By  on September 10, 2010

When Christian Courtin-Clarins travels to faraway places to source ingredients for the beauty firm his father founded more than 50 years ago, he lives by a decree of do and eat everything. That philosophy ruled his latest research trip to Australia, where he swam in crocodile- and shark-infested waters and snacked on citrus-flavored green ants. During his two-week trek across the forests, deserts and coasts of Western and Northern Australia, Courtin-Clarins stayed with Aboriginal tribes, who tutored the Clarins Group chairman on indigenous plants. "There is a unique reservoir of plants in Australia that you can harvest in the wild bush without harming the bush," he says. "We're working with the communities so they can teach us their knowledge, and we reward them for that information." Between visiting ancient caves and Aboriginal welcoming ceremonies and fishing for mud crabs, Courtin-Clarins spoke with the locals about native plants and flowers.

 

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