Lavera's story is also the story of its founder, Thomas Haase. Since he was two years old, he has suffered from neurodermatitis; back then this skin disorder was not well known and the usual medicinal creams could not help. That is why, even in his youth, he began to look at alternative skincare possibilities. Later he opened one of the first organic foods shops in Germany together with friends. Like many others, he wanted a healthy live and had a wariness of chemicals, pesticides and large industry. He began to cultivate his own plants, and develop formulations for natural cosmetics to help his skin. In summer 1975 he had made his first lip balm stick. In 1987 after more than 10 years of research & cosmetic development, he founded Lavera which today produces genuine natural cosmetics from near the beautiful Deister mountains.