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North AmericaThe Indian tribes named this small North American tree witch hazel because of its resemblance to the hazel tree and its healing virtues. Witches ascribed magic powers to it, because of its astringent and vasoprotective powers. Witch Hazel leaves have become a classic treatment for troubles affecting the veins, to strengthen the resistance of the small blood vessels which burst under the skin.
FranceGrown and harvested in a protected area in France (Ouessant region), pink algae is also called Neptune’s harpoon. Originally from the southern hemisphere, it has recently colonized the waters in the northern hemisphere by clinging to the bottom of boats.
Known for its antiseptic properties, this algae is rich in biologically active intracellular silicon. Clarins Laboratories uses it for its cellular regeneration ability as well as for its hydrating and softening effects.Products containing Pink Algae
West AfricaThe Wild Mango tree grows in the warm, humid tropical forests of Western Africa and can reach 20 meters in height. Its abundant fruit is green in color and looks like small mangoes. The fruits flesh is yellow and fibrous and very tasty. Its nut contains an edible kernel which can be made into a rich paste used for thickening culinary sauces.Products containing Wild Mango
EuropeA widespread hardy plant found across Europe, western Asia and North America, saponaria is commonly known as ‘soapwort’ thanks to the foaming and cleansing properties produced by its roots. In the 16th century, these were used to wash delicate fabrics, while its leaves mixed with water, produced a soapy liquid perfect for cleansing the skin. In traditional medicine, soapwort root was used to treat certain skin diseases. In cosmetics, it is used for its capacity to gently remove impurities from the skin surface.
FranceKelp grows abundantly in the costal areas of Brittany and looks like large seaweed stuck firmly to the rocks. It is usually visibly when the tide is low as it grows no lower than 20 meters.For centuries, the Japanese have eaten this type of seaweed known as Kombu and even offer it to the Gods during certain rituals. High mineral, vitamin and amino acid content make it an effective cosmetic ingredient. When combined with Zinc to optimize effectiveness, both powerful ingredients make up the « Chronomat System » which has a triple sebum-control, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action on oily skin.
Central and East AsiaThe Apricot tree is thought to have originated in the mountainous regions of Central Asia, and not Armenia as its botanical name, Prunus armeniaca (Armenian plum) suggests. It is, however, in this region that the tree grew plentiful, after being brought there by caravans on the Silk Road. It was later introduced to France in the 15th century. Agronomist and gardener Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie cultivated the Apricot tree in le Potager du Roi (Kitchen Garden) of the Palace of Versailles during the rein of King Louis XIV. The small, round, velvety fruit was made into jams and other delicacies. An oil rich in fatty acids is extracted from the kernel of the apricot, which is used in cosmetics for its nourishing properties. The apricot oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.Products containing Apricot
EuropeAlchemilla is easily recognized in the morning by the dew that sparkles on its leaves like a thousand pearls. This small, perennial plant likes cool, damp conditions and is common in France except in the Mediterranean regions.Sacred in Iceland in the past, during the Renaissance it had the reputation of prolonging youth and restoring womens beauty. Its high tannin content gives the Alchemilla toning and astringent properties. It also soothes irritated skin, while the combination of tannins and flavonoids acts as an effective free radical scavenger.Products containing Lady's Mantle
Brazil & VietnamAcerola is a wild cherry used by the indigenous people in the Amazon. Clarins research has employed this fruit for its unprecedented anti-dark spot action. Acerola Fruit extract helps promote a fair, bright, even skin tone.
AsiaNative to South East Asia, Albizia was introduced to Europe in the 18th century by an Italian botanist, who was captivated by the beauty of this delicate tree. Admired for its ornamental qualities, it rapidly spread throughout Europe and America. During the summer, it bears silky feathery flowers earning it the name "silk tree." Clarins uses extract of albizia for its capacity to inhibit glycation – degradation of collagen fibers - and to protect the walls of blood vessels to promote firmness and radiance.Products containing Albizia
North AfricaWidely cultivated in tropical regions, the use of aloe vera can be dated back to Ancient Egypt. It is said that Cleopatra attributed the secret of her legendary beauty to the plant. Since then, research carried out on the gel obtained from the heart of the aloe leaf has revealed the presence of softening, moisturizing and regenerating compounds. In the medical field, aloe is used externally to stimulate the circulation and encourage healing.Products containing Aloe Vera
EuropeThis wild flower grows in high mountain pastures and is known in traditional pharmacopeia for its exceptional ability to treat bruises. Since then, arnica has continued to be a key remedy to help reduce bruising. It is so effective that researchers have taken a closer look at its chemical composition and have isolated active substances such as flavonoids and tannins which are at the origin of its soothing and circulatory properties.Products containing Arnica
IndiaThe Amaranth flower—a symbol of immortality for its “unfading” beauty—was considered sacred by the Incas. It has highly nutritious leaves and seeds, as well as various medicinal benefits. The Amaranth is also an ornamental plant with lush purple flowers that hang in long clusters along a tall, erect stem. The oil extracted from the Amaranth seed is used to nourish and comfort the skin. The Amaranth oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.