Our Heart

All our formulations are developed based on natural ingredients.


Wild Rose


Wild rose is probably the most popular flower in the world. Wild rose oil, rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, demonstrates significant healing, moisturising and softening properties. At the same time it forms a protective film on the skin that helps the cell regeneration and improves the texture of the epidermis. Furthermore, the wild rose fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level that demonstrates significant repairing activity to fine lines and skin colour disorders. 


Pomegranate


The Pomegranate extract is a rich source of tannins, anthocyanins, vitamins (A, C, E) and minerals and is widely used for its antioxidant properties. The pomegranate fruit contains three times the antioxidant properties of red wine or green tea. This high level of antioxidants found in pomegranate is effective in combating free radicals that cause premature ageing of skin cells. Pomegranate extract has also significant astringent properties, due to the contained tannins. As a result, it tightens the pores and strengthens the skin epidermis, thus being ideal for oily and combination skin.


Plant power :  The romance of natural ingredients


The ever so appealing romance of Nature in the role of the ultimate provider; Eve in the Garden of Eden tempting Adam to eat from the Tree of Knowledge; Homer referring to the 'pomegranate breaking', a tradition that has survived until today due to the fruit's association with life, fertility, passion and power; Socrates sentenced to death by drinking a lethal blend containing hemlock poison; the Grimm Brothers' Rapunzel, named after the rapunzel, a plant of 'discord'; "la fée verte" or green fairy in French, the anise-flavoured spirit – Absinthe – derived from the herb Artemisia absinthium, associated with Parisian artists and writers.


Plant power


Healing, calming, toning, seducing; the power of the plants has been an area of study from early on; the Greek physician Hippocrates, also known as the father of medicine, refers to a vast number of medicinal plants in his writings. Fast forward to the Golden Age of Botany, a time when botany was a branch of medicine and practiced almost exclusively by doctors and surgeons; Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the healing power of nature in Latin. Fast forward to the KORRES homeopathic remedies archive, with over 3,000 natural remedies, based on plants.


Plant Hunting


The collection of live plant specimens from the wild, sometimes referred to as plant hunting, is an activity that has occurred for centuries.The earliest recorded evidence of plant hunting was in 1495 BC when botanists were sent to Somalia to collect incense trees for Queen Hatshepsut. The Victorian era saw a surge in plant hunting activity as botanical adventurers explored the world to find exotic plants to bring home, often at considerable personal risk. These plants usually ended up in botanical gardens or the private gardens of wealthy collectors. Prolific plant hunters in this period included William Lobb and his brother Thomas Lobb, George Forrest, Joseph Hooker, Charles Maries and Robert Fortune.


A tale of a botanist explorer


A team of experts led by the KORRES plant hunter, Orestes Davias a botanist with a real love for nature and plants. Driven by his passion, the richness and diversity of his native flora, Orestes searches for ingredients that provide the base for all KORRES formulations. He travels all over the world, yet the focus of his ongoing quest is the Greek flora. Considered to feature the wealthiest flora per square foot, Greece is the ideal starting point for Orestes' plant adventures.

Our plant hunting does not go against nature. Protecting and safeguarding endangered natural ingredients is a priority. The plant hunting team, consisting of botanists, agriculturists, chemists, chemical engineers and pharmacologists work towards sustaining plant populations while mapping the native flora.

Mapping the greek flora

In order to be able to source the highest quality herbs, our plant hunters in collaboration with the Organic Agriculture Laboratory of the Agricultural University of Athens have mapped out the Greek Flora. Working towards protecting endangered herbs, sustaining plant populations and based on climate and soil conditions, reproduction techniques, planting distance and quantitative yields, this team has selected the ideal cultivation area for every KORRES selected herb.

Having evaluated the findings of our research on the selected plant areas, we develop co-operations based on supporting local communities, community unions and agricultural co-operatives.  Social criteria such as unemployment, underdeveloped rural regions, the need for financial support are a significant part of the process. In other words between two areas that may have achieved the same score in terms of soil and climate, KORRES co-operates with the most underdeveloped one as part of a continuous effort to support local farmers and strengthen the area's economy.

Our ingredients

The natural active ingredients that we use derive from four primary ingredient groups:


MEDICINAL HERBS: 


Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days / Calendula, Echinacea, Hypericum, Evening Primrose


GREEK FLORA: 


Plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in Greece's unique environment / Thyme, Sage, Bay Laurel, Olive, Mastiha


FOOD INGREDIENTS: 


Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties including Yoghurt, Thyme Honey


NATURAL ACTIVES:

 
Actives such as natural antioxidant Quercetin, with proven efficacy as per the findings of international  research programmes including the primary research carried by the Korres Research & Development Lab.











