Flagship ingredient at the heart of the Rodolphe&Co brand, Mother-of-Pearl is a real panacea for beauty. What are the benefits of mother-of-pearl in cosmetics? What are the origins of its use? Let us explain it all to you.
Mother-of-pearl is a biomineral. It is the iridescent coating biosynthesized by certain shellfish throughout their life. This coating lines the inside of the shell, constituting the smooth iridescent lining of mollusc shells, such as oysters for example.
Mother-of-pearl is also the material that constitutes pearls. They are formed from a grain of sand that penetrates inside the shell of the mollusc, which will then synthesize mother-of-pearl all around it in order to wrap it and form a pearl.
Etymologically, the French word for mother-of-pearl - "nacre" - comes from the Arabic word "naqqarah" or the Persian one "nakkar" which means beautiful and shimmering. It is a material that has been used since Antiquity in traditional Egyptian, Asian and Native American pharmacopoeia:
In cosmetics, mother-of-pearl has regenerative properties:
At Rodolphe&Co, mother-of-pearl is harvested during family walks on the beach, on the peninsula of Quiberon in French Brittany. Indeed, Ecocert does not allow the use of mother-of-pearl from agriculture: ours is harvested in the wild life, from the empty shells that are washed up on the beach.
The pearly part is then extracted by a biotechnological process certified by Ecocert, then assembled with other natural components to be transformed into BIONACRE. This same Bionacre that you find in our Rodolphe&Co hair care products.
Bionacre is present in all of our water-based products, such as the shampoos, the Hydrating Hair Mask, the Mineral Colours… It is particularly visible in the Pearly Gel, a particularly shiny leave-in detangling hair gel.
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