenics and targeted active ingredients.
The active ingredients in the Edelgen complex intensely stimulate the whole cellular metabolic process, ensuring effective regeneration of all layers of the skin. Edelweiss, yeast, saponosides, flavonoids, provitamin B5, marigold, butcher’s broom, licorice, horse chestnut, hyaluronic acid and spring water from the Swiss alps provide effective protection from free radicals, offer maximal cell protection, active protection from UV rays, and strengthen the immune system. They maximize cell regeneration, optimize collagen and elastin production and provide an optimal supply of moisture. In addition, they boost microcirculation and oxygen supply, rebuild protein structures and stimulate all exchange functions of cells and their environment.
Benefits include a return of youthful freshness and luminosity, a significant smoothing of lines and wrinkles; tissue becomes firmer and plumper. Sensitive skin is strengthened; red blotches and irritations become a thing of the past.
Even before her brand became synonymous with a fresh, simple, modern expression of beauty, Bobbi Brown was the go-to woman in the New York fashion world for natural make-up looks. "When you worked with photographers like Bruce Weber, Brigitte Lacombe and Patrick Demarchelier, skin had to look like skin and lips had to look like lips. It wasn’t about unusual, artificial make-up – it was much more about underscoring natural beauty", Bobbi remembers.
In an era of exaggerated contours and unnatural make-up, Bobbi Brown and her concept of natural looks represented a refreshing new impetus. "It was the 80s, and the look was always: very light-colored skin, red lips, contoured cheeks – everything I didn’t find beautiful", says Bobbi. Frustrated by the dearth of flattering colors available, she decided to create her own nuanced shades. In collaboration with a chemist she developed Brown Lip Color - "A lipstick that looks like your own lip color, only better" – followed by nine additional brown tones.
In 1991, Bobbi Brown started selling her first ten lipsticks at a stand at Bergdorf Goodman’s in New York, and was surprised by her own success. She sold 100 lipsticks on the very first day – the sum she had expected to sell over the first month. Four years after the launch of those ten lipsticks, Estée Lauder bought the BOBBI BROWN brand.
Swiss cellular cosmeceuticals have their origins in the cellular therapy applications developed by Dr. Paul Niehans in 1931. After a lengthy period of scientific research, in the 1980s it was finally possible to use this revitalizing technology in skin care. Dr. Alfred Pfister, a Swiss doctor and former student of Niehans, was a leading light in the realization of this innovation. He perfected a technology that enabled the full vitality of “bio-integral, active-stabilized” cells to be used in cosmeceutical skin care. Theses cells, obtained via the Cellcontrol™ method – a revolutionary technique used exclusively by Cellcosmet/Cellmen – are unique in the world, and are key ingredients of Cellcosmet/Cellmen cosmeceuticals. With this cutting-edge patented method, aided by a purpose-developed stabilizing liquid, cellular material can be preserved in an active condition for months on end. These “active-stabilized, bio-integral” cells stimulate the activity of the skin cells, have a balancing effect on natural skin functions, combat the visible signs of premature skin aging, and nourish and strengthen the skin structure.
Plant stem cells were first introduced to skincare in 2007 and have been a key player in modern care products ever since. These “phyto” cells have made an important contribution to improving the performance of skincare products overall. The Swiss brand CELL PREMIUM was the very first in the world to propagate this groundbreaking technology. In late 2015, the company became the focus of renewed attention with its announcement of a spectacular breakthrough in this area. A Swiss research team had succeeded in locating the seat of the “dermal stem cells”, in other words, those in the subcutaneous skin layer. Furthermore they’d also found a way of using plant stem cells to significantly boost the functioning of these cells. This triggered a clear improvement in the condition of the dermal tissue.
Up until that point, modern skincare products had only been able to express their full effectiveness in the epidermis, the outer skin layer. The CELL PREMIUM brand launched the first global skincare product line able to unfold its targeted anti-aging effect, using active plant stem cells, in the underlying dermal layer as well. This extraordinary product innovation represented a new dimension in skincare effectiveness.
Julius Eulberg, founder of JULISIS, sees skincare as an investment in health and wellbeing. The brand’s care products have a holistic effect and are based on the alchemical tradition as recorded in the teachings of Paracelsus, renowned Early Modern Age doctor, philosopher and alchemist.
