Organic and natural beauty lovers will feel right at home in Austria. The capital, Vienna, is home to countless cosmetic stores, from the cult status Viennese Soap Factory, to the glamorous and kitsch company Kussmund. Here is our pick of the best and more beautiful Austrian cosmetic brands.
Viennese Soap Factory
The Viennese Soap Factory, known locally in German as Wiener Seife has its home in the 3rd district of Vienna, where it produces all its products with an old Viennese recipe, using coconut oil as the base. They have around 70 varieties to choose from (including hair soap, hand soaps, toothbrush soaps and organic soaps), all lovingly handmade and packaged in a suitably gift-worthy fashion. Along with their iconic soaps, they also create many other gorgeous products, including accessories and bath treats.
Wiener Seife, Hintzerstraße 6, 1030 Vienna, Austria, +43 1 7153171
Saint Charles Cosmothecary
Located on the trendy stretch of the Gumpendorfer Straße in the 6th district of Mariahilf, this elegant store has made name for itself in the world of organic cosmetics. Founded in 1886 by Alfred Blumenthal, the pharmacy has a strong focus on providing traditional and organic products to its clients, only offering the very best brands. If in need of some rest and relaxation, head next door to the Saint Charles Hideaway, where you can find a range of soothing massages and beauty treatments on offer.
This Vienna based cosmetics company prides itself on using the very purest products that create ‘fascinating scents, sensuality and elegance.’ Using fair trade ingredients and plant-based oils, they create a variety of exciting products, from soothing perfumes to organic skincare and bath essentials. Using Austria’s magnificent rural areas as a backdrop for their packaging is also a winning idea – nothing is more fresh and pure than mountains and rivers.
Lederhaas, Fugbachgasse 17/3-5, 1020 Vienna, Austria, +43 676 7410077
Kussmund Beauty Specialties
Kussmund (or kiss mouth to you and I) is a cute and kitsch company with a focus on makeup and skin care, with an overtly and traditionally feminine vibe. Using all organic products, they have created a fantastic range of lipsticks, blushers and creams that will make you look wonderful without breaking the bank. You’ll find them located in the heart of the 1st district, at Habsburgergasse.
Kussmund, Habsburgergasse 14, 1010 Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5355195
Set up by Susanne in 2003 inside her family’s hotel spa in the Bregenz Forest, this innovative beauty expert has since created an impressive range of products, including high-quality serums, oils, and creams – all sourced from Alpine Austria. The products are made using natural products that are believed to contain healing powers.
Susanne Kaufmann, Brugg 35, 6870 Bezau, Austria, +43 5514 22070
Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr and Rita Ora have all sworn by the Austrian brand Dr Hauschka. Born in Vienna in 1891, Rudolf Hauschka started out as a chemist, conducting research into the healing properties of plants. The brand that is named after him has gained cult status in the beauty world, revered for creating effective natural products that produce beautiful, youthful looking skin.
This company’s philosophy is to create ‘environment friendly farming of high-quality crops as raw materials’ while ‘taking responsibility for the region that is involved in the creation of the products.’ This socially conscious company has curated and created an amazing range of eco-friendly cosmetics, from skin creams to shower gels, using natural ingredients such as rose, lavender and tea tree. Visit their store on Margaretenstraße in the capital to explore their fantastic collection.
Botanicus, Margaretenstraße 80, 1050 Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5337534
Dying your hair can be worrisome because of harsh products that scold your scalp – a particular concern for those with fair and sensitive skin. Stylist Arthur Frank has produced a range of gentle hair care products that allow you to change your colour without worrying about allergic reactions. Using food and vegetable dyes, these products are revolutionary for those who want to avoid chemical dyes.
Arthur Frank, Salvatorgasse 10, 1010 Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5356866
This internationally renowned brand creates all its products in Leopoldsdorf in Austria. Founded in 1940s, it is one of the most successful cosmetics companies in the country and produces a wide range of brands.
Pure Green Group
This organic brand has its headquarters in rural Tyrol – the perfect location for being inspired by the great outdoors. Creating vegan products is their memo – they state they want to create ‘honest, ethically and morally flawless, high-quality and affordable natural cosmetics’ for all. Moreover, all their products are 100 percent Austrian.