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  • Montpellier Rock-rose

    Montpellier Rock-rose

    Cistus Monspeliensis


    A small shrub found in dry and sunny habitats, the rock-rose can be recognised by its evergreen leaves loaded with an inflammable and aromatic resin. Fire-dependent, this plant species needs fire to breathe life into new shoots, earning its nickname “Phoenix plant”, in reference to the legendary bird that always rises from the ashes. In cosmetics, organic Montpellier rock-rose extract helps diminish age spots.
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  • Succory dock-cress

    Succory dock-cress

    Lapsana communis


    Succory dock-cress is a widespread annual plant which flowers from June to September and prefers semi-shade conditions. It is an easy-growing plant that can even be found alongside highways. It has long been used to heal scabies and soothe irritation caused by breast-feeding (hence its name “nipplewort”). In cosmetics, succory dock-cress extract, with its anti-free radical properties, helps stimulate the skin’s natural defences against environmental aggressors.
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  • White lupine

    White lupine

    Lupinus albus


    It is said that in Ancient Rome, large lupine seeds were once used as pieces of money by Roman actors in their plays and comedies. Today, the white lupine is used as a “green” fertiliser thanks to its roots which have the capacity to enrich the soil with nitrogen. Throughout history, white lupine seeds have been used by man as a food and for their medicinal benefits. In cosmetics, white lupine extract helps to encourage the contraction of fibroblasts.
  • Acerola Fruit

    Acerola Fruit

    Malpighia emarginata


    Acerola is a shrub which grows naturally in the forests of South America. This wild "cherry" was a precious source of food eaten by the Amazonian Indians to treat digestive problems and sailors on long journeys used to drink its juice to prevent scurvy. However, this beneficial fruit only began to be studied scientifically in the 1950s, when it was discovered that acerola had an incredibly high content of vitamin C, making it the ideal food supplement to treat fatigue or winter ills. Studies carried out in Clarins Cell Biology Laboratory have demonstrated the capacity of acerola extract to reduce the overproduction of melanin.
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  • Narrow-leaf plantain

    Narrow-leaf plantain

    Plantago lanceolata


    Narrow-leaf plantain grows wild in the prairies and is adorned with slender leaves whose pronounced veins are so fine that legend says only fairies could create such delicate work. The plantain, while occasionally consumed as a food, has become indispensable in health care. A true natural remedy, the plantain leaf treats digestive disorders as well as skin conditions, producing a remarkable skin regeneration effect. In cosmetics, narrow-leaf plantain extract limits the melting of adipose tissue due to ageing and helps bring features back to their harmonious appearance.
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  • Kiwi fruit

    Kiwi fruit

    Actinidia chinensis


    The 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 vitamin C.
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  • Baobab


    Adansonia digitata


    According 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.
  • Horse chestnut

    Horse chestnut

    Aesculus hippocastanum


    Native 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 extolled its efficacy in treating blood circulation problems. In cosmetics, horse chestnut aescin is known for its positive effect on microcirculation and for its draining properties. When combined with sunflower phospholipids, it helps optimise the bioavailability of caffeine, thus promoting fat elimination.
  • Horse Chestnut

    Horse Chestnut

    Aesculus hyppocastanum


    This tall tree is indigenous to the Balkans and not India as its French name might suggest. It was brought from Constantinople and introduced into France in 1615. The name Horse Chestnut came about as the Turks used to feed chestnuts to their horses. Its bark is extremely useful in phytotherapy, as it is highly effective in treating blood circulation disorders. For a long time now, Horse Chestnut flour has been utilized cosmetically to give the skin extra radiance.
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  • Albizia


    Albizia julibrissin


    Native 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 fibres - and to protect the walls of blood vessels to promote firmness and radiance.
  • Aloe vera

    Aloe vera

    Anthemis nobilis

    North Africa

    Cultivated mainly in tropical or subtropical regions, the use of Aloe Vera or aloe barbadensis can be dated back to Ancient Egypt. It is said that Cleopatra attributed the secret of her fabulous beauty to the Aloe plant. Since then, research carried out on the sap contained in the central leaf of the plant has revealed the presence of important quantities of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Its medicinal uses include stimulating immune defence systems, purifying and improving the digestive process. Thanks to the wealth of film-forming, combined lipids (polysaccharides) present in this active ingredient, it is widely used in cosmetics not only for its moisture-preserving and soothing qualities but also for its ability to protect the skin from harmful environmental factors (sun, wind, cold).
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  • Marshmallow


