Vine - Vitis vinifera
The vine is a rambling, perennial and climbing liana of the Vitaceae family. The stems, which can reach 30 m in length if not pruned, bear heart-shaped leaves. Originating in Asia Minor, the vine is now cultivated on every continent for its grapes, which are made into wine. Innumerable varieties, or strains, have been created: there are said to be around 5,000. L'Occitane uses a strain with high anthocyane levels, the pigment responsible for the red color of the vines.
Traditions:The history of the vine and wine is so ancient that it is intermingled with that of humans. The first vine stocks date back more than 7,000 years. The leaves were traditionally used to treat wounds and were reputed for their power to combat obesity. In the 18th century, a grape cure was recommended to restore fitness and to revitalise the body and mind.
Properties:L’Occitane has selected an organic grape juice rich in revitalising vitamins, calcium and potassium. It is combined with red vine leaf extract, rich in draining polyphenols, as well as with nourishing grape seed oil and exfoliating grape seed powder. Red vine leaf extracts, rich in anthocyanes (vitamin P), have anti-free radical benefits, and anti-elastase actions in drainage and revitalising products.