Boreal beauty secrets

Boreal beauty secrets

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi researchers collaborate with Canadian cosmetics giant Lise Watier to create a skincare line made from the Labrador tea plant
October 16, 2014

Lise Watier, a Quebec-based cosmetics company valued at $41 million, partnered with biochemists at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi to develop a new skincare line using an extract from Labrador tea, a low-lying evergreen shrub that grows in northern latitudes around the world. The company has sold more than 166,000 units, with a retail value of $24 to $82 each, since the products launched in 2011.

Researchers André Pichette and Jean Legault create and test products made from biological materials found in the Boreal forests of Quebec. In 2006, the cosmetics company collaborated with the researchers to study Labrador tea. They found that it contains antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. The research duo developed a unique method that allows them to extract the key elements of Labrador tea — a method Lise Watier employed to develop a dozen commercial skincare and makeup products.