    Althaea officinalis


    Marshmallow 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.
  • Chamomile


    Anthemis nobillis


    Chamomile 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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  • Great Burdock

    Great Burdock

    Arctium lappa


    Found in temperate climates, this tall, sturdy biennial plant grows in meadows and open fields. The composition of the elongated root exerts a purifying, cleansing action. It has long been used in traditional medicine to relieve skin infections such as eczema and acne.
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  • Arnica


    Arnica montana


    This 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. In cosmetics, arnica extract is used for its decongestive and calming qualities.Arnica is a mountain plant that is popularly known in France as the boo-boo plant. The Abbess Hildegarde, back in the Middle Ages, was the first to describe the plant
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  • Cang zhu

    Cang zhu

    Atractylodes lancea


    Cang zhu is a plant that grows in the mountains of northern and central China. It has been used since ancient times in Chinese medicine. The bitter-tasting root can be eaten cooked for its toning benefits and raw to fight water retention. In cosmetics, Clarins Laboratories have demonstrated that through the intermediary of G-protein, the root extract improves the skin’s barrier function.
  • Oat


    Avena sativa


    Used for centuries for food and by herbalists, oat has become extremely popular since research revealed its high content of vitamins and minerals. In cosmetics, oat helps to moisturise and soften the skin, while the sugars from the grain have extreme firming powers for an immediate smoothing effect.Oat is indigenous to the European region and its medicinal properties have been appreciated for centuries. In the Middle Ages, Oat seeds were crushed and valued for their revitalizing and soothing action. In cosmetology, Oat moisturizes and possesses emollient effects in skin care formulations specifically for dry skin.
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  • Baccharis


    Baccharis genistelloides


    Baccharis is an aromatic plant from the Amazon growing up to 2m in height, which produces small white flowers at its extremities. Many indigenous populations across South America use Baccharis as a source of food but especially as a depurative and an aid to weight control. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used to help fight digestive disorders. Baccharin, extracted from Baccharis, is used exclusively and for the first time by Clarins for its slimming benefits. Baccharin inhibits metalloproteinases, the enzymes responsible for the development of fatty tissue.
  • Bamboo


    Bambusa arundinacea


    Bambousa Arundinacea is a variety of bamboo found across India. It is a fast-growing type of reed with a tall, hollow stem. The substance collected from the nodes on stems of the female plant is known as "tabashir" in India. Rich in silica, it is used in traditional medicine for its remineralizing action. As for the stem, once dried and ground, it becomes a very fine powder, with an average granulometry of 350 µm, which makes it an excellent cosmetic scrub that gently eliminates dead cells and rough skin
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  • Bocoa


    Bocoa prouacensis


    Surprisingly resistant and oh so precious, this tree from the Amazonian forest is characterized by its exceptional longevity of more than 1000 years. With the help of ethnobotanists, specialists of the Guyana forest, Clarins Laboratories unveiled the medicinal use of Bocoa. They discovered and patented its remarkable cosmetic properties. Bocoa is used for the first time exclusively by Clarins.
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  • Shea


    Butyrospermum parkii

    West Africa

    The Shea tree is a magical tree, especially for women, and it is known as the "King of the Savannah" in Africa. It is a sacred tree, which should never be cut down or damaged. Women are considered its guardians and collect the large nuts that yield the butter for which the tree is so famous. Its cosmetic virtues date back to Antiquity; Shea Butter is exceptionally rich in unsaponifiables, the most precious part of antioxidant-rich vegetable oils.
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  • Tamanu


    Calophyllum inophyllum


    Originating from Southeast Asia, tamanu – also called « tamanu » - is a majestic tree found on many islands in the region of Oceania. It is revered by the polynesians who used it to sculpt sacred objects and for the emerald green oil extracted from its kernal which has demonstrated healing, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory and circulatory benefits. In cosmetics, nyamplung oil which is rich in fatty acids and particularly omega 6 and 9, nourishes the skin and helps fight skin dryness. The nyamplung oil used by Clarins Laboratories is obtained through organic farming.
  • White Tea

