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Botanical Water Workshop in La Gacilly

Come and explore our botanical water workshop and discover how we make our hydrolates. A 100% Yves Rocher, 100% local production!

A new link in the Yves Rocher expertise chain, 100% local.

Committed for over 60 years, the Yves Rocher Brand defends a beauty that is ever more respectful of Man and the planet and ever closer, too, to each and every one of us. Driven by these values, the French's favorite beauty brand*, a responsible player in its environment, has chosen to set up its very first distillation workshop to manufacture its botanical waters (or hydrosols) locally, as close as possible to its production units.

These waters come from local plants cultivated by organic farming and agroecology in La Gacilly, the cradle of the Brand in Brittany. The Botanical Water Workshop is in perfect harmony with La Gacilly’s unique and virtuous panel of experts, from the seed to the beauty product.

The botanical waters produced at Yves Rocher’s Botanical Water Workshop are used in the composition of some of our products, which are also made close by, at the Villes Geffs plant in La Gacilly and Rieux. A local circuit means fewer CO2 emissions linked to the transport of goods for a more limited environmental/carbon/ecological footprint and local made in La Gacilly roots.

* Source: kantar beauty panel 2019

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Botanical Distillation by Yves Rocher

This is how the Botanical Water Workshop come to be, the 100% Yves Rocher, 100% local, first botanical water production unit!

In the wake of our virtuous (industrial) model, the Botanical Water Workshop is a continuation of our agronomic system based on agroecology and biodiversity preservation.

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From Our Flower Fields To Our Yves Rocher Organic Botanical Water

Developing our local plant sources as closely as possible, the Botanical Waters Workshop has been producing plant waters of Cornflower, Roman Chamomile, Matricaria Chamomile and Peppermint since spring 2020.

These essences are used in the composition of many products, or are marketed as such e.g., Cornflower plant water, known for its soothing properties. 

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Botanical waters make up the extracts in many Yves Rocher products!

The Pure Camomille line for the Chamomile Matricaria botanical water, the Pur Bleuet line for the Cornflower one. The purifying masks for the Pure Menthe one. As for the Roman Chamomile water, it is used in many other lines.

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How are our Botanical Waters produced?

To obtain 1 ton of hydrolat, it takes 2 hours of distillation, followed by 40 minutes of filtration and pasteurization.

Do you know the difference between hydrolat, floral water, plant water or botanical water?

Hydrolat is a general term for any aqueous substance that results from the distillation of flowers or other parts of a plant. Floral water only comes from the distillation of flowers (buds).

At the Botanical Water Workshop, we distill Peppermint leaves as well as the flowering tops of Cornflower, Romain Chamomile and Matricaria Chamomile, because their properties are present in the entire plant.

So, we don’t actually produce floral water butbotanical waters or plant waters, the term hydrolate can also be used.

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