Calendula officinalis; Hibiscus sabdariffa
What do these bright flowers have in common? They're both full of colours, antioxidants, and soothing compounds.
Where do we get calendula and hibiscus?
Lush generally purchases dried flowers through a distributor. They source products from different countries depending on seasonality and stock availability.
What are their benefits for the skin?
Both plants contain colouring compounds; an orange-yellow dye for calendula and a deep red for hibiscus flowers. They don't stain the skin and give our products a beautiful red colour.
Also known as marigold, Calendula officinalis is a staple plant in traditional and folk medicine. Carotenoids give the flower its distinct orange hue, but also have powerful antioxidant, soothing and antibacterial properties.
Hibiscus sabdariffa is an annual herb native to the tropics. It is renowned and cultivated around the world and has a different name in each country, the most common being hibiscus and roselle. The red flowers contain antioxidant compounds such as anthocyanosides which are known to support skin elasticity, as well as being soothing and astringent.