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Our ingredients

The natural active ingredients that we use derive from four primary ingredient groups:

MEDICINAL HERBS: Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days / Calendula, Echinacea, Hypericum, Evening Primrose

GREEK FLORA: Plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in Greece’s unique environment / Thyme, Sage, Bay Laurel, Olive, Mastiha

FOOD INGREDIENTS: Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties including Yoghurt, Thyme Honey

NATURAL ACTIVES: Actives such as natural antioxidant Quercetin, with proven efficacy as per the findings of international research programmes including the primary research carried by the Korres Research & Development Lab.

Herbs

WILD ROSE
Wild rose is probably the most popular flower in the world. Wild rose oil, rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, demonstrates significant healing, moisturising and softening properties. At the same time it forms a protective film on the skin that helps the cell regeneration and improves the texture of the epidermis. Furthermore, the wild rose fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level that demonstrates significant repairing activity to fine lines and skin colour disorders.

POMEGRANATE
The Pomegranate extract is a rich source of tannins, anthocyanins, vitamins (A, C, E) and minerals and is widely used for its antioxidant properties. The pomegranate fruit contains three times the antioxidant properties of red wine or green tea. This high level of antioxidants found in pomegranate is effective in combating free radicals that cause premature ageing of skin cells. Pomegranate extract has also significant astringent properties, due to the contained tannins. As a result, it tightens the pores and strengthens the skin epidermis, thus being ideal for oily and combination skin.

ACHILLEA
Achillea’s use in traditional medicine has been recently boosted by medical research. Achillea has significant antibacterial and healing action. Its skincare role is important, as its white dried inflorescence is suitable for looking after sensitive skin. Amongst its properties, oiliness regulating and hair revitalizing.

Plant Power

THE ROMANCE OF NATURAL INGREDIENTS
The ever so appealing romance of Nature in the role of the ultimate provider; Eve in the Garden of Eden tempting Adam to eat from the Tree of Knowledge; Homer referring to the ‘pomegranate breaking’, a tradition that has survived until today due to the fruit’s association with life, fertility, passion and power; Socrates sentenced to death by drinking a lethal blend containing hemlock poison; the Grimm Brothers’ Rapunzel, named after the rapunzel, a plant of ‘discord’; "la fée verte" or green fairy in French, the anise-flavoured spirit – Absinthe – derived from the herb Artemisia absinthium, associated with Parisian artists and writers.

PLANT POWER
Healing, calming, toning, seducing; the power of the plants has been an area of study from early on; the Greek physician Hippocrates, also known as the father of medicine, refers to a vast number of medicinal plants in his writings. Fast forward to the Golden Age of Botany, a time when botany was a branch of medicine and practiced almost exclusively by doctors and surgeons; Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the healing power of nature in Latin. Fast forward to the KORRES homeopathic remedies archive, with over 3,000 natural remedies, based on plants. All our formulations are developed based on natural ingredients.

Plant hunting

The collection of live plant specimens from the wild, sometimes referred to as plant hunting, is an activity that has occurred for centuries.The earliest recorded evidence of plant hunting was in 1495 BC when botanists were sent to Somalia to collect incense trees for Queen Hatshepsut. The Victorian era saw a surge in plant hunting activity as botanical adventurers explored the world to find exotic plants to bring home, often at considerable personal risk. These plants usually ended up in botanical gardens or the private gardens of wealthy collectors. Prolific plant hunters in this period included William Lobb and his brother Thomas Lobb, George Forrest, Joseph Hooker, Charles Maries and Robert Fortune.

A TALE OF A BOTANIST EXPLORER
A team of experts led by the KORRES plant hunter, Orestes Davias a botanist with a real love for nature and plants. Driven by his passion, the richness and diversity of his native flora, Orestes searches for ingredients that provide the base for all KORRES formulations. He travels all over the world, yet the focus of his ongoing quest is the Greek flora. Considered to feature the wealthiest flora per square foot, Greece is the ideal starting point for Orestes’ plant adventures. Our plant hunting does not go against nature. Protecting and safeguarding endangered natural ingredients is a priority. The plant hunting team, consisting of botanists, agriculturists, chemists, chemical engineers and pharmacologists work towards sustaining plant populations while mapping the native flora.

Greek Flora

Greek flora is renowned for its wealth as it numbers over 6,500 varieties, 1,200 out of which are endemic plants, not to be found in other parts of the world. One of the most biologically diverse nations globally, Greece’s mountains, mainland and islands create special balances of plant life. A number of microclimates due to the domestic topography – the Aegean islands, the country’s high mountains like Olympus, Parnassos and Taeyetos, the drought-prone southern land – contributes to the rich flora, consisting of plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in this unique environment. The Greek flora diversity is probably best demonstrated through the example of the Acropolis ‘sacred’ rock which despite being an extremely harsh ‘plant’ environment, it hosts over 300 plants. Centuries ago Greeks began to discover and explore the medicinal value of some of the native flora of the land, and explore their use in remedies. Mastiha tears are beads of clear resin formed in the Mastiha trees and dropped on the ground. They are gathered for their healing properties and used in traditional remedies. Saffron is harvested by hand from the crocus flower by communities of growers in Northern Greece. With its complex bitter taste and exceptional medicinal applications,it is the most expensive spice in the world with a value equivalent to gold. Species of native “mountain teas” that grow wild on the remote mountain terrain have proven antiinflammatory,antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and are sought after around the world.

Mapping the Greek Flora

In order to be able to source the highest quality herbs, our plant hunters in collaboration with the Organic Agriculture Laboratory of the Agricultural University of Athens have mapped out the Greek Flora. Working towards protecting endangered herbs, sustaining plant populations and based on climate and soil conditions, reproduction techniques, planting distance and quantitative yields, this team has selected the ideal cultivation area for every KORRES selected herb. Having evaluated the findings of our research on the selected plant areas, we develop co-operations based on supporting local communities, community unions and agricultural co-operatives. Social criteria such as unemployment, underdeveloped rural regions, the need for financial support are a significant part of the process. In other words between two areas that may have achieved the same score in terms of soil and climate, KORRES co-operates with the most underdeveloped one as part of a continuous effort to support local farmers and strengthen the area’s economy.

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