If you are an avid chef, you probably know Saffron for its inexplicable ability to elevate both sweet and savory dishes to masterpiece levels. For fragrance connoisseurs, its intoxicating aroma of hay, honeyed musk, leather and almonds is likely what comes to mind. Legend has it that two thousand years ago, Cleopatra turned to Saffron for its beautifying benefits, bathing in saffron-infused milk baths to smooth her skin and enhance her beauty. Today, Sisley’s research team have definitively unlocked the beauty potential that Cleopatra may have foreseen, harnessing the power of the saffron flower to nourish dry skin and brighten the complexion.
What is Saffron?
Saffron is derived from the Crocus sativus, or saffron crocus, and is thought to have been originally cultivated in Greece. Its medicinal properties were praised in ancient times, dating as far back as 1550 B.C, to treat anything from common illnesses to stress. Today, the majority is cultivated throughout Southern Europe and the Middle East. The iconic, vibrant red/orange stigmata and styles, or “threads” of the flower, are dried to create the tasty seasoning found in paella and bouillabaisse, to name just few favorite dishes.
The Red Gold
Saffron is also known as the “world’s most expensive spice”, because its harvest is both complex and labor intensive. The threads of the flower are so delicate that successfully gathering them requires each saffron flower to be picked by hand, during a very small, six-week harvest window in the fall. Combine that method with the fact that each flower contains just three threads and you can begin to understand how it earned its nickname of “red gold”. It takes 170,000 flowers to create just one pound of saffron!
Sisley’s Saffron Difference
Sisley’s scientists discovered the healing potential in a different part of the flower… the petals!
Extracts from the petals can address sources of inflammation. Rarely used until now, the petals are normally a by-product of the thread extraction and yet Sisley’s eco-responsible approach of studying all elements of the flower has led to the discovery of its greatest benefits within skin care. Sisley’s saffron is exclusively sourced from organically certified saffron flower farms found specifically in the region of Limousin, France, where the soil is especially rich. The region is known for its highly regarded harvest methods and each flower is collected by hand the morning the same morning it blooms in order to preserve the best qualities of all of the flowers’ components.
How Can it Spice up my Beauty Routine?
Rich in polyphenols, sugars and flavonoids, Saffron flower extract can provide essential soothing actions for dry skin that is prone to irritation and discomfort. By targeting the beginning of a chain reaction that can lead to inflammation, Saffron supports the skin’s own calming and healing processes. Within Velvet Nourishing Cream and NEW Velvet Sleeping Mask, Saffron flower extract is providing soothing comfort to dry skin. It enhances the moisturizing and nourishing benefits of these treatments. Working in combination with other carefully selected plant extracts and vitamins, Saffron flower visibly revives the complexion and creates a more radiant, refreshed appearance.
Now, isn’t that delicious?