From a private label pharmacy to a premium pharmacy brand


Our pharmacy in Vienna was founded in 1886 by pharmacist Alfred Blumenthal at the current location in Gumpendorfer Straße.

In 2006, the pharmacy was taken over by Mag. pharm. Alexander Ehrmann. Since then it has been called SAINT CHARLES. On the same day, the Saint Charles Cosmothecary (natural cosmetics premium shop) and Alimentary (small restaurant) also opened.

In 2009, pharmacist Sabine Oeverhaus-Zeeck opened her Saint Charles pharmacy in Berlin.

Saint Charles goes EU! Since the beginning of 2016, the team of the newly founded Saint Charles Organics GmbH has been taking care of the further brand development and international expansion with its own Saint Charles online shop.

Further development of the brand strategy from "own-brand pharmacy" to "premium pharmacy brand" in the Since 2017, Saint Charles products can also be found in selected hotels through cooperation with a top international hotel supplier.

At our new logistics and production site in Vienna's 6th district, we rely on manual work and tried-and-tested recipes from the pharmacy. Since 2018, we have been packaging our products exclusively with recycled paper for shipping and have eliminated 100 per cent of plastic for filling materials or inserts. 

Development of the Saint Charles Mono Brand Store concept and opening of the first pilot store in Vienna city centre. Here we focus 100% on our own-brand products, as well as a retail experience for all senses.

Saint Charles goes international! With Taiwan and Japan, the first export regions are being opened up. In the Germany-Austria-Switzerland region, further stores & pharmacies are planned with partners. Start of our new franchise system for Saint Charles Mono Brand Stores in the DACH region. Saint Charles products can now be found in around 70 hotels. The newly developed facecare spa treatment offer can also be found at numerous selected partners.

German Design Award for the Saint Charles Mono Brand Store in Vienna and the opening of the first Saint Charles store in Antwerp, embedded in the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp, a hotel that belongs to "The leading hotels on the World". Further stores with franchise partners in the DACH region will follow in 2022.

The expansion course continues - Saint Charles opens new stores in Dornbirn/Vorarlberg, Linz/Upper Austria and Munich. Saint Charles receives the BigSee Award for the Saint Charles Store in Salzburg. Since 2023, the pharmacy and cosmothecary in Vienna have been considered a climate-neutral company.