JULISIS products are made with homeopathic ingredients – medicinal botanicals grown according to biodynamic precepts, mainly in northern Italy, in herb gardens first laid down over a century ago. There, far from any industrial installations, medicinal plants of the highest grade of purity are cultivated. After harvesting, the plant matter is refined in alchemical processes. The result forms the basis of the JULISIS skin care line.
In keeping with the homeopathic principle of subtle vibrational information, these holistic products provide ultra-pure nutrition to the cells and are highly effective. JULISIS products are carefully calibrated to the biorhythm of our skin and optimally support cellular metabolism.
The NATURA BISSÉ success story began in Barcelona in 1979. Spurred on by passion, a fighting spirit, and the clear entrepreneurial vision of a successful professional cosmetics company, Ricardo Fisas started with five products, all based on soluble collagen. This first bold step set new standards in anti-aging skincare. In the meantime, NATURA BISSÉ has established itself as a renowned brand with a worldwide following.Featuring a number of patented proprietary technologies, the innovative formulations provide convincing actual proof of unique effectiveness and skin -friendliness.
Until now NATURA BISSÉ products have been available only at the exclusive department stores of New York, London and Tokyo, etc. as well as in the spas of famous five-star-hotels. We are thrilled that the products are now available in Switzerland as well – exclusively at Spitzenhaus.
Georgie Cleeve founded London-based OSKIA after experiencing first-hand the extraordinary skin care qualities of MSM, better know as the “beauty mineral”. MSM is a naturally occurring form of sulfur that promotes collagen and keratin production, detoxifies tissue and also has a soothing, antiinflammatory effect. OSKIA was launched in 2009, pioneering the field of clinical nutritional skincare. The luxurious, nutritional OSKIA formulations use only the purest, naturally high-performing active ingredients – clinical bio-available nutrients and complex bio-actives designed to give you a beautifully healthy, glowing complexion. Bio-available vitamins, minerals, proteins and omega fatty acids improve cellular activity, bolster the immune system and stimulate the skin’s natural metabolic processes. The bioactive nutrients are combined with advanced biological substances, such as plant stem cells, peptides, antioxidants, enzymes and probiotics for targeted effects. OSKIA Products are free from parabens, phthalates, silicons, diethanolamine, triethanolamin, sulfates and artificial aroma and coloring agents, and are suitable for all skin types. They promote the health and youthfulness of the skin in an ideal manner and work efficiently and sustainably to counteract skin aging processes.
In her long and successful career as a make-up artist, Christina Roth worked with countless international stars and celebrities in the film, fashion and advertising worlds. And she was confronted with a seemingly intractable dilemma: at the time, the intensive colors and long-lasting adhesion needed in professional decorative cosmetics applications could only be achieved by using controversial additives and synthetic preservatives. Make-up products from the natural cosmetics sector, on the other hand, had little to offer in the way of intensive colors, fine textures and long-lasting adhesion.
Christina Roth, however, was convinced that the issues in both camps could be resolved on the basis of natural ingredients. She found an ideal business partner in marketing expert Stephanie Dettmann. Together they determined to create the most beautiful, multi-faceted colors, and to translate them into luxurious, certified organic/biological formulations – using ingredients as only Mother Nature herself can provide.
In the ongoing further development of UND GRETEL Christina Roth and Stephanie Dettmann have always continued to rely on their knowledge and intuition. The result is a carefully calibrated assortment that is purposely reduced in scale yet encompasses all products needed for a complete make-up, and always maintains the highest standards of quality.
When plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandrides opened his practice in the upscale London neighborhood of Marylebone, he was looking for a skincare line suitable for use following cosmetic surgery procedures. Most of the products on the market were too harsh for the treatment of sensitive post-op skin. So he decided to create his own skincare line, developed in response to the specific requirements of his clients. His extensive studies confirmed that skin ages particularly quickly when exposed to extreme environmental conditions. He sought collaboration with space scientists responsible for the health and wellbeing of astronauts.
Together they developed the patented formula NAC Y2. Astronauts used it to protect their skin, and indeed their entire organism, during a mission, where they were exposed to extreme radiation and a drastically changed gravitational situation, causing the skin to age especially rapidly. The purpose-developed, patented formula was administered in a nutritional supplement as well as topically, enabling the organism to withstand even extreme-stress situations unscathed.