    White Tea

    Camellia sinensis


    White Tea is a rare, much sought after plant grown in China in the Fujian mountains. Drinking it was once considered a route to immortality and it gets its name from its silvery-white leaf buds. These are picked from the plant during the first days of spring. It is one of the rarest, most expensive teas in the world for several reasons: the harvest sometimes lasts just two days, the buds must be picked by hand, the production is on a very small scale and the manufacturing process is difficult. Unlike other teas, White Tea does not undergo any fermentation. It is just withered and dried. This simple procedure preserves all the qualities of the leaf and explains why it is so rich in antioxidant flavonoids. In vitro tests carried out by Clarins Laboratories have proven that White Tea neutralises up to 80% of free radicals, protects cell membranes and helps the skin to defend itself from pollution and other environmental aggressions.
  • Safflower


    Carthamus tinctorius

    France, Italy, Argentina

    Safflower is grown almost everywhere across the world and has always been known for its many uses. Its flowers contain colouring pigments (red carthamin) which were used to dye the robes of Buddhist monks and Chinese silk. The oil from its seeds, rich in polyunsaturated acids, is known in cosmetics for its nourishing benefits. In addition, safflower extract from the oilcake, collected after pressing the seeds to extract the oil, helps to intensify a tan.
  • Senna


    Cassia alata

    Burkina Faso

    A bush native to the tropical regions of America, senna thrives in full sunlight, producing clusters of bright yellow flowers. The leaves are well-known in traditional medicine for effective treatment of various skin ailments. In cosmetics, senna extract is used to help protect skin cells from the harmful effects of the sun.
  • Katafray


    Cedrelopsis grevei


    The Katafray is a tree found across Madagascar, and its elegant silhouette is a common sight in the arid forests of the south and west of the Grande Ile. Its light-coloured wood is as resistant as ebony and widely used in local building. In traditional Madagascan medicine, a drink prepared from the bark is reputed to have tonic and febrifuge benefits and its essential oil is known for its fortifying and soothing actions. It was recently discovered that Katafray bark extract helps improve the quality of the corneal layer and encourages the skin's natural hydration mechanisms. The extract used by Clarins Laboratories – developed exclusively for the brand – is obtained through a process which preserves the biodiversity of the tropical forests, as part of a program of fair trade.
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  • Celosia


    Celosia cristata


    Although native to India, celosia is widespread throughout the tropical regions of the Americas and Africa where the heat is ideal for developing the crested flower heads, commonly known as “cockscombs.” Highly prized by florists for its beautiful flowers and vibrant colours, celosia is also prized for its edible leaves and shoots, its seeds rich in soothing oil and its flowers for their astringent and blood-stopping benefits.
  • Cornflower


    Centaurea cyanus


    Cornflower is a biennial plant flowering from May to September. The French gave it the popular name spectacle-breaker in the 17th century, as apothecaries used to crush cornflower flowers together with dew or rainwater for soothing sensitive or irritated eyes. Apart from having a therapeutic effect, it has been used cosmetically by women to give eyes a bright sparkling look.
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  • Centella asiatica

    Centella asiatica

    Centella asiatica

    Southeast Asia

    Centella Asiatica grows on the marshy soils of South East Asia, Australia and Africa. Its slender, creeping stems produce small umbrella-shaped bunches of flowers. Commonly known as "tiger grass" because large cats like to roll in its leaves to soothe their wounds, it is traditionally used to treat dermatological infections, heal wounds and for epilepsy and memory loss. In cosmetics, research on Centella Asiatica has led to the isolation of several active substances. Clarins Laboratories were particularly interested in one of these molecules, Asiaticoside, which is capable of soothing irritation, stimulating collagen synthesis and protecting skin against ageing.
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  • Quinoa


