The Arnica flower is actually made up of lots of small flowers! On the outside the petals are really ray florets in the shape of small tongues. They are sterile and there to attract insects to the heart of the flower. Under a microscope, you can see a multitude of « tube » flowers (fertile hermaphrodites both male and female). The fertilization is guaranteed both by the pollen of another Arnica plant and via insects, to encourage genetic cross fertilization… Or the plant fertilizes itself by auto-fertilization!
We grow Arnica chamissonis organically in our fields in La Gacilly, Brittany, the birth place of the Yves Rocher Brand.
A close working relationship between the agronomical center and our Botanical Beauty researchers has enabled us to develop a crop itinerary : the origin of the seeds and the time of harvest have been carefully defined in order to obtain an optimum level of botanical active which provides all the power of Arnica while respecting nature and the biodiversity. Planted in April, the Arnica is harvested at the end of June and immediately dried following a specific program which conserves all the intrinsic qualities of the plant.
Why Arnica chamissonis ? Montana Arnica, originating from the pasture land in the Black Forest, is a popular medicinal plant which is threatened with extinction. In order to protect this endangered species, Yves Rocher chose in 1983, to experiment with growing another species in La Gacilly. This experiment was successful.
Like the face, hands are often exposed to different forms of stress such as pollution, cold, sun… the skin loses its suppleness and becomes rough and uncomfortable with no radiance.
Our Botanical Beauty researchers identified at the heart of Arnica chamissonis, two main botanical molecules: luteolin and chlorogenic acid. Extracted from Arnica flower tops by a mixture of natural solvents (water and alcohol), they both belong to the polyphenol family, renowned for protecting plants from external aggressions. It is a combination of the two that gives our extract all its protective efficacy.
In the range, Hand Beauty Care, it is combined with other botanical actives. This combination helps to protect the skin which becomes smoother, softer and more comfortable*.
*In vivo tests