Africa - Katafray

STOP NO.: Madagascar

The thirst-quenching
bark

NAME: Katafray
LATIN NAME: Cedrelopsis grevei
LOCATION: Madagascar
TYPE: Shrub
PART(S) USED: Bark

A Madagascan beauty secret

Katafray is a shrub found across Madagascar, and its elegant silhouette is a common sight in the arid forests of the south and west of The Big Island. 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, while its essential oil is known for its fortifying and soothing actions.

COSMETIC EFFECTIVENESS

A plant that does the skin and planet good

In cosmetics, katafray extract helps improve the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms. The extract used by Clarins Laboratories – developed exclusively for the brand – is obtained through a process that preserves the biodiversity of the tropical forests, as part of a fair trade program.

A plant that does the skin and planet good

  • In cosmetics, katafray extract helps improve the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms. The extract used by Clarins Laboratories – developed exclusively for the brand – is obtained through a process that preserves the biodiversity of the tropical forests, as part of a fair trade program.
  • An economic commitment
    Clarins is committed to ensuring its procurement of plant ingredients is done so in the best working and payment conditions. Gatherers receive a harvest advance. As for local partners tasked with collection, drying and quality control, they benefit from a transfer of skills that progressively leads them on the path of empowerment.
  • A social commitment
    Clarins is committed to helping carry out projects successfully in line with the population’s expectations: a water distribution system, 12 equipped double classrooms, a medical centre... These projects saw the light of day thanks to the Clarins fair trade premium, a share included in the purchase price of ingredients and intended to fund these social programs.

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