    Chenopodium quinoa

    South America

    For thousands of years, quinoa has grown on the Andean Altiplano and served as a staple food for its people. The Incas regarded it as a holy plant and worshipped its seeds. It is said that its very high protein and amino acid content played a major role in the spread of the Incan civilization. Abandoned on its high plateaus during the Spanish conquest of South America, quinoa was then rediscovered by westerners in the 1970s and its seeds are now eaten for their exceptional nutritional benefits. In cosmetics, quinoa seed extract helps nourish the skin and improve the quality of the corneal layer. The quinoa used by Clarins Laboratories and developed exclusively for the brand, is cultivated organically.
  • Red algae

    Red algae

    Chondrus crispus

    North Atlantic

    Chondrus Crispus belongs to the family of red algae and grows on the North Atlantic coast.Widely used in the food and cosmetic industries for its stabilizing properties, it also has medicinal benefits due to a high content of vitamins, minerals and amino acids with anti-rheumatic, remineralizing and toning actions. Clarins Laboratories became interested in Chondrus Crispus because of the presence of two substances, floridoside and taurine, which it synthesizes to survive in extreme conditions (intense cold, reduced light). Energy-giving and protective components also plump the skin by rehydrating skin cells.
  • Caimito (vu sua)

    Caimito (vu sua)

    Chrysophyllum cainito


    Originally from the West Indies, the Caimito fruit tree can now be found throughout many tropical regions. This beautiful, tall tree with green and bronze leaves and fruit that resembles large, perfectly round apples, is often used for decorative purposes. Caimito fruit has a pulp that produces sweet, white milk, the inspiration for its local name of "pomme de lait" in the West Indies and "mother's milk" (vu sua) in Vietnam. Clarins Laboratories are particularly interested in the fruit's high polyphenol content that inhibits glycation in a part of the fibroblast and stimulates collagen production. It also protects skin cells from harmful free radicals and increases cellular energy levels.
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  • Bitter orange

    Bitter orange

    Citrus aurantium var amara


    Petit Grain (or Bitter Orange) also called bigaradier in French is indigenous to Mediterranean countries. It is thought to have been introduced into Europe around the year 1200 by Arab tradesmen and became widely utilised by Italian, Spanish and French herbalists during the 17th century. One of its essential oils is called petit grain in French. Use of Bitter Orange dates back to earliest history - the ancient Greeks employed it as an antiseptic in aromatherapy and in phytotherapy as a calmant. In cosmetology, it is valued for its fragrance and revitalising properties.
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  • Coconut tree

    Coconut tree

    Cocos nucifera


    The coconut is the well-travelled fruit of the coconut tree, an elegant palm from hot regions of the world. It is believed to have originated in South Asia before colonising the tropical coastlands of Africa, America and Oceania thanks to its ability to float for days and still retain its capacity to germinate. The coconut tree is one of the oldest known “useful” plants. Just its fruit alone, the coconut, is a very complete food with its sweet, white nourishing flesh and delicious refreshing, slightly milky water. Traditionally, the oil extracted from its pulp, called copra, is recognised for its nourishing and protective benefits, while organic coconut water helps to encourage the supply of nutrients essential for skin cells.
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  • Green Coffee

    Green Coffee

    Coffea robusta


    Green Coffee is the name given to the two seeds produced by the mature fruit of the Coffea (Coffee tree), a shrub cultivated across subtropical regions of the world and whose "robusta" variety is particularly rich in Caffeine. The legend of the Coffee tree dates back to Medieval times. It tells of a Yemeni shepherd whose goats had been running off more than usual, who noticed they had been eating the seeds of a mysterious small tree. The shepherd was curious, prepared an infusion with the seeds and discovered a delicately flavoured, invigorating drink that would eventually come to be known all over the world as coffee. Green Coffee extract is obtained from the seeds which are dried in the sun then lightly grilled. This very simple process effectively preserves the plant's active molecules and its highly stimulating action in the field of cosmetics.
  • Hazelnut


    Coryllus avellana


    The hazelnut is a small tree that grows in woods and hedgerows, very common in European forests. Its fruit, the hazelnut, is a smooth, egg-shaped nut, held at the base in a green sheath with deeply cut-out edges. An edible oil is extracted from the hazelnut. Employed in cooking, it is also much used in soaps, masks and massage oils for its capacity to prevent dehydration. Components founds in its leaves after excellent cellular anti-free radical protection.
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  • Cantaloupe melon

