From a pharmacy to a brand
Founded in 1886 by pharmacist Alfred Blumenthal, the pharmacy and its Offizin* in Vienna's Gumpendorfer Strasse, located between the popular Naschmarkt and the famous Mariahilferstrasse, is the historical centrepiece of Saint Charles. The historic apothecary cabinets from the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, which have been preserved to this day, are not only contemporary witnesses, but rather symbols of the combination of a centuries-old tradition with a modern lifestyle. In 2006, pharmacist Mag. pharm. Alexander Ehrmann took over the historic pharmacy and founded Saint Charles.
And with it a new and innovative understanding of how the tradition of pharmacy can be reinterpreted. In line with the spirit of holistic health, the natural cosmetics shop Cosmothecary, a small spa for treatments, an organic inn and a health centre for therapists were established alongside the pharmacy. Shortly afterwards, the Saint Charles Apotheke in Berlin was founded with pharmacist Sabine Zeeck.
Based on the teachings of traditional European medicine, the company relies on the healing power of nature and the local herbal world. In the areas of natural cosmetics, aromatherapy and herbal medicine, Saint Charles now offers a wide range of around 400 products for holistic well-being. The company was born out of a passion for reinterpreting ancient knowledge.
Founder and Pharmacist Saint Charles
Mag. pharm. Alexander Ehrmann
"As a sixth-generation pharmacist, it was already my passion as a child to produce old recipes with my father in the cellar. In Europe, we are sitting on a treasure of traditional knowledge from natural medicine, we just have to use it and combine it with modern knowledge."
Co-Founder & CEO Saint Charles
"As an entrepreneur, it has always been important to me to contribute to society and create sustainable, meaningful solutions. At Saint Charles, this is not just a passion, but part of our DNA."
In addition to the Saint Charles pharmacies in Berlin and Vienna, the Saint Charles family also includes Saint Charles stores in Frankfurt and Vienna, as well as numerous partners such as pharmacies, concept shops, natural cosmetics shops, restaurants, yoga studios or aromatherapists. In addition, Saint Charles products can be found in over 50 premium hotels in the Alpine region. Find out more on the page for Partner or Hotels.
Saint Charles attaches great importance to sustainability: The products are made of natural ingredients from preferably regional cultivation in organic quality or wild collection. Bottled in high-quality brown or violet glass bottles without any outer packaging. More about this on the page Ethics & Sustainability.
* Offizin: (lat. Officina) Production room in pharmacies for medicinal plants, spices and drugs with an adjoining sales room.