The first product to emerge from Dr. Alexandrides’s collaboration with space science was a serum for post-operative skin treatment, based on the spectacular active ingredient NAC Y2. Mission 111 SKIN had been successfully launched.
by Dr. Marko Lens
Dr. Marko Lens is an internationally renowned authority in the field of skin aging and skin cancer. He has extensive medical and scientific research training, holding first-class degrees from the University of Verona, Harvard and Oxford, and now practices reconstructive and plastic surgery in London. Dr. Lens is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and holds several patents in the area of anti-aging skin care. Studies of the Japanese traditional herbal medicine known as Kampo enhance his expertise with knowledge of the powerful healing properties of botanicals.
All ZELENS products are notable for their especially high skin tolerance levels and effectiveness. Patented high-performance active biotechnology ingredients supported by modern herbal medicine, all carefully selected and integrated in a formula to work in synergy, deliver impressive results in a comprehensive anti-aging skin care program. These products promote the wellbeing and proper functioning of the skin, for a refreshed, youthful-looking complexion.
The story of the brand from Budapest takes us way back in time to a period over 2,000 years ago, when the Romans discovered the healing powers of thermal waters. In the centuries that followed, over 1,000 medicinal baths sprung up within the area that is now Hungary. Some of them still exist today.
In the 18th century, the Omorovicza family built the magnificent Racz Spa at the site of a medieval thermal source. Two hundred years later, Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza, a descendent of the founders, stepped up to head the venerable institution. With his American wife Margaret he developed an innovative new care series to enhance the thermal water treatments at the spa. Close collaboration with a Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian research institute produced a unique anti-aging skincare system that leaves nothing to be desired. It all centers on the patented Hydro-Mineral Transference complex, an ingenious development that enables the body to effectively access and absorb the minerals in the medicinal waters.
To create this the complex, the water undergoes a fermentation process, triggered by the addition of yeast. The result is a lysate from which the valuable minerals can be harvested. They are then incorporated into the liposomes used in OMOROVICZA skincare products. The minerals and trace elements support all metabolic processes of the skin. In short, the skin’s natural resources are optimally tapped– for refreshed youthfulness and all-around wellbeing.
Journalists call her the “make-up genius” and the “queen of colors”. A loyal following of women across the globe can hardly imagine life without her advice and products. Terry de Gunzburg, French star visagiste and creative entrepreneur, has made it her mission to build a brand and an awareness of first class “haute couleur” – the make-up artist’s answer to “haute couture“. After 20 years of successful collaboration with major cosmetics houses – most recently as Creative Director at Yves Saint-Laurent – in 1998 she decided to realize her own vision of sophisticated luxury cosmetics: BY TERRY was born.
Terry develops her collections with a keen eye for detail and a great passion for color. Cunning technologies have contributed to earning BY TERRY products an enthusiastic, sophisticated customer base throughout the world. In the meantime, Terry has opened her own beauty institutes, where products can even be custom-made according to individual requirements.
Before founding !QMS Medicosmetics, Dr. Erich Schulte worked for many years in cranial trauma medicine. Back then, the field of reconstructive surgery focused on rebuilding and restoring the form and function of accident and burn victims’ faces. The skin itself, however, often remained scared and damaged.
Over the course of many years of scientific research, Dr. Schulte discovered the supportive effect of collagens in wound healing. He developed a technique for reintroducing soluble natural collagens into the epidermis, thus stimulating and significantly improve the auto-regeneration process. Collagens also play a key role in normal skin ageing: collagen production declines with age. The result is loss of moisture and the formation of wrinkles. The groundbreaking technology from !QMS successfully reintroduces collagen into the epidermis, promoting skin regeneration and boosting moisture production.
The method developed and patented by Dr. Erich Schulte has made it possible, for the first time in the history of cosmetics, to actively counter collagen depletion in the tissue. The epidermal layers are plumped up from within, gaining firmness and density. Three products featuring the exclusive !QMS technology form an ideal basis, acting as a performance enhancer for any good anti-aging skincare products – with the remarkable additional benefits of actual skin regeneration.