    Cantaloupe melon

    Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis


    In the early Renaissance, at the summer residence of the Popes in Cantalupo, Italian monks developed a variety of melon with a sweet, juicy, orange-coloured flesh which they called « cantalupo ». In the 15th century, the cantaloupe melon was introduced in Provence to enable the Sovereign Pontiffs, established in Avignon at the time, to enjoy their exquisite flavour. Clarins Laboratories use an extract from the pulp of a cantaloupe melon variety cultivated by organic farming, which has an exceptional resistance to ageing compared to classic melon varieties. This melon owes its long life to an enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD) which protects the fruit from the harmful effects of free radicals.
  • Kaki


    Diospyros kaki


    The kaki, or persimmon, is a fruit tree orginating from Indonesia and is now found across the Mediterranean. It is known for its fleshy fruit which has a smooth, orange skin and looks like a tomato. The persimmon is eaten when very ripe and of all the fruits, it is one of the richest sources of energy. All parts of the tree have medicinal properties. Extracts from the bark are astringent, the juice from its fruit helps to reduce hypertension and its calyxes (small leaves on the surface of the fruit) are a known remedy for hiccups and coughs.
  • Organic teasel

    Organic teasel

    Dipsacus sylvestris


    Black cumin is very appreciated for its seeds with a strong, hot, peppery taste. An oil is extracted from them, which was a precious remedy of the Egyptian and named for its benefits
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  • Alpine Willow Herb

    Alpine Willow Herb

    Epilobium fleischeri


    This small bush has needle-shaped evergreen leaves and grows only in peat bogs, a vegetal ecosystem that is cold, humid and acid. It grows well in Alaska, Canada, Finland and Norway, where its small black berries, rich in vitamins and minerals, are a major element in culinary culture. In the medical field, Crowberry is traditionally used for its anti-diarrhea action while its leaves and roots are used for their diuretic and ophthalmic virtues. Scientists have recently discovered that Crowberry contains flavonoids. These natural substances are recognized for their anti-inflammatory/ anti-oxidant properties and for their capacity to inhibit the enzyme responsible for the degradation of collagen and the development of adipose tissue.This plant can be found growing in glaciers, among the piles of stones and rocks known as "moraine". In order to grow and multiply in this mineral environment, Alpine Willow Herb has developed some very special features: powerful underground roots capable of capturing water hidden deep in the rocks, and the ability to reproduce itself by growing shoots – like clones of itself – which allow it to colonize such an inhospitable region. Its bright pink flowers are a splash of colour in this stony universe. The plant hasmedicinal properties and is used to treat digestive problems, burns and skin irritation. In cosmetics, in addition to a recognized soothing action, Clarins Research has revealed its capacity to slow the development of the enzyme responsible for production of sebum.
  • Myrothamnus


    Myrothamnus Flabellifolius

    South Africa

    To tolerate the arid conditions of its natural habitat – the mountains of western and southern Africa – myrothamnus has developed an amazing survival strategy called reviviscence. In the dry season, during the process of desiccation and apparent “death”, the plant’s cells produce a sugary substance known as trehalose, which allows them to rehydrate and function anew once the first rains fall. In traditional medicine, myrothamnus is used for its toning, revitalising and soothing benefits.
  • Ginkgo biloba

    Ginkgo biloba

    Ginkgo biloba


    Ginkgo Biloba is a "prehistoric" tree and the soul surviving member of a family dating back to the second era. It has an astonishing resistance. One might say, it would have been the only tree to have survived Hiroshima. The tree's nickname is "the forty coins" because its leaves become golden in autumn. The leaves are very rich in major antioxidants which block the formation of the free radicals. In addition, they are present in the composition of certain pharmaceutical products such as veinotonic.
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  • Gypsophila


    Gypsophila paniculata


    Gypsophila hides a precious treasure beneath its rustic appearance. When in bloom, tiny white flowers cluster together to create a delicate, airy look that has led to its nickname of "Baby's Breath". Gypsophila root was used by both doctors and laundry workers alike for its diuretic, eliminating and cleansing powers. Clarins Laboratories today uses gypsophila root for its cleansing and foaming properties that purify skin.
  • Harungana