Cooperations


We co-operate with

• micro farmers

• agricultural unions

• educational & social institutions


We teach our partners organic farming and sustainable agricultural systems, help them throughout all stages of cultivation and harvesting in association with the Agricultural University of Athens, and support them financially through purchasing their produce to be used in our formulations. We support solely organic farming through contractual agreements. We train and advise where necessary.


Working with instead of competing against


The choice not to cultivate ourselves the herbs that we need, is a conscious one. Our aim is not to compete, but to support the farmers and their unions, as well as the community bodies.


Micro Farmers


Ms Maria Komini, THESPROTIA  

SAGE


A co-ooperation with Ms Maria Komini, a farmer  from Thesprotia. Ms Komini collects high quality self-sown aromatic plants, abiding to all the necessary procedures for the sustainability of the local flora. The sage collected, comes from the region of Faskomilia which is how sage is called in Greece. 


Ms Goudroubi Vasiliki, LARISA

WILD ROSE


Ms Georgia Kleronomou, SAMOS

THYME / ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM 


A co-operation with Ms Georgia Kleronomou, a farmer from the island of Samos. Due to its climate and soil, Samos is considered ideal for the cultivation of aromatic plants. Ms Kleronomou has been farming organic aromatic plants for years, while also operating an essential oil production unit. Our partnership with Ms Kleronomou does not confine only to the supply of Thyme and Artemisia, but extends to various organically farmed herbs that we use in our certified organic Materia Herba tea blends.


CHIOS MASTIHA GROWERS ASSOCIATION 

MASTIHA


A co-operation with the Chios Mastic Growers Association, which comprises of 4,500 families that reside on the island and cultivate this unique, indigenous product that plays a significantly active role in the economy of the island.


KROKOS KOZANIS CO-OPERATIVE

KROKOS (SAFFRON)


A co-operation developed to support over 1,500 families in 20 villages around the area of Kozani. These families grow and collect what is considered to be one of the best organic saffron varieties worldwide. Over 150,000 flowers are collected by hand to produce just over two pounds of saffron. 


AGRINIO AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE OF AROMATIC

HERBS CALENDULA & ACHILLEA


This co-operative has been formed by a group of local farmers who previously grew tobacco - once Greece's most popular produce - yet due to the declining demand for the plant, were forced to abandon its farming. In search for an alternative source of income that could stimulate financially the region, these farmers have created an essential oil production unit and have started cultivating aromatic plants.  


ORGANIC CHESTNUT TREE FARMERS, ARCADIA

CHESTNUTS


A co-operation with organic chestnut tree farmers, in the area of Achramites in Arcadia. After the devastating forest fires of 2007, growing chestnut trees is one of the very few agricultural activities that have survived in the area.


DROGI  CO-OPERATIVE OF 

AROMATIC HERBS


AMERICAN FARM SCHOOL, THESSALONIKI

ECHINACEA


A co-operation with the American Farm School, a historic, non-profit educational institute of Thessaloniki. The institute was founded in 1904  to support the needs of Greece's rural population. The School's Farm is one the most fundamental educational elements. Students undertake practical training in agricultural production and natural resources management. The institute grows Echinacea purpurea on our behalf, offering trainees the opportunity to follow all stages of organic farming.


AGIA PRISON FARMS

MARJORAM / OREGANO / LEMON BALM / BASIL


Following a two-year effort with the Greek Ministry of Justice, we have started co-operating with prison farms. Inmates are taught organic farming and cultivate herbs on our behalf which apart from being a future professional development opportunity, it also supports them financially during their detention period.


KETHEA-ITHAKI,

THESSALONIKI 

ACHILLEA  


KETHEA is a non-profit organisation that has been operating since 1983, when ITHAKI, the first Greek therapeutic community for substance dependent patients was established. It offers alternative educational and training programmes through its various production units, one of which is a Farm with over a hundred acres of fully certified organic field crops. Our co-operation, which involves the cultivation of the Achillea plant, is only a part of the huge effort that ITHAKI makes in order for its patients to acquire professional skills.










