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MoroccoThe argan tree only grows in south-east Morocco. Its exceptional resistance to heat and drought means that it can grow in very arid conditions. It reaches a height of 5 to 10 meters. Since time immemorial, argan oil has been produced using the same traditional method. In the 10th century, the Phoneticians used the oil to light their lamps and Berber women used the tree for its fruit as well as for its medicinal and cosmetic properties.
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.
AsiaThe kiwi is an Asian shrub that has been cultivated in France since the Seventies. It was the New Zealanders who named it after their national bird. The oblong fruit has slightly acid green flesh and contains an extraordinary number of vitamins. Also known as the fruit of 7 vitamins, it is the richest in vitamins C & E and possesses the highest concentration of nutrients.
AfricaAccording to legend, God pulled the baobab out of Heaven and replanted it on Earth upside down because it was too proud... And indeed the tree does appear « upside down » with its large, swollen trunk topped by gnarled branches that resemble enormous roots. The baobab is an emblematic tree of sub-saharan Africa and like the shea, is also known as the « tree of life ». It stands out for its enormous size, incredible lifespan (some claim around 5,000 years) and multiple uses and benefits.
EuropeNative to the Balkans and named after Aesculus—the Greek god of medicine and healing—the Horse Chestnut was renowned in ancient times for its medicinal properties. In the 19th century, a French doctor praised its efficacy in treating blood circulation problems. In cosmetics, Horse Chestnut escin is used to help boost the skin’s microcirculation, as well as for its draining benefits which help detoxify.
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.
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.
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
EuropeMarshmallow is a tall plant with very thick, hairy leaves. Its soothing effects are outstanding and it is prescribed for skin irritation or inflammation. Formerly, children would be given a piece of Marsh Mallow root to chew on when they were teething. It is particularly rich in soothing substances. In cosmetology, it has been known for a long time for its soothing properties.
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.
AustraliaKangaroo Flower grows on the sandy plains of Western Australia and is a dazzling sight with its long, elegant stems and velvety bright red, green or yellow flowers. The unusual shape of the bracts resembles a kangaroo’s paw, hence the plant’s name. It is a prolific plant that produces a large quantity of seeds and is able to successfully colonize degraded or burnt soils. Clarins Ethnobotanists traveled to Australia to investigate the plant’s remarkable capacity to reproduce. Their studies have shown that in skincare, Kangaroo Flower extract has visible regenerating, firming and wrinkle-fighting properties.
FranceChamomile is recognized for its many medicinal properties. Throughout Antiquity, the Egyptians dedicated this plant to the sun. In 16th century London, it was considered as a weed while at the same time in Rome, it was used for its anti-inflammatory and soothing action.
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