The certified organic formulas of TERRES D’AFRIQUE face and body care products have their origin in the centuries-old medicinal knowledge of the indigenous peoples of Africa. Brand founder Stephan Helary spent years intensively studying traditional African tribal medicine. From the first instant, he was captivated by the way the continent’s numerous different tribes used indigenous botanicals to make salves, elixirs and tinctures, and he was thrilled to discover their effective healing power. This was the genesis of the TERRES D’AFRIQUE idea. The previously unstudied medicinal botanicals have now been subjected to years of extensive research, their effectiveness scientifically proven and confirmed.
TERRES D’AFRIQUE translates the special curative, restorative powers of nature into modern anti-aging products suited to a modern lifestyle. The products are free from parabens, artificial colors and synthetic aromas, and are produced in accordance with environmentally friendly, sustainable and ethical standards.
When internationally trained German dermatologist Dr. Timm Golueke launched this skincare series in 2015, it fell on fertile ground – within months it had become a global anti-aging insider tip. The line owes its extraordinary effectiveness to the patented Royal Fern Complex, which taps the powers of the eponymous plant: ferns are evergreens; they are highly resistant to negative environmental influences and fulfill a key function in the forest as a reservoir and dispenser of moisture. For more than 400 million years, ferns have perfectly adapted to the constantly changing conditions on earth.
Fern extract stimulates cell regeneration and repairs pre-existing skin damage; it is a superior moisture regulator and sooths the skin. It reduces hyperpigmentation, for a more even-toned complexion. The overall result is a radiant, healthy and more youthful-looking skin.
Together with a team around internally recognized chemist and research scientist Prof. Dr. Leonard Zastrow Dr. Timm Golueke investigated the fern phenomenon, discovering a way to increase the anti-aging effects of the fern many times over. Combining fern extracts with other phytoactive ingredients, such as the seeds of the African voacanga tree, wild rose, sea buckthorn and minerals, has resulted in an incomparable care formula. All Royal Fern products are paraben-free, allergologically and dermatologically tested and produced without animal testing.
NESCENS is a cosmeceutical line from the renowned Swiss private clinic group Genolier, which includes the famous Clinique Valmont. The clinic group specializes in anti-aging medicine and rehabilitation and maintains its own highly regarded research facilities. Since 2011, skin aging has also been a subject of scientific research there.
Under the directorship of Prof. Dr. Jacques Proust, an anti-aging program was developed at the Genolier laboratories with the aim of finding ways of counteracting and reprogramming all biological mechanisms responsible for skin aging. The prominent dermatologist is the head and scientific director of the NESCENS centers for preventive medicine and a specialist for the whole array of product formulations.
NESCENS uses only molecules that have been proven effective in scientific studies. Every skincare product from NESCENS contains between 15 and 20% biologically active ingredients, which synergistically enhance the effectiveness of the entire formula. The highly concentrated anti-aging formulas were developed for both women and men and produce long-lasting, visible results.
TATA HARPER NEXT GENERATION BEAUTY sets new standards in the field of natural cosmetics. Founder Tata Harper is convinced that potent and effective botanical ingredients for facial, body and wellness products can only be made with organically grown plants. A large majority of the necessary botanicals are grown on the Harper family’s own farm according to strict organic principals. The idyllic 485-hectare patch in Vermont is company headquarters. Research and development, production, packaging and dispatch – it all happens down on the farm.
The products from TATA HARPER are uncompromisingly “super natural”, living up to the highest organic standards. They are free from parabens, mineral oils and silicones and contain no artificial coloring or aromas. They are certified organic, 100% toxin-free, gluten-free and vegan. The brand conducts no animal testing. Every stage of production is done at the single site, using renewable energies, to keep the ecological footprint to a minimum.
In 1938, company founder Mila Opitz-Altherr began to experiment with care products. When she ended up creating and marketing her own organic skin cream, more or less by chance, it didn’t occur to anyone that she had laid the foundation stone not only for her own brilliant career, but for the creation of an internationally successful cosmetics company. In 1965, the family business was restructured to accommodate increased business volumes. The new in-house research and development department and a broadening of the service spectrum enabled the company to establish a stronger penetration of neighboring foreign markets and to carefully build up the wider international presence. Mila d’Opiz products are now available in 42 countries on five continents, where they are synonymous with innovative and effective Swiss skin care. In 1994 Mila d’Opiz became the first Swiss company to acquire ISO certification, proactively backing its own exceptionally high standards of quality early on with official recognition, documentation and safeguards.
