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Our mission


We protect lives worldwide

With more than 130 years of experience, schülke is one of the pioneers of modern hygiene and microbial control.

In 1889, our founders Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr developed what was groundbreaking back then - Lysol®, the first brand-name disinfectant. In 1892, the raging cholera epidemic in Hamburg has been successfully dealt with it.

What began with the protection of people from harmful microorganisms was consequently carried over into the protection of industrial and cosmetic products. In 1978 we launched our first cosmetic preservative: euxyl®, followed by sensiva® in 1993, which represents the first true multifunctional additive Ethylhexylglycerin. Since then our numerous innovations have helped the cosmetics industry to constantly reshape the status quo for what’s most important to us – protecting lives worldwide.

What started with one innovative product and two aspiring entrepreneurs over 130 years ago, is now a market-leader in hygiene, infection prevention and antimicrobials for cosmetics. With more than 1200 employees in over 20 countries we produce and sell over 220 products in more than 100 countries.