    Harungana madagascariensis


    A tree with powerful regenerating properties which encourages reforestation by colonizing barren soils in Madagascar and Africa. Since time immemorial it has been used by local communities for its many therapeutic benefits. Its leaves improve liver function and also have antiseptic and healing properties, while the orangey-red sap of the plant is used to soothe skin conditions. Clarins Laboratories have demonstrated in tests the capacity of harungana to encourage the synthesis of collagen. They use an organic harungana extract obtained within the framework of a fair trade programme.
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  • Sunflower


    Helianthus annuus


    The name "Helianthus" from the Greek "helios" (sun) and "anthos" (flower), is derived from a legend of Greek mythology. In the myth, a young mortal falls in love with the god Helios and dies from love by constantly watching him. Moved by her plight, Helios turns her into a plant whose flower head follows the movement of the sun throughout the day. In cosmetics, sunflower is used in many ways. The oil and wax from the seeds have moisturising and protective benefits. The oil cake, a product obtained from the seeds after extraction of the oil, has soothing properties. Finally, auxins, substances present in the sunflower stem, promote firmness and flexibility and have recognised firming and toning actions.
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  • Hibiscus


    Hibiscus sabdariffa


    Hibiscus was originally grown in Ancient Egypt and throughout Southeast Asia. Today it continues to be cultivated as an edible vegetable, for its ornamental beauty and for use in traditional medicine due to its antiseptic and wound-healing actions. In cosmetics, proteins extracted from the plant’s seeds provide many exceptional benefits: an instant skin-tightening effect, firming and toning actions and the capacity to help significantly increase skin hydration levels.Hibiscus is a tropical plant that has been known and used for a very long time. Australian aborigines consumed it and used its fibres to make bags and hunting nets. Its fruit were used to fight cough and dress wounds. The proteins extracted from its seeds have exceptional re-energizing moisturizing cosmetic properties.
  • Bison grass

    Bison grass

    Hierochloe odorata


    Bison grass is native to Europe and North America. br />It has become familiar to us as it gives vodka its delicate flavour, similar to vanilla. It has inspired the name of the renowned « Zubrowka » vodka, which means « bisons favourite grass ».It has renowned medicinal properties in the treatment of cough, sore throat and vascular disorders. Its remarkable cell energising and blood vessel toning properties make it particularly adapted to the specific needs of men's skin.
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  • Hop


    Humulus lupulus


    Though the native origin of Hops was probably Asia, they are now common in northern Europe. In the past, it was known as Devil's Wood, because it climbed up trees at the speed of a thousand devils and always counter-clockwise. Hops was introduced into France in the 12th century. The cone-shaped fruits are rich in essential oils, which have sedative and hypnotic properties. It is frequently used to treat anxiety and depressive states. Hops contain active principles that are precursors to vitamin D.
  • Orris root

    Orris root

    Iris florentina


    Orris grows in the wild, but is also cultivated for the cosmetics industry. On drying, its root gives off a very pleasant odour similar to the scent of violets. It is used as an ingredient in many perfumes. Formerly, doctors would recommend it to relieve childrens coughing and teething pains. An excellent astringent with normalising properties, Orris extract is found in beauty care products for skin prone to oiliness.
  • Wild Mango

    Wild Mango

    Irvingia gabonensis

    West Africa

    The Wild Mango tree grows in the warm, humid tropical forests of Western Africa and can reach 20 metres in height. Its abundant fruit is green in colour 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. Pressing the kernel yields a vegetable butter that has been chosen by Clarins Laboratories for its repairing, nourishing and hydrating properties.
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  • Macadamia


    Macadamia terniflora


    Indigenous to Australia, Macadamia was introduced onto Hawaii in 1881. The Macadamia nut gives an oil that women rub into their skin and hair, which contains the "Secret to the beauty of the lovely Hawaiian women". The composition of this oil is similar to the body's sebaceous secretions, and essential fatty acids it contains have protective properties.
  • Water mint

    Water mint

    Mentha aquatica

    France, Portugal

    Native to southern Europe, water mint is a wetland plant that thrives near ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Widely used in ancient times and up until the 18th century for its invigorating aromatic benefits, digestive properties and ability to treat headaches, it was then abandoned in favour of spearmint, peppermint and field mint. In cosmetics, organic water mint extract helps curb the proliferation of fat cells and promotes skin firmness.
  • Field Mint