Extractions


We extract and isolate the active ingredients of our selected plants, at our own environmentally friendly, certified herb extraction unit (ISO 14001 & ECOCERT certified), the outcome of an over five year-long effort. This, first in Greece, unit was created with the Pharmacy School of the University of Athens based on our homeopathy pharmacy heritage, our deep understanding of herbs, their properties and clinical benefits and innovative extraction methods.


It enables us to extract and gently isolate active ingredients in order to produce premium quality, clinically effective organic extracts. A processed herb's liquid extract can be condensed so that we can take both semi-liquid and dry extracts and isolate those to produce various active agent families in liquid, semi-liquid and dry form.  We are also able to isolate the plant's scent and essential oils.


One single herb offers us up to 11 extracts and active agents that can be used independently or combined for greater efficacy.  To avoid burdening the environment we have made the decision to use natural instead of chemical solvents despite the higher cost, while the extraction process residue is turned into organic soil and sent back to our network of organic farmers. A literally no-waste operation.









Research


It is often believed that natural cosmetics rely mainly on traditional recipes instead of clinical research. Based on our pharmacy experience in over 3,000 homeopathic remedies of herbal origin, our philosophy is to develop products based on primary and applied research on verified benefits and clinical efficacy.


OUR GOAL


Our goal is to develop innovative and clinically effective skincare products based on natural active ingredients; to promote natural ingredients research in relation to skin biochemistry; and to project the unique Greek flora benefits through our cooperations with local farmers, and the production of our brand-own high value organic extracts.


INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC BOARD


We have formed an independent scientific board, consisting of high profile professors and researchers in the fields of Biochemistry, Pharmacognosy, and Clinical Dermatology. Together we investigate the clinical benefits of natural ingredients in relation to skin biochemistry. Studying the findings of current research programmes and the developments in the field of natural active ingredients, we then collectively decide the direction of our primary research in association with both Greek and international scientific institutions and universities. The aim is to explore the active molecules of natural descent, in accordance with the cell's biochemical paths and the validation of the efficacy of our new formulations.


We develop skincare products based on two fundamental axes; our primary and applied research findings, and our values, our ongoing commitment: to project the benefits of Greek herbs; to develop skin and environmentally friendly formulations with a natural content varying between 80-99,80% ; to avoid the use of chemical substances like mineral oils, silicones, parabens and propylene glycol amongst others. These substances are replaced with natural ingredients. The natural active ingredients that we use derive from four ingredient groups:


MEDICINAL HERBS: 


Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days / Calendula, Echinacea, Hypericum, Evening Primrose


GREEK FLORA: 


Plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in Greece's unique environment / Thyme, Sage, Bay Laurel, Olive, Mastiha


FOOD INGREDIENTS: 


Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties including Yoghurt, Thyme Honey.


NATURAL ACTIVES: 


Actives such as natural antioxidant Quercetin, with proven efficacy as per the findings of international  research programmes including the primary research carried by the KORRES Research & Development Lab.


Formula Facts


Sincere and transparent communication with those selecting our products, is of extreme significance to us. The practice of 'greenwashing' has been extensively and growingly employed in cosmetics. Many brands make all-natural claims despite only using an extremely low percentage of natural ingredients and/or stress that they avoid specific substances when instead they are using several others that can be even more harmful.


The level of misunderstanding and the overload of information surrounding natural ingredient based cosmetics, combined with difficult to understand ingredient lists as those featured on standard packaging, make it even harder for consumers to choose the right product for them. Bearing this in mind, we use the Formula Facts table on our packaging to fully describe the percentage of natural content as well as the formula synthesis, in a way that everybody can comprehend.









How we produce


OUR QUALITY STANDARDS


Quality is our number one priority. Developing, producing, packaging in a way that goes beyond basic compliance standards, drives every decision we make. Despite being a cosmetics brand, we have developed production systems suitable for pharmaceutical products; our skincare formulations are produced based on extremely strict standards, often stricter than the ones followed for pharmaceuticals. A principle that applies to material handling including movement, storage, control and protection of raw materials and final products throughout the process of producing and distributing.


Our Green-certificate, NO WASTE plant has also been certified for Quality Management (ISO 9001:2008) COSMETICS GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (ISO 22716:2007) Natural and Organic Cosmetics (ECOCERT) and ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ISO 14001:2004).


