01/ Raw materials
When ingredients offer similar results and sensorial pleasure, Clarins prefers to use raw plant ingredients, natural ingredients from organic farming practices, and plants grown locally or from a Fair Trade program. Rigorous ingredient policies affirm Clarins' constant commitment to preserve biodiversity.
Respect and fair trade
For Clarins, Fair Trade with developing countries also takes into consideration the local economic, social and ecological environment. In perfect alignment with the values of this type of trade, Clarins combines the purchase of raw materials with helping local populations by paying a fair price, developing community infrastructures and sharing knowledge.
Katafray, a major ingredient in the HydraQuench range, ambiaty and centella asiatica are part of Clarins' Fair Trade program. Five per cent of their sale price is set aside to finance community projects within the farming/harvesting area. In 2008, the funds collected from the sale of katafray made it possible to build a clean water network in the town of Morarano..
In Vietnam, Clarins helped build a school in the village of Vinh Kim in conjunction with the vu sua harvest—an ingredient used in our Bust Beauty products.
Clarins expert botanistJean-Pierre Nicolas, Founder of ‘Jardins du Monde’
Jean-Pierre Nicolas works with Clarins Laboratories to find new key ingredients within very strict guidelines and respect of biodiversity. He carries out research on the traceability of plants and the ethno-botanical verifications needed for the development of new products. From Burkina Faso to Madagascar, Nicolas' research is based on his interaction with local populations who grow the plants. His mission is to re-introduce the use of local medicinal plants and rebuild a traditional pharmacopeia. He teaches the populations to optimize the use of these plants and farming practices. “We cannot save nature without people; it is important to guide them in their quest for ecological coherence.”
Clarins helps support his organization called ‘Jardins du Monde’. Jean-Pierre Nicolas is the author of more than 14 books on traditional pharmacopeia, that is, medicinal plants used by mothers and grandmothers for centuries. “We need to nourish the younger generations' interest in plants, boost their self-esteem and give them faith about the future. It is about teaching them more about the environment and health: making sure that young people respect themselves, respect nature and become interested in using plants.”