alkmene® has been developing reliable body care products for more than 50 years. To do so, we rely on extensive knowledge of ingredients with natural powers. Mothers and grandmothers have long been passing on beauty secrets to their children and grandchildren in order to preserve them. And we use this knowledge in our body care formulas. What is special about our products is the combination of essential extracts from selected traditional plants, well tolerated substances and a delicate scent to result in a unique care experience.
Those who buy all-natural and close-to-nature cosmetics do not just want to avoid harmful substances and do something positive for themselves, most also want to contribute to a more sustainable future. alkmene® is one of the few brands from drugstores that uses recycled material. All of our bottles are made of 100% recycled material, for our tubes we use 60% recycled material. Our bath concentrates come in recyclable, environmentally friendly glass.
No harmful ingredients
Some ingredients are considered undesirable or harmful as they can damage the environment or the human body in high concentrations. In order for you to feel safe and good in your own skin, we avoid using parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) and PEGs. For the sake of the environment, we do no use any mineral oils or silicones in alkmene® products.
In order for our traditional plants in the alkmene® care products to develop their full effect, we only use oils and extracts from carefully selected plants that are organically grown. Since plants are grown according to biological guidelines, free of genetic engineering and synthetic pesticides, we can guarantee the best quality from selected traditional plants.
Made in Germany
The stringent quality standards in Germany mean that you know you are buying high-quality products. Every alkmene® product is not only developed in our own laboratory by experienced experts, but also produced at two regional locations – in Siegelsbach and in Hüffenhardt near Heilbronn, Southern Germany.
We love animals
Feeling good starts with a good conscious. We believe that good body care products and cosmetics do not have to be developed at the expense of animals. Since production is located in Germany, by law none of our products and ingredients are tested on animals. Find out more here.
All alkmene® products are completely vegan, meaning they contain no ingredients of animal origin. We also use no animal materials in production. Many body products contain ingredients such as milk proteins, gelatine and honey. At alkmene® we avoid these ingredients and focus on the power of traditional plants.
We use select essential oils in some of our products. These essences, that are often obtained from plants in a distillation process, are used in natural medicine for aromatherapy and even for health purposes. They can have a positive impact on a person's well-being, their mood and their health.
"alkmene" is an Ancient Greek term and means "strength". You may have already heard it in history class because this is the name of the mother of Hercules, the most famous warrior and demigod in Greek mythology. For the ancient poet Hesiod, alkmene embodies unmatched beauty and extraordinary intelligence. We want to unite these properties in our brand – with the intelligent interaction of the best ingredients for your beauty.
Yes, you read that correctly! Thanks to its unique bottle, an alkmene® bath essence was displayed in the MoMa in New York in the 1970s. The packaging in the form of an apothecary-style bottle with a canvas label was extremely innovative for that time. The fascinating design received the honour of being featured in the "Graphis Annual 73/74", a renowned annual book for communication design.
We hope that we have aged gracefully. Did you know that alkmene® is 50 years old? As such, we are a brand with a long tradition and this is something of which we are very proud. All of our products are developed and produced in the family company that is now in its third generation. Not only has our employee number grown to around 700 strong, our experience and expertise in body care has grown as well. This is reflected not least in the modern formulas of our products.
We rely on the breadth of knowledge that our mothers and grandmothers have been passing down for generations. We also use the traditional doctrine of the theologian and botanist Hieronymus Bock (from 1577) as well as the Benedictine and healer Hildegard von Bingen. Of course, we focus not just on traditional knowledge, but also look to the future of modern and environmentally friendly research into body care. Here, we can always rely on the skills of our own experts. They work for alkmene® to develop the best formulas and recipes with the power of traditional plants.