Sunday, June 29, 2008

Waldorf School Cosmetics

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf School educational philosophy, also authored a a deeply eccentric school of early 20th-century European philosophy known as anthroposophy. Anthroposophy, a "spiritual science," posits the existence of a spiritual world that can be accessed by the human intellect.

Anthosophy also posits that growing plants in accordance with its philosophy will result in an extremely successful line of herbal Hollywood-beloved cosmetics. Or something.

At any rate, today's Times has an article about Dr. Hauschka cosmetics, a company that was started by a devotee of Steiner's. The new-agey, hippie-dippie California philosophy of the growers is a stitch.

Some of Steiner's critics have called him a cult leader. Literary nugget: Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow was said to be a devotee of Steiner's. I've also heard that Waldorf schools eschew plastics, which is very trendy right now. Again.