Our products are made from local ingredients, like Brandenburger apples and native herbs, some mindfully foraged in Berlin's parks and Brandenburg's forests. We reuse waste cooking oil from vegan restaurants around Berlin.
We use waste apples grown for bee-keeping in our vinegars, while our dish soaps are made with left-over vegan cooking oil. All our packaging is plastic free and can be refilled and reused. Our soap and incense packaging is made from former cheese boxes.
All our products are refined with beautiful essential oils, whith protecting, anti-viral or magical properties. We infuse and refine all our products with herbs which–according to lore, were said to have magical powers.
We can all do with a little bit more magic.
We use traditional techniques that have been tried and tested for generations and take a lot of time and care. We juice our apples by hand & ferment it in small batches until perfect. Our soaps are all made in the cold soaping technique and cure for several weeks.
Fermenting fallen apples
Vinegar is a natural product that is biodegradable, has an antibacterial and disinfecting effect and very effectively removes residues from surfaces. That is why we use homemade vinegar as the basis for our products. We make our apple cider vinegar by hand from unsprayed fallen apples from Brandenburg farmers, as well as leftover fruit peel from DAHEIM MANUFAKTUR. We want to contribute to the complete recycling of valuable, high-quality food.
We therefore use fruit that can no longer be sold and would have ended up as waste. In the first fermentation stadium, natural bacteria take the sugar out of the fruit and convert it into alcohol. In the second step, the acetobacteria take over and break down the alcohol further to acetic acid, so that a golden vinegar is formed.
The acidity gives our vinegar it’s cleaning power, as most germs cannot grow in such an acidic environment. It also helps to effectively combat lime deposits. Our vinegar is not pasteurized, which means the bacteria stay alive in the bottle and can continue to work for us. They settle on the cleaned surfaces and thus reduces the re-colonization by germs.
The magic of NATIVE WITCHes' HERBS
Witches herbs are herbs and medicinal plants, which were, by folkloric belief used by druids and so-called herbal witches. These plants were rumoured to have magical powers in the Middle Ages. Today, many of them are still valued and used in alternative medicine. We are also fascinated by the history and traditional use of our indigenous German witches herbs. Many of these magical herbs and trees grow besides our pavements and often go unnoticed. We pass them almost daily in Berlin and its surrounding areas: nettle, birch, linden flowers, yarrow, etc.
We add a magic witch herb to each of our products to create protection, keep evil away or attract love and warmth.
We round off the composition of our household cleaners by adding carefully selected pure essential oils. We use the scents of local plants and, if special properties are required, supplement with essential oils from Europe. They give our cleaning agents a lovely scent, often have an antibacterial or antivirual effect and their specific properties support the cleaning power.
Linden Blossoms, Mugwort, Stinging Nettle, Garlic Skins, Juniper Berries, Roses, Yarrow, Meadow Sweet, Verbena, ....
honouring old Crafts & Traditions
We work with traditional techniques like fermentation and soaping, that have been tried and tested for generations and take a lot of time and care. All our cleaning soaps are being made in the cold soaping process from a selection of oils, some recycled from vegan kitchens. We add herbal powders and beautiful smelling essential oils to refine our raw soaps. After soaping our bars take up to 5 weeks to cure to perfection. We then grate some of our bars by hand to turn into our liquid household soaps and offer the others as beautiful raw bars to use with brush & sponge.
our Sustainability & Circularity ethos
Our packaging is all designed in-house and packaged by hand. It's plastic free- our labels are printed on 100% recycled paper, our vinegar cleaners and liquid soaps are filled into glass bottles that can be reused or recycled. All our hand soaps and incense cones are beautifully packaged into reused cheese boxes that have been altered for their new purpose with a lot of love and care.
All our products have been born out of necessity in running our communal kitchen DAHEIM MANUFAKTUR and in an effort in keeping our business as circular as possible. Citrus fruit and fruit peel binned in the kitchen are being added for 'food' to our vinegar barrels, we re-use all vegan cooking oil for our dish soaps and also pick up several litres from other Berlin restaurants. We never add palm oil and always make sure our vegan standards aren't compromised.