    Field Mint

    Mentha arvensis


    In the wild, field mint grows in sandy and wetland areas and meadows in Europe. However, unlike other varieties of mint, it is generally cultivated for its essential oil - menthol - extracted by crystallisation.
  • Mimosa Tenuiflora

    Mimosa Tenuiflora

    Mimosa tenuiflora


    Known as the "skin tree" of the Mayas, Mimosa Tenuiflora is a shrub found on a narrow strip of land located at an altitude of 800 - 1000 m in the Mexican state of Chiapas. According to Indian tradition, the powder obtained from the bark helps to heal wounds. The Mexican earthquake of 1985 and the shortage of medicine that followed brought this special tree's therapeutic benefits back into the spotlight. It is now officially recognised as part of the country's national heritage and for its exceptional capacity to restore damaged epidermis.Known as the "skin tree" of theMayas, Mimosa Tenuiflora is a shrub found on a narrow strip of land located at an altitude of 800 - 1000 m in the Mexican state of Chiapas. According to Indian tradition, the powder obtained from the bark helps to heal wounds. The Mexican earthquake of 1985 and the shortage of medicine that followed brought this special tree's therapeutic benefits back into the spotlight. It is now officially recognized as part of the country's national heritage and for its exceptional capacity to restore damaged epidermis.
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  • Moringa


    Moringa pterygosperma


    In India, it is known as the “tree of miracles” and in Africa, “nebeday” or “never die tree”. Well-known in tropical and subtropical regions for its nutritive and medicinal properties, moringa has also demonstrated an exceptional ability to clear and purify river water. The peptide extract from moringa seeds is used by Clarins Laboratories for its capacity to encourage the elimination of pollution particles.
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  • Banana


    Musa sapientum


    With its slender silhouette and large, hanging leaves, the banana resembles a tree. However, it is actually a giant grass whose only perennial part is an underground stem (rhizome). Native to South-East Asia, the banana is now found in tropical regions throughout the world. There are several varieties of banana grown for their fruit, which is eaten green or ripe. In traditional medicine, green banana is used externally for its healing properties. In cosmetics, green banana extract promotes the synthesis of collagen and the healthy organisation of dermal structure.
  • Sacred lotus

    Sacred lotus

    Nelumbium speciosum


    The lotus is an aquatic perennial plant rooted in shallow water, thanks to rhizomes scattered with tubers. A sacred flower of the East, the lotus symbolises purity, spirituality and wisdom. It is also a plant widely used as a food and in traditional Asian medicine. In cosmetics, lotus flower helps to soften and decongest the skin.
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  • Olive Tree

    Olive Tree

    Olea europaea


    The olive tree is a native of the Mediterranean countries and has been used for a long time for its therapeutic properties. The olive is a sacred tree. For many years the oil and leaves were used to make a cream for the athletes and wrestlers of ancient Greece and Rome. The leaves have a healing and toning action on the skin that is widely used in cosmetics. Vegetal perhydrosqualene is derived from the olive. Extremely moisturizing, it is similar to the lipids in the skin.
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  • Sweet Marjoram

    Sweet Marjoram

    Origanum majorana


    Marjoram is a plant with small, white flowers that grow in bunches. The Greeks knew the plant well and took it as the symbol of honour and love. Legend recounts how Venus washed and healed Aeneus' wounds using this plant. It was also valued, even then, as much for culinary as medicinal purposes, and we find it mentioned in recipes left to us by Apicius.
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  • Rice


    Oryza sativa


    The origins of rice date back to early Antiquity when it could be found across the immense plains of China, to the marshlands of India and the Persian empire. It is the most widely consumed cereal in the world and is grown in tropical and warm temperate regions for its fruit which is high in starch. In cosmetics, rice – in powder form – helps conceal skin blemishes and the oil obtained from rice bran is used to nourish and soothe the skin. The rice extract used by Clarins Laboratories helps preserve the skin’s capacity for renewal while rice starch is used to matify the skin.Rice belongs to the graminae species and was originally cultivated in humid soils in Asia for its high nutritive value. Rice starch has been used for centuries for making cosmetic products - especially Rice flour.
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