About the ingredient
Angelica is a tall ancestral plant from the Umbelliferae family, known for its tremendous vitality. It grows incredibly fast due to its exceptional ability for self hydration. Its secret lies in its deep roots. Just like water channels, they trap the water that is needed to feed this tall plant, all the way up to its flower.
Angelica water reinforces skin’s natural hydration, while stimulating the synthesis of aquaporins, the water channels of the skin. The essential oil, made from the roots, has toning and stimulating properties. As a skincare ingredient, angelica essential oil protects skin from free radicals (destabilized atoms) and improves its elasticity.
Angelica is believed to have been brought to France during the Middle Ages, or even earlier, where it was used both for its excellent medicinal properties and as an herb for cooking. Legend has it that in the 18th century, a man from the city of Nice in France, lived until the age of 123 years old thanks to its habit of chewing angelica roots.
About the region/relationship
Today, Angelica is cultivated for a number of different uses. All parts of the plant can be used: the stems and stalks can be candied, while the root and fruits are distilled. In its products, L’OCCITANE uses both Angelica water and Angelica essential oil to reinforce natural skin hydration.
70 years ago, the grandfather of Monsieur Nivon set up a farm near the village of Lapeyrouse Mornay, in the Drôme region of France. It became a family business now carried on by Monsieur Nivon, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. For the past twelve years, he has grown angelica. In 2005, the angelica that he grows for L’OCCITANE was certified organic.
Did you know?
Thanks to its stimulating and toning properties, angelica is often compared to Chinese Ginseng.