Centaurea cyanus L.
Family : Asteraceae
USE IN KLORANE PRODUCTS
Centaurea is used in KLORANE hair products for its natural blue dye and in the Klorane eye care line with cornflower for its soothing and decongesting properties.
PLANT EXTRACT CHARACTERISTICS
Centaurea is an annual of the Asteraceae family that is traditionally used for its astringent virtues. We have chosen to cultivate the Centaurea cyanus L. species for its high cyanocentaureine content, a plant pigment with bluish hues.
THE RANGE Centaurea
BOTANICAL FACT SHEET
Centaurea originates from the East Mediterranean and grows in cultivated fields in all temperate regions. It is an annual herbaceous plant with a spindly, branching stem between 10 and 32 inches high and slightly downy leaves. Its capitula have long peduncles and overlapping bracts with ciliated, membranous edges and blue, tubulous flowers. Its fruit is an off-white, tightly-packed achene with a fawn-coloured pappus.
Our Centaurea is cultivated in southwest France using techniques that respect the surrounding ecosystem. The quality of the flowers harvested is controlled in accordance with KLORANE Phytofiliereｮ specifications. The blossoming heads are picked by hand and dried out of the sun to preserve the quality of their pigment. The active agent they contain is concentrated in the form of an extract, which is then incorporated into KLORANE’s shampoo with centaurea extract.