Taking a closer look : THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER IN COSMETICS


Water is the one of the most significant ingredients in the majority of cosmetic formulations; the use of bacteriologically pure water in developing cosmetics simply cannot be undermined. It is of great significance yet a priority that can be easily misplaced, mainly due to cost-saving reasons. There are various types of water needs in our daily care but the type used as a cosmetic component is the most demanding on purity levels. An ultra-high purity level water is the basis for a safe formulation with the least amount of preservatives possible, what in other could be described as a 'safe product from day one.


FIVE TIMES MORE PURE WATER


The cosmetics industry recommends the use of water with conductivity of up to 4,3  µS/cm (micro Siemens per cm); at Korres we use water with conductivity of 0,8 µS/cm – over 5 times more pure than what is actually required.


Driven by our obsession with quality, we have created a water-purification plant within our production plant aiming to produce the highest quality water for our formulations. The water purification technology we use is Double Reverse Osmosis combined with UV (Ultraviolet) sterilizing, similar to the one found at kidney transplant hospital units. This water-purification plant is inspected daily both electronically and manually; there are over 10 check points to ensure that all standards are met. Local and international inspecting authorities have hailed the unit a an "exemplary" case study.








Eco


One of our core principles– still the same as in the early pharmacy days – was to develop products that are friendly to the skin but also to the environment. Today this core principle translates into an ongoing multi-faceted effort to protect the environment and support the community; we strive to do the right thing, and this is what leads every decision we make…from the ingredients we select, the way we select them and how we package our products to our NO WASTE operation and the use of renewable energy.


Ingredients


By protecting Greece's 1,200 indigenous flora, we are protecting the World's flora. All our formulations are developed based on natural or certified organic ingredients. Our plant hunters select the ideal cultivation region for each herb based on climate and soil criteria while at the same time working towards protecting endangered herbs and sustaining plant populations.


We avoid the use of harsh chemicals and substances that can be harmful to our skin and environment. We avoid the use of non-biodegradable ingredients. We use the Formula Facts table on our packaging to fully describe the percentage of natural content and the formula structure in a way that everyone can comprehend.


100% renewable energy


Working on a credible, simple set of criteria that represent real, quantifiable emission reductions. Our GREEN GUARANTEE certified plant – including production, packaging and storage – operates entirely on hydroelectric power. The KORRES headquarters are ISO and ECOCERT certified [14001: 2004].


98% of our global markets are air-shipment free as part of our ongoing effort to limit air transfers.


99% of our packaging is recyclable, and when possible recycled. For our packaging we use the most environmentally sound materials, while each product is designed so that its individual parts can be easilly separated and recycled. Unnecessary packaging is eliminated. Our entire HAIR & BODY portfolio is box-free. Packaging facts are featured on the Formula Facts table of each product.


Thorough recycling policy for printing, plastic, paper, glass, electric, electronic, retail and merchandise units. We promote the idea of recycling through mini-recycling units within all our stores. Educational seminars for KORRES team members are ongoing.


Plant extraction


We have created an exemplary, environmentally-friendly, first-for Greece plant extraction unit. It allows us to fully process our selected ingredients in a way that out of each single herb, we end up with up to 11 derivatives that can be used in our formulations. The residue is turned into organic soil and sent back to our network of organic farmers. A literally no-waste operation. We have made the decision to use natural instead of chemical solvents despite the higher cost, to avoid burdening the environment.


Community


We collaborate with micro farmers, agricultural unions, educational and social institutions including rehabilitation and prison farms. We teach our partners organic farming and sustainable agricultural systems. We help them throughout all stages of cultivation and harvesting and support them financially through purchasing their produce. The choice not to cultivate ourselves the herbs that we need is a conscious one. Our aim is not to compete, but to support the farmers and their unions, as well as the community bodies.


This continuous effort is part of our focus on ethical co-operations that also include a network of suppliers consisting of people with special needs. This network which caters for a percentage of our promotional materials including printing and sewing productions.


Oak Forest : Protecting natural habitat


Friends of Oak & Nature is a union with a mission to protect the biggest Oak forest in Southeast Europe.

Located in Northwestern Greece, the 130,000 sq m forest is host to

• 256 endemic plants

• 126 bird species, 26 out of which are threatened with extinction

• thousands of great-age Oak trees


The forest is mainly threatened by illegal wood-cutting and arson. KORRES contributes towards the replacement of illegally cut trees with an annual fun while cooperating with the local authorities on an effective protection plan.












Our People


When asked about the secret of his success, George Korres talks about the product and the team behind it. A team of people who share the same vision, values and enthusiasm. Here is a glimpse of the Korres team… Coming Soon..

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