In 1992, an NY Times article caused quite a stir: Karl Lagerfeld’s fashion show for Chanel was a talking point not only for its extravagant, stylish creations, but for its thrilling avant-garde hair design as well. It was the first time that Cuban hair stylist Oribe Canales had garnered major public attention. Just a few years hence, he had become a celebrated star of the international catwalks. A high-end fashion show without hair styling by Oribe was by then virtually unthinkable. So it was a logical development that he would eventually launch his own hair care line, which he did in 2008. The products set new standards in the “haute coiffure” segment. A broad range of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products leave hair looking strong, shiny and full of life. Many of these exceptional formulations were developed expressly for the high fashion runways to meet the special demands of supermodels, star performers and public personalities. Oribe is high-end hair care that fulfills even the most sophisticated wishes. Now you, too, can enjoy the star treatment and the glowing attention your hair will attract.
GROWN ALCHEMIST is a new generation of organic skincare from Australia. Using cutting-edge extraction processes, the line makes botanical extracts even more effective.Anti-aging products containing these optimized ingredients provide impressive proof positive of extraordinary effectiveness. Benefits include: stimulation of the skin’s own moisture production; increased collagen and elastin generation; and improved cell communication. Antioxidant ingredients effectively protect the skin from negative environmental influences.
The “unlocked” plant extracts used in GROWN ALCHEMIST products actively work to reduce the loss of skin collagens and to support their regeneration. They also stimulate moisture production and prevent moisture loss. Specific botanical extracts improve cell-communication, thus protecting skin cells from degeneration and damage.
All GROWN ALCHEMIST products are paraben-free. They contain no mineral oils or silicons of any kind. They are 100 % organic and completely free from pollutants. The products are not tested on animals and contain no animal-derived or animal-tested ingredients.
Susanne Kaufmann comes from the Bregenz Forest, a pristine Alpine valley in Austria, where knowledge of the healing powers of nature is passed down from generation to generation. From an early age, Susanne Kaufmann was fascinated by the idea of harnessing the intensive effective properties of the Alpine plant world to create modern solutions for beauty, health and wellbeing. She began realizing her idea at a very special place: the Susanne Kaufmann Spa at the Hotel Post Bezau. Together with a team of pharmacists and dermatologists she developed result-driven products for spa treatments based on precious natural ingredients.
Skin-specific formulations with the highest possible skin-tolerance levels were part of the concept from the very start. The internationally renowned holistic skincare line SUSANNE KAUFMANN ORGANIC TREATS now encompasses more than 60 functional products.
Pure, natural and effective: AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES of London developed its aromatherapy-based facial and body care products to be just that. Company founders Geraldine Howard and Sue Beechey were early aromatherapy enthusiasts. Both trained in the field in the 70s and have gone on to become masters of the métier. The effectiveness of these modern skincare products for face and body is down to a combination of the purest essential oils from carefully selected plants. Each oil type has a specific effect, which is enhanced by the targeted addition of other components.
Youthful radiance, resilience and firmness, as well as deep-penetrating regeneration of the skin, are some of the impressive results of AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES products. In addition to pampering the skin with precious botanical extracts, they also promote general wellbeing, in the classic aromatherapy tradition. The targeted use of essential oils lifts the spirits, gives strength, energy and vitality.
AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES uses no mineral oils, parabens, synthetic coloring or aromas. The brand is now present in 40 countries in exclusive hotel spas and select specialist retail stores.
Omorovicza / Zelens by Dr. Marko Lens / 111 Skin by Dr. Yannis Alexandrides / !QMS by Dr. E. Schulte / Natura Bissé / Bellefontaine / Cell Premium by Dr. H. Gerny / Mila d‘Opiz / Alpéor / La Vallée / Tata Harper / CellCosmet / Susanne Kaufmann / Royal Fern by Dr. Timm Golueke / Grown Alchemist / Aromatherapy Associates / Julisis / Purearth / Nescens by Dr. Jacques Proust / Jacqueline Piotaz / Malin+Goetz / Terres d‘Afrique / Bobbi Brown / Und Gretel / By Terry / David Mallet Hair / Oribe Hair / Oskia