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Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides)

The common gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides, Cape jasmine) is known for its beautiful white flowers and exotic scent. An evergreen shrub, it is thought to have originated in China and Japan, but can also be found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Australasia.

Gardenia yields a deep orange to yellow viscous liquid, containing a strong pigment (principally, the carotenoid crocin). This can be used to color many of our products. When blended with other ingredients, this can offer a lovely pallet of varying hues.

The gardenia is popular as a garden plant, but it is also useful to the perfumer and aromatherapist.

In Chinese medicine, gardenia flowers and fruit have been used to treat irritability, urinary tract infections, headaches and tension for 2,000 years. The phytochemicals found in gardenia are under research for possible anti